How to watch or stream
Time: 9 p.m. ET
TV channel: FS1
Live stream: Fox Sports Go (where available)
Spread: DePaul opened as a 10.5-point favorite.
Records ATS: SEMO (4-4) | DePaul (4-6)
DePaul and SEMO have met only once before. The meeting took place back on New Year’s Eve in 2003, and the Blue Demons prevailed that day 57-50 over the Redhawks.
Inside the Numbers
SEMO - Four Factors
DePaul - Four Factors
Finishing strong: DePaul snapped a two-game losing streak back on Saturday with their 109-61 victory over Chicago State. In doing so, the Blue Demons clinched a record of no worse than 6-6 through the nonconference portion of their schedule. With a victory on Monday, they can guarantee they finish above the .500 mark in nonconference play for the first time since the 2013-14 campaign when they finished 8-5. After some bumps in the road, picking up this victory would go a long way towards building more confidence as Big East play approaches.
What does Eli Cain have for an encore?: The New Jersey native posted a career-high 31 points in the aforementioned victory last Saturday. In what was arguably the best game of the sophomore’s career, Cain shot sharply and knocked down seven 3-pointers, which also registered as a high mark for his career, usurping the five that he buried in a previous loss to Rutgers earlier this season. Will cain bring his bevy of offensive talent with him Monday night? The Blue Demons certainly hope so.
Avoiding a bad loss: No disrespect intended to SEMO, but to this point, they’ll be the second-lowest ranked team that DePaul has faced per KenPom.com. To their credit, the Blue Demons only have one big dimeric on their resume: A disastrous five-point loss at home to UIC last Wednesday. They had previously taken care of all the sub-200 KenPom teams (Robert Morris, Milwaukee, Drake, Lamar and Chicago State) so the Redhawks, ranked 286th, should be easy pickens.