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Afternoon Shootaround... TV for Fairfield Game

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In addition to tonight's game on The U Too (WCIU-DT2) in Chicago, the Blue Demons and Stags can also be seen in the following markets...

Market (Rank) - Station
New York (1) - SNY
Chicago (3) - WCIU-DT2
Washington, DC (8) - MASN
Baltimore (27) - MASN
Hartford-New Haven (30) - SNY-CT
Milwaukee (34) - TW-WI
New Orleans (51) - Cox New Orleans
Providence-New Bedford, R.I. (53) - Cox New England
Green Bay-Appleton, Wis. (69) - TW-WI2

The game can also be seen online at ESPN3 - ESPN3 LINK - and on the Watch ESPN app starting at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT.

Afternoon Shootaround... Gardner-Webb

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With the team going through shootaround right now at Allstate Arena, here's a few notes, links and video for tonight's game against Gardner-Webb.

Three things to keep an eye on...
1. Gardner-Webb is coming off a home loss Wednesday night against Lipscomb. The Runnin' Bulldogs caught an early flight to Chicago this morning and play tonight at Allstate Arena.
2. In DePaul's last two regular-season games the Blue Demons have outscored opponents by a combined 60 points. The Blue Demons defeated Seton Hall by 28 points in the last regular-season game of the 2011-12 season and opened the 2012-13 campaign last Friday with a 32-point win over UC Riverside. In between those two wins was a 14-point loss to Connecticut in the BIG EAST Tournament.
3. The Cancun Challenge features three games tonight with Gardner-Webb at DePaul, Howard at Iowa and Western Carolina at Wichita State.

Some pre-game media...



- Toni Ginnetti at the Chicago Sun-Times previews tonight's game: DePaul men's basketball focused on finishing off opponents this season
- Fred Mitchell's quick look in today's Chicago Tribune: Gardner-Webb at DePaul
- A pre-game rundown at WeAreDePaul.com: DePaul vs. Gardner-Webb Game Preview





About Last Night... UC Riverside

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DePaul opened the regular season with a 91-59 win over UC Riverside at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Here's some additional notes, links, etc. from the game.

Noteables
- The 32-point margin of victory marked just the fourth time in the last 25 season openers that DePaul won by at least 30 points. Friday's margin was the fourth-highest in the last 25 years.

DePaul 105, Howard 61 (+44) on Nov. 20, 1999
DePaul 103, Chicago State 68 (+35) on Dec. 1, 1992
DePaul 114, Chicago State 81 (+33) on Nov. 14, 2010
DePaul 91, UC Riverside 59 (+32) on Nov. 9, 2012

- DePaul scored 91 points in both its exhibition win and the game against UC Riverside. In the exhibition game, the Blue Demons defeated Lewis by a 91-74 score.
- Cleveland Melvin set a new career high with five steals against the Highlanders... his previous high was three on two occasions.
- Melvin reached double-figures for the 49th time in 59 career games... he now has 943 points moved him into 51st on DePaul's all-time scoring list.
- The game was the third of a basketball tripleheader at McGrath-Phillips Arena with the DePaul women's team knocking off Nicholls State in the Maggie Dixon Classic. Head coach Doug Bruno and the Blue Demons face Dayton tonight in the championship game. In case you missed it, Bob Sakamoto put together a great story on the legacy of Maggie Dixon.

Links
- AP recap from the Houston Chronicle - DePaul rolls past UC Riverside 91-59
- Story from Chicago Sun-Times - DePaul goes deep, thumps UC Riverside in opener
- Game story from the Chicago Tribune - Young scores 20 in DePaul's 91-59 win
- BIG EAST rundown at CBSSports.com - BIG EAST Court Report: Nov. 9
- Game stories from DePaul's Scout.com - Second Half Spurt Propels DePaul to Win - and Rivals.com - DePaul Opens Season With 91-59 Victory - websites

As more information becomes available for the UC Riverside postgame, we'll add it here.

One more thing... the "NBA Jam Highlight of the Night"



Brandon Young Recaps Durant Camp

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Brandon Young stopped by Thursday and gave us this recap of his experience at the Kevin Durant Skills Academy earlier this week as a camp counselor.

Hey, what's up everybody! My name is Brandon Young and I play for the DePaul men's basketball team. I wanted to write about the experience I had at the Kevin Durant camp which was held in Chicago on the west side. I'm a junior at DePaul and I am a point guard from Baltimore, Maryland. It's not hard to tell who I am. I wear number 20 for the Blue Demons so if you happen to catch one of our games and see number 20 then you know that's me. But enough about me let's talk about the Kevin Durant camp.

I will start off by saying that I wasn't the only one from my team to get invited to the camp. I was also with one of my great teammates Cleveland Melvin (Big East Rookie of the Year). Cleveland and I were very excited when we found out that we were going to the camp. After we found out that we were going to the camp we just felt so blessed because hard work really does pay off. A day before going to the camp our teammates gave us great confidence by telling us play your game and do what you do.

So we arrive at the camp hotel so early that we were the only two there for like an hour straight because we stay in Chicago and everyone else had to catch a flight. Even though we were there so early our room was not ready so we had to wait even longer. Other college players started coming and getting everything situated with their rooms and we were meeting people we never met before. I thought that Cleveland and I were going to be the only two people there from Baltimore but I was wrong. C.J. Fair from Syracuse University walked in and it just felt like we was home because we all grew up playing against each other. There was a lot of great talent there as well such as players like Tim Hardaway Jr., Michael Snaer, Rodney McGruder, Solomon Hill, and much more.

While we were at the camp the coaches were teaching us the things the pro's do when they work out and when they are getting prepared for a game. So we would go through all types of drills like shooting drills, dribbling drills, one on one drills, and so much more that will make our game much better. It was not easy at all because one thing they told us was if you don't work really hard you won't make it anywhere. I was hoping to see Kevin Durant at the camp but I believe that he was still upset from the loss in the final to the Miami Heat.

I would say that I learned a lot from the camp and honestly say that I got better from the three days I was at the camp. Also, while I was at the camp I feel as though my jump shot has improved so much because just for those three days I was there the coaches really explained to me how to shoot and the right way to shoot. I would hope that it would carry over to the game for when we start playing again.

That's how the Kevin Durant camp went down. If I had another opportunity to do it again I would love to do it. I want to thank my amazing coaches and teammates for all the support they gave me to go into that camp with a lot of confidence.

Be safe and God Bless, B.Young.

Number Crunch: Looking Back at 2011-12

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It's not breakfast, it's fun with numbers... it's Number Crunch!!!!

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Number Crunch will take a look inside the numbers at DePaul from time to time.

Check out the numbers from 2011-12:

307: Student-athletes named to the Athletic Director's Honor Roll in the Autumn and Winter Quarters.

202: Student-athletes named to DePaul's Dean's List in the Autumn and Winter Quarters.

42: Student-Athletes that graduated in June.

32: Student-athletes that registered a 4.0 GPA in the Autumn and Winter Quarters.

13 & 8: Thirteen teams participated at a BIG EAST Championship and eight teams represented DePaul in an NCAA Championship event.

13: Number of student-athletes from six different sports named either All-Conference performers, to an All-Freshman Team or a BIG EAST Championship All-Tournament Team.

11 & 17: Eleven student-athletes from eight different sports were named a BIG EAST Conference Athlete of the Week a total of 17 times.

7: An all-time high of number of programs were recognized with the NCAA APR Public Recognition Award for having multi-year Academic Performance Rate (APR) scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports.

3: Deanna Ortiz from women's basketball, Tim Nedow from outdoor track and field and Jasmin Kling from women's tennis earned one of the BIG EAST Conference's major postseason awards. Nedow was recognized twice by earning the most outstanding field athlete at both the indoor and outdoor championships.

2: Both Doug Bruno and Deanna Ortiz represent DePaul and their countries at the 2012 London Olympics. Coach Bruno will serve as an assistant coach for the United States women's basketball team and Ortiz and Puerto Rico is making a bid to qualify and play in London this summer.

2: Women's basketball's Anna Martin and softball's Kirsten Verdun distinguished themselves as All-Americans.

45: Athletics contests that were televised during the 2011-12 academic year with teams making appearances on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, BIG EAST NETWORK, CBS Sports Network and Lakeshore Public TV.

83: Athletics contests that were streamed live on BlueTube at depaulbluedemons.com.

450,000: Nearly 450,000 people attended a DePaul athletics competition.


The DePaul women's tennis team conducted a clinic May 19th at the Girls in the Game Olympics at McGuane Park in the city's Bridgeport community. More than 200 girls from the ages of 8-14 participated in the event which included games and clinics in tennis, flag football, basketball and field sports.

 

 

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Blue Demon coach Mark Ardizzone, graduate assistant coach Katarina Milinkovic and their entire team of Gia McKnight, Cali Gustafson, Kelsey Lawson, Patricia Fargas, Jasmin Kling, Rebeca Mitrea and Carolin Neumann introduced the sport to the Girls in the Game participants.

 

 

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 "It was a great event," Ardizzone said.  Most of the girls had come out and watched us beat SMU in February.  For many of them, the clinic was their first time discovering the sport of tennis close up.

 

 

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The Chicago Boys and Girls Club is an after-school program that keeps young people off the streets and provides an opportunity to get involved in constructive activities. Before the recent introduction of a volleyball program to the Yancey Center at 6245 S. Wabash Ave., there were not a lot of activities for girls. Since the addition of volleyball, there has been a faithful showing of girls ages 11-18 eager to learn about the sport.

 

 

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DePaul head coach Nadia Edwards and assistant coaches Marie Zidek and Phuong Luong conducted a two-hour clinic on May 17th teaching the basic skills while Blue Demon players Ally Rooks, Natalie Rizzo and Amy Lanski demonstrated techniques and interacted with the young ladies. Each participant received a DePaul volleyball T-shirt.

 

 

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 "Just like all of our players at DePaul, these young ladies have developed a passion for volleyball," Edwards said. "Most of our players can reflect that at some point in their career, someone invested time to teach them the sport and help them cultivate a love for the game.  This was our chance to give back to the community and provide some of the opportunities that many of us had growing up.

 

 

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DePaul sponsored a basketball fundamentals clinic for 50 elementary school aged children on May 12th at McGrath-Phillips Arena located on DePaul's Lincoln Park campus. All participants received three hours of instruction and game experience from the DePaul men's and women's basketball coaching staffs and current student-athletes.

  

 

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The clinic included fundamental skill instruction and basic game principles for both offense and defense. Participants received a DePaul T-shirt and lunch and will receive tickets to a men's and women's basketball game during the 2012-13 season.

 

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Lisa Ryckbosch ran the clinic with Kevin Edwards, Ciara Johnson, and Dave Corzine.  Women's team members Brittany Hrynko, Chanise Jenkins, Kelsey Smith, Anna Martin and Megan Rogowski and men's team members Worrel Clahar, Donnavan Kirk, Derrell Robertson, Jr. and Montray Clemons helped out at the clinic.

 

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Hello women's basketball fans! Happy spring!

It's been quite a while since I've written and we have a lot to catch up on! As you all know, our season ended in the second round of the NCAA tournament with a loss to Tennessee. Losses are always hard and they are especially hard when it's the end of the season and you are losing a great group of seniors. Even though three of our seniors couldn't play this year due to injury, they were still a fantastic group that I'm so happy to have gotten to know. I'm going to miss them for sure!

DePaul in the Community: Vincentian Day Recap

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DePaul student-athletes joined the University community earlier this month for the annual Vincentian Service Day. The annual event sent nearly 1,800 members from the DePaul family into Chicago for numerous service projects on Saturday, May 5.

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The men's soccer team joined Kai Omega sorority at Gage Park to spruce up the park with truckloads of mulch. Member of the men's cross country and track and field program collected donations for Alzheimer's research while the men's and women's tennis teams volunteered at the Blessed Sacrament Youth Center.


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The women's basketball team went to the Northwest Side Housing Center with a group of about 20 people from DePaul to help clean up a neighborhood. Among the many duties were cleaning up the garbage, raking leaves, mowing the lawn, cutting shrubs and picking weeds.