Blue Demons Meet Hoyas at Wintrust Arena
Jan. 1, 2018
DePaul vs. Georgetown
Tuesday, Jan. 2 | 8 p.m.
Wintrust Arena | Chicago, Ill.
TV: FS1 | Online: FOX Sports Go
Radio: WSCR 670 AM | Online: BlueTube
Buy Tickets: Online Ticket Office
CHICAGO - DePaul returns to Wintrust Arena for a Tuesday night BIG EAST clash against the Georgetown Hoyas. The Blue Demons squared off against the league's top two teams last week dropping both contests that included a close 77-72 decision at No. 6/5 Xavier on Saturday afternoon. Start time between the Blue Demons and Hoyas is scheduled for 8 p.m..
Tuesday's game will be televised on FS1 with Jeff Levering (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (analyst) handling the television duties. The broadcast can also be found online at www.foxsportsgo.com and via the FOX Sports Go app on mobile devices. DePaul's radio tandem of Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Laurence Holmes (analyst) can be heard on WSCR 670 AM as well as online on BlueTube at www.depaulbluedemons.com. Live stats can be found on GameTracker at www.depaulbluedemons.com while game updates and notes can be followed on Twitter via @DePaulSID.
Georgetown is 10-3 overall this season and 0-2 in BIG EAST action following a 74-65 loss at Marquette on Saturday. The Blue Demons stand at 7-7 overall and 0-2 following the Xavier game over the weekend. DePaul head coach Dave Leitao is in his sixth season at DePaul and his third since returning to the program after leading the Blue Demons three postseasons in three years from 2002-05. Overall, the 2017-18 campaign is Leitao's 12th as a head coach at the collegiate level. Georgetown is led by Patrick Ewing who is in his first season leading the Hoyas.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men's basketball program is 1,444-994 (.592) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 753 straight games... DePaul's last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the current streak started against Notre Dame on Feb. 21, 1993... DePaul is playing every home game under the same roof for the first time since the 2009-10 season... the last seven seasons have seen the Blue Demons play home games at Allstate Arena and McGrath-Phillips Arena... DePaul is 40-42 all-time in games that go to overtime... the Oregon game on Nov. 24 was the first overtime game this season.
The Opponent - Georgetown Hoyas: Georgetown is 10-3 overall and 0-2 in the BIG EAST after dropping conference games to Butler and Marquette... most recently, the Hoyas lost by a score of 74-65 at Marquette on Saturday... Jessie Govan leads the team with 18.4 points and 12.2 rebounds per game... Marcus Derrickson adds 14.6 points per game and Kaleb Johnson holds a scoring average of 10.8... head coach Patrick Ewing is in his first season leading the Hoyas... DePaul head coach Dave Leitao is 1-4 all-time against Georgetown.
The Series: Tuesday is the 38th all-time meeting between the two programs... the Hoyas hold a 29-8 advantage in the series... the two sides played a pair of one-possession games last season with the road team winning each time... Georgetown posted a 76-73 win at Allstate Arena on Jan. 31... DePaul returned the favor in Washington, D.C., with a 67-65 decision... the two programs first played during the 1941-42 season with a 34-29 DePaul victory.
Against Ranked Opponents: Xavier was DePaul's fourth ranked opponent of the season... the Blue Demons are 0-4 against ranked opponents this season that includes two games against top five opponents... DePaul opened the season with a 72-58 loss to No. 14/14 Notre Dame... at the PK80 Invitational in Portland, DePaul was tied with No. 4/5 Michigan State at halftime before the Spartans pulled away in a 73-51 decision... the Blue Demons lost to No. 1/1 Villanova, 103-85, to start BIG EAST play on Dec. 27... the Blue Demons led No. 6/5 Xavier by as many as 16 points before falling 77-72 on the road on Dec. 30... DePaul's last win over a ranked opponent was a 77-70 victory against No. 11/11 Providence on Feb. 2, 2016 at Allstate Arena... the last road win over a ranked team was a 64-60 decision on Jan. 22, 2015 at No. 24/24 Seton Hall.
It Could Happen: A win would be No. 1,445 in program history... Eli Cain needs 19 points to become the 50th player in program history with 1,000 career points... his 981 points are ranked 53rd in school history... Cain needs two three-pointers to pass Rashon Burno (1998-02, 92 3FG) for 21st on the all-time chart... Marin Maric needs one free throw for 300 in his career between Northern Illinois and DePaul... Max Strus needs 40 points for 300 this season and eight three's for 50 this season... with four three's, Strus moves into the top 25 on the single-season three-point field goal list.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul's 77-72 loss at No. 6/5 Xavier on Saturday:
- DePaul is now 7-2 when leading at the half this season... the Blue Demons finish the month of December with a 5-3 record.
- Justin Roberts recorded his second career game in double figures.
- Max Strus matched career highs with 33 points and six three-pointers... he also scored 33 against Northwestern on Dec. 16... he also made six three's against Northwestern and against Portland on Nov. 26... Strus has scored at least 20 points in seven of the last 10 games with two 30-point games in that span.
- DePaul committed a season-high 23 turnovers... the previous high of 17 occurred twice at Illinois and against Villanova.
- Xavier leads the series, 12-9... the Musketeers have won nine of 10 meetings in BIG EAST play.
Trendy: The Blue Demons have placed at least four players in double-figures in 10 of the first 14 games including three games with five in double-figures... a year ago, at least four scored in double-figures six times (32 games)... five different players have led DePaul in scoring this season... DePaul has committed less turnovers than the opponent in 12 of 14 games... only Villanova and Xavier have committed fewer miscues... among the league's freshmen, only Jaylen Butz and Villanova's Omari Spellman are ranked in the top 30 rebounders... DePaul is second in the league with 12.4 offensive rebounds per game... the Blue Demons are third with a .333 offensive rebound percentage and fourth in the league with a +3.1 turnover margin... over the first two conference games, DePaul leads the league with 45.0 rebounds per game and is tied for first with Georgetown with a +8.5 rebounding margin... the Blue Demons also have a league-best 16.0 offensive rebounds per game and .372 offensive rebound percentage in conference play.
Game 16 - Jan. 6 at St. John's: DePaul travels to St. John's for a Saturday afternoon game at Carnesecca Arena... the Blue Demons and Red Storm are scheduled for a 2 p.m. ET start on FOX Sports Networks (The U Too in Chicago) and WSCR 670 AM... St. John's is currently 10-4 overall and 0-2 in BIG EAST play... the Red Storm plays at Creighton on Wednesday night before hosting the Blue Demons... St. John's holds a 22-17 advantage in the all-time series... last season saw the Red Storm post wins of 79-73 and 78-68 over the Blue Demons.
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