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DePaul Takes on No. 24 Cincinnati at Allstate Arena

Jan. 14, 2013

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TV: The U Too (WCIU-DT2) | Radio: WSCR 670 AM
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CHICAGO - DePaul returns to Allstate Arena for a Tuesday night game against the Cincinnati Bearcats. The game is the first of two contests in Rosemont this week with St. John’s visiting Allstate Arena on Saturday. Start time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. between the Blue Demons and 24th-ranked Bearcats.

The game will be televised in Chicago on The U Too (WCIU-DT2) as part of the BIG EAST Network with Lou Canellis (play-by-play) and Brooke Weisbrod (analyst) handling the television duties. The broadcast is also available online at ESPN3. DePaul’s radio tandem of Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Jeff Blanzy (analyst) can be heard on WSCR 670 AM, on BlueTube at www.depaulbluedemons.com and on DePaul’s mobile app. Live stats can be found on GameTracker at www.depaulbluedemons.com while in-game scoring updates and notes can be followed at www.twitter.com/depaulsid.

DePaul stands at 10-6 overall and 1-2 in the BIG EAST while Cincinnati holds a 14-3 overall record and 2-2 mark in league play. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is in his third season at DePaul and his 25th as a head coach at the collegiate level. Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin is in his seventh season leading the Bearcats.

Following the Cincinnati game, DePaul returns to Allstate Arena for a Jan. 19 game against St. John’s. Saturday is Hall of Fame Day with former Blue Demons Stanley Brundy and Terence Greene being honored at halftime along with the entire 2013 induction class. Start time is scheduled for 11 a.m. and the game can be seen on The U Too (BIG EAST Network) and heard on WSCR 670 AM.

Brundy and Greene Highlight Hall of Fame Weekend: Among the Hall of Fame inductees are men’s basketball standouts Stanley Brundy and Terence Greene. The duo was an NCAA tournament fixture in their identical four-year careers (1985-89). Twice they helped the Blue Demons advance to the Sweet 16 and twice to the NCAA Second Round.

Brundy is the all-time leader in field goal percentage, fourth in steals, fifth in blocked shots, ninth in rebounds and 16th in points. He is second in field goals for a season and fourth in points for a season. Brundy averaged 19.5 points and 10.2 rebounds his senior year and is just one of four Blue Demons to average a double-double for a season. Brundy was selected by the New Jersey Nets in the second round of the 1989 NBA Draft.

Greene made an immediate impact on the program with his 14 assists against Northern Iowa as a freshman. That is the third-highest, single-game mark in school history. The captain of the 1988-89 team is second all-time in appearances, fourth in assists and minutes played and seventh in free throw attempts.

Brundy and Greene will be honored this weekend along with women’s basketball standout Rita Hale, softball star Cheryl O’Dekirk Katalinic, champion track hurdler Otis Dunson, the 1978 women’s volleyball team and the Dr. Robert Hamilton Special Service Award honoree Vic Cacciatore. The inductees will be recognized at the men’s game against St. John’s Saturday afternoon followed by the women’s game against Providence on Saturday night. The induction ceremony is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

Noting the Blue Demons: The men’s basketball program is 1,394-886 (.611) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 595 straight games... DePaul’s last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 316-144 (.687) all-time at Allstate Arena... DePaul is 7-1 (.875) all-time in games at McGrath-Phillips Arena... in each of Oliver Purnell’s three seasons at DePaul, the Blue Demons have faced three Chicagoland opponents during the non-conference portion of the schedule with an 8-1 record in those games... in the Purnell era, the Blue Demons are 15-3 (6-0 in 2012-13) when scoring 80 or more points... DePaul has used seven different starting lineups this season... Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young have started every game this season... DePaul is scheduled to have at least 27 games televised during the 2012-13 season.... on 12/12/12, No. 12 Cleveland Melvin scored 12 points at Arizona State... a year earlier on 11/11/11, No. 11 Jeremiah Kelly scored 11 points against UT-Pan American.

The Opponent - Cincinnati Bearcats: Cincinnati enters Tuesday’s game at 14-3 overall and 2-2 in BIG EAST play... the Bearcats posted a 68-58 win at Rutgers on Saturday... since opening the season with 12 straight wins, Cincinnati has lost three of its last five games... the Bearcats are currently ranked No. 24 in this week’s USA Today Coaches poll... Sean Kilpatrick leads the team with 17.2 points per game while Cashmere Wright adds a scoring average of 14.8 per contest... Wright also leads the team with 59 assists, 35 steals and 44 three-pointers... head coach Mick Cronin is in his seventh season leading the Cincinnati program... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 1-7 all-time against the Bearcats.

The Series: Tuesday is the 50th meeting between the two programs... Cincinnati holds a 34-15 advantage in the series... the Bearcats have won four straight games against the Blue Demons... in three of those four meetings, the margin has been eight points or less... the two teams first played on Feb. 7, 1950 at the Chicago Stadium... DePaul defeated Cincinnati, 67-59, in double overtime... DePaul’s last win over Cincinnati was a 67-57 win in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship on March 10, 2009.

The Last Meeting: Cincinnati posted a 74-66 win over DePaul at Fifth Third Arena on Feb. 4, 2012... the Blue Demons held a two-point lead at halftime and a 64-62 advantage with five minute left... Cincinnati closed the game with a 12-2 run... Cleveland Melvin led the Blue Demons with an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double... Jamee Crockett added 17 points off the bench... Dion Dixon and Sean Kilpatrick led five Bearcats in double-figures with 16 points each.

It Could Happen: With 26 points, Cleveland Melvin moves into DePaul’s top 25 all-time scorers... he enters the game in 30th with 1,196 points... with three three-pointers, Moses Morgan passes Kerry Hartfield (96 three’s, 1998-00) for 16th all-time... Donnavan Kirk needs four blocked shots to pass Quemont Greer (64 blocks, 2001-05) and Stephen Howard (1998-92) for 17th all-time... a win snaps a 36-game losing streak for DePaul against ranked opponents... DePaul’s last win over a ranked opponent was an 84-76 victory over No. 17/16 Villanova on Jan. 3, 2008.

Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 99-78 loss at Connecticut on Jan. 8:
- Connecticut leads the series by a 9-1 margin... the Huskies have won eight straight meetings... the two teams play again this season at Allstate Arena on Feb. 23.
- Brandon Young scored a career-high 35 points... it is his second career game of 30 or more points... the output is also the 30th game in program history of 35 or more points... the output was the highest by a DePaul player since Will Walker’s 35 points at Notre Dame on Jan. 23, 2010.
- The loss for the Blue Demons was the first in true road games this season... the Blue Demons are 4-1 in road games.
- DePaul extended its three-point streak to 595 straight games.
- Prior to the 99 points by Connecticut, Fairfield’s 78 points were the most points allowed.

Honor Rolls: DePaul’s Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young have each been named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll this season. Melvin picked up the honor on Dec. 3 and Young earned the recognition on Dec. 17 and Jan. 14.

Melvin averaged 25.5 points and 8.0 rebounds while shooting .576 (19-33) from the field and .706 (12-17) from the free throw line in wins over Fairfield on Auburn. He totaled 30 points against Fairfield with six rebounds and three assists before a 21-point, 10-rebound double-double at Auburn.

Young averaged 16.5 points, 7.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds while shooting .542 (13-24) from the field and .750 (6-8) from the free throw line in games against Arizona State and Northern Illinois. He totaled 18 points, nine assists and four rebounds at Arizona State and passed the 1,000-point milestone with his third basket of the game. In the second game of the week, Young totaled 15 points, five assists and four boards and was named winner of the Jay Goedert Memorial Award as the most outstanding player of the DePaul-Northern Illinois game. He was also named the Goedert Award winner last season.

Young picked up the recognition for a second time after a career-high 35 points at Connecticut on Jan. 8. He also added five assists, four rebounds and two steals against the Huskies.

Blue Demons in the NCAA & BIG EAST Stat Rankings: Through games of Jan. 13, DePaul is 22nd in the NCAA rankings with an average of 9.4 steals per game and 46th with a scoring average of 75.2 points per game. Through games of Jan. 13, the Blue Demons are third in steals (9.44 spg) and fourth in scoring (75.2 ppg) among the 15 BIG EAST programs.

Individually, Cleveland Melvin is ranked among national leaders in scoring, field goal percentage, rebounding, steals and double-doubles while Brandon Young is ranked in scoring, field goal percentage, assists and assist-to-turnover ratio. Worrel Clahar is among leaders in steals and assist-to-turnover ratio and Donnavan Kirk is among the top shot blockers.

In the BIG EAST rankings through games of Jan. 13, Brandon Young is the league’s only player ranked in the top nine in scoring and assists and his scoring average of 21.7 in conference games only leads the league. Complete individual player rankings in the BIG EAST and NCAA are on each player’s page in the game notes.

Who’s Next: The Blue Demons host St. John’s on Saturday at 11 a.m.... the Red Storm is 9-7 overall and 1-3 in the BIG EAST... St. John’s hosts Notre Dame on Tuesday night before traveling to Rosemont.