Blue Demons Host Xavier in Monday Matinee
Jan. 19, 2014
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CHICAGO - DePaul plays its second game in three days with a Monday afternoon game against the Xavier Musketeers. Start time is 3 p.m. at Allstate Arena in the first meeting since Dec. 1997 between the two programs.
Monday’s game will be televised on FOX Sports Networks with Eric Collins (play-by-play) and Kevin O’Neill (analyst) handling the television duties. DePaul’s radio tandem of Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Jeff Blanzy (analyst) can be heard 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 enters the game at 10-9 overall and 2-4 in conference play after an 88-62 loss at No. 6/6 Villanova on Saturday. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is in his fourth season at DePaul and his 26th as a head coach at the collegiate level. Xavier is 14-4 overall and 4-1 in the BIG EAST while receiving votes in both national polls this week. The Musketeers have won eight of nine dating back to the start of December including an 80-67 win over Georgetown on Jan. 15. Xavier coach Chris Mack is in his fifth season leading the Musketeers.
Following the Xavier game, DePaul plays just one game before Feb. 1. The Blue Demons travel to Seton Hall on Saturday, Jan. 25 before hosting Providence on Feb. 1 and Georgetown on Feb. 3 at Allstate Arena.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men’s basketball program is 1,405-910 (.607) all-time... the 80-71 win at Milwaukee on Nov. 19 was game No. 2,300 in program history since the first fully-recognized season in 1923-24... men’s basketball was played at DePaul prior to that season but records are incomplete... the 81-70 win over Florida Atlantic on Dec. 12 was win No. 1,400 since start of 1923-24 season... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 630 straight games... DePaul’s last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 323-154 (.677) all-time at Allstate Arena... DePaul is 8-1 (.889) all-time in games at McGrath-Phillips Arena... in each of Oliver Purnell’s three-plus seasons at DePaul, the Blue Demons are 9-1 against Chicagoland opponents (Chicago State, Illinois-Chicago, Loyola-Chicago, Northern Illinois, Northwestern)... in the Purnell era, the Blue Demons are 21-3 - including 13 straight wins (6-0 in 2012-13/6-0 in 2013-14) - when scoring 80 or more points... DePaul’s 2013-14 roster includes nine players from the Chicagoland area.
The Opponent: Xavier is 14-4 overall and 4-1 in BIG EAST action after an 80-67 win against Georgetown on Jan. 15... the Musketeers are playing just their second BIG EAST road game... Semaj Christon leads the team with 16.3 points per game and 75 assists... Matt Stainbrook adds an 11.1 scoring average with a team-high 8.6 rebounds per game... head coach Chris Mack is in his fifth season leading the Musketeers... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 7-11 all-time against Xavier.
The Series: Monday is the 12th all-time meeting between the two programs and first in BIG EAST action... the last game was a 73-56 win for Xavier in Cleveland on Dec. 27, 1997... that game was the first between the two sides since Feb. 1974... the first all-time meeting was on Jan. 16, 1939 with DePaul taking a 38-30 decision on its home floor... nine of the 11 all-time games took place between Dec. 1963 and Feb. 1974... Monday’s game is the first meeting at Allstate Arena.
The Last Meeting: Xavier posted a 73-56 win at Gund Arena in Cleveland on Dec. 27, 1997... the Musketeers entered the game ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press top 25.
It Could Happen: Cleveland Melvin (710 FG) needs three field goals to pass David Booth (713 FG, 1988-92) for third all-time... Melvin could move from 16th to 14th place on the all-time rebounding list on Monday... Melvin enters the Xavier game with 702 rebounds... ahead of Melvin is Joe Ponsetto (704 rebs., 1974-78) in 15th and Mark Aguirre (706 rebs., 1978-81) in 14th place... Brandon Young (114 3pt. FG) needs two three’s to pass Sammy Mejia (115 3pt. FG, 2003-07) for 12th place on the three-point chart.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 88-62 loss at No. 6/6 Villanova on Saturday:
Trending: In the last 10 games, the Blue Demons have totaled 60 blocked shots (6.0 bpg)... four different players have recorded seven double-doubles this season... since the 2002-03 season, four teams have featured at least four players with a double-double... the 2003-04 squad had five (Andre Brown, Drake Diener, Quemont Greer, Delonte Holland, Sammy Mejia) with at least one double-double... DePaul has outrebounded its opponent in 13 games with a 10-3 record in those games... the Blue Demons outrebounded the opponent in 12 games (8-4 record) in the entire 2012-13 season.
Who’s Next: DePaul travels to Seton Hall for a Saturday evening game at the Prudential Center... the Pirates have won nine of 12 all-time meetings... a year ago, Seton Hall knocked off the Blue Demons, 73-72, at Allstate Arena... Saturday’s game will be the first trip for DePaul to the Prudential Center since a 94-73 loss on Jan. 10, 2012... the two teams also meet this season at Allstate Arena on Feb. 25.