Blue Demons and Bulldogs Meet Saturday in the South Loop
Jan. 19, 2018

DePaul vs. Butler
Saturday, Jan. 20 | 1 p.m.
Wintrust Arena | Chicago, Ill.
TV: FS1 | Online: FOX Sports Go
Radio: WSCR 670 AM | Online: BlueTube
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CHICAGO - DePaul returns to Wintrust Arena for a Saturday matinee against the Butler Bulldogs. The Blue Demons look to snap a two-game skid at 1 p.m. in the South Loop.

Saturday's game will be televised on FS1 with Aaron Goldsmith (play-by-play) and Dickie Simpkins (analyst) handling the television duties. The game can also be found online at foxsportsgo.com and via the FOX Sports Go app. 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 @DePaulAthletics and @DePaulSID.

Butler is 13-7 overall this season and 3-4 in BIG EAST action following a 70-60 loss at Providence on Monday afternoon. The Blue Demons stand at 8-10 overall and 1-5 in league play following a 70-52 loss at Marquette on Monday night. 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. Butler is led by LaVall Jordan who is in his first season leading the Bulldogs.

Saturday Designated as Pink Game: Saturday's BIG EAST game between DePaul and Butler has been designated as a "Pink Game" and the first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a pink t-shirt to help raise awareness of breast cancer research. During the 12-minute media time out of the second half, fans will have the opportunity to recognize and support friends and family members with an "I Cheer For" moment similar to Major League Baseball's Stand Up To Cancer at the All-Star Game.

Noting the Blue Demons: The men's basketball program is 1,445-997 (.592) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 757 straight games... DePaul's last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 (Saturday's game vs. Butler will be 24 years, 338 days) 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 Jan. 12 game on FS1 was the first commercial-free, all-access broadcast of a men's college basketball game... both Dave Leitao and Providence's Ed Cooley wore live microphones throughout the game and viewers were able to see halftime and postgame locker rooms without interruption.

The Opponent - Butler Bulldogs: Butler stands at 13-7 overall and 3-4 in the BIG EAST... the Bulldogs have dropped four of their last five games after starting conference play with wins over Georgetown and top-ranked Villanova... Butler lost, 70-60, at Providence on Monday in the last game... Kelan Martin leads the team with 19.5 points and 6.7 rebounds per game... Kamar Baldwin adds a scoring average of 16.0 while Paul Jorgenson adds 11.7 points per game with a team-best 42 three-pointers... head coach LaVall Jordan is in his first season at Butler... DePaul head coach Dave Leitao is 0-4 all-time against Butler.

The Last Meeting
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February 19, 2017
Indianapolis, Ind.
Blue Demons Drop Road Game at Butler
Eli Cain leads DePaul with game-high 24 points, but DePaul falls to Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The Series: Saturday is the 15th all-time meeting between the two programs... Butler leads the series, 8-6... Butler has won seven straight in the series including two wins last season... the Bulldogs posted a 70-69 overtime decision on Jan. 21 at Allstate Arena followed by a 82-66 margin on Feb. 19 at Hinkle Fieldhouse... Butler won the first meeting during the 1938-39 season by a score of 39-29 at the Chicago Armory... the two sides met in the 1940-41 season, twice during the 1970's and twice in the 1980's... since Butler joined the BIG EAST, the Bulldogs have won seven of eight meetings... two of the eight games have gone to overtime.

It Could Happen: Eli Cain needs five points to move into 47th on DePaul's all-time scoring list... with 10 points, Tre'Darius McCallum records his 30th career game in double-figures... five three-pointers move Max Strus from a tie for 20th to 15th place on DePaul's single-season three-point field goal list... he enters the Butler game with 50 three's this season.

Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul's 70-52 loss at Marquette on Monday:
- Monday was the 121st meeting between DePaul and Marquette... the Golden Eagles lead the series, 75-46 with four straight wins in the series.
- DePaul's .167 (2-12) three-point percentage was the lowest team total of the season... DePaul's 21 points marked the lowest first-half total of the season... the 29 points allowed in the second half matched the fewest allowed by the Blue Demons in the second half this season... DePaul also held UIC to 29 second-half points on Dec. 9.
- Brandon Cyrus and Tre'Darius McCallum both played in their 50th career game.
- Max Strus knocked down his 50th three-pointer of the season... he is the 18th player in program history to make at least 50 three's in a season.

Trendy: The Blue Demons have placed at least four players in double-figures in 12 of 18 games including three games with five in double-figures... a year ago, at least four scored in double-figures six times (32 games)... six different players have led DePaul in scoring this season... DePaul is 4-0 this season when Tre'Darius McCallum makes the first Blue Demon bucket... among the league's freshmen, only Jaylen Butz and Villanova's Omari Spellman are ranked in the top 30 rebounders... DePaul leads the BIG EAST with 12.8 offensive rebounds per game... the Blue Demons are third with a .338 offensive rebound percentage and fourth with a turnover margin of +1.9... in BIG EAST games only, DePaul leads the league with 42.8 rebounds per game, 14.8 offensive rebounds per contest and a .362 offensive rebound percentage... DePaul is also second with a +7.2 rebound margin and third in defensive field goal percentage (.448), defensive rebounds (28.0 drpg) and defensive rebound percentage (.747)...  DePaul's 16.8 assists per game are ranked fourth in conference play.

Game 20 - Jan. 24 at Georgetown: DePaul travels to Washington, D.C. for a Wednesday night game against Georgetown... the game can be seen on FS1 and heard on WIND 560 AM at 7:30 p.m. CT... Wednesday's game is the 39th meeting all-time and second of the season between DePaul and Georgetown... the Hoyas hold a 30-8 advantage in the series... Georgetown won the first meeting, 90-81, on Jan. 2 at Wintrust Arena... the Hoyas are currently 12-6 overall and 2-5 in BIG EAST play... Georgetown hosts St. John's on Saturday afternoon before the Blue Demons visit Capital One Arena.


 

 

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