Jan. 20, 2012
CHICAGO - DePaul welcomes USF to Rosemont for a Sunday afternoon game at Allstate Arena. The Blue Demons look to snap a four-game losing streak while USF enters the game with wins in four of its last five games. Start time is scheduled for 1 p.m. as DePaul concludes a two-game homestand.
DePaul is 10-8 overall and 1-5 in BIG EAST play while USF stands at 11-8 overall and 4-2 in league action. The Blue Demons and Bulls meet for the 26th time on Sunday and all of the action can be heard on WYLL (1160 AM) in Chicago with Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Laurence Holmes (analyst) providing the audio description. The game will be televised on ESPN3.com with Lou Canellis (play-by-play) and Dickey Simpkins (analyst) calling the action courtside.
Audio streaming of the radio call and live stats are also available online at www.depaulbluedemons.com. In-game scoring updates and notes can be followed as well at www.twitter.com/depaulsid.
Following the USF game, DePaul travels Rutgers next Wednesday for a 7 p.m. ET at the Rutgers Athletic Center. The Blue Demons and Scarlet Knights can be seen on The U Too and heard on WSCR 670 The Score.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men’s basketball program is 1,382-869 (.614) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 566 straight games... DePaul’s last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 310-136 (.695) all-time in Rosemont... DePaul is 6-1 (.857) all-time in games at McGrath-Phillips Arena... DePaul’s 9-3 start during the non-conference schedule was the best through 12 games since the 1999-00 squad also started 9-3... over the last 25 seasons, only three teams have started with nine or more wins in the first 12 games... the Blue Demons currently hold a seven-game winning streak against Chicagoland programs that includes victories over Chicago State, UIC, Loyola and Northern Illinois... in each of Oliver Purnell’s two seasons at DePaul, the Blue Demons have faced three Chicagoland opponents during the non-conference portion of the schedule with wins in each meeting... Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young have each scored at least 20 points in five games this season... the Blue Demons are 3-2 in those games... DePaul is 7-0 this season with at least four players in double-figures and 4-1 with 10 or more three-pointers.
The Opponent - USF Bulls: USF enters Sunday’s game at 11-8 overall and 4-2 in BIG EAST play... the Bulls have won four of their last five in conference play including back-to-back wins over Seton Hall (56-55) and St. John’s (64-49)... Jawanza Poland leads the team with 11.1 points per game but has played in only eight games... Augustus Gilchrist averages 10.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while Toarlyn Fitzpatrick posts 8.6 points and a team-high 6.7 boards per contest... head coach Stan Heath is in his fifth season leading the USF program.
The Series: Sunday is the 26th meeting between the two programs... DePaul holds a 15-10 advantage but USF currently holds a six-game winning streak in the series... in BIG EAST play, the Bulls have won six of 10 meetings including a season sweep last season... USF knocked off DePaul, 71-60, at the Sun Dome on Jan. 27 in the first meeting... the second season victory for USF was an 86-76 decision at Allstate Arena on Feb. 26.
The Last Meeting: USF led, 41-28, at halftime in an 86-76 win over DePaul on Feb. 26, 2011 at Allstate Arena... DePaul used an 18-7 run in the second half to pull within two points with nine minutes left... Augustus Gilchrist led all scorers with 32 points that included a 13-for-15 effort from the free throw line... Brandon Young scored 23 points for DePaul... Moses Morgan scored 16 and Jeremiah Kelly added 14 for the Blue Demons.
It Could Happen: Brandon Young needs four assists for 200 in his career... with five points, Young reaches the 700-point plateau... Cleveland Melvin needs two blocked shots to move in a tie for 16th all-time at DePaul... Jeremiah Kelly needs five steals for 150 career... the five steals would also move him up to eighth all-time at DePaul.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 83-75 loss against No. 10/12 Georgetown on Jan. 17:
- DePaul used its fifth different starting lineup of the season... Worrel Clahar made his first career start.
- Cleveland Melvin reached the 700-point plateau early in the second half with his eighth point of the game.
- Moses Morgan set a new career high’s in scoring and three-pointers... he finished with 17 points and five three’s.
- The Blue Demons dropped their 35th straight game against a ranked opponent.
- When scoring at least 69 points, Georgetown is 110-14 under John Thompson III... that includes an 12-0 record this season.
- Tuesday was the 26th meeting between the two programs... Georgetown leads the series, 20-6.
- The Hoyas have won 11 straight meetings between the two sides.
League Leaders: In BIG EAST games only through Jan. 18, DePaul guards Worrel Clahar and Jeremiah Kelly sit atop two categories in the BIG EAST statistical rankings. Clahar is first in three-point field goal percentage with a .636 (7-11) mark while Kelly is first in assist-to-turnover ratio at 3.50. Kelly has 21 assists to just six turnovers in six conference games. Kelly is third in all games with a ratio of 2.59 (70 asts./27 TO) in 18 games this season.
Rolling with Honors: The sophomore duo of Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young have picked up BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll mentions a combined three times this season. Melvin has been selected twice while Young was named to the five-member list last week. A year ago, the duo combined to earn BIG EAST Rookie of the Week six times - the second-highest total for a BIG EAST program since the start of the 2005-06 season.
Melvin and Young are the nation’s highest-scoring sophomore duo with a combined 34.9 points per game through games of Jan. 19. Connecticut’s Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier are second followed by Jared Sullinger and Deshaun Thomas from Ohio State and Washington’s Terrence Ross and C.J. Wilcox. Through 18 games, Melvin and Young have accounted for 46.0 percent of DePaul scoring this season.
In the BIG EAST statistical rankings entering this weekend’s action, Melvin is fourth in scoring (18.1 ppg), tied for 12th in blocked shots (1.22 bpg) and tied for 16th in rebounding (6.2 rpg) while Young is seventh in scoring (16.8 ppg), eighth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.98), tied for ninth in steals (1.78 spg) and 10th in assists (4.50 apg).
Q Extends NBA Streak to 37 Straight: With Quentin Richardson (1998-00) logging five minutes in Orlando’s opener on Dec. 25 at Oklahoma City, he extended DePaul’s streak to 37 straight seasons with a former Blue Demon playing in the NBA. Bill Robinzine started the streak with Sacramento Kings in the 1975-76 season. A total of 17 players have played over the 37 straight years of DePaul influence in the NBA.
In addition to Richardson playing this season for Orlando, Tyrone Corbin (1981-85) is in his first full season as head coach of the Utah Jazz. Corbin replaced Jerry Sloan during the season a year ago when Sloan announced his retirement. Corbin played for nine NBA team during his pro career from 1985-01.
Three Decades in Rosemont: DePaul is in its 32nd season in 2011-12 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. The Blue Demons are 310-136 (.695) all-time in Rosemont. DePaul played its first season at the then-named Rosemont Horizon in 1980. The Blue Demons debuted in Rosemont with a 74-56 win over Gonzaga and John Stockton on Dec. 1, 1980.