DePaul Travels to Seton Hall on Saturday
Jan. 24, 2014
CHICAGO - DePaul looks to snap a two-game skid as the Blue Demons travel to Newark, N.J., for a Saturday evening game with the Seton Hall Pirates. Start time is 6 p.m. ET at the Prudential Center in the first of two regular-season meetings this season between the two teams.
Saturday's game will be televised on the CBS Sports Networks with Andre Catalon (play-by-play), Steve Lappas (analyst) and Jon Rothstein (sideline) handling the television duties. DePaul's radio tandem of Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Jeff Blanzy (analyst) can be heard on WSCR 670 AM, online 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 10-10 overall and 2-5 in conference play after an 84-74 loss against Xavier on Monday afternoon. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is in his fourth season at DePaul and his 26th as a head coach at the collegiate level. Seton Hall is 11-8 overall and 2-4 in the BIG EAST after a one-point loss at St. John's on Thursday night. Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard is in his fourth season leading the Pirates.
Following the Seton Hall game, DePaul hosts Providence on Saturday, Feb. 1 and Georgetown on Monday, Feb. 3. Both games will be played at Allstate Arena. The Providence game will be carried on FOX Sports Networks and the Georgetown game can be seen on FOX Sports 1. Both games can be heard on WSCR 670 AM.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men's basketball program is 1,405-911 (.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 631 straight games... DePaul's last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 323-155 (.676) 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: Seton Hall is 11-8 overall and 2-4 in BIG EAST action after a 77-76 loss at St. John's on Thursday night... the Pirates have dropped four of their last five games after opening the conference scheduled with a double-overtime win at Providence... Sterling Gibbs leads the team with 15.6 points per game and 79 assists... Brian Oliver adds a 12.8 scoring average with a team-high 63 three-pointers... head coach Kevin Willard is in his fourth season leading the Pirates... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 1-3 all-time against Seton Hall.
The Series: Saturday is the 13th all-time meeting between the two programs... the Pirates hold a 9-3 advantage in the series and the two sides have split the last two meetings... Saturday's game is the first at Seton Hall since a 94-73 win for the Pirates on Jan. 10, 2012... DePaul's last win at Seton Hall was a 67-64 decision on Feb. 25, 2006... following that game, the Pirates won each of the next five games... the two sides also meet at Allstate Arena this season on Feb. 25.
The Last Meeting: Fuquan Edwin's baseline drive led to the game-deciding basket with 9.6 seconds left in a 73-72 Seton Hall win at Allstate Arena on Jan. 2, 2013... Jamee Crockett led DePaul with 16 points and seven rebounds, but his potential game-winning jumper at the buzzer just missed... Aaron Cosby led Seton Hall with 24 points and Brandon Mobley added a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double... after trailing by 12 late in the first half, the Blue Demons outscored the Seton Hall 16-6 to pull within 46-44 on a Crockett jump shot... Brandon Young finished with 15 points and five rebounds... Durrell McDonald had a career-high 12 points.
It Could Happen: A win would give DePaul its most January BIG EAST victories since the 2007-08 squad won four January contests... Cleveland Melvin (707 rebs.) needs eight rebounds to pass Dallas Comegys (714 rebs., 1983-87) for 13th on the all-time rebounding list... 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... Young (164 steals) needs two steals to pass David Booth (165 steals, 1988-92) for fifth... with four steals, Young passes Stanley Brundy (167 steals, 1985-89) for fourth place.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul's 88-62 loss at No. 6/6 Villanova on Saturday:
Trending: In all games, DePaul leads the BIG EAST statistical rankings in offensive rebounds (13.2 orpg) and is second in blocked shots (4.9 bpg), steals (7.2 spg) and offensive rebound percentage (.357)... in league games only, the Blue Demons led the BIG EAST with 7.4 steals per game... over the last 11 games, the Blue Demons have totaled 66 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.
Rookies of the Week: A DePaul freshman has claimed the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honor five times this season for the second-highest season total in program history. The 2010-11 season saw Cleveland Melvin (four times) and Brandon Young (twice) earn the honor six times.
In 2013-14, Tommy Hamilton IV was the first winner of the season followed by four Rookie of the Week honors for Billy Garrett Jr. Garrett matched Melvin's total with his most recent recognition on Jan. 20. The Chicago native also earned the honor on Dec. 2, 16 and 30.
Hamilton averaged 12.3 points and 6.7 rebounds over DePaul's first three games of the season. He opened his collegiate career with an impressive 16-point, 11-rebound double-double against Grambling State on Nov. 9. The Chicago native achieved the feat in the first half alone with 11 points and 10 boards against the Tigers.
Garrett picked up his first weekly honor after putting together his first double-double and averaging 10.7 points and 4.3 assists in three games against Wichita State, Texas and Oregon State.
Garrett was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week for the second time after averaging 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in wins over Florida Atlantic and Chicago State. The Chicago native scored eight of DePaul's first 10 points in overtime to lead the Blue Demons to the seven-point win over Chicago State. He finished the game with 17 points, five rebounds, four steals and two assists against the Cougars.
The third honor for Garrett came after he tallied the game-winning basket at Northwestern for a 57-56 DePaul win. He finished the game with nine points, four assists, two blocked shots, two rebounds and a steal.
Garrett averaged 16 points and four assists in games against St. John's and Villanova to earn his fourth weekly honor of the season. He tallied 21 points against St. John's with five assists and went 12-of-12 from the free throw line during the week.
Who's Next: DePaul hosts Providence for a Saturday afternoon game at Allstate Arena... the Friars hold a 22-8 advantage in the series... DePaul has won two of the last three meetings including an 83-73 decision at the Dunkin' Donuts Center last season... Providence is 14-5 overall and 3-2 in the BIG EAST... the Friars host Xavier on Saturday before playing at Marquette on Thursday, Jan. 30.