Jan. 25, 2011
CHICAGO - The DePaul Blue Demons go on the road and play the USF Bulls in Tampa on Thursday night. The Blue Demons and Bulls are scheduled for a 9 p.m. ET start at the USF Sun Dome. DePaul enters the game looking to snap a seven-game losing streak and stands at 6-13 overall and 0-7 in BIG EAST play. USF is 7-14 overall and 1-7 in league action.
All of the action can be heard on WSCR 670 The Score in Chicagoland with Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Laurence Holmes (analyst). Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play) and Adrian Branch (analyst) take care of the broadcasting duties on ESPNU. The game is also available online at www.espn3.com (video) and on BlueTube (audio) at www.depaulbluedemons.com. In-game scoring updates and notes can be followed as well at www.twitter.com/depaulsid.
Following the USF game, the Blue Demons are off for a week until hosting Notre Dame at Allstate Arena on Feb. 3. The Blue Demons and Irish are scheduled for an 8 p.m. start at Allstate Arena on either ESPN or ESPN2. The game can also be heard on 670 The Score with Zaidman and Holmes.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men’s basketball program is 1,371-850 (.617) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 536 straight games... DePaul’s last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Dec. 22 game against Florida Atlantic was the 430th for DePaul at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 307-127 (.707) all-time in Rosemont... DePaul is 3-1 all-time in games at McGrath Arena... the Blue Demons have used four different starting line-ups this season... in four games this season, DePaul has overcome a deficit of eight or more points... the Blue Demons trailed Oklahoma State (8 pts. with 5:54 left in first half), Stanford (11 pts. with 13:56 left in first half), Central Michigan (14 pts. with 8:16 left in first half) and Ball State (10 pts. with 17:54 left in second half) before regaining the lead... two players have recorded a four-point play this season... Cleveland Melvin was intentionally fouled a lay-up and made the two free throws against Ball State on Dec. 11... Jeremiah Kelly was fouled on a three-pointer and made the free throw against Loyola-Chicago on Dec. 18.
The Opponent - USF Bulls: USF enters Thursday’s game at 7-14 overall and 1-7 in BIG EAST action... the Bulls have dropped two straight on the road at Rutgers (71-62) and West Virginia (56-46) after defeating Providence (79-72) on Jan. 16... Augustus Gilchrist leads two players in double-figures with 13.2 points per game... he also leads the team with 6.6 rebounds per contest... Gilchrist is followed by Jawanza Poland’s 10.3 points per game... head coach Stan Heath is in his fourth season leading the USF program.
The Series: Thursday is the 24th all-time meeting between the two programs... DePaul holds a 15-8 lead in the series... in BIG EAST play, the two sides have split eight all-time meetings... USF holds a four-game winning streak in the series after DePaul won the previous six meetings... a year ago, the Bulls defeated the Blue Demons at Allstate Arena on Mar. 2 by a 63-59 score before knocking off DePaul again a week later, 58-49, in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship at Madison Square Garden.
The Last Meeting: USF defeated DePaul, 58-49, in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship on Mar. 9, 2010 at Madison Square Garden... the Blue Demons trailed the Bulls, 30-15, at halftime and were unable to overcome the deficit... Will Walker scored 20 points to lead DePaul... Dominique Jones also scored 20 points to lead USF... the Bulls led by as many as 19 points in the first half... DePaul shot just .226 (7-31) from the field in the first half while the 15 points matched a season low for scoring in a half... the Blue Demons outscored USF, 16-6, to start the second half and pulled to within five points on a three-pointer by Jeremiah Kelly with 12:34 left... that would be as close as the Blue Demons would get as USF scored eight in-a-row over the next three minutes.
It Could Happen: A win would end a 20-game losing streak against BIG EAST opponents (19 regular-season games/1 BIG EAST Championship game) and a 26-game road losing streak... Michael Bizoukas is playing in 75th career game... Jimmy Drew is playing in 80th career collegiate game (51 at Southeast Missouri State/29 at DePaul)... Jeremiah Kelly needs two assists to tie Randy Ramsey (219 assists, 1974-78) for 25th all-time... Kelly also needs three steals to tie Terry Davis (104 steals, 1989-93) for 26th all-time... Cleveland Melvin needs five blocked shots to tie Lemone Lampley (34 blocks, 1985-86) and Teddy Grubbs (34 blocks, 1980-81) for 20th on DePaul’s season list.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 80-50 loss against No. 5/4 Pittsburgh on Jan. 22:
- DePaul lost for the 20th straight time against a BIG EAST opponent.
- The Blue Demons scored a season-low 50 points... previous low was 51 points at Indiana State on Dec. 8.
- Cleveland Melvin posted his 12th straight game in double-figures... the freshman had led the team in scoring in eight straight games.
- Melvin recorded his eighth game this season with multiple blocked shots... he has blocked at least one shot in 16 games this season.
- The 7-0 start in the BIG EAST is the best start in Pittsburgh program history... the Panthers also extended their winning streak to nine straight... dating back to last season, Pittsburgh has won 10 straight BIG EAST regular-season games.
- Ashton Gibbs surpassed the 1,000-point plateau with third three-pointer of the game at 7:13 of the second half... he is the 38th player in Pittsburgh history with 1,000 career points.
- Gary McGhee’s career-high 15 rebounds marked his third straight game with at least 10 rebounds... 17th career and seventh game of the season with 10-plus boards.
- Saturday was the eighth all-time meeting... Pittsburgh leads the series, 7-1.
- In BIG EAST play, the Panthers are 7-0.