Men's Hoops Host Providence at Allstate Arena
Jan. 31, 2014
Saturday, Feb. 1 | Noon
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CHICAGO - DePaul hosts the Providence Friars in a Noon start at Allstate Arena on Saturday. The visiting team has won each of the last four meetings in the series with DePaul winning two of the last three games against the Friars.
Saturday's game will be televised on FOX Sports Networks with Cory Provus (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 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 10-11 overall and 2-6 in conference play after an 86-69 loss at Seton Hall last Saturday. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is in his fourth season at DePaul and his 26th as a head coach at the collegiate level. Providence is 15-6 overall and 5-3 in the BIG EAST after a 61-50 loss at Marquette on Thursday night. Providence coach Ed Cooley is in his third season leading the Friars.
Following the Providence game, DePaul hosts Georgetown on Monday, Feb. 3 at Allstate Arena. Start time is 8 p.m. and the game can be seen on FOX Sports 1 and heard on WSCR 670 AM.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men's basketball program is 1,405-912 (.606) 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 632 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: Providence is 15-6 overall and 5-3 in BIG EAST action after a 61-50 loss at Marquette on Thursday night... that loss snapped a five-game winning streak for the Friars... Bryce Cotton leads the team with 20.5 points per game and 122 assists... LaDontae Henton adds a 13.8 scoring average while Kadeem Batts averages 12.4 points and a team-high 7.6 rebounds per game... head coach Ed Cooley is in his third season leading the Friars... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 2-1 all-time against Providence.
The Series: Saturday is the 31st all-time meeting between the two programs... the Friars hold a 22-8 advantage in the series... DePaul has won two of the last three meetings... in each of the last four games, the visiting team has won... a year ago, DePaul posted an 83-73 win at the Dunkin' Donuts Center... the two sides also meet in Providence, R.I. this season in two weeks on Feb. 15.
The Last Meeting: DePaul posted an 83-73 win at Providence on Jan. 5, 2013 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence... Cleveland Melvin led four players in double-figures with 23 points with the Blue Demons leading by as many as 22 points in the second half... a three-point play by Donnavan Kirk gave DePaul its largest lead of the game at 62-40 with 9:58 left in the game... Providence closed the deficit to eight points with just under two minutes left, but the Blue Demons hit 9-of-12 free throws down the stretch for the 83-73 final... Brandon Young and Jamee Crockett added 15 points each while Moses Morgan scored 10 points off the bench... the Friars were led by 20 points from Bryce Cotton and 17 from Kadeem Batts.
It Could Happen: Saturday's game is No. 479 all-time for DePaul at Allstate Arena... 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 (1,669 pts.) needs 23 points to pass Stephen Howard (1,691 pts., 1988-92) for seventh on the all-time scoring list... Young (115 3pt. FG) needs three three's to pass Quentin Richardson (117 3pt. FG, 1998-00) for 11th place on the three-point chart... Young enters Saturday's game tied with Sammy Mejia (2003-07) for 12th all-time... Young (165 steals) needs three steals to pass Stanley Brundy (167 steals, 1985-89) for fourth... Young enters the Providence game tied with David Booth (1988-92) for fifth all-time in steals.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul's 86-69 loss at Seton Hall on Jan. 25:
Trending: In all games, DePaul is second in the BIG EAST statistical rankings in offensive rebounds (13.1 orpg), blocked shots (4.7 bpg) and offensive rebound percentage (.355)... in league games only, the Blue Demons are second in steals (6.9 spg) and offensive rebounds (11.6 orpg)... over the last 12 games, the Blue Demons have totaled 67 blocked shots (5.6 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 14 games with a 10-4 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 hosts Georgetown for a Monday night game at Allstate Arena... the Hoyas hold a 22-6 advantage in the series... Georgetown knocked off DePaul, 61-54, in the first meeting this season on Dec. 31... Markel Starks scored 21 points and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 12 to lead the Hoyas... Billy Garrett Jr. led the Blue Demons with 17 and Brandon Young added 13 points... Georgetown plays No. 7/6 Michigan State at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.