Blue Demons Host Hoyas Monday Night in Rosemont
Feb. 2, 2014
Monday, Feb. 3 | 8 p.m.
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CHICAGO - DePaul wraps up its brief two-game homestand with a Monday night contest against Georgetown. The Blue Demons opened the two games in three days run with a 77-72 loss against Providence on Saturday afternoon. Start time at Allstate Arena between the Blue Demons and Hoyas is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Monday's game will be televised on FOX Sports 1 with Eric Collins (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (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 10-12 overall and 2-7 in conference play after the five-point loss against the Friars. That loss extended DePaul's streak to a season-high four straight defeats. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is in his fourth season at DePaul and his 26th as a head coach at the collegiate level. Georgetown is 12-9 overall and 3-6 in the BIG EAST after a 64-60 win over No. 7/6 Michigan State at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Georgetown coach John Thompson III is in his 10th season leading the Hoyas. Georgetown won the first meeting of the season between the two sides by a 61-54 score on Dec. 31.
Following the Georgetown game, DePaul travels to Creighton on Friday, Feb. 7 for an 8 p.m. game against the 20th-ranked Bluejays. 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 1,405-913 (.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 633 straight games... DePaul's last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 323-156 (.674) 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: Georgetown stands at 12-9 overall and 3-6 in BIG EAST play following a 64-60 win over No. 7/6 Michigan State in a non-conference game on Saturday... the win over the Spartans snapped a season-high five-game losing streak for the Hoyas... D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera leads the team with 16.8 points per game while Markel Starks adds a scoring average of 16.4... the duo has also combined for 80 of the 114 three's by the Hoyas this season... head coach John Thompson III is in his 10th season at Georgetown... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 0-5 all-time against Georgetown.
The Series: Monday is the 29th all-time meeting between the two programs... the Hoyas hold a 22-6 advantage in the series... Georgetown has won the last 13 meetings including a 61-54 decision earlier this season... DePaul's last victory over Georgetown was a 78-51 win on Jan. 22, 1994... the two sides first played during the 1941-42 season with a 34-29 DePaul victory.
The Last Meeting: Georgetown defeated DePaul, 61-54, on Dec. 31, 2013 at Verizon Center... the game was the BIG EAST opener for both teams... Markel Starks led the Hoyas with 21 points and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 12 with eight rebounds... Billy Garrett Jr. led DePaul with 17 points and Brandon Young scored 13... the Blue Demons led, 23-15, in the first half before a 14-2 run by Georgetown gave the Hoyas a 29-25 lead at intermission... Georgetown gradually built a 12-point advantage and held the Blue Demons without a field goal over a six-minute stretch in the second half... DePaul outrebounded the Hoyas by a 39-33 margin, but shot just .500 (13-26) from the free throw line.
It Could Happen: Monday's game is No. 480 all-time for DePaul at Allstate Arena... Brandon Young (1,681 pts.) needs 11 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 Monday's game tied with Sammy Mejia (2003-07) for 12th all-time... Young (167 steals) needs one steal for sole possession of fourth place... he is tied with Stanley Brundy (167 steals, 1985-89) on the all-time steals list... with seven assists, Young becomes the fourth player in school history with at least 500 career assists.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul's 77-72 loss against Providence on Feb. 1:
Trending: In all games, DePaul leads the BIG EAST in offensive rebounds with 13.0 per game... the Blue Demons are second in the BIG EAST statistical rankings in steals (7.2 spg) and offensive rebound percentage (.354)... in league games only, the Blue Demons are second in steals (7.2 spg)... 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 15 games with a 10-5 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 travels to Creighton for a Friday night game in Omaha... the Bluejays are ranked 20th in both of the national polls for Jan. 27... Creighton is 18-3 overall and 8-1 in the BIG EAST and haven't played since a 63-60 win over St. John's on Jan. 28... Creighton won the first meeting of the season, 81-62, at Allstate Arena on Jan. 7... DePaul leads the series, 15-8.