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DePaul Hosts Villanova at Allstate Arena

Feb. 4, 2013

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TV: ESPN2 | Radio: WSCR 670 AM
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CHICAGO - DePaul hosts Villanova in a BIG EAST contest Tuesday evening at Allstate Arena. The game is scheduled for a 6 p.m. start in the 24th all-time meeting between the two programs.

The Blue Demons are playing the third game of a seven-day, three-game stretch that has seen a pair of overtime losses. DePaul opened the week last Wednesday with a 79-74 overtime loss at St. John's before falling, 79-71, in overtime on Saturday against Notre Dame.

Tuesday's game will be televised on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. with John Saunders (play-by-play) and Bob Wenzel (analyst) handling the television duties. The broadcast is also available online at WatchESPN.com. DePaul's radio tandem of Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Jeff Blanzy (analyst) can be heard on WSCR 670 AM, 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 looks to end a six-game losing streak and stands at 10-11 overall and 1-7 in the BIG EAST while Villanova has dropped five of its last seven games and holds a 13-9 overall record and 4-5 mark in league play. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is in his third season at DePaul and his 25th as a head coach at the collegiate level. Villanova's Jay Wright is in his 12th season leading the Wildcats.

Following the Villanova game, DePaul travels to Marquette for a Saturday afternoon game with the Golden Eagles. The 1 p.m. game can be seen in Chicago on The U Too as part of the BIG EAST Network and heard on WSCR 670 AM.

Noting the Blue Demons: The men's basketball program is 1,394-891 (.610) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 600 straight games... DePaul's last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 316-147 (.683) all-time at Allstate Arena... DePaul is 7-1 (.875) all-time in games at McGrath-Phillips Arena... in each of Oliver Purnell's three seasons at DePaul, the Blue Demons have faced three Chicagoland opponents during the non-conference portion of the schedule with an 8-1 record in those games... in the Purnell era, the Blue Demons are 15-3 (6-0 in 2012-13) when scoring 80 or more points... DePaul has used seven different starting lineups this season... Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young have started every game this season... DePaul is scheduled to have at least 27 games televised during the 2012-13 season.

The Opponent - Villanova Wildcats: Villanova enters Tuesday's game at 13-9 overall and 4-5 in BIG EAST play... the Wildcats have dropped five of their last seven games, but both victories have been against top five-ranked opponents... Villanova is coming off a 55-52 loss against Providence on Sunday afternoon... JayVaughn Pinkston leads the team with 12.7 points per game... Mouphtaou Yarou adds 8.9 points and a team-high 6.7 rebounds per game... head coach Jay Wright is in his 12th season leading the Villanova program... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 1-4 all-time against the Irish.

The Series: Tuesday is the 24th meeting between the two programs... Villanova holds a 15-8 advantage in the series... the Wildcats have won five straight games against the Blue Demons... a year ago, Villanova posted an 87-71 win over DePaul at The Pavilion on Jan. 8... DePaul's last win over Villanova was an 84-76 victory at Allstate Arena on Jan. 3, 2008... Villanova's last two visits to Rosemont were decided by two points each including a 77-75 decision in overtime on Feb. 19, 2011.

The Last Meeting: Villanova opened up a 48-36 lead at halftime in an 87-71 at The Pavilion on Jan. 8, 2012... Brandon Young led the Blue Demons with 22 points and six assists... Cleveland Melvin added 19 points and four rebounds... Villanova combined to shoot .560 (28-50) from the field and .794 (27-34) from the free throw line... Maalik Wayns led the Wildcats with 21 points and Dominic Cheek added 20 points.

It Could Happen: An overtime game would give the Blue Demons three straight overtime games for the first time in program history... a win snaps a season-high six-game losing streak... with 17 points, Brandon Young (1,192 pts.) passes Ken Warzynski (30th place, 1,203 pts., 1967-70) and Drake Diener (29th place, 1,208 pts., 2001-05) on DePaul's all-time scoring list... with two three-pointers, Young (91 3pt. FG) passes Rashon Burno (18th place, 1998-02, 92 3pt. FG)... Burno is currently an assistant coach at Florida.

Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul's 79-71 overtime loss against Notre Dame on Feb. 2:
- The game was the 103rd meeting between DePaul and Notre Dame... Notre Dame leads the series by a 59-44 advantage... the Irish have won eight straight games against the Blue Demons.
- With Jamee Crockett's three-pointer to open the scoring for the Blue Demons, DePaul extended its streak to 600 consecutive games with a three-pointer.
- The Blue Demons played an overtime game for the second straight game... it is the first time with back-to-back overtime games since the 1987-88 season... the Blue Demons lost to Pepperdine, 84-76, on Nov. 28 and defeated Niagara, 88-87, in overtime.
- Cleveland Melvin finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season and 13th of his career.
- DePaul is 36-37 all-time in overtime games.
- Five players finished in double-figures for the first time since Oliver Purnell's first game at DePaul against Chicago State on Nov. 14, 2010.

Fun With Numbers: St. John's is the only team to defeat DePaul this season when shooting less than 40 percent... Blue Demons are 5-1 when holding opponents under .400 from the field... DePaul is 2-0 this season on Friday and Sunday... DePaul's .900 (18-20) mark at St. John's was the highest team free throw percentage since going 13-for-13 against Minnesota on Nov. 24, 2011 at the Old Spice Classic... on 12/12/12, No. 12 Cleveland Melvin scored 12 points at Arizona State... a year earlier on 11/11/11, No. 11 Jeremiah Kelly scored 11 points against UT-Pan American.

Blue Demons in the NCAA & BIG EAST Stat Rankings: Through games of Feb. 3, DePaul is 30th in the NCAA rankings with an average of 8.8 steals per game and 56th with a scoring average of 73.1 points per game. Through games of Feb. 3, the Blue Demons are third in steals (8.81 spg) and scoring (73.1 ppg) among the 15 BIG EAST programs.

Individually, Cleveland Melvin is ranked among national leaders in scoring, field goal percentage, rebounding and double-doubles while Brandon Young is ranked in scoring, field goal percentage, assists and assist-to-turnover ratio. Donnavan Kirk is also ranked among the top shot blockers.

In the BIG EAST rankings through games of Feb. 3, Cleveland Melvin is the league's only player ranked among the top 10 in scoring and rebounding and Young is the lone player ranked in the top nine in scoring and assists. Melvin is third in rebounding and eighth in scoring with Notre Dame's Jack Cooley as the next-closest player at first in rebounding and 11th in scoring. Young is seventh in scoring and eight in assists with Connecticut's Ryan Boatright as the next-closest player at seventh in assists and ninth in scoring. Complete individual player rankings in the BIG EAST and NCAA are on each player's page in the game notes.

Who's Next: The Blue Demons take a bus trip to Milwaukee to face Marquette on Saturday at 1 p.m... the Golden Eagles - ranked No. 24 in this week's AP poll - stand at 15-5 overall and 6-2 in BIG EAST games... Marquette plays at USF on Wednesday night before hosting the Blue Demons... the two sides are meeting for the 112th time with Marquette holding a 67-44 advantage in the series... the Golden Eagles have won three straight games in the series... a year ago at Allstate Arena, No. 18/19 Marquette topped DePaul, 89-76, on Feb. 6.