Blue Demons Travel to Face 12th-Ranked Bluejays in Omaha
Feb. 6, 2014
Friday, Feb. 7 | 8 p.m.
CHICAGO - DePaul goes on the road for its third game in seven days with a Friday night contest at 12th-ranked Creighton. The meeting is the second this season between the two schools with the Bluejays taking the first matchup on Jan. 7 at Allstate Arena. Start time at CenturyLink Center Omaha between the Blue Demons and Bluejays is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Friday's game will be televised on FOX Sports 1 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 10-13 overall and 2-8 in conference play after a 71-59 loss against Georgetown on Monday night. That loss extended DePaul's streak to a season-high five 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. Creighton - ranked No. 12 in both of this week's national polls - is 18-3 overall and 8-1 in the BIG EAST which puts the Bluejays in a tie for first with Villanova at the halfway point of the league slate. Creighton coach Greg McDermott is in his fourth season leading the Bluejays. Creighton won the first meeting of the season between the two sides by an 81-62 score on Jan. 7 at Allstate Arena.
Following the Creighton game, DePaul hosts sixth-ranked Villanova on Wednesday night at Allstate Arena. The 7 p.m. game can be seen on FOX Sports 1 and heard on WIND 560 AM.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men's basketball program is 1,405-914 (.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 634 straight games... DePaul's last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 323-157 (.673) 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: Creighton - ranked No. 12 in both of this week's national polls - stands at 18-3 overall and 8-1 in the BIG EAST... Friday is the first game for the Bluejays since a 63-60 win against St. John's on Jan. 28... Creighton has won three straight since the lone conference loss at Providence on Jan. 18... Doug McDermott leads the team with 25.0 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while Ethan Wragge adds a scoring average of 12.0 with a team-high 78 three-pointers... as a team, the Bluejays average 11.0 three's per game... head coach Greg McDermott is in his fourth season at Creighton... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 0-1 all-time against Creighton.
The Series: Friday is the 24th all-time meeting between the two programs... the Blue Demons hold a 15-8 advantage in the series... prior to the first BIG EAST clash earlier this season, the last meeting was an 83-75 win for Creighton on Dec. 23, 2008 at the Las Vegas Classic... DePaul's last win over Creighton was a 72-57 decision at Allstate Arena on Nov. 30, 2005.
The Last Meeting: Creighton posted an 81-62 win over DePaul on Jan. 7, 2014 at Allstate Arena... Doug McDermott led five Bluejays in double-figures with 19 points... Brandon Young led all scorers with 24 points for DePaul... DePaul closed a 15-point deficit to 62-56 with just over seven minutes left in the second half... Creighton answered by outscoring DePaul, 19-6, over the final seven minutes... Avery Dingman added 16 for Creighton along with 12 on four three's from Ethan Wragge... Cleveland Melvin added 16 points and six rebounds for DePaul.
It Could Happen: With a three-pointer, DePaul extends its streak to 635 straight games with a trifecta... Brandon Young (117 3pt. FG) needs two three's to move into a tie for 10th all-time with Joe Tulley (119 3pt. FG, 1999-03)... Young enters the Creighton game tied with Quentin Richardson (117 3pt. FG, 1998-00) for 11th place on the three-point chart... Young (397 FT) needs three free throws for 400 in his career and to pass Dallas Comegys (399 FT, 1983-87) for seventh all-time... with four assists, Young becomes the fourth player in school history with at least 500 career assists... with four points, Young reaches the 1,700-point plateau... a win ends DePaul's streak at 47 straight losses against ranked opponents... DePaul's last win over a ranked team was an 84-76 victory against No. 17/16 Villanova on Jan. 3, 2008 at Allstate Arena.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul's 71-59 loss against Georgetown on Feb. 3:
Trending: In all games, DePaul is second in the BIG EAST statistical rankings in offensive rebounds (13.1 orpg) and offensive rebound percentage (.355)... in league games only, the Blue Demons are second in steals (6.9 spg) and offensive rebounds (11.9 orpg)... 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 16 games with a 10-6 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 six times this season matching the 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. and R.J. Curington as the most recent honoree on Feb. 3. 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.
Since the start of the 2008-09 season, no BIG EAST team has produced three different Rookie of the Week winners.
Who's Next: DePaul hosts Villanova on Wednesday night at Allstate Arena... the Wildcats are currently ranked sixth in both national polls... Villanova posted an 88-62 win over DePaul on Jan. 18 at The Pavilion... both teams put five players in double-figures as Villanova outscored DePaul, 55-38, in the second half... James Bell led all scorers with 17 points... Daniel Ochefu and Ryan Arcidiacono added 14 points each for the Wildcats... Brandon Young led DePaul with 13 points and Billy Garrett Jr. added 11... the Wildcats lead the all-time series by a 17-8 margin... Villanova has won seven straight in the series.