DePaul travels to Morgantown for a 4 p.m. ET game at WVU Coliseum
Feb. 11, 2011
CHICAGO - DePaul heads to Morgantown, W. Va. for a Saturday afternoon game against the West Virginia Mountaineers. The Blue Demons visit the WVU Coliseum for a 4 p.m. ET start on the BIG EAST Network. DePaul enters the game in search of its first league win of the season after dropping the last two games to Louisville and Cincinnati by a combined seven points.
DePaul enters the game at 6-17 overall and 0-11 in BIG EAST play while West Virginia is 15-8 overall and 6-5 in league action. Saturday’s game is the second of two regular-season meetings between DePaul and West Virginia. The Mountaineers led by as many as 14 points midway through the second half at Allstate Arena on Jan. 4 before holding on to a 67-65 win over the Blue Demons.
All of the action can be heard on WSCR 670 The Score in Chicagoland with Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Laurence Holmes (analyst) while Quint Kessenich (play-by-play) and Jack Armstrong (analyst) handle the television duties on the BIG EAST Network. For Chicagoland viewers the game can be seen on The U Too. For those watching with an antenna, the over-the-air digital position is The U Too 26.2. Chicagoland cable subscribers will see The U Too on Comcast 248, RCN 35 and WOW 170. The game is also available on ESPN’s FULL COURT package and 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 West Virginia game, the Blue Demons travel to Providence for a Thursday night contest against the Friars at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. That game is scheduled for a 9 p.m. ET start on ESPN2 and 607 The Score. Just over 36 hours after the conclusion of the Providence game, the Blue Demons return to Allstate Arena for an 11 a.m. game on Saturday against Villanova.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men’s basketball program is 1,371-854 (.616) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 540 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 307-129 (.704) 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... three 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... Moses Morgan also converted the four-point play on a fouled three-pointer and free throw against Cincinnati on Feb. 8.
The Opponent - West Virginia Mountaineers: West Virginia enters Saturday’s game at 15-8 overall and 6-5 in BIG EAST action... the Mountaineers are No. 25 in this week’s AP poll and receiving votes in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll... West Virginia has dropped two straight with losses against top 10 foes Villanova and Pittsburgh... Casey Mitchell leads the team with 15.3 points per game and 45 three-pointers... Kevin Jones adds a scoring average of 13.3 along with a team-best 7.1 rebounds per game... Darryl Bryant rounds out the double-figure scorers with 10.6 points per game... head coach Bob Huggins is in his fourth season leading the West Virginia program.
The Series: Saturday is the seventh all-time meeting between the two programs... the Mountaineers are one of three home-and-home BIG EAST opponents for DePaul this season... West Virginia took a 67-65 decision at Allstate Arena on Jan. 4... prior to BIG EAST play, DePaul defeated West Virginia in the 1945 NIT at Madison Square Garden... led by George Mikan, the Blue Demons knocked off Rhode Island and Bowling Green to win the 1945 NIT Championship... the Mountaineers have won all five meetings in BIG EAST action.
The Last Meeting: West Virginia held off DePaul by a 67-65 score at Allstate Arena on Jan. 4... Brandon Young’s 16-footer with three seconds left went off the rim with the Blue Demons trailing by a point... DePaul trailed by as many as 14 points midway through the second half before an 11-2 run and closed to within 60-55 on a Jimmy Drew three-pointer with 5:04 to go... back-to-back three’s by Jeremiah Kelly tied the game at 63-63 with 1:31 left... Darryl Bryant converted a three-point play to give West Virginia a 66-63 lead with 1:18 to go... Cleveland Melvin led DePaul with 17 points... Young had 12 points and Krys Faber added 10... Casey Mitchell led West Virginia with 18 points.
It Could Happen: A win would end a 24-game losing streak against BIG EAST opponents (23 regular-season games/1 BIG EAST Championship game)... a win would also end a 26-game losing streak against ranked opponents and a 28-game losing streak on the road... Tony Freeland will be playing in his 50th career game... Jeremiah Kelly needs six assists to pass Skip Dillard (327 assists, 1979-82) for 23rd all-time... Kelly also needs five steals to pass Mac Koshwal (114 steals, 2007-10) for 23rd all-time... Cleveland Melvin needs one blocked shot for sole possession of 19th on DePaul’s season list... he enters the West Virginia game with 36 blocks this season and is tied with Terry Cummings (1981-82).
Against the Ranked: West Virginia is DePaul’s sixth ranked opponent this season... the Blue Demons have lost 26 straight against ranked opponents... each of the last 19 ranked opponents have been in the top 13... of those 19, 15 have been in top 10... of the 15 top 10 teams, five have been in the top five... DePaul’s last win against a ranked opponent was an 84-76 victory over No. 17/15 Villanova on Jan. 3, 2008 at Allstate Arena.
Youth is Serving: DePaul’s trio of freshmen in Cleveland Melvin, Moses Morgan and Brandon Young account for the highest percentage of rookie scoring among the league’s 16 teams in league games this season. In BIG EAST play, the trio has combined for just over 55 percent of DePaul’s scoring. The next closest team percentage-wise to DePaul is Connecticut with the freshmen trio of Jeremy Lamb, Shabazz Napier and Roscoe Smith accounting for just over 41 percent of UConn’s scoring.
In the last three games, the percentage jumps to 62 percent with Young averaging 15.7 points per game followed by Melvin at 12.0 and Morgan with a 10.3 scoring average.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 71-68 loss against Cincinnati on Feb. 8:
- DePaul lost for the 24th straight time against a BIG EAST opponent (23 regular-season games/1 BIG EAST Championship game).
- Cleveland Melvin recorded his seventh game this season of at least 20 points... the freshman has scored in double-figures in 16 times this season... Melvin also blocked multiple shots for the 10th time.
- Brandon Young reached double-figures for the 15th time and the fifth time in the last six games.
- Moses Morgan (three-pointer and foul shot made) joined Jeremiah Kelly and Cleveland Melvin as players to convert a four-point play this season... Melvin was intentionally fouled on a lay-up and made both free throws against Ball State on Dec. 11... Kelly was fouled on a three-pointer and made the free throw against Loyola-Chicago on Dec. 18.
- Morgan reached double-figures for the fourth time this season with a career-high 13 points.
- DePaul’s freshmen trio of Melvin, Young and Moses Morgan combined for 49 of DePaul’s 68 points.
- The Blue Demons have made 25 three-pointers in the last three games... prior to the three-game run DePaul averaged 3.8 three-pointers per game.
- Jeremiah Kelly took sole possession of 24th on DePaul’s all-time assists list... Kelly has 232 career helpers.
- Tuesday was the 48th all-time meeting... Cincinnati leads the series, 33-15.
- In BIG EAST play, the Bearcats have won five of eight meetings... Cincinnati swept the season series along with a 76-60 win over DePaul on Dec. 28 at Fifth Third Arena.
Corbin Named Head Coach of Utah Jazz: Former Blue Demon Tyrone Corbin (1981-85) was named head coach of the Utah Jazz on Feb. 11 following the resignation of Jerry Sloan. He is the seventh head coach in Jazz history and the fourth head coach since the franchise’s relocation to Utah. Prior to the 2010-11 season, Corbin ranked second in voting for the NBA’s top assistant coach as selected by league general managers. Corbin joined the Jazz after spending the 2003-04 season as manager of player development for the New York Knicks. Prior to his stint with the Knicks, he spent two seasons as a player mentor for the North Charleston Lowgators of the NBA Development League.
A native of South Carolina, Corbin played for nine teams during a 16-year NBA career (1985-01), including three seasons with the Jazz from 1991-94, where he averaged 9.6 points and 6.2 rebounds in 233 games. Corbin appeared in a total of 1,050 games over the course of his career that included stints with San Antonio, Cleveland, Phoenix, Minnesota, Utah, Atlanta, Sacramento, Miami and Toronto. Corbin was originally drafted by San Antonio in the second round (35th pick overall) of the 1985 NBA Draft out of DePaul University.
At DePaul, Corbin finished his career with 1,378 points and earned honorable mention All-American honors following his junior and senior seasons. He also holds the distinction of being team captain for Ray Meyer’s final DePaul team at DePaul in 1984-85.
Corbin makes his NBA head coaching debut on Friday, Feb. 11 against the Phoenix Suns.