DePaul Takes on No. 6 Villanova at 7 p.m. on Wednesday
Feb. 11, 2014
Wednesday, Feb. 12 | 7 p.m.
CHICAGO - The Blue Demons face their second straight ranked opponent when No. 6/6 Villanova visits Allstate Arena on Wednesday night. The meeting is the second this season between the two schools with the Wildcats taking the first matchup on Jan. 18 at The Pavilion. Start time in Rosemont between the Blue Demons and Wildcats is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Wednesday's game will be televised on FOX Sports 1 with Dick Stockton (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 WIND 560 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 10-14 overall and 2-9 in conference play after a 78-66 loss at 12th-ranked Creighton on Friday night. That loss extended DePaul's streak to a season-high six 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. Villanova - ranked No. 6 in both of this week's national polls - is 21-2 overall and 9-1 in the BIG EAST which puts the Wildcats on top of the league standings. Villanova coach Jay Wright is in his 13th season leading the Wildcats. Villanova won the first meeting of the season between the two sides by an 88-62 score on Jan. 18 just outside of Philadelphia at The Pavilion.
Following the Villanova game, DePaul travels to Providence on Saturday afternoon at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. The 2 p.m. ET game can be seen on FOX Sports Networks and heard on WSCR 670 AM.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men's basketball program is 1,405-915 (.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 635 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: Villanova is 21-2 overall and in first place in the BIG EAST with a 9-1 league record... the sixth-ranked Wildcats have won five straight since a 96-68 loss to Creighton on Jan. 20... James Bell leads three players in double-figures with 16.0 points per game and 65 three-pointers... JayVaughn Pinkston adds 14.9 points and 5.7 rebounds while Darrun Hilliard has a 13.5 scoring average... as a team the Wildcats average nine three's and 16.5 assists per game... head coach Jay Wright is in his 13th season leading the Wildcats... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 1-6 all-time against Villanova.
The Series: Wednesday is the 26th all-time meeting between the two programs... the Wildcats hold an 17-8 advantage in the series... Villanova has won the last seven meetings including the first matchup this season on Jan. 18 at The Pavilion... a year ago, the Wildcats posted a 94-71 win at Allstate Arena... DePaul's last win against Villanova was an 84-76 victory on Jan. 3, 2008... that win was the last for the Blue Demons over a ranked opponent.
The Last Meeting: A barrage of second half three-pointers by sixth-ranked Villanova led the Wildcats to an 88-62 win over visiting DePaul on Jan. 18 at The Pavilion... the Blue Demons put five players in double-figures led by 13 from Brandon Young... after taking a 33-24 lead at halftime, Villanova made six three's over a five-minute stretch to open up a 75-52 advantage in the second half... Billy Garrett Jr. added 11 points... Tommy Hamilton IV, Charles McKinney and Cleveland Melvin each added 10 points... the five starters combined for 54 of the 62 points for the Blue Demons... Villanova was led by James Bell with 17 points while Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu added 14 points each.
It Could Happen: A win snaps DePaul's season-high six-game losing streak... Brandon Young (119 3pt. FG) needs three three's to move from a tie for 10th place to eighth all-time in career three-point field goals... Young enters the Villanova game tied with Joe Tulley (119 3pt. FG, 1990-03) for 10th place on the three-point chart... with one assist, Young becomes the fourth player in school history with at least 500 career assists... a win ends DePaul's streak at 48 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 78-66 loss at No. 12/12 Creighton on Feb. 7:
Trending: In all games, DePaul leads the BIG EAST statistical rankings in offensive rebounds (13.2 orpg) and is second in offensive rebound percentage (.357)... in league games only, the Blue Demons are second in offensive rebounds (12.3 orpg) and offensive rebound percentage (.333)... 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 17 games with a 10-7 record in those games... when DePaul is outrebounded or has the same amount of boards as the opponent, the record is 0-7 this season... the Blue Demons outrebounded the opponent in 12 games (8-4 record) in the entire 2012-13 season... DePaul has won a game on every day of the week except Monday... the Blue Demons are 0-3 on Monday this season and 2-0 on Thursday... when four or more players score in double-figures, DePaul is 5-1... the Blue Demons have used 10 different starting lineups.
Who's Next: DePaul travels to Providence for a Saturday afternoon game at the Dunkin' Donuts Center... the Friars are 16-9 overall and 6-6 in the BIG EAST... Providence dropped an 83-71 decision to Georgetown on Monday night... the Friars lead the series 23-8... the road team has won each of the last five meetings between DePaul and Providence... the Friars posted a 77-72 win at Allstate Arena on Feb. 7, 2014... Bryce Cotton scored 28 points with six assists, LaDontae Henton added 19 and Tyler Harris scored 18 points... R.J. Curington led DePaul with 22 points en route to earning BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors on the following Monday... Tommy Hamilton IV added 13 points and eight rebounds... Brandon Young totaled 12 points, nine assists and five boards... a year ago, DePaul knocked off Providence, 83-73, at the Dunkin' Donuts Center.