Feb. 14, 2012
CHICAGO - DePaul heads into the final six games of the 2011-12 regular season at Connecticut on Wednesday night. The Blue Demons and Huskies meet for just the eighth time at 7 p.m. ET at Gampel Pavilion as DePaul looks to snap a four-game losing streak.
DePaul is 11-13 overall and 2-10 in BIG EAST play while Connecticut stands at 15-9 overall and 5-7 in league action. Connecticut has won six of seven meetings between the two programs and hold a five-game winning streak in the series.
All of the action can be heard on WSCR 670 The Score in Chicagoland with Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Jeff Blanzy (analyst) providing the audio description. The game will be televised on the BIG EAST Network and can be seen in Chicagoland on The U Too with Justin Kutcher (play-by-play) and Kara Lawson (analyst) calling the action courtside. For Chicagoland viewers 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.
Audio streaming of the radio call and live stats are also available online at www.depaulbluedemons.com. In-game scoring updates and notes can be followed as well at www.twitter.com/depaulsid. ESPN3 will also carry the BIG EAST Network broadcast online.
Following the Connecticut game, DePaul returns to Allstate Arena and hosts No. 19/18 Louisville on Saturday at 11 a.m. The game can be seen on The U Too in Chicagoland as part of the BIG EAST Network and heard on WSCR 670 The Score.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men’s basketball program is 1,383-875 (.613) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 572 straight games... DePaul’s last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 310-139 (.690) all-time in Rosemont... DePaul is 6-1 (.857) all-time in games at McGrath-Phillips Arena... DePaul’s 9-3 start during the non-conference schedule was the best through 12 games since the 1999-00 squad also started 9-3... over the last 25 seasons, only three teams have started with nine or more wins in the first 12 games... the Blue Demons currently hold a seven-game winning streak against Chicagoland programs that includes victories over Chicago State, UIC, Loyola and Northern Illinois... in each of Oliver Purnell’s two seasons at DePaul, the Blue Demons have faced three Chicagoland opponents during the non-conference portion of the schedule with wins in each meeting... Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young have each scored at least 20 points in five games this season... the Blue Demons are 3-2 in those games... DePaul is 7-2 this season with at least four players in double-figures and 4-1 with 10 or more three-pointers... both losses with four in double-figures have occurred in the last two games against Marquette and Notre Dame.
The Opponent - Connecticut Huskies: Connecticut enters Wednesday’s game at 15-9 overall and 5-7 in BIG EAST play... the Huskies have dropped six of their last seven games... Jeremy Lamb leads the team with 17.2 points per game while Shabazz Napier adds a 13.0 scoring average... Ryan Boatright chips in with 10.6 points per game... Andre Drummond leads the team with 7.5 rebounds per game while Napier has a team-high 133 assists... head coach Jim Calhoun is in his 26th season leading the Connecticut program.
The Series: DePaul and Connecticut meet for the eighth time on Wednesday night... the Huskies holds a 6-1 advantage in the series with five straight wins... the first meeting between the two sides was in the second round of the NCAA Championship in Buffalo, N.Y.... Connecticut topped DePaul, 72-55, in a game that saw Jim Calhoun face former assistant Dave Leitao... Leitao was head coach at DePaul from 2002-05.
The Last Meeting: Connecticut knocked off DePaul, 97-71, in the first round of the BIG EAST Championship on Mar. 8, 2011 at Madison Square Garden... the Huskies combined to shoot .600 from the field in the game with Kemba Walker scoring a game-high 26 points... Jeremy Lamb added 19 points and Alex Oriakhi finished with a 13-point, 19-rebound double-double... Brandon Young scored 20 for DePaul while Jeremiah Kelly added 15 points and Moses Morgan scored 14... after trailing, 45-28, at halftime, DePaul cut the deficit to seven points twice in the second half.
It Could Happen: A win snaps a five-game losing streak against Notre Dame... Cleveland Melvin needs four rebounds for 300 in his career... Jeremiah Kelly needs two steals for 150 career... the two steals would also move him up to eighth all-time at DePaul... with two three’s Kelly moves into a tie with three others for 22 on the season three-point field goal list... Brandon Young needs seven assists to move into a tie with Skip Dillard (1979-82) for 24th all-time at DePaul.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 84-76 loss at Notre Dame on Feb. 11:
- DePaul has led at the half or been tied in four straight games... the Blue Demons have lost each of those games to St. John’s (87-81), Cincinnati (74-66), Marquette (89-76) and Notre Dame (84-76)... DePaul led St. John’s, Cincinnati and Marquette and tied Notre Dame at intermission.
- DePaul used its seventh different starting lineup of the season... Derrell Robertson Jr. made his first career start... Brandon Young didn’t start for the first time in his career (55 games)... Krys Faber’s streak of consecutive starts ended at 56 games.
- The Blue Demons have dropped two straight games with at least four players in double-figures... overall, DePaul is 7-2 when four or more players score at least 10 points.
- Jeremiah Kelly reached double-figures for the first time since scoring 11 points against Syracuse... over his last 13 games, he has 56 assists and only 11 turnovers (5.1-to-1 ratio).
- Jamee Crockett reached double-figures for the fifth time in the last six games... he has 10 career games of 10 or more points.
- Donnavan Kirk made his first career three-pointer... Kirk also registered a career-high 29 minutes.
- Saturday was the 102nd meeting between the teams... Notre Dame now holds a 58-44 advantage in the all-time series.
- The Irish have won seven straight games in the series.