Feb. 17, 2012
CHICAGO - DePaul returns to Allstate Arena for a Saturday morning game against the No. 19/18 Louisville Cardinals. The Blue Demons and Cardinals are scheduled for an 11 a.m. start in Rosemont as the Blue Demons looks to even the season series with Louisville. The Cardinals knocked off the Blue Demons, 76-59, on Jan. 14 at the KFC Yum! Center.
DePaul is 11-14 overall and 2-11 in BIG EAST play while Louisville stands at 20-6 overall and 8-5 in league action. Louisville - ranked No. 19 in this week’s AP poll and No. 18 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches top 25 - has won eight straight games in the series including all seven meetings in BIG EAST play.
All of the action can be heard on WSCR 670 The Score in Chicagoland with Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Laurence Holmes (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 Mike Gleason (play-by-play) and Bob Wenzel (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 and at www.depaul.statbroadcast.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 Louisville game, DePaul makes a quick turnaround for a Monday night game at St. John’s. The Blue Demons play the Red Storm at Carnesecca Arena at 9 p.m. ET on ESPNU and WSCR 670 The Score. DePaul then returns to Allstate Arena on Saturday, Feb. 25 for a 1 p.m. game against Providence.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men’s basketball program is 1,383-876 (.612) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 573 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 occurred in back-to-back games against Marquette and Notre Dame.
The Opponent - Louisville Cardinals: Louisville enters Saturday’s game at 20-6 overall and 8-5 in BIG EAST play... a 52-51 loss to No. 2/2 Syracuse on Monday snapped a six-game winning streak for the Cardinals... Kyle Kuric leads the team with 12.8 points per game and 50 three-pointers... Russ Smith adds 11.9 points per game and Gorgui Dieng adds 10.0 points and a team-high 9.2 rebounds per contest... head coach Rick Pitino is in his 11th season leading the Louisville program.
The Series: Saturday is the 58th meeting between the two programs... Louisville holds a 36-21 advantage with eight straight victories... in BIG EAST play, the Cardinals have won all seven meetings... the Cardinals are one of three BIG EAST teams DePaul faces twice this season... Louisville defeated DePaul, 76-59, on Jan. 14 at the KFC Yum! Center... the Blue Demons also play Seton Hall and St. John’s in home-and-home series in 2011-12.
The Last Meeting: Russ Smith scored 25 points to lead No. 14/15 Louisville to a 76-59 win over DePaul on Jan. 14, 2012 at the KFC Yum! Center... Gorgui Dieng added a 13-point, 14-rebound double-double and Chris Smith scored 20 points for the Cardinals... Louisville opened up the game with an early 18-5 run and led, 39-30, at halftime... Brandon Young was the only player in double-figures for DePaul with 14 points... Worrel Clahar added nine and four others scored eight points apiece.
It Could Happen: A win snaps an eight-game losing streak against Louisville... it also ends a 35-game losing streak against ranked opponents... DePaul’s last win over a ranked opponent was an 84-76 victory over No. 17/16 Villanova on Jan. 3, 2008... with 10 points, Brandon Young notches his 40th career in double-figures... Cleveland Melvin needs 25 points to move into a tie for 50th on DePaul’s season scoring list (David Booth, 470 pts in 1992-92)... Jeremiah Kelly needs one steal for 150 career... with two three’s Kelly moves into a tie for fifth on the career three-pointer list (Draelon Burns, 150 3pt. FG from 2004-08).
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 80-54 loss at Connecticut on Feb. 15:
- DePaul used its eighth different starting lineup of the season... Donnavan Kirk made his first start for DePaul... it was Kirk’s first start since Dec. 21, 2010 while playing for Miami (Fla.)... with Kirk starting, every available scholarship player this season has started at least one game.
- DePaul’s 24 points at halftime match a season low for scoring in the first half... the Blue Demons also scored 24 at Rutgers on Jan. 25.
- The 26-point margin of defeat is the highest of the season.... Connecticut’s 50 rebounds matched Pittsburgh on Jan. 5 for a season-high total by a DePaul opponent.
- DePaul has lost a season-high (second time) five games in-a-row.
- Jeremiah Kelly reached double-figures for the second straight game... it was his 25th career game in double-figures (ninth of season).
- Wednesday was the eighth meeting between the teams... Connecticut has won seven of eight games between the two sides.
- The Huskies have won six straight games in the series.