DePaul Wraps Up Road Trip at Villanova
Feb. 20, 2018
DePaul at Villanova
Wednesday, Feb. 21 | 8:30 p.m. ET/7:30 p.m. CT
Wells Fargo Center | Philadelphia, Pa.
TV: FS1 | Online: FOX Sports Go
Radio: WSCR 670 AM | Online: BlueTube
PHILADELPHIA - DePaul wraps up a four-game stretch that features three road games with a Wednesday night matchup at No. 3/3 Villanova. The Blue Demons opened the four-game run with an impressive 17-point win at Providence on Feb. 10 that saw DePaul lead by as many as 31 points in the second half. DePaul has dropped the last two games by a combined six points with a 77-76 loss at home against St. John's on Feb. 14 followed by an 82-77 defeat at Seton Hall on Sunday. Start time at Wells Fargo Center is 8:30 p.m. ET.
Wednesday's game will be televised on FS1 with Brian Custer (play-by-play) and Sarah Kustok (analyst) handling the television duties. The game can also be seen online and on mobile devices via FOX Sports Go. DePaul's radio tandem of Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Jeff Blanzy (analyst) can be heard on WSCR 670 AM as well as online on BlueTube at www.depaulbluedemons.com. Live stats can be found on GameTracker at www.depaulbluedemons.com while game updates and notes can be followed on Twitter via @DePaulAthletics and @DePaulSID.
Villanova - ranked No. 3 in both of this week's national polls - is 24-3 overall this season and 11-3 in BIG EAST action following a 95-79 win at No. 4/4 Xavier on Saturday. The Blue Demons stand at 10-16 overall and 3-11 in league play after the five-point loss at Seton Hall. DePaul head coach Dave Leitao is in his sixth season at DePaul and his third since returning to the program after leading the Blue Demons three postseasons in three years from 2002-05. Overall, the 2017-18 campaign is Leitao's 12th as a head coach at the collegiate level. Villanova is led by Jay Wright who is in his 17th season leading the Wildcats.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men's basketball program is 1,447-1,003 (.591) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 765 straight games... DePaul's last game without a three was just over 25 years ago on Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the current streak started against Notre Dame on Feb. 21, 1993... DePaul is playing every home game under the same roof for the first time since the 2009-10 season... the last seven seasons have seen the Blue Demons play home games at Allstate Arena and McGrath-Phillips Arena... DePaul is 40-42 all-time in games that go to overtime... the Oregon game on Nov. 24 was the first overtime game this season... DePaul's three road wins in BIG EAST play are the most since the Blue Demons went 3-5 during the 2006-07 season... the Jan. 12 game on FS1 was the first commercial-free, all-access broadcast of a men's college basketball game... both Dave Leitao and Providence's Ed Cooley wore live microphones throughout the game and viewers were able to see halftime and postgame locker rooms without interruption.
The Opponent - Villanova Wildcats: Villanova is 24-3 overall and 11-3 in BIG EAST play and ranked No. 3 in both national polls... the Wildcats posted a 95-79 win at No. 4/4 Xavier on Saturday... Jalen Brunson leads six players averaging in double figures with 19.5 points per game... he also leads the team with 131 assists... others averaging in double figures include Mikal Bridges (16.8 ppg), Donte DiVincenzo (14.3 ppg), Phil Booth (11.6 ppg), Omari Spellman (10.9 ppg) and Eric Paschall (10.0 ppg)... Spellman also pulls down a team-high 7.6 rebounds per game... Bridges leads the team with 62 three-pointers... head coach Jay Wright is in his 17th season leading the Wildcats... DePaul head coach Dave Leitao is 0-5 all-time against Villanova.
The Series: Wednesday is the 34th all-time meeting between the two programs... Villanova holds a 25-8 advantage in the series... the Wildcats have won the last 15 meetings including a 103-85 decision on Dec. 27 at Wintrust Arena... Villanova swept the season series a year ago... the Wildcats held off DePaul, 68-65, in the first meeting at The Pavilion on Dec. 26, 2016... Villanova also claimed a 75-62 decision at Allstate Arena on Feb. 13, 2017... DePaul's last win in the series was an 84-76 victory on Jan. 3, 2008 at Allstate Arena.
It Could Happen: A win would give DePaul it's fourth road win in BIG EAST play... the four conference road wins would be the most for DePaul since joining the BIG EAST... with 19 points, Eli Cain moves up to 35th on DePaul's all-time scoring list... Cain is playing in his 90th career game on Wednesday... three three-pointers moves Max Strus into second on DePaul's single-season three-point field goal list... overall, he needs 15 more three's this season to set the program's new single-season record... he enters the Villanova game in a tie for third 71 three's this season.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul's 82-77 loss at Seton Hall:
- DePaul extended its streak to 765 straight games with a three-pointer.
- Eli Cain moved up to 37th place on DePaul's all-time scoring list... Cain has 1,129 career points.
- Marin Maric passed career milestones of 1,300 points and 800 rebounds... he recorded his fifth game this season (14th career) of 20 or more points
- Max Strus moved into a tie for third on DePaul's season three-point field goal list... he has 71 three's this season.
- Seton Hall holds a 16-6 advantage in the series... the Pirates won both regular-season meetings this season and have won six straight in the series.
Trendy: DePaul has outscored its last four opponents by a margin of 308-298, but is 1-3 in those games... the Blue Demons have placed at least four players in double-figures in 15 games including five games with five in double-figures... a year ago, at least four scored in double-figures six times (32 games)... six different players have led DePaul in scoring this season... DePaul is 4-1 this season when Tre'Darius McCallum makes the first Blue Demon bucket... among the league's freshmen, only Jaylen Butz and Villanova's Omari Spellman are ranked in the top 30 rebounders... Eli Cain's assist average of 4.5 per game is highest season average since Brandon Young's 4.6 assists per game in 2012-13... DePaul is second in the BIG EAST with 12.3 offensive rebounds per game and a .330 offensive rebound percentage... in BIG EAST games only, DePaul leads the league with 38.9 rebounds per game, 12.6 offensive rebounds per contest and a .333 offensive rebound percentage... DePaul is second with a .451 defensive field goal percentage and a +3.9 rebounding margin, and third with 6.6 steals per game and tied for third in defensive rebounds (26.2 drpg).
Game 28 - Feb. 24 vs. Marquette: DePaul returns to Wintrust Arena for a Saturday morning game against Marquette... start time is 11 a.m. CT on FS1 and WSCR 670 AM... the game is the 122nd meeting all-time and the second of two this season between DePaul and Marquette... the Golden Eagles hold a 75-46 advantage in the series... Marquette defeated the DePaul, 70-52, on Jan. 15 in Milwaukee... Marquette is 15-11 overall and 6-8 in BIG EAST play... the Golden Eagles host St. John's on Wednesday night at BMO Harris Bradley Center.
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