DePaul and Marquette Meet in Rosemont on Blue Demon Day
Feb. 21, 2014
CHICAGO - With three of the four final regular-season games at Allstate Arena, the DePaul Blue Demons look to make a strong push heading into the BIG EAST Championship at Madison Square Garden in just over two weeks. The run opens Saturday afternoon against Marquette as the two teams meet for the second time this season and 114th time overall.
The Blue Demons and Golden Eagles are scheduled for a 1 p.m. start at Allstate Arena. The meeting is the second this season between the two schools with the Golden Eagles taking the first matchup on Jan. 4 at BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
Saturday's game will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Tom McCarthy (play-by-play) and Alaa Abdelnaby (analyst) handling the television duties. DePaul's radio tandem of Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Jeff Blanzy (analyst) can be heard on WSCR 670 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 10-17 overall and 2-12 in conference play after an 83-64 loss at Xavier on Wednesday evening. That loss extended DePaul's streak to a season-high nine 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. Marquette is 15-11 overall and 7-6 in the BIG EAST and have won three of its last four games. Marquette coach Buzz Williams is in his sixth season leading the Golden Eagles. Marquette won the first meeting of the season between the two sides by a 66-56 score on Jan. 4 in Milwaukee.
Following the Marquette game, DePaul hosts Seton Hall on Tuesday night. The game between the Blue Demons and Pirates is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start at Allstate Arena.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men's basketball program is 1,405-918 (.605) 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 638 straight games... DePaul's last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 323-158 (.672) 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: Marquette stands at 15-11 overall and 7-6 in the BIG EAST following an 85-70 loss against No. 11/12 Creighton on Wednesday night... that loss snapped a three-game win streak for the Golden Eagles... Davante Gardner leads the team with 14.5 points and 5.7 rebounds per game while Jamil Wilson adds a scoring average of 12.2... head coach Buzz Williams is in his sixth season at Marquette... former DePaul head coach Jerry Wainwright is an assistant coach on the Marquette staff... current DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 4-9 all-time against Marquette.
The Series: Saturday is the 114th all-time meeting between the two programs... the series is the longest in DePaul history... the Golden Eagles hold a 69-44 advantage in the series... Marquette has won the last five meetings and 11 of the last 13... four of the last five games have been played in Milwaukee... DePaul's last victory over Marquette was a 51-50 decision at Allstate Arena on Jan. 20, 2010... the last win in Milwaukee was a 55-35 game on Feb. 16, 2000... the two sides first played on Feb. 16, 1918 with a 21-17 DePaul victory.
The Last Meeting: Marquette overcame a four-point halftime deficit in a 66-56 win on Jan. 4, 2014 at the BMO Harris Bradley Center... Davante Gardner led Marquette with 28 points and six rebounds... Jamil Wilson added 14 and Todd Mayo scored 10... Cleveland Melvin led DePaul with 22 points followed by 10 from Billy Garrett Jr... Marquette outscored DePaul, 40-26, in the second half.
It Could Happen: A win snaps DePaul's season-high nine-game losing streak... a three-pointer extends DePaul's streak to 639 straight games with a trifecta... Billy Garrett Jr. needs six points for 300 in his freshman season... Durrell McDonald is playing in his 60th career game... Charles McKinney is playing in his 85th career game... Brandon Young is making his 120th career start.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul's 83-64 loss at Xavier on Feb. 19:
Trending: Through games of Feb. 20, DePaul's strength of schedule is ranked 22nd in the nation according to WarrenNolan.com... other BIG EAST teams in the top 25 in strength of schedule include Villanova at No. 15 and Creighton at 18th... in all games, DePaul is second in the BIG EAST statistical rankings in offensive rebounds (13.1 orpg) and third in offensive rebound percentage (.353) and blocked shots (4.4 bpg)... in league games only, the Blue Demons are second in offensive rebounds (12.3 orpg) and third in offensive rebound percentage (.331) and steals (6.3 spg)... 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 0-10 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 5-2... the Blue Demons have used 12 different starting lineups.
Three Decades in Rosemont: DePaul is in its 34th season in 2013-14 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. The Blue Demons are 323-158 (.672) all-time in Rosemont. DePaul played its first season at the then-named Rosemont Horizon in 1980. The Blue Demons debuted in Rosemont with a 74-56 win over Gonzaga and John Stockton on Dec. 1, 1980.
Who's Next: DePaul hosts to Seton Hall on Tuesday night at Allstate Arena... Seton Hall stands at 14-12 overall and 5-8 in the BIG EAST... the Pirates play at No. 11/12 Creighton on Sunday evening... Seton Hall leads the series by a 10-3 margin... the Pirates have won two straight in the series... Seton Hall defeated DePaul, 86-69, in the first meeting on Jan. 25 in Newark... the Pirates raced to a 20-point halftime lead... Fuquan Edwin led all scorers with 30 points... Brandon Young led DePaul with 23 points.