Feb. 26, 2013
Game Notes: DePaul | Louisville
TV: ESPNU | Radio: WSCR 670 AM
Online Video: WatchESPN | Online Audio: BlueTube
CHICAGO - DePaul hosts No. 10/9 Louisville for a Wednesday night game at Allstate Arena. The Blue Demons and Cardinals meet for the 59th time just over a year after Louisville knocked off DePaul in overtime in Rosemont.
Wednesday’s 8 p.m. game will be televised on ESPNU with Adam Amin (play-by-play) and Tim Welsh (analyst) handling the television duties. The broadcast is also available online at WatchESPN. DePaul’s radio tandem of Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Jeff Blanzy (analyst) can be heard on WSCR 670 AM, 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 stands at 11-16 overall and 2-12 in the BIG EAST while Louisville holds a 22-5 overall record and 10-4 mark in league play. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is in his third season at DePaul and his 25th as a head coach at the collegiate level. Louisville’s Rick Pitino is in his 12th season leading the Cardinals.
Following the Louisville game, DePaul plays back-to-back road games before hosting Pittsburgh in the regular-season finale on March 9. The Blue Demons play at USF on Sunday afternoon before a March 6 game at Syracuse.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men’s basketball program is 1,395-896 (.609) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 606 straight games... DePaul’s last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 317-149 (.680) all-time at Allstate Arena... DePaul is 7-1 (.875) all-time in games at McGrath-Phillips Arena... in each of Oliver Purnell’s three seasons at DePaul, the Blue Demons have faced three Chicagoland opponents during the non-conference portion of the schedule with an 8-1 record in those games... in the Purnell era, the Blue Demons are 15-3 (6-0 in 2012-13) when scoring 80 or more points... DePaul has used seven different starting lineups this season... Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young have started every game this season... DePaul is scheduled to have at least 27 games televised during the 2012-13 season... DePaul played back-to-back overtime games on Jan. 30 at St. John’s and Feb. 2 against Notre Dame for the first time since the 1987-88 season... DePaul has never played three straight overtime games.
The Opponent - Louisville Cardinals: Louisville enters Wednesday’s game at 22-5 overall and 10-4 in BIG EAST play... the Cardinals are ranked No. 10 in this week’s AP poll and ninth in the USA Today Coaches top 25... the Cardinals have won six of their last seven with the lone loss in five overtimes on Feb. 9 at Notre Dame... Russ Smith leads the team with 18.4 points per game and 42 three-pointers... Chane Behanan adds 11.0 points and 7.4 rebounds per game... head coach Rick Pitino is in his 12th season leading the Louisville program... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 1-7 all-time (0-3 at DePaul) against the Cardinals.
The Series: Wednesday is the 59th meeting between the two programs... Louisville holds a 37-21 series advantage that includes a current nine-game winning streak... DePaul and Louisville have played in the same conference since the start of Conference USA in 1995-96... DePaul’s last win over Louisville was a 60-58 overtime decision at Freedom Hall on Feb. 25, 2004... a year ago, the Cardinals swept two regular-season meetings with a 76-59 win at the KFC Yum! Center on Jan. 14 and a 90-82 overtime win at Allstate Arena on Feb. 18.
The Last Meeting (Feb. 18, 2012 at Allstate Arena): DePaul led by 10 at halftime, but couldn’t hold off No. 19/18 Louisville in a 90-82 overtime loss at Allstate Arena on Feb. 18, 2012... the Cardinals outscored DePaul by 10 in the second half before a 13-5 margin in the extra frame... Brandon Young led all scorers with 27 points along with five assists and four steals... Cleveland Melvin added a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double... Kyle Kuric led the Cardinals with 25 points and Chris Smith added 20.
It Could Happen: Cleveland Melvin (1,368 points) needs 11 points to move from 17th to 15th on DePaul’s scoring list... with the 11 points he passes Stanley Brundy (1,375 pts., 1985-89) for 16th and Tyrone Corbin (1,378 pts., 1981-85) for 15th... Corbin is currently the head coach of the Utah Jazz... Brandon Young needs 18 points to pass Jim Lamkin (1,306 pts., 1951-55) for 21st place... Young (384 assists) needs three assists to move from ninth to seventh all-time... with four three-pointers, Young becomes the 17th player in program history with 100 career three-pointers... a win would be No. 425 as a head coach for Oliver Purnell... a win also ends a 41-game losing streak against ranked opponents (40 vs. AP-ranked opponents)... DePaul’ last win over a ranked-team was an 84-76 victory over No. 17/16 Villanova on Jan. 3, 2008 at Allstate Arena... DePaul’s last win over a top 10 team was a 64-57 win on Dec. 2, 2006 against No. 5/5 Kansas.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 81-69 loss against Connecticut on Feb. 23:
- Saturday was the 11th meeting between the two programs... Connecticut leads the series, 10-1, with a nine-game winning streak.
-The loss was the first this season when DePaul was leading at halftime... the Blue Demons are 8-1 when leading at halftime this season.
- Cleveland Melvin moved into 17th on DePaul’s all-time scoring list... he recorded his seventh double-double of the season and 14th of his career.
- Brandon Young reached double-figures for the 25th time this season.
- Worrel Clahar reached double-figures for the ninth time this season and the fourth time in the last six games.
Fun With Numbers: DePaul has scored the same amount of points in back-to-back games on three separate occasions this season (69 vs. Northern Illinois and UMBC, 71 vs. Notre Dame and Villanova, 78 vs. Marquette and Notre Dame)... with 122 assists this season, Brandon Young is the first player since Rod Strickland (1985-88) with at least 100 assists in three straight seasons... DePaul has combined to shoot at least .900 from the free throw line in two games this season (minimum 10 attempts)... it is the first time since the 1999-00 campaign with at least two games (minimum 10 attempts) with a .900 or better... DePaul’s .900 (18-20) mark at St. John’s on Jan. 30 was the highest team free throw percentage since going 13-for-13 against Minnesota on Nov. 24, 2011 at the Old Spice Classic... the Blue Demons bettered that mark at Marquette on Feb. 9 with a free throw percentage of .917 (11-12)... St. John’s is the only team to defeat DePaul this season when shooting less than 40 percent... the Blue Demons are 5-1 when holding opponents under .400 from the field... the Blue Demons are 8-1 when leading at halftime with the lone loss against Connecticut on Feb. 23... DePaul is 2-0 this season on Friday and Sunday... the .277 (18-65) field goal percentage at Pittsburgh on Jan. 26 was the lowest team field goal percentage since a .241 (14-58) mark at Northwestern on Dec. 6, 2008... on 12/12/12, No. 12 Cleveland Melvin scored 12 points at Arizona State... a year earlier on 11/11/11, No. 11 Jeremiah Kelly scored 11 points against UT-Pan American.
4 Down to 1?: With four more three-pointers, junior guard Brandon Young joins a short list of players in DePaul history with at least 1,200 points, 300 assists and 100 three-pointers. Young enters the Louisville game with 1,289 points, 384 assists and 96 three-pointers. Joining him on the short list are Brandon Cole, Tom Kleinschmidt and Sammy Meija.
With the four three-pointers and 16 assists over the remainder of the 2012-13 season, Young will become the only player in program history with at least 1,200 points, 400 assists and 100 three-pointers. The Baltimore native is averaging 4.52 assists over 27 games this season.
Who’s Next: The Blue Demons travel to USF for a Sunday afternoon game at the Sun Dome... USF enters its game at Pittsburgh on Wednesday night with a 10-16 overall record and 1-13 mark in BIG EAST play... Sunday is the 27th meeting between the two programs... DePaul leads the series by a 15-11 margin... USF has won the last seven meetings... in the last meeting, the Bulls posted a 75-59 win over the Blue Demons on Jan. 22, 2012 at Allstate Arena.