Feb. 27, 2012
CHICAGO - DePaul hits the road for the final time of the 2011-12 regular season with a Tuesday night game at West Virginia. The Blue Demons and Mountaineers are scheduled for a 7 p.m. ET start at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown. Both teams are looking to end losing skids with DePaul on an eight-game slide and West Virginia dropping two straight and four of its last five games.
DePaul is 11-17 overall and 2-14 in BIG EAST play while West Virginia 17-12 overall and 7-9 in league action. Tuesday is just the eighth meeting between the two schools with the Mountaineers holding a 6-1 advantage 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 The U Too in Chicagoland as part of the BIG EAST Network with Quint Kessenich (play-by-play) and Bob Wenzel (analyst) calling the action courtside.
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. The television broadcast is also available online at ESPN3.com.
Following the West Virginia game, DePaul closes the 2011-12 regular season at Allstate Arena against Seton Hall. The Pirates visit Rosemont for the home finale on Saturday, Mar. 3 at 5 p.m. The game can be seen in Chicagoland on The U Too as part of the BIG EAST Network and heard on WSCR 670 The Score.
DePaul opens BIG EAST Championship play on Tuesday, Mar. 6 with a time and opponent to be determined. The BIG EAST Championship is scheduled for Mar. 6-10 at Madison Square Garden.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men’s basketball program is 1,383-879 (.611) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 576 straight games... DePaul’s last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 310-141 (.687) 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 7-3 this season with at least four players in double-figures and 4-1 with 10 or more three-pointers... the three losses with four in double-figures occurred against Marquette, Notre Dame and Providence... DePaul has used nine different starting lineups this season with every non-injured scholarship player starting at least one game.
The Opponent - West Virginia Mountaineers: West Virginia enters Tuesday’s game at 17-12 overall and 7-9 in BIG EAST play... the Mountaineers have dropped four of their last five and seven of the last nine games... Kevin Jones leads the team and the BIG EAST with 20.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game... Darryl Bryant follows with a 16.8 scoring average and a team-high 65 three’s... head coach Bob Huggins is in his fifth season leading the West Virginia program.
The Series: Tuesday is the eighth all-time meeting between the two programs... the Mountaineers have won all six meetings in BIG EAST play... prior to BIG EAST play, DePaul defeated West Virginia in the 1945 NIT at Madison Square Garden... led by George Mikan, the Blue Demons knocked off Rhode Island and Bowling Green to win the 1945 NIT Championship... a year ago, West Virginia won the season series with a 67-65 win at Allstate Arena on Jan. 4 and an 82-71 decision in Morgantown on Feb. 12.
The Last Meeting: West Virginia led from start to finish in an 82-71 victory over DePaul on Feb. 12, 2011 at WVU Coliseum... the Mountaineers led 47-34 at halftime and led by as many as 17 points in the second half... John Flowers led five West Virginia players in double-figures with 15 points... Joe Mazzulla and Deniz Kilicli added 12 apiece while Darryl Bryant and Casey Mitchell scored 11 each... Brandon Young scored 14 points to lead the Blue Demons... Jimmy Drew finished with 13 while Krys Faber and Tony Freeland each scored 11 points.
It Could Happen: A win snaps a season-high eight-game losing streak... with 13 points, Cleveland Melvin reaches the 500-point plateau for the season... the 500 points would put him in 33rd on DePaul’s season scoring list... with 27 points, Melvin reached the 900-point mark in his career... Jeremiah Kelly will be playing in his 120th career game... he needs four three’s to move into a tie with Brandon Cole (1991-95) for fourth all-time.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 73-71 loss against Providence on Feb. 25:
- DePaul went 5-for-19 (.263) from beyond the arc... in the last two games, the Blue Demons have gone 11-for-50 (.220) from three-point range.
- Donnavan Kirk recorded career highs with eight blocked shots and 11 rebounds... the eight blocks are tied for second on DePaul’s game chart... it’s also the most since Steve Hunter’s eight against Houston on Feb. 7, 2001... Kirk’s previous career best was four blocks on Dec. 21, 2011 against Cal Poly.
- Melvin (12 rebs.) and Kirk (11 rebs.) are the first duo since Mac Koshwal (10 rebs.) and Dar Tucker (10 rebs.) to each grab at least 10 boards in game... Koshwal and Tucker combined for it at Providence on Jan. 3, 2009.
- Moses Morgan led DePaul with 13 points for his eighth game in double-figures this season... he played for first time since suffering a concussion in a fall against Marquette on Feb. 6.
- Cleveland Melvin posted his third straight double-double... he has recorded a double-double in five of the last eight games... Melvin also recorded two blocks, moving him into 14th on DePaul’s all-time list.
- Saturday was the 29th meeting between the teams... Providence leads the series, 22-7.