Blue Demons Meet Red Storm at Madison Square Garden for Sunday Showdown
March 1, 2014
CHICAGO - DePaul plays its final road game of the regular season on Sunday with a Noon ET contest against St. John’s at Madison Square Garden. DePaul is looking for a season sweep of the Red Storm after posting a 77-75 win on Jan. 14 at Allstate Arena.
Sunday’s game will be televised on CBS Sports Network with Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Lappas (analyst) and Wally Szczerbiak (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 11-18 overall and 3-13 in conference play after a 65-60 win over Seton Hall on Tuesday night. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is in his fourth season at DePaul and his 26th as a head coach at the collegiate level. St. John’s is 18-11 overall and 8-8 in the BIG EAST and have dropped its last two games to Villanova and Xavier. St. John’s coach Steve Lavin is in his fourth season leading the Red Storm.
Following the St. John’s game, DePaul hosts Butler in the regular-season finale at Allstate Arena. The Blue Demons and Bulldogs meet in Rosemont on Thursday, March 8. The game can be seen on FOX Sports 1 and heard on WSCR 670 AM at 8 p.m. DePaul’s senior class of Edwind McGhee, Sandi Marcius and Brandon Young will be honored in a pregame ceremony.
DePaul-St. John’s Share Common Mission: DePaul and St. John’s are two of four universities in the world founded by the Vincentians. DePaul, St. John’s and Niagara were founded in the 19th century in the United States and Adamson University, located in Manila, Philippines, was acquired by the Vincentians in 1964.
All four schools are based on the Vincentian values of service, justice, charity and advocacy and provide a college education to many first-generation college students.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men’s basketball program is 1,406-919 (.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 640 straight games... DePaul’s last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 324-159 (.671) 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 21-4 (6-1 in 2013-14) when scoring 80 or more points... DePaul’s 2013-14 roster includes nine players from the Chicagoland area.
The Opponent: St. John’s stands at 18-11 overall and 8-8 in the BIG EAST following a 65-53 loss against Xavier on Feb. 25... St. John’s has dropped two straight games following a six-game winning streak from Feb. 1-18... D’Angelo Harrison leads the team with 17.3 points per game and 53 three-pointers... JaKarr Sampson adds 12.8 points and a team-high 6.2 rebounds per game... head coach Steve Lavin is in his fourth season at St. John’s... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 1-5 all-time against St. John’s.
The Series: Sunday is the 33rd all-time meeting between the two programs... the Red Storm holds a 17-15 advantage in the series... DePaul’s win on Jan. 14 snapped an eight-game losing streak in the series... a year ago, DePaul dropped a 79-74 overtime decision at Carnesecca Arena on Jan. 30, 2013.
The Last Meeting: DePaul posted a 77-75 come-from-behind win over St. John’s on Jan. 14 at Allstate Arena... D’Angelo Harrison gave St. John’s a 74-70 lead with more than four minutes left... DePaul outscored the Red Storm, 7-1, over the final 4:35 of the game... Brandon Young (19p/5r/5a) and Billy Garrett Jr. (21p/2r/5a) combined for 40 points, 10 and seven rebounds... Harrison led all scorers with 24 points (4-6 3pt. FG)... Cleveland Melvin added 16 points, seven rebounds and six blocked shots for DePaul and Tommy Hamilton IV scored 13 points with six boards... Rysheed Jordan chipped in 16 points, six rebounds and four assists for St. John’s... DePaul went 21-for-25 (.840) from the free throw line.
It Could Happen: A win gives DePaul the season sweep over St. John’s and back-to-back BIG EAST wins for the second time this season... Jamee Crockett is playing in his 75th career game... Sandi Marcius is playing in his 105th career game (75 at Purdue/30 at DePaul)... Brandon Young (1,817 pts.) needs 21 points to pass Tom Kleinschmidt (1,837 pts., 1991-95) for fifth on the all-time scoring list... with 10 points, Young records his 99th career game in double-figures.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 65-60 win against Seton Hall on Feb. 25:
Trending: In all games, DePaul leads the BIG EAST statistical rankings in offensive rebounds (12.7 orpg) and is third in blocked shots (4.4 bpg), steals (6.6 spg) and offensive rebound percentage (.349)... in league games only, the Blue Demons are second in offensive rebounds (11.7 orpg) and third in offensive rebound percentage (.326) 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 19 games with an 11-8 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 14 different starting lineups.
Rookies of the Week: A DePaul freshman has claimed the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honor seven times this season for the highest season total in program history. The 2010-11 season saw Cleveland Melvin (four times) and Brandon Young (twice) earn the honor six times.
In 2013-14, Tommy Hamilton IV was the first winner of the season followed by five Rookie of the Week honors for Billy Garrett Jr. and R.J. Curington as the honoree on Feb. 3. Garrett’s five rookie honors mark the highest total in program history. The Chicago native also earned the honor on Dec. 2, 16 and 30, Jan. 20 and Feb. 24.
Since the start of the 2008-09 season, no BIG EAST team has produced three different Rookie of the Week winners.
Garrett Making Push For BIG EAST Rookie of the Year: DePaul freshman Billy Garrett Jr. is making a strong case for the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year award. The Chicago native has led all league rookies in scoring, assists and free throw percentage throughout the season. Additionally, he is second in three-point field goals and third in steals.
Garrett would DePaul’s third conference Freshman/Rookie of the Year winner joining Quentin Richardson and Cleveland Melvin. Richardson was the 1999 Conference USA Freshman of the Year and Melvin was the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year in 2011. DePaul played as an independent until joining the Great Midwest Conference in 1991-92.
Made Em Jump Like Rod Strickland: While he’s not quite at Wu-Tang Clan-lyric status, senior guard Brandon Young has compiled stats that haven’t been seen at DePaul since the days of Rod Strickland from 1985-88. Over his three seasons, Strickland totaled 1,448 points and 557 assists while Young totaled 1,378 points and 408 assists through the end of his junior campaign.
Locally Grown: The 2013-14 DePaul roster features eight players from the state of Illinois. In addition to the eight from Illinois, a total of nine players are from the Chicagoland area. The nine Chicagoland members on the roster include Jamee Crockett (Chicago, Ill.), R.J. Curington (Dyer, Ind.), Cory Dolins (Northbrook, Ill.), Billy Garrett Jr. (Chicago, Ill.), Tommy Hamilton IV (Chicago, Ill.), Myke Henry (Chicago, Ill.), DeJuan Marrero (Gary, Ind.), Charles McKinney (Evanston, Ill.) and Peter Ryckbosch (Chicago, Ill.). The eighth state of Illinois native is Champaign’s Edwind McGhee.
Who’s Next: DePaul hosts Butler on March 6 at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons defeated the Bulldogs, 99-94, in double overtime at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Jan. 9... DePaul has won six of seven all-time meetings... Butler stands at 12-16 overall and 2-14 in the BIG EAST... the Bulldogs are off until visiting Rosemont.