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Blue Demons Head South For Sunday Matinee at USF

March 1, 2013

USF Gameday Article

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TV: The U Too (WCIU-DT2)/BIG EAST Network  | Radio: WSCR 670 AM
Online Video: ESPN3 | Online Audio: BlueTube

CHICAGO - DePaul plays the first of two straight road games with a Sunday afternoon contest at USF. The Blue Demons and Bulls are scheduled for a 2 p.m. ET start at the USF Sun Dome. DePaul wraps up the two-game trip on Wednesday evening at Syracuse.

Sunday’s game will be televised in Chicago on The U Too as part of the BIG EAST Network with Rich Hollenberg (play-by-play) and Paul Biancardi (analyst) handling the television duties. The broadcast is also available online at ESPN3. 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 11-17 overall and 2-13 in the BIG EAST while USF holds a 10-17 overall record and 1-14 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. USF’s Stan Heath is in his sixth season leading the Bulls.

Following the USF game, DePaul travels to Syracuse for a 6 p.m. ET game on Wednesday at the Carrier Dome. Pittsburgh visits Allstate Arena in the regular-season finale on Saturday, March 9. The 2013 BIG EAST Championship at Madison Square Garden runs from March 12-16.

Noting the Blue Demons: The men’s basketball program is 1,395-897 (.609) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 607 straight games... DePaul’s last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 317-150 (.679) 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 - USF Bulls: USF enters Saturday’s game at 10-17 overall and 1-14 in BIG EAST play... the Bulls have dropped 10 straight games including a 64-44 loss at Pittsburgh on Wednesday... Victor Rudd leads the team with 11.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game... Toarlyn Fitzpatrick adds 10.0 points and 5.1 boards per game... head coach Stan Heath is in his sixth season leading the USF program... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 2-5 all-time (0-3 at DePaul) against the Bulls.

The Series: 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... DePaul and USF have played every year since the 1995-96 season when the two schools were founding members of Conference USA.

The Last Meeting: DePaul combined to shoot just .338 in a 75-59 loss on Jan. 22, 2012 at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons trailed, 54-49, with just under nine minutes... as DePaul missed its next seven shots, USF put together a 12-2 run to seal the win... Augustus Gilchrist led the Bulls with 22 points and Jawanza Poland added 19... Cleveland Melvin led DePaul with 17 points and seven rebounds... Jamee Crockett added 15 points off the bench.

It Could Happen: Cleveland Melvin (1,388 points) needs 12 points to become the 13th player in program history with 1,400 career points... he would also move from 15th to 13th on DePaul’s all-time scoring list passing Quemont Greer (1,397 pts., 2001-05) and Terry Cummings (1,398 pts., 1979-82)... Brandon Young (1,311 pts.) needs 19 points to pass Draelon Burns (1,329 pts., 2004-08) for 20th place... Young (390 assists) needs seven assists to pass Sammy Mejia (396 assists, 2003-07) for sixth all-time... with three 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 would also snap a seven-game losing streak against USF and a six-game road losing streak.

Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 79-58 loss against No. 10/9 Louisville on Feb. 27:
- Wednesday was the 59th meeting between the two programs... Louisville leads the series, 38-21... the Cardinals have won 10 straight games against the Blue Demons.
- Cleveland Melvin moved from 17th to 15th on DePaul’s all-time scoring list... he passed Stanley Brundy (1985-89) for 16th and Tyrone Corbin (1981-85) for 15th.
- Melvin scored at least 20 points in back-to-back games for the first time since three straight games from Nov. 21-30...he has 10 games this season of at least 20 points and 27 in his career.
- Brandon Young passed Jim Lamkin (1951-55) and moved into 21st place on DePaul’s all-time  scoring list... he also moved from ninth to seventh on the all-time assists chart.
- Young scored at least 20 points for the eight time this season and 21st time in his career.
- With the loss, DePaul has now dropped 42 straight games against ranked opponents.

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 128 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 three 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 USF game with 1,311 points, 390 assists and 97 three-pointers. Joining him on the short list are Brandon Cole, Tom Kleinschmidt and Sammy Mejia (pronounced mah-he-ya).

With the three three-pointers and 10 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 4.57 assists over 28 games this season.

Who’s Next: The Blue Demons travel to Syracuse for a Wednesday evening game at the Carrier Dome... Syracuse - ranked No. 12 in both national polls this week - enters its game against Louisville on Saturday with a 22-6 overall record and 10-5 mark in BIG EAST play... Wednesday is the 14th meeting between the two programs... Syracuse leads the series by a 9-4 margin with six straight wins against DePaul... a year ago, the top-ranked Orange defeated the Blue Demons, 87-68, at Allstate Arena on New Year’s Day.