Men's Basketball Closes Regular Season at Marquette
March 6, 2015
DePaul at Marquette
Saturday, March 7 | 1 p.m.
BMO Harris Bradley Center | Milwaukee, Wis.
TV: FOX Sports 2 | Online Video/Mobile App: FOX Sports Go
CHICAGO - DePaul concludes the regular-season schedule in Milwaukee for a Saturday afternoon contest with Marquette. Both teams are looking to snap six-game losing streaks while DePaul seeks the season sweep of the Golden Eagles. The Blue Demons posted a 61-58 decision on New Year's Eve at Allstate Arena.
Saturday's game will be televised on FOX Sports 2 with Wayne Larrivee (play-by-play) and Dickie Simpkins (analyst) handling the television duties. The broadcast can also be seen on the FOX Sports Go app wherever FOX Sports 2 is available. 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 stands at 12-18 overall and 6-11 in the BIG EAST this season while Marquette enters the game with an 11-18 record overall and 3-14 mark in league play. Head coach Oliver Purnell is in his fifth season at DePaul and his 27th as a head coach at the collegiate level. Marquette is led by head coach Steve Wojciechowski who is in his first season leading the Golden Eagles. Saturday's game is the 116th meeting between the two programs and the second of two during the regular season.
Following the Marquette game, DePaul opens its BIG EAST Tournament experience on Wednesday night in the first round. The Blue Demons will be either the seventh or eighth seed in the league tournament. All games of the BIG EAST Tournament will be televised on FOX Sports 1 live from Madison Square Garden.
DePaul-Marquette Meet for 116th Time: DePaul and Marquette meet for the 116th time on Saturday afternoon... the Golden Eagles hold a 70-45 advantage in the series... it's DePaul's longest-running series... following Marquette is Notre Dame with 104 games between the two programs... in games at Marquette, DePaul is 13-40... in home games, the Blue Demons are 31-28... on neutral courts, the Golden Eagles have won two of three meetings... DePaul posted a 62-56 win in the NCAA Tournament in Provo, Utah on March 15, 1979... the Blue Demons advanced to the Final Four that season.
So What, So What, So What's the Scenario: DePaul will be the No. 7 or the No. 8 seed in next week's BIG EAST Tournament... DePaul and Seton Hall are tied for seventh place entering Saturday's finale of the regular season... the Blue Demons hold the tiebreaker over the Pirates with two regular-season victories... DePaul defeated No. 24/24 Seton Hall, 64-60, on Jan. 22 in Newark... the Blue Demons then posted a 75-62 win over the Pirates on Feb. 3 at Allstate Arena... Creighton and Marquette will be the ninth and 10th seeds with the order to be determined... the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament features No. 7 against No. 10 and No. 8 against No. 9 on Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden.
3-Paul Sets New Program Record: DePaul's 238 three-pointers this season are a new single-season team record. The 2007-08 team previously held the top mark with 231 three's. The Blue Demons enter the Marquette game averaging 7.9 three's per game this season.
In three of Oliver Purnell's five seasons at DePaul, the Blue Demons have finished in the top six on the team season three-point chart. The 2011-12 team is third and the 2013-14 squad is tied for fifth.
In addition to the top five ranking in three's made, the 2014-15 team is currently second with 665 three-point attempts and tied for seventh with a .358 three-point percentage this season.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men's basketball program is 1,419-940 (.602) all-time... the 81-70 win over Florida Atlantic on Dec. 12, 2013 was win No. 1,400 since start of 1923-24 season... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 674 straight games... DePaul's last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... DePaul's current roster features eight players that have made at least 15 three-pointers this season... among the eight, four players have at least 30 three's in 2014-15... the Blue Demons are 332-167 (.665) all-time at Allstate Arena... DePaul is 9-1 (.900) all-time in games at McGrath-Phillips Arena... in Oliver Purnell's five seasons at DePaul, the Blue Demons are 13-1 against Chicagoland opponents (Chicago State, UIC, Loyola-Chicago, Northern Illinois, Northwestern)... DePaul posted a 3-0 record this season with wins over UIC, Northern Illinois and Chicago State... in the Purnell era, the Blue Demons are 25-4 (4-0 in 2014-15/6-1 in 2013-14) when scoring 80 or more points... DePaul's 2014-15 roster includes nine players from the Chicagoland area.
The Opponent: Marquette stands at 11-18 overall and 3-14 in BIG EAST play... the Golden Eagles have dropped six straight including a 67-51 defeat against St. John's on Wednesday night... Matt Carlino leads the team with 14.7 points and 69 three-pointers... Duane Wilson adds 12.5 points while Luke Fisher averages 10.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game... Steve Wojciechowski is in his first season at Marquette... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 5-10 all-time against Marquette.
The Series: Saturday is the 116th all-time meeting between the two programs... the series is the longest in DePaul history... the Golden Eagles hold a 70-45 advantage in the series... Marquette has won five of the last six meetings and 12 of the last 14... DePaul's 61-58 win on New Year's Eve was the first over Marquette since 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: DePaul opened the BIG EAST slate with a 61-58 win over Marquette at Allstate Arena on New Year's Eve... Billy Garrett Jr. scored six of his game-high 19 points in the final two minutes to help propel the Blue Demons to their first victory over Marquette since Jan. 20, 2010... DePaul erased a 13-point second-half deficit... down 49-36 with 11:46 to play, the Blue Demons closed out the game on a 25-9 run which was fueled by nine points from Garrett and six from Jamee Crockett... Crockett finished with 13 points... Marquette went into halftime holding a 32-26 advantage... Duane Wilson and Matt Carlino each scored 11 points for Marquette.
It Could Happen: A potential seventh BIG EAST win would be the most since the Blue Demons totaled nine BIG EAST wins during the 2006-07 campaign... Jamee Crockett (936 pts.) needs three points to pass Ken Jaksy (938 pts., 1953-56) for 54th on DePaul's all-time scoring list... he could also pass Jesse Nash (940 pts., 1961-65) for 53rd and Mike Gillespie (955 pts., 1971-74) for 52nd place... Crockett (119 3pt. FG) needs three three-pointers to pass Tom Kleinschmidt (120 3FG, 1991-95) for 10th and Bobby Simmons (121 3FG, 1998-01) for ninth on DePaul's three-point field goal list... Crockett enters the Marquette game tied for 11th with Joe Tulley (1999-03)... with 10 points, Tommy Hamilton IV records his 25th career game in double-figures... Billy Garrett Jr. (289 FT) needs two free throws to pass Cleveland Melvin ( 290 FT, 2010-14) for 20th place.
Trendy: DePaul is one of two teams in the BIG EAST with St. John's to feature four of the top 25 scorers in the league... Billy Garrett Jr. (12.7 ppg) is 13th, Myke Henry (12.1 ppg) is 16th, Jamee Crockett (11.7 ppg) is 17th and Tommy Hamilton IV (10.0 ppg) is 25th... in the team BIG EAST rankings for all games, the Blue Demons are ranked third in three-point field goals (7.9 per game), free throw percentage (.729) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.312)... in conference games only, the Blue Demons are second in three-point field goals (7.8 per game) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.311)... after going 12-for-24 from the free throw line in the season opener, DePaul went 305-of-393 (.776) over the next 18 games... in the following two games, the team free throw percentage totaled just .565 (26-46) before a combined 13-for-16 (.813) effort at Providence... the Milwaukee game on Dec. 7 featured a team effort of 21-for-23 (.913) that included 11-of-11 from Billy Garrett Jr. and 7-for-7 from Tommy Hamilton IV... the Blue Demons pulled off an almost identical performance against Colorado by combining to go 20-for-22 (.909) from the line... Garrett duplicated the 11-of-11 performance against Colorado at the Diamond Head Classic... over the last 10 games, opponents have combined to shoot greater than .500 five times... DePaul's lone win among those 10 games was over Seton Hall... the Blue Demons held the Pirates to a combined mark of .360 (18-50).
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul's 67-53 loss against No. 23/23 Butler on Feb. 28:
- This was the 10th meeting between the programs all-time... DePaul holds a 6-4 advantage and has dropped the last three matchups.
- DePaul's seven three-pointers push the team season total to 238 - a new program record... the Blue Demons have hit at least one three-pointer in 674 straight games... DePaul has hit five-plus three's in 29-of-30 games this season.
- Jamee Crockett reached double figures for the 47th time in his career and 20th time this season... Crockett tied Joe Tulley (1999-03) for 11th on DePaul's all-time made three's list... he also passed Quentin Richardson for 12th... Richardson was inducted into the DePaul Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday.
- The game was No. 499 for DePaul at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons wrapped up their 35th season in Rosemont with an 8-7 record.
- DePaul moves to 0-3 on the year when having only one player score in double figures.
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