DePaul meets Creighton at 9:30 p.m. ET Wednesday on FOX Sports 1.
March 10, 2015
DePaul vs. Creighton
BIG EAST Tournament Presented by New York Life
Wednesday, March 11 | 9:30 p.m. ET
Madison Square Garden | New York, N.Y.
NEW YORK - DePaul opens its 2015 BIG EAST Tournament on Wednesday night in a first-round game against Creighton. The Blue Demons enter the event as the No. 7 seed while the Bluejays are slotted in the No. 10 position. A victory sends DePaul to Thursday's quarterfinals against second-seeded Georgetown.
Wednesday's game will be televised on FOX Sports 1 with Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst) and Molly McGrath (reporter) handling the television duties. The broadcast can also be seen on the FOX Sports Go app wherever FOX Sports 1 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 12-19 overall and finished 6-12 in the BIG EAST this season while Creighton enters the game with a 13-18 record overall and 4-14 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. Creighton is led by head coach Greg McDermott who is in his fifth season leading the Bluejays. Wednesday's game is the 28th meeting between the two programs. The two sides split the season series with the visiting team winning each time. DePaul and Creighton are meeting for the second straight year in the BIG EAST Tournament. The Bluejays knocked off the Blue Demons, 84-62, in the quarterfinals a year ago.
The winner of Wednesday's game advances to the quarterfinals to face No. 2 seed Georgetown. The game will be televised on FOX Sports 1 and on the radio on WSCR 670 AM live from Madison Square Garden.
Manhattan Madness: The DePaul Blue Demons make their eighth appearance at Madison Square Garden for the BIG EAST Tournament. DePaul is 2-7 all-time in BIG EAST postseason play with a second-round appearance in 2009 and a quarterfinal appearance in 2014.
The eighth-seeded Blue Demons dropped a 75-67 decision to ninth-seeded Villanova on Mar. 7, 2007 in their first BIG EAST Tournament game. In 2009 as the 16th seed, DePaul topped ninth-seeded Cincinnati, 67-57, before falling in the second round to No. 8 seed Providence by a score of 83-74. In 2011, the first round saw ninth-seeded Connecticut defeat the 16th-seeded Blue Demons, 97-71, as the Huskies won five games in five days to claim the tournament title. A year ago as the No. 10 seed, DePaul knocked off seventh-seeded Georgetown, 60-56, before losing against second-seeded Creighton by a score of 84-62.
Conference Tournament History: The BIG EAST Championship is the third conference tournament for the men's basketball program at DePaul University. Previously, the Blue Demons competed in postseason events in the Great Midwest Conference (1992-95) and Conference USA (1996-05).
DePaul holds a 10-20 all-time record in conference tourney action with two appearances in conference tournament championship games in 2000 and 2004. The Blue Demons dropped a 56-49 decision to Saint Louis in the 2000 Conference USA title game before a 55-50 defeat against Cincinnati in the 2004 Conference USA finals. In addition to those to championship game appearances, the Blue Demons also reached the semifinals in the 1992 and 1993 Great Midwest Tournaments.
The Blue Demons went 1-4 in four Great Midwest Conference tournaments before playing 16 tournament games in Conference USA from 1995-05. The Blue Demons were the top seed in the 2004 Conference USA tournament before falling to Cincinnati.
Notables: DePaul's most common all-time conference tournament opponent is Cincinnati... the Blue Demons are 1-4 all-time against the Bearcats in conference tournament action... DePaul is also 2-2 all-time against UAB, 1-2 against Memphis and 0-3 against USF in league tournaments... the upset over ninth-seeded Cincinnati as the No. 16 seed in the 2009 BIG EAST Tournament marked the first time in conference tournament play of such an occurrence... Will Walker's 31 points and Dar Tucker's 30 in the second round of the 2009 second-round game against Providence was the first time that two players from the same team had scored at least 30 points in a BIG EAST Tournament game... in two of DePaul's nine BIG EAST tourney games, the Blue Demons have scored 67 points... in three tournament games, the Blue Demons have combined to shoot at least .833 from the free throw line... DePaul shot .867 (13-15) against Connecticut in 2012, .842 (16-19) against Villanova in 2007 and .833 (10-12) in 2013 against Rutgers.
BIG EAST Championship Experience: The Blue Demons enter the 2015 tournament with 18 total games of BIG EAST Tournament experience... Jamee Crockett has played a team-high four conference tourney games and Durrell McDonald has played in three... of the current lineup of BIG EAST programs, DePaul has faced Villanova (2007), Providence (2009), Georgetown (2014) and Creighton (2014) in tournament play... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 1-4 in his four previous appearances in the BIG EAST Tournament... a year ago, the Blue Demons set a program tournament record by holding Georgetown to 56 points in the first-round victory... the Blue Demons also set records with 17 free throws and 24 free throw attempts.
3-Paul Sets New Program Record: DePaul's 241 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 Creighton game averaging 7.8 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 also set the record for three-point attempts in the finals game of the regular season. The team has attempted 683 three-pointers and is eighth with a .353 three-point percentage this season.
Garrett Named Honorable Mention All-BIG EAST: Sophomore guard Billy Garrett Jr. was named honorable mention All-BIG EAST on Sunday as the league prepped for this week's conference tournament at Madison Square Garden.
Garrett is the lone sophomore to be placed on either the first or second teams or the honorable mention list. The other 14 players to be honored are either graduate students, seniors or juniors. The Chicago native leads the Blue Demons with 12.4 points per game and 118 assists this season.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men's basketball program is 1,419-941 (.601) 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 675 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: Creighton stands at 13-18 overall and 4-14 in the BIG EAST... the Bluejays are the No. 10 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament... following a 75-62 win over the Blue Demons on Feb. 24, Creighton dropped its final three conference games...Austin Chatman leads the team with 11.6 points per game and 114 assists... Devin Brooks adds 7.8 points and a team-high 4.8 rebounds per game... head coach Greg McDermott is in his fifth season at Creighton... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 1-4 all-time against Creighton.
The Series: Wednesday is the 28th all-time meeting between the two programs... the Blue Demons hold a 16-11 advantage in the series... the two sides split the 2014-15 season series... DePaul recorded a 70-60 victory in the first meeting this season on Jan. 7 in Omaha... Creighton won at DePaul, 75-62, on Feb. 24... the Bluejays swept all three meetings a year ago including an 84-62 decision in the BIG EAST Tournament quarterfinals on March 13, 2014.
The Last Meeting:
The Last Meeting
February 24, 2015
Blue Demons Fall in BIG EAST Game to Creighton
DePaul dropped a 75-62 decision to visiting Creighton on Tuesday night at Allstate Arena. The Blue Demons trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half before tying the game in the second half. Creighton was able to pull away one final time and leave Rosemont with a BIG EAST victory.
DePaul dropped a 75-62 decision to visiting Creighton on Feb. 24 at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half before tying the game in the second half... Creighton's lead grew as high as 13 points in the final seconds... DePaul was led by Forrest Robinson's
14 points... Jamee Crockett
added 14 and Rashaun Stimage
scored 10 points... James Milliken led Creighton with 18 points... the Blue Demons tied the single-season three-point field goal record... DePaul's 231 three's tied the 2007-08 squad.It Could Happen:
A win would mark second straight year with a victory in the BIG EAST Tournament... DePaul as the No. 10 seed a year ago defeated seventh-seeded Georgetown in the first round... Jamee Crockett
(950 pts.) needs six points to pass Mike Gillespie (955 pts., 1971-74) for 52nd place all-time... Crockett (121 3pt. FG) needs one three-pointers for sole possession of ninth all-time... he enter Wednesday's game tied with Bobby Simmons (121 3pt. FG, 1998-01)... Crockett is playing in his 110th game... 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: Billy Garrett Jr.
has scored the same amount of points over 31 games of each of his two seasons... he totaled 383 points in 31 games as a freshman and has 383 points through 31 games this season... 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.
(12.4 ppg) is 13th, Myke Henry
(12.1 ppg) is 16th, Jamee Crockett
(11.8 ppg) is 18th 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 (7.8 per game), free throw percentage (.727) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.309)... in conference games only, the Blue Demons are second in three-point field goals (7.6 per game) and three-point field goal percentage defense (.305)... 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 11 games, opponents have combined to shoot .446 or better in nine games... DePaul's lone win among those 11 games was over Seton Hall... the Blue Demons held the Pirates to a combined mark of .360 (18-50)... the Blue Demons held Marquette to just .327 (17-52) on Saturday in the 58-48 loss.Demon Doings:
Notes following DePaul's 58-48 loss at Marquette on March 7:
- Jamee Crockett
moved into 53rd on DePaul's all-time scoring list... Crockett is also tied with Bobby Simmons (121 3FG, 1998-01) for ninth place on the three-point field goal list.
- DePaul's 48 points are a season low... the 19 points in the first half match the season low set against St. John's on Jan. 18... the 48 points are the fewest in a game since 46 against Butler on March 6, 2014.
- Marquette leads the all-time series, 71-45... the two teams split the season series.On Deck:
With a win, DePaul advances to the quarterfinals against second-seeded Georgetown... it would be the second straight quarterfinal appearance for the Blue Demons... Georgetown is 20-9 overall and finished the conference schedule with a 12-6 record... the Hoyas are ranked No. 23 in both national polls this week... Georgetown swept the season series with a 78-72 win in Rosemont on Jan. 13 and a 68-63 decision in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 21.