Blue Demons and Hoyas Tangle in First Round of BIG EAST Tournament
March 11, 2014
Wednesday, March 12 | 9:30 p.m. ET
NEW YORK - DePaul starts its run in the 2014 BIG EAST Tournament with a Wednesday night game against the Georgetown Hoyas. The two sides face off at Madison Square Garden at 9:30 p.m. ET with Georgetown as the No. 7 seed and DePaul has the No. 10 seed.
Wednesday's game will be televised on FOX Sports 1 with Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst) and Erin Andrews (sideline) handling the television duties. The broadcast will also be available on mobile devices via the FOX Sports Go app. 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 11-20 overall and 3-15 in conference play after a 79-46 loss against Butler on March 6. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is in his fourth season at DePaul and his 26th as a head coach at the collegiate level. Georgetown is 17-13 overall and 8-10 in the BIG EAST and finished the regular season by splitting its last four games. Georgetown coach John Thompson III is in his 10th season leading the Hoyas.
With a win, DePaul advances to the quarterfinals to face second-seeded Creighton. The quarterfinal contest will be at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men's basketball program is 1,406-921 (.604) 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 642 straight games... DePaul's last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 324-160 (.669) 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: Georgetown stands at 17-13 overall and finished the conference schedule with an 8-10 mark in BIG EAST play... the Hoyas split their final four regular-season games with wins over Xavier and Creighton and losses against Marquette and Villanova... Markel Starks leads the team with 17.1 points per game while D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera adds a scoring average of 16.8... the duo has also combined for 107 of the 159 three's by the Hoyas this season... head coach John Thompson III is in his 10th season at Georgetown... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 0-6 all-time against Georgetown.
The Series: Wednesday is the 30th all-time meeting between the two programs... the Hoyas hold a 23-6 advantage in the series... Georgetown has won the last 14 meetings including both games on the 2013-14 regular-season schedule... Georgetown posted a 61-54 decision on New Year's Eve in Washington, D.C. followed by an 71-59 game at Allstate Arena on Feb. 3... DePaul's last victory over Georgetown was a 78-51 win on Jan. 22, 1994... the two sides first played during the 1941-42 season with a 34-29 DePaul victory... Wednesday's game is the first meeting in postseason since the 1943 NCAA Final Four... Georgetown knocked off DePaul, 53-49, at Madison Square Garden.
The Last Meeting: Georgetown defeated DePaul, 71-59, on Feb. 3, 2014 at Allstate Arena... Markel Starks led the Hoyas with 26 points (11-14 FT) and D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera added 17 (11-11 FT)... Brandon Young led DePaul with 15 points and seven rebounds... Billy Garrett Jr. added 12 and R.J. Curington scored 10... Tommy Hamilton IV totaled seven points and 10 rebounds... the Blue Demons led, 30-27, at halftime before a 17-7 second-half run enabled Georgetown to erase the halftime deficit.
It Could Happen: A win snaps a five-game losing streak in the BIG EAST Tournament... DePaul's last win was a 67-57 first-round victory over Cincinnati on March 10, 2009... Brandon Young is playing in his 125th career game... Young (1,864 pts.) needs seven points to pass George Mikan (1,870 pts., 1942-46) for fourth on the all-time scoring list... a win also ends a 14-game losing streak against Georgetown... the last win over the Hoyas was a 78-51 decision on Jan. 22, 1994 at the Rosemont Horizon (now Allstate Arena).
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul's 79-46 loss against Butler on March 6:
Trending: In all games, DePaul ranks second in the BIG EAST statistical rankings in offensive rebounds (12.4 orpg) and is tied for third in steals (6.8 spg)... in league games only, the Blue Demons are third in offensive rebounds (11.2 orpg) and third in steals (6.6 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 0-12 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... when four or more players score in double-figures, DePaul is 5-2... the Blue Demons have used 14 different starting lineups.