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Northwestern and DePaul Agree to Five-Year Series Starting in 2015-16
Billy Garrett Jr.'s buzzer-beating bucket beat the Wildcats last season in Evanston.

Billy Garrett Jr.'s buzzer-beating bucket beat the Wildcats last season in Evanston.

June 2, 2014

CHICAGO – Northwestern and DePaul have agreed to a five-year men’s basketball series beginning in the 2015-16 campaign.

The Wildcats will host two of the games in the series while the Blue Demons will host three. The teams were originally scheduled to play a contest during the 2014-15 season but were unable to come together on a date that worked for both schools.

“As a Chicago native, I think it’s terrific for basketball in the area to have Northwestern and DePaul play one another, Northwestern head coach Chris Collins said. “There have been some great games between the teams over the years and we look forward to that continuing.”

“Getting the DePaul-Northwestern series secured over this five-year stretch is great for both programs and basketball fans in Chicago,” said DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell. “Last year’s exciting finish was an example of the great competition we’ll see between the two teams.”

DePaul leads the all-time series by a 20-10 margin including a Billy Garrett Jr. buzzer-beater last season at Welsh-Ryan Arena. Garrett’s bucket gave the Blue Demons a 57-56 win over the Wildcats.

Since 1974, the top performer of the game between Northwestern and DePaul has been recognized as the Waldo Fisher-Frank McGrath Most Valuable Player. Tre Demps of the Wildcats was the recipient following last season’s meeting after scoring a career-best 23 points off the bench.