2012-13 Campaign Starts Friday Night in Lincoln Park
Nov. 8, 2012
CHICAGO - DePaul opens the 2012-13 regular season at McGrath-Phillips Arena against UC Riverside on Friday night. Start time is scheduled for 8 p.m. and the game is the third of a basketball tripleheader in Lincoln Park. The Blue Demons and Highlanders tangle following two women’s basketball games of the Maggie Dixon Classic hosted by DePaul.
The regular-season opener can be heard on WSCR 670 The Score in Chicagoland with Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Jeff Blanzy (analyst) calling all the action. The audio feed along with streaming video will be available on BlueTube at www.depaulbluedemons.com and DePaul’s mobile app. Live stats can be found on GameTracker at www.depaulbluedemons.com and in-game scoring updates and notes can be followed as well at www.twitter.com/depaulsid.
DePaul enters the 2012-13 season following a 12-19 campaign a year ago while UC Riverside posted a record of 14-17. Head coach Oliver Purnell is in his third season at DePaul and his 25th as a head coach at the collegiate level.
Following the UC Riverside game, DePaul hosts two games at Allstate Arena as part of the Cancun Challenge. The Blue Demons open the Rosemont portion of the schedule on Nov. 15 against Gardner-Webb followed by a Nov. 17 contest against Austin Peay. Both games can be heard on WSCR 670 The Score and seen online on BlueTube.
Louisville was a unanimous choice to win the 2012-13 BIG EAST men’s basketball regular-season crown with 14 first-place votes. The league’s head coaches do not place their own teams on their ballots.
Syracuse was tabbed for second place and Notre Dame rounded out the top three in third place. Cincinnati was fourth, followed by Georgetown, Pittsburgh, Marquette, USF, Connecticut and St. John’s. Rutgers is 11th and Villanova is picked for 12th, with DePaul taking the 13th spot. Seton Hall was voted 14th and Providence concluded the preseason poll in 15th place.
Melvin – the league’s top returning scorer – was a second-team preseason selection after earning All-BIG EAST honorable mention honors following the 2011-12 season. Louisville’s Peyton Siva was named the preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year and Pittsburgh’s Steven Adams was picked as the preseason Rookie of the Year.
In addition to Chandler playing this season for Denver, Tyrone Corbin (1981-85) is in his second full season as head coach of the Utah Jazz. Corbin replaced Jerry Sloan during the 2010-11 season when Sloan announced his retirement. Corbin played for nine NBA teams during his pro career from 1985-01.
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