Men's Basketball Hosts UT-Pan American Friday Night
Nov. 10, 2011
CHICAGO - The DePaul Blue Demons open the 2011-12 season at McGrath-Phillips Arena on DePaul's Lincoln Park campus with a Friday night matchup against UT-Pan American. Start time is scheduled for 8 p.m. between the Blue Demons and Broncs. The opener is the third game of a McGrath-Phillips Arena tripleheader that also features two games of the Maggie Dixon Classic hosted by the DePaul women's basketball team.
The regular-season opener can be heard on WSCR 670 The Score in Chicagoland with Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Laurence Holmes (analyst) calling all the action. Zaidman and Holmes will be simulcasting their broadcast as well online with streaming video on BlueTube at www.depaulbluedemons.com. Live stats are available online at www.depaulbluedemons.com with Gametracker and in-game scoring updates and notes can be followed as well at www.twitter.com/depaulsid.
DePaul enters the season following a 7-24 campaign in 2010-11 while UT-Pan American posted a 6-25 record. Head coach Oliver Purnell begins his second season leading the Blue Demons while UTPA head coach Ryan Marks is in his third year.
Following the UT-Pan American game, the Blue Demons have a quick turnaround with a Monday night matchup against Mississippi Valley State at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Monday's game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start and will be on 670 The Score and BlueTube.
Melvin was named BIG EAST Rookie of the Year and to the league's All-Rookie Team after averaging 14.3 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. In BIG EAST play, he averaged 17.4 points and 6.3 boards per contest. Melvin was joined on the BIG EAST All-Rookie Team by fellow Baltimore native Young. Young was second on the team with 12.6 points per game along with a team-high 115 assists. The duo picked up BIG EAST Rookie of the Week honors six times during the season with four honors for Melvin and two for Young. They also led all BIG EAST freshmen in scoring throughout the season.
Six states are represented on DePaul's active roster with California (Krys Faber), Maryland (Cleveland Melvin, Brandon Young), Michigan (Donnavan Kirk), Mississippi (Derrell Robertson Jr.), Nevada (Moses Morgan) and New York (Worrel Clahar) joining DePaul's home state of Illinois.
Unlike other college basketball overseas experiences, the DePaul men's program was immersed in the history of St. Vincent de Paul - the namesake of DePaul University - and also used the opportunity to integrate the incoming recruiting class on and off the court. The student-athletes took a course titled "The Life and Times of Vincent de Paul" to prepare for the trip and after crossing the Atlantic Ocean they walked in the footsteps of St. Vincent de Paul.
The Blue Demons head to Orlando for the 2011 Old Spice Classic. The event will be held Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, Nov. 24, 25 & 27, at the HP Field House at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Fla. Joining DePaul in the field for the sixth annual event is Arizona State, Dayton, Fairfield, Indiana State, Minnesota, Texas Tech and Wake Forest.
DePaul is facing Ole Miss in the 2011 BIG EAST/SEC Challenge on Dec. 1. The Blue Demons and Rebels square-off at Allstate Arena on the first day of the three-day event that features 12 games between BIG EAST and SEC programs.
Pittsburgh's Ashton Gibbs was named the Preseason Player of the Year and joined on the league's preseason first team by Jeremy Lamb Kemba Walker of Connecticut, Darius Johnson-Odom from Marquette, Notre Dame's Tim Abromaitis, Syracuse's Kris Joseph and Kevin Jones from West Virginia.
DePaul's Cleveland Melvin - the 2011 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year - was a preseason honorable mention All-BIG EAST selection.
Every Division I sports team calculates its APR each academic year, based on the eligibility and retention of each scholarship student-athlete. Teams scoring below 925 can face penalties, such as scholarship losses and restrictions on practice and competition. The most recent APR scores are multi-year rates based on the scores from the 2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09 and 2009-10 academic years.
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