Nov. 12, 2017
DePaul vs. Delaware State
Monday, Nov. 13 | 7 p.m.
Wintrust Arena | Chicago, Ill.
TV: FS2 | Online: FOX Sports Go
Radio: WSCR 670 AM | Online: BlueTube
Game Notes: DePaul | Delaware State
Gameday Information: Wintrust Arena | DePaul Tickets
CHICAGO - Just over 48 hours after opening the 2017-18 season against 14th-ranked Notre Dame, the DePaul Blue Demons host Delaware State on Monday night at Wintrust Arena. Monday’s game is the first meeting between the two programs with a 7 p.m. start scheduled for the contest.
Monday’s game will be televised on FS2 with Lisa Byington (play-by-play) and LaChina Robinson (analyst) handling the television duties. The game can also be seen online and on mobile devices with FOX Sports Go. DePaul’s radio tandem of Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Laurence Holmes (analyst) can be heard on WSCR 670 AM as well as online on BlueTube at www.depaulbluedemons.com. Live stats can be found on GameTracker at www.depaulbluedemons.com while in-game scoring updates and notes can be followed on Twitter at @DePaulSID.
Delaware State opened the season Friday with a 71-50 win over NCAA Division III Cairn College. The Hornets went 10-21 overall last season and 7-9 in the MEAC. DePaul head coach Dave Leitao begins his sixth season at DePaul and his third since returning to the program after leading the Blue Demons three postseasons in three years from 2002-05. Overall, the 2017-18 campaign is Leitao’s 12th as a head coach at the collegiate level. Delaware State is led by Keith Walker who is in his fourth season leading the Hornets.
200 East Cermak: DePaul opened the doors to Wintrust Arena on Saturday following a 37-year run primarily playing home games in suburban Rosemont, Ill.
The Blue Demons have played on a variety of home courts over the duration of the program including 18 games at the United Center from 1994-2002. Notre Dame was DePaul’s first opponent on Chicago’s westside on Dec. 10, 1994. Of the six first games at DePaul Auditorium, Chicago Stadium, Alumni Hall, Rosemont Horizon/Allstate Arena, United Center and McGrath-Phillips Arena, the Blue Demons hold a 6-0 record.
The 10,387-seat facility near McCormick Place in the South Loop area of the city is a joint project between the City of Chicago, the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, and DePaul University. It features state-of-art amenities for the DePaul men’s and women’s basketball programs as well as fans in attendance with over 400 club seats and 22 suites.
The arena has already hosted major events including the Obama Foundation Summit in early November along with concerts by Bob Dylan and Chicago and a variety of convention-related shows and concerts.
The Blue Demons opened the facility on Saturday, Nov. 11 against Notre Dame and will play all home games at Wintrust Arena. The women’s program is scheduled to play six games at Wintrust Arena that includes a Friday, Dec. 8 date against Connecticut. Additionally, the BIG EAST Women’s Basketball Tournament will be at the facility from 2018-20 and a 2019 NCAA Women’s Basketball Regional will be played at Wintrust Arena.
DePaul is the first BIG EAST program to open a new facility since Louisville at the KFC Yum Center in 2010-11. Among the current membership of the conference, Seton Hall most recently started in a new arena with the Prudential Center in 2007-08.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men’s basketball program is 1,437-988 (.593) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 740 straight games... DePaul’s last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the current streak started against Notre Dame on Feb. 21, 1993.
The Opponent - Delaware State Hornets: Delaware State is 1-0 following a season-opening win over Cairn on Friday... the Hornets posted a 71-50... Cairn is a NCAA Division III program located in Langhorne, Pa.... Simon Okolue led Delaware State with 17 points and 12 rebounds in the opener... Artem Tavakalyn added 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists... Delaware State was picked to finish 10th in the preseason MEAC poll... senior forward Kavon Walker was a third team preseason All-MEAC selection... Monday’s game is the first of four straight on the road with games at IPFW (Nov. 15), UIC (Nov. 16) and East Tennessee State (Nov. 20) following the DePaul game... head coach Keith Walker is in his fourth season leading the Hornets... DePaul head coach Dave Leitao is facing Delaware State for the first time.
The Series: Monday is the first meeting between the programs.
The Last Meeting: Monday is the first meeting between the programs.
It Could Happen: Marin Maric needs eight points to reach the 1,000-point plateau in his career... Monday’s game is his second in a DePaul uniform after totaling 989 points in 96 career games at Northern Illinois.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 72-58 loss against No. 14/14 Notre Dame on Saturday:
- First point of the game was a free throw by Notre Dame’s Bonzie Colson 31 seconds into the game... Devin Gage made DePaul’s first basket at Wintrust Arena on a running jumper with 17:15 on the clock.
- The loss ended a nine-game win streak in the season opener for the Blue Demons... DePaul is 82-13 all-time in the first game dating back to the start of the 1923-24 season.
- In home openers, the loss ended an 11-game win streak... DePaul has won 50 of its last 53 home openers.
- Eli Cain recorded his 40th career game in double-figures.
- Saturday was the 105th meeting between the two programs... Notre Dame leads the series, 61-44.
TV Time: All 30 regular-season games will be televised this season. The Blue Demons are scheduled for 16 appearances on FS1 and one on FS2. Four games will be televised on FOX Sports Networks and three others can be seen on CBS Sports Network. The FSN games can be seen locally in the Chicago market on The U Too. The final game of the regular season against Xavier will be on either FOX or FSN.
DePaul’s game in the PK80 over Thanksgiving weekend will be on the ESPN family of networks while the matchup at Illinois is scheduled for the Big Ten Network. The Dec. 9 game at UIC will be televised on NBC Sports Chicago.