DePaul Faces Mississippi Valley State Monday Night
Nov. 13, 2011
CHICAGO - The DePaul Blue Demons conclude a two-game season-opening homestand at McGrath-Phillips Arena with a Monday night contest against Mississippi Valley State. DePaul opened the 2011-12 season Friday with a 91-72 win over UT-Pan American in Lincoln Park.
The Blue Demons and Delta Devils are scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Mississippi Valley State opened its season Saturday afternoon with an 80-67 loss at Notre Dame.
Monday’s game 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.
Following the Mississippi Valley State game, the Blue Demons head into Autumn quarter exams and don’t play again until Nov. 24 against Minnesota at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando. The Thanksgiving Day game is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. ET start and will be televised on ESPN2 and ESPN3D.
Less than 20 minutes into his first action in a DePaul uniform, freshman Charles McKinney made his presence felt with a follow-up dunk that made ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays on Saturday, Nov. 5. The rookie followed up a missed three-pointer by Cleveland Melvin in the exhibition game against Lewis.
Brandon Young connected with Melvin on a half-court alley-oop against UTPA on Nov. 11 midway through the first half. The Baltimore duo brought a McGrath-Phillips Arena crowd to its feet that included Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.
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 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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