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.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men’s basketball program is 1,373-861 (.615) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 549 straight games... DePaul’s last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 307-132 (.699) all-time in Rosemont... DePaul is 4-1 (.800) all-time in games at McGrath-Phillips Arena... the Blue Demons have won four of their first five games in two of the last three seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10).
It Could Happen: A three-pointer extends DePaul’s streak with a three-pointer to 550 consecutive games... Jeremiah Kelly needs four steals to move into a tie with Bobby Simmons (124 steals, 1998-01) for 20th all-time at DePaul... Kelly also needs one assist for sole possession of 22nd all-time... he enters Monday’s game tied with Terry Davis (255 assists, 1989-93)... Krys Faber is making his 45th career start.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 91-72 win against UT-Pan American on Nov. 11:
- Cleveland Melvin recorded the first points of the season the 19:18 mark of the first half with a turnaround jumper from four feet.
- The Blue Demons are now 78-11 all-time in season openers... DePaul has won four straight first games.
- In home openers, DePaul is now 82-7 all-time with wins in 23 of the last 24 and 71 of the last 73 first home games.
- At McGrath-Phillips Arena, DePaul is now 4-1 all-time and 3-0 all-time when starting the season at McGrath Arena.
- Sophomore Moses Morgan made his first career start.
- Friday was the fifth meeting between the two programs... DePaul leads the series, 5-0.
- Four of the five games have been played at DePaul.
- The game was the first meeting since a 93-82 win for DePaul in Rosemont on Dec. 12, 1998.
Milestone and Career-High Updates After UTPA: Jamee Crockett - Played in first career game. Krys Faber - Played in 90th career game... 11th career game in double-figures. Jeremiah Kelly - Played in 95th career game... 17th career game in double-figures. Edwind McGhee - Played in 10th career game. Charles McKinney - Played in first career game... recorded first career game in double-figures. Cleveland Melvin - Made first career three-point field goal... 20th career game in double-figures... 12th career game with multiple blocked shots. Moses Morgan - First career start... matched career-high (third time) with 16 points... knocked down a career-best four three’s... matched career-high (second time) with four assists... ninth career game in double-figures. Derrell Robertson Jr. - Played in first career game. Brandon Young - Started every game of career (32 games)... 21st career game in double-figures.
Highlights Early and Often: Fans that have attended both the exhibition game against Lewis on Nov. 5 and the home opener against UT-Pan American on Nov. 11 have witnessed a pair of highlight reel plays that are already among the best in college basketball this season.
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.
Pre-Conference Action: DePaul is scheduled to play in the Old Spice Classic and BIG EAST/SEC Challenge during the non-conference portion of the schedule.
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.
BIG EAST Preseason Picks: DePaul was picked to finish 16th in the BIG EAST Conference in a vote conducted by league coaches in October. Syracuse and Connecticut were tabbed a co-favorites with each school getting 209 points. They were followed by Louisville with 201 points and Pittsburgh with 188 points.
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.
One of Six: In May 2011, the NCAA released the latest Academic Progress Rate report with the DePaul men’s basketball program as the lone BIG EAST member with a perfect score of 1,000. The Blue Demons are just one of six in the country with an APR of 1,000. DePaul is joined on the short list by Butler, Holy Cross, Columbia, Kansas and Texas.
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.