DePaul and Wright State Meet at Allstate Arena in CBE Hall of Fame Classic
Nov. 15, 2013
CHICAGO - DePaul hosts Wright State in the second of two home games as part of the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. The Blue Demons opened the event with a 75-68 loss against Southern Miss on Wednesday night. Start time for the Blue Demons and Raiders is 1 p.m. at Allstate Arena.
Saturday’s game will be televised on FOX Sports Networks with Jason Benetti (play-by-play) and Kevin O’Neill (analyst) handling the television duties. Locally in Chicago, the game can be seen on WPWR My50 and FOX Sports Arizona while various other FOX Sports outlets will carry the game on delay throughout the weekend. DePaul’s radio tandem of Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Jeff Blanzy (analyst) can be heard on WSCR 670 AM, on BlueTube at www.depaulbluedemons.com and on DePaul’s mobile app. Live stats can be found on GameTracker at www.depaulbluedemons.com while in-game scoring updates and notes can be followed at www.twitter.com/depaulsid.
DePaul enters the game at 1-1 after starting the season with a 96-58 win over Grambling State before falling on Wednesday to Southern Miss. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is in his fourth season at DePaul and his 26th as a head coach at the collegiate level. Wright State is led by Billy Donlon who is in his fourth season leading the Raiders. Saturday’s game is the first meeting between the two programs.
Following the Wright State game, DePaul travels to Milwaukee next Tuesday before continuing play in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City. DePaul faces No. 16/16 Wichita State on Monday, Nov. 25 and either BYU or Texas on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men’s basketball program is 1,396-902 (.608) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 613 straight games... DePaul’s last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 317-152 (.676) all-time at Allstate Arena... DePaul is 8-1 (.889) all-time in games at McGrath-Phillips Arena... in each of Oliver Purnell’s three full seasons at DePaul, the Blue Demons have faced three Chicagoland opponents during the non-conference portion of the schedule with an 8-1 record in those games... the 2013-14 schedule features local opponents Chicago State and Northwestern... in the Purnell era, the Blue Demons are 16-3 (6-0 in 2012-13/1-0 in 2013-14) when scoring 80 or more points.
The Opponent - Wright State Raiders: Wright State stands at 1-1 following an 88-70 loss at Georgetown on Wednesday night... the Raiders opened the season with an 82-49 win over Mount St. Joseph on Nov. 10... Wright State was picked to finish second in the preseason Horizon League poll despite collecting a league-high 22 first-place votes... the Raiders were one point behind league favorite Green Bay... JT Yoho leads four players in double-figures with 15.5 points per game and six three-pointers... AJ Pacher adds 11.5 points per game while Kendall Griffin (10.5 ppg) and Miles Dixon (10.0 ppg) also average double-figures... head coach Billy Donlon is in his fourth season at Wright State... the 2013 Horizon League Coach of the Year led the Raiders to a 23-13 record last season... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 3-1 all-time against Wright State.
The Series: Saturday is the first meeting between the two programs.
Against the Horizon League: DePaul is 67-19 all-time against the current membership of the Horizon League... the Blue Demons have faced Detroit 36 times and hold a 29-7 record against the Titans... DePaul is also 16-6 against Valparaiso, 11-1 against Milwaukee, 5-3 against Green Bay and 4-1 against UIC... the Blue Demons defeated Milwaukee, 84-50, last season at Allstate Arena... then-Horizon member Loyola-Chicago knocked off DePaul last year by a 69-61 score.
It Could Happen: Saturday’s game will be No. 470 for DePaul at Allstate Arena... Cleveland Melvin (1,491 pts.) needs four points to pass Sammy Mejia (1,494 pts., 2003-07) for ninth place on the all-time scoring list... entering the Wright State game, only eight players in program history have scored at least 1,500 career points... with 11 rebounds, Melvin (586 rebs.) will also pass Mejia (596 rebs.) for 26th on the all-time rebounding chart.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 75-68 loss against Southern Miss on Nov. 13:
Locally Grown: The 2013-14 DePaul roster features eight players from the state of Illinois. In addition to the eight from Illinois, a total of nine players are from the Chicagoland area.
The nine Chicagoland members on the roster include Jamee Crockett (Chicago, Ill.), R.J. Curington (Dyer, Ind.), Cory Dolins (Northbrook, Ill.), Billy Garrett Jr. (Chicago, Ill.), Tommy Hamilton IV (Chicago, Ill.), Myke Henry (Chicago, Ill.), DeJuan Marrero (Gary, Ind.), Charles McKinney (Evanston, Ill.) and Peter Ryckbosch (Chicago, Ill.).
The eighth state of Illinois native is Champaign’s Edwind McGhee.
In addition to Illinois, four states and two countries are also represented on DePaul’s roster with Curington and Marrero from Indiana, Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young from Maryland, Nevada’s Durrell McDonald and Forrest Robinson from Texas. Sandi Marcius is a native of Nedelisce, Croatia and Greg Sequele is from Sainte-Rose, Guadeloupe.
Cleve(r) with the Dagger: With a 5-for-5 effort from behind the arc against Grambling State, DePaul senior forward Cleveland Melvin became just the fifth player in program history to go perfect in a game from threepoint range (minimum five attempts). He is the first to do it since Brandon Young went 6-for-6 against Central Michigan in Dec. 2010.
DePaul’s top three-point performance was an 8-for-8 effort by Draelon Burns against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Nov. 28, 2007. The eight three’s are a single-game record and the highest total without a miss in program history.
Wilson Chandler Extends NBA Streak to 39 Straight Years: With Wilson Chandler (2005-07) making his season debut on Nov. 13 against Los Angeles, he extended DePaul’s streak to 39 straight seasons with a former Blue Demon playing in the NBA. Chandler was sidelined to start the season with a hamstring injury and scored 12 points with five rebounds in Denver’s 111-99 win against the Lakers.
Bill Robinzine started the streak with Sacramento Kings in the 1975-76 season. A total of 17 players have played over the 39 straight years of DePaul influence in the NBA.
In addition to Chandler playing this season for Denver, Tyrone Corbin (1981-85) is in his third 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.
Who’s Next: DePaul steps away from action in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic for the first true road game of the season... the Blue Demons travel to Milwaukee to play the Panthers on Tuesday night... the game will be the second straight for DePaul against a Horizon League opponent... DePaul has won 11 of 12 meetings with Milwaukee including an 84-50 win at Allstate Arena last season on Dec. 9, 2012... four players reached double-figures in the win led by Donnavan Kirk’s 14 points... Jamee Crockett and Brandon Young each added 13 and Cleveland Melvin scored 11 points... the Blue Demons led, 45-27, at halftime and held the Panthers to just a .258 team field goal percentage for the game... Tuesday’s game will be the first in the series played on the Panthers’ home floor... the game can be seen on Time Warner Sports Wisconsin and the Zach and Jeff Show can heard on WSCR 670 AM.