DePaul Travels to Auburn for SEC/BIG EAST Challenge

Nov. 29, 2012

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TV: ESPNU | Radio: WIND 560 AM
Online Video: ESPN3 | Online Audio: BlueTube

CHICAGO - DePaul plays its first true road game of the 2012-13 season at Auburn on Friday night. The game is one of 12 between programs in the BIG EAST and SEC as part of the SEC/BIG EAST Challenge. The first meeting between the two programs is scheduled for an 8 p.m. start at Auburn Arena.

Friday’s game can be seen on ESPNU with Doug Bell (play-by-play) and former DePaul standout Stephen Howard (analyst) handling the television duties. Howard is a member of DePaul’s Hall of Fame and finished his collegiate career with 1,691 points and was a two-time Academic All-American. DePaul’s radio duo of Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Jeff Blanzy (analyst) will call all the action on WIND 560 AM. Friday’s game can also be seen online at and heard on BlueTube at and on DePaul’s mobile app. Live stats can be found on GameTracker at and in-game scoring updates and notes can be followed as well at

DePaul stands a 3-3 following a 85-78 win over Fairfield on Tuesday at Allstate Arena. Auburn enters the game at 2-4 after a 78-72 double-overtime loss to Rhode Island on Nov. 25. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is in his third season at DePaul and his 25th as a head coach at the collegiate level. Auburn’s Tony Barbee is in his third season at Auburn and sixth year overall as a head coach.

Following the Auburn game, DePaul travels to the Southside for a Wednesday night game at Chicago State. The game is DePaul’s first trip to Chicago State with the Blue Demons leading the all-time series by a 10-0 margin. Wednesday’s game can be seen in Chicago on Lakeshore Public TV while Zaidman and Blanzy will have the call on WSCR 670 The Score.

DePaul in the SEC/BIG EAST Challenge: The Blue Demons are looking for their first win in annual event between programs from the BIG EAST and SEC... DePaul dropped a 76-45 loss in Tampa against Mississippi State on Dec. 10, 2009 in the SEC/BIG EAST Invitational... a year ago, the Blue Demons erased a 17-point deficit in a 70-68 loss against Mississippi in the BIG EAST/SEC Challenge on Dec. 1, 2011 at Allstate Arena.

Noting the Blue Demons: The men’s basketball program is 1,387-883 (.611) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 585 straight games... DePaul’s last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 313-142 (.688) all-time at Allstate Arena... DePaul is 7-1 (.875) all-time in games at McGrath-Phillips Arena... the Blue Demons currently hold a seven-game winning streak against Chicagoland programs that includes victories over Chicago State, UIC, Loyola and Northern Illinois... in each of Oliver Purnell’s two seasons at DePaul, the Blue Demons have faced three Chicagoland opponents during the non-conference portion of the schedule with wins in each meeting... DePaul has used five different starting lineups this season... Donnavan Kirk, Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young have started every game this season.

It Could Happen: A win snaps an eight-game losing streak for DePaul against programs from the SEC... DePaul’s last win over a SEC opponent was a 75-70 victory at Missouri in the first round of the NIT on March 15, 2005... Cleveland Melvin (1,050 points) needs 21 points to tie Gene Stump (1,071, 1943-47) for 43rd on DePaul’s all-time scoring list... Brandon Young (941 points) needs 14 points to tie Mike Gillespie in 51st place (955, 1971-74)... Young (286 assists) needs six assists to move into a tie with Jabari Currie (292, 2005-09) for 19th all-time and eight assists to tie Mark Aguirre (294, 1978-81) for 18th all-time... Melvin’s next blocked shot (77 blocks) ties him with Terry Cummings (78, 1979-82) for 12th all-time... with two rejections he moves into a tie for 11th with Kevin Holmes (79, 1982-86)... Moses Morgan needs five three-pointers (87 career 3pt. field goals) to move into a tie with Rashon Burno (92, 1998-02)... Burno is currently an assistant coach at Florida.

Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 85-78 win against Fairfield on Nov. 27:
- The win snapped a brief two-game losing streak for the Blue Demons... the last time DePaul lost three straight non-conference games was in a four-game skid from Nov. 16-28, 2010.
- DePaul used its fifth different starting lineup in six games this season... freshman Durrell McDonald made his first career start.
- DePaul finished with four players in double-figures for the first time this season.
- The meeting was the fourth all-time between the two programs... DePaul has won all four contests.
- Cleveland Melvin recorded his 20th career game of at least 20 points... he has scored at least 20 in two straight games and three of the last four... he extended his streak to 20 straight games in double-figures.
- Melvin’s 30 points matched a career-high, matching a 30-point effort against Chicago State on Dec. 10, 2011.
- Brandon Young moved into 52nd on DePaul’s scoring list... he passed Ken Jaksy (1953-56) and Jesse Nash (1961-65) and has 941 career points.
- Donnavan Kirk just missed his first career double-double with a season-high 10 points and nine boards... with four blocked shots against Fairfield, he has totaled nine rejections in the last two games.
- Charles McKinney scored a career-high 11 points... he previously scored 10 on three occasions.
- Moses Morgan played in his 60th career game.
- DePaul improves to 3-0 when winning the rebound battle and also when leading at the half.

Who’s Next: The Blue Demons take the short trip to the city’s Southside for a Wednesday night game at Chicago State... the game is the 11th meeting between the two programs with DePaul holding a 10-0 advantage... the game is DePaul’s first trip to Chicago State... Chicago State holds a 1-6 record after seven games... the Cougars host Trinity Christian on Thursday night before traveling to SIU-Edwardsville on Saturday.



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