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DePaul and Oregon State Face Off Sunday in Rosemont

Nov. 30, 2013

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Sunday, Dec. 1 | 3 p.m.
Allstate Arena | Rosemont, Ill.
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TV: FOX Sports 1 | FOX Sports 1 Channel Finder
Radio: WIND 560 AM | Online Audio: BlueTube

CHICAGO - DePaul begins the final month of the 2013 calendar against Oregon State on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Demons and Beavers meet at 3 p.m. at Allstate Arena in the just the second all-time meeting between the two programs. DePaul is looking to snap a two-game skid after dropping both contests in Kansas City to No. 12 Wichita State and Texas at the CBE Hall of Fame Classic.

Sunday's game will be televised on FOX Sports 1 with Eric Collins (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (analyst) handling the television duties. DePaul's radio tandem of Laurence Holmes (play-by-play) and Jeff Blanzy (analyst) can be heard on WIND 560 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 3-3 after the 77-59 loss against Texas on Nov. 26 in Kansas City. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is in his fourth season at DePaul and his 26th as a head coach at the collegiate level. Oregon State is 3-1 overall and is led by Craig Robinson who is in his sixth season leading the Beavers. DePaul won the only other meeting between the two sides with a 59-40 decision on Dec. 21, 1945.

Following the Oregon State game, DePaul hosts Arizona State on Friday, Dec. 6 at Allstate Arena. The Blue Demons and Sun Devils can be seen on FOX Sports 1 starting at 6 p.m. The game can also be heard on WIND 560 AM.

Noting the Blue Demons: The men's basketball program is 1,398-904 (.607) all-time... the 80-71 win at Milwaukee on Nov. 19 was game No. 2,300 in program history since the first fully-recognized season in 1923-24... men's basketball was played at DePaul prior to that season but records are incomplete... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 617 straight games... DePaul's last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 318-152 (.677) 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 18-3 (6-0 in 2012-13/3-0 in 2013-14) when scoring 80 or more points... DePaul's 2013-14 roster includes nine players from the Chicagoland area.


The Opponent: Oregon State stands at 3-1 following a 101-81 win over SIU Edwardsville on Tuesday night... following a season-opening loss to Coppin State, Oregon State has won three straight over Portland (79-73), Maryland (90-83) and SIUE... Roberto Nelson leads the team with 27.0 points and 6.0 assists per game... Devon Collier adds a scoring average of 20.0 along with a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game... head coach Craig Robinson is in his sixth season at Oregon State... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is facing Oregon State for the first time.

The Series: Sunday is the second meeting between the two programs... DePaul holds a 1-0 advantage in the series... the only previous meeting was a 59-40 win for DePaul at Chicago Stadium on Dec. 21, 1945.

Against the Pac-12 Conference: DePaul is 26-28 all-time against the current membership of the Pac-12... Oregon State is the first of two Pac-12 opponents this week... DePaul hosts Arizona State on Friday, Dec. 6 at Allstate Arena... DePaul's most common opponent is UCLA... the Bruins hold a 12-6 advantage in 18 all-time meetings...  DePaul is also 3-4 against USC, 3-3 against California and 4-1 against Arizona State... DePaul posted a 78-61 win at Arizona State on Dec. 12, 2012 in its last game against a Pac-12 opponent.


It Could Happen: Brandon Young will be making in his 100th career start Sunday afternoon... with 10 points, Young registers his 80th career game in double-figures... with six assists, Young (434 assists) passes Rashon Burno (439 assists, 1998-02) for fifth on the assist list... with two field goals, Young (517 FG) passes Howie Carl (518 FG, 1958-61) for 18th on DePaul's all-time field goal list... with three three-pointers, he passes Moses Morgan (107 3FG, 2010-13) for 15th place on the three-point field goal list... Cleveland Melvin (614 rebs.) needs five rebounds to pass McKinley Cowsen (618 rebs., 1957-60) for 24th place.

Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul's 77-59 loss against Texas on Nov. 26:
- DePaul was held to season lows in points (59), field goals (18), field goal percentage (.383) and rebounds (20).
- Cleveland Melvin scored in double-figures for the 80th time in his career... Melvin (633 FG) passed Tom Kleinschmidt (632 FG, 1991-95) for fourth on the all-time field goals list.
- Brandon Young played in his 100th career game... Young passed Howie Carl (1,461 pts., 1958-61) and Curtis Watkins (1,463 pts., 1975-79) on DePaul's all-time scoring list... Young finished the game with 1,471 points and is in 10th place on the scoring chart.
- Billy Garrett Jr. made his first career start... the line-up was the second different line-up of the season.
- Texas leads the series, 8-3, and DePaul is 31-39 all-time against the current line-up of Big 12 programs.

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.

Two Sign NLI's: DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell has signed two players to a National Letter of Intent to join the men's basketball program starting next season. Jon Davis from Washington D.C. and Chicago native Rashaun Stimage are set to join the program staring with the 2014-15 season. The two players join Myke Henry who is sitting out this season under NCAA transfer guidelines.

Davis is an athletic 6-2 scoring guard and is finishing up his prep career at Clinton Christian School this year. Last season he played at National Christian Academy and averaged 17 points per game. Davis had an outstanding summer while playing for the DC Assault AAU program.

Stimage is in his sophomore season at Daytona State College and was a Chicago Public League standout at Farragut Academy. He played his freshman season at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas and averaged 15 points and eight rebounds. The 6-8 athletic forward was an ESPNChicago.com All-Area selection and ranked among the state's top players after averaging 20 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks during his senior season at Farragut.

Three Decades in Rosemont: DePaul is in its 34th season in 2013-14 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. The Blue Demons are 318-152 (.677) all-time in Rosemont. DePaul played its first season at the then-named Rosemont Horizon in 1980. The Blue Demons debuted in Rosemont with a 74-56 win over Gonzaga and John Stockton on Dec. 1, 1980.

Who's Next: DePaul faces Arizona State on Friday evening at Allstate Arena... start time between the Blue Demons and Sun Devils is 6 p.m.... DePaul is 4-1 all-time against Arizona State... a year ago, the Blue Demons posted a 78-61 win at Arizona State on Dec. 12... Friday's game marks the third straight season the two sides have played each other... DePaul posted a 68-64 win on Nov. 27, 2001 at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando... the game can be seen on FOX Sports 1 while the Zach and Jeff Show can be heard on WIND 560 AM.