Dec. 10, 2017
DePaul vs. Alabama A&M
Monday, Dec. 11 | 8 p.m.
Wintrust Arena | Chicago, Ill.
Game Notes: DePaul
| Alabama A&M
CHICAGO - DePaul wraps up a six-day span that features three games with a Monday night contest against Alabama A&M. The Blue Demons won the first two games with victories over Central Connecticut on Wednesday and UIC on Saturday. Overall, DePaul has won four straight games since dropping an 89-79 overtime game against Oregon on Nov. 24. A win over the Bulldogs on Monday gives the Blue Demons their longest win streak since a seven-game streak from Nov. 27-Dec. 22, 2012.
Monday's game will be televised on FS1 with Jeff Levering (play-by-play) and Dickey Simpkins (analyst) handling the television duties. The game can also be seen online and on mobile devices with FOX Sports Go.. DePaul's radio tandem of Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Jeff Blanzy (analyst) can be heard on WSCR 670 AM as well as online on BlueTube at www.depaulbluedemons.com. Live stats can be found on GameTracker at www.depaulbluedemons.com while game updates and notes can be followed on Twitter via @DePaulSID. Start time between the Blue Demons and Bulldogs is scheduled for 8 p.m.
Alabama A&M is 0-8 through eight games following a 67-47 loss at Austin Peay on Dec. 2. The Blue Demons stand at 5-4 with four straight wins. DePaul head coach Dave Leitao is in his sixth season at DePaul and his third since returning to the program after leading the Blue Demons three postseasons in three years from 2002-05. Overall, the 2017-18 campaign is Leitao's 12th as a head coach at the collegiate level. Alabama A&M is led by Donnie Marsh who is in his first season leading the Bulldogs.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men's basketball program is 1,442-991 (.593) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 748 straight games... DePaul's last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the current streak started against Notre Dame on Feb. 21, 1993... DePaul is playing every home game under the same roof for the first time since the 2009-10 season... the last seven seasons have seen the Blue Demons play home games at Allstate Arena and McGrath-Phillips Arena... DePaul is 40-42 all-time in games that go to overtime... the Oregon game on Nov. 24 was the first overtime game this season.
The Opponent - Alabama A&M Bulldogs: Alabama A&M is 0-8 following a 67-47 loss at Austin Peay on Dec. 2... De'Ederick Petty leads the team with 12.9 points per game... Arthur Johnson adds 12.5 points per game and Andrew Kennedy chips in 7.9 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds per game... head coach Donnie Marsh is in his first season leading the Bulldogs... DePaul head coach Dave Leitao is facing Alabama A&M for the first time.
The Series: Monday is the first meeting between the two programs.
Against the SWAC: DePaul is 9-0 all-time against the current membership of the Southwestern Athletic Conference... the most common opponent is Alabama State with the Blue Demons holding a 3-0 advantage... DePaul also has single victories against Alcorn State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Grambling, Jackson State, Mississippi Valley State and Southern... the Blue Demons have not played Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern.
It Could Happen: A win would be the fifth straight for the Blue Demons... the potential five-game win streak would be the longest since a seven-game winning streak from Nov. 27-Dec. 22, 2012... a win also improves DePaul's record at Wintrust Arena to 4-1.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul's 65-55 win at UIC on Saturday:
- DePaul's four-game winning streak is the longest since a four-game run from Nov. 23-Dec. 9, 2015.
- Tre'Darius McCallum's three-pointer to start the second half extended DePaul streak to 748 straight games with a three-pointer.
- Eli Cain's eight assists are a new career high and his eight rebounds matched his career best (fourth time)... he also matched his career high with four steals (second time).
- Marin Maric grabbed three rebounds to give him 701 in his career.
- DePaul is 6-2 all-time against UIC... five of the last six meetings have been decided by 10 points or less... the Blue Demons are 2-0 this season against teams from the Horizon League and 59-12 all-time.
Trendy: The Blue Demons have placed at least four players in double-figures in seven of the first nine games including back-to-back games with five in double-figures... a year ago, at least four scored in double-figures six times (32 games)... five different players have led DePaul in scoring this season... DePaul has committed less turnovers than the opponent in all nine games.
Locals Only: Over the last six-plus seasons (since start of 2010-11 season), DePaul is 17-4 against Chicagoland opponents (Chicago State, UIC, Loyola-Chicago, Northern Illinois, Northwestern)... in the last 16-plus seasons (since start of 2000-01 season), the record against locals is 31-10... DePaul faces Northwestern (Dec. 16 at Wintrust Arena) and UIC (W, 65-66 on Dec. 9 at UIC Pavilion) this season... including this season, DePaul has played three local opponents in six of the last eight seasons.
Game 11 - Dec. 16 vs. Northwestern: DePaul hosts Northwestern on Saturday afternoon at Wintrust Arena... the Blue Demons and Wildcats meet at 1 p.m. on FS1 and WSCR 670 AM... DePaul and Northwestern meet for the 33rd time... DePaul holds a 20-12 advantage in the series... the Wildcats are currently 5-4 and play two games before facing DePaul on Saturday... Northwestern hosts Chicago State on Monday and Valparaiso on Thursday.