Blue Demons and Owls Meet in Rosemont Thursday Night
Dec. 11, 2013
Thursday, Dec. 12 | 8 p.m.
CHICAGO - DePaul opens a busy week of three games in seven days at Allstate State with a Thursday night game against Florida Atlantic. The game is part two of a FOX Sports 1 DePaul basketball doubleheader as the women’s team hosts No. 5 Kentucky in the first game at McGrath-Phillips Arena. Start time for the Blue Demons and Owls is 8 p.m. in Rosemont for the second all-time meeting between the two programs.
Thursday’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 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 4-4 after the 78-56 loss against Arizona State on Dec. 6. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is in his fourth season at DePaul and his 26th as a head coach at the collegiate level. Florida Atlantic is 3-6 overall and is led by Mike Jarvis who is in his sixth season leading the Owls.
Following the Florida Atlantic game, DePaul continues its five-game homestand against Chicago State on Sunday afternoon. The Blue Demons and Cougars can be seen on FOX Sports 1 starting at 3:30 p.m. The game can also be heard on WIND 560 AM.
Noting the Blue Demons: The four teams DePaul has lost to this season are a combined 33-4 (.892)... through games of Dec. 10, DePaul’s strength of schedule is ranked 14th in the nation at CBSSports.com and 15th at WarrenNolan.com... the men’s basketball program is 1,399-905 (.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 619 straight games... DePaul’s last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 319-153 (.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 19-3 (6-0 in 2012-13/4-0 in 2013-14) when scoring 80 or more points... DePaul’s 2013-14 roster includes nine players from the Chicagoland area.
The Opponent: Florida Atlantic stands at 3-6 and enters Thursday’s game following back-to-back victories against UCF and Jacksonville... the Owls posted an 83-63 win over Jacksonville on Dec. 7... Pablo Bertone leads the team with 18.9 points per game and 17 three-pointers... Jackson Trapp adds a 10.6 scoring average and 15 three’s while Dragan Sekelja averages 7.9 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game... head coach Mike Jarvis is in his sixth season at Florida Atlantic... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 1-0 all-time against Florida Atlantic.
It Could Happen: A win would be the 1,400th in program history since the start of the first fully-recognized season in 1923-24... Brandon Young (1,492 pts.) needs three points to pass Sammy Mejia (1,494 pts., 2003-07) for 10th on the all-time scoring list... with one assist, Young (439 assists) takes sole possession of fifth in career assists... he enters Friday’s game tied with Rashon Burno (439 assists, 1998-02)... with three three-pointers, he passes Moses Morgan (107 3FG, 2010-13) for 15th place on the three-point field goal list... with three steals, Young (145 steals) moves past Jermaine Watts (147 steals, 1994-98) for 10th all-time.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 78-56 loss against Arizona State on Dec. 6:
Trending: DePaul has outrebounded its opponent in five games with a 4-1 record in those games... each of DePaul’s last four opponents have shot at least .500 from the field... the Blue Demons are 1-3 in those games... DePaul is winning by an average of 17.0 points per game and losing by 16.2 points per game.
Three Decades in Rosemont: DePaul is in its 34th season in 2013-14 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. The Blue Demons are 319-153 (.676) 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 Chicago State on Sunday afternoon at Allstate Arena... start time between the Blue Demons and Cougars is 3:30 p.m.... DePaul is 11-0 all-time against Chicago State... a year ago, the Blue Demons posted a 74-64 decision at the Jones Convocation Center on Dec. 5... Brandon Young scored 21 points and Cleveland Melvin added 12 with 10 rebounds... DePaul outscored Chicago State, 44-20, in the second half after trailing by 14 points at halftime... the game can be seen on FOX Sports 1 while the radio call can be heard on WIND 560 AM.