Dec. 13, 2011
CHICAGO - DePaul plays its second and final road game of the non-conference schedule on Wednesday night at Northern Illinois. The Blue Demons currently hold a two-game winning streak and are looking to extend the run to a season-high three games at 8 p.m. in DeKalb against the Huskies. DePaul has posted back-to-back wins on three occasions this season most recently with wins over Loyola-Chicago and Chicago State.
The Blue Demons and Huskies meet for the 30th time Wednesday night and all of the action can be heard on WSCR 670 The Score with Zach Zaidman (play-by-play) and Laurence Holmes (analyst) calling all the action. Live stats are available online at www.depaulbluedemons.com and in-game scoring updates and notes can be followed as well at www.twitter.com/depaulsid.
Following the Northern Illinois game, DePaul plays its final two non-conference games starting Saturday against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. That game will be played at McGrath-Phillips Arena at 7 p.m. on Saturday followed by Cal Poly visiting Allstate Arena on Dec. 21. Both games can be heard on WSCR 670 The Score with Zaidman and Holmes on the call. DePaul begins BIG EAST play on Sunday, Jan. 1 when current No. 1-ranked Syracuse visits Rosemont for a 4 p.m. start.
DePaul-Northern Illinois Honor Goedert: The most outstanding player of the DePaul-Northern Illinois game is honored with the Jay Goedert Memorial Award winner. Goedert was an assistant coach at both DePaul and Northern Illinois who died in July 2004 at age 44. The award was established prior to the start of the 2004-05 basketball season in his honor. Todd Peterson was named the inaugural award winner after totaling 15 points off the bench in the Huskies’ 84-69 decision over the Blue Demons. In 2005, James Hughes earned the honor after leading the Huskies to a 77-68 victory with 17 points and six rebounds. Tony Freeland picked up the award last season with 25 points and nine rebounds to lead DePaul to an 86-84 win at Allstate Arena.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men’s basketball program is 1,378-864 (.615) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 557 straight games... DePaul’s last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 308-134 (.697) all-time in Rosemont... DePaul is 5-1 (.833) all-time in games at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
The Opponent - Northern Illinois Huskies: Northern Illinois stands at 0-8 overall... the Huskies dropped a 62-55 decision in their last game at UIC on Dec. 10... Tim Toler leads the team with 10.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game... he is followed by Abdel Nader with 8.9 points per outing... head coach Mark Montgomery is in his first season leading the Northern Illinois program.
The Series: Wednesday is the 30th meeting between the two programs... DePaul holds a 23-6 advantage in the series... a year ago, the Blue Demons posted an 86-84 decision over the Huskies at Allstate Arena... that game marked the first meeting since two straight NIU victories in 2004 and 2005.
The Last Meeting: DePaul led by as many as 17 points late in the first half and held off visiting Northern Illinois, 86-84, on Dec. 2, 2010 at Allstate Arena... Tony Freeland scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds to earn the Jay Goedert Memorial Award... the Goedert Award is presented to the MVP of the DePaul-Northern Illinois game in honor of the former assistant coach at both schools... the Blue Demons combined to go 32-of-41 (.780) from the free throw line with Freeland leading the way with a 13-of-16 effort... Brandon Young added 17 and Mike Stovall scored 16 points... Xavier Silas led Northern Illinois with a game-high 34 points... Jeremy Landers also finished with 14 points and Nate Rucker scored 13.
Against the MAC: DePaul is 76-33 all-time against the current lineup of the Mid-American Conference... Northern Illinois is DePaul’s most common MAC opponent with 29 all-time meetings... the Blue Demons have also played Western Michigan 28 times... a year ago, DePaul knocked off Northern Illinois, 86-84, and Central Michigan, 71-62, before falling to Ball State in overtime, 79-77.
It Could Happen: A win will give DePaul its best start since beginning the 2004-05 season with a 7-3 record... Jeremiah Kelly is making his 75th career start... Krys Faber is playing in his 99th career game... Kelly needs one steal to move into a tie for 10th on DePaul’s career list... Tom Kleinschmidt (1991-95) and Brandon Cole (1991-95) are tied for 10th with 137 steals each.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 102-95 win against Chicago State on Dec. 10:
- DePaul scored at least 100 points for the 70th time in program history... the Blue Demons are 70-0 when scoring at least 100 points... it was the first 100-point game since a 114-81 win over Chicago State on Nov. 14, 2010.
- The Blue Demons knocked down at least 10 three-pointers for the third time this season... DePaul totaled 12 three’s against UT-Pan American and 10 against Mississippi Valley State in the first two games of the season.
- DePaul snapped an 11-game losing streak at Allstate Arena.
- With three three-pointers in the first half, Jeremiah Kelly surpassed Tom Kleinschmidt (1991-95) for eighth and Bobby Simmons (1998-01) for seventh on DePaul’s career three-point field goal list... Kelly finished the game with 124 career three’s... Peter Patton (1992-96) is sixth with 134 career three’s.
- Cleveland Melvin reached at least 20 points for the fourth time this season and 12th time of his career... his 30 points were a career high and the first 30-point game of his career... Melvin was the 114th ocassion of a DePaul player scoring 30 or more points in a game.
- Jamee Crockett reached double-figures for the third straight game with a career-high tying 11 points.
- Brandon Young scored 20 or more for the fourth time this season and the ninth time of his career.
- Saturday was the 10th meeting between the two programs... DePaul leads the series, 10-0.
Around the Area: DePaul is concluding a three-game stretch against opponents from Chicagoland on Wednesday night at Northern Illinois. The Blue Demons opened the stretch last Wednesday at Loyola-Chicago with a 69-58 win at Gentile Arena. On Saturday afternoon at Allstate Arena, DePaul knocked off Chicago State by a 102-95 score.
The Blue Demons enter the Northern Illinois game with a six-game winning streak against local 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. This season featured DePaul playing a pair of local road games at Loyola and Northern Illinois.