Blue Demons Face Illinois State in Rosemont
Dec. 13, 2014
DePaul vs. Illinois State
Sunday, Dec. 14 | 3 p.m.
Allstate Arena | Rosemont, Ill.
TV: FOX Sports 1 | Online Video: FOX Sports Go
Radio: WSCR 670 AM | Online Audio: BlueTube
The Last Meeting: DePaul dropped a 69-64 loss at Illinois State on Dec. 22, 2013... the Blue Demons held Illinois State without a field goal over the final 6:57... DePaul opened up a seven-point advantage early in the second half with a 13-3 run.... a jumper by Billy Garrett Jr. gave DePaul a 47-40 lead just over four minutes into the second half... Illinois State went 11-for-12 from the free throw line down the stretch... Garrett finished 18 points while Brandon Young added 17... Daishon Knight led Illinois State with 16 points and Zach Lofton added 14 off the bench.
Against the Missouri Valley Conference: DePaul is 121-45 all-time against the current membership of the Missouri Valley Conference... the Blue Demons defeated Drake earlier this season and could play Wichita State in two weeks at the Diamond Head Classic... Loyola-Chicago is the most common Valley opponent... DePaul leads series, 38-18.
It Could Happen: A win gives DePaul a 6-1 record in the home portion of the non-conference schedule... would be fewest losses since the 2009-10 team went 5-1... the 2008-09 squad also went 6-1 in the non-conference home slate while the 2006-07 team was 8-0... DePaul has lost two home non-conference games in each of the last four seasons... Billy Garrett Jr. needs 12 points to reach 500 in his career... the sophomore is playing in his 40th game on Sunday.
Trendy: In the KenPom.com ratings through Friday’s games, DePaul is 15th in the nation with an effective field goal percentage of .573... effective field goal percentage gives 50 percent more credit for made three-point field goals... DePaul is 142-for-256 (.555) from inside the arc (No. 20 nationally) and 67-of-167 (.401) from three-point range (No. 31)... after going 12-for-24 from the free throw line in the season opener, DePaul is 129-of-166 (.777) in the last seven games... the Milwaukee game on Dec. 7 featured a team effort of 21-for-23 (.913) that included 11-of-11 from Billy Garrett Jr. and 7-for-7 from Tommy Hamilton IV.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 81-68 loss at George Washington on Dec. 11:
- DePaul’s winning streak ends at four games... it’s the longest streak since a seven-game win streak in from Nov. 27-Dec. 22 2012.
- The Blue Demons shot just .348 (8-23) from three-point range after going 36-for-72 (.500) over the previous four games.
- George Washington leads the series, 3-2... the Blue Demons are 115-98 against the current lineup of Atlantic 10 Conference programs.
- Billy Garrett Jr. didn’t attempt a free throw for the first time this season... entered game averaging 6.7 free throw attempts per game... also just fourth time in 39 career games that Garrett did not attempt a free throw.
On Deck: DePaul travels to Oregon State on Dec. 18... the game can be seen at 9 p.m. CT on Pac-12 Networks and heard on WIND 560 AM... Thursday’s game is just the third all-time meeting between the two programs... DePaul has won both previous meetings including a 93-81 decision on Dec. 1, 2013 at Allstate Arena... Oregon State stands at 5-2 entering Saturday’s game against Mississippi State... the Beavers also host Grambling State on Monday night before the Blue Demons visit Gill Coliseum... Oregon State is the second of three Pac-12 opponents for DePaul... the Blue Demons defeated Stanford, 87-72, on Nov. 30... DePaul faces Colorado on Dec. 22 in the first game of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu... the Blue Demons travel to Hawaii following the Oregon State game.
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