Men's Basketball Hosts Chicago State on Sunday Afternoon
Dec. 14, 2013
CHICAGO - DePaul plays the second of three games in seven days on Sunday afternoon against Chicago State. The Blue Demons opened the stretch with an 81-70 win over Florida Atlantic on Thursday. Start time for the Blue Demons and Cougars is 3:30 p.m. in Rosemont for the 12th all-time meeting between the two programs.
Sunday’s game will be televised on FOX Sports 1 with Cory Provus (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 5-4 after the 11-point win against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 12. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is in his fourth season at DePaul and his 26th as a head coach at the collegiate level. Chicago State is 4-5 overall and is led by former DePaul assistant coach Tracy Dildy who is in his fourth season leading the Cougars. Dildy served under former DePaul coach Pat Kennedy from 1997-02.
Following the Chicago State game, DePaul concludes its five-game homestand against Houston Baptist on Wednesday night. The Blue Demons and Huskies can be seen on FOX Sports 2 starting at 8 p.m. The game can also be heard on WSCR 670 AM.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men’s basketball program is 1,400-905 (.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 81-70 win over Florida Atlantic on Dec. 12 was win No. 1,400 since start of 1923-24 season... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 620 straight games... DePaul’s last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 320-153 (.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 20-3 - including 12 straight wins (6-0 in 2012-13/5-0 in 2013-14) - when scoring 80 or more points... DePaul’s 2013-14 roster includes nine players from the Chicagoland area.
The Opponent: Chicago State stands at 4-5 following a 90-81 win over UW-Parkside on Dec. 7... Quinton Pippen leads four players averaging double-figures with 15.0 points per game... he is followed by Clarke Rosenberg (13.0 ppg), Matt Ross (12.3 ppg) and Nate Duhon (10.1 ppg)... Ross also leads the team with 6.7 rebounds per game... head coach Tracy Dildy is in his fourth season at Chicago State... Dildy was an assistant coach and associate head coach at DePaul from 1997-02... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 3-0 all-time against Chicago State.
The Series: Sunday is the 12th meeting between the two programs... DePaul holds an 11-0 advantage in the series... a year ago, the Blue Demons made their first trip to Chicago State with a 74-64 win... the previous 10 meetings were all played on DePaul’s home floor at either Alumni Hall, Allstate Arena or McGrath-Phillips Arena.
The Last Meeting: DePaul outscored Chicago State, 44-20, in the second half for a 74-64 win on Dec. 5, 2012... the game was the first meeting in the series played at Chicago State... Brandon Young led DePaul with 21 points and six assists... Cleveland Melvin added 12 with 10 rebounds and Worrel Clahar scored 11 with nine boards... Matt Ross led Chicago State with a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double... DePaul held a 48-30 rebounding advantage.
Against the Western Athletic Conference: DePaul is 17-1 all-time against the current membership of the WAC... Chicago State is the most common opponent... the Blue Demons are also 5-0 against UT-Pan American and 1-0 against Seattle... New Mexico State has the only WAC win over DePaul.
It Could Happen: Cleveland Melvin (1,606 pts.) needs eight points to pass Dallas Comegys (1,613 pts., 1983-87) for seventh on the all-time scoring list... Melvin will be playing in his 100th career game... with five assists, Brandon Young (445 assists) passes Terence Greene (449 assists, 1985-89) for fourth place on the career assist chart... Young enters the Chicago State game tied with Moses Morgan (107 3pt. FG, 2010-13) for 15th place in career three-pointers... Young could finish Sunday’s game in 13th place with Dar Tucker (108 3pt. FG, 2007-09) in 14th and Brad Niemann (109 3pt. FG, 1987-91) in 13th place.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 81-70 win against Florida Atlantic on Dec. 12:
Trending: Four different players have recorded a double-double through nine games this season... since the 2002-03 season, four teams have featured at least four players with a double-double... the 2003-04 squad had five (Andre Brown, Drake Diener, Quemont Greer, Delonte Holland, Sammy Mejia) with at least one double-double... DePaul has outrebounded its opponent in six games with a 5-1 record in those games... the Blue Demons outrebounded the opponent in 12 games (8-4 record) in the entire 2012-13 season... DePaul is winning by an average of 15.8 points per game and losing by 16.2 points per game... the Blue Demons have played a game each day of the week with a 2-0 record on Saturday and a 1-1 mark on Tuesday... when four or more players score in double-figures, DePaul is 3-0.
Who’s Next: DePaul faces Houston Baptist on Wednesday at Allstate Arena... the game is the first meeting between the two programs... the game can be seen on FOX Sports 2 while the radio call can be heard on WSCR 670 AM.