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Men's Basketball Takes on Northern Illinois at Allstate Arena

Dec. 15, 2012

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CHICAGO - DePaul opens a three-game homestand with Northern Illinois on Sunday at Allstate Arena. The three-game stretch marks the end of the non-conference portion of the regular season prior to the Jan. 2 BIG EAST opener against Seton Hall. The Blue Demons and Huskies are scheduled for a 4 p.m. start in Rosemont. DePaul enters the game with a five-game winning streak that includes road wins at Auburn, Chicago State and Arizona State.

Sunday’s game can be heard in Chicago on WYLL 1160 AM with Steve Olken (play-by-play) and Jeff Blanzy (analyst) calling all the action. Blanzy and Olken’s radio call can also be heard on BlueTube (www.depaulbluedemons.com/allaccess) with video streaming 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 as well at www.twitter.com/depaulsid.

DePaul stands at 7-3 following a 78-61 win at Arizona State on Wednesday. The Blue Demons hold a five-game winning streak heading into Sunday while Northern Illinois enters the game with a 2-6 record. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is in his third season at DePaul and his 25th as a head coach at the collegiate level. Northern Illinois’ Mike Montgomery is in his second season in DeKalb.

Following the Northern Illinois game, DePaul returns to Allstate Arena on Dec. 22 to face Maryland-Baltimore County at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on The U Too in Chicago with Blanzy and Zach Zaidman calling the action courtside.

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 two seasons with 25 points and nine rebounds to lead DePaul to an 86-84 win at Allstate Arena. A year ago in DeKalb, DePaul’s Brandon Young earned the honor with 16 points, five assists and four steals in the 75-52 win for the Blue Demons.

Noting the Blue Demons: The men’s basketball program is 1,391-883 (.612) all-time... the Blue Demons have knocked down at least one three-pointer in 589 straight games... DePaul’s last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 314-142 (.689) all-time at Allstate Arena... DePaul is 7-1 (.875) all-time in games at McGrath-Phillips Arena... the Blue Demons currently hold an eight-game winning streak against Chicagoland programs that includes victories over Chicago State, UIC, Loyola and Northern Illinois... in each of Oliver Purnell’s two full seasons at DePaul, the Blue Demons have faced three Chicagoland opponents during the non-conference portion of the schedule with wins in each meeting... in the Purnell era, the Blue Demons are 14-3 when scoring 80 or more points... DePaul has used six different starting lineups this season... Donnavan Kirk, Cleveland Melvin and Brandon Young have started every game this season... DePaul is scheduled to have at least 27 games televised during the 2012-13 season... over the first 10 games, DePaul has outscored opponents by 27 points in the first half... in the 10 second halves this season, the Blue Demons have outscored the opposition by 74 points... since trailing Chicago State by 14 points at halftime, the Blue Demons have held Chicago State (5-for-26 in second half), Milwaukee (16-of-62 in the entire game) and Arizona State (25-for-58 in the entire game) to a combined .315 (46-for-146) field goal percentage.

The Opponent - Northern Illinois Huskies: Northern Illinois stands at 2-6 entering Sunday’s game... the Huskies have not played since an 80-73 overtime loss at Milwaukee on Dec. 7... Abdel Nader has played in one game - the Milwaukee game - and leads the team with a 17.0 scoring average... he is followed by Akeem Springs with 11.0 points per game and a team-best 12 three-pointers... head coach Mike Montgomery is in his second season leading the Northern Illinois program... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 2-0 all-time against the Huskies.

The Series: Sunday is the 31st meeting between the two programs... DePaul holds a 24-6 advantage in the series... the Blue Demons have won the last two meetings including a 75-52 decision last season.

The Last Meeting: DePaul outscored Northern Illinois, 47-27, in the second half to pull away in a 75-52 at the NIU Convocation Center on Dec. 14, 2011... Brandon Young was named the winner of the Jay Goedert Memorial Award after totaling 16 points, five assists and four steals... Cleveland Melvin led all scorers with 19 points... Tim Toler led Northern Illinois with an 18-point, 13-rebound double-double.

Against the Mid-American Conference: DePaul is 77-34 all-time against the current lineup of MAC programs... Northern Illinois is DePaul’s most common MAC opponent followed by Western Michigan... the Blue Demons hold a 20-8 series advantage over the Broncos.

It Could Happen: With a three-pointer, DePaul extends its streak to 590 straight games with one three... a win would give DePaul it’s first six-game winning streak since a six-game run from Dec. 13-29, 2006... Cleveland Melvin needs six points to pass Kenny Patterson and M.C. Thompson for 35th place on DePaul’s all-time scoring list... with four blocked shots he moves into a tie for 10th with Wilson Chandler (86 blocks, 2005-07)... with eight points, Brandon Young moves into 45th on the program’s scoring chart.

Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul’s 78-61 win at Arizona State on Dec. 12:
- DePaul improves to 7-3 with a season-high five-game winning streak... the streak is the longest since a five-game run last season from Dec. 7-21.
- The Blue Demons are now 4-1 all-time against Arizona State and 26-28 against the current lineup of Pac-12 programs.
- Melvin finished the game with 12 points and wears jersey No. 12 on 12/12/12... a year ago, Jeremiah Kelly in jersey No. 11 scored 11 points on 11/11/11.

Roadies: DePaul’s 3-0 start in true road games is the best road beginning since a 5-0 road record to start the 1993-94 season... the three straight road wins mark the longest away streak since a five-game road winning streak in January 2004... including the trip to Cancun for a pair of neutral-site games, the Blue Demons have traveled 10,820 miles during the non-conference portion of the season for games at Cancun, Auburn, Chicago State and Arizona State.

Young Hits Two Milestones in Tempe: Junior guard Brandon Young hit two milestones with his third basket on Dec. 12 at Arizona State. With the jumper he came the 48th player in program history with 1,000 career points. He also joined the short list of DePaul players with 1,000 points and 300 assists as the 11th Blue Demon to accomplish the feat.

Melvin and Young Eclipse 1,000 Points: DePaul junior forward Cleveland Melvin became the 47th player in program history with 1,000 career points when he knocked down his first basket against Western Kentucky on Nov. 21. Melvin currently sits in a tie for 37th place on the all-time scoring chart with 1,106 points.

Brandon Young joined Melvin on Dec. 12 at Arizona State with his 1,000th career point. Young sits in 47th place with 1,012 points.

Three Decades in Rosemont: DePaul is in its 33rd season in 2012-13 at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. The Blue Demons are 314-142 (.689) 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: The Blue Demons host Maryland-Baltimore County on Saturday, Dec. 22... UMBC marks the second of three straight home games to close the non-conference portion of the regular season... the Retrievers stand at 2-9 and are currently on a four-game losing streak... Saturday is the first meeting between the two programs... the game will be the first for UMBC since Dec. 12.