DePaul Takes Short Trip North To Face Wildcats
Dec. 26, 2013
CHICAGO - DePaul wraps up the regular-season non-conference schedule locally with Friday night contest at Northwestern. The Blue Demons are in the midst of four straight road games that started on Dec. 22 with a 69-64 loss at Illinois State. DePaul opens the BIG EAST schedule with New Year's Eve game at Georgetown followed by a trip to Marquette on Jan. 4.
DePaul and Northwestern meet for the 30th time, but it's the first game since a 63-36 win for Northwestern on Dec. 6, 2008. Start time is scheduled for 8 p.m. in Evanston.
Friday's game will be televised on the Big Ten Network with Dave Revsine (play-by-play) and Mike Kelley (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.
The MVP of the DePaul-Northwestern game earns the Waldo Fisher-Frank McGrath Award. DePaul last winner was Will Walker following a 54-53 win for the Blue Demons on Nov. 17, 2007. Dave Corzine was the first MVP in 1974.
DePaul enters the game at 7-5 after the five-point loss at Illinois State on Dec. 22. DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is in his fourth season at DePaul and his 26th as a head coach at the collegiate level. Northwestern is 7-5 overall and is led by Chris Collins who is in his first season leading the Wildcats.
Following the Northwestern game, DePaul starts the BIG EAST schedule with a 5 p.m. ET game on New Year's Eve at Georgetown. The opener is the third of five straight BIG EAST games on FOX Sports 1 to kick off the conference season. The game can also be heard on WIND 560 AM.
Noting the Blue Demons: The men's basketball program is 1,402-906 (.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 623 straight games... DePaul's last game without a three was Feb. 16, 1993 against UAB at Allstate Arena... the Blue Demons are 322-153 (.678) 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 77-70 overtime win over Chicago State on Dec. 15 snapped an eight-game losing streak in overtime games... it was the first extra-frame win since a 68-66 win on Nov. 28, 2009 against Detroit and the first overtime victory for Oliver Purnell at DePaul... DePaul's 2013-14 roster includes nine players from the Chicagoland area.
The Opponent: Northwestern stands at 7-5 following a 58-52 win over Brown on Dec. 22... the Wildcats hold a 6-1 record at Welsh-Ryan Arena and have won three straight entering Friday's game... Drew Crawford leads Northwestern with 16.5 points per game, 7.9 rebounds per game and 19 three-pointers... JerShon Cobb adds 13.6 points per game in 10 games while Tre Demps holds a scoring average of 10.0... head coach Chris Collins is in his first season at Northwestern... DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell is 1-2 all-time against Northwestern.
The Series: Friday is the 30th all-time meeting between the two programs... the Blue Demons hold a 19-10 advantage in the series... Friday's game is the first meeting since Dec. 2008... the two sides have played even over the last 14 meetings after DePaul won 11 straight from 1974-86.
The Last Meeting: Northwestern posted a 63-36 win over DePaul on Dec. 6, 2008 at Welsh-Ryan Arena... DePaul combined to shoot just .241 from the field... Dar Tucker was the only player to score more than eight points with a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double... Kevin Coble led the Wildcats with 25 points and Craig Moore added 14.
Against the Big Ten Conference: DePaul is 79-66 all-time against the current membership of the Big Ten... Northwestern is DePaul's most common conference opponent followed by Indiana and Purdue... Indiana holds a 14-8 series lead over the Blue Demons and Purdue has a 12-9 advantage... DePaul's last game against a Big Ten opponent was an 86-85 loss against Minnesota on Nov. 24, 2001 at the Old Spice Classic.
It Could Happen: Brandon Young (543 FG) needs seven field goal to pass Terry Cummings (549 FG, 1979-82) 14th all-time... Young enters the Northwestern game tied with Brad Niemann (109 3pt. FG, 1987-91) in 13th place in career three-pointers... Young (148 steals) needs two steals to pass Peter Patton (149 steals, 1992-96) for ninth in school history... with 10 rebounds, Cleveland Melvin (666 rebs.) could move from 23rd to 20th place on the all-time rebound list... Quemont Greer (668 rebs., 2001-05) is 22nd, Bryant Bowden (671 rebs., 1992-96) is 21st and Marty Embry (675 rebs., 1982-86) is in 20th place.
Demon Doings: Notes following DePaul's 69-64 win at Illinois State on Dec. 22:
Trending: DePaul is 4-2 in the month of December... a year ago, the Blue Demons went 5-1 in December... DePaul has won at least five games in December in the last three seasons... in the last three games, the Blue Demons have totaled 27 blocked shots... four different players have recorded six double-doubles through 12 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 nine games with a 7-2 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 15.1 points per game and losing by 14.0 points per game... when four or more players score in double-figures, DePaul is 3-0.
Who's Next: DePaul travels to Georgetown on Dec. 31 for a 5 p.m. ET... the Blue Demons and Hoyas meet for the 28th time with Georgetown holding a 21-6 lead in the series... the game can be seen on FOX Sports 1 and the Zach and Jeff Show can be heard on WIND 560 AM.