DePaul Faces Xavier Friday at 4:30 PM
Jan. 11, 2018
Xavier at RV DePaul
Friday, Jan. 12 | 4:30 PM (CT)
Wintrust Arena | Chicago, Ill.
TV: NBC Sports Chicago | BEDN
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CHICAGO – The difficult stretch of four games in eight days is nearing the end as game three is at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Wintrust Arena.
That’s when DePaul (12-5, 4-1 in the BIG EAST) will welcome Xavier to its brand-new arena in the South Loop.
So far, the Blue Demons are 2-for-2 in this sequence with a 71-48 victory at Providence last Sunday followed up by Wednesday night’s 82-54 triumph at Creighton.
In these last two games, coach Doug Bruno’s team has outscored its BIG EAST adversaries by more than 25 points per game.
An improving defense has been the calling card. DePaul held Creighton to five points in the third quarter which was its best defensive quarter of the season. The Blue Demons limited Providence to 48 points, second-best to holding Loyola Chicago to 47.
In that lockdown third quarter at Omaha, Neb., Bruno’s defenders held the Bluejays to just 2-of-15 shooting (13.3 percent). DePaul kept the home team off the scoreboard for 7:36.
DePaul’s top five long-distance shooters have been lighting it up in conference arenas. Deja Cage is converting at a .556 clip and is followed by Campbell (.474), Grays (.458), Millender (.450) and Lauren Prochaska (.444).
That quintet has combined to go 47-of-101 from beyond the arc for an impressive .465 percent.
The Blue Demons lead the nation in three-pointers per game and are second in three-point baskets, attempts and assists. They are fourth in assist-turnover ratio, fifth in assists per game, ninth in scoring offense and No. 13 in turnover margin.
Campbell is third in the country in assist-turnover ratio and No. 12 in assists. Millender is No. 15 in three-pointers and No. 21 in both threes per game and attempts.
DePaul leads the BIG EAST in nine categories including scoring offense, assists, assist-turnover margin, three-pointers and forced turnovers.
Campbell tops the league in assists and assist-turnover ratio and is second in steals and free throw percentage. Chante Stonewall is No. 1 in three-point percentage while Millender is first in three-pointers and threes per game.
Bruno needs seven more wins for 700 in his Hall of Fame career while Amarah Coleman is 103 points shy of the 1,000-point career milestone.
Xavier (8-8, 1-4) has lost four straight in the BIG EAST. The Musketeers dropped a 62-51 decision to Seton Hall on Wednesday night as Deja Ross led Xavier with 14 points.
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