DePaul Faces Big Challenge on Sunday
March 18, 2017

No. 19/19 DePaul (27-7) vs. No. 7/7 Mississippi State (30-4)
Sunday, March 19 | 1:30 PM (CT)
Humphrey Coliseum | Starkville, Miss.
TV:ESPN2 | Gametracker

STARKVILLE, Miss. – The No. 7 seed Blue Demons face a daunting challenge in No. 2 seed Mississippi State at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the NCAA Tournament Second Round. The Bulldogs lineup includes 6-foot, 7-inch Teaira McCowan and 6-5 Chinwe Okorie.

The showdown at  Humphrey Coliseum will be televised by ESPN2. Gametracker is available while in-game updates can be followed on Twitter -- @DePaulAthletics.

DePaul (27-7) has won second-round games twice in the last three years, topping No. 2 seed Duke in 2014 and No. 3 Louisville last season.

DePaul has reached the second round 12 times and the Sweet 16 on in 2006, 2011, 2014 and 2016. The Blue Demons advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2011, 2014 and 2016 by defeating its NCAA Second Round opponent on its home floor---topping Penn State 75-73 in 2011, Duke 74-65 in 2014 at Cameron Indoor Stadium and Louisville 73-72 at the KFC Yum! Center in 2016.



BIG EAST Coach of the Year Doug Bruno’s team is fourth in the nation in three-point attempts, fifth in assists and assists per game, No. 6 in three-pointers, No. 7 in assist-turnover ratio and three-pointers per game, No. 9 in rebounds and  No. 10 in scoring offense.

Jessica January is No. 4 in the nation in triple-doubles, Kelly Campbell No. 8 and Lauren Prochaska No. 18 in assist/turnover ratio and Schulte No. 27 in the country in field goals.

Brooke Schulte was named BIG EAST Player of the Year, Most Improved Player and Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Jacqui Grant was the BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year and Tanita Allen won the Sixth Woman Award.

Schulte and Grant were voted All-BIG EAST First Team and Kelly Campbell landed on the All-Freshman Team.

Mississippi State (30-4) opened the season winning 20 in a row and is led by 6-1 Victoria Vivians (16.3 points per game). The Bulldogs outscore opponents by an average of 20 points a game and beat Troy 110-69 in their NCAA tournament opener on Friday.

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