Big East 2018-19 Projections Teaser: DePaul Projected to Finish Last

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The Blue Demons Are Projected to Be the Worst By a Large Margin

Greetings Blue Demons Nation!

The initial barttorvik.com 2019 Preseason Projects are out, and shockingly, DePaul is picked to finish last, yet again.

2019 BE Projections

As our friends at @PaintTouches on twitter: the Big East will be 3 Tiers.

1) Villanova

2)Everyone Else except DePaul

3) DePaul

I cannot disagree yet.

The projected Contributors & Stats, assuming that no one transfers (which is a HUGE assumption.)

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We will evaluate this as the roster is filled out with the various transfers and defections.

In the meantime:

It’s Over: DePaul Knocked Out of Big East Tournament by Marquette

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Down One with 11 seconds left, the Season Rested in Max Strus’s Hands

On a complete defensive mishap by Marquette, Eli Cain found Max Strus wide open for a potential game winning 3-point shot with 5 seconds left in the game.  Strus took the shot, and left it short, and DePaul lost, yet again, by less than 5 points for the 8th time on the season.

I have watched this play an unhealthy amount of times, but hey, let’s relive it again.

Marquette’s Andrew Rowsey completely messed up this pick and pop.  Rowsey should be sending Strus a wheel of Wisconsin cheese for the following:

  1. Missing the shot
  2. Not driving to the basket
  3. Not passing to a wide open Brandon Cyrus
  4. For standing around admiring his missed shot instead of running towards the basket in case he missed.

 

 

And with that, DePaul’s season came to a crashing halt.

As I said on twitter, “Was this a microcosm of the season or what?  Wouldn’t want it any other way than to go down losing the way we have 8 other times this year.”

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Big East Tournament Preview: DePaul – Marquette III

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The Blue Demons Meet the Golden Eagles At Madison Square Garden With The Season On the Line

The Setup

DePaul plays the Marquette Golden Eagles on Wednesday, 3/7/2018 at 8:30 pm Central at Madison Square Garden.  It will be carried on FS1 (Channel 237 on Comcast) and on the Score (Radio 670).

Marquette comes into the game with 18 wins and 12 losses overall, with a 9-9 record in Big East games after beating Creighton in a must win game.  This will also be a must win game for the Golden Eagles if they would like to keep their chances for an at large bid to the NCAA Tournament.

DePaul is coming off their 7th excruciating loss of the season  with a 3 point loss to Xavier. .  In games decided by 5 points or less, the Demons are 1-7.  Not optimal.

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DePaul’s Valiant Comeback Effort Against Xavier Falls Short, Again

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Blue Demons Hold Xavier to 2 Points Over Last 4:47, Miss Two Opportunities To Tie

Senior Day was almost an incredibly satisfying memorable day, as the DePaul Blue Demons fell short, yet again, to the 3rd Ranked Xavier Musketeers.

It was Senior Day, and if you want to read some things about our graduating Seniors, feel free to read the preview.

Things looked dire in the early going as Marin Maric picked up 2 early fouls and Max Strus picked up 3 fouls with 8:43 to go in the 1st Half.  Strus picked up 2 fouls on one play when he clearly charged into the Xavier defender and then kept talking to the referee.

In the arena, I was pretty sure that it must have been a block for Strus to be so upset, but after having time to watch multiple angles of the various replays, it was about as clear a charge as you will ever see.

When your two most reliable offensive players are out of the game, and you see that the Demons were down by 12 (22-10), it sure felt like game over.  However, the lineup of Hanel, McCallum, Cyrus, Roberts, and Cain, scored on 5 consecutive shots, closing the gap to 2 points (25-23).

This stretch allowed DePaul to make it to the much needed break, only down by 6.

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DePaul Host Xavier for Senior Morning: Pregame II

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Xavier Travels to the South Loop to Take on DePaul

The Setup

DePaul plays the Xavier Musketeers on Saturday, March 3rd at 11:00 am Central at the newly renamed, Wintrust Arena in Chicago’s South Loop.  It will be carried on Fox (Channel 190 on Comcast) and on the Score (Radio 670).

Xavier comes into the game with 26 wins and 4 losses ranked #3 in the AP poll.  Only 3 losses in Big East play, twice to Villanova and once to Providence (their only loss of the year in a game decided by 10 points or less.)

Your DePaul Blue Demons are coming of a disastrous offensive performance at Creighton.

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Creighton’s Offensive/Defensive Dominance, Too Much for DePaul

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Creighton Holds Blue Demons to 4th Worst Shooting Performance Of the Year

In a game that quickly deteriorated after 5 minutes of the first half, Creighton shot lights out and kept DePaul from matching them.  A 7-0 run towards the end of the half by the Demons kept the game respectable at halftime.  Down 10 to start the 2nd, Creighton quickly advanced the score to 20, and it was game over.

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