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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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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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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DePaul Holds off Marquette Splitting the Season Series

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Down 5 at the Half, the Blue Demons Smother the Golden Eagles to Get Their First Home Conference Win

Holy crap!  DePaul won a home conference game at Wintrust Arena for the first time ever!  DePaul splits the season series with Marquette for the 3rd time in 4 years.  Sure seems like a rivalry to me.  Yep, it’s a rivalry again.  More fun was putting a big damper on the Golden Eagles’ chances in getting an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament.  Good Times!

Most of DePaul’s fans dressed as something other than blue seats for the second time this season. But instead of dressing up in Notre Dame Green and Gold, they dressed in Marquette Navy and Gold; I didn’t know it was Holloween.  So weird that they do not dress in DePaul colors for these home games.

In my game preview, I mentioned that DePaul had to fear 3 main players, Markus Howard, if he played,  Andrew Rowsey, and Sam Hauser.  Howard was questionable for the game, but after warmups looked like he would play.  Rowsey got himself in early foul trouble, which immediately benefited the Blue Demons.  Howard was brought in for his first action in a week, coming off a hip injury.  He looked a little off, but was relatively effective.  The early fouls seemed to keep the shooters out of rhythm, which was nice.  All three players ended up with double-figures, but none of them killed the demons all ending with below average offensive ratings, 94 for Hauser, and 87 for both Rowsey and Howard (100 is average).

On the DePaul side, Max Strus was the game MVP with 20 points on 6-13 shooting and a very important 7-7 from the free throw line.  He did have 6 turnovers, but redeemed himself with 11 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal.

The game had 2 major runs.  One by Marquette in the 1st half, and then a nice run by DePaul in the 2nd half, where the Demons help the Golden Eagles without a point for 6 minutes.

A 19-16 lead by the Blue Demons turned into a 31-22 deficit, until a 3 pt play by Strus at 3:03 left end a 17-3 run by Marquette.

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Villanova Runs All Over DePaul

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Villanova Hands DePaul Worst Loss of Season

This is going to be a quick post, because my heart isn’t in it today.  If you read my preview to this game, I stated that Villanova was a well rounded offensive machine.  They were.  However, for the first 10 minutes of the game, DePaul kept in reaching distance of number 3 ranked Villanova, then the wheels fell off.  It took another 20 minutes for the Blue Demons to re-attach the wheels, but by that time they were down 30.

This game sucked.  I was so frustrated by halftime that I went to work out to get rid of my angry energy.

I’m going to start with where things went wrong.  After Tre’Darius McCallum decided to let Mikal Bridges get by him, and Marin Maric stepped in with help defense collecting his 2nd foul, creating a 3-point play, DePaul was already in a dilemma.  Do you stay with Maric and his 2 fouls, or start bringing in reinforcements?  Maric left the game, bringing in Paul Reed.  After trading baskets, Bridges used McCallum again, but this time McCallum fouled him.  Poor defensive decisions lead to massive foul trouble.

What I am trying to get out is that the game quickly devolved in Walk-ons and rarely used bench players being involved.  Advantage Villanova.

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Seton Hall Out Physicals DePaul Again

 

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In Many Way, This Was A Replay of the First Game

We have been here before.  DePaul played a close, tight game, made the opponent sweat, and then let them off the hook.  Like the Northwestern game (a game in which DePaul missed 15 free-throws), a team that shoots over 70% on the year from the free-throw line, loses the game by missing 10 free-throws in a 5 point loss.  If you read my preview to this game, you would have read that it was imperative for the Blue Demons to keep Seton Hall, and especially Angel Delgado off of the boards.  Instead, they allowed Delgado to get a double-double in the 1st half!  Delgado lead the Pirates to a 12 point first have lead.  Most of Blue Demon nation were ready to turn off our TVs, when the Demons inexplicably stormed back on a 10-0 run to end the half.

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DePaul Lets It Slip Away in the Last 4 minutes versus St. John’s

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Costly Turnovers, Ill Advised Shots, and a Missed 3 over Final Minutes cause DePaul to Lose to Red Storm by One

In an offensive game that DePaul lead by as many as nine points, the Blue Demon failed to execute over the final 4 minutes.

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