DePaul Travels to Omaha to Face Creighton: Preview II

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The Blue Demons Seek Revenge over the Blue Jays

The Setup

DePaul plays the Creighton Blue Jays on Wednesday, 2/26/2018 at 8:00 pm Central in Omaha, Nebraska at the CentruryLink Center.  It will be carried on FS1 (Channel 237 on Comcast) and on the WIND (Radio 560).

The Blue Jays come into the game with 20 wins and 9 losses overall, with a 9-7 record in Big East games after beating Villanova in Overtime on Saturday.

Your DePaul Blue Demons secured their 1st conference win at Wintrust Area by bursting Marquette’s bubble and splitting the season series. 

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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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DePaul Hosts Archrivals Marquette: Preview II

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DePaul Hosts Their Neighbors to the North Who are Going to Over-Populate Winstrust

The Setup

DePaul plays the Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday, 2/24/2018 at 11:00 am Central at the Wintrust Arena in the South Loop of Chicago, in front of thousands of cheese eaters and a handful of Blue Demon Fans.  It will be carried on UToo (Channel 230 on Comcast) and on the Score (Radio 670).

Marquette comes into the game with 16 wins and 11 losses overall, with a 7-8 record in Big East games after beating St. John’s in a must win game.  This will also be a must win game for the Golden Eagles.

DePaul is coming  off their worst loss of the year  by losing by 31 at Villanova.

This might be the last chance to win at the Wintrust Arena, unless the Demons upset Xavier at the final game.  If neither game ends in victory, for the entire off season, DePaul Nation will have to call the unfortunate arena Losetrust Arena.

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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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DePaul Travels to Philly to Take on Villanova: Pregame II

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DePaul Prepares to take on the Number 3 ranked Villanova Wildcats

The Setup

DePaul plays the Villanova Wildcasts on Wednesday, 2/21 at 7:30pm Central at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia in front of a large crowd wishing their seniors well.  It will be carried on FS1 (Channel 237 on Comcast) and on the Score (Radio 670).

Villanova comes into the game with 24 wins and 3 losses.  Funny enough, DePaul has beaten 2 of the 3 teams that have been the Wildcats.

DePaul had  yet another agonizing loss, this time in New Jersey against Seton Hall.

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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 Travels to Seton Hall: The Preview II

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The Blue Demons travel to New Jersey to Face Seton Hall

The Setup

DePaul plays the Seton Hall Pirates on Sunday, 2/18/2018 at noon Central at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.  It will be carried on FS1 (Channel 237 on Comcast) and on the Score (Radio 670).

The Pirates come into the game on a four game losing streak, with losses to Villanova, Marquette, Georgetown, and Xavier.  On the season they have 17 wins and 9 losses overall, with a 6-7 record in Big East games after losing by eleven at Xavier.

DePaul is coming off of another excruciating one point loss by not executing well during the last 4 minutes versus St. John’s.

The Blue Demons now have 10 wins and 15 losses, with a 3-10 record in Big East games.

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