Allow me to introduce myself, I am the Lazy Blue Demon of DePaul. I am what is known as a Double-Demon for the insanity of going back to get a 2nd degree from the same place.
My first day on campus as a student was in September of 1993. My first memory of the DePaul Blue Demons came via WGN, which I was able to watch in my hometown in Southwestern Missouri.
One of the first things I did, once I stepped foot on campus, was walk over to the DePaul Athletic Department and bought season tickets for the 1993-94 season. My exuberance paid off in that I had front row seats in the student section. I did not miss a game, other than the games played between Thanksgiving and the New Year, due to me going home for Winter Break.
Your search committee has allowed for DePaul Blue Demons fans to reach out to you to let us know about our dream candidate. Lucky for you, I have a few opinions on the matter.
After a euphoric week of fun after beating Texas Tech, with the hashtag #RankDePaul trending, and the BigEastBias.com writing 7 or 8 articles about the AP voters being cowards for not ranking the Demons, DePaul came out flat, missed Eleven free-throws, turned the ball over fifteen times in the first half, and ultimately lost to the Buffalo Bulls by 5.
The first 18 minutes of the game were brutal for both teams. DePaul couldn’t get out of their own way and invented new ways to turn the ball over. The Bulls could not make a shot. For most of the half, Buffalo was shooting in the low 30 percents and less than 20% on 3-point shots. However, the Bulls began to get easy buckets off of the increasingly careless turnovers.
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.
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.
Creighton Hits 3 Pointer after 2 Offensive Rebounds on Final Offensive Sequence to Defeat The Demons by One
In a great game that DePaul lead by as many as ten points, the Blue Demon fell apart at the very end. After going up by 2 points on a Marin Maric basket with 1:03 left in regulation, the most excruciating possession of the season occurred. It seemed like it would never end. It turned into 4 separate mini-possessions, that ended in the worst of ways for the Demons.