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:

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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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 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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Last 45 seconds Doom DePaul versus Creighton

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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.

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