The DePaul Blue Demons are back at the Wintrust to take on long time opponent, Georgetown. This is the 40th time that these clubs have played since 1950. The two squads have split in each of the past 3 seasons. In the last meeting, DePaul Lost to a short-handed Hoyas team that clinched victory when walk-on George Muresan hit two clutch free-throws to put the game out of reach. It was a familiar defeat in that the Blue Demons found a way to lose. Since that game, DePaul has been blown out of the gym by Creighton and Villanova.
Georgetown enters the game with a 5-8 record in conference. The depleted bunch upset Butler at Hinkle Fieldhouse after the DePaul game and let a half-time lead slip away against Providence at home.
In what has been a recurring theme of Big East Conference play, the DePaul Blue Demons lost a game in which they held a 2nd half lead. In seven of DePaul’s eleven Big East games, the Blue Demons have either held a lead or been tied at the half. For the sixth time, DePaul lost the lead and lost the game.
Before we get into this game, a little background on the Hoyas. During this season, two scholarship players have transferred and another scholarship player has not dressed for several games in a row. To say the Hoyas are short-handed is an understatement. Going into this game, Georgetown had seven scholarship players on the active roster.
This loss was inexplicable, in that Georgetown started the game without their go-to playmaker, Mac McClung. That left six scholarship players dressing for the game. During the second half of the game, their best all around player, Omer Yurtseven, was injured with an ankle injury. That left five scholarship players. With 1:49 left, another starter, Jamorko Pickett, fouled out. That left four scholarship players in the game with the Hoyas up 4. This meant that the Georgetown had to end the game playing a walk-on.
The DePaul Blue Demons travel to Washington, DC to take on long time opponent, Georgetown. This is the 39th time that these clubs have played since 1950. The two squads have split in each of the past 3 seasons. In the last meeting, DePaul murdered the Hoyas 101-69 as Max Strus went for 30, Eli Cain had 24, and Paul Reed scored 19. The 32 point margin was DePaul’s largest conference victory since the current alignment of the Big East. The Blue Demons arrive in DC after a pathetic 16 damn point first half performance against Xavier on Tuesday.
Georgetown enters the game with a 3-7 record in conference games with two victories over St. John’s and and upset victory over Creighton. The Hoyas lost to Seton Hall on Wednesday.
For the First Time this Season, DePaul Delivers on Final Possession
We’ve been here before… The clock is winding down, the ball is in the hands of Eli Cain, Cain drives, and…he misses (against Oregon)….and… he misses (against Northwestern)….and… he misses (against Xavier).
But hey, yesterday was a new day! The clock was winding down, the ball was in the hands of Eli Cain. Cain drove, stepped back, and drilled the game winner.
DePaul travels to DC to play the Georgetown Hoyas on Wednesday, 1/24/2018 at 7:30 pm Central at Capital One Arena. It will be carried on FS1 (Channel 237 on Comcast) and on the Score (Radio 670).
Georgetown comes into the game with 3 wins in the Big East against the Vincentian bottom dwellers. The Hoyas have continued to beat the teams that they are supposed to beat, and have come agonizingly close to getting a big win.