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:
Missing the shot
Not driving to the basket
Not passing to a wide open Brandon Cyrus
For standing around admiring his missed shot instead of running towards the basket in case he missed.
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.
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.
DePaul Prepares to take on the Number 3 ranked Villanova Wildcats
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.
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.
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.
The Pirates’ Timely 3 Point Shooting Plus Immense Physicality Doomed the Demons
Let’s cut to the chase, If you read my preview to this game, I’ll wait for you here…you would’ve read that in general Seton Hall was a balanced team, but that DePaul needed to fear 2 players, Angel Delgado and Myles Powell.
Who killed the Demons today? Angel Delgado and Myles Powell.
Has this ever happened to you? All your efforts have been building to a moment, and then once the moment comes…nothing? You walk out of a cold, Milwaukee night to meet up with your familiar partner in an exchange of heat, sweat, and emotion, and instead, you go limp. You fail to follow through. You strain and flail, but you just can’t get it to your goal.
St. John’s Decides Not to Press the Demons; Poor Choice
We DePaul fans know our weaknesses (ball handling and shooting). Our opponents should know our weakness. Somehow, someway, St. John’s decided to not pressure the Demon ball handlers, the Demons made shots, and DePaul came away with the victory.