Coming off a long awaited win against Georgetown, DePaul travels to Cincinnati to seek revenge against the Xavier Musketeers. On February 4th, the Musketeers lost their minds and made eight first half 3 pointers, including 7 of their first 10 shots, roaring to a 19 point lead. Funny enough, the X-Men then went 1-15 from 3 the rest of the game. The Blue Demons put up a pathetic 16 points in the first half for their worst offensive showing of the year. The Demons went the final 8:22 of the first half without scoring a single, damn point.
A late rally, and I mean really, really late, made the final score a respectable 8 point loss. DePaul scored 23 points in the last 4:15 seconds of the 2nd half, totaling seven more than they scored in the entire first half.
Last February 9th, DePaul finally put an end to a nine game losing streak to the Xavier Musketeers as Paul Reed, Femi Olujobi, Eli Cain, and Max Strus all put up double digits. It was one of the most well rounded scoring games of the season. Let’s see if DePaul can start a streak of their own by beating Xavier for the 2nd time in a row.
Things looked dire in the early going as Marin Maric picked up 2 early fouls and Max Strus picked up 3 fouls with 8:43 to go in the 1st Half. Strus picked up 2 fouls on one play when he clearly charged into the Xavier defender and then kept talking to the referee.
In the arena, I was pretty sure that it must have been a block for Strus to be so upset, but after having time to watch multiple angles of the various replays, it was about as clear a charge as you will ever see.
When your two most reliable offensive players are out of the game, and you see that the Demons were down by 12 (22-10), it sure felt like game over. However, the lineup of Hanel, McCallum, Cyrus, Roberts, and Cain, scored on 5 consecutive shots, closing the gap to 2 points (25-23).
Down 22-10 with Strus and Maric out with foul trouble, this lineup of McCallum, Hanel, Roberts, Cyrus, and Cain make 5 consecutive shots to bring it to 25-23. Kept #DePaul in the game against #Xavier. #dpubbpic.twitter.com/Y3LWB6iZIC
Xavier Travels to the South Loop to Take on DePaul
DePaul plays the Xavier Musketeers on Saturday, March 3rd at 11:00 am Central at the newly renamed, Wintrust Arena in Chicago’s South Loop. It will be carried on Fox (Channel 190 on Comcast) and on the Score (Radio 670).
Xavier comes into the game with 26 wins and 4 losses ranked #3 in the AP poll. Only 3 losses in Big East play, twice to Villanova and once to Providence (their only loss of the year in a game decided by 10 points or less.)
DePaul Blows 16 point 2nd Half Lead by gifting 14 Turnovers in last 17 Minutes of Game
I could just stop there, but I won’t. It has become a revolving theme this season. With the exception of the games against, #1 Villanova and #2 Michigan State, DePaul has been in every game with the top 85 programs (see how I got Illinois included in this discussion). Every one of them. DePaul has also lost every one of them. EVERY ONE OF THEM.