DePaul vs. Marquette Game Preview

After a winless three game homestand, the Blue Demons try their luck on the road at archival Marquette on Tuesday night.

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DePaul Blue Demons vs. Marquette Golden Eagles – Tuesday, January 18th, 8 p.m. Central – Bradley Center, Milwaukee Wisconsin

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The Blue Demons have lost 18 straight Big East games and are searching for their first Big East win since… well the last time they played Marquette at home.

Who can forget Mike Stovall's shot in the closing second that secured a 51-50 defeat of the Golden Eagles at Allstate Arena on January 20, 2010?

The many Marquette faithful that came to Rosemont to support their team that night went home broken-hearted. DePaul interim coach Tracy Webster got his one-and-only win on the bench for the Blue Demons that night.

But, this game isn't at home, it's at the hostile Bradley Center in Milwaukee where DePaul lost 80-69 to Marquette in the revenge game on February 3rd last year.

DePaul hasn't won a game in Milwaukee in over a decade. On February 16, 2000, the Blue Demons came out of there with a 55-35 win over MU.

So, DePaul coach Oliver Purnell doesn't exactly have history working in his favor. He has very little working in his favor. What Purnell does have is a core of promising young players that he can build around for next season, but for now the Blue Demons will struggle.

Marquette (12-6, 3-2) has a high-powered offense that ranks second in the Big East at 81 points per game. DePaul (6-11, 0-5) is going to have a hard time keeping up with that much firepower. Marquette is hitting close to 50 percent of its field goals to rank second in the Big East.

The one thing that Marquette lacks is a dominant post presence. They've even been known to put five guards on the floor at the same time. That is something that could work in DePaul's favor with Cleveland Melvin going off on the interior. Melvin has received the Big East Rookie of the Week honor for three of the last four weeks and ranks third in the Big East in scoring.

Guarding the perimeter is going to be extremely important in this game. Marquette tends to shoot very well from beyond the arc. Although, they only shot four of 17 in their loss at Louisville on Saturday.

Marquette features three of the most deadly 3-point marksmen in the Big East. Senior guard Dwight Buycks (10.7 ppg) is shooting 44 percent from three point territory. Junior Jae Crowder isn't far behind at 42.9 percent and 12.7 ppg. Then there is junior guard Darius Johnson-Odom who lit DePaul up for 21 points last season. DJO is leading the Golden Eagles in scoring at 15.7 ppg and is 35.9% from beyond the arc.

Add in senior swingman Jimmy Butler (15.1 ppg) and you have four players averaging in double-figures which will be very diffcult for DePaul to stop.

What remains to be seen is whether Marquette can get over their choke job at Louisville on Saturday.

The Golden Eagles led by 18 with 5:44 to play and suffered a complete collapse during a 15-0 run for Louisville down the final stretch as the Cardinals handed MU a 71-70 defeat.

"It's hard anytime you go on the road and lose, it's hard -- particularly when you are ahead or are in a position to win," MU coach Buzz Williams said after the game. "But like every other coach in our league says, I wish we could feel sorry for ourselves and cry about it, but we play DePaul on Tuesday. So we have to hope for safe travel home and start again tomorrow to prepare for DePaul."

Notes:

- Be sure to check out Quinn Peterson's interview with backcourt mates Brandon Young and Jeremiah Kelly in the below report…

Blue Demon Backcourt Looks to Lead

- DePaul freshman Cleveland Melvin was named Big East Rookie of the Week for the third time in the last four weeks today. In the Seton Hall and Connecticut games, Melvin averaged 23 points and 10.5 rebounds. Melvin is third in the Big East in scoring and fourth in rebounding.

The Last Time

On February 3, 2010 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Marquette prevailed in a 80-69 win over the Blue Demons. Darius Johnson Odom led the Golden Eagles with 21 points on 7 of 11 shooting, including 3 of 6 from three point range. Lazar Hayward racked up a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds.

Junior forward Jimmy Butler scored 18 points, 14 of which coming from the free-throw line, and junior guard Dwight Buycks added 14 points.

The Blue Demons were led by Mac Koshwal who scored 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting while also grabbing 11 rebounds. DePaul's only other player in double figures was senior guard Will Walker with 13.

Marquette Roster

No. Name Ht./Wt. Pos. Year Hometown (High School)

2 Vander Blue 6-4/190 G FR Madison, Wis. (Memorial HS)

33 Jimmy Butler 6-7/220 G/F SR Tomball, Texas (Tomball HS)

23 Dwight Buycks 6-3/190 G SR Milwaukee, Wis. (Bay View HS)

5 Junior Cadougan 6-1/205 G SO Toronto, Ontario (Christian Life Center Academy)

32 Jae Crowder 6-6/225 F JR Villa Rica, Ga. (Villa Rica HS)

45 Robert Frozena 6-1/190 G SR Sherwood, Wis. (St. Mary Central)

21 Joseph Fulce 6-7/205 F SR Plano, Texas (Plano)

54 Davante Gardner 6-8/290 F FR Suffolk, Va. (King's Fork HS)

1 Darius Johnson-Odom 6-2/215 G JR Raleigh, N.C. (Wakefield HS)

22 Jamail Jones 6-6/210 F FR Atlanta, Ga. (Montverde Academy)

42 Chris Otule 6-11/260 C SO Richmond, Texas (Ft. Bend Bush)

25 Dave Singleton 6-4/190 G JR Coatesville, Pa. (Hill School)

12 Erik Williams 6-7/210 F SO Houston, Texas (Cypress Springs HS)

0 Jamil Wilson 6-7/210 F SO Racine, Wis. (Horlick HS)

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