DePaul Comes Up Short Against Louisville

DePaul Comes Up Short Against Louisville

DePaul interim coach Tracy Webster has been searching for the perfect 40 minute game from his team. After Saturday's Big East clash with Louisville at Allstate Arena, he was still searching.

Webster did get what he wanted for 36 of the game's 40 minutes though as DePaul (8-18, 1-13) succumbed to Louisville (18-9, 9-5), 68-59.

With 7:31 to play in the game, DePaul guard Michael Bizoukas drove in a three pointer to put the Demons up 49-48. Over the next four minutes DePaul went scoreless as the Cardinals went on a 9-0 run.

"We've been asking these guys for 40 minute games," said Webster. "We're slowly but surely trying to put those together. We want to continue to keep getting better each game, and win some of these games."

"We have to continue to battle and eventually it's going to come our way," Webster added.

It was not a good outing for DePaul senior guard Will Walker, who scored just eight points on two of 14 shooting from the floor and zero for seven from beyond the arc.

"I thought they were aware of where (Walker) was at all times," said Webster "He missed some open looks, but for the most part they were aware of where he was. They throw a hand at you. Just putting a hand up in his face, making him think that they were there on the catch."

Another factor is that Walker has been playing 39 or 40 minutes per game.

"Will may not have had his legs either," Webster added. "I played him a ton of minutes. That could have been key as well."

With Walker a non-factor on the perimeter, the Demons looked to get junior big man Mac Koshwal going in the post. Which he did, to the tune of a double-double of a career-high tying 26 points and 10 rebounds.

DePaul did do a good job of handling the Louisville press and rarely turned the ball over. The Demons spaced out the floor well against the Cardinals pressure.

"My goal was to try to screen at the top of the key and get Mike Bizoukas open and just get out of there," said Koshwal. "There is no reason for me to be in there, just to try to have some space open to bring it back."

Once again the Blue Demons lost the battle on the glass as DePaul was outrebounded by a 35-27 margin. The Demons are getting very little contribution on rebounding from anyone besides Koshwal.

DePaul certainly missed the rebounding of sophomore forward Eric Wallace, who was sidelined today with a left shin injury.

DePaul had their largest crowd of the season at Allstate Arena today as over 40 buses travelled to Chicago from Louisville to boost today's attendance to 13,754.

It almost seemed like a home game for the Cardinals, but it didn't phase Koshwal.

"The fans were a non-factor to me," said Mac.

The Louisville fans in attendance were not disappointed as big man Samardo Samuels led the way for the Cardinals with 14 points, 12 of which came before halftime. Samuels was limited by foul trouble in the second half.

Edgar Sosa contributed with 13 points.

DePaul will now head on a two game road trip this week as they travel to Cincinnati and Rutgers.

Notes:

- Louisville coach Rick Pitino did not address the Chicago media after today's game.

- Former Louisville coach Denny Crum was in the crowd for the Cardinals.

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