DePaul Blue Demons vs. Ball State Cardinals – Saturday, December 11th, 7:30 p.m. Central – McGrath Arena, Chicago, Illinois
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Due to a conflict at Allstate Arena on Saturday, DePaul (3-5) will face Ball State (4-3) in their second on-campus game of the season. The Blue Demons defeated Chicago State 114-81 to open the season on campus at McGrath Arena.
DePaul is coming off a 73-51 shellacking at the hands of Indiana State on Wednesday night. DePaul coach Oliver Purnell saw similarities between this game and an earlier loss to Cal State Northridge in the 76 Classic.
"We had a situation like this out in California with the Northridge game," Purnell told WSCR radio. "It reminds me a lot of that game where we didn't show up physically and it didn't get any better. Yet we came the next day with a pretty good mindset in an overtime loss to Stanford."
"I'm hoping that it hurts and it stings," added Purnell. "Hopefully we're embarrassed with the way that we played to the point where we want to work and we want to atone for it with our effort the next time. Hopefully that's the approach we'll take."
That becomes the question, which team will show up on Saturday night? The team that lost to Northridge, Indiana State and Western Carolina or the more energized version that has played close in games like Oklahoma State and Stanford?
The bad news for DePaul is that the easy part of their schedule is over. The next four non-conference opponents are no cupcakes.
Ball State is the third Mid-American Conference team that DePaul has faced this month. The Blue Demons came out on the winning end against Northern Illinois (86-84) and Central Michigan (71-62) last week.
Ball State is the best of those three MAC opponents and owns a 15 point win over the same Indiana State team that thrashed the Demons on Wednesday. BSU is the preseason favorite to win the MAC West division.
The Cardinals have already played another Big East opponent tough. They lost to St. John's 78-73 in overtime in the Great Alaska Shootout.
Ball State may be without two of their bench players. Forward Mo Hubbard injured his left-shoulder injury at practice on Monday. Forward Matt Kamieniecki suffered a left-knee sprain at practice this week. Both players missed Wednesday's 58-51 win over Eastern Illinois and are uncertain for Saturday's game.
Ball State coach Billy Taylor is in his fourth year at the helm in Muncie, Indiana. Taylor is a West Aurora High School grad who played at Notre Dame in college.
The Cardinals are led by guard Jauwan Scaife (14.4 ppg), forward Jarrod Jones (14.3 ppg and 9.0 rpg), point guard Randy Davis (10.6 ppg), and freshman guard Jesse Berry (9.4 ppg).
Jones had a double-double of 20 points and 13 rebounds in the win over EIU. The Cardinals fought back from a nine point halftime deficit to beat Eastern for the second time this season.
This game will present an interesting contrast in styles. DePaul is going to try to get out and run, while Ball State would prefer a more deliberate half-court game. Ball State is not prone to turnovers and handles the ball very well.
If you come out to the game on Saturday, get there early. That way you're guaranteed to see at least one DePaul team win. Doug Bruno's 24th-ranked women's team will take on Northern Illinois at 5 p.m. in the first game of Saturday's doubleheader.
DePaul will host a post-game reception in the Multi-Purpose Room inside the DePaul Student Center immediately after the men's game.
Guests will be provided complimentary snacks and a cash bar will be available.
The Last Time
DePaul and Ball State haven't met since January 7th, 1980. The Blue Demons prevailed 96-79 in that meeting. DePaul leads the all-time series 2-0.
Ball State Roster
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Prev School)
1 Perry, Malik F 6-4 240 Sr. Philadelphia, Pa. (Philadelphia Lutheran)
2 Kamieniecki, Matt F 6-7 210 Fr. Clarkston, Mich. (Clarkston)
3 Davis, Randy G 5-11 180 Jr. Plymouth, Ind. (Plymouth)
4 Scaife, Jauwan G 6-2 190 So. Muncie, Ind. (Muncie Central)
5 Copeland, Jay F 6-7 235 Fr. Suffolk, Va. (King's Fork)
12 Robinson, Tyrae G 6-2 185 Fr. Gary, Ind. (Bowman Academy)
20 Bond, Chris F 6-4 190 Fr. Gary, Ind. (Bowman Academy)
22 Tucker, Adrian G 6-2 160 So. New Castle, Ind. (New Castle)
30 Hubbard, Mo F 6-6 216 Jr. Chantilly, Va. (Westfield)
32 Berry, Jesse G 6-1 170 Fr. Lafayette, Ind. (Jefferson)
34 Sneed, Pierre G 6-4 200 Jr. Chicago, Ill. (Simeon)
44 Henderson, Franklin F 6-4 185 Jr. Indianapolis, Ind. (Anderson) (Pike)
44 Koch, Tyler F 6-4 190 So. Winchester, Ind. (Wright State) (Winchester)
45 Jones, Jarrod F 6-9 230 Jr. Michigan City, Ind. (Michigan City)
50 Fields, Zach C 6-10 270 RSo. North Vernon, Ind. (Jennings County)
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