DePaul vs. Loyola Game Preview

The DePaul Blue Demons and Loyola Ramblers have renewed their north-side city rivalry. Loyola comes to Allstate Arena for a non-conference matchup on Saturday afternoon.

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DePaul Blue Demons vs. Loyola Ramblers – Saturday, December 18th, 1:00 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

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Game Preview

In the second half of Horizon League week for DePaul, the Blue Demons welcome city rival Loyola on Saturday afternoon.

DePaul (4-6) is coming off a 61-47 win over another Horizon league member in the Milwaukee Panthers on Tuesday night.

Loyola (8-3) looks to be a much tougher opponent that Milwaukee was. LU coach Jim Whitesell has one of his best teams in years.

The Ramblers were involved in close losses to two of the best teams in NCAA Basketball this season.

Butler escaped with a 65-63 win at the Gentile Center and fifth-ranked Kansas State won 68-60 at Loyola in a hard fought battle.

The Ramblers have already managed a 86-74 win over the same Indiana State team that destroyed DePaul recently.

DePaul hasn't lost to Loyola since January of 1989 and the Blue Demons have never lost to the Ramblers at Allstate Arena. Yet according to college hoops stats. guru Ken Pomeroy, at kenpom.com, the Ramblers are favored to win this one. Pomeroy's projections for DePaul have them losing all of their remaining games this season.

There is no doubt that DePaul's schedule gets tougher from here on out. There are no easy opponents left for the Blue Demons.

Loyola also has the advantage of having had a week off to prepare for this one due to final exams.

So, to pull off a win, DePaul is going to have to do everything right and continue to build off of the Milwaukee game where they outrebounded the Panthers by a 36-29 margin and shot 13 of 15 from the free throw line.

Loyola features balanced scoring on offense with five players averaging in double figures. Former Conant guard Geoff McCammon leads the way with 12.6 points per game.

Junior Jordan Hicks, who is sidelined for two months with an injury, was contributing 11.7 ppg. Junior Walt Gibler is putting up 11.2 ppg and 4.6 rpg. Senior Terrance Hill also chips in at 11.2 ppg and sophomore Ben Averkamp is contrubiting 10.5 ppg and 4.4 rpg.

Redshirt senior Andy Polka is LU's man on the boards. Polka averages 6.2 ppg and 7.5 rpg.

For Purnell's press to have success this time out, he may want to put pressure on Loyola's backcourt. Hill, McCammon, and Courtney Stanley lead the team in turnovers.

Regardless of the matchups, this series is one with a lot of history and some good intra-city rivalry.

"It's a local team," Purnell said of Loyola. "Anytime you're playing Chicago State, Loyola, Northwestern, Illinois, anybody like that, there's some extra juice involved in the game. That's just the way it is. When I was growing up, playing, or coaching and playing somebody local, you want bragging rights. They want to beat us and we want to beat them. When hanging around the water cooler or downtown or whereever, saying that ‘we kicked your butt', and I'm sure they want to say the same thing."

Notes:

- For the next game in the series with the Ramblers, DePaul will travel to the renovated Gentile Center in 2011. Loyola will return to Allstate Arena in 2012 for the third game in the series.

- The Blue Demons will sign autographs for fans after the game.

Also after the game, future Blue Demon Braeden Anderson will be playing with his Wilbraham & Monson prep school team at Attack Athletics on the west side of Chicago at 4:30 p.m.

The Last Time

DePaul and Loyola haven't met since November 21, 2003. In the season opener for both teams, Andre Brown racked up a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds in a 73-61 victory for the Demons at Allstate Arena. Majak Kou came off the bench to score 18 points and grab six rebounds for the Ramblers.

Loyola Roster

No. Name Ht. Wt. Pos. Year Hometown/High School/Last College

0 Denzel Brito 6-1 185 G FR Wareham, Mass./Lawrence Academy

1 Gabe Kindred 6-1 176 G RS FR Oakland, Calif./Worcester Academy (Mass.)

2 Jordan Hicks 6-6 210 G/F JR Rochester, Minn./Rochester Mayo

4 Shaun Adams 6-6 200 F SO Liberty, Mo./Liberty

5 Tom Neary 6-7 212 F JR Brookfield, Wis./Catholic Memorial

10 Courtney Stanley 6-1 175 G JR Philadelphia, Pa./Roman Catholic

14 Chim Kadima 6-4 192 G FR Milwaukee, Wis./Milwaukee Lutheran

22 Terrance Hill 6-4 190 G SR Kansas City, Mo./Hogan Prep/Coffeyville CC

23 Geoff McCammon 6-4 200 G SR Roselle, Ill./Conant

24 Ben Averkamp 6-8 235 F SO Germantown, Wis./Germantown

30 Ryan Sterling 6-4 190 G SR Fishers, Ind./Cathedral

32 Andy Polka 6-7 240 F RS SR Oshkosh, Wis./Oshkosh West

33 Walt Gibler 6-7 230 F JR Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Xavier

34 Jonathon Gac 6-8 220 F FR Chicago, Ill./Mount Carmel

44 John Benkoske 6-9 220 C JR Oshkosh, Wis./Oshkosh West


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