DePaul Blue Demons vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights – Wednesday, March 2nd, 7:30 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
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While DePaul (7-21, 1-15) is assured of finishing in last place (at least a share) in the Big East for the third straight year, the Demons want to go out on a winning note. When Rutgers (13-15, 4-12) rolls into Chicago for a Wednesday night match-up, the Demons will want to win what they view as a winnable game.
If the Demons do win, it will give them two conference wins for the first time in three years and give the team some hope for the future. Of course, the game will be a sendoff for Mike Stovall, Mario Stula and Jimmy Drew, as Wednesday will be Senior Night at All State Arena.
But any win in the conference will still be considered yeomen's work, considering DePaul will be finishing its season without Cleveland Melvin, who leads the team in scoring (14.3), field goal percentage (.522), and second in rebounding (5 .0). Melvin will be sidelined with a sprained thumb.
Rutgers, while placing 13th in the conference standings, has been playing hard under first-year Head Coach Mike Rice. Rice has the Scarlet Knights playing great defense, as Rutgers is seventh in the Big East in scoring defense, while fifth in field-goal percentage defense. They will make you work for every shot.
Leading the way for the Knight's is senior forward Jonathan Mitchell. Mitchell is a great scorer and defender who does a lot of little things well. He leads the team in scoring (14.2) and is the unquestioned go-to-player. Who can forget his 4-point play to beat Villanova?
Rutgers also gets solid production from Dane Miller (9.1 ppg and a team leading 5.9 rebounds), James Beatty (8.2 ppg and a team leading 57 three pointers), Mike Coburn (8.7 ppg and a team leading 112 assists) and freshman Gilvydas Biruta (9.1 ppg).
Rutgers comes into the game losers of four straight, and eight out of their last nine. Their most recent defeat came at home on Sunday to West Virginia, 65-54.
After the Rutgers contest, DePaul will have a matchup left at Syracuse, while also playing a tough game in the Big East Tournament. So, if DePaul has any juice left in them for a victory tonight would be the night
The Last Time
On February 27, 2010 at the RAC, Rutgers mounted a second half comeback and walked away with a 71-62 win over DePaul after trailing 37-26 at halftime.
Rutgers got a big contribution from leading scorer Mike Rosario who finished with 24 on 8-13 shooting, including 5-8 from three-point land.
Rutgers would get double-figure scoring efforts from Jonathan Mitchell (18 points) and Dane Miller (10 points).
Mac Koshwal led the way for DePaul with 20 points and nine rebounds.
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