DePaul Blue Demons vs. Milwaukee Panthers – Monday, December 5th, 8:00 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
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It's Horizon League week for the Blue Demons. DePaul (4-2) faces two teams from the Horizon this week. First comes UW-Milwaukee at Allstate Arena on Monday, then the Blue Demons travel to Loyola 48 hours later to meet the Ramblers.
Last season, the Panthers came into Allstate Arena and had a lot of difficulty with DePaul's press in a 61-47 Blue Demon victory at Allstate Arena. The Blue Demons forced 20 Panther turnovers and scored 17 points off of turnovers in that contest.
Both teams have improved a lot since then. Milwaukee comes in with a 7-1 record this time around. The Panthers have won every game on their schedule with the exception of a 13 point loss on the road at Michigan State.
UWM is getting it done with defense. The Panthers are holding opponents to 37.4% shooting from the field and just 22.4% from three point range.
Coach Rob Jeter's squad is coming off two wins over Chicago teams – Loyola and UIC,and is looking to make it a three game sweep of schools from the Windy City.
On Saturday, UWM defeated UIC 73-71 in an overtime thriller in Milwaukee. The Panthers held the Flames to 39% shooting from the floor. Earlier in the week, Milwaukee routed Loyola 59-41.
The Panthers have three players averaging in double-figures. 6-7 forward James Haarsma is leading the way with 11.5 points and nine rebounds per game. Senior guard Kaylon Williams is averaging 11.1 points and six assists per game. Williams led the Horizon League in assists last year and is ranked 34th in the nation in assists this season.
Junior guard Ja'Rob McCallum is contributing with 10 points per game. However, McCallum has sat out the last two games with a wrist injury and is unlikely for Monday's game.
Junior guard Lonnie Boga has been sidelined with a shoulder injury and is doubtful for Monday night's game.
For the Blue Demons to win, they will need to be successful pressing UWM like they did last year and force turnovers and concert turnovers into scoring opportunities. The Panthers prefer a low-scoring game and are averaging 63.9 points per game. If the Blue Demons can take it uptempo and avoid scoring droughts like the one they had in the first half in Friday's 70-68 loss to Mississippi, then they'll walk away with the "W" in this one.
The Last Time
On December 14th of last year, the Blue Demons defeated Milwaukee 61-47 at Allstate Arena.
DePaul's pesky full-court pressure defense effectively disrupted Milwaukee's offense throughout the game. The Blue Demons forced 20 Panther turnovers and scored 17 points off of turnovers.
Sophomore forward Tony Freeland led the way for DePaul with 14 points off the bench. Cleveland Melvin finished with 11 points and five rebounds in his first collegiate start.
Mike Stovall contributed with nine points. Krys Faber and Brandon Young chipped in with eight points apiece for DePaul.
Anthony Hill and Ja'Rob McCallum scored 10 apiece in the losing effort for the Panthers.
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (High School/College)
1 Ja'Rob McCallum G 6-0 170 Jr. Marion, Ind. (Marion)
2 Kaylon Williams G 6-3 185 Sr. Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Kennedy/Kirkwood CC)
3 Kyle Kelm F 6-9 210 So. Randolph, Wis. (Randolph)
4 Ryan Allen G 6-3 200 Sr. South Holland, Ill. (Thornton/Vincennes)
5 Shaquille Boga G 5-11 170 Fr. St. Louis, Mo. (McCluer)
14 Paris Gulley G 6-2 170 Jr. Peoria, Ill. (Manual/Southeastern CC)
15 Demetrius Harris F 6-7 230 Jr. Jacksonville, Ark. (Jacksonville/Mineral Area CC)
20 Mitch Roelke G 6-0 170 So. Waunakee, Wis. (Waunakee)
21 Tony Meier F 6-8 210 Sr. Wildwood, Mo. (Lafayette)
22 Evan Richard G 6-2 175 Fr. Kieler, Wis. (Cuba City)
23 J.J. Panoske F 6-10 225 Fr. Brodhead, Wis. (Brodhead)
32 Lonnie Boga G 6-3 200 Jr. St. Louis, Mo. (McCluer)
33 Quinton Gustavson F 6-9 200 So. Racine, Wis. (Case)
42 James Haarsma F 6-7 230 Jr. Racine, Wis. (St. Catherine's/Evansville)
44 Ryan Haggerty F 6-8 210 Jr. Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Benet Academy)
45 Christian Wolf F 6-9 250 Jr. Kohler, Wis. (Kohler/Florida Gulf Coast)
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