DePaul Blue Demons vs. Cal Poly Mustangs – Wednesday, December 21st, 7:30 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rsoemont, Illinois
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After winning four straight non-conference games, DePaul (8-3) faces a more challenging opponent in Cal Poly (8-3).
The Blue Demons have already won more games than last year and are making strides in Oliver Purnell's second year at the helm of the DePaul program.
"I thought we made progress," said Purnell. "Hopefully we can continue to do that on Wednesday night against Cal Poly, who sounds like a very, very good team. They've already beat USC this season."
Cal Poly did indeed win at Southern Cal. The Mustangs defeated the Trojans 42-36 in a low scoring affair where both teams shot poorly.
Cal Poly is off to their best start in the last decade and are coming off a 65-46 win at Fresno State.
The Mustangs are getting it done with a stingy defense. Cal Poly is ranked fifth in the nation in fewest points allowed per game (53.9) and 40th in opponent three-point percentage (28.6%).
A key to the game will be for DePaul to break 60 points. Cal Poly has held opponents to under 60 in eight of their 11 games this season.
Another key for the Blue Demons will be three point shooting. The Mustangs have held foes at under 30% from beyond the arc in seven games.
Yet another key for DePaul on Wednesday night will be rebounding. Working the glass has been a big issue for DePaul this season. Cal Poly is 18th in the nation in rebounding margin at +8.0 rebounds per game. The Mustangs are 7-0 when outrebounding their opponent.
Cal Poly is led in scoring by senior forward David Hanson who was named Big East Player of the Week following the win over Fresno State. Hanson is averaging 11 points and 4.5 rebounds per game for the Mustangs.
Wednesday marks the return of former Walter Payton prep guard Chris Eversley to Chicago. Eversley is currently coming off the bench and averaging four points per game for the Mustangs.
Cal Poly Roster
No. Name Cl. Pos. Ht. Wt. Exp Hometown/High School(College)
25 Joel Awich FR F 6-7 195 HS Maplewood, MN/Tartan HS
44 Will Donahue SR C 6-8 240 2V Gilbert, AZ/Mesquite HS (Phoenix College)
33 Chris Eversley SO F 6-6 210 RS Chicago, IL/Walter Payton College Prep (Rice)
1 Amaurys Fermin SR PG 6-3 195 RS Bronx, NY/Kennedy HS (Hagerstown College)
34 David Hanson SR F 6-5 215 3V Plymouth, MN/Maranatha Christian Academy
24 Jamal Johnson SO G 6-0 175 1V San Antonio, TX/Madison HS
5 Jordan Lewis SR F 6-5 220 3V San Rafael, CA/Terra Linda HS
3 Maliik Love SO G 6-2 200 1V Oceanside, CA/The Bishop's School
30 Reese Morgan FR G 6-2 195 HS San Pedro, CA/Peninsula HS
2 Chris O'Brien JR G 6-4 210 1V Irvine, CA/Northwood HS (San Francisco)
35 Kyle Odister SO G 6-0 185 RS Sacramento, CA/New Hampton School
13 Dylan Royer JR G 6-1 190 2V Los Osos, CA/Morro Bay HS
52 Will Taylor SR F 6-7 230 RS Williamsport, MD/Williamsport HS (Hagerstown College)
12 Matt Titchenal SR G 6-3 185 3V Sonoma, CA/Sonoma Valley HS
22 Drake U'u JR G 6-5 210 1V Sacramento, CA/Rio Americano HS (Hartford)
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