DePaul vs. Fairfield Game Preview

DePaul returns home to Allstate Arena on Tuesday night to take on the Fairfield Stags in a non-conference matchup.

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DePaul Blue Demons (2-3) vs. Fairfield Stags (3-3) – Tuesday, November 27th, 8:00 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

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Five games into DePaul's non-conference season, nobody expected the Blue Demons to be standing at a record of 2-3. After going 0-2 south of the border in Cancun, the Blue Demons return home to Allstate Arena for a non-conference matchup with the Stags.

DePaul struggled in the halfcourt on both offense and defense in Cancun. DePaul coach Oliver Purnell needs to right the ship quickly with games against Fairfield at home and on the road at Auburn this week.

Fairfield (3-3) is coming off a 66-47 loss at Providence. The Stags are 158th in the RPI according to

Fairfield is not a high scoring team. The Stags three losses have come to Providence, Virginia, and Lehigh. They've defeated Central Connecticut, Penn and Fordham.

This game represents a Homecoming for former DeLaSalle player Derek Needham and Colin Nickerson from Waukegan. Both are now seniors for the Stags. Needham is Fairfield's leading scorer. He dropped 18 points, included four 3-pointers, to lead Fairfield in the loss at Providence. The Friars had a 17-0 scoring spurt in the second half of that contest. DePaul should look to put together a similar scoring run on Fairfield.

The Stags will be without freshman center Vincent Van Nes who suffered a career ending toe injury.

The Blue Demons have been without sophomores Jamee Crockett & Charles McKinney. Crockett has been out with a right knee sprain, while McKinney missed one game in Cancun with a knee contusion.

The probable starting lineup for the Blue Demons on Tuesday is Worrel Clahar, Brandon Young, Moses Morgan, Cleveland Melvin, and Donnavan Kirk.

The Last Time

On December 7th, 2002, at Madison Square Garden, Andre Brown led the Blue Demons to a 94-90 win over the Stags with 24 points.

Fairfield Roster


0 Justin Jenkins Fr. G 6-2 175 Wings Academy Bronx, N.Y.

3 Derek Needham Sr. G 5-11 180 De La Salle Dolton, Ill.

10 Josip Mikulic Fr. F 7-0 228 North Broward Prep Siroki, Croatia

11 Desmond Wade R-Sr. G 5-8 150 Linden Linden, N.J.

14 Marcus Gilbert Fr. F 6-6 185 Academy of New Church Smyrna, Del.

15 Maurice Barrow Jr. F 6-5 210 Christ the King Hollis, N.Y.

21 Amadou Sidibe Fr. F 6-8 215 Cardinal Hayes Bronx, N.Y.

25 Colin Nickerson Sr. G 6-3 150 Waukegan Waukegan, Ill.

33 Vincent Van Nes So. F/C 7-0 230 Northfield-Mount Hermon Dorchester, England

35 Coleman Johnson Fr. F 6-6 215 Paul VI Oak Hill, Va.

41 Keith Matthews Jr. F 6-5 200 Sebastian River Sebastian, Fla.

44 Sean Grennan So. G 6-3 170 Monsignor Donovan Toms River, N.J.

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