DePaul Blue Demons (4-3) vs. Chicago State Cougars (2-7) – Wednesday, December 5th, 7:00 p.m. Central – Chicago, Illinois
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The Blue Demons will make the trip down the Dan Ryan expressway to Chicago State on Wednesday night.
We've also learned that Chicago State plans to announce on Wednesday that they are leaving the Great West conference for the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
Former DePaul assistant Tracy Dildy is in his third year as the head coach at CSU and has his work cut out for him. He's coming off a season where the team finished 4-26 and 2-8 in the Great West.
CSU lists the Cougars' record as 2-7, but they have yet to beat a Division I opponent this season.
The Cougars are led in scoring by former Decatur Eisenhower star Jeremy Robinson. The 6-9 forward is averaging 12.3 ppg and is grabbing 7.6 rebounds per game. Robinson led the Great West in scoring last season.
They also feature Quinton Pippen, the nephew of former Bulls great Scottie Pippen, in the starting lineup. Pippen is averaging 8.3 points per game.
DePaul is 10-0 all-time against Chicago State. This will be DePaul's first time playing at CSU during the series.
If you're gambling on this game, you might want to take the over. Last year's score was 102-95.
The Blue Demons hope to build on Friday's win at Auburn in the Big East/SEC Challenge and keep things going in their non-conference schedule.
The Last Time
In a high scoring affair that featured very little defense, DePaul defeated Chicago State 102-95 at Allstate Arena on December 10th, 2011.
Sophomore forward Cleveland Melvin scored a career-high 30 points to lead all scorers.
Fellow sophomore Brandon Young managed just one point in the first half, but then came alive with 20 points in the second half to finish with 21 points, with three of six from beyond the arc, and seven assists.
Senior guard Jeremiah Kelly had a solid outing going five of nine from beyond the arc on his way to 19 points.
Freshman Jamee Crockett scored 11 points, blocked two shots, and had two steals.
Chicago State had five players finish in double-figures. Matt Samuels led the way with 20 points. Lee Fisher scored 19. Jeremy Robinson added 17 points and Aaron Williams contributed with 15 points. Clarke Rosenberg came off the bench to record a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort for the Cougars.
Chicago State Roster
NO. NAME POS. HT. WT. YR. HOMETOWN / HIGHSCHOOL PREVIOUS SCHOOL
0 Corey Gray G 5-11 180 Jr. Houston, Texas / Hightower UIC
1 Greg Tucker G 6-2 175 Jr. Chicago, Ill. / Lincoln Park North Dakota State College of Science
2 Jamere Dismukes G 6-1 175 Jr. Park Forest, Ill. / Rich East BlackHawk College
5 Arthur Gage C 6-10 225 Jr. Plainfield, Ill. / Plainfield Central Lincoln College
10 Mashawn Chamberlain F 6-4 210 Jr. Chicago, Ill. / De La Salle Daley College
14 Nate Henry G 6-2 175 Jr. Chicago, Ill. / Farragut
23 Aaron Williams F 6-6 215 Jr. Chicago, Ill. / Chicago Vocational Dodge City CC
31 Jeremy Robinson F 6-9 225 Sr. Decatur, Ill. / Eisenhower Iowa Western CC
32 Nate Duhon G 6-3 197 Jr. Lansing, Mich. / Sexton Lansing CC
33 Quinton Pippen G/F 6-4 205 Jr. Hamburg, Ark. / Hamburg Missouri State-West Plains CC
34 Quincy Ukaigwe C 6-9 201 Sr. Matteson, Ill. / Rich Central
35 Clarke Rosenberg G 6-3 170 So. Skokie, Ill. / Evanston Township
42 Matt Ross F 6-8 220 Jr. Dixon, Ill. / Dixon Sauk Valley CC
45 Willie Rosenthal C 6-11 220 Fr. Rolling Meadows, Ill. / Rolling Meadows
54 Markus Starks F 6-5 210 Jr. Calumet City, Ill. / Wirt (Ind.)
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