DePaul Blue Demons (5-4) vs. Chicago State (4-5) – Sunday, December 15th, 3:30 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
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DePaul welcomes in crosstown foe Chicago State on Sunday afternoon. Former Blue Demon assistant coach Tracy Dildy is now in his fourth year at the helm of the CSU program. The Blue Demons and Cougars have met in each of the four years since DePaul coach Oliver Purnell and Dildy were hired at their respective schools.
Dildy is coming off a 11-22 season that did manage to win the Great West conference postseason tournament. Tracy now finds himself in charge of elevating the CSU program into the Western Athletic Conference (WAC).
The Cougars earned their biggest win of the season with a 88-84 victory against Southern Illinois two weeks ago.
CSU is known for two strengths – an uptempo offense and a defense that generates turnovers. In last year's battle at Chicago State, the Cougars forced DePaul to turn the ball over 21 times. So needless to say, it will be important for DePaul coach Oliver Purnell to have his best ballhandlers on the floor in this one.
Chicago State led DePaul by 14 points at halftime of last year's game before letting things slip away in the second half. This year's team though is somewhat different in that it features eight newcomers.
Chicago State's biggest weakness is on the boards. Last year the Demons outrebounded the Cougars by a 48-30 margin.
CSU has four players averaging in double figures.
Quinton Pippen, the nephew of Chicago Bulls great Scottie Pippen, leads the Cougars with 15 points and three assists per game. Appropriately, Pippen wears number 33.
6-3 guard Clarke Rosenberg is averaging 13 points per game. Matt Ross averages 12.3 ppg and 6.7 rebounds per game. In last year's meeting, Ross poured in a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Senior guard Nate Duhon is also averaging 10.1 points per game.
For DePaul, Jamee Crockett will be questionable after spraining his right knee on Wednesday.
• DePaul leads the all-time series against Chicago State 11-0.
• The Blue Demons have won eight straight games against Chicagoland programs, including Chicago State, NIU, Loyola and UIC.
• The DePaul players will be signing autographs after the game on Sunday
The Last Time
On December 5, 2012 at Chicago State, the Blue Demons rallied back from a 14 point halftime deficit to hand the Chicago State Cougars a 74-64 home loss.
After a first half that featured Cleveland Melvin only playing 10 minutes after picking up two early fouls, DePaul found themselves trailing 44-30 at intermission.
The Blue Demons came back by turning up the intensity on defense in the second half and holding Chicago State to just five field goals in the half.
11 and a half minutes into the second half and the Blue Demons had erased that 14 point deficit.
Brandon Young led all scorers with 21 points and dished out six assists. Melvin recorded a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds.
DePaul senior guard Worrell Clahar was a big contributor off the bench for the Blue Demons in the second half. Clahar finished with 11 points, a career-high nine rebounds, and four assists.
Chicago State Roster
NO. NAME POS. HT. WT. YR. HOMETOWN / HIGH SCHOOL PREVIOUS SCHOOL
0 Corey Gray G 5-11 180 Sr. Houston, Texas / Hightower UIC
1 Eddie Denard F 6-6 235 Sr. Chicago, Ill. / Foreman University of New Orleans
2 Jamere Dismukes G 6-1 175 Sr. Park Forest, Ill. / Rich East BlackHawk College
3 Johnny Griffin G 6-5 185 Fr. Ford Heights, Ill. / Bloom Trail
5 Arthur Gage C 6-10 225 Jr. Plainfield, Ill. / Plainfield Central Lincoln College
10 Kurt Karis G 6-1 190 Fr. Northbrook, Ill. / Glenbrook North
11 Jared Dimakos G 6-5 200 R-So. Lincolnshire, Ill. / Lake Forest Academy Triton College
14 Rahjan Muhammad G 6-0 188 Jr. Bolingbrook, Ill. / Neuqua Valley Lincoln College
21 Joshua Batson G 5-11 165 So. Chicago, Ill. / Curie
23 Aaron Williams F 6-6 215 Sr. Chicago, Ill. / Chicago Vocational Dodge City CC
32 Nate Duhon G 6-3 197 Sr. Lansing, Mich. / Sexton Lansing CC
33 Quinton Pippen G/F 6-4 205 Sr. Hamburg, Ark. / Hamburg Missouri State-West Plains CC
35 Clarke Rosenberg G 6-3 195 Jr. Skokie, Ill. / Evanston Township
42 Matt Ross F 6-8 220 Sr. Dixon, Ill. / Dixon Sauk Valley CC
44 Quron Davis F 6-9 235 Fr. Chicago, Ill. / Simeon
45 Willie Rosenthal C 6-11 220 R-Fr. Rolling Meadows, Ill. / Rolling Meadows
54 Markus Starks F 6-5 210 Sr. Calumet City, Ill. / Wirt (Ind.)
Joshua Ramsey F 6-7 215 Jr. St.Louis, Mo. / Valley Park McKendree University
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