DePaul Blue Demons (8-6, 0-1) vs. Marquette Golden Eagles (8-6, 0-1) – Saturday, January 4th, 1:00 p.m. Central – Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI
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Who would have guessed that DePaul and Marquette would have identical records (8-6 overall and 0-1 in the Big East conference) to begin 2014?
Picked in the preseason to win the Big East, Marquette has had their share of struggles so far in the 2013-14 season.
Marquette has played a tough schedule with losses to Wisconsin, Creighton, Arizona State, Ohio State, San Diego State, and New Mexico.
This is not your typical Marquette team. The Golden Eagles are usually a more guard-oriented team. Yet the leading scorers this year are in the frontcourt.
Senior forward Davante Gardner leads the way with 12.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Fellow senior Jamil Wilson is adding 11.6 ppg and 4.9 rebounds per game.
What's limited the Golden Eagles more than anything has been the loss of 6-3 freshman guard Duane Wilson. Wilson is redshirting this season after suffering a stress fracture in his left leg back in September.
Like DePaul's opener at Georgetown, don't expect this one to be a high scoring game. Marquette leads the Big East in Rebounding Margin (+6.6), Scoring Defense (61.9 ppg) and in Field Goal Percentage Defense (38.6%).
That defense wasn't there in Marquette's Big East opening loss at Creighton on New Year's Eve. The Bluejays outscored MU 67-49 in that contest.
After that loss, Marquette will be fired up for Saturday's game. DePaul will be looking to break an awfully long streak of losing to MU at the Bradley Center. The Blue Demons haven't won a game in Milwaukee since Pat Kennedy was head coach.
For the Blue Demons to have a chance at winning, they will have to do something that they haven't done in their last two games - make free throws on the road. DePaul shot around 50% from the charity stripe in their win at Northwestern and their loss at Georgetown.
"That was a blueprint for going on the road and winning, but you got to step up and make your free throws," DePaul coach Oliver Purnell told WSCR Radio.
The Last Time
On February 9th, 2013 at Bradley Center in Milwaukee, DePaul lost 89-78 to 24th ranked Marquette.
Vander Blue led MU with 18 points. Junior Cadougan added 17 points and Davante Gardner chipped in with 13 points to hand DePaul their eighth straight loss.
Brandon Young led the Demons with 21 points and six assists. Worrel Clahar and Donnavan Kirk added 16 points apiece.
No. Name Ht./Wt. Pos. Year Hometown (High School)
10 Juan Anderson 6-6/215 F JR Oakland, Calif. (Castro Valley HS)
30 Deonte Burton 6-4/230 G/F FR Milwaukee, Wis. (Vincent HS)
2 John Dawson 6-2/195 G FR Clovis, N.M. (Clovis HS)
34 Dylan Flood 6-4/200 G JR Lemont, Ill. (Benet Academy HS)
54 Davante Gardner 6-8/290 F SR Suffolk, Va. (King's Fork HS)
5 Jajuan Johnson 6-5/185 G FR Memphis, Tenn. (Southwind HS)
4 Todd Mayo 6-3/195 G JR Huntington, W.Va. (Notre Dame Prep)
42 Chris Otule 6-11/275 C RS SR Richmond, Texas (Ft. Bend Bush)
25 Steve Taylor, Jr. 6-7/235 F SO Chicago, Ill. (Simeon HS)
23 Jake Thomas 6-3/205 G RS SR Racine, Wis. (St. Catherine's HS)
12 Derrick Wilson 6-1/215 G JR Anchorage, Alaska (The Hotchkiss School)
1 Duane Wilson 6-2/180 G FR Milwaukee, Wis. (Dominican HS)
0 Jamil Wilson 6-7/230 F RS SR Racine, Wis. (Horlick HS)
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