DePaul Blue Demons (10-10, 2-5) vs. Seton Hall Pirates (11-8, 2-4) – Saturday, January 25th, 5:00 p.m. Central – Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
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Looking to shake off the sting of two straight losses (after a prior two-game winning streak), the DePaul Blue Demons (10-10, 2-5) will hit the road for another Big East contest when they travel to Newark, New Jersey this Saturday to face off against the Seton Hall Pirates (11-8, 2-4).
DePaul last played on Monday, falling to the Xavier Musketeers at home, 84-74, whereas Seton Hall will have a short turnaround for Saturday's game after losing a tight one on Thursday night, falling to St. Johns 77-76. After down 17 in the second half the Pirates made it a game, but in the end it was not enough and ultimately the 19 turnovers they committed doomed them.
DePaul will like to get back on the winning track and if they are to do that, they are going to have to get great efforts from all players. Brandon Young, who was benched for the entire second half of the Xavier game, has to take it upon himself to put Monday's effort behind him and come out fired up. His leadership will be needed in the wake of the news that Cleveland Melvin has been suspended for the game for a violation of team rules. Also, Charles McKinney (sprained ankle) and Tommy Hamilton (day-to-day with a bruised sternum) are injured. The latest word is McKinney is doubtful to play with Hamilton being a game time decision for Saturday's game.
Seton Hall gets outstanding production from a pair of guards in Sterling Gibbs and Fuquan Edwin with forward/center Eugene Teague clogging up the middle.
Gibbs, a transfer from Texas who played high school ball in New Jersey, leads the team with 15.3 points per game and 4.4 assists per game. Edwin, the Pirates top returning scorer from last year, is another offensive threat, scoring on average 12.6 points a night. He is also a solid three-point shooter, making 35 percent of his shots from three-point territory. 6-7 forward Brian Oliver also contributes with 12.4 points per game.
Teague, meanwhile, averages a team-leading 9.4 rebounds per game, which is good for second in the Big East. He also leads the Big East in field goal percentage with a .612 mark and comes close to averaging a double-double, as he chips in with 10.7 points per game. Teague is a wide-bodied big man the Demons have to keep out of the paint.
The Pirates have done well for themselves on the road in the conference by knocking off Georgetown and Providence but have failed to take care of business at home, losing their only two Big East home contests to Creighton and Villanova. The Pirates can be excused for losing those two games but they will certainly view the DePaul game as a winnable game.
DePaul has never won at Seton Hall. In the 12 times the two teams have played, DePaul has only won three games—with all victories coming at home.
With both teams stuck on two wins in the conference, this should be an intense battle with both teams having a lot to gain in this affair.
DePaul Coach Oliver Purnell on the Pirates
"They finally got all their guys back," Purnell said of Seton Hall on WSCR Radio. "They've had some many injuries including a couple guys who can be considered their starters. Edwin is playing very, very well. He's a leader. They have a freshman point guard. They're playing well and with a lot of confidence. "
The Last Time
On January 2nd, 2013 at Allstate Arena, DePaul was in position to win their Big East opener when Jamee Crockett's three point attempt left his hands with four seconds to play, but it wasn't in the cards for the Blue Demons as they fell 73-72 to the Pirates.
Crockett scored a season-high 16 points.
DePaul shot 60% from the charity stripe and was outrebounded by a 40-32 margin.
Seton Hall (12-2, 1-0) had four players finish in double figures. Aaron Cosby led all scorers with 24 points. Brandon Mobley added 16 points while Fuquan Edwin and Eugene Teague chipped in with 11 apiece.
DePaul junior point guard Brandon Young scored 15 points in the losing effort. Charles McKinney added 10 after starting in place of Durrell McDonald. McDonald contributed a career-high 12 points off the bench and was five of six from the field.
Seton Hall Roster
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Prev School)
2 Mobley, Brandon F 6-9 215 JR Savannah, Ga. (St. John's Military Academy)
4 Gibbs, Sterling G 6-2 185 RS SO Scotch Plains, N.J. (University of Texas)
13 Karlis, Haralds G 6-6 210 JR Riga, Latvia (Canarias Basketball Academy)
14 Lynch, Kevin G 6-4 190 SR Canton, Mass. (St. Sebastian's School)
21 Teague, Eugene C 6-9 270 RS SR Vineland, N.J. (Southern Illinois University)
22 Oliver, Brian G/F 6-7 225 RS SR Glassboro, N.J. (Georgia Tech)
23 Edwin, Fuquan G/F 6-6 215 SR Paterson, N.J. (Paterson Catholic)
25 Anthony, Rashed F 6-8 225 FR Orangeburg, S.C. (Flora Macdonald Academy)
30 Sina, Jaren G 6-2 180 FR Lake Hopatcong, N.J. (Gill St. Bernard's)
31 Berry, Travis G 6-4 185 FR Elmont, N.Y. (Kent School (Conn.))
33 Auda, Patrik F 6-9 235 RS JR Brno, Czech Republic (Canarias Basketball Academy)
45 Manga, Stephane G/F 6-6 230 JR Orleans, France (Monroe College)
50 Geramipoor, Aaron C 6-11 245 SR Manchester, England (Canarias Basketball Academy)
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