DePaul Blue Demons (10-14, 2-9) vs. No. 6 Villanova Wildcats (21-2, 9-1) – Wednesday, February 12th, 7 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
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When you're riding a losing streak and playing without your leading scorer, the last thing you want to see coming into Allstate Arena on Wednesday night is the sixth ranked team in the nation.
Yet, that's exactly where the Blue Demons find themselves.
When they last faced Villanova in January, DePaul did manage to limit Villanova's Jayvaughn Pinkston, who averages 14.9 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game. The Demons held Pinkston to eight points on that afternoon.
But, with Villanova It's pick your poison. They have multiple offensive weapons. If you hold Pinkston, then you run the risk of a guy like current Big East Player of the Week James Bell going off. Bell scored 17 in that last meeting.
Then you have Ryan Arcidiacono, who is a deadly shooter. Plus there is the 6-11 Daniel Ochefu who was a perfect six for six from the field in that first meeting.
Villanova is particularly good at scoring once they get out in transition. Stopping the Wildcats' transition game will be a key for DePaul coach Oliver Purnell's squad.
"You need good offense to start with, take care of the basketball, and good structural, fundamental transition defense," Purnell told WSCR Radio. "If you take good shots, you penetrate, and get to the free throw line, that slows down the transition game. "
VU coach Jay Wright is making sure his team doesn't have a letdown game against DePaul, who will be playing without senior forward Cleveland Melvin following his dismissal from the team on Monday.
"For whatever reason, it's been a tough place for us to play," said Wright who got his 400th career victory in a win over Seton Hall on Friday night. "They've got good athletes, and like most teams, they tend to shoot the ball better at home. We've had some tough games there."
The Blue Demons are in a situation where they are desperate to get a conference win.
"We need a win in the worst way," Purnell said. "A win can catapult us into getting something going. We need to play better longer, but a win can get you going."
The Last Time
On January 18, 2014, the sixth ranked Wildcats defeated DePaul 88-62 in Villanova, Pennsylvania.
James Bell led all scorers with 17 points and eight rebounds. Ryan Arcidiacono scored 14 points, as Villanova won their fifth straight game.
Villanova shot 73 percent in the second half in the winning effort.
Daniel Ochefu scored 14 points on 6-for-6 shooting and six rebounds. Josh Hart hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points for the Wildcats.
Brandon Young led the Blue Demons with 13 points.
No. Name Pos. Cl. (Exp.) Ht. Wt. Hometown High School
0 Henry Lowe Guard SO 5-11 185 New York, N.Y. The Dalton School
2 Kris Jenkins Forward FR 6-6 255 Upper Marlboro, Md. Gonzaga College High School
3 Josh Hart Guard FR 6-5 202 Silver Spring, Md. Sidwell Friends
4 Darrun Hilliard Guard JR 6-6 215 Bethlehem, Pa. Liberty
5 Tony Chennault Guard SR 6-2 195 Philadelphia, Pa. Neumann-Goretti
12 Nick McMahon Guard SR 6-0 165 Colts Neck, N.J. Christian Brothers Academy
14 Darryl Reynolds Forward FR 6-8 225 Philadelphia, Pa. Lower Merion HS/Worcester Academy
15 Ryan Arcidiacono Guard SO 6-3 195 Langhorne, Pa. Neshaminy
20 Patrick Farrell Forward SO 6-5 200 Rockville Centre, N.Y. Chaminade
22 JayVaughn Pinkston Forward RS JR 6-7 240 Brooklyn, N.Y. Bishop Loughlin
23 Daniel Ochefu Forward SO 6-11 245 Baltimore, Md. Downingtown East
31 Dylan Ennis Guard RS SO 6-2 192 Brampton, Ontario Lake Forest Academy
32 James Bell Guard SR 6-6 220 Orlando, Fla. Montverde Academy
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