DePaul Blue Demons (11-19, 3-14) vs. Butler Bulldogs (12-16, 2-14) – Thursday, March 6th, 8 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
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Thursday's game marks Senior Night for the Blue Demons where seniors Brandon Young, Sandi Marcius, and Edwind McGhee will be recognized before the game. Marcius, McGhee and Young will step onto the Allstate Arena court for the final time to receive their honors.
Young will leave DePaul as one of the leading scorers of all-time. Young is currently DePaul's 5th all-time leading scorer with 1,837 points. He is also fourth all-time in assists and steals and is the only Blue Demon to record at least 1,200 points, 400 assists and 100 3-point baskets.
Marcius, who arrived in Lincoln Park this year as a graduate transfer from Purdue, is averaging 5.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game as a senior.
McGhee has been at DePaul for four seasons. He was a walkon for 3 ½ of those season and did receive a scholarship in recognition of his hard work during his junior year.
The Blue Demons are going for the season sweep of Butler after defeating the Bulldogs 99-94 in double overtime in Indianapolis earlier in the year.
Consider this game to be the battle for the basement. The loser will likely receive the 10 seed for the Big East tournament and could face Georgetown in the opening round of the Big East tournament next week. The winner will likely meet Seton Hall next week in Madison Square Garden.
Butler has had a week off to prepare for the Blue Demons and are looking for payback. The Bulldogs are also trying to snap a seven game losing streak in Big East play. Also consider that the Blue Demons are playing without Cleveland Melvin who scored 30 points in the last meeting.
We might see a barrage of three pointers between these two teams on Thursday night.
Butler's Kellen Dunham dropped six 3-pointers in the earlier meeting with DePaul, all of which came in the second half. Dunham ended up with 30 points that night. It's safe to say he's not afraid to shoot the ball.
DePaul is also relying on the three ball a lot right now. The Demons shot 7 for 11 from beyond the arc in the second half of their 72-64 loss at St. John's on Sunday.
The Last Time
On January 9, 2014 at Butler's historic Hinkle Fieldhouse, the Blue Demons trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half and came back to force overtime and managed to walk out with a 99-94 double-overtime victory over the Bulldogs.
Senior forward Cleveland Melvin put the Blue Demons ahead with a bucket with 45 seconds left in the second overtime and led the way for DePaul with a season-high 30 points.
Billy Garrett, Jr. added 22 points and Brandon Young contributed 18 points in the winning effort for the Demons.
Butler's Kellen Dunham scored 30 points. Kameron Woods added a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds. Khyle Marshall chipped in with 15 points.
No. Name Pos. Cl. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
2 Devontae Morgan G Sophomore 6-3 176 Tampa, Fla. / Tampa Prep
3 Alex Barlow G Junior 5-11 187 Springboro, Ohio / Moeller
4 Erik Fromm F Senior 6-8 223 Bloomington, Ind. / Bloomington South
5 Elijah Brown G Freshman 6-4 185 Los Angeles, Calif. / Mater Dei
10 Michael Volovic G Freshman 5-9 165 Carmel, Ind. / Carmel
11 Jackson Aldridge G Junior 6-0 187 Sydney, Australia / Australia Institute of Sport
12 Elliott Kampen G Junior 6-5 180 Muncie, Ind. / Yorktown
21 Roosevelt Jones F Junior 6-4 227 O'Fallon, Ill. / O'Fallon
22 Nolan Berry C-F Freshman 6-10 200 St. Louis, Mo. / De Smet
23 Khyle Marshall F Senior 6-6 216 Davie, Fla. / Flanagan
24 Kellen Dunham G Sophomore 6-6 185 Pendleton, Ind. / Pendleton Heights
25 Steven Bennett G Freshman 6-2 175 New Castle, Ind. / Chrysler
31 Kameron Woods F Junior 6-9 200 Louisville, Ky. / Eastern
45 Andrew Chrabascz F Freshman 6-7 225 Portsmouth, R.I. / Cushing Academy
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