DePaul & Northwestern Agree to 5 Year Series

The Northwestern Wildcats and DePaul Blue Demons have agreed to a five-year men's basketball series that will continue their local rivalry beginning in 2015-16.

Two of the five games will be in Evanston on Northwestern's campus, while three will be hosted by the Blue Demons. The two teams were scheduled to play in Rosemont at Allstate Arena this season, but were unable to agree on a date that worked for both schools.

All five of the games are tentatively scheduled for mid-December. There has been no determination whether any of the meetings will be part of the Gavitt Tip-Off games series which is scheduled to begin between the Big East and Big Ten conferences in 2015 and will open up the non-conference season.

"Getting the DePaul-Northwestern series secured over this five-year stretch is great for both programs and basketball fans in Chicago," DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell said. "Last year's exciting finish was an example of the great competition we'll see between the two teams."

DePaul won last year's meeting in Evanston on a buzzer-beater by freshman guard Billy Garrett, Jr. that gave the Blue demons a 57-56 victory.

DePaul leads the all-time series with the Wildcats with a 20-10 margin.

"As a Chicago native, I think it's terrific for basketball in the area to have Northwestern and DePaul play one another," said Northwestern head coach Chris Collins. "There have been some great games between the teams over the years and we look forward to that continuing."

Since 1974, the top performer of the game between Northwestern and DePaul has been awarded the Waldo Fisher-Frank McGrath Most Valuable Player Award. Tre Demps of the Wildcats was the recipient following last season's meeting, despite being on the losing side, after scoring a career-best 23 points off the bench.

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