DePaul vs. Stanford Game Preview

The Blue Demons face the Stanford Cardinal at Allstate Arena on Sunday afternoon. We preview the game in this report.

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DePaul Blue Demons (2-1) vs. Stanford Cardinal (4-1) – Sunday, November 30th, 1:30 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

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The Stanford Cardinal represent what is arguably DePaul’s toughest non-conference opponent of the season. Stanford is coming off a season where they defeated number two seed Kansas to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

This season the Cardinal are off to a 4-1 start with wins over Wofford, South Dakota, UNLV, and Delaware, and a 70-59 loss to fourth ranked Duke.

Stanford is currently ranked 31st in Ken Pomeroy’s College Hoops ratings.

The Cardinal are going through a blue period right now. In consecutive games they’ve faced the Blue Devils, Blue Hens, and next meet the Blue Demons.

This game is being considered as a homecoming of sorts for former Rock Island star Chasson Randle. Even though the Quad Cities are a long drive from Chicago, a number of Randle’s family, friends, and supporters are expected to be in attendance on Sunday.

Whoever on DePaul has to guard Randle is in for one very tough assignment. Randle is one of the top guards in the nation, who has been shooting the ball very well from the perimeter.

Randle has been averaging 18 points per games and dropped 22 points against Duke.

The Cardinal are pretty tough at every position on the floor.

Even freshman forward Reid Travis is averaging 7.8 ppg and eight rebounds per game. Travis is worthy of consideration for PAC 12 freshman of the year this season.

Stanford Head Coach Johnny Dawkins is in his seventh year in Palo Alto and has a record of 117-87.

This is the first of four games that the Blue Demons will be playing over an eight day span.

DePaul certainly has their work cut out for them with facing Stanford coming off a loss to Lehigh on Wednesday night.

“You’ve got to get through adversity, you’ve got to get through tough times.” DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said following the Lehigh game. “We need two or three good days of preparation. We need to really look at (the Lehigh game) and use this as a motivational tool. This is a really good team and a chance for a bounce back win. We’ve got to be mentally tough and ready to go against a very good Stanford team.”

In that game the Blue Demons struggled on the defensive end. DePaul also failed to take care of the basketball. The Demons turned the ball over 13 times. Those turnovers were costly. Every time DePaul tried to rally against Lehigh, it seemed that a steal or defensive rebound would result in a turnover because of someone rushing with the ball or stepping out of bounds.

“I really think we need to focus on the defensive end more than the offensive end,” Blue Demons forward Myke Henry said after the Lehigh game. “We can play with anybody in the country on offense, but on the defensive end we couldn’t get started tonight. That’s what’s going to hurt us in the long run.”

To have a chance in this game, DePaul can’t afford to make mistakes and has to make every possession count.

The Last Time

On November 28, 2010, the Blue Demons lost to Stanford 81-74 in overtime in the 76 Classic tournament in Anaheim, California. Walkon Jimmy Drew came off the bench to score a game high 17 points for DePaul. Brandon Young contributed with 15 points for the Blue Demons.

Stanford Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Major Hometown (High School)

0 Rimmer, Schuyler C 6-10 255 So. Undeclared Orlando, Fla. (Boone HS)

1 Sanders, Christian G 6-4 185 Jr. Undeclared Houston, Texas (St. Thomas HS)

2 Cartwright, Robert G 6-2 170 Fr. Undeclared Pasadena, Calif. (Flintridge Preparatory)

3 Allen, Malcolm G 6-1 180 So. Undeclared Las Vegas, Nev. (Centennial HS)

4 Nastic, Stefan C 6-11 245 5Sr. Psychology Thornhill, Ontario, Canada (Thornhill Secondary School)

5 Randle, Chasson G 6-2 185 Sr. African & African-Amer Studies Rock Island, Ill. (Rock Island HS)

10 Humphrey, Michael F 6-9 218 Fr. Undeclared Phoenix, Ariz. (Sunnyslope HS)

11 Pickens, Dorian G/F 6-5 210 Fr. Undeclared Phoenix, Ariz. (Pinnacle HS)

14 Ryan, Jack G/F 6-8 210 Sr. Economics Glenview, Ill. (Glenbrook South HS)

15 Allen, Marcus G 6-3 190 So. Undeclared Las Vegas, Nev. (Centennial HS)

20 Morgan, Wade G 6-1 175 Sr. Political Science South Orange, N.J. (Delbarton School)

21 Brown, Anthony G/F 6-6 215 5Sr. Communication Fountain Valley, Calif. (Ocean View HS)

22 Travis, Reid F 6-8 245 Fr. Undeclared Minneapolis, Minn. (DeLaSalle HS)

25 Allen, Rosco F 6-9 220 Jr. Science, Technology & Society Budapest, Hungary (Bishop Gorman HS)

30 Verhoeven, Grant C 6-9 245 Jr. Earth Systems Hanford, Calif. (Central Valley Christian HS)

40 Bullock, Elliott F/C 6-10 235 5Sr. Human Biology Salt Lake City, Utah (Olympus HS)

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