Diamond Head Classic Preview

The Blue Demons head west to Hawaii to compete in the Diamond Head Classic during the Holiday season. DePaul opens with the Colorado Buffaloes in the opening round on Monday afternoon. We preview the game in this report.

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DePaul Blue Demons (6-4) vs. Colorado Buffaloes (6-3) – Monday, December 22nd, 3:30 p.m. Central – Stan Sherriff Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

Television – ESPNU

Radio – No Chicago Radio available for the Games in Hawaii

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Game Preview

Mele Kalikimaka! That’s how they say “Merry Christmas” in Hawaii.

All the Blue Demons wish for during this holiday season is a Diamond Head Classic championship.

DePaul is looking to snap a three game losing skid after starting out the season 6-1. The Demons are coming off a 90-59 thrashing at Oregon State on Thursday night. Their job doesn’t get any easier with the competition out in Hawaii.

DePaul opens with Colorado on Monday afternoon. The Buffaloes are off to a 6-3 start this season and are ranked 70th in Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Ratings.

The Buffaloes were picked to finish third in the Pac-12 in the conference’s preseason poll.

Colorado’s only losses have come to Colorado State at home, and on the road at Georgia and Wyoming.

The Buffaloes are led by junior forward Josh Scott, who averages 15.4 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Senior guard Askia Booker is contributing 14 points per game. Junior swingman Xavier Johnson is adding 13.1 points per game.

DePaul is catching Colorado at a time where they are getting healthier. Freshman guard Dominique Collier is expected back after missing two games with a sprained left wrist. Freshman forward Tory Miller is also expected to be back after suffering a concussion.

For DePaul to bounce back from the loss at Oregon State, they are going to have to rebound better and dial it in from long distance at a better percentage as well.

DePaul shot one of 14 on threes in the second half in Corvallis.

Like Oregon State, Colorado is a good defensive team, who is holding opponents to 39.3 percent from the field.

The Blue Demons were outrebounded by the Beavers, 39 to 28.

“I think the main thing is we have to get to work, have better practices, talk about what went wrong,” DePaul coach Oliver Purnell told WSCR radio. “With rebounding, we have to do a better job on the boards. That’s a big part of why we were down. We need to commit to being a better rebounding team, particularly on the defensive boards.”

Depending on the outcomes of Monday’s games, the Blue Demons will either face Ohio or will have a rematch with George Washington on Tuesday afternoon.

The Last Time

The Blue Demons and Buffaloes haven’t met since the 1940 National Invitational Tournament semi-finals. It was the only time that the two teams have faced each other. In 1940, only six teams were invited to the NIT. Colorado received a bye to the semifinal, while DePaul defeated Long Island in the first rounds. Colorado beat the Blue Demons by a 51-37 margin in the semifinal in Madison Square Garden. Colorado went on to win the championship game, while the Blue Demons finished in fourth place.

Colorado Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Prev School)

35 Bates, Geoffrey G 6-3 200 Sr. Plano, TX (Plano West HS)

0 Booker, Askia G 6-2 175 Sr. Los Angeles, Calif. (Price HS)

22 Brady, Brett G 6-1 160 Jr. Highlands Ranch, Colo. (Highlands Ranch HS)

15 Collier, Dominique G 6-2 170 Fr. Denver, Colo. (Denver East HS)

10 Fletcher, Tre'Shaun G/F 6-7 210 So. Tacoma, Wash. (Lincoln HS)

44 Fortune, Josh G 6-5 205 RJr. Hampton, Va. (Providence) (Kecoughtan HS)

1 Gordon, Wesley F 6-9 240 So. Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sierra HS)

23 Hopkins, Jaron G 6-6 200 So. Mesa, Ariz. (Dobson HS [Chandler, Ariz.])

2 Johnson, Xavier G/F 6-7 230 Jr. Los Angeles, Calif. (Mater Dei HS)

24 King, George G 6-6 220 So. San Antonio, Texas (Brennan HS)

14 Miller, Tory F 6-9 255 Fr. Kansas City, Kan. (New Hampton Prep [N.H.])

12 Nelson, Kevin G 6-2 190 Sr. Albuquerque, N.M. (Albuquerque Academy)

33 Repine, Josh G 6-3 180 Fr. Englewood, Colo. ((New Hampton Prep [N.H.]) ) (Kent Denver HS)

40 Scott, Josh F 6-10 245 Jr. Monument, Colo. (Lewis-Palmer HS)

5 Stalzer, Eli G 6-3 195 Jr. Brea, Calif. (Mater Dei HS)

3 Talton, Xavier G 6-2 185 Jr. Sterling, Colo. (Sterling HS)

13 Thomas, Dustin G/F 6-7 225 So. Texarkana, Texas (Pleasant Grove HS)

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