DePaul Blue Demons (11-10, 5-3) vs. Providence Friars (15-5, 5-2) – Thursday January 29th, 1:00 p.m. Central – Dunkin’ Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island
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Blizzard begone! The Demons have a game to play!
After Tuesday's game was postponed due to a severe winter storm hitting the east coast, DePaul will now battle Providence on Thursday with the game being played at Dunkin' Donuts Center for a rare 1:00 P.M. Central Weekday Tip-off.
This will give the Demons four days of rest since their last game, an 89-76 loss at Xavier on Saturday. Providence, meanwhile, will have had a week off since their last game, a 69-66 overtime win, also against Xavier.
While the game will not be played with a major spotlight, nor perhaps in a lively, raucous environment, that certainly bodes well for the Demons. DePaul just wants to take care of business and come away victors in at least two of the three games they have been on the road for. They already beat Seton Hall last Thursday and would like to ride some momentum heading into Saturday's game against seventh ranked Villanova.
However, taking care of business will be difficult no matter where and when this game's played, as Providence has proven to be a formidable foe all year. They are currently third in the Big East standings with a 5-2 conference record (15-5 overall) and have won nine out of their last 11 games.
The Friars boast one of the more dynamic duos in the game with LaDontae Henton and Kris Dunn doing some serious damage. Both players will contend for Big East Player of the Year honors and first-team status all year.
Henton leads the team and the Big East in scoring with an impressive 21.2 points per game. He also chips in 5.7 rebounds per game while shooting .475 percent from the field and .336 from three-point range. Henton has a great inside-out approach to the game, as he is as strong on the block as he is knocking down jumpers from the perimeter.
Dunn, meanwhile, adds 14.5 points per game while leading the conference and the entire nation in assists (7.2 apg) and amazingly also leads the team in rebounding with 5.8 rebounds per game. He is great at getting to the lane, while also setting up his teammates. Dunn also ranks ninth in the country with 2.6 steals per game. Dunn has the complete package he and will give DePaul's guards fits.
Tyler Harris is the third Friar who scores in double figures, as he contributes 10.9 points per game, while chipping in 4.5 rebounds per game.
The Friars are a good defensive squad too, as they allow just 63.2 points per game (third in the Big East) on .442 percent shooting from the field. They also can rebound the ball effectively, as collectively they haul down 36.2 rebounds per game (third in the Big East).
So if the snow and the conditions to get this game in wasn't enough, the Friars will prove to be a hard out as they look like they are clicking on all cylinders.
The Last Time
On February 15, 2014 at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, the Friars romped past DePaul 84-61.
Senior Bryce Cotton led the way for Providence with a game-high 22 points and handed out six assists. He was one of five Friar players to finish in double figures with Kadeem Batts scoring 15 points, and LaDontae Henton contributing 13 points. Carson Desrosiers added 12 points off the bench.
Senior guard Brandon Young scored 18 points for the Blue Demons. Senior center Sandi Marcius contributed 15 points and six rebounds.
NO NAME Yr Ht Wt Position Hometown/High School
22 Ted Bancroft GS 6-6 215 Guard Marion, Mass./Bishop Stang High School '10
0 Ben Bentil FR 6-8 230 Forward Wilmington,Del./St. Andrew's School '14
5 Rodney Bullock FR 6-7 220 Forward Hampton, Va./Kecoughtan High School '13
24 Kyron Cartwright FR 5-11 185 Guard Compton, Calif./Compton High School '14
14 Tyree Chambers FR 6-2 182 Guard Bayreuth, Germany/Graf-Münster-Gymnasium `13
13 Paschal Chukwu FR 7-2 226 Center Wesport, Conn./Fairfield Prep '14
33 Carson Desrosiers SR 7-0 250 Forward Windham, N.H./Central Catholic '10
3 Kris Dunn SO 6-3 205 Guard New London, Conn./New London High School '12
25 Tyler Harris JR 6-9 223 Forward Dix Hills, N.Y./St. Benedict's Prep '11
23 LaDontae Henton SR 6-6 215 Forward Lansing, Mich./Eastern High School '11
21 Jalen Lindsey FR 6-7 195 Guard Murfreesboro, Tenn./Huntington Prep '14
32 Junior Lomomba SO 6-5 200 Guard Montreal, Quebec/Madison Memorial '12
34 Tom Planek FR 6-6 195 Forward Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick High School '14
12 Casey Woodring SO 6-2 180 Guard Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy '13
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