DePaul Blue Demons (12-14, 6-7) vs. Providence Friars (18-8, 8-5) – Wednesday February 18th, 8:00 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
Television – CBS Sports Network
Radio – WSCR AM 670
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The Blue Demons have had a week off to prepare for Wednesday’s game. The break came at a good time for DePaul who has needed to rest their team after some minor bumps and bruises during the gauntlet that is the Big East conference schedule.
For DePaul to have a chance at defeating Providence, the Blue Demons are going to have to find a way to stop point guard Kris Dunn. DePaul had no answer for Dunn in their first meeting last month. In that outing, Dunn went off for a triple-double of 27 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists.
The Blue Demons will also have to be wary of senior forward LaDontae Henton. Henton was named to this week’s Big East Honor Roll after averaging 22.5 points, six rebounds and 2.5 steals, while shooting 50% (7-14) from beyond the arc in two games last week. Henton has scored more than 20 in the last three games.
Henton and Dunn make for the number one duo in the Big East. Henton leads the Big East in scoring and is ranked seventh in the nation at 20.5 points per game, while Dunn is sixth in the league at 15.4 ppg.
Henton and Dunn are both Big East Player of the Year candidates for this season.
Henton also rarely gets a rest, and stays out of foul trouble, as he leads the Big East in minutes played at 36.5 minutes per game.
Dunn leads the conference in assists with 7.6 per game and in steals with 2.8 thefts per game. He ranks third in the nation in assists and fifth in the country in steals.
Henton is quite the journeyman. He owns the record for all-time starts at Providence with 126 career starts. He recently broke Geoff McDermott’s record of 122 starts. Henton also owns the record for minutes played at PC with 4,602 minutes. He is also looking to break Bryce Cotton’s record for games played at PC with 130. He is currently at 127 games.
Henton is also aiming to become the second player in Providence history to record 2000 points and 1000 rebounds. He currently stands at 1924 points and 982 rebounds. Ryan Gomes is the only other player at Providence to achieve that feat.
Defensively speaking big man Carson Desrosiers can be an intimidating force in the middle, who is second in the league in blocked shots with 2.7 blocks per game.
While Providence isn’t ranked, they are awfully close to it. The Friars were third in the Receiving Votes category in this week’s Associated Press poll which is equivalent to 28th in the nation.
Providence is coming off a 69-62 win over Seton Hall on Saturday. Dunn poured in 19 points, stole the ball six times, and dished out eight assists in the victory. The Friars held the Pirates to 36% shooting from the field. Providence forced 19 turnovers, 11 of which were steals.
As of this writing the Friars are in a third place tie with Georgetown in the Big East Standings, while DePaul is in seventh place and looking to upgrade their status in the league with three of their final five games at home.
All too often this season, the outcome of DePaul’s games has been dependent on how well the shoot from beyond the arc. The Blue Demons are on track to break the all-time record for three pointers. The 2007-08 team holds the current record with 231 threes. This year’s DePaul team has made 210 trifectas and counting.
The Last Time
On January 29, 2015 at Dunkin Donuts Center, The Friars prevailed over the Blue Demons in a 83-72 win.
The game had been postponed by two days after a major blizzard struck Rhode Island.
Kris Dunn was unstoppable for Providence on his way to a triple-double performance of 27 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists.
Providence big man Carson Desrosiers chipped in with 12 points.
Tommy Hamilton IV led the way for the Blue Demons with 22 points. DePaul had four players finish in double-figures.
Billy Garrett contributed 16 points, while Jamee Crockett scored 14 points, and Myke Henry added 10 points and five rebounds.
NO NAME Yr Ht Wt Hometown/High School Position
22 Ted Bancroft GS 6-6 215 Marion, Mass./Bishop Stang High School '10 Guard
0 Ben Bentil FR 6-8 230 Wilmington,Del./St. Andrew's School '14 Forward
5 Rodney Bullock FR 6-7 220 Hampton, Va./Kecoughtan High School '13 Forward
24 Kyron Cartwright FR 5-11 185 Compton, Calif./Compton High School '14 Guard
14 Tyree Chambers FR 6-2 182 Bayreuth, Germany/Graf-Münster-Gymnasium `13 Guard
13 Paschal Chukwu FR 7-2 226 Wesport, Conn./Fairfield Prep '14 Center
33 Carson Desrosiers SR 7-0 250 Windham, N.H./Central Catholic '10 Forward
3 Kris Dunn SO 6-3 205 New London, Conn./New London High School '12 Guard
25 Tyler Harris JR 6-9 223 Dix Hills, N.Y./St. Benedict's Prep '11 Forward
23 LaDontae Henton SR 6-6 215 Lansing, Mich./Eastern High School '11 Forward
21 Jalen Lindsey FR 6-7 195 Murfreesboro, Tenn./Huntington Prep '14 Guard
32 Junior Lomomba SO 6-5 200 Montreal, Quebec/Madison Memorial '12 Guard
34 Tom Planek FR 6-6 195 Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick High School '14 Forward
12 Casey Woodring SO 6-2 180 Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy '13 Guard
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