DePaul Blue Demons (12-17, 6-10) vs. No. 23 Butler Bulldogs (20-8, 9-5) – Saturday February 28th, 1:00 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
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Which DePaul team will show up on Saturday afternoon? Will it be the Blue Demons team that shot poorly from the outside in the first half against Creighton on Tuesday night? Or, will it be a team that plays with pride on their Senior Day?
The Blue Demons are trying to build a bit of momentum going into the Big East Tournament in March.
“We need to finish strong,” Robinson said after the loss to Creighton. “We know how to put it together. We know how to win a basketball game. We just got to get back to what we do.”
Saturday’s game represents an opportunity to send off their Senior class in style with a game against the 23rd ranked team in the nation. It will be the final game at Allstate Arena for Jamee Crockett, Forrest Robinson, and Greg Sequele.
The Blue Demons will also be honoring their 2015 Hall of Fame inductees including former Blue Demon and NBA star Quentin Richardson.
It’s the second year in a row that the Blue Demons face Butler on their Senior Day. We won’t even talk about what happened last year. It wasn’t pretty.
The Bulldogs will be without Andrew Chrabasz, who has been sidelined with a finger injury. Chrabasz was Butler’s third leading scorer at 11.1 points per game. He dropped 16 points on DePaul when they met in Indianapolis earlier in the month.
“We’ve got a tough game coming up against Butler,” said DePaul coach Oliver Purnell. “They’re obviously playing as well as anybody in the league. They played particularly well (against Marquette on Wednesday night), even without Chrabasz, who’s been hurt. They’re playing at a high level and having a great, great year. We’re going to have our hands full in our last home game on Saturday.”
DePaul will definitely have their hands full with Butler’s backcourt. Kellen Dunham likes to score from the outside (16.8ppg), while Roosevelt Jones likes to drive to the bucket (12.9 ppg), which is something he did all too often the last time the two teams met.
The Last Time
On February 7, 2015 in Indianapolis at Hinkle Fieldhouse, the 22nd ranked Bulldogs defeated DePaul 83-73.
Kellen Dunham knocked down four 3-pointers and scored 24 points to lead all scorers.
Roosevelt Jones added 20 points and Andrew Chrabascz had 16 points for Butler.
Jamee Crockett finished with 14 points for DePaul.
Senior forward Forrest Robinson scored eight of his nine points during a second half run.
No. Name Pos. Cl. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School
0 Austin Etherington F Graduate 6-6 215 Cicero, Ind. / Hamilton Heights
1 Tyler Lewis G Junior 5-11 170 Statesville, N.C. / Oak Hill Academy (Va.)
3 Alex Barlow G Senior 5-11 187 Springboro, Ohio / Moeller
4 Tyler Wideman F Freshman 6-8 245 Schererville, Ind. / Lake Central
11 Jackson Aldridge G Senior 6-0 187 Sydney, Australia / Australia Institute of Sport
13 Jackson Davis F Freshman 6-8 210 Lexington, Ky. / Lafayette
21 Roosevelt Jones F Junior 6-4 227 O'Fallon, Ill. / O'Fallon
24 Kellen Dunham G Junior 6-6 185 Pendleton, Ind. / Pendleton Heights
25 Steven Bennett G Sophomore 6-2 175 New Castle, Ind. / Chrysler
30 Kelan Martin F Freshman 6-6 215 Louisville, Ky. / Ballard
31 Kameron Woods F Senior 6-9 200 Louisville, Ky. / Eastern
34 Trey Pettus G Sophomore 6-4 195 St. Louis, Mo. / MICDS
45 Andrew Chrabascz F Sophomore 6-7 225 Portsmouth, R.I. / Cushing Academy
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