DePaul vs. Marquette Game Preview

The DePaul Blue Demons travel to Milwaukee on Saturday afternoon to meet conference rival Marquette. We preview the game in this report.

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DePaul Blue Demons (12-18, 6-11) vs. Marquette Golden Eagles (11-18, 3-14) – Saturday March 7th, 1:00 p.m. Central – BMO Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Losers of six straight and nine out of their last ten, DePaul will look to reverse course and go out on a high note on Saturday by completing a sweep of hated rivals Marquette when they head to Milwaukee to finish out the Big East regular season.

DePaul would desperately like to gain some momentum in advance of the Big East Tournament. And with Marquette at the bottom of the conference standings, this might be the Blue Demons best chance of garnering another win. Granted the game is on the road and at a place DePaul has not won at in 15 years, the game can be there for the taking. The Golden Eagles have now lost six in a row themselves and 12 out of their last 14. Most recently, Marquette lost to St. John's at home, 67-51, on Tuesday night.

This clearly is a matchup of two teams struggling down the stretch. DePaul, though, will have had a week to prepare after losing to Butler, 67-53, last Saturday. Also of note is that this matchup may occur in the first round of the Big East Tournament. If DePaul wins this game or Georgetown beats Seton Hall Saturday, the Demons would then secure the seven seed and play Marquette again.

Maybe beating Marquette can jump start the Demons once again. If you recall, DePaul beat Marquette, 61-58, back on New Year's Eve at Allstate Arena in the Big East opener, which of course helped propel DePaul to reel off three wins in a row at the beginning of conference play. Regardless, this game will not be easy to take since the Golden Eagles will be looking for revenge and will also want to go out on a high note themselves, as it's been a tough first year new coach Steve Wojciechowski.

Leading the way for Marquette, as it has been all season is the inside/out duo of Luke Fischer and Matt Carlino.

Carlino leads the team in scoring (14.7 points per game) while connecting on .421 percent of his three-point field goal attempts, which ranks fourth in the Big East. He is also first in the Big East with 2.8 three-point field goals made per game.

Meanwhile, Fischer chips in 10.7 points and 4.6 rebounds per game while shooting .607 from the field. While Carlino dials it up from deep, Fischer is the anchor in the post for the Golden Eagles. Freshman Duane Wilson is also having a solid frosh campaign, ranking second on the team in scoring with 12.5 points per game.

Unlike DePaul, Marquette struggles to score the ball, as they rank last in scoring in the Big East with 65.4 points per game on .437 percent shooting from the floor (8th in the conference). Also helping DePaul's cause for a win is Marquette's equally bad production on the boards. The Golden Eagles rank ninth in rebounding offense with 30.8 rebounds per game, while DePaul ranks last with 30 per game. On the defensive side of things, Marquette ranks ninth in the conference allowing 36.2 rebounds per game, whereas DePaul ranks seventh with 35.5 rebounds allowed per game.

While it's not the sexiest Big East matchup, DePaul's game with Marquette is an interesting contest nonetheless as both programs don't like each other. Not to mention, they may have to become more familiar with each other as another game is likely to take place in the Big East Tournament next Wednesday.

The Last Time

On December 31, 2014 at Allstate Arena, the Blue Demons came from behind to defeat Marquette 61-58 to win their Big East conference opener.

DePaul trailed Marquette by 13 points with 11:46 remaining in the game, but fought back in the closing minutes.

The turning point in the game was when DePaul sophomore guard Billy Garrett, Jr. took a charge from Marquette’s Luke Fischer with 4:31 to play in the game.

Garrett led the Demons with 19 points on six of nine shooting from the field. Senior Jamee Crockett added 13 points and seven rebounds.

Turnovers proved costly to the Golden Eagles, who had 10 turnovers in the second half.

DePaul managed to hold Marquette leading scorer Luke Fischer to six points and three rebounds and held the Golden Eagles to 38.6 percent from the field.

Duane Wilson and Matt Carlino led the way for Marquette with 11 points apiece in the losing effort.

Marquette Roster

No. Name Ht./Wt. Pos. Year Hometown (High School)

10 Juan Anderson 6-6/215 F SR Oakland, Calif. (Castro Valley HS)

13 Matt Carlino 6-2/175 G GS Phoenix, Ariz. (Bloomington South HS)

5 Sandy Cohen, III 6-6/180 F FR Seymour, Wis. (Seymour HS)

22 Wally Ellenson 6-6/210 G JR Rice Lake, Wis. (Rice Lake HS)

40 Luke Fischer 6-11/245 C SO Germantown, Wis. (Germantown HS)

23 Jajuan JohnsonClick here to hear it 6-5/200 G SO Memphis, Tenn. (Southwind HS)

54 Matthew Mache 6-5/215 F JR Glen Ellyn, IL (Glenbard West HS)

42 Michael Mache 6-5/215 F JR Glen Ellyn, IL (Glenbard West HS)

25 Steve Taylor, Jr. 6-7/240 F JR Chicago, Ill. (Simeon HS)

12 Derrick Wilson 6-1/210 G SR Anchorage, Alaska (The Hotchkiss School)

1 Duane Wilson 6-2/185 G RS FR Milwaukee, Wis. (Dominican HS)

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