DePaul Hosting Two Games in Lincoln Park

CHICAGO -- The DePaul men's basketball team will play a pair of games on the Lincoln Park campus during the 2015-16 season. The Blue Demons face Western Michigan in the season opener followed by a December match-up against Arkansas-Little Rock. Both games will be played at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

"These two games will provide our student body and university community the opportunity to get up close and personal with our team and the visiting teams," said head coach Dave Leitao. "The Lincoln Park games have always provided an intimate atmosphere and I expect these two games to be no different."

DePaul and Western Michigan meet on Saturday, Nov. 14 in the 29th all-time meeting between the two programs. The season-opening contest will be the first game since a 94-64 win for the Blue Demons over the Broncos on Dec. 9, 1987. DePaul leads the all-time series by a 20-8 margin. The Broncos went 20-14 last season and finished with a 10-8 record in Mid-American Conference action.

Arkansas-Little Rock visits McGrath-Phillips Arena on Saturday, Dec. 12 for the first game between the two schools. The Trojans are coming off a 2014-15 campaign that saw an overall record of 13-18 with an 8-12 record in Sun Belt Conference play.

The Blue Demons are 9-1 all-time at McGrath-Phillips Arena and have opened each of the last five seasons in the facility. A year ago, DePaul defeated UIC, 72-71, to open the season on Nov. 14.

The two Lincoln Park games join previously announced contests in the 2015 Gavitt Tipoff Games and the Paradise Jam. DePaul travels to Penn State on Tuesday, Nov. 17 before visiting the U.S. Virgin Islands for the Paradise Jam from Nov. 20-23. The Blue Demons take on South Carolina on Friday, Nov. 20 in the first game of the Paradise Jam.

The remainder of the 2015-16 non-conference schedule will be announced once it is finalized as well as television and radio information for all games. DePaul's BIG EAST schedule features nine home games and nine road games against league foes.

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