DePaul Blue Demons vs. Stanford Cardinal – Tuesday, December 15th, 9:00 p.m. Central – Maples Pavilion, Palo Alto, California
Television – FOX Sports 1
Radio – WSCR AM 670
It’s tough to get a handle on this year’s Stanford team. The Cardinal are 4-3 with losses to three challenging teams in Villanova, St. Mary’s, and SMU.
Stanford’s best win was over Arkansas to take third place in the NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn, New York in what was a remarkable comeback. The Cardinal rallied from being 17 points down with 6:11 to play to get the win.
Stanford checks in at 116 on Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball rankings.
The Cardinal aren’t exactly the same team that they were last year. Gone to graduation is guard Chasson Randle who led the team in scoring at 19.6 points per game. Also gone is Stefan Nastic and Anthony Brown. Randle, Nastic, and Brown were the leading scorers in last year’s loss at DePaul.
Leading Stanford in scoring this year is guard Marcus Allen at 13.6 ppg. Allen is one of the best three point shooters in the Pac-12 conference.
Then there is forward Rosco Allen (no relation) at 13.4 ppg. Rosco was the guy who led the charge in the comeback against Arkansas scoring eight points in the final 4:27 of the game and reaching a career high of 25 points.
Sophomore forward Reid Travis has returned from an upper leg stress fracture injury and is averaging 12.9 ppg and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Sophomore guard Dorian Pickens is adding 10 points per game. Pickens recorded a double-double of 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss to Villanova.
Stanford is coming off a 64-50 home win over Dartmouth on Saturday. The win followed a long two week break for final exams.
This is Johnny Dawkins eight season as head coach at Stanford. He’s had mixed results during his time there with one NCAA appearance. After losing to DePaul last season, the Cardinal went on to capture the NIT Championship.
For the Blue Demons to get a win at Maples Pavilion on Tuesday night, they are going to have to turn in a better performance than they did in a 66-44 loss at home to an undefeated Little Rock. Billy Garrett Jr. will have to do better than his two point output in that game. The Demons will need to bring forth the kind of energized performance that exceeds what they did last year when they defeated Stanford at Allstate Arena.
Uncertain as of this writing is whether DePaul starting power forward Rashaun Stimage will play. Stimage suffered a concussion in practice last week and will be a game time decision for Tuesday.
The Last Time
On November 30, 2014, the Blue Demons took down the Stanford Cardinal 87-72 at Allstate Arena.
Myke Henry scored a career high 29 points on 12 of 18 shooting from the floor to go along with six rebounds, three assists, three blocks, and two steals.
At one point in the first half, the Cardinal went scoreless for almost six minutes. DePaul forced 21 Stanford turnovers and scored 25 points off of miscues.
Seven of those turnovers belong to Stanford star Chasson Randle, who was a focus for the Blue Demons going into the game.
DePaul held Stanford to four of 19 shooting from beyond the arc.
DePaul senior Jamee Crockett scored 19 points on six on nine shooting. Tommy Hamilton added 14 points and seven rebounds in the winning effort.
The Blue Demons had one of their best shooting nights shooting 54.4 percent overall and 50 percent on trifectas.
Stanford had five starters finish in double-figures, but only had three points from their bench. Randle and Stefan Nastic scored 16 points apiece. Anthony Brown contributed with 15 points. Freshman Reid Travis added 12 and Rosco Allen chipped in with 10 points.
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Major Hometown (High School)
1 Sanders, Christian G 6-4 192 Sr. Science, Technology & Society Houston, Texas (St. Thomas HS)
2 Cartwright, Robert G 6-2 180 So. Undeclared Pasadena, Calif. (Flintridge Preparatory)
3 Allen, Malcolm G 6-1 180 Jr. Psychology Las Vegas, Nev. (Centennial HS)
4 Proulx, Ian G 6-1 185 Sr. Computer Science Atherton, Calif. (Menlo Atherton HS)
10 Humphrey, Michael F 6-9 220 So. Undeclared Phoenix, Ariz. (Sunnyslope HS)
11 Pickens, Dorian G/F 6-5 215 So. Undeclared Phoenix, Ariz. (Pinnacle HS)
12 Hanson, Josh G 6-1 175 So. Undeclared Houston, Texas (St John’s School)
14 Sheffield, Marcus G/F 6-5 180 Fr. Undeclared Alpharetta, Ga. (Chattahoochee HS)
15 Allen, Marcus G 6-3 190 Jr. Psychology Las Vegas, Nev. (Centennial HS)
20 Sharma, Josh C 7-0 220 Fr. Undeclared Lexington, Mass. (Northfield Mount Hermon HS)
21 Walker, Cameron F 6-7 200 Fr. Undeclared Santa Maria, Calif. (Righetti HS)
22 Travis, Reid F 6-8 245 So. Undeclared Minneapolis, Minn. (DeLaSalle HS)
24 Seutin, Alex F 6-5 207 So. Undeclared San Francisco, Calif. (International HS)
25 Allen, Rosco F 6-9 220 Sr. Science, Technology & Society Budapest, Hungary (Bishop Gorman HS)
30 Verhoeven, Grant C 6-9 250 Sr. Earth Systems Hanford, Calif. (Central Valley Christian HS)
31 Adedeji, Ayo G 6-4 195 Jr. Engineering San Dimas, Calif. (Damien HS)