DePaul Blue Demons vs. No. 7 Xavier Musketeers – Tuesday, January 12th, 5:30 p.m. Central – Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
Television – Fox Sports 1
Radio – WSCR AM 670
So far in Big East play, it has been close but no cigar for the Blue Demons. DePaul has been competitive in conference games, but has no results to show for it at 0-4 in league play.
That will more than likely be 0-5 after Tuesday night, when DePaul will travel to face a ranked Xavier squad that is 14-1 and undefeated at home this season.
The close losses are starting to wear on DePaul coach Dave Leitao, who was hit with two technical fouls by officials in the seconds half of Saturday’s loss at Georgetown.
Xavier’s only loss on the season came at Villanova, who occupies first place in the Big East.
The Musketeers are coming off a season where despite finishing in sixth place in the conference, they still made the NCAA Tournament and advanced to the Sweet 16.
Xavier has some pretty balanced scoring. The Musketeers have five players who average in double-figures, although one is sidelined at the moment.
Leading the way is Trevon Bluiett, who is 10th in the Big East in scoring at 14.5 points per game.
Junior guard Myles Davis is adding 10.9 ppg, while junior forward Jalen Reynolds contributes 10.1 ppg.
Xavier has played of late without freshman guard Edmond Sumner, who is not expected to play against DePaul either. Sumner was averaging 11 points per game before sitting out with a concussion. With or without Sumner, the Musketeers have still managed to win.
Playing a ranked team on their home floor is never an easy task. Making it even more difficult is the fact that the Cintas Center has sold out for Tuesday’s game.
Controlling the boards will also be a difficult task. Xavier leads the Big East in Offensive Rebounding, Defensive Rebounding, and Rebounding Margin. Evanston native James Farr is a big part of that. He is third in the Big East in rebounding at 8.5 boards per game and sixth in the league in field goal percentage (56.6 percent). Farr is chipping in with 10.3 points per game.
One of the few positives going into this game for the Blue Demons is that associate head coach Rick Carter was on the Xavier staff last season. Carter will no doubt have a scouting report and game plan drawn up on the Musketeers.
The Last Time
On January 24, 2015 at the Cintas Center, the Musketeers walked away with a 89-76 win over the Blue Demons.
Myles Davis and Trevon Bluiett both recorded career highs, with 25 and 21 points respectively, in the win for Xavier.
Xavier center Matt Stainbrook went seven for seven from the field to score 17 points.
The Musketeers mounted a huge second half comeback after trailing DePaul by eight points at halftime.
Tommy Hamilton led the Blue Demons with 15 points in the losing effort.
NO. NAME YR. POS. HT. WT. HOMETOWN / HIGHSCHOOL
0 Larry Austin Jr. So. Guard 6-2 179 Springfield, Ill. / Lanphier
1 Jalen Reynolds Jr. Forward 6-10 238 Detroit, Mich. / Brewster Academy
2 James Farr Sr. Forward 6-10 244 Evanston, Ill. / Maine Central Insitute
3 Ashanti Burgess Fr. Guard 6-1 170 Louisville, Kentucky / St. Xavier
4 Edmond Sumner Fr. Guard 6-6 183 Detroit, Mich. / Country Day
5 Trevon Bluiett So. Guard 6-6 208 Indianapolis, Ind. / Park Tudor
10 Remy Abell Sr. Guard 6-4 197 Louisville, Ky. / Eastern
13 Makindé London Fr. Forward 6-10 220 Nashville, Tenn. / Montverde
15 Myles Davis Jr. Guard 6-2 188 Plainfield, N.J. / Notre Dame Prep
20 Alex Bergen Jr. Guard 6-5 200 Cincinnati, Ohio / Oak Hills
21 Tim Stainbrook Jr. Forward 6-6 200 Bay Village, Ohio / Lakewood St. Edward
22 Kaiser Gates Fr. Forward 6-8 217 Alpharetta, Ga. / St. Francis
32 Kevin Coker Sr. Forward 6-6 200 Plainfield, Ill. / Plainfield South
35 RaShid Gaston Sr. Forward 6-9 240 Warren, Ohio / Warren G. Harding
54 Sean O'Mara So. Forward/Center 6-10 247 Glen Ellyn, Ill. / Benet Academy
55 J.P. Macura So. Guard 6-5 203 Lakeville, Minn. / Lakeville North