DePaul Blue Demons vs. Marquette Golden Eagles – Wednesday, December 20th, 7 p.m. Central – BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee Wisconsin
Television – Fox Sports 1
Radio – WSCR AM 670
Turnovers, turnovers, turnovers. More turnovers than a bakery has. That’s been the story of DePaul’s 0-6 start to Big East conference play.
Turnovers have cost the Blue Demons five of their six losses. Many of the turnovers have been unforced errors.
The Blue Demons are in last place in the Big East in both turnover margin and assist to turnover ratio.
Needless to say, turnovers have been a big source of frustration for DePaul coach Dave Leitao.
If the Blue Demons want to end their six game losing skid on Wednesday night, what they need to do is pretty simple. Take care of the basketball and stop making turnovers.
Milwaukee will be a tough place to end that losing streak. Recent history has not served the Blue Demons well there. DePaul hasn’t won a game in Milwaukee since Pat Kennedy was coach of the Blue Demons. Of course that means that Leitao never won there during his first three seasons of his first coaching stint at DePaul.
The Blue Demons will have to come to play if they want to end both of those losing streaks.
DePaul will get their first look at McDonald’s All-American Henry Ellenson on Wednesday. The Marquette freshman center from Rice Lake, Wisconsin is 6-11 and very versatile. He’s challenging Villanova’s Jalen Brunson in the race for Big East freshman of the year.
Ellenson is leading the Golden Eagles in scoring and rebounding by averaging a near double-double of 15.9 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. He is the leading rebounder in the Big East and is fourth in the league in points scored.
Marquette has twin towers in their lineup with Ellenson and Luke Fischer. Fischer is second on the team in points and rebounds with 13.6 ppg and 7.3 rpg.
Duane Wilson doesn’t always start for Marquette, but is contributing 12.2 ppg. Then there is Haanif Cheatham who adds a respectable 10.9 ppg.
Marquette stands at 12-6 and 2-4 in Big East conference play.
Marquette’s best wins have come over LSU, Arizona State, Wisconsin, and Providence.
I really have to reiterate the importance of cutting down on the turnovers for the Blue Demons. This is especially necessary against a Marquette team that leads the Big East in steals at 8.4 per game.
If foul trouble or injury becomes a factor in this game, DePaul could hold an advantage. Marquette sticks with an eight man rotation and doesn’t really go any deeper into their bench.
Another area where the Demons might be able to gain an advantage is in shooting from beyond the arc. Marquette only shoots 32.6 percent on three pointers.
The Last Time
On March 7, 2015 at the Bradley Center, Marquette defeated the Blue Demons 58-48. The Golden Eagles got payback after the Blue Demons had beaten them at Allstate Arena in the Big East conference opener on New Year’s Eve.
The Blue Demon offense sputtered and the shots didn’t fall as DePaul struggled in the contest.
DePaul couldn’t seem to get much going against Marquette’s defense throughout the game. The Blue Demons were held to 19 points in the first half and went scoreless for a six minute stretch in the first stanza. Overall, DePaul shot 32.8 percent from the field.
Billy Garrett, Jr. was held to an uncharacteristic two points on one of nine shooting.
With just nine fouls called on Marquette to 20 called on the Blue Demons, DePaul made just six trips to the free throw line all day.
It was Marquette’s Senior Day where Juan Anderson, Matt Carlino, and Derrick Wilson were honored before the game.
Carlino led the way for the Golden Eagles with 20 points. Big man Luke Fischer contributed 17 points and nine rebounds in the winning effort.
DePaul was led by 14 points on six of 16 shooting from senior Jamee Crockett. Myke Henry added 12 points.
No. Name Ht./Wt. Pos. Year Hometown (High School)
2 Sacar Anim 6-5/205 G/F FR Minneapolis, Minn. (DeLaSalle HS)
21 Traci Carter 6-0/175 G FR Philadelphia, Pa. (Life Center Academy)
25 Haanif Cheatham 6-5/190 G FR Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Pembroke Pines HS)
5 Sandy Cohen, III 6-6/200 F SO Seymour, Wis. (Seymour HS)
13 Henry Ellenson 6-11/245 F FR Rice Lake, Wis. (Rice Lake HS)
22 Wally Ellenson 6-6/210 G RS JR Rice Lake, Wis. (Rice Lake HS)
40 Luke Fischer 6-11/245 C JR Germantown, Wis. (Germantown HS)
41 Christian Haffner 6-1/160 G FR Gresham, Wis. (Gresham HS)
12 Matt Heldt 6-10/250 C FR Neenah, Wis. (Neenah HS)
23 Jajuan Johnson 6-5/195 G JR Memphis, Tenn. (Southwind HS)
42 Michael Mache 6-5/205 F SR Glen Ellyn, Ill. (Glenbard West HS)
52 Cam Marotta 5-10/165 G FR Mequon, Wis. (Homestead HS)
30 Andrew Rowsey 5-10/180 G JR Lexington, Va. (Rockbridge HS)
1 Duane Wilson 6-2/185 G RS SO Milwaukee, Wis. (Dominican HS)