DePaul Blue Demons vs. No. 11 Providence Friars – Tuesday, February 2nd, 8 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
Television – FOX Sports 1
Radio – WSCR AM 670
The Blue Demons get to play the 11th ranked Friars on Groundhog Day. Hmm, does that mean DePaul will have to keep playing this game over and over until they can defeat Providence?
It just doesn’t get any easier for DePaul as 11th ranked Providence comes to town on Tuesday night. The Blue Demons will face the best duo in the Big East in Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil.
Last year the best duo in the league was Dunn and LaDontae Henton. This year it’s Dunn and Bentil.
Dunn is the best player in the Big East and a contender for national player of the year. Although many may argue that Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield is deserving of that honor.
Dunn is… well, what can you say about Kris Dunn that hasn’t already been said? He is second in the league in scoring at 17.4 points per game. He’s number one in the Big East in assists at 6.9 APG and in steals at 3.2 thefts per game.
Dunn creates matchup problems for DePaul. In his first meeting with the Blue Demons last year in Providence he racked up a triple-double performance.
If it wasn’t for Dunn, Bentil could easily be player of the year in the Big East. He’s been having that kind of season.
Bentil leads the league in scoring at 20.3 points per game and is fifth in the Big East in rebounding with 8.1 boards per game.
Providence is coming off a 73-69 win at Georgetown on Saturday where Bentil and Dunn combined for 52 points. Bentil had a near double-double performance of 26 points and nine rebounds. Dunn scored 26 point of his own to go along with three assists and four steals.
Watch out for turnovers in this one. Thanks to Dunn’s thefts and ballhandling ability, Providence is tops in the Big East with a plus 3.5 turnover margin. Meanwhile, DePaul is on the opposite end of the spectrum with a last place negative 2.52 turnover margin. That’s the kind of matchup that could turn ugly for the Blue Demons.
The Last Time
On February 18, 2015 at Allstate Arena, DePaul shot 34 percent overall and their offense sputtered against the Providence zone in the second half, as the Friars dominated the Blue Demons 84-57.
Turnovers, especially early in the contest, turned out to be problematic for the Blue Demons. DePaul turned the ball over 16 times and the Friars scored 24 points off of Blue Demon turnovers.
Providence point guard Kris Dunn was once again tough against the Blue Demons. Dunn had a strong performance with 21 points, four steals, and four rebounds, while going 11 of 12 from the free throw line.
Providence senior forward LaDontae Henton racked up a double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds.
Ben Bentil also contributed a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds for the Friars.
Billy Garrett, Jr. led the way for the Blue Demons with 11 points. Jamee Crockett added 10 points, and R.J. Curington came in off the bench to score 10 points, all of which came in the second half.
NO NAME YR HT WT Position Hometown/High School
0 Ben Bentil SO 6-9 235 Forward Wilmington,Del./St. Andrew's School '14
3 Kris Dunn JR 6-4 220 Guard New London, Conn./New London High School '12
5 Rodney Bullock SO 6-8 225 Forward Hampton, Va./Kecoughtan High School '13
10 Quadree Smith FR 6-8 285 Forward Temple Hills, Md./IMG Academy '15
12 Casey Woodring JR 6-2 185 Guard Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy '13
14 Tyree Chambers SO 6-2 182 Guard Bayreuth, Germany/Medi Bayreuth '14
21 Jalen Lindsey SO 6-7 210 Guard Murfreesboro, Tenn./Huntington Prep '14
22 Ricky Council II FR 6-5 200 Guard Durham, N.C./Moravian Prep '15
24 Kyron Cartwright SO 6-0 185 Guard Compton, Calif./Compton High School '14
25 Drew Edwards FR 6-3 185 Guard Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall '15
32 Junior Lomomba JR 6-5 205 Guard Montreal, Quebec/Madison Memorial '12
34 Tom Planek SO 6-6 205 Forward Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick High School '14
35 Ryan Fazekas FR 6-8 205 Guard Chesterton, Ind./Marquette Catholic High School '15
44 Isaiah Jackson SO 6-6 212 Guard Gainesville, Fla./Villages Charter School