Las Vegas Classic

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The Blue Demons head to Vegas for a pair of games before the Christmas holiday. DePaul will open the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic on Thursday night with the Wyoming Cowboys. We preview the game in this report.

Key Information

DePaul Blue Demons (7-4) vs. Wyoming Cowboys (9-2) – Thursday, December 22nd, 7:30 p.m. Central – Orleans Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

Television – FOX Sports 1

Radio – WYLL AM 1160

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With a record of 7-4, the Blue Demons now find themselves entering the more difficult part of their schedule.  There are no more easy opponents from here on out.

The Cowboys come into this tournament riding a six game winning streak.  That streak includes a home win over Northern Iowa.  Wyoming’s only losses have come on the road at Pacific and at California.

Wyoming is rated 146th on Ken Pomeroy’s College Basketball Ratings.

The Cowboys have four players averaging in double-figures so far this season.

Leading scorer Justin James comes off the bench and is scoring 16.6 points per game.

6-5 guard Jason McManamen adds 14.8 ppg., 6-8 forward Hayden Dalton chips in with 11.4 ppg, and sharpshooter Alan Herndon contributes 10.5 ppg.

One familiar name on the Wyoming roster is Louis Adams, Jr., the son of Orr High School coach Louis Adams, sr.  After starring at Orr, Adams went off to junior college for two years and is now in his first year at Wyoming as a junior.  Adams has started five games for the Cowboys and is averaging 7.4 ppg.

Wyoming is coming off a 72-66 win over Troy where the game was delayed two hours due to a power outage and had to come from behind to win the game. The Cowboys trailed by as many as 10 points in the second half before rallying.

UW is known for their defense.  They rank 30th in the nation in field goal percentage defense at 38.6 percent.  They only allow 30.1 percent from beyond the arc and rank 39th in the nation in that category.

“They’re a very skilled team,” DePaul coach Dave Leitao told WSCR radio about Wyoming.  “They’re not as difficult to scout because they don’t run a million different offenses, but what they do, they do well.  They’re gritty defensively.”

The Cowboys crash the glass as well and are ranked 11th in the country in defensive rebounds per game (29.8).

Wyoming can also shoot the three ball and are ranked 37th in the nation in 3-pointers made at 9.4 per game.

Depending on the outcome of Thursday’s games, DePaul will face either Missouri State or USC on Friday night.   Missouri State is a possible rematch of a game played at Allstate Arena back on November 23rd  where DePaul came from behind to win 68-66.  USC is undefeated and currently ranked 23rd in this week’s AP Poll.

The Last Time

On December 9, 1944 at the Chicago Stadium, the Blue Demons handed Wyoming a 68-29 defeat.  This was the era of DePaul center George Mikan.  The Blue Demons went on that season to capture a national title in the 1945 NIT.

Wyoming Roster

#       NAME POSITION YEAR HEIGHT      WEIGHT     CITY   STATE        COUNTRY         PRIOR SCHOOL

24     Louis Adams G      Junior 6'4" 185 lbs        Chicago      Ill.                 Odessa College

3       Alexander Aka Gorski      G      Junior 6'5" 205 lbs        Lund            Sweden         Sunrise Christian Academy

13     Sam Averbuck       G      Freshman (RS)      6'4" 185 lbs        Santa Rosa   Calif.            Suffield Academy

21     Jonathan Barnes F       Junior 6'10"   245 lbs        Parker Colo.            Ponderosa

20     Hayden Dalton      F       Junior 6'8" 185 lbs        Parker Colo.   United States         Central Wyoming

5       Alan Herndon        F       Junior (RS) 6'9" 210 lbs        Colorado Springs Colo.            Widefield High School

1       Justin James G      Sophomore   6'7" 180 lbs        Port Saint Lucie    Fla. United States Oldsmar Christian HS

15     Brodricks Jones    F       Sophomore   6'10"   220 lbs        Los Angeles  Calif.            UTEP

10     Cody Kelley  G      Freshman (RS)      5'11"   180 lbs        Gillette         Wyo.   United States Elev8

11     Jeremy Lieberman   G      Junior 6'1" 175 lbs        Calabasas Calif.   United States         Calabasas HS

25     Morris Marshall     G      Senior 6'4" 180 lbs        White Springs        Fla. United States Sante Fe JC

23     Jason McManamen G      Senior (RS)   6'5" 195 lbs        Torrington   Wyo.   United States Torrington HS

2       Andrew Moemeka F       Freshman (RS)      6'8" 210 lbs        Lake City    Fla.         United States         Oldsmar Christian HS

14     Austin Mueller       F       Freshman   6'6" 200 lbs        Highlands Ranch Colo.            Thunder Ridge HS

33     Jordan Naughton F       Sophomore   6'10"   225 lbs        Rancho Cucamonga         Calif.   United States         Etiwanda HS

0       Nyaires Redding   G      Junior 6'2" 166 lbs                                            Washington State

 


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