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
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.
# 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