DePaul Blue Demons (7-7, 0-1) vs. St. John’s Red Storm (7-7, 1-0) – Sunday, January 1st, 1:00 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
Television – FOX Sports 1
Radio – WSCR AM 670
On Sunday afternoon, the Blue Demons will look to build off of their 68-65 loss at No. 1 Villanova on Wednesday night.
It was a game where DePaul had a chance to tie at the buzzer.
All too often, we’ve seen DePaul have a strong game like the one against Nova and then have a setback in their next game. For DePaul to beat St. John’s, they must not have a setback. The Blue Demons will need to pick up where they left off at Nova.
DePaul will also have to shoot the ball better from the perimeter. Outside shooting has been the Blue Demons’ Achille’s Heel in the last three games. Over those games, DePaul has only shot 20 percent (11 of 55) from beyond the arc.
St. John’s is coming off a 76-73 upset of No. 13 Butler on Thursday night in Queens, New York. Before that the Red Storm upset Syracuse on the road by 33 points.
So St. John’s is on a roll, while DePaul has lost the last three straight.
DePaul’s three game losing streak can be attributed to the shooting slump that leading scorer Eli Cain has been in during the skid. Cain has shot 19 percent (nine of 47) overall for the last three games.
The Blue Demons need to start the new year off on the right foot and that means scoring outside as well as inside and holding the Red Storm on the defensive end.
St. John’s has an all new backcourt this season with freshman Shamorie Ponds and redshirt freshman Marcus LoVett. Ponds is leading the team in scoring (17.9 points per game) and assists. He is an early favorite to win the Big East Freshman of the Year award. LoVett is playing after sitting out his freshman year due to academic ineligibility. LoVett averages 16.1 ppg.
Junior college transfer Bashir Ahmed leads the Johnnies in rebounding (5.7 boards per game) and adds 12.9 ppg.
Tune in Sunday afternoon to see if the Blue Demons start the new year with a bang or with a fizzle.
The Last Time
On February 25, 2016 at Allstate Arena, the Blue Demons defeated the Red Storm 83-75.
Billy Garrett, Jr. turned in his third career double-double performance. He scored 19 points, dished out 10 assists, was a perfect eight for eight from the free throw line, and had just one turnover.
DePaul outrebounded St. John’s by a 38-29 margin.
Four Blue Demons finished in double figures. Myke Henry contributed 17 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Eli Cain added 16 points while Tommy Hamilton chipped in with 10 points.
St. John’s guard Ron Mvouika led all scorers with 20 points. Senior guard Durand Johnson added 15 points, while freshman Malik Ellison contributed 12 points in the losing effort.
St. John’s Roster
No. Name Yr. Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School/Previous School
0 Malik Ellison SO Guard 6-6 215 Voorhees, N.J./Life Center Academy (N.J.)
1 Bashir Ahmed JR Guard/Forward 6-7 210 Bronx, N.Y.//Hutchinson Community College (Kan.)
2 Shamorie Ponds FR Guard 6-1 170 Brooklyn, N.Y./Thomas Jefferson
3 Amar Alibegovic JR Forward 6-9 240 Rome, Italy/Istituto Tecnico Minerva
4 Federico Mussini SO Guard 6-2 170 Reggio Emilia, Italy/Liceo Scientifico Aldo Moro
5 Justin Simon SO Guard 6-5 205 Temecula, Calif.//Arizona
10 Marvin Clark Jr. JR Forward 6-7 225 Kansas City, Mo.//Michigan State
11 Tariq Owens RS SO Forward 6-11 200 Odenton, Md.//Tennessee
12 Elijah Holifield SO Guard 6-3 185 Atlanta, Ga./Pace Academy
14 Kassoum Yakwe SO Forward 6-7 210 Bamako, Mali/Our Savior New American (N.Y.)
15 Marcus LoVett RS FR Guard 6-0 175 Fort Wayne, Ind./Morgan Park (Ill.)
20 Richard Freudenberg FR Forward 6-9 210 Munich, Germany/Luitpold-Gymnasium Munchen
23 Justin Cole FR Guard 6-2 185 Rockville Centre, N.Y./Archbishop Molloy
24 Brandon Lawrence FR Guard 6-3 170 Union City, Calif./Moreau Catholic
45 Darien Williams SR Forward 6-8 235 San Francisco, Calif.//City College of San Francisco