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DePaul vs. Providence Preview

The Blue Demons return home to Allstate Arena to welcome in the Providence Friars for a Big East battle on Tuesday night.  We preview the game in this report.  

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DePaul Blue Demons (7-9, 0-3) vs. Providence Friars (11-6, 1-3) – Tuesday, January 10th, 8:00 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

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After trailing by 10 points at the half at Seton Hall on Saturday, the Blue Demons completely unraveled in the second half to lose 87-56 to the Pirates.

One of the most disappointing aspects of the loss was the lack of sharing of the basketball.  The Blue Demons had just four assists in the defeat and are now in last place in the Big East in assists.   DePaul has been at their best this season when they’ve defended well, rebounded well, and had a high assist number.  

DePaul has also fared well when Eli Cain has come to play, and they’ve struggled as a team when Cain has struggled.  Cain shot three of 12 from the field in Saturday’s loss.  Eli has not shot well at all in two of the three conference losses.  Cain will need to get back on track for the Blue Demons to have a chance of winning on Tuesday night.

Moving on to the Friars now, Providence is off to a 11-6 start, but is 1-3 in Big East play.  Their only league victory so far was against winless Georgetown.

The Friars are rebuilding following the departures of dynamic duo Kris Dunn and Ben Bentil to the pros.

Leading the way for Providence this season is 6-8 forward Rodney Bullock who is averaging 17.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. He is 10th in the Big East in scoring and sixth in the league in rebounding.  

Newcomer Emmitt Holt is making an impact at 13.4 ppg and 5.9 rebounds per game.

Jalen Lindsay is the best three point shooter on the Friars and is scoring 10.3 ppg and shoots 45.5 percent from beyond the arc. There is a chance that Lindsay may not play due to a thumb injury.

With the loss of Dunn, Kyron Cartwright has stepped up his game.  The junior guard dishes out 6.8 assists per game and scores 9.5 ppg. He is second in the Big East in assists,

Cartwright has been dealing with tendonitis in his knee and is questionable for the game.  According to PC coach Ed Cooley, there is a 50 percent chance that Cartwright will play.

If Cartwright is unable to go, then freshman Maliek White will start his first game for the Friars.

Random Side Notes

-       Providence freshman Bryan Donovan is the son of Oklahoma City Thunder coach Billy Donovan.

-       Emmitt Holt played alongside DePaul’s Tre McCallum at Indian Hills junior college last season.

-       Friars junior Tom Planek is the son of current Lewis University (and former Loyola University) athletic director John Planek.

-       DePaul assistant coach Rick Carter was an assistant coach under Providence coach Ed Cooley at Fairfield for two seasons.

The Last Time

On February 27, 2016 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island, the Friars handed the Blue Demons a 87-66 defeat.

Eli Cain led DePaul with 22 points. Darrick Wood contributed 15 and Billy Garrett, Jr. added 10 points for the Blue Demons.

Ben Bentil led all scorers with 28 points and eight rebounds. Kyron Cartwright chipped with with 16 points for the Friars.

Providence Roster

NO      NAME YR      HT       WT      Position         Hometown/High School/Last College

2          Bryan Donovan        FR       6-0      180     Guard Gainesville, Florida/Bishop McGuinness '16

4          Maliek White FR       6-2      180     Guard Richmond, Va./George Wythe High School '16

5          Rodney Bullock        JR       6-8      225     Forward         Hampton, Va./Kecoughtan High School '13

11        Alpha Diallo  FR       6-7      205     Guard New York, N.Y./Brewster Academy '16

12        Casey Woodring      SR      6-2      190     Guard Darien, Conn./Cushing Academy '13

13        Kalif Young   FR       6-9      250     Forward         Vaughan, Ontario/Orangeville Prep '16

15        Emmitt Holt   JR       6-7      230     Forward         Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder High School '14/Indian Hills Community College '16

21        Jalen Lindsey           JR       6-7      220     Guard Murfreesboro, Tenn./Huntington Prep '14

22        Ricky Council II        SO      6-5      200     Guard Durham, N.C./Moravian Prep '15

24        Kyron Cartwright      JR       5-11    185     Guard Compton, Calif./Compton High School '14

25        Drew Edwards          SO      6-5      190     Guard Perry Hall, Md./Calvert Hall '15

34        Tom Planek  JR       6-6      210     Forward         Oak Park, Ill./Fenwick High School '14

35        Ryan Fazekas          SO      6-8      215     Guard Chesterton, Ind./Marquette Catholic High School '15

44        Isaiah Jackson         SO      6-6      225     Guard Gainesville, Fla./Villages Charter School '14/George Mason

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