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DePaul vs. Marquette Preview

The Blue Demons go on the road to Milwaukee to face the Marquette Golden Eagles on Saturday afternoon. We preview the game in this report.  

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DePaul Blue Demons (8-9, 1-3) vs. Marquette Golden Eagles (11-5, 2-2) – Saturday, January 14th, 1:00 p.m. Central – BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin  

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Game Preview

The Blue Demons are coming off their first Big East win of the season and would like to build on that win as they go on the road to Milwaukee on Saturday.

DePaul managed a win in Milwaukee over Marquette last year. It was the first time in 16 years that the Blue Demons beat the Golden Eagles on the road.

DePaul will have their work cut out for them trying to repeat that feat.

“It starts with competition,” said DePaul coach Dave Leitao.  “We’ve got to compete to a higher degree for a longer period of time.  We’re playing a really good team in Marquette that’s offensive-minded, so our defense has to be sounder for longer periods of time and we have to continue to work on our aggression.  We’ve got to be aggressive on offense, not just driving, but moving the ball, moving the body and getting out of our offense what we try to do every day.”

The Golden Eagles are a team with balanced scoring.  They are second in the Big East in Scoring Offense (83.6 points per game), first in conference in steals (9.3 per game) and first in the league in three point field goals made. 

Five players average in double figures.  Jajuan Johnson leads the way at 13.2 points per game.  Big man Luke Fischer averages 12.5 ppg and 6.3 rebounds per game. 

Freshman sensation Marcus Howard is scoring 12.3 ppg and is contention for the Big East Rookie of the Year award.

Haanif Cheatham contributes 11.6 ppg and Katin Reinhart is coming off the bench to add 10.1 ppg.

Throw in Sam Hauser at 9.3 ppg and Andrew Rowsey at 8.3 ppg and you’ve got a pretty solid seven man rotation.

Marquette is also trying to work in Duane Wilson (5.7 ppg), who is coming off of a left groin injury.

“Marcus Howard has come in as a freshman and done a marvelous job of scoring the basketball and presenting itself as a force in this league, yet he’s distributing the basketball too,” Leitao told WSCR radio, “Their wings, Johnson and Cheatham are attackers.  They can score the basketball at different levels.  They’re really good at sharing the basketball.” 

The Last Time 

On February 20, 2016 at Allstate Arena, Marquette handed DePaul a 73-60 defeat.

DePaul was short staffed with two starters sidelined due to injuries.  Billy Garrett, Jr. sat out the game due to a strained right calf.  Center Peter Ryckbosch was sidelined for a knee injury. 

If that wasn’t bad enough, Myke Henry was limited due to foul trouble throughout the game.  Henry played just 20 minutes and was held to eight points and three rebounds.

Without Garrett in the lineup, turnovers were an issue for the Demons.  Marquette scored 18 points off of 16 DePaul turnovers.

The lone bright spot for DePaul was the play of Tommy Hamilton IV.  Hamilton scored 20 points on seven of 13 shooting from the floor and grabbed six rebounds.

Freshman Eli Cain added eight points and dished out five assists in Garrett’s absence. 

Rashaun Stimage helped on the boards with nine rebounds and also scored seven points in the losing effort for the Demons.

Marquette had four players finish in double figures.  Haanif Cheatham led all scorers with 20 points. Luke Fischer contributed 16 points.  Freshman phenom Henry Ellenson scored 14 points and also had nine rebounds.  Jujaun Johnson added 10 points for the Golden Eagles.

Marquette Roster

No.      Name Ht./Wt.            Pos.    Year    Hometown (High School)

0          Markus Howard        5-11/175        G         FR       Chandler, Ariz. (Findlay Prep)

1          Duane Wilson          6-2/185           G         RS JR Milwaukee, Wis. (Dominican HS)

2          Sacar Anim   6-5/205           G/F      SO      Minneapolis, Minn. (DeLaSalle HS)

10        Sam Hauser  6-7/225           G/F      FR       Stevens Point, Wis. (Stevens Point Area HS)

12        Matt Heldt      6-10/245        C         SO      Neenah, Wis. (Neenah HS)

22        Katin Reinhardt        6-6/210           G         GS      Dana Point, Calif. (Mater Dei HS)

23        Jajuan Johnson       6-5/205           G         SR      Memphis, Tenn. (Southwind HS)

25        Haanif Cheatham    6-5/195           G         SO      Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Pembroke Pines HS)

30        Andrew Rowsey       5-10/180        G         RS JR Lexington, Va. (Rockbridge HS)

40        Luke Fischer 6-11/250        C         SR      Germantown, Wis. (Germantown HS)

41        Deon Franklin          6-5/215           F          RS SO            Treviso, Italy (I.T.T. Francesco Da Collo)

52        Cam Marotta 5-10/165        G         SO      Mequon, Wis. (Homestead HS)

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