DePaul Blue Demons (8-14, 1-8) vs. Marquette Golden Eagles (14-8, 5-5) – Saturday, February 4th, 1:00 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
Television – Fox Sports 1
Radio – WSCR AM 670
After losing yet another tight game, this time against Georgetown, 76-73, on Tuesday, DePaul (8-14, 1-8) will look to end a five-game losing streak as they face their rivals to the north, Marquette (14-8, 5-5) this Saturday.
Saturday's affair will be the second game the two the programs will have played this season. Marquette easily had their way in Milwaukee in the first contest, as the Golden Eagles won going away, 83-58, on January 14.
After beating Villanova almost two weeks ago and looking like a solid bet to make it back to the NCAA Tournament, Marquette has now dropped two games in a row. Most recently, the Golden Eagles dropped a road game at St. John's, 86-72, on Wednesday.
Expect Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski to have his team prepped and ready to end a losing streak and get back on the good side of the bubble. Suffice to say, the Golden Eagles can ill afford a loss to DePaul given their tenuous standing on the bubble.
In the first game, Marquette did its damage by beating DePaul from the perimeter. The Golden Eagles could not miss from three-point range, especially midway through the first half when they broke the game wide open. For the game, Marquette shot 48.1 (13-27) percent from beyond the arc.
If DePaul has any ideas of pulling out the victory, the Demons have to limit the effectiveness of Marquette from three-point range. It won't be easy, as the Golden Eagles by far lead the Big East in three-point percentage with a 41.7 percent clip.
Marquette has three players in the top-10 in the Big East in three-point percentage. Markus Howard (who averages 12 points per game) is tops in the conference with a 50.5 mark from deep. Freshman Sam Hauser (9.2 points per game) is fifth in the league at 46.5 percent. Meanwhile, Andrew Rowsey (10 points per game) comes in at sixth with a 46.5 percent clip.
The Golden Eagles are a diverse offense with a total of six players averaging in double figures. Jajuan Johnson leads Marquette in scoring with 12.2 points per game, while senior big man Luke Fischer adds 11.7 points and team-high 6 rebounds per game.
Katin Reinhardt (11 points per game) and Haanif Cheatham (10.6 points per game) are the other two double-digit scorers for Wojciechowski, and both can get hot a moment’s notice, too.
With seven players on Marquette shooting over 44 percent from the field, this is as balanced and efficient an offense as there is in the country.
To combat Marquette's balance, DePaul must also get some balance of their own. The last time the Demons won a game (against Providence on January 10), the Demons had three score players in double-figures (Billy Garrett Jr, Eli Cain and Brandon Cyrus), while Joe Hanel and Tre'Darius McCallum, added 9 and 8 points respectively.
DePaul can't expect to win when only Garrett and Cain contribute. This, no doubt, has been DePaul's biggest bugaboo.
At least for DePaul, the game is being played at Allstate Arena. It has has won its only conference game at Allstate and have lost the other Big East games by an average of 3.3 points, including an overtime loss to nationally-ranked Butler.
Maybe, some home cooking will finally do DePaul some good.
The Last Time
On January 14, 2017 in Milwaukee, the Blue Demons succumbed 83-58 to the Golden Eagles.
Marquette’s Andrew Rowsey led all scorers with a season-high 24 points including six 3-pointers. Katin Reinhardt added 19 points for the Golden Eagles.
DePaul was led by Billy Garrett, Jr. with 12 points. Darrick Wood came off the bench to add 11 points.
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)
21 Harry Froling 6-11/260 C FR Townsville, Australia (Australian Institute of Sport)
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)