DePaul Basketball Sets Non-Conference Schedule

CHICAGO - DePaul will play six non-conference home games including the Blue Demon debut of head coach Jerry Wainwright on November 19 and will also travel from coast-to-coast in December as part of the non-conference schedule that was released today.

"This non-conference schedule is extremely challenging but at this time we feel it's the best way to prepare our young team for the rigors of the BIG EAST Conference schedule," Wainwright said. "What we've tried to do is balance games that were already contracted with opponents that give us home games this year and some high profile games next season in Wake Forest and California. I really appreciate how hard the coaching staff has worked to pull all of this together on such short notice."

The season kicks-off on November 19 with the home opener, and the debut of Wainwright on the Blue Demon bench, as Bradley comes to the Allstate Arena. Northwestern visits Rosemont a week later on November 26 and after a trip to Northern Illinois on November 28, Creighton will be in town to close out the November portion of the schedule on the 30th.

December opens with Bucknell visiting the Allstate Arena on the 3rd and former conference rival UAB coming to Rosemont on the 6th before the Blue Demons embark on a four-game road swing that will take them from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast in 11 days.

The trip begins on December 10 with a visit to Dayton followed by an ESPN game at Wake Forest on December 13 and a contest at Old Dominion on December 17. DePaul will then venture across the country to participate in the Pete Newell Classic in Oakland and face California on December 21. The match-up with the Golden Bears will be televised by College Sports Television.

The non-conference portion of the season will conclude on New Year's Eve when Florida International visits the Allstate Arena.

Non-conference start times and television outlets will be announced at a later date as will the dates for the BIG EAST portion of the schedule.

2005-06 DePaul Non-Conference Schedule
Date Day Opponent Site
Nov. 19 Sat. Bradley Allstate Arena
Nov. 26 Sat. Northwestern Allstate Arena
Nov. 28 Mon. at Northern Illinois DeKalb, Ill.
Nov. 30 Wed. Creighton Allstate Arena
Dec. 3 Sat. Bucknell Allstate Arena
Dec. 6 Wed. UAB Allstate Arena
Dec. 10 Sat. at Dayton Dayton, Ohio
Dec. 13 Tue. at Wake Forest Winston-Salem, N.C.
Dec. 17 Sat. at Old Dominion Norfolk, Va.
Dec. 21 Wed. vs. California (Pete Newell Classic) Oakland, Calif.
Dec. 31 Sat. Florida International Allstate Arena

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