DePaul Blue Demons vs. Northwestern Wildcats - Saturday, November 26th,
1:00 p.m. - Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
Television - None
Radio - WSCR AM 670 Chicago & WGN AM 720 Chicago
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The Last Time
On December 15th, 2004 at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston with 8:35 left in
the game, the Blue Demons led 47-40 over the Wildcats. DePaul then went
scoreless for almost eight minutes as NU jumped ahead to a 51-47 lead.
With 19.9 seconds remaining, LeVar Seals hit a three pointer to make it
51-50 Northwestern. Northwestern hit their free throws down the stretch to
seal a 56-52 victory for the Wildcats.
Quemont Greer led all scorers with 20 points and nine rebounds in that
game. Sammy Mejia had 17 points for DePaul.
Vedran Vukusic led NU with 17 points. Michael Thompson scored 12 for the
The Wildcats return three starters from a team that finished 15-16 last
season. Northwestern comes into this game at 3-1 with wins over Charlotte,
Florida Atlantic and Lehigh. Their only loss came at the hands of
UNC-Wilmington in the championship of the BCA Invitational.
NU's Vedran Vukusic is averaging 25.8 points per game this season. Vukusic
finished fourth in the Big Ten in scoring last season. "Vedran is more
focused this year and is playing very well," said NU coach Bill Carmody.
"We have five seniors and they all are beginning to realize that they have
a lot of accountability. I have told Vedran he is responsible for making us
go. Sometimes in practice it is difficult for him because we don't have
anyone who can guard him. If this keeps up, I might have to get myself into
shape." Without a doubt, the Blue Demons are going to have to figure out a
way to contain Vukusic in this game.
Carmody has a positive outlook for this season in Evanston. "I really like
this team," expressed Carmody. "We had some high expectations last year and
the team is disappointed with our performance from a year ago. These guys
seem to be taking instruction better and are a closer-knit group. I really
feel that this team can go eight or nine guys deep."
Carmody is also take a close look at where there is room for imrpovement.
"We are going to look at our earlier games from the previous year and see
if any glaring errors stand out," Carmody commented. "I know for sure that
we hoisted a lot of three's last year. We went 10 for 35 or something like
that our first game. As the season went along we were able to cut that
number down and play inside. I think the majority of our problems are just
Blue Demons coach Jerry Wainwright will need to have his team prepared to
defend Bill Carmody's Princeton-style offense or else they will be
back-doored all game long. Last Saturday versus Bradley, turnovers were a
major problem for the Blue Demons. NU also appears to be plagued by
turnovers. The team that takes care of the basketball the best will win
Junior swingman Tim Doyle is second in scoring for NU at 10.3 points per
game. The transfer from St. John's is leading the team in assists at 5.7
Oddly enough, 6-4 senior guard Mohamed Hachad is leading the Cats in
rebounding with 6.3 per game. Rebounding is one are of the game where
DePaul might be able to dominate.
Northwestern big man and Providence Catholic High alum Mike Thompson did
not play in the Wildcats' last game vs. Florida Atlantic due to illness and
has been limited to just 13 minutes per game in his other appearances.
Senior guard Evan Seacat started in the first three games for NU, did not
play at all versus FAU.
The Wildcats don't have a particularly deep bench. It was their bench
play that allowed Florida Atlantic to almost get back into the game in the
second half in Evanston on Monday night after leading by as many as 19.
FAU managed to come back to a 58-54 score with 1:17 in the game. Carmody
then reinserted his starters to secure the victory. With Jerry Wainwright
going 10 or 11 deep on his bench, this is an area where DePaul might be
able to wear NU down.
Part of what allowed FAU come back in that game was Owls' coach Matt
Doherty going to a zone defense in the second half. The Demons might want
to consider some zone to limit the Wildcats.
Here is a link to a scouting report on the Wildcats from PurpleWildcats.com...
NU Intel Report
Here is a link to a scouting report on the Blue Demons from PurpleWildcats.com...
DPU Intel Report
Notes: The Waldo Fisher-Frank McGrath Award goes to the game's Most
Valuable Player. Northwestern's Vedran Vukusic won the award last year.
Northwestern Walk-on Joe Kennedy is the son of former DePaul coach Pat Kennedy.
This game marks the first of four games in eight days for the Blue Demons.
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Year Hometown/High School
00 Tim Doyle G/F 6-5 215 JR Merrick, N.Y./St. Dominic
1 Jason Okrzesik G 6-1 170 JR Wood Dale, Ill./Chicago Fenwick
2 Joe Kennedy G 5-10 195 SR Glenview, Ill./Loyola Academy
3 Mike Thompson C 6-10 250 SR Joliet, Ill./Providence Catholic
5 Michael Jenkins G 5-9 180 GS Pasadena, Calif./St. Francis
10 Patrick Houlihan F 6-5 190 FR Rockville Center, N.Y./Phillips Academy (Mass.)
11 Vedran Vukusic F 6-8 245 SR Split, Croatia/Medical
12 Bernard Coté F 6-8 230 JR St. Lambert, Quebec (Canada)/Champlain-St. Lambert
14 Mohamed Hachad G 6-4 200 SR Montreal, Quebec (Canada)/Champlain-St. Lambert
20 Craig Moore G 6-4 185 FR Doylestown, Pa./Lawrenceville (N.J.) Prep
21 Justin Hoeveler G 6-0 170 SR Ross, Calif./The Branson School
24 Evan Seacat G 6-2 180 SR Paoli, Ind./Paoli
25 Jean-Marc Melchior F 6-6 205 FR Contern, Luxembourg
32 Sterling Williams G/F 6-4 180 RS FR Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young
52 Vince Scott C 6-10 230 JR Phoenix, Ariz./Greenway
Bill Carmody - Head Coach
Paul Lee - Assistant Coach
Craig Robinson - Assistant Coach
Mitch Henderson - Assistant Coach
Scott Barthlama - Athletic Trainer
John Davidson - Director of Operations
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