DePaul vs. Northwestern Game Preview

The Northwestern Wildcats arrive at Allstate Arena on Saturday. Preview the game in this FREE Premium report.

Key Information

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

Internet Radio Links to Listen Live -

670TheScore.com

WGN Radio

WeAreDePaul.com Chat Room Link

Chat Room

Scout.com Northwestern Fan Site

PurpleWildcats.Com


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 Wildcats.

Game Preview

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 personnel issues."

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 this matchup.

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 per game.

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.

Northwestern Roster

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

Coaches

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

We Are DePaul Top Stories