DePaul Blue Demons vs. Dayton Flyers – Saturday, December 10th, 7:00 p.m. CST – UD Arena, Dayton, OH
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The Last Time
On December 1, 2004, in Rosemont, the Blue Demons cruised to a 70-59 victory over the Dayton Flyers. It was a night for DePaul's seniors - Drake Diener, Quemont Greer, and LeVar Seals. All three finished in double figures. Greer filled it up with 29 points, Diener with 14, and Seals had 12. Monty Scott was UD's scoring leader with 14.
This game will be the first of a four game road trip for the Blue Demons. This team will be tested on what will no doubt be a hostile court at UD Arena. As someone who took his Richmond team there often for Atlantic 10 conference battles, DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright knows what he is in for.
"Coach Leitao left me an early Christmas present by playing at Dayton," said Wainwright. "Of course being in the Atlantic 10 the last three years, the same person who sat behind my bench the last three years at Dayton, you should see the lady she's extremely disturbed, has another game to yell at me and question my heritage. I'm forever indebted to Coach Leitao for that game." Wainwright is correct to be concerned about UD's homecourt advantage. Dayton is undefeated at home this season and is riding a seven game homecourt winning streak dating back to Feb. 26th of last year where they lost to George Washington on a buzzer beater.
Wainwright is getting his team prepared for the first game game of this road trip. DePaul plans to feature it's big men in the upcoming games. "The average power forward and average center in the next three games, Dayton, Wake Forest, and Old Dominion, the average is 6-9," observed Wainwright. "What I hope I'll be talking to you about over the next couple of games is the Wesley Green's, the Lorenzo Thompson's, and the Marlon Brumfield's to take a step forward with their game."
In some ways, DePaul feels as though they've already been on the road as they have been living and practicing in Rosemont since late November. "We've been in a hotel for what seems like forever," remarked Wainwright. "Hotels are great in terms of building our togetherness. We haven't stood around an airport or been on a long bus ride yet. Every arena we play in will all be sellouts. So now what do you do when the energy of the building is directed away from you? That's another lesson. That's often a very harsh lesson. You better face it before you go to conference play. Hopefully we'll be able to stand up to it."
"We're excited about the opportunity we've got," said guard Sammy Mejia. "Obviously we have to prove ourselves. We've been through a bunch of ups and downs. I really feel like these next four games on the road are going to test us mentally and physically."
While DePaul dominated the matchup with Dayton last year, they have lost 79% of their scoring from last year's game. It will be a whole different cast for the Blue Demons this time.
Flyers coach Brian Gregory also knows what to expect from DePaul. "(Saturday) is a big game because it's DePaul," said Gregory. "It's a great rivalry for us. To get them back in the Arena after (seven) years is great. I think they are very good team. It's going to take them some time to come into their own, but they beat a good UAB team last night, and they beat a good Creighton team. They are coached by a guy who I have as much respect for as any coach in the country in Jerry Wainwright. It's going to be a great test because that team is going to play as hard as Central Michigan, and they are very talented as well. Again, here in the early part of the year, before mid-December it's going to be a good test to show where we're at."
Dayton is off to a 6-2 start so far this season. The two losses came at Miami, Ohio and at Creighton in overtime. The Flyers are coming off of a 61-36 victory over the Chippewas of Central Michigan.
Sophomore guard Brian Roberts was the leading scorer for the Flyers with 18 points in the CMU game. "Brian Roberts really came alive a little bit in the second half which was good to see," remarked Gregory. "And you know he's in the process of becoming a really good player. And there are going to be some bumps along the road sometimes it happens even in the game. And I was glad to see him overcome that and really play well down the stretch."
Look for this game to be a defensive battle with some ugly shooting percentages. Dayton held CMU to 34% shooting and a season low 36 points.
Rebounding will be a huge key to this game. Last year the Blue Demons dominated the glass 36-28. Gregory complimented his team's rebounding in the win over CMU. "We scored 38 points in the second half, and I think we out rebounded them by 13 or something like that in the second half. They did a great job on the glass and we knew we needed to kind of put it together. (Norman) Plummer and (Chris) Alvarez did a great job on the glass during that second half. They kind of sparked it, Jimmy (Binnie) came in and continued it -- kind of elevated it. And that made a big difference for us."
Dayton will be without the services of sophomore forward/center Nick Stafford who was injured in a car accident earlier in the week. "On Monday, Brian Roberts was driving his car, with Nick Stafford in the front seat, Warren Williams and Monroe Douglass in the back, coming to practice around two-thirty, quarter-to-three," Gregory said. "As they're going straight, a lady turned left and then a second one tried to make it as well. Brian swerved and hit the second car. Nick had to be taken to the hospital and had 30 stitches in his forehead and eyebrow area and has a banged up shoulder, so he's going to be out a little bit. Very fortunate that no one was hurt worse, and we're thankful everybody came out okay. Nick took the worst of it but he's in good spirits right now. It was an '88 Cadillac, so there's no air bags, and I think the rearview mirror popped off and hit Nick in the head."
Blue Demon center Marlon Brumfield sat out the last game vs. UAB with an ankle injury, but is expected back for Saturday's game.
One storyline that you'll no doubt hear over the next couple days will be Gregory and his relationship with DePaul and Chicago. A Mount Prospect native, Gregory was twice considered a candidate for the head basketball coaching job at DePaul. First in 2002, when Pat Kennedy was fired and again this year when Dave Leitao left for Virginia. Both times Gregory declined interest in DePaul through the media.
NO NAME HT WT POS YEAR Hometown (High School)
1 Monty Scott 6-6 220 F JR Reynoldsburg, OH (Reynoldsburg)
2 Brian Roberts 6-2 180 G SO Toledo, OH (St. John's)
3 Charles Little 6-6 220 F FR Cleveland, TN (Cleveland)
4 Jeff Penno 6-5 195 G SR Kettering, OH (Alter)
**5 Nick Stafford 6-7 220 F/C RS SO Springfield, MA (Worcester Academy)
11 Warren Williams 6-0 190 G SR Gaithersburg, MD (DeMatha)
15 Logan White 6-4 190 G/F SR Cleveland, OH (University)
20 Desmond Adedeji 6-9 270 C FR Landover Hills, MD (DeMatha)
21 Norman Plummer 6-7 225 F SO Fairfield, OH (Hargrave Military)
22 Marques Bennett 6-4 200 G/F SR Indianapolis, IN (Brebeuf)
32 Chris Alvarez 6-8 225 F/C SO Miami, FL (Blair NJ Academy)
33 Jimmy Binnie 6-6 215 F SO Johnston, IA (Johnston)
44 James Cripe 6-11 255 C JR Loveland, OH (Loveland)
54 William Brady 6-3 205 G SO Bloomington, IL (Central Catholic)
Brian Gregory - Head Coach
Reggie Rankin - Assistant Coach
Billy Schmidt - Assistant Coach
Bob Beyer - Assistant Coach
Lance Surridge - Director of Basketball Operations
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