DePaul Blue Demons vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights – Sunday, January 15, 2006 - Noon. CST – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL
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Game Preview - Are we guarding Quincy Douby yet?
That would be the junior guard from Rutgers who is leading the Big East in scoring at 23.5 ppg. The same Quincy Douby who has led Rutgers in scoring for the past 13 straight games; has scored 20 plus points in nine straight games; and has led the Scarlet Knights in scoring in all but ONE game so far this season! However, that simple question used tongue in cheek around these parts does pose a very interesting dilemma for Coach Wainright and the Demons.
Do you try to stop Douby; or do you just assume he will get his points and work at containing the rest of the Scarlet Knights squad? No other Rutgers player averages double-digit points, but that has not stopped them from getting out to a mid season record of 11-4 (1-1 Big East); and have already surpassed last seasons win total. Their last game was an OT thriller as they fell to Villanova 84-78 at the RAC in Jersey. The loss was particularly tough on Douby (28 pts, 4 assists, 3 steals, 3 blocks), "I'm mad because we had the opportunity to win," he said. "It was too many mistakes."
Staying with Villanova was not a surprise to the RU faithful as they had won two of the last three games against the Wildcats, and the RAC is notoriously one of the most difficult road arenas to leave with a victory. "It's the Big East, man," Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "This is what you expect. This is what it always is in here." Unfortunately for the Scarlet Knights (and fortunately for the Demons), this game is not at the RAC, but on the Demons home court.
When anyone, media/coaches/players/fans, starts to discuss the NCAA tourney resume for their school, it eventually leads to a discussion of protecting their home court in conference play. Defend your home court, and steal a few wins on the road in conference and you have yourself a nice start on that coveted NCAA tourney birth. The Demons began their home conference slate in style with their 73-67 win over Notre Dame, and will look to keep that momentum going against the Knights.
One aspect many Demon fans have come to fear is the Chicago-kid comes home to bury DePaul scenario. Cordell Henry, Demario Eddins, Colin Falls, and Tino Valencia are just a few of the names that pop into one's mind right away. Can and will Ollie Bailey (Chicago Farragut HS) add his name to that list? At first blush the answer seems to be no, as Bailey earned his first DNP of the season against Nova. It should be noted though, that he was not in a good position match up wise against the four-guard attack of Villanova. However, he is coming off a highly successful freshman season; but with the emergence of freshman forward JR Inman has seen his playing time decrease to 15 minutes per game this year. The Rutgers coaches (and fans) have been displeased with Ollie on the defensive end of the floor this year, and it is resulting in less playing time.
Neither team seems to have a real experience edge in the match up, as both teams start two freshmen. In another match up of talented freshman point guards, Jabari Currie will face off against Anthony Farmer (9.3 ppg, 3.6 apg); who leads the Knights in assists and is their second leading scorer behind Douby. Joining Douby, Inman and Farmer in the starting lineup is junior guard Marquis Webb and junior center Byron Joynes (6'9").
On paper the Knight seem to be a team the Demons can match up well with, and try to use their guard depth to wear down Douby and Farmer. Expect Sammy Mejia to draw the assignment against Douby when the Demons play man, and Sammy will attempt to use his 6'6" height to keep the 6'3" Douby in check. Inman and Chandler should check each other in another freshmen showdown, and Marlon Brumfield on Joynes coupled with Karron Clarke on Webb all are pretty equal match ups in terms of size and athleticism.
The Scarlet Knights will go at least nine deep in their rotation with Bailey, 6'9" C/F Jimmy Ingles, 6'7" G/F Jaron Griffin, and 6'8" F Adrian Hill all averaging double figure minutes so far this season.
Coach Wainright should be able to go a little deeper into his bench as well with the return of Wesley Green to go with the scoring spark plug ability of Draelon Burns. Cliff Clinkscales and the forward tandem of Marcus Heard and Zo Thompson could also see some time against the Rutgers front line.
With no apparent on court mismatches it should be a game in which the team that executes its offense and defense the best will emerge victorious. The coaching strategy against Quincy Douby, and whether or not he is allowed open looks at the basket will also go along way to determining the outcome.
Hey, Sammy! There he is now – getting off the plane! Get a hand in his face!
SCARLET KNIGHTS MEN'S BASKETBALL 2005-06 ROSTER - Numerical
No. Name Pos. Cl. Ht. Wt. Previous School/Hometown
1 WEBB, Marquis G/F Jr. 6-5 205 Paterson Catholic / Paterson, NJ
2 FARMER, Anthony G Fr. 6-1 190 St. Augustine's Prep / Millville, NJ
3 NELSON*, Courtney G So. 6-1 180 Bloomfield Tech/U of Richmond / Newark, NJ
4 HILL, Adrian F Jr. 6-8 235 McKinley / Canton, OH
5 DOUBY, Quincy G Jr. 6-3 175 Grady/Thomas More Prep / Brooklyn, NY
10 MIMMO, Jon G Jr. 6-1 190 Holy Spirit / Absecon, NJ
15 INMAN, JR F Fr. 6-9 220 St. Joseph's Montvale / Pomona, NY
21 JOYNES, Byron C Jr. 6-9 265 Towson Catholic HS/Oak Hill Academy / Baltimore, MD
23 CHERRY, Jason G Jr. 6-2 200 Atlantic City / Margate, NJ
30 GRIFFIN, Jaron G/F Fr. 6-7 210 Manchester Regional / Manchester, NJ
32 GIBSON, Zack F/C Fr. 6-10 215 Grand Blanc Community / Grand Blanc,MI
33 KEATING, Shayle G Jr. 6-0 185 Seton Hall Prep / Teaneck, NJ
40 BAILEY, Ollie F So. 6-7 230 Farragut / Chicago, IL
42 RUSSELL, Frank F/C Jr. 6-11 220 Pine Forest/Hampton U. / Fayetteville, NC
44 INGLIS, Jimmie C Sr. 6-9 250 Eastern Oklahoma State / Gros-Islet, St. Lucia
45 WATERSTRADT, Dan F/C So. 6-11 225 Redford Catholic Central / Dearborn Hts., MI
# Will redshirt in 2005-06 season as per NCAA transfer rules.
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