"One of the staples of our program is that we will not shy away from playing the best the nation has to offer," DePaul head coach Jerry Wainwright said. "We play in the premier basketball conference in the country and the best way to prepare for that is to attack a challenging non-league schedule and we believe that we've accomplished that again this season. We hope our fans, alumni and students appreciate the opportunity to see our young men compete against the nation's top programs."
DePaul will open the season with two games away from home for the first time since 2001-02 when it travels to Bradley (NCAA Tournament) on November 11 and Northwestern November 14. This will mark the first time since the 1937-38 and 1938-39 seasons that the Blue Demons have opened consecutive seasons by facing the same two teams.
DePaul then kicks off its 27th season in Rosemont as the home opener on November 17 brings Eastern Illinois to the Allstate Arena.
The Blue Demons will make their fourth appearance at the annual EA Sports Maui Invitational on November 20-22. Along with DePaul, the 2006 field includes Georgia Tech (NIT), Kentucky (NCAA), Memphis (NCAA), Oklahoma (NCAA), Purdue, UCLA (NCAA Final Four) and the host Chaminade. Parings for the tournament will be announced later in the summer. DePaul previously appeared in Maui in 1988, 1992 and 1997.
After returning from Maui, the Blue Demons will host Kansas (NCAA) on December 2 and Chicago State on December 6 before hitting the road to face former conference rival UAB (NCAA) on December 9. DePaul comes back to the Allstate Arena for a date with Wake Forest (NIT) on December 13. A trip to Rhode Island on December 16 precedes a three-game home stand that features UC Irvine on December 20, California (NCAA) on December 23 and Northwestern State (NCAA) on December 29.
The BIG EAST Conference sent eight teams to the NCAA Tournament (Connecticut, Georgetown, Marquette, Pittsburgh, Seton Hall, Syracuse, Villanova and West Virginia) and four to the NIT (Cincinnati, Louisville, Notre Dame and Rutgers) in its first season with 16 members a year ago.
The conference portion of the 2006-07 schedule along with game times, television and radio outlets will be announced in the coming months.
Season tickets are currently available while single game tickets will go on sale in October.
2006-07 DePaul Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
Nov. 11 Sat. at Bradley Peoria, Ill.
Nov. 14 Tue. at Northwestern Evanston, Ill.
Nov. 17 Fri. Eastern Illinois Allstate Arena
EA Sports Maui Invitational
DePaul, Chaminade, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Memphis, Oklahoma, Purdue, UCLA
Nov. 20 Mon.
Nov. 21 Tue.
Nov. 22 Wed.
Dec. 2 Sat. Kansas Allstate Arena
Dec. 6 Wed. Chicago State Allstate Arena
Dec. 9 Sat. at UAB Birmingham, Ala.
Dec. 13 Wed. Wake Forest Allstate Arena
Dec. 16 Sat. at Rhode Island Kingston, R.I.
Dec. 20 Wed. UC-Irvine Allstate Arena
Dec. 23 Sat. California Allstate Arena
Dec. 29 Fri. Northwestern State Allstate Arena
DePaul Men's Hoops Non-Conference Schedule
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