Wainwright Previews DePaul vs. Kansas Game

Today we have a comprehensive preview of the showdown between the fifth ranked Kansas Jayhawks and the DePaul Blue Demons at Allstate Arena on Saturday afternoon. First DePaul Blue Demons coach Jerry Wainwright offers up his thoughts on the game and the two teams. Then WeAreDePaul.com's Chas Demster presents his preview of the big game.

Key Information

DePaul Blue Demons vs. #5 Kansas Jayhawks - Saturday, December 2, 2006 - 1 p.m. CST - Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

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Jerry Wainwright on the Jayhawks

"It will be good to play obviously one of the best teams in the country," said Wainwright. "At least we're playing them in Chicago. That's something we're not used to doing right now. I like to think that will give us some confidence and allow us to step our game up. There's no masquerade in this game, they're number five in the country."

"They have an incredible talent level. But, they have experience and age issues and chemistry issues. They had an internal team problem that they had to deal with. They lost one of their players. They're a little bit further ahead in establishing leadership from their players than we are."

"The problem in games like this for a team like ours is not will the team be up, it's will they be up too much. For us to be successful we have to play with emotion, but we certainly can't play emotionally."

"They play three or four guards. They're really athletic to guard and so are we. When it's all said and done it's probably going to go to who makes the most jumpshots."

Jerry Wainwright on Julian Wright & Sherron Collins

Saturday's game signifies a homecoming for sophomore Julian Wright from Homewood-Flossmoor & freshman Sherron Collins from Chicago Crane high school. "They're both franchise kids," Wainwright remarked. "They're both great kids and they're Chicago kids. Those are the kinds of players that you need to win. I'm glad they're having a chance to play in front of their family.

Can Lightning Strike Twice?

The last time Wainwright and Kansas coach Bill Self matched up was during Self's first year at Kansas where Wainwright's Richmond Spiders upset the Jayhawks in Allen Fieldhouse in a 69-68 shocker. This time around the situation is different. "We played entirely different than we do here," said Jerry. "You've got to remember I had three senior guards, one was a fifth year senior. 6-5, 6-6, and 6-7, they were really, really good. They could really shoot the ball. They were a good road team. It was a veteran team."

Richmond Upsets Kansas

Jerry Wainwright On Wilson Chandler and Julian Wright

Saturday's game involves two of the premier sophomore forwards in the country in Wilson Chandler and Julian Wright. "Wilson Chandler is a lot different right now than he was in the Bradley game," said Wainwright. "He's a lot like Julian Wright in that they both like the basketball. I do know this about Julian, he's a great practice player, he works his tail off, he's a joy to be around. I could say the same things about Wilson. Wilson is a little bit younger. He's the best young defender that I've coached. Those are great team guys."

Jerry Wainwright on DePaul senior Marcus Heard

"A guy that's really a key guy for us in this game is Marcus Heard, because he can go off, he can score. He's a player that we need to step up. Kansas is not really traditional in the post."

Game Preview - DePaul hopes to shoot down the "J" Hawks.

By Chas Demster

Previous games:

DePaul is coming off a sixth place finish in the Maui Invitational after losing to the Purdue Boilermakers 81-73. DePaul had another slow start to the game and after falling way behind, they made the game very respectable. Unfortunately, respectable is not what the DePaul Blue Demons and the loyal fans are hoping for. Wilson Chandler led the team with 16 points followed closely by Draelon Burns with 15. Both players shot poorly to get to those totals. DePaul did not have a player that had more than seven rebounds or more than three assists.

Kansas comes into the game with an already very impressive week. The Jayhawks just blitzed the poor Dartmouth Big Green on Tuesday night 83-32. Yes, Dartmouth is winless but that is a no mercy type of performance by a scary Kansas team. On Saturday, Kansas pulled off an impressive overtime win against the defending national champion Florida Gators 82-80. This win almost got away from Kansas as they played sloppy in judgement down the stretch to almost throw the game away.

Scouting the Jayhawks:

Fifth ranked Kansas comes into Allstate Arena with a 6-1 record. Their only loss came at home to Oral Roberts. Today will mark their first true road game of the season. Kansas has been away from Lawrence but played that game on a neutral court. Kansas has beaten Florida but, beside that they have had very few tough matchups so far this year. Kansas is a team that likes to play under control but will up the tempo when the time is right. Coach Bill Self likes to play a high/low type of a post offense while their guards play off screens and penetrate when they have the chance. If this type of offense is played correctly it becomes very tough to stop because the Jayhawks have such a balanced attack. They have four players averaging in double digits in points per game.

Their main offensive players are Darrell Arthur, Julian Wright, Brandon Rush and Mario Chalmers. Their best rebounder is a very active Wright and their top assist guy is Russell Robinson. The Jayhawks play an eight man rotation so their main players usually get their rest. Kansas has a pressure type of defense and seems to dare you to go back door at the beginning of each game. Kansas rebounds the ball well and will sneak out on the fast break if their opponent is napping. Bill Self seems to really preach keeping their opponents away from second shots.

My Gameplan or Keys to an Upset:

If DePaul wants to have any chance of winning they must be leading with 10 minutes left in the first half. It seems like DePaul has started each game flat all year and if it happens against the Jayhawks, DePaul will be buried so far that a great comeback will leave a final score of around a 15 point loss. Kansas might be getting a reputation of not being ready to play every night and if we catch them in that mode it could be a DePaul win if our shots are falling. DePaul needs to make the player on the high end of the High/Low offense not have an easy pass down low or back off enough that he crowds that pass and makes the player shoot the 15 footer. Kansas does not like to take early shots so we might be OK on our weak defense at the three point line, but we cannot let Kansas penetrate and kick out for threes or we are history. We need to force the Jayhawks to shoot the 10 to 15 foot shot instead of letting them nail threes all day. Kansas' height and desire on rebounding will need to be matched plus DePaul needs to value each offensive possession and not take any of them off to beat a national title contender. Our chances of winning are slim but we all know that a new DePaul team could show up for this big early season home game. We will see.

Kansas Roster

No. Name Position Year Ht

0 Darrell Arthur Forward FR 6-9

25 Brandon Rush Guard FR 6-6

30 Julian Wright Forward RS SR 6-8

15 Mario Chalmers Guard FR 6-1

3 Russell Robinson Guard JR 6-1

32 Darnell Jackson Forward FR 6-9

4 Sherron Collins Guard RS JR 5-11

24 Sasha Kaun Center SR 6-11

10 Jeremy Case Guard SR 6-1

12 Brady Morningstar Guard SO 6-3

5 Rodrick Stewart Guard JR 6-4

54 Matt Kleinmann Forward SR 6-10

11 Brennan Bechard Guard JR 6-0

40 Brad Witherspoon Guard FR NA

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