DePaul Blue Demons vs. Rhode Island Rams – Saturday, December 16, 2006 – 1:00 p.m. CST – Kingston, RI
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Let's try this again. DePaul is off on the road again, this time at Rhode Island for a Saturday afternoon tilt. The road thus far has been real unkind for the Blue Demons this season. They only have one win (against Division 2 school Chaminade) in six tries on the road/neutral sites. To their credit their last road game was a real heartbreaker losing by one in overtime to UAB.
On Saturday, DePaul will get it's last chance on the road in non-conference play before returning home for three home games. Then it will be on the road for two consecutive games to open Big East play.
Rhode Island is no pushover, currently the Rams boast a record of 6-4 and are getting better by the day. In their last effort they beat Utah in overtime 85-84. 6-2 guard Jimmy Baron (son of coach Jim Baron) was the glue collecting 21 points and getting the two decisive free throws to clinch the game. For his merits, along with his 28 points (including 8-10 from three point land) against Brown earlier last week, Baron earned Atlantic 10 Co-Player of the Week. For the week he averaged 24.5 ppg and he shot an astonishingly 76.5 from the perimeter. Baron is coming off partially torn ligament in his knee and is now finding his groove. It is safe to say DePaul will want to contain him before he can erupt. For the season he is averaging 15.7 ppg and shooting a blazing 56% from behind the arc. But the Rams are far from a one man team. 6-8 junior forward Will Daniels leads the team in scoring with 17.6 ppg on a team high 57% shooting. He is a lot like Wilson Chandler in that he can go inside and out. He currently is connecting on 51% on his three point tries. Also to be trouble is the play of 6-8 sophomore Kahiem Seawright. He is third on the team in scoring with 12.9 ppg and is hauling in an impressive team high nine rpg.
The Rams are a well balanced team with at least eight guys averaging at least six ppg and ten players averaging at least 10 minutes a game. They are only getting better. 6-4 wing Keith Cothran was just cleared to play last week and already logged 23 minutes against Utah. Plus the Rams are awaiting word if 6-7 freshman forward Delroy James can become eligible from the NCAA Clearinghouse.
In a lot of ways the Rams mirror the Blue Demons in that they are deep and balanced but paced by two stars so to speak.
The Demons must build on some confidence gained after beating Wake Forest 78-63 on Wednesday night. But the road is a different animal and they must come out hungry so they can achieve a form of consistency this team desperately lacks. For the Demons to be successful, Wilson Chandler must get a lot of touches and Sammy Mejia can't afford a day off. Rhode Island will have had a week off to prepare and should be pumped to defend their home court where they are 4-1 this season only losing to Houston in overtime 102-99.
DePaul is the ultimate Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde team looking like a top 25 team one day (beating Kansas and Wake Forest) and losing badly to Bradley by 20 or scoring only 39 points to Northwestern. It seems Dr.Jekyl plays on the road and Mr.Hyde plays at home. For this day, let's hope Mr.Hyde travels to Kingston, Rhode Island.
DePaul Coach Jerry Wainwright on Playing at Rhode Island
"We have to go back out on the road. I know Jim Baron really well. I coached in the A-10 for three years against Jim. I've known him for a long time. He's got a very physical team. They're very good at home. They have a very good home court environment. We need to go out and play well on the road and be a bit more efficient offensively on the road. We sure have played in enough road games where we're used to travel. Hopefully we'll play our best game of the year Saturday."
"We have to go out and win a game on the road. We start three out of four in the Big East on the road. We've got to be rock solid in a tough place to play Saturday."
Rhode Island Roster
NO NAME HT WT POS YR Hometown/Last School
1 Joe Mbang 6-7 225 F JR Yaounde, Cameroon/Monroe C.C.
5 Jamael Lynch 6-0 185 G JR Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Loughlin
12 Terence Grier 6-0 190 G FR Cranford, N.J./St. Thomas More Prep
14 Parfait Bitee 6-2 185 G JR Yaounde, Cameroon/Louisville Western
15 Lamonte Ulmer 6-6 180 F FR Hamden, Conn./Hamden/Notre Dame Prep
20 Jimmy Baron 6-2 190 G SO East Greenwich, RI/Bishop Hendricken
21 Delroy James 6-7 200 F FR Brooklyn, N.Y./Florida Prep/Laurinburg Prep
22 Keith Cothran 6-4 175 F FR New Haven, Conn./Winchendon Academy
23 Frank Monge 7-0 225 C FR San Juan, P.R./Colegio Nuestra Senora De La Merced
24 Jon Lucky 6-5 220 G JR Waterbury, Conn./Sacred Heart
25 Will Daniels 6-8 220 F JR Hyde Park, N.Y./Franklin D. Roosevelt
32 Jonathan Cruz 6-7 210 F FR Lawrence, Mass./Central Catholic
33 Kahiem Seawright 6-8 220 F SO Uniondale, NY/Uniondale
34 Darrell Harris 6-10 220 C SR Cleveland, Ohio/East, Cuyahoga Community College
Jim Baron - Head Coach
Kevin Clark - Assistant Coach
Pat Clarke - Assistant Coach
Pat Skerry - Assistant Coach
Randy Brooks - Director of Basketball Operations
Liz Proctor - Strength & Conditioning
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