DePaul vs. Northwestern State Game Preview

WeAreDePaul.com previews Friday night's battle between the Northwestern State Demons and the DePaul Blue Demons at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.

Key Information

DePaul Blue Demons vs. Northwestern State Demons - Friday, December 29, 2006 – 7:30 p.m. CST – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

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Game Preview

DePaul comes into the Northwestern State game on a high after playing their best basketball this year in the second half against California, a game that they won 90-62. Wilson Chandler led the way with 22 points. Marcus Heard and Draelon Burns had great games off the bench for DePaul as well, scoring 13 and 16 points respectively. The Demons of Northwestern State are 5-5 so far this season. Coming off of a winter break, this will be their first game in almost two weeks. Their last game was on December 16 in Honolulu, an 89-78 loss to Hawaii. Chicago-area guard Luke Rogers scored 22 points to lead NSU. Prior to that, NSU's last game was on December 5, so this will be only the second game that NSU has played in the last 24 days.

NSU has a very deep bench. The team generally relies on a swarming, up-tempo style of play, frequently using 11 to 13 players in the rotation. NSU has played a very tough non-conference schedule, and as such has played several mid and high-Division I teams already this year. They lost a close game at Oklahoma State, losing 76-73, making a furious comeback after being down 18 at halftime to tie the game with five minutes left in the game. They were up by 11 at halftime at Louisville before the Cardinals press wore them down and eventually Louisville won the game by 13. NSU went to Milwaukee to play Marquette and kept the score reasonably close, getting as close as eight points with seven minutes left in the game before succumbing to Marquette 83-67.

The starting lineup for last year's NCAA tournament team that got a miraculous win against Iowa on a buzzer-beating shot from the corner by guard Jermaine Wallace is almost all gone. The four departed players - center Byron Allen, forward Clifton Lee, guard Tyronn Mitchell, and guard Jermaine Wallace, were all four year starters for the Demons. The only remaining starter is 6-1 senior shooting guard Luke Rogers, who played his high school ball at Chicago Von Steuben. He's averaging 13 points a game after averaging 9.3 last year. A good rebounder as well for someone his size, he averages around 3.6 rebounds a game. A good part of last year's bench is back though. 6-5 junior Colby Bargeman is one of the other guards. He played significant minutes last year and is averaging 11.7 points a game this year. In the OSU game, he hit four out of five from behind the arc and scored 19 points. Against Louisville he scored 24 points, and against Marquette he scored 17 points. He's someone DePaul will have to keep an eye on. 6-2 senior Keenan Jones is the point guard and also played significant minutes last year. This year he is averaging 6.5 assists per game. He's a very steady point guard.

In the frontcourt, the current leading scorer on the team comes off the bench - 6-9 JUCO transfer Trey Gilder. He averages 14.2 points a game in just under 20 minutes of action a game. However, he will miss this game due to a fracture in his off-shooting hand. NSU has a host of 6-5 to 6-7 forwards and centers that will see action as well, including 6-5 265 lb. Demetrius Bell, the starting left tackle on the football team.

Note: Several Blue Demons will be signing autographs after the game.

Northwestern State Roster

No. Name Position Ht. Wt. Class Hometown Previous

0 Demetrius Bell F 6-5 265 Jr. Summerfield, LA Summerfield HS

1 Jermaine Spencer F 6-7 215 Sr. New Iberia, LA New Iberia HS

3 Trey Gilder F 6-9 190 Jr. DeSoto, TX Tyler Junior College/DeSoto High School

10 Jared Stevenson G 6-0 175 Fr. Quitman, LA Quitman HS

12 Luke Rogers G 6-1 188 Sr. Chicago, IL Eastfield College

13 Gerrell Thomas F 6-6.5 255 Jr. Oklahoma City, OK Eedlands Community College/Northeast Academy High School

14 Michael McConathy G 5-9 150 Fr. Natchitoches, LA St. Mary's High School

15 Devin White F 6-7 205 Fr. New Orleans, LA Grambling Lab

21 Kennan Jones G 6-2 165 Sr. Opelousas, LA Northwest HS

22 Eric Woods G 6-4 195 Sr. Leesville, LA Louisiana Tech/Leesville HS

23 Keithan Hancock G 5-10 185 So. Kountze, TX Kountze HS

24 Damon Jones G 6-4 180 Fr. Winnfield, LA Winnfield High School

25 John Anthony Anglin G 6-0 185 So. Shreveport, LA Loyola College Prep

31 Kalem Porterie F 6-6 220 So. Marksville, LA Marksville High School

32 Aubin Young G 6-4 195 Fr. Lisbon, LA Pineview High School

33 Colby Bargeman G 6-5 195 Jr. Lafeyette, LA Northside HS

40 Jerry Moody C 6-8 210 Jr. Bossier City, LA Miles Community College/Bossier High School

42 Marcellas Ross G 6-5 227 Jr. Glenmora, LA Glenmora HS

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