DePaul Receives Fifth Straight NCAA Bid

CHICAGO – After battling through an injury-plagued stretch in January that saw just seven available players, the DePaul Blue Demons used a strong regular-season finish coupled with a 10-1 start to the season to earn the program's fifth straight NCAA Championship bid.

The Blue Demons enter the 2007 edition as the No. 10 seed in the Dallas Region and face seventh-seeded Georgia Tech on Saturday night in Minneapolis, Minn.

In addition to the program's fifth consecutive appearance, DePaul is making its 12th overall NCAA Championship showing. In the previous 11 appearances, the Blue Demons hold a record of 7-11 with six second-round appearances.

A year ago, DePaul knocked off Liberty and Tulsa in dramatic fashion to advance to the program's first Sweet 16. After attending the wake for DePaul Hall of Fame coach Ray Meyer, the Blue Demons went out and defeated Tulsa in the second round with a come-from-behind 71-67 victory. As the No. 4 seed in the San Antonio Region, the Blue Demons fell to the top-seeded LSU Tigers, 66-56, in the regional semifinal. DePaul and Georgia Tech tangle on Saturday, Mar. 17 - the one-year anniversary of Meyer's passing.

Georgia Tech enters the tournament having won seven of its last 10 games and stand at 20-11 overall. A 9-5 record in ACC play placed the Yellow Jackets in sixth place in the league standings. The 2007 NCAA Championship marks the program's third tournament bid. The two teams have just one common opponent this season in the Northwestern Wildcats. DePaul defeated Northwestern, 74-66, on Dec. 13 while Georgia Tech knocked off the Wildcats, 82-68, on Dec. 18.

The winner of the DePaul-Georgia Tech match up plays the winner of the game between No. 2 Purdue and No. 15 Oral Roberts. The Boilermakers and Golden Eagles play the second game of the Saturday night doubleheader at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. DePaul and Georgia Tech open the evening at 7 p.m. followed by Purdue and Oral Roberts. Both games will be televised on ESPN2.

DePaul stands at 19-12 overall and the No. 10 seed marks the highest tournament slot since a No. 12 seed in the 1997 Midwest Region. The Blue Demons also enter the 2007 tournament as one of 14 programs to reach the NCAA second round in each of the last three seasons.

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