DePaul vs. Creighton Game Preview

WeAreDePaul.com's Scott Phillips previews the season opening battle between the DePaul Blue Demons and Creighton Bluejays in Omaha, Nebraska on Friday night.

Key Information

DePaul Blue Demons vs. Creighton Bluejays – Friday, November 9th, 7:00 p.m. – Omaha, Nebraska

Television - CLTV – Chicagoland TV

Satellite TV Coordinates

Coordinates – AMC 5 - 5 - Lower KU Analog
Uplink Freq. – 14137 H
Downlink Freq. – 11837 V

Radio – WIND AM 560 Chicago

Video Webcast Available

Creighton University Athletics, Jump TV and Cox High Speed Internet will present a live, pay-per-view video webcast of at least 14 games this season. To sign up for the video webcast, fans can register by going directly to http://www.gocreighton.com. Single games are available for $6.95 each. Once registered, fans will only need to log-in with their password on game night. The video stream, which will include an audio simulcast of the Big Sports 590 broadcast, begins 30 minutes before tipoff featuring live video of Qwest Center Omaha and the audio of the Big Sports 590 pre-game show. In order to view the webcast, users must have high speed Internet access (cable modem or DSL service) and Windows Media Player version 9.0 or above.

Internet Radio Links to Listen Live -

WIND Chicago

Watch the Game at McGee's Tavern

Food and Drink Special

WeAreDePaul.com Chat Room Link

Chat Room

Official Creighton Athletics Site Link

Creighton Athletics

Creighton Fan Site Link

Bluejay Cafe


Game Preview

Another season is beginning and for DePaul fans, you know the drill: another road game. Thanks to the Circus being at Allstate Arena every November, the Blue Demons will usually start things off on the road. After a loss last year to Bradley, in which DePaul was completely outplayed, they must open the road against another Missouri Valley opponent: Creighton.

Although Creighton is not raising a Sweet 16 banner like Bradley did last year, they have a program that few in college basketball can compare with. Nine straight 20 win seasons (only 9 other programs have that same streak), and 10 straight postseason appearances (only 12 other programs have that streak) make the Bluejays a very tough opponent. On top of that, it's almost guaranteed that the Qwest Center and its 17,272 seats will be rocking for tip off.

DePaul has six newcomers on the team, but the veterans should know how to handle the crowd after playing road games at Kansas State, and Air Force to end last season. "Our older players have been in all sorts of challenges, and they'll be fine," said head coach Jerry Wainwright. "But if you put those kids in front of 17,000 people and ask them to think, they'll freeze up. But they have good instincts and know how to play the game. The first game is always more about instinct than strategy."

"I told our guys to bring it all," said co-captain Cliff Clinkscales. "Everybody's going to have butterflies, that's normal, especially the freshmen. So just go out and play your hardest, and be ready for the crowd. It'll be tough to hear sometimes, but just fight through it."

Although the crowd could be a factor, Creighton also comes into the game with nine new players. Four of the nine redshirted and practiced with the team last year, but scouting Creighton will be a challenge. "I know Creighton is going to come out and try to pressure us," said center Wes Green. "We're not gonna let them have their pace, we're going to do what we practice, and we're going to play our game."

"I think both teams are high octane," said Wainwright. "And with both teams going so fast they'll probably drive into the wall a couple times. They, by nature play fast. Our progress as a program is we really have to step up the tempo."

The Bluejays only return one starter, but should have contributions from all over. Dane Watts, a 6-8 senior is the lone returning starter and has lots of game experience with 86 consecutive starts. Watts can score in a variety of ways and will probably be looked to early on. Watts will also be helped inside by 6-8 sophomore Chad Millard. Millard sat out last year after spending his freshman year at Louisville. The backcourt consists of junior Josh Dotzler, freshman guard P'Allen Stinnett, and redshirt freshman Casey Harriman. Dotzler has been limited with injuries in his career but has a chance to play lots of minutes this season. Stinnett, a highly touted recruit from Las Vegas saw his progress slowed by a summer knee injury, but still should step in and contribute immediately. Harriman redshirted last year and has shown a solid shot in practice. Coach Dana Altman has also recruited JUCO players Booker Woodfox, and Cavel Witter to help ease the transition from a 22 win team, to a young team.

And of course, what would a Creighton team be without a Korver? This year, Kaleb Korver, younger brother of NBA star Kyle Korver joins the Bluejays and figures to give Creighton a lift in the shooting department.

For the Demons, Draelon Burns is the only sure starter according to Wainwright and the rest of the lineup remains a mystery. "We've been somewhat limited by not having a true fourth post player, so we'll have to mix and match. It helps to have guys like Karron and Jabari who can be versatile in the lineup," said Wainwright.

With limited players in the post, it will be vital to get solid minutes from Wesley Green, Mac Koshwal, and Matija Poscic. Although with few in the post, Wainwright is happy with the depth of the team. "I think in our first game we played with a lot more energy on the defensive end because of all the fresh bodies," commented Wainwright.

The players also have a changed outlook on the season. "We can play more uptempo this year because we're deep," said Clinkscales. "We have guys who can come off the bench and give strong minutes. I think our communication has been great this year. The four seniors have really stepped it up, and Mac talks a lot on the court for a freshman."

The Blue Demons also know that Creighton is a tough team to open the season with. "I think our team and our young guys recognize the quality of the opponent," said Wainwright. "Last year was kind of a slap in the face. Both of the teams we played early on were more excited to play us, than we were to play them. But this year you'll have to beat us because we won't beat ourselves. I think we're well prepared."

Dana Altman on the Bluejays

"We have a long way to go. I think that we've got some good young players, but their lack of experience I think will take some time to develop. We'll count on four returners that have done a good job for us. Dane Watts, Josh Dotzler, Nick Bahe and Pierce Hibma will have to lead us for awhile until some of the young guys catch up. Hopefully, as the season progresses we'll develop and we'll have a decent year."

Creighton Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Prev School)

3 Cavel Witter G 5-11 160 So. Kansas City, Mo. (Trinity Valley CC) (Ruskin HS)

5 Dustin Sitzmann G 6-0 180 Jr. LeMars, Iowa (Gehlen Catholic)

10 P'Allen Stinnett G 6-3 170 Fr. Las Vegas, Nev. (Brewster Academy [N.H.])

12 Josh Dotzler G 6-1 175 Jr. Omaha, Neb. (Bellevue West)

13 Chad Millard F 6-8 220 So. Goffstown, N.H. (Brewster Academy/Louisville)

14 Booker Woodfox G 6-1 180 Jr. Lewisville, Texas (San Jacinto College) (Lewisville HS)

15 Kaleb Korver G 6-4 180 Fr. Pella, Iowa (Pella HS)

20 Pierce Hibma G 6-4 205 Sr. Pella, Iowa (Pella)

25 Kenny Lawson Jr. C 6-9 225 RFr. Oceanside, Calif. (Vista)

32 Casey Harriman F 6-5 205 RFr. Ida Grove, Iowa (Battle Creek-Ida Grove)

34 Nick Bahe G 6-2 185 Sr. Lincoln, Neb. (Southeast/Kansas)

41 Kenton Walker F 6-8 220 Fr. San Diego, Calif. (Scripps Ranch HS)

42 Aaron Brandt G 6-3 190 RFr. Wahoo, Neb. (Neumann)

50 Dane Watts F 6-8 225 Sr. Warrensburg, Mo. (Warrensburg)


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