DePaul vs. UIC Game Preview previews Saturday's showdown between the DePaul Blue Demons and the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames at Allstate Arena.

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DePaul Blue Demons vs. UIC Flames - Saturday, December 15th, 7:30 p.m. – Allstate Arena – Rosemont, Illinois

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Game Preview – "Or Hold the Mayo"

The Blue Demons have had their share of problems with waterbug guards this season. First Northwestern freshman Michael "Juice" Thompson lit DePaul up for 24 points. Then North Carolina A&T senior Steven Rush came to Rosemont and dropped 40 on the Demons. Now DePaul welcomes in UIC's Josh Mayo. Mayo is listed by UIC at 5-11. That's being generous.

Mayo, a junior guard, was named Horizon League Player of the Week a few days ago after his 29 point performance over Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Josh shot 10 of 12 from the field and five of six from behind the arc.

Mayo followed that performance up with 32 points against Wisconsin-Green Bay. He shot nine of 16 from the field and six of nine on trifectas.

Overall Josh shot 68% from the field in the two games and a blistering 73% from three point land.

Needless to say, the Demons are going to have their hands full trying to hold Mayo on Saturday night. The question is can Mayo take his act on the road? Josh has averaged 27 points in four home games at the UIC Pavilion and a meager 12.4 points in the five games away from home.

The Flames are glad to have head coach Jimmy Collins back on the bench this season. Last December 21st, Collins went to the hospital to discover that he had an aortic aneurysm. Collins had surgery in early January and missed the remainder of the season. He's back and has led the Flames to a 2-0 start in Horizon League play.

The Flames are off to a 5-4 start, they opened their season with a 84-75 win over the Bradley Braves. Besides Mayo, UIC has Scott VanderMeer, a 7-0 junior center who transferred from Bowling Green. VanderMeer is averaging 9.8 ppg and 6.1 rpg.

On the bench alongside Collins is former DePaul assistant Tracy Dildy. Dildy arrived at UIC this season from UAB. He is the likely heir apparent for the Flames when Collins decides to retire.

The Demons (2-4), coming off a tough overtime loss to Vanderbilt, will need to do their best to contain Mayo if they have plans on improving their non-conference record.

The Last Time

On December 18, 2004 at Allstate Arena, DePaul trailed UIC by five at halftime and came back in the second half to win 80-62. DePaul's Quemont Greer scored 32 points, LeVar Seals chipped in with 13, while Sammy Mejia added 11. Cliff Clinkscales dished out 13 assists. The Flames were led by Elliott Poole with 16 points and Armond Williams with 15.

UIC Roster

No. Name Ht. Wt. Pos. Class Hometown/High School/Last College

1 Josh Mayo 5-11 175 G JR Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville

2 Karl White Jr. 6-2 185 G SR Omaha, Neb./Omaha Central

3 Robert Kreps 6-0 180 G FR Forsyth, Ill./Maroa-Forsyth

13 Alex Tkaczuk 6-2 180 F FR Glenview, Ill./New Trier

14 Robert Bush 6-4 210 G SR Harvey, Ill./Thornton

15 Jimmy Harding 6-5 165 G FR Minooka, Ill./Minooka

22 Tori Boyd 6-5 210 F FR Rockford, Ill./Boylan Catholic

25 Spencer Stewart 6-4 185 G SO Edwardsville, Ill./Edwardsville

32 Jovan Ignjatovic 6-9 230 F SO Belgrade, Serbia/Whitney Young

33 Jeremy Buttell 6-7 240 F SO Colleyville, Texas/Heritage/Texas Tech

35 Ebenezer Noonoo 6-4 185 F SR Chicago, Ill./Loyola Academy

41 Scott VanderMeer 7-0 260 C JR Dyer, Ind./Lake Central/Bowling Green

44 Jermaine Dailey 6-7 200 F SR Millington, Tenn./Millington Central/Three Rivers CC

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