DePaul vs. Albany - By the Numbers's Eddy Rivera breaks down the Box Score from Monday's DePaul victory over Albany.

The DePaul Blue Demons got their season off on the right note Tuesday night as they defeated the Albany Great Danes, 75-64, at McGrath Arena. After leading by 15 points at halftime, Albany put together a strong second-half effort that saw a DePaul lead shrink to 6 points with 2:50 remaining in the contest. However, the Blue Demons were able to regroup and secure the victory. Sophomore forward Dar Tucker had a game-high 23 points including a monstrous reverse jam in the first half. True freshman guard Jeremiah Kelly had a solid debut for DePaul, pitching in with 10 points. However, the player of the game was Will Walker, who had a strong overall performance. The junior guard finished with 19 points, 3 steals, and 2 blocks, helping to seal the deal with key plays down the stretch when the Great Danes were looking to complete their comeback.

A deeper analysis into the numbers can show how the game was won for the Blue Demons.

Team Eff. eFG% TO% OR% FT Rate
DePaul 108.7 43.5 8.7 33.3 33.9
Albany 92.9 44.9 29.0 44.7 27.1

The numbers are split but it's clear how DePaul won. Lack of turnovers and more free-throws attempted/made.

DePaul was the more efficient offensive team, due mostly to an extremely low turnover rate. The Blue Demons did an excellent job of taking care of the ball, which meant that not many offensive possessions were wasted. However, don't expect this to develop into a trend. For example, last year the team with the lowest TO% in the nation was Texas, with 14.1%. Even though the past few years DePaul has done a great job of taking care of the ball, this number will naturally get higher as the season progresses and the competition gets tougher.

The effective FG%, which takes into account the extra value of a made 3-pointer, was fairly even for both teams. DePaul and Albany each made 24 field goals, and both squads were nearly identical from 3-point range. The Blue Demons made six 3-pointers, while the Great Danes made five 3-pointers. It is interesting to note that DePaul made all of their 3-pointers in the first half, going 6-12 (50%). In the second half, the Blue Demons went 0-10 from downtown. A perfect example of living by the three and dying by the three. Although DePaul had a good offensive performance, it lacked balance. Not once did the Blue Demons go to the post, even after the offense began to sputter in the second half once the threes weren't falling. Blame the early success shooting the 3-pointer as the root of the problem, since it tempted DePaul to continue to chuck it from downtown.

If there's one stat that jumps out, it's the offensive rebounding percentage. Albany punished DePaul on the boards by a large margin, despite the fact the Blue Demons had a height advantage in the frontcourt. It will be interesting to see if this will develop into a pattern, or if this game was an exception. Mike Johnson from Albany, a 6'1'' guard, had 8 rebounds. Only DePaul's Mac Koshwal had more, with 10 boards, and he's listed at 6'10''.

The final stat is the free-throw rate, where the game was essentially won for DePaul given the margin of victory - 11 points. The Blue Demons went to the charity stripe 14 more times than the Great Danes and made 10 more free throws. As a team, DePaul shot 70% from the free-throw line, which is considered slightly above average when compared to the rest of the nation.

DePaul's next game comes on Saturday, November 22nd against UIC at 7 p.m. at the UIC Pavilion. It will be DePaul's first trip ever to the Pavilion. The Blue Demons will be looking for revenge after suffering a loss to the Flames, 85-80, last season at Allstate Arena. It was UIC's first victory ever over DePaul.

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