DePaul Blue Demons vs. Indiana State Sycamores - Saturday, November 29th, 1:00 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena – Rosemont, Illinois
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With a 3-0 start, DePaul has momentum in their favor heading into Saturday's contest with Indiana State. At 0-3, the Sycamores come into Allstate Arena looking to build on their sub-par start. This game marks the 30th anniversary of the Final Four semifinal in 1979 that saw Larry Bird and the Sycamores take down the Blue Demons 76-74. Rick Pitino once famously said, "Larry Bird isn't coming through that door fans." While the Sycamores look bad on paper at 0-3 and without Larry Legend they do have some positives. Leading the way is the backcourt of Rashad Reed and Aaron Carter.
Reed has stepped in from the junior college ranks and given the Sycamores a scorer by averaging 13.3 points per game to go along with deadly shooting accuracy (56% from three point range).
Carter has stepped up his efforts in his sophomore season by averaging 12.3 points a game to go along with a solid five rebounds per game, a good number for a backcourt player.
Jay Tunnell, the lone senior on Indiana State, gives the Sycamores an experienced frontcourt player who is also capable of shooting from the perimeter. The 6-8 Tunnell is not afraid to shoot from beyond the arc and also makes 90% of his free throws.
Joining Tunnell in the frontcourt is junior college transfer Josh Crawford. Crawford is averaging three blocks a game to go along with a decent offensive contribution at 9.7 points a game. Carl Richard, a local product coming from defending State 4A champion Richards High School, rounds out the probable starting lineup on the wing. Richard
can score and rebound well for a wing and has started out his freshman season by proving to be more than capable.
The bench remains thin for the Sycamores but features former Morgan Park star Isiah Martin, who led the Missouri Valley in blocked shots last season, freshman guard Tyler Cutter and redshirt freshman guard Jordan Printy. Martin could help defensively inside while Cutter and Printy have given steady minutes spelling Reed and Carter.
On the whole, the Sycamores shoot well from the outside by knocking down 45% of their three point attempts. While the three-point percentage remains high, the Sycamores also have a high number of turnovers that cost them too many possessions.
The Blue Demons must look to get out on perimeter shooters and pressure the ball to create turnovers and fast break points. This game is bigger than most DePaul fans assume it to be. If the Blue Demons can advance to 4-0 it will give a young DePaul team a shot of confidence before consecutive road games against Cal and Northwestern.
Also looming in the distance remains a "neutral" game against UCLA in Anaheim that will give DePaul their biggest test before conference season begins.
The Last Time
In November of 2003, the Blue Demons met the Sycamores in the Spartan Classic at Michigan State. It was a reunion of the 1979 Final Four teams. DePaul prevailed over Indiana State 78-66.
Quemont Greer led the Demons with 18 points. Delonte Holland contributed with 16 points. While freshman guard Sammy Mejia chipped in with 11.
Sycamores guard David Moss led all scorers with 20 points. Marcus Howard scored 13 and Tyson Schnitker adding 12 on 4-4 shooting from behind the arc.
Indiana State Roster
No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Exp. Hometown (Prev School)
0 Leitnaker, Brant C 6-10 235 RSo. 1L Lancaster, Ohio (Lancaster HS)
1 Doluony, Koang F 6-7 190 Fr. HS Omaha, Neb. (Bryan HS)
2 Barlow, Keenan F 6-5 205 RFr. RS Indianapolis, Ind. (Cathedral HS)
3 Reed, Rashad G 6-1 200 Jr. TR Mansfield, Ohio (Mansfield HS/Vincennes University)
5 Crawford, Josh F/C 6-11 220 Jr. TR Long Beach, Calif. (Wilson HS/Oxnard College)
10 Cutter, Tyler G 6-1 180 Fr. HS Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Siegel HS)
20 Lathan, Dwayne G 6-3 190 So. TR Chatham, La. (West Monroe HS/Louisiana Tech)
21 Martin, Isiah F 6-8 210 So. 1L Chicago, Ill. (Morgan Park HS)
23 Marshall, Harry G 6-0 190 Jr. 2L Bowling Green, Ind. (Owen Valley HS)
24 Printy, Jordan G 6-4 180 RFr. RS Marion, Iowa (Linn-Mar HS)
25 Donaldson, Nick G 6-3 190 Fr. HS Indianapolis, Ind. (Brebeuf Jesuit)
32 Carter, Aaron G 6-4 195 So. 1L Cannelton, Ind. (Perry Central HS)
34 Richard, Carl G 6-5 200 Fr. HS Chicago, Ill. (Richards HS)
44 Tunnell, Jay F/C 6-8 255 Sr. 3L Topeka, Kan. (Topeka West HS)
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