DePaul Blue Demons vs. Liberty Flames - Wednesday, December 17th, 7:30 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
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After starting the season 4-0, the Blue Demons are riding a four game losing streak. DePaul sorely needs a win to break the streak, but they may not have an easy task with Liberty coming to town.
In the pre-season this was one of the games that you would have immediately put in the win column for DePaul. But with the Demons struggling and the Flames pulling off a big upset at Virginia and losing by only five at undefeated Clemson, this one is looking to be a battle for DePaul. At this point, Liberty is looking like a NCAA tournament team, DePaul does not.
The Flames are led by former New Mexico and Oregon State coach Ritchie McKay. McKay is in his second year at the Lynchburg, Virginia school.
Liberty was 16-16 in McKay's first season, but features seven freshmen newcomers this year. One of those freshmen is Seth Curry, the younger brother of Davidson College standout Stephen Curry and the son of NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry. Curry has been the top freshman scorer in the country and is averaging 21.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, two apg, and one steal per game for the Flames. Seth is shooting a mind-boggling 41.7% from behind the arc this season.
Curry is ranked 16th in the nation in scoring. He scored 26 in the Flames upset at Virginia. After the close loss at Clemson, Tigers coach Oliver Purnell said "He scares you to death every time he shoots."
The recruiting experts missed the boat on Curry. The top scoring freshman in the nation was considered a two-star prospect by Scout.com and only received scholarship offers from Davidson and Liberty. Clearly with Curry and his older brother, shooting is in the family genes.
Yet Curry is far from alone on the Flames. Liberty features a three guard attack with Curry, senior guard Anthony Smith (18.2 ppg) and junior guard Kyle Ohman (13.1 ppg). Needless to say, the Demons had better come prepared when it comes to defending the perimeter.
- Liberty University was founded by the late evangelist Jerry Falwell.
- Wednesday's game is the first of four games that are part of the Findlay Toyota Las Vegas Classic. The first two games for DePaul will be at Allstate Arena. (Southern University comes in on Friday night.) The next two games will be played at the Orleans Hotel in Las Vegas, with DePaul facing St. Louis University on Monday night.
No. Name Pos Cl Ht. Wt. Hometown
12 Jeremy Anderson G Sophomore 6-4 200 Bowling Green, Ky.
3 Tyler Baker F R-Junior 6-9 215 Albuquerque, N.M.
30 Seth Curry G Freshman 6-3 180 Charlotte, N.C.
23 Brolin Floyd G Freshman 6-6 212 Ocala, Fla.
41 Carter McMasters C Freshman 6-11 210 Chattanooga, Tenn.
14 David Minaya G Sophomore 6-6 205 Riverview, Fla.
11 Kyle Ohman G Junior 6-4 200 Mechanicsburg, Pa.
25 Jesse Sanders G Freshman 6-3 200 Sugar Land, Texas
5 Anthony Smith G Senior 6-5 220 Plano, Texas
33 Austin Smith F Freshman 6-9 220 Tucson, Ariz.
4 James Spencer G Sophomore 6-1 190 Newport News, Va.
1 Johnny Stephene G R-Freshman 6-2 200 Boynton Beach, Fla.
2 Chris Summers F R-Freshman 6-5 200 Jacksonville, Fla.
34 Bill Weaver G Freshman 6-4 200 Hampton, Va.
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