DePaul Blue Demons vs. Southern Jaguars - Friday, December 19th, 7:30 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois
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A lot of DePaul fans like to complain about how bad the season has begun. While 5-4 is nothing to be proud of it is certainly a much better start than the 0-9 Southern Jaguars. Hailing from the SWAC, perennially one of the worst conferences in college basketball, the Jaguars are coming off of an eight point loss to lowly Chicago State on Wednesday.
While Chicago State started the Jaguars' trip to the Windy City with a loss, it is up to DePaul to finish their trip with the same result. While the Demons are superior across the board to Southern their tendency to "play down" to an opponent can give any team on a given night a chance to stay in the game.
To Southern's credit, they have also been close in all but two of their games and have lost seven of their games by 11 points or less. Southern's downfall appears to be fixable in some sense. In many ways the Jaguars are their own worst enemy. They shoot 61% from the line and have nearly 20 turnovers a game, something that kills a chance to win close games like Southern has been in.
The Jaguars are led by Chris Davis, a do-it-all senior guard who leads the team in minutes, points and assists. Besides Davis, the Blue Demons will be hit with substitution patterns that would even make Jerry Wainwright scratch his head. The Jaguars currently have 11 guys on the roster averaging at least 10 minutes a game.
For DePaul to win they need to force ball pressure into easy baskets, make some open looks and play with intensity for the entire game. While one good half of basketball can be expected from DePaul, the team needs to close out games and play the entire game as if it is close.
No. Name Ht./Wt. Pos. Cl. Hometown (Last School)
2 Brandon White 6-3/185 Guard SO Baton Rouge, LA (Glen Oaks)
5 Desmond Griffin 6-5/180 Guard/Forward SO Lake Charles, LA (Washington-Marion)
10 Chris Davis 6-3/185 Guard SR Baton Rouge, LA (Istrouma)
23 McCall Wollman 6-1/185 Guard JR San Diego, CA (George Fox University)
25 Steffon Wiley 6-1/185 Guard JR Dallas, TX (Dallas Carter)
30 Julius Ingram 6-6/190 Forward RS SO Sicklerville, NJ (Bishop Eustace)
31 Jazz Williams 6-5/185 Guard/Forward RS JR Houston, TX (Ft. Bend Marshall)
32 Lester Johnson, Jr. 6-5/175 Forward FR Tulsa, OK (Hale)
33 Brian Talley 5-10/165 Guard FR Duncanville, TX (Duncanville)
35 Geri Guillory 6-2/200 Guard SR Burlington, VT (Burlington)
40 Douglas Scott 6-6/210 Forward JR Baton Rouge, LA (Istrouma)
42 Derrick Richardson 6-3/190 Forward JR Baton Rouge, LA (Copiah-Lincoln CC)
44 Gregory Horne 6-9/240 Center JR Baton Rouge, LA (SUSBO)
45 Andre' Davis 6-9/220 Center SO New Orleans, LA (Air Force Prep)
50 Tim Brown 6-7/250 Forward JR Garden City, KS (Garden City CC)
54 Earnest Jones 6-6/230 Forward RS JR New Orleans, LA (Paris JC)
55 Barry Honore' 6-7/230 Forward SO Garland, TX (South Garland)
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