DePaul vs. Creighton – By the Numbers's Eddy Rivera breaks down the stats from the DePaul vs. Creighton game in this Holiday edition of By the Numbers…

Close but no cigar. The DePaul Blue Demons, looking to avenge their loss to Creighton last season, were unable to do so, falling to the Bluejays 83-75 in the championship game of the Las Vegas Classic. Tournament MVP Booker Woodfox led the way for the Bluejays, dropping 26 points. For the Blue Demons, sophomore Dar Tucker led the way with a career-high 32 points and 6 rebounds. Sophomore Mac Koshwal pitched in with 13 points and a career-high 22 rebounds. With the loss, DePaul is 7-5 for the season with one non-conference game left on the schedule.

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

Team Eff. eFG% TO% OR% FT Rate
DePaul 106.8 54.4 25.6 43.1 42.1
Creighton 118.2 54.2 11.4 22.1 31.7

The statistics were essentially split, even though DePaul carried a tiny advantage in its effective field-goal percentage. Creighton was able to win because it was the more efficient team offensively, with the Bluejays' ability to hit its free-throws playing a role in that particular aspect of the game versus the Blue Demons.

The offensive efficiency was excellent for Creighton, who held a large margin over DePaul in its output offensively due to one main factor - free throws. For the game, the Bluejays punished the Blue Demons from the line, going 18-19 (94.7%). DePaul was unable to match Creighton's production, shooting just 13-24 (54.2%) from the charity stripe. Another reason why the Bluejays were the more efficient team on offense is because the team took care of the basketball (only 8 turnovers). Not many possessions were wasted for Creighton. The Blue Demons, however, weren't as careful with the ball, coughing it up 18 times.

The effective field-goal percentage was identical for both teams. Although the Blue Demons shot better (49%) than the Bluejays (46.7%), Creighton nailed three more three-pointers than DePaul, which made up for the difference in field-goal percentage between the two teams and produce matching eFG%'s. Senior Booker Woodfox was on fire from beyond the arc for the Bluejays, shooting 55.5% (5/9) and accounting for half of Creighton's made three-point attempts (9/28).

The Blue Demons dominated the Bluejays on the offensive boards, carrying a considerable advantage in the final total (15 for DePaul, 7 for Creighton). The Blue Demons also held a wide margin in the overall rebounding numbers as well. For the game, DePaul grabbed 41 rebounds compared to 27 rebounds for Creighton. It's worth noting that Blue Demons' center Mac Koshwal hauled in 22 rebounds, himself, five less than the entire Bluejays team.

The free-throw rate was in DePaul's favor, as mentioned before, but unfortunately for the Blue Demons, the team was unable to capitalize on the advantage. Although Creighton made it to the line five less times than DePaul for the game, the Bluejays were able to sink all of their free-throws except one (18/19). Considering how close the score was for the majority of the contest, free-throws surely played a role in helping Creighton seal a victory.

DePaul's next game comes against Alcorn State on Sunday, December 28th at Allstate Arena. This will be the first ever meeting for both programs.

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