DePaul Blue Demons vs. Notre Dame Fighting Irish - Wednesday, December 31st, 7:00 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena
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Game Preview by Chas Demster
The Last Game:
DePaul beat a very undermanned Alcorn State team 90 to 67. Once again Dar Tucker led the Blue Demons in scoring with 25 while only playing 22 minutes because he was suffering from the flu. Three other players scored in double figures. Mac Koshwal had yet another double-double with 19 points and 13 rebounds. DePaul led 46-28 at halftime and expanded the lead until the 23 point win. You can't judge much from a win over a team like Alcorn State but what it does accomplish is it gives them some confidence going into the rigorous Big East conference part of the schedule.
Notre Dame defeated Savannah State at the Joyce Center in South Bend by the score of 81-49. Notre Dame didn't shoot the ball too well but easily pulled away in the second half after leading 37-21 at halftime. Luke Harangody lead the Irish with 23 points but in this game he got most of his points at the free throw line hitting 13-14. Head Coach Mike Brey said that Savannah State played good defense and frustrated Notre Dame but eventually pulled away when Savannah State got tired and were worn out.
Scouting the Fighting Irish:
Now that it is time for conference play, DePaul will already know what it will take to beat Notre Dame as the Irish will know what to do against the Demons. The Fighting Irish have a real good one-two punch with a very talented shooting guard in Kyle McAlarney and big man Luke Harangody.
Notre Dame will always try to establish the inside to begin the game. They do this to see how their opponent will defend their big man. If DePaul does a good job of denying him the ball then it will make the Irish adjust from there. If DePaul just lets him get the ball Harangody will make easy work of his defender. If DePaul tries to double him after he gets the ball he is usually very unselfish and will find the open man so the best way to do that is from the weak side and play big so he doesn't have good passing angles.
The other thing Notre Dame does very well is hit the three point shot. DePaul needs to protect that three point line and make ND have to dribble in a step to take them out of the three point rhythm they can get into.
The Irish have a lot of real good role players that understand and do a good job. Coach Brey is very good at getting the most out of his player's strengths. Forward Ryan Ayers and point guard Tory Jackson do a real good job at their respective positions. They both average in double figures in scoring. Their best rebounder is Harangody at 12 a game and their top assist man is Jackson who averages just under six a game. What is best about Jackson is his assist to turnover ratio which is a true two to one. As a team Notre Dame is also at a two to one in the ratio which in my opinion is very good and shows how structured their offense is.
Notre Dame is known as a bend but not break defensive team. They will not go for a bunch of steals but instead will always get a hand in the shooters face and will be a good rebounding team as they get about six more rebounds a game. Harangody does average just over one block a game and Jackson does get two steals a game but those usually come on carelessness on the offense.
DePaul Coach Jerry Wainwright on ND Point Guard Tory Jackson
"One of the most underrated players in our league is Tory Jackson. I think he is a terrific guard. He has a great motor for the game. I've been so impressed with him over his two years. He becomes a tough matchup for a lot of teams in our league."
Notre Dame Roster
No. Name Ht./Wt. Pos. Yr. Hometown/High School
1 Tyrone Nash 6-8/228 Guard/Forward SO Queens, NY/Lawrence Woodmere Academy & Northfield Mt. Hermon
2 Tory Jackson 5-11/193 Guard JR Saginaw, MI/Buena Vista
5 Tom Kopko 6-2/184 Guard SO Chicago, IL/St. Laurence
14 Scott Martin 6-8/212 Guard SO Valparaiso, IN/Valparaiso
20 Jonathan Peoples 6-3/215 Guard JR Bellwood, IL/St. Joseph
21 Tim Abromaitis 6-8/232 Forward SO Unionville, CT/Farmington
22 Ben Hansbrough 6-3/206 Guard JR Poplar Bluff, MO/Poplar Bluff
23 Kyle McAlarney 6-0/195 Guard SR Staten Island, NY/Moore Catholic
33 Zach Hillesland 6-9/228 Forward SR Toledo, OH/St. John's Jesuit
34 Carleton Scott 6-7/215 Forward SO San Antonio, TX/James Madison
40 Luke Zeller 6-11/245 Forward/Center SR Washington, IN/Washington
41 Tim Andree 6-8/213 Forward JR Colts Neck, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy
42 Ryan Ayers 6-7/210 Guard SR Blue Bell, PA/Germantown Academy
44 Luke Harangody 6-8/255 Forward JR Schererville, IN/Andrean
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