DePaul vs. Detroit Game Preview

The DePaul Blue Demons face off with the Detroit Titans in a non-conference battle at Allstate Arena on Saturday afternoon. In this in-depth preview, we talk with DePaul head coach Jerry Wainwright and sophomore guard Jeremiah Kelly about the matchup with the Titans.

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DePaul Blue Demons vs. Detroit Titans – Saturday, November 28th, 1 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

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The Detroit Titans (4-1) come calling to Allstate Arena on Saturday afternoon. One thing the Titans and Blue Demons (3-1) have in common is that their only loss has come against top 15 teams. Detroit's sole loss came at the hands of 12th ranked California, 95-61. While DePaul's only loss was to the 10th ranked Tennessee Volunteers in the Virgin Islands.

Detroit is a much improved team since DePaul faced them last year. The biggest addition to their roster is former Indiana center Eli Holman. The 6-10 big man was named Horizon League player of the week for last week following a pair of double-doubles including a career-high 20 points and 14 rebounds at Albany and 16 points and 15 boards against Alcorn State.

With DePaul's Mac Koshwal listed as a game-time decision for Saturday following a foot injury, the Blue Demons could have their hands full with Holman if Koshwal can't go.

So, what will DePaul do if Koshwal isn't ready?

"I'll probably have to tape two of our guys together," quipped Wainwright. "If you play team defense, everybody has to do their part. He does present a heckuva challenge. One or two of our young guys is going to have to step up to at least get a standoff at that spot."

The young guys that Wainwright speaks of are sophomores Krys Faber and Devin Hill. In Monday's win over St. Joseph's, Faber and Hill combined for 15 points and 14 rebounds in Koshwal's absence.

"They're both vastly improved," Jerry said. "They present problems for other people too. They're athletic and both gaining in skills too. It's going to take more than one. One thing we've been able to do this year is get a lot of contributions from a lot of people. We're going to have to do that Saturday to be successful."

Besides Holman, the Titans have two others averaging in double-figures. Junior forward Xavier Keeling is averaging 13.4 ppg. Chase Simon, a transfer from Central Michigan, is averaging 13.2ppg.

The Titans are ranked as the 20th best mid-major team by CollegeInsider.com.

"They are vastly improved," said Wainwright. "We'll have our hands full. They are big and strong. Rebounding is probably their forte to tell you the truth."

"They played us hard last year," said sophomore point guard Jeremiah Kelly. "This is not an easy win. They're a good team. We think they're a lot better this year, so we have to really bring it."

Detroit is led by veteran coach Ray McCallum who is in his second year at the helm of the Titans program. McCallum has had previous head coaching stints at Ball State and Houston.

"What Coach McCallum has done is he's done a really good job," Wainwright said. "He had several kids sitting out last year. It's never easy to integrate all of them into your team. He's got an older team. He's got a lot of kids with experience. He's always been a coach that's stressed balance and defense. They're winning because of their talent and they're organized. They will continue to win all year. I think they are a real darkhorse not only in their league, but on the national scene this year."

Saturday's game will mark the debut of freshman forward Tony Freeland. The Los Angeles, California forward is expected to get playing time against Detroit.

The Last Time

In their November, 2008 home opener, the Blue Demons pulled away from Detroit in the second half to win 71-62.

The sophomore duo of Dar Tucker and Mac Koshwal stepped up big in the second half for DePaul allowing them to break away from Detroit. Koshwal and Tucker combined for 40 points in the contest. Tucker led all scorers with 22 points and was four of seven from behind the arc. Koshwal contributed 18 points and nine rebounds.

Former Chicago Curie High guard Donavan Foster and forward Xavier Keeling led the way for the Titans with 15 points apiece.

Detroit Roster

NO. NAME POS. HT. WT. YR. HOMETOWN / HIGH SCHOOL (LAST SCHOOL)

0 Xavier Keeling F 6-7 235 Jr. Huntsville, AL / J.O. Johnson (Wallace State CC)

1 Chase Simon G 6-6 200 So. Detroit, MI / Community (Central Michigan)

3 Lamar Lee G 6-0 170 Jr. Lafayette, IN / Jefferson (Highland CC)

4 Curtis Eatmon G 6-4 180 Jr. Rancho Cucamonga, CA / Los Osos (Citrus College)

5 Donavan Foster G 5-10 160 So. Chicago, IL / Curie

11 Woody Payne G 5-11 165 Sr. Inkster, MI / Ypsilanti

15 Thomas Kennedy F 6-7 210 Sr. Detroit, MI / Southeastern (Mott CC)

24 Eulis Stephens G 6-5 190 Sr. Detroit, MI / Southeastern

25 Jordan Fee G 6-3 195 So. Grove City, PA / Grove City (US Air Force Academy Prep.)

30 Eugene Blue C 6-8 260 Sr. Flint, MI / Northern (Pensacola JC)

32 Eli Holman C-F 6-10 255 So. Richmond, CA / Richmond (Indiana)

33 John Hoskins F 6-10 210 Fr. Warren, MI / Conner Creek Academy East

35 Jason Calliste G 6-2 165 Fr. Scarborough, ON / Quality Education Academy (NC)

42 LaMarcus Lowe F-C 6-11 200 So. Flint, MI / Northwestern (Western Michigan - redshirt 2009-10)


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