DePaul vs. Vanderbilt Game Preview

The DePaul Blue Demons face off with the Vanderbilt Commodores in a non-conference battle in Nashville on Saturday afternoon. In this preview, we hear from DePaul head coach Jerry Wainwright about the matchup with the Commodores.

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DePaul Blue Demons vs. Vanderbilt Commodores – Saturday, December 5th, 3:00 p.m. Central – Nashville, Tennessee

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The Blue Demons (5-1) travel down to Nashville to take on the Commodores (5-1) in their first game in hostile territory this season. DePaul will have their hands full playing without the services of junior center Mac Koshwal, who is out for at least three more weeks with a foot injury.

Without Koshwal, DePaul was outrebounded on Wednesday night by a 42-31 margin against Alabama State. While the Commodores are coming off of a 89-83 win over the Missouri Tigers on Wednesday night where they outrebounded Mizzou by 21.

The battle on the glass is a big concern for DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright, especially since they will be facing 6-11 big man from Australia - A.J. Ogilvy.

"Vanderbilt obviously has a pro," DePaul coach Jerry Wainwright said of Ogilvy. "They have a lottery pick on their team. He's a terrific player. We're going to have to really, really rebound in that game."

The last time the Demons faced Ogilvy, he went off for 19 points at Allstate Arena in 2007. DePaul will have to front him with Devin Hill, Krys Faber, and the undersized Eric Wallace to try to contain him. Ogilvy is averaging 13.2 points per game and 6.7 rebounds per game this season.

It is even possible that seldom-used 7-2 sophomore center Kene Obi from Nigeria may make an appearance for the Blue Demons.

"We don't have a lot of big bodies," said Wainwright. "Maybe Kene Obi plays in this game. Lazarus. I work at a Catholic school. We resurrect somebody from the dead to give us five minutes and maybe a block and five fouls. Who knows?"

If Obi plays, then Vandy can counter with their own Nigerian in 6-11 center Festus Ezeli. Ezeli is raw having only played organized basketball for a few years, but has huge upside.

DePaul will also have to be wary of Jeffery Taylor who is coming off a 18 point, 11 rebound performance against Missouri.

The Blue Demons will also see a familiar face in Homewood-Flossmoor product Andre Walker (7.2 ppg) who prepped at Brewster Academy and is starting for Vandy. Walker pulled down 12 rebounds on Wednesday.

If DePaul is somehow able to limit Ogilvy inside, they will then have to worry about the perimeter shooting of freshman John Jenkins. As a high school senior, Jenkins led the nation in scoring with 42 points per game. In his freshman campaign, Jenkins is averaging 9.5 ppg.

Leading the Commodores on the perimeter is senior guard Jermaine Beal with 15.3 ppg.

For DePaul to have a shot at keeping up with Vandy's firepower, they are going to have to knock down some shots from beyond the arc. The Blue Demons only nailed four 3-pointers in Wednesday's win. It will take a much better effort than that to keep up with the Commodores.

The Last Time

The last time the Blue Demons and Commodores met, in December 2007, the game was taken to overtime before 20th ranked Vanderbilt prevailed 91-85.

DePaul's Draelon Burns led all scorers with 24 points. The Blue Demons had three players finish in double figures. Freshman forward Mac Koshwal finished with a career high 21 points and managed to corral seven rebounds. Karron Clarke scored 15 on six of 11 shooting and had three steals. Junior Matija Posic, in his first start for DePaul, scored eight points and blocked three shots.

Vanderbilt had four players finish in double figures. Australian freshman center A.J. Ogilvy finished with 19 points and nine rebounds for the Commodores. Senior Shan Foster also contributed 19. Alex Metcalfe chipped in with 18 points, while Keegan Bell tallied 12 points on four of nine from the field with eight assists.

Vanderbilt Roster

NO NAME Class Pos. Height Weight Hometown/Previous School

0 Jermaine Beal SR G 6-3 205 DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto

15 Elliott Cole JR G 5-11 180 Memphis, Tenn./Memphis U. School

50 Joe Duffy JR F 6-8 225 Charotte, N.C./Phillips Exeter Acad. (N.H.)/Charlotte Catholic

3 Festus Ezeli RS SO C 6-11 255 Benin City, Nigeria/Igbinedion Education Center

5 Lance Goulbourne SO G/F 6-8 225 Brooklyn, N.Y./The Hun School

2 Charles Hinkle RS SO G/F 6-6 195 Los Alamitos, Calif./Hebron Academy (Maine)/Los Alamitos HS

23 John Jenkins FR G 6-4 215 Gallatin, Tenn./Station Camp

21 Darshawn McClellan JR F 6-7 240 Fresno, Calif./Edison

10 Chris Meriwether SR G 6-0 180 Nashville, Tenn./Father Ryan

14 Aaron Noll SO F 6-7 220 Fort Mitchell, Ky./Covington Catholic

4 A.J. Ogilvy JR C 6-11 250 Sydney, Australia/Australian Institute of Sport

12 Jordan Smart RS FR G/F 6-6 180 Lexington, Ky./Lexington Catholic

44 Jeffery Taylor SO G/F 6-7 210 Norrkoping, Sweden/Hobbs

33 Steve Tchiengang SO F 6-9 240 Douala, Cameroon/Montverde Academy/Cyress Comm. Christian

1 Brad Tinsley SO G 6-3 210 Oregon City, Ore./Oregon City

24 Andre Walker RS SO F 6-7 220 Flossmoor, Ill./Brewster Acad. (N.H.)/Homewood-Flossmoor

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