DePaul vs. American Game Preview

The DePaul Blue Demons take on the American University Eagles at Allstate Arena on Wednesday night. In this report, we preview the non-conference matchup.

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DePaul Blue Demons vs. American Eagles – Wednesday, December 16th, 7:30 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

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The Blue Demons (6-3) welcome the Eagles of American University (1-8) to Allstate Arena on Wednesday night. DePaul has already faced an opponent from the halls of higher learning in Ivy League opponent Columbia and now face the first Patriot League opponent of the non-conference season.

The Eagles are led by former Virginia coach Jeff Jones who is in his 10th year at the helm at AU. Jones took the Eagles to the NCAA tournament the last two seasons. In the first round of the 2009 tournament in Philadelphia, American led eventual Final Four participant Villanova by as much as 14 in the second half before succumbing to the Wildcats 80-67.

However, American has lost all five starters from last year's squad and they have already lost more games than they did all of last season. It's pretty safe to say that this is a rebuilding year for Jones in the nation's capitol.

American's lone victory was a 59-53 win at home against Howard University.

The Eagles have had plenty of time to prepare for this game and have been off since getting blown out 73-46 by Georgetown on December 5th.

This game is shaping up to be another low scoring affair as AU has been keeping it in the 50's and 60's.

American's leading scorer and rebounder is sophomore forward Stephen Lumpkins who is averaging 12.6 ppg and eight rebounds per game.

Wednesday marks the debut of transfer Vlad Moldoveanu for the Eagles. Moldoveanu, a Romanian who is now eligible after transferring from George Mason, has been described by Jones as the team's best shooter and best post player.

Moldoveanu led the Romanian national team in scoring during the 2009 FIBA EuroBasket Qualifying Tournament during the summer. He averaged 18.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

DePaul point guard Mike Bizoukas will be facing Steve Luptak, one of his former Munster High teammates.

The Last Time

The last time DePaul met American on the basketball court, it was at DePaul's Alumni Hall on the Lincoln Park campus on December 11, 1991. The Demons prevailed 106-80.

AU Roster

No. Name Pos. Cl. Ht. Wt. Hometown/High School

43 Mike Bersch F Freshman 6-6 205 Mt. Holly, N.J./Rancocas Valley Regional High School

15 Jordan Borucki G Freshman 6-3 180 Los Angeles, Calif./Kent School (Connecticut)

3 Troy Brewer G Junior 6-5 175 Gaithersburg, Md./Montrose Christian High School

12 Daniel Fisher F Freshman 6-7 220 Melbourne, Australia/Melbourne Grammar

13 Riley Grafft F Sophomore 6-11 200 Janesville, Wisc./Janesville-Parker High School

21 Nick Hendra G Junior 6-3 205 New York, N.Y./Xavier High School

25 Joe Hill G Sophomore 6-2 190 Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Germantown Academy

44 Jeff Holton F Freshman 6-7 240 Ft. Washington, Pa./Germantown Academy

20 Blake Jolivette G Freshman 5-11 170 Houston, Texas/St. Thomas High School

32 Stephen Lumpkins F Sophomore 6-8 225 Redwood City, Calif./Junipero Serra High School

22 Steve Luptak G Junior 6-3 185 Munster, Ind./Munster High School

0 Simon McCormack G Sophomore 6-4 185 New Castle, N.H./Northfield Mount Hermon School

14 Vlad Moldoveanu F Junior 6-9 215 Bucharest, Romania/St. John's College High School

2 Daniel Munoz G Freshman 6-1 175 Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas High School

1 Matthew Wilson G Senior 6-2 180 The Woodlands, Texas/The John Cooper School

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