DePaul Blue Demons vs. Marquette Golden Eagles – Wednesday, February 3rd, 6:00 p.m. Central – Bradley Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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The Golden Eagles (13-8, 4-5) are looking for revenge on Wednesday night, while the Blue Demons (8-13, 1-8) are looking to complete a two game sweep of their archrival from Wisconsin.
Marquette would of course like some payback for their 51-50 loss at DePaul two weeks ago.
"They're definitely going to try to come back at us and give us their ‘A' game," said sophomore big man Krys Faber "I feel really confident in saying that I expect the same intensity and another great game."
DePaul interim coach Tracy Webster knows that MU coach Buzz Williams will have some surprises in store for DePaul this time around.
"He's a really good coach," said Webster. "He'll tweak some things. They'll be so jacked and ready for us that sometimes you throw scouting reports out the window. They're probably ready right now for us. He's going to have them play the way they normally play, which is tough hard-nosed basketball."
The last time around, the Golden Eagles were able to muster only 18 points in the second half. For DePaul to have a chance in this one, they will need to have a similar defensive effort, and they'll need to do it against a team which leads the nation in 3-point field goal percentage (.430).
"We're going to have to push a button and play probably even harder, because they're going to play even harder," Webster said. "We have to match their intensity. They're playing at home. As soon as they cross halfcourt, they're going to feel good like ‘ I can make this shot'. So we're going to have to be try to be ready to defend and offensively handle their pressure. They'll probably look to take Will (Walker) out of the game."
Marquette is brimming with confidence coming off a two-game winning streak including a 70-68 win at UConn where junior forward Jimmy Butler scored the game-winner with less than three seconds left.
There are a few differences in personnel for this game. Marquette has point guard Junior Cadougan available this time and DePaul now has juniors Mac Koshwal and Mario Stula back. Stula was on the bench following nose surgery. Koshwal, who sat out the last meeting with a right foot injury, will now be paired with Faber in the front court. Together they can give DePaul an advantage over MU.
"There's no telling what they'll try to do to Mac on the offensive end or the defensive end," Webster said. "They may try to bring him out on the perimeter and drive him a little bit. Mac is a good enough player, he plays with a lot of energy. I think he'll be able to defend whoever is out on the perimeter."
The Golden Eagles do lack size on the front line. If they have a weakness it is on the glass. In the win over UConn, MU was outrebounded 44-25. In the last matchup, Faber was able to corral 10 rebounds for the Blue Demons.
"It's definitely a lot harder playing up there at their place," said Faber. "We can't get down on ourselves when things fall apart or point fingers when things don't go our way. We can't revert back to the old DePaul team where when they score we're completely deflated, where we go into halftime and come back out completely flat and with no energy. If we keep that from happening, we should be fine."
The Last Time
On January 20th, just two weeks ago, the Blue Demons got their first win under Webster and snapped their 24 game Big East regular season losing streak by upsetting the Golden Eagles 51-50 at Allstate Arena.
Junior college transfer Mike Stovall sank the game-winner with 0.7 seconds remaining on the game clock to send Marquette back to Milwaukee in defeat.
With a tough defensive effort, the Demons held the Golden Eagles to just 18 second half points.
Senior forward Lazar Hayward led the way for MU with 14 points, however, the Demons' defense held him scoreless in the second half.
DePaul senior guard Will Walker led all scorers with 17 points. Sophomore guard Jeremiah Kelly contributed with 11. Stovall chipped in with nine.
Sophomore big man Krys Faber, starting in place of the injured Mac Koswal, grabbed 10 rebounds.
No. Name Ht./Wt. Pos. Year Hometown (High School)
1 Darius Johnson-Odom 6-2/200 G SO Raleigh, N.C. (Wakefield HS)
2 Maurice Acker 5-8/165 G SR Hazel Crest, Ill. (Hillcrest)
5 Junior Cadougan 6-1/205 G FR Toronto, Ontario (Christian Life Center Academy)
10 David Cubillan 6-0/175 G SR Maracaibo, Venezuela (St. Benedict's (N.J.))
12 Erik Williams 6-7/200 F FR Houston, Texas (Cypress Springs HS)
21 Joseph Fulce 6-7/205 F JR Plano, Texas (Plano)
23 Dwight Buycks 6-3/190 G JR Milwaukee, Wis. (Bay View HS)
32 Lazar Hayward 6-6/225 F SR Buffalo, N.Y. (Notre Dame Prep (Mass.))
33 Jimmy Butler 6-6/215 G/F JR Tomball, Texas (Tomball HS)
42 Chris Otule 6-10/250 C SO Richmond, Texas (Ft. Bend Bush)
45 Robert Frozena 6-1/190 G JR Sherwood, Wis. (St. Mary Central)
55 Youssoupha Mbao 7-2/215 C FR Dakar, Senegal (Stoneridge Prep)
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