DePaul vs. South Florida Game Preview

The DePaul Blue Demons return home to face the Golden Bulls of South Florida at Allstate Arena on Tuesday night.

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DePaul Blue Demons vs. South Florida Golden Bulls – Tuesday, March 2nd, February 27th, 7:30 p.m. Central – Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Illinois

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South Florida (17-11, 7-9) is coming off a 99-93 win over the visitors from Providence on Saturday night.

While the Golden Bulls are much improved this season, their chances of making the NCAA tournament are slim. A loss to DePaul (8-20, 1-15) would seal their postseason fate.

This is without a doubt coach Stan Heath's best South Florida squad yet during his three year tenure in Tampa. USF is led by junior guard Dominique Jones, who scored 26 against Providence. Jones currently ranks 10th in the nation in scoring (21.6 ppg) and second in the Big East. No doubt there will be a few NBA scouts at Allstate Arena on Tuesday night to check out Jones.

It's no secret that DePaul has struggled against teams with dominant post players. The Demons sole Big East win came against Marquette, a team without a big man. Like other opposing centers, 6-11 Gus Gilchrist will present a challenge for the Demons. Gilchrist, who dropped 21 points in the Providence game, is 100 percent now after missing more than two months with a severely sprained ankle.

"(Jones) really attacks the basket," DePaul interim coach Tracy Webster rold WSCR radio. "They do a really good job in transition. That's how they score a lot of their points. Dominique Jones is going to get the majority of their shots, but they have some versatile big guys in Gilchrist, who will step out and shoot the three, and Mike Mercer, a transfer, he's a really good scorer as well. We have to get back in transition. We told our guys after the Rutgers game, ‘if you think Rutgers runs, wait till we play South Florida'. They're going to get back and try to run it down our throat the entire game."

The Demons are coming off a disappointing loss at Rutgers on Saturday where they once again squandered a second half lead to the Scarlet Knights. DePaul coach Tracy Webster was disappointed in the Blue Demons' performance in the last couple games. For DePaul to bring an end to their 10 game Big East losing streak, Webster is going to need a game where everyone steps up for a full 40 minutes.

The Last Time

In January, 2009, Dominique Jones scored 26 points and Augustus Gilchrist had 16 points and 11 rebounds to help USF down DePaul 70-61.

Dar Tucker led the Demons with 19 points and Mac Koshwal contributed with 17.

USF Roster

No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr. Hometown (Prev School)

1 Anderson, Jr., Ron F 6-8 255 RJr. Upper Marlboro, Md. (Kansas State) (McCallie School - Tenn.)

23 Burwell, Mike G 6-6 210 Fr. East Brunswick, N.J. (South Kent School - Conn.) (Cardinal McCarrick HS)

10 Crater, Anthony G 6-1 170 So. Flint, Mich. (Ohio State) (Brewster Academy - N.H.)

31 Famous, Jarrid F/C 6-11 240 Jr. Bronx, N.Y. (Westchester Community College - N.Y.) (Blessed Sacrament HS)

32 Fitzpatrick, Toarlyn F 6-8 230 Fr. Tampa, Fla. (King HS)

24 Gilchrist, Augustus F/C 6-10 245 So. Clinton, Md. (Maryland) (Progressive Christian Academy - Md.)

3 Howard, Chris G 6-3 200 Sr. Fort Washington, Md. (Friendly HS)

20 Jones, Dominique G 6-4 215 Jr. Lake Wales, Fla. (Lake Wales HS)

13 Kardok, Ryan G 6-3 188 Sr. Parkland, Fla. (Broward Community College - Fla.) (Stoneman Douglas HS)

33 Mercer, Mike G 6-5 195 Sr. Snellville, Ga. (Georgia) (South Gwinnett HS)

22 Noriega, Shaun G 6-4 195 Fr. North Port, Fla. (North Port HS)

11 Rivas, Alex C 6-10 230 Sr. Santiago, Dominican Republic (Pratt Community College - Kan.) (Laurinburg Prep - N.C.)

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