DePaul played very well in non-conference, which is why their NET ranking is still in the top 75 (#66), but they haven't had much luck in conference play, only beating #5 Butler on January 18th at home. Still, the Blue Demons can steal a win on any given night if their defense is clicking and if their offensive big three of Charlie Moore, Paul Reed, and Jalen Coleman-Lands gets any help.
DePaul has lost 9 of 10 in Big East play after starting the season 12-1. Xavier 67, DePaul 59. Blue Demons at Georgetown on Saturday.— Zach Zaidman (@ZachZaidman) February 5, 2020
It’s hard to imagine a confident, front-running win for Georgetown in this iteration of the BIG EATS, even if McClung plays, but DePaul may their only shot at not playing from behind for extended minutes. Mac McClung remains day-to-day with his foot injury. Letting McClung rest until visiting Butler next Saturday for the final 7 games isn’t the worst idea in the world, but time is of the essence. Letting a home game slip away to one of the weakest teams in the conference—when you may only really need 5 more victories to accomplish your goal—could be called “dumb.” Likewise, exhausting 6 men with a frenetic press-fueled comeback will certainly sting their muscles but the midweek bye can help GU’s meager depth catch a breather.
As a reminder, DePaul beat Butler off of a hot start, Paul Reed shooting 8-9, Moore dishing 9 assists, and freshman Romeo Weems joining Coleman-Lands for a combined 6-9 from three. That just can’t happen for the Hoyas. Smart shots and generating early turnovers are super-vital on Saturday, as well as for the sake of hope for the season’s success.
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Charlie Moore needs 16 points for 900 career (368 at DePaul/102 at Kansas/414 at California)... Paul Reed (640 rebounds) needs 13 rebounds to pass Quentin Richardson (652 rebounds, 1998-00) for 24th place on DePaul’s all-time list... DePaul head coach Dave Leitao is 3-5 all-time against Georgetown...
Saturday is the 42nd all-time meeting between the two programs... the Hoyas hold a 31-10 advantage in the series... a season ago, the home team won each meeting... Georgetown posted an 82-73 decision on Feb. 27 at Capital One Arena... DePaul won, 101-69, at Wintrust Arena on March 6... the two programs first played during the 1941-42 season with a 34-29 DePaul victory.
They rebound well and get to the line, but they can’t make free throws or field goals, ranking 9th in FT% and 8th in EFG%. They’re also lost in the league in ball security, which stacks up to a pretty poor offensive showing...
They turn teams over a lot and block a ton of shots. While their interior defense is solid, they’re porous from beyond the arc and and don’t rebound particularly well. They also foul a ton, generally letting teams live at the line...
Ball screen defense. Coach Leitao loves putting Charlie Moore into ball screen situations and letting him go to work. He’s as quick as anyone in the league and deadly if he gets his shoulders past his man. If he can get into the belly of the defense, DePaul is going to shoot a lot of layups tonight. Xavier has to turn him as often as possible.
DePaul is trash. They always have been trash and they always will be trash. Scraping the top 70 in KenPom isn’t an accomplishment. It’s no reason to laud or raise a banner [N.B. Wow] ...
So, yes. This Blue Demon team has a better shot at snatching a road victory in Milwaukee than just about any of their teams since the turn of the century. A loss on Saturday would still be inexcusable, even if Markus Howard sits with his head injury. Paul Reed is the only offensive player worth paying attention to, and even then DePaul head coach Dave Leitao is doing a great favor for opposing defenses by criminally under-utilizing him. Force them out of transition opportunities, get outside shots on good perimeter passing, and don’t let them get that satisfaction of hearing you groan.
BIG EAST NET Rankings (2/7/20)— BIG EAST BUCKETS (@BIGEAST_BUCKETS) February 7, 2020
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“This is not an easy thing to kind of figure out. And what we have to do, not just day-by-day but game-by-game, to get over the hump,” DePaul head coach Dave Leitao said. “I thought our energy was very low. And when your energy is low you’re playing one-to-two passes behind every possession.”
Junior forward Paul Reed paced the Blue Demons with 18 points, nine rebounds and seven steals. Senior Jalen Coleman-Lands added 17 points while junior point guard Charlie Moore had 10 points and eight assists. No other DePaul player had more than four points as the Blue Demons couldn’t find another spark.
And this was a tough win. Ignore anyone who tells you that DePaul isn’t a good team. They beat Iowa, Texas Tech, Minnesota, and Butler. The Blue Demons are are 65th in the KenPom and 59th in the NET. This was a Quadrant One win on the road in conference. DePaul has more Q1 wins to their name than the AAC. This was a big win...
The lead hit 17 and Xavier held it there for most of the first half and led by 19 at the half. Coming out of the break DePaul started feeding Jalen Coleman-Lands behind the arc. He keyed an 8-0 that pulled DePaul back to within 11 ...
DePaul led for nearly the entire game — and all of the second half — until Howard hit a stepback jumper to give the Golden Eagles a 72-70 edge with 1:22 to play. Howard and Koby McEwen added two free throws apiece in the final 10 seconds to keep DePaul at bay...
Charlie Moore scored 21 points to lead DePaul (13-9, 1-8), which lost its fourth in a row. Jaylen Butz and Paul Reed added 14 points apiece and Jalen Coleman-Lands contributed 13.
Patrick Ewing says Mac McClung remains Day to day with a foot injury— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) February 6, 2020
Ewing said there’s no change in status for McClung (foot), he’s still day to day. Hoyas have DePaul on Saturday.— Ava Wallace (@avarwallace) February 6, 2020
“Today our defense, which has been pretty solid all year long, showed up in a big way,” said DePaul coach Dave Leitao. “I thought their offense to begin the game was a little off balance as opposed to what I’ve seen from them throughout the course of the year. Our offense was really good today. We talked about execution and sharing the basketball and eliminating possessions where we just don’t get positive results in terms of good shots.”
DePaul went on a 12-0 run early and led by as many as 16 points [in the half] behind 18 points from junior forward Paul Reed.
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