Milwaukee (3-6) at DePaul (5-3)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, December 9, 5 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Allstate Arena (17,500) -- Rosemont, Illinois.
Television: None. Home Record: Milwaukee 3-1, DePaul 3-1. Away Record:
Milwaukee 0-3, DePaul 2-0. Neutral Record: Milwaukee 0-2, DePaul 0-1.
Conference Record: Milwaukee 0-0, DePaul 0-0. Series Record: DePaul leads,
GAME NOTES: The DePaul Blue Demons aim for their fourth win in a row on Sunday
as they clash with the Milwaukee Panthers in non-conference play at Allstate
Since opening the 2012-13 campaign with only two wins in five tries, the Blue
Demons have hit a hot streak with three consecutive victories. First it was an
85-78 decision over Fairfield, which was followed by another close call, an
80-76 triumph versus Auburn on the road. Most recently the team handed Chicago
State a 74-64 setback on Wednesday on the road.
As for the Panthers, they've won a total of just three games in nine chances
and not one of them has come away from home. The team came up empty twice on a
neutral floor and has also been defeated three times in enemy territory. The
good news for Milwaukee is that the team finally put an end to a five-game
slide on Friday with an 80-73 overtime decision against Northern Illinois.
DePaul comes into this meeting having won all but one of the previous 11
encounters in the series. The good news for the Panthers is their first only
win over the Blue Demons came last year around this time in this same building
by a score of 87-76.
Four of the five starters for the Panthers scored in double figures two nights
ago against Northern Illinois, with Paris Gulley leading the way with 21
points on 5-of-12 shooting behind the three-point line. Kyle Kelm accounted
for 15 points, followed by James Haarsma and Jordan Aaron who both delivered
14 points, the latter also handing out 11 assists in order to keep the offense
rolling along as well as offset his disappointing 3-of-13 showing from the
floor. Aaron, a starter in all nine games, has stepped up a big way for the
Panthers with his 16.6 ppg and 42 assists, but clearly he needs much more help
in order to get this team into the win column and that's where Gulley comes
in. Now in his second season in Milwaukee, Gulley missed the first six games
of the campaign with a broken hand but has since come on strong with 20.3 ppg
in order to take some of the pressure off Aaron.
DePaul went into the meeting with Chicago State the other night with a perfect
10-0 mark all-time against the squad, but the Blue Demons trailed by a 44-30
score at the break against a foe that entered the contest with a record of 2-7
on the campaign. DePaul's fortunes turned around in the second half as the
team managed to pick up the 10-point win which means the squad has now
defeated eight straight opponents from the Windy City. Brandon Young scored a
game-high 21 points and handed out six assists, while Cleveland Melvin
registered a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds, followed by Worrel
Clahar, who came off the bench to deliver 11 points and nine boards of his
own. Melvin is clearly the leader on offense, with gaudy numbers, averaging
19.5 ppg and 8.8 rpg. Young (17.3 ppg, 35 assists) is by no means a slouch as
he closes in on a couple of milestones for the program. Young now needs just
19 points to become the 48th player in program history with 1,000 and he is
also three assists shy of 300.
As long as Melvin and Young can again be the catalysts for the Blue Demons on
offense and the defense for the hosts doesn't completely disappear, this is a
game that DePaul should win.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: DePaul 66, Milwaukee 62
12/09 10:31:31 ET