DePaul (6-3) at Arizona State (8-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, December 12, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Wells Fargo Arena (9,000) -- Tempe, Arizona.
Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: DePaul 4-1, ASU 7-0. Away Record:
DePaul 2-0, ASU 0-0. Neutral Record: DePaul 0-2, ASU 1-1. Conference Record:
DePaul 0-0, ASU 0-0. Series Record: DePaul leads, 3-1.
GAME NOTES: The Arizona State Sun Devils will try to fend off the red-hot
DePaul Blue Demons when the two teams tangle at Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe on
DePaul picked up its fourth consecutive win on Sunday by logging an 84-50 rout
of Milwaukee at home. The Blue Demons are now 6-3 overall after getting off to
a slow 2-5 start. Coach Oliver Purnell's squad won its first true road games
at Auburn (80-76) and Chicago State (74-64) during its current streak. The
team's two losses came to Wichita State and Western Kentucky at the Cancun
Herb Sendek's Sun Devils are also coming in on a four-game winning streak
after posting an 87-76 victory over Cal State Northridge on Saturday. Arizona
State, which finished last season 10-21 overall, is now 8-1 with all but one
of its wins coming by double digits. The Sun Devils are scoring 79 ppg on 46
percent shooting from the field while limiting the opposition to 67.2 ppg on
38.2 percent shooting.
This will be the fifth meeting between these two schools on the hardwood. A
year ago, DePaul notched a 68-64 win in the Old Spice Classic to improve its
lead in the series to 3-1.
Despite knocking down only 2-of-15 attempts from three-point range, the Blue
Demons were quite efficient at the offensive end in their blowout win over
Milwaukee. They shot 50 percent from the floor and converted 12-of-15 attempts
at the charity stripe with 19 assists to 13 turnovers. DePaul also held a
47-39 edge in the rebounding battle and forced 17 turnovers. Donnavan Kirk led
four players in double figures with 14 points. Junior forward Cleveland Melvin
added 11 points in the win. He now leads the team with 18.6 points and 8.3
rebounds per contest. Junior guard Brandon Young is netting 16.8 ppg while
handing out a team-high 4.4 apg.
The Sun Devils have shown they can get up and down the floor this season with
point guard Jahi Carson controlling the action, but center Jordan Bachynski
stole the show in the team's recent win over CS Northridge as he registered
the first triple-double in school history with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 12
blocks. Carson tallied 21 points and six assists in the contest, while five
players in total reached double figures in the scoring column. Carson leads
the team with 18.6 points and 5.3 assists per outing. Senior forward Carrick
Felix is going to have his work cut out with Melvin, but the athletic swingman
has been very productive himself this season with 15.7 points and 6.9 boards
per game. Bachynski is contributing 10.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 5.6 blocks
DePaul and Arizona State were both at the bottom of their respective
conferences last season. Both have also shown improvement this season, but
ASU's growth due to the maturation of Bachynski and the addition of Carson
trumps the Blue Demons' development. The Sun Devils have a chance to make a
statement in this one.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Arizona State 79, DePaul 70
12/12 10:31:29 ET
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