Providence (15-6) at DePaul (10-11)
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DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 1, 1 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Allstate Arena (18,500) -- Rosemont, Illinois.
Television: FSN-OH, SunSports, YES. Home Record: Providence 11-1, DePaul 7-4.
Away Record: Providence 2-3, DePaul 3-5. Neutral Record: Providence 2-2,
DePaul 0-2. Conference Record: Providence 5-3, DePaul 2-6. Series Record:
Providence leads, 22-8.
GAME NOTES: The DePaul Blue Demons will try to turn around a three-game losing
streak as they host the Providence Friars in Big East Conference action at the
Providence had a five-game win streak come to an end Thursday night in a 61-50
loss to Marquette. Providence is 5-3 in Big East play this season - two and a
half games behind Creighton for the conference's top spot.
DePaul had dropped three is a row and six of its last eight altogether. The
Blue Demons were easily disposed of by Seton Hall last Saturday, 86-69, in a
Big East tilt. At 2-6 in the conference standings, the Blue Demons are
currently second to last in the Big East.
Providence has a solid grip on the all-time series lead between the two
programs, 22-8. They'll meet again this season on Feb. 15 in Providence as
part of the two-game season series.
After starting 0-2 in Big East play, the Friars went on to win their next five
in conference action, but had a second-half comeback attempt fall short
against Marquette in Milwaukee. Bryce Cotton led all scorers in the game with
20 points, dishing out a team-best four assists in the losing effort. LaDontae
Henton netted 18 points, while Tyler Harris pulled down a team-best 11 boards.
The Friars were terrible shooting the ball in the contest, connecting on just
32.8 percent of their field goal attempts.
Cotton has been a force this season for Providence, leading the team in
scoring and assists. Cotton nets an average of 20.5 ppg on the year, including
a team-best 22.1 ppg in conference play. His 122 assists is by far the most on
the team. Henton checks in at second in team scoring with 13.6 ppg, and second
in rebounding at Kadeem Batts with 7.3 rpg. Batts totals 7.6 rpg and 12.4 ppg
- good for fourth on the Friars.
DePaul was missing three regular starters against Seton Hall in the double-
digit loss to the Pirates Saturday, due to illness, injury and suspension. The
Blue Demons couldn't find their shooting touch early, and fell behind as a
result. They went into the half down 45-25 to Seton Hall. Brandon Young netted
23 points to pace the Blue Demons, adding five rebounds in the effort. R.J.
Curington scored 15 points, and Durrell McDonald chipped in 14. DePaul
connected on 41.8 percent of its shot attempts on the night.
Cleveland Melvin leads the team in scoring this season with 16.7 ppg on 47.1
percent shooting from the floor. His 6.4 rpg is also a team best, along with
his 31 blocked shots. Young checks in at second on the squad with 14.6 ppg,
but is hitting just 22.6 percent from 3-point range. Young is the team leader
in assists having dished out 76 this season. Billy Garrett is third in scoring
and the final player netting double-digit point totals.
The loss to Marquette set the Friars back, since they could have passed Xavier
in the Big East standings with a win. Providence should feel pretty good about
going into DePaul with a very good shot at winning, especially if Cotton,
Henton and the rest of the starting lineup is on point.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Providence 81, DePaul 71
02/01 11:43:57 ET
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