DePaul Will Continue Running and Gunning This Year

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Last night DePaul defeated the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils, a team that will spend the first two months of the season on the road, with trips to No. 1 North Carolina, eighth-ranked Florida, and No. 15 Wisconsin along the way.

The Delta Devils opened the season on Saturday, losing 80-67 at Notre Dame. As they embark on the long road trip, they’ll no doubt remember their game at McGrath Arena, where they encountered a DePaul team that loves to play a fast up-and-down style.

In the preseason, DePaul lost three players to injuries and eligibility issues, they really can’t afford to lose any more, if they hope to continue playing their fast-paced, always pressing style.

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DePaul Blue Demons off to 2-0 Start

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In two of the last three years, DePaul has won four of their first five. So very early season success is nothing new to them. It’s the Big East conference games where the trouble starts.

But January 1 versus Syracuse can wait for now, as the Blue Demons rolled past the Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils (Yes, Blue Demons versus Delta Devils, Satan no doubt loves the mascots in this one) 80-70.

Senior guard Jeremiah Kelly led the game with 24 points on 6-12 from behind the arc. DPU shot 10-24 from downtown for the game.

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DePaul, UIC Signing Day Synopsis

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DePaul coach Oliver Purnell inked two players Wednesday to a National Letter of Intent with DeJuan Marrero and Jodan Price. Marrero is a 6’5” forward from Gary, Ind. and Price is a 6’7” guard/forward from Beverly Hills, Mich.

Marrero averaged 22.1 points and 15.3 rebounds per game as a junior at Gary’s Bowman Academy. The two-time member of the Times of Northwest Indiana All-Area first team played for the U18 national team for Puerto Rico at the 2010 FIBA Americas tournament. On the summer AAU circuit, Marrero played for Spiece Indy Heat and he is ranked among the top 50 players in the nation at his position and the top 15 players in Indiana by ESPN.com.

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DePaul Annouces Changes in Basketball Staff

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DePaul basketball coach Oliver Purnell announced yesetrday that Andy Farrell has been promoted to the director of basketball operations and Matt Fleming will take over as the team’s video coordinator.

“Andy has done a great job as our video coordinator and his promotion is a director reflection of his work ethic. I am pleased that Andy will continue to serve on the Blue Demon staff,” Purnell said of Farrell’s promotion.

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DePaul’s Freshmen Trio a Bright Spot in Purnell’s 1st Season

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In the narrow three point loss to the Cincinnati Bearcats Tuesday night, the DePaul Blue Demons saw their three freshmen combine for 49 of their 68 points. It was the first game this college basketball season in which all three rookies played very well at the same time.

And it’s certainly a bright spot in an otherwise dark season, as once Oliver Purnell gets his own guys in his up-and-down system, things will certainly improve. Jerry Wainwright’s players can’t play Purnell’s tempo, and once they’re gone, the Demons will have a team that will be able to close out big deficits and start winning.

They’ve playing a lot better lately, but they haven’t been able to close out anyone because they fall too far behind. With a trio of talented freshmen, and the recruits Purnell is bringing in next year, DePaul will be able to start winning Big East games again next year.

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Mike Stovall should be DePaul’s Main Scoring Weapon this Season

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Mark it down: DePaul is 1-0 on the season.

Oliver Purnell began the post-Clemson era of his career with a 114-81 blow out of Chicago State Sunday night at McGrath Arena. This college basketball version of a track meet was about as fun to watch as pretty much any game I’ll see this year.

Even though the pace of the game resembled the MTV Rock ‘n’ Jock basketball contest and the final score indicative of three quarters of a Phoenix Suns-Golden St. Warriors NBA game, don’t think DePaul’s offensive issues are exactly solved.

The team’s leading returning scorer is Mike Stovall, a 6-4 “three” from right here in “The Chi.” He averaged just 7 points per game last season, but broke out for 30 versus Providence on January 14th of last year. In the opener, nine Blue Demons reached double-figures, Tony Freeland leading the way with 21.

But Stovall was right there with 19, and he also led the team in scoring in the exhibition.

By Paul M. Banks

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