Showing posts with label DePaul Blue Demons. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DePaul Blue Demons. Show all posts

Sunday, November 17, 2013

DePaul's Cleveland Melvin Powers Blue Demons past Wright State

College Hoops Player of the Day for Saturday, November 16, 2013

With so many teams fleeing the Big East (Syracuse, Louisville, Uconn, others), the remaining squads feel they have a legitimate chance at either winning the conference or getting an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament in March.

Such is the case of DePaul, often an NIT afterthought when struggling through the Big East schedule, but now 2-1, after knocking off Wright State, 81-72.

Placing four players in double figures, the Blue Demons were led by senior forward Cleveland Melvin's 23 points and 13 rebounds, the kind of numbers Melvin's been putting up in his four years at DePaul, scoring in double figures each season.

A force in the paint, the 6'8" Melvin was 8-for-10 from the field, stepped back to make one of two from three-point range and was six-for-six from the foul line. Four of his game-high 13 boards were on the offensive end.

DePaul shot 54.5% from the field and out-rebounded the Raiders, 34-19.

If DePaul means to make noise in the reshuffled Big East conference, they'll have to do well against holdovers Georgetown, Marquette and Villanova, as well as newcomers, Xavier, Creighton and Butler.

For now, the Blue Demons will be content with their non-conference schedule, which includes games against Wichita State, Oregon State and Airzona State, before opening Big East play on December 31, at Georgetown.

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Brandon Young Scores Career High 35 as DePaul Falls to UConn

College Hoops Player of the Day for Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Connecticut Huskies blew away DePaul in the first half, outscoring them, 54-34, en route to an easy, 99-78, victory, the Huskies' 11th against three losses, evening their Big East record at 1-1, after losing to Marquette on New Years' Day, 82-76.

While UConn was victorious, they couldn't stop the Blue Demons' junior guard, Brandon Young, who set a career-high mark with 35 points on 13-for-22 shooting, including three of four from beyond the arc, in addition to making all six of his foul shots.

Young is a big time scorer, averaging 17.3 points per game, but he also contributes elsewhere, with 4.4 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game. Against the Huskies, he outdid his averages, snatching four board and dishing five assists, though his efforts fell short as only he and Cleveland Melvin (18 points) scored in double figures.

The Huskies were paced by 26 from DeAndre Daniels and 22 from Ryan Boatwright.

NOTABLE: #1 Duke keeps rolling along, winning their 15th straight without a loss, pounding Clemson, 68-40, for their second ACC win. The Blue Devils did it with defense, holding the Tigers to just 28% shooting for the game and 10 first half points.

#10 Missouri should love life in the SEC, shifting to the new conference after leaving the Big 12. Hosting Alabama, the Mizzou cruised to an 84-68 win, in the first SEC game this season, giving the Tigers a leg up. The anticipated showdown at #11 Florida is set for January 19.