Big East Basketball Schedule Announced

College Basketball is inching closer day by day. Here in Chicago, the DePaul Blue Demons and 9 other Big East teams are getting ready for what should be another exciting year. DePaul has found themselves at the bottom of the conference for a long time now, and they will look to change things this year with sophomore guard Billy Garrett Jr. and 5th year DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Blue Demons Being Exorcised? A New Era for DePaul

For those who forgot, there’s a Division I college hoops program with a strong history that still plays on the north side. It’s been seven years since DePaul men’s basketball has had any semblance of success, but in the words of the great Sam Cooke, a change is gonna come. And it won’t be the $173 million arena that deserves credit. The main reasons are a Morgan Park kid...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Northwestern and DePaul agree to five-year series beginning in 2015

The battle of Chicago? The Northwestern Wildcats and DePaul Blue Demons Men’s Basketball teams will begin that battle in 2015 according to the official Northwestern website. According to, both schools have agreed to begin a five-year series which will begin in the 2015-16 season. Last season, DePaul’s Billy Garrett Jr’s game winner gave the Blue […]
Via Full Scale Sports
June 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Garrett Has Big East Award and Big Plans

After a tremendous freshman campaign, and what was known as a formality came to fruition when Billy Garrett Jr. was officially announced the Big East Rookie of the Year, as announced by the conference on Wednesday afternoon at Madison Square Garden.
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul 60, Georgetown 56

Forrest Robinson made four 3-pointers en route to 14 points as the Blue Demons defeated the Hoyas in the opening round of the Big East tournament. DePaul (12-20) had not defeated Georgetown (17-14) in any of the last 14 meetings between the schools and entered this matchup having lost 12 of its last 13 games overall. However, the 10th-seeded Blue Demons advanced to take on second...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul surprises Georgetown 60-56 at Big East tournament

In his first Big East tournament game, Billy Garrett Jr. showed off the poise and playmaking that made him the conference’s rookie of the year. The freshman point guard scored 17 points, including the clinching free throws, and DePaul surprised Georgetown 60-56 on Wednesday night for only its second victory at the Big East tournament. “I’m proud of them, but we want to stay...
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul stuns Georgetown in Big East opener

Billy Garrett Jr. scored 17 points, including the clinching free throws, and DePaul surprised Georgetown 60-56 on Wednesday night for only its second Big East tournament victory.
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March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul standing by Oliver Purnell — for now

The contract DePaul gave basketball coach Oliver Purnell in 2010 is binding the school to him for now, despite three 20-loss seasons, but that may change if the program continues to fail. Athletics director Jean Lenti Ponsetto said the contract, worth approximately $15 million over seven years, is not the only reason the school is retaining Purnell. She said the deal was based on...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Despite dismal season, Oliver Purnell will return to DePaul

You could understand why the fans at Allstate Arena felt the need to let out some boos. That's boos. Not booze. In a battle of the Big East's bottom two teams, Butler eviscerated DePaul 79-46, looking like a title contender while the Blue Demons seemed like they just wanted to go home. With the loss, DePaul secured at least a share of last place in the Big East for the sixth...
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March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul star freshman Billy Garrett Jr. thrives in defiance of his disease

Billy Garrett Jr., by all guesses the nation’s only college basketball player with sickle cell disease, can recount in detail each painful crisis triggered by his condition. There was the dehydration during a summer camp in a broiling gym that left him in need of a blood transfusion. There was a less serious episode during his freshman year at Morgan Park High School, after his...
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March 07, 2014  |  Discuss

St. John’s rewind: How to stay on the NCAA bubble

St. John’s took the first step Sunday on what it hopes is a run to the NCAA Tournament, racing out to a big lead and holding off underwhelming DePaul, 72-64, at the Garden. The real challenges loom starting Saturday at Marquette, followed by the Big East tournament. For now, let’s take a look back at St. John’s victory on Sunday, which snapped a two-game losing streak: –...
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March 04, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul 65, Seton Hall 60

Brandon Young scored 19 points to lead four players in double figures as the host Blue Demons snapped a 10-game losing streak. Durrell McDonald registered a career-high 15 points and freshman Billy Garrett Jr. also scored 15 as DePaul (11-18, 3-13 Big East) won for the first time since Jan. 14 and avenged a 17-point loss at Seton Hall (14-14, 5-10) last month. Sandi Marcius chipped...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul tops Seton Hall 65-60

Brandon Young had a team-high 19 points, including four in the final minute and a half, as DePaul snapped a 10-game losing streak with a 65-60 victory over Seton Hall Tuesday night. Billy Garrett Jr. and Durrell McDonald had 15 points apiece and Sandi Marcius added 10 as the Blue Demons (11-18, 3-13 Big East) won for the first time since Jan. 14, a 77-75 victory against St. John...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Garrett Named Big East Rookie of the Week

CHICAGO – Not once, not twice, but five times for DePaul freshman Billy Garrett Jr. as he was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week again after averaging 21.5 points and 3.5 assists in games against Xavier and Marquette. The frontrunner for the BIG EAST Rookie of the Year leads all league freshmen with his five weekly honors.
February 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Marquette 96, DePaul 94

Davante Gardner scored seven of his team-high 22 points in overtime to lead the visiting Golden Eagles to their fourth win in five games. Jamil Wilson finished with 18 points and nine rebounds, Todd Mayo scored 19 points and Chris Otule added 12 to lead Marquette (16-11, 8-6 Big East). The Golden Eagles finished 28-of-39 from the free-throw line and connected on eight in a row in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 23, 2014  |  Discuss

What is the best case scenario for DePaul basketball?

DePaul basketball has entered a dry spell, winless in their last five, including a 71-59 loss to Georgetown Monday night. Oliver Purnell, the head coach, stressed his team needs to begin focusing on their next opponent, the Creighton Blue Jays. “We have got to look at that as an opportunity to do something special in the midst of a tough spell here,” Purnell said. Beating Doug...
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February 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Curington Named Big East Rookie of the Week

CHICAGO – DePaul freshman guard R.J. Curington was named the BIG EAST Rookie of the Week this morning by the league office and is the third different player to earn the weekly recognition. He joins fellow rookies Billy Garrett Jr. and Tommy Hamilton IV on the Rookie of the Week list.
February 04, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul still without Melvin, Garrett, McKinney vs. Providence

An undermanned DePaul team again will take the floor Saturday against Providence, with Cleveland Melvin still under suspension and starting point guard Billy Garrett Jr. and junior Charles McKinney still ailing. “We’re still right where we were [against Seton Hall last Saturday],” coach Oliver Purnell said Friday. “For Billy, it’s a slow process, and we’re going game...
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February 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Should DePaul Cut Ties With Oliver Purnell?

The DePaul Blue Demons have an overall record of 10-11 and are 2-6 in Big East play. The slight improvement fans saw, after wins against Butler and St. John’s, has diminished. Has head coach Oliver Purnell’s opportunity at DePaul slammed shut? The former Clemson coach has had some positives while with the Blue Demons. Recruiting Billy Garrett Jr. might have been because his father...
Via The Sports Bank
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

AUDIO: Analyzing today’s DePaul, Big East basketball action

DePaul lost a Big East basketball game on the road tonight by an 86-69 score at Seton Hall. I predicted 82-69 pirates on the local sports talk radio show “The Lineup” with Eli Hershkovich and Tom Bostwick on Radio DePaul: DePaul’s radio station. You can hear the audio of all three of discussing Big East basketball after the jump. Brandon Young led DePaul with 23 points as the...
Via The Sports Bank
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Undermanned Demons Lose at Seton Hall

In a game where DePaul was severely undermanned, playing without Cleveland Melvin (suspension), Billy Garrett Jr. (last-minute illness) and Charles McKinney (ankle injury), DePaul (10-11, 2-6) just didn’t have it in them to compete with Seton Hall (12-8, 3-4), falling to the Pirates 86-69 on Saturday afternoon at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
January 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Xavier 84, DePaul 74

Photo: AP | Timothy D. Easley DePaul (10-10, 2-5 Big East) lost Sunday in its return to Allstate Arena. The Blue Demons were overmatched by Xavier (15-4, 5-1), 84-74. Semaj Christon led the Musketeers with a game-high 27 points. The sophomore stud shot 9-of-12 from the field and got to the rim at will. Forwards Justin Martin and Isaiah Philmore combined for 31 points and 14 rebounds...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Villanova Blows By DePaul In Second Half

Photo: USA Today images DePaul (10-9, 2-4 Big East) watched its short winning streak come to a close at Villanova (16-1, 5-0) on Saturday. The Blue Demons, who were coming off wins against Butler and St. John’s, trailed by only five points early in the half but wound up losing big, 88-62. All five DePaul started scored in double figures, led by senior Brandon Young‘s 13 points...
Via The Catch and Shoot
January 18, 2014  |  Discuss

DePaul rewind: Demons can build on early success

With its 77-75 victory Tuesday over St. John’s, DePaul earned its first Big East win streak since 2008. As coach Oliver Purnell said, it’s not exactly a milestone, but there are some reasons for optimism the Blue Demons could use to carry forward the rest of the season. Here were some keys to their victory: 1. Billy Garrett Jr. played an efficient, effective game. His stat...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Star frosh Billy Garrett Jr. breathes new life into DePaul

Freshman guard Billy Garrett Jr. has been a huge part of the improvement we’ve seen in DePaul Blue Demons basketball this season. They’re 2-3 in the Big East, and if you look at how they’ve been competitive in every league game this year, they might be around .500 in conference play when it’s all said and done. Sure, that’s not the Final Four or anything, but you have to...
Via The Sports Bank
January 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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