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Home away from home: Game 12 at DePaul

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Milwaukee (5-6, 1-1 Horizon) vs. DePaul (3-6)

Allstate Arena – Rosemont, Illinois

TV: Time Warner Sports 32

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If there’s a time to be confident despite two 20-point losses just over a week in the rear view mirror as you head into a Big East arena, this is it.  The Milwaukee Panthers take the short trip down I-94 to meet the DePaul Blue Demons tonight at 8 p.m.

The Blue Demons are 3-6 coming off its latest loss Saturday to Ball State at McGrath Arena, the on-campus part-time home of DePaul.  The Blue Demons had a decent game in the box score, causing 19 turnovers and holding a superior advantage in shooting from beyond the arc and at the stripe.  However, the Cardinals outrebounded DU by 11 and the Blue Demons couldn’t stop a two-pointer to save the game (BSU was 59% from inside the arc).  Brandon Young had 23 and Cleveland Melvin had 19 for the Blue Demons in the losing effort.

DePaul is 2-1 at the Allstate Arena this year, dropping a heartbreaker to Western Carolina 69-65 before dispatching MAC foes Northern Illinois and Central Michigan earlier this month.  An in-season tournament at Anaheim was a mixed bag; two close losses to Stanford and Oklahoma State surrounded a 22-point schellacking at the hands of Cal State Northridge.

At 114 in RealTimeRPI and 102 in StatSheet.com’s RPI, the Milwaukee Panthers represent the second-most difficult game the Blue Demons have faced thus far (Oklahoma State – 61, 62).  The relatively weak schedule features three losses to teams above 240 in the RPI and their best victory at home against Central Michigan (272 RealTimeRPI) or Northern Illinois (271 StatSheet.com).

The Blue Demons are led by Brandon Young in scoring at 15.78 ppg.  He and Jimmy Drew are their only decent options beyond the arc (48%, 37% respectively), but they have seven players shooting 39% with at least 25 attempts.  Devin Hill has a stress fracture in his foot that has limited him to five games this season, and he is definitely out until January.  His starting job was taken by Tony Freeland, who shoots 51% and scores 11 ppg.

Krys Faber (9.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg) is their only threat on the glass.  Equally bad for DePaul is their penchant for turnovers; the Blue Demons have turnover prone players all over their starting lineup, with point guard Jeremiah Kelly their only consistent ball-handler.

Milwaukee hopes to get back to .500 with a win.  PantherU will be having a pre-game meal at a restaurant as-yet-to-be-named.  If you’re heading down, join us!

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