The Allstate Arena is empty at the moment, but soon enough both teams will be taking the court for warm ups and the fans will begin to file into Rosemont.
Tonight the DePaul Blue Demons are looking to win consecutive home games for the first time since December when they won three home games in a row.
That task will be easier said than done as the power house Connecticut Huskies make their way into the Windy City tonight. The 18-7 (8-5 Big East) Huskies have won four of their last six, not bad for a team that’s barred from postseason play this year.
Despite the fact that they are on probation, they have played hard all year and are one of the top teams in the Big East Conference this season.
What makes their accomplishments this year even more special is the fact that their roster has six underclassmen. And all of them have done their part to make this team successful.
As for the Demons, they are trying to salvage what’s left of yet another failing season. DePaul is just 2-11 in conference play this year and 11-15 overall.
Their last home game was seven days ago against Rutgers, DePaul pulled it all together and won 75-69. Earlier this week Oliver Purnell’s bunch traveled to Washington D.C. where they were pounded on by Georgetown by the final score of 90-66.
UConn is just as talented as G’Town if not more. So DePaul will need a team effort and a lot of luck if they are going to get a victory here tonight.
Both teams are even size wise but that’s where the similarities end. The Huskies are a hard nosed defensive team. They don’t make a whole lot of mistakes, and they can score both inside and outside.
DePaul will need to jump on them early if they are to have a chance to win this game. They need to get physical with UConn, protect the paint, and contain the perimeter. Grabbing a few rebounds wouldn’t hurt either.
On offense the Demons need to limit turnovers, score early and often, assert themselves when it comes to offensive rebounding, and put pressure on the Connecticut defense.
The formula always sounds easy but once the game begins it will be a lot harder. You can follow me during the game on Twitter @GabeSalgado82 #Q101Sports