As DePaul prepared for their second round with Notre Dame today, the Blue Demons still have a positive vibe in their locker room despite being in the midst of an eight game losing streak.
Two weeks ago, the Blue Demons lost to the Fighting Irish at Allstate Arena in overtime. But despite that loss, we learned a lot about Oliver Purnell’s squad.
We learned that they can play at a high level, they can shoot when they need too, and they have heart despite their failure to finish games.
Tomorrow’s game in South Bend will be bigger. DePaul will be looking to end their eight game slide, and they will be looking to defeat the Irish for the first time in six years.
A win tomorrow would also be their first victory at Notre Dame since 2004. Then there is the fact that the Demons are trying to salvage their season.
As for the Irish, they also have plenty to play for… They are looking to continue their momentum since their amazing five overtime victory over Louisville this past weekend.
They are also looking to win back-to-back games for the first time since January. They hope to catch both Pittsburgh and Marquette in the Big East standings and inch their way into the top three in the conference.
They also want to move up in the top 25 poll, a loss might be enough to knock them out of the rankings. Notre Dame’s biggest goal right now, is to get a double-bye in the Big East tournament next month.
I expect both teams to come out and light up the court in this ongoing battle between two legendary programs. DePaul know’s what they need to do in order to win tomorrow night.
Even though they haven’t had much to cheer about this season, they keep a positive attitude and look at every game as a fresh start.
Oliver Purnell has done a damn good job keeping his team prepared and focused. The issue has been applying the hard work in practice to game day.
The problem has been playing mistake-free basketball, the problem has been inconsistency. But through it all, the 2012-2013 DePaul Blue Demons have held their heads up high and have dealt with this adversity with class and integrity.
DePaul can’t afford another loss if they are going to have ANY hopes of playing in the postseason. Tomorrow is the make or break game for the Blue Demons.
After practice head coach Oliver Purnell spoke with the media:
I managed to get an exclusive interview with DePaul forward Jamee Crockett:
I also got to talk to Blue Demons forward Donnavan Kirk one-on-one: