Photo signifies DePaul's life in the Big East. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Good Morning V5ers! Today, your USF Bulls head up to the Windy City to take on the DePaul Blue Demons in the BATTLE FOR 15TH at 2 PM. The game will be on WFTS if you're in the Tampa Bay area, and if you have DirecTV or Dish Network the game will be on SNY. If you're at the beach or going to the USF Softball stadium today, Jim Lighthall will take care of you at 1250 WHNZ.
Not much has changed since the last time we met in Jaunuary, except for the loss column for both teams and one solitary win by DePaul against Providence two weeks ago. It's still the same lineup that we saw in Tampa, but in case you forgot (and you probably did), here is the probable starting lineup for Coach Purnell.
G: 6' Jr.(7.4 PTS/2.3 REB/3.0 AST/1.9 STL)
G: 6'3 Fr. Brandon Young (12.0 PTS/2.4 REB/3.8 AST/1.1 STL)
G: 6'5 Sr.(6.6 PTS/3.5 REB/2.0 AST)
PF: 6'8 Fr.(14.3 PTS/5.0 REB/1.5 BLK)
C: 6'10 Jr.(7.2 PTS/5.5 REB)
Coach Purnell still uses three players off the bench, but the depth chart has changed a little bit. 6'6 Soph. Tony Freeland (9.3 PTS/4.9 REB) is still the only post option off the bench, but he gives the Blue Demons a small but quick post who is a pretty decent defender for his size. 6'2 Jr. Michael Bizoukas (1.3 PTS/1.5 REB/2.0 AST) is the first guard off the bench, and as his stats show is more of a pass first guard. He's good for about 15-20 minutes a night and will give Kelly or Young a breather. 6'6 Fr. Moses Morgan (3.7 PTS/1.6 REB) has jumped Mike Stovall
Jeremiah Kelly has been on fire from three over the last two weeks for DePaul, and if he continues his hot streak today could pose a real problem for our guards if they decide to help out on defense against their posts.
On offense, USF did a pretty good job against the press of DePaul, and Hugh Robertson along with Jawanza Poland had a huge night finding open lanes when they broke the first level. You might remember this from our award winning piece on the Best Moments in USF-DePaul History.
Wouldn't be surprised if we see a lot of this today.
I have three predictions for today's game:
- A lot of empty seats
- A couple of big dunks by Jawanza
- The first road win of the season for USF
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