It comes down to this for DePaul. Lose tonight and the Blue Demons will have the longest losing streak in regular season Big East history. No longer will fans remember the glory days of the 1970's and 80's. Nope, it'll be the memory of the team that broke Miami's 21-game losing streak. (Thanks to WeAreDePaul for the tip.)
There is some history on the side of DePaul as well though. The last time Villanova lost on campus at the Pavilion? January 6, 2007 to DePaul. Yes, it was three years to the day. Also, the last ranked team DePaul beat? Villanova on January 3, 2008. It seems like this might happen.
History aside, what are DePaul's chances? That and something about Chicago State vs. Northern Illinois after the break.
DePaul vs. Villanova:
Where: The Pavilion (Philadelphia not Chicago version)
When: 7 p.m.
Television: ThisTV, ESPN360.com
Accuscore: Villanova 77, DePaul 55 (93.1% to Villanova)
Pomeroy: Villanova 77, DePaul 59 (96% to Villanova)
Summary: This is a true road game in the Big East against a team that is currently ranked 6th in the country. Villanova (12-1) has returned many of the players that went to the Final Four a season ago. It is all about the guards as Scottie Reynolds (17.6 ppg), Reggie Redding (14.0 ppg) and Corey Fisher (12.8 ppg) drive the attack. Villanova's only loss of the season came when the Wildcats let Temple shoot the lights out against them and DePaul just doesn't have the firepower to put on that kind of display. Mac Koshwal should be able to overpower the Villanova frontline, but who is going to guard all these guards? This looks like another loss for the Blue Demons.
Chicago State vs. Northern Illinois:
Where: Jones Convocation Center
When: 7 p.m.
Accuscore: Northern Illinois 75, Chicago State 68 (69.9% to NIU)
Pomeroy: Northern Illinois 63, Chicago State 56 (79% to NIU)
Summary: Northern Illinois (3-8) isn't a terrible team. The Huskies are ranked 271st in the Pomeroy rankings and have a formidable guard in Xavier Silas. Silas is averaging 17.3 ppg and his teammate Darion Anderson is also in double figures at 10.4 ppg. NIU lost at Northwestern, Illinois and UIC earlier this season, but this is its last chance for a tune-up before MAC play begins. The Cougars have to shoot better in order to pull off the upset, but playing at home could help. This is Chicago State's final game before Great West play begins and Chicago College Basketball will have full coverage from the Jones Convocation Center tonight.