Quick Notes from DePaul's loss to Cincinnati

The Blue Demons just lost on the road in the Big East, again. DePaul has lost 24 straight road games. The final score: 76-60 is pretty indicative of how the game went, though Cincinnati's defense really dominated the first half. Also, this isn't particularly earth-shattering. It's tough to go to an opponent's gym - especially one as athletic as the Bearcats - and win. Ken Pomeroy had projected Cincinnati as a 77-58 favorite coming in. 

DePaul is now 6-7 overall and 0-1 in Big East play. Here are two quick good notes and few quick bad notes from tonight's game. 
Good:
  • Cleveland Melvin's play - Melvin went 12-21 from the field and scored 24 points.
  • Jeremiah Kelly's quiet efficiency - He went 4-7 from the field, scored nine points and had four assists. The only thing I'd want to see is more aggressive play.
Bad:
  • The struggled of Brandon Young - Young shot 1-11 from the field and had four assists against four turnovers. This game was a good reminder of how young players can be inconsistent and that Young, while talented, is still developing.
  • An inability to grab rebounds - Cincinnati missed 36 shots and grabbed 19 offensive rebounds. That's a 52.8 offensive rebound percentage - and that's terrible.
  • Free throw shooting - DePaul went 5-12 from the line. This is mostly on Tony Freeland, he just had an off night going 1-5. All the other free throws came from Young, who went 4-7. You wish a few more Blue Demons would go to the basket stronger.
  • The invisible Krys Faber - Playing against a tall Cincinnati team Faber struggled mightily going just 1-3 and two points with two turnovers in 21 minutes. That's not acceptable from this team's starting center.
I'm glad the team kept fighting through the end of the game. It wasn't easy to start with an athletic pressing team like Cincinnati, but things don't get any easier for the Blue Demons when they play Georgetown on New Year's Day.

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