Tag: Oliver Purnell

UIC, Loyola competing with DePaul for offseason attention

When DePaul announced in early May that they’d be making the most of their long offseason with a 10-day trip to France beginning August 11, the Blue Demons set the bar very high for offseason media attention. All NCAA D-I teams are allowed one overseas trip every four years – another silly NCAA rule –... Read more »

Is Oliver Purnell one of the most overpaid coaches in college hoops?

Amid all the outrage over John Calipari’s $36.5 million eight year contract extension, Yahoo! Sports writer Jason King thinks Purnell is too handsomely compensated. Purnell raked in $1.8 million for his inaugural 7-24 season at DePaul. That’s $58,064.52 per game, $257,142.86 per win, $855.51 per point or $13.79 per reported home fan. Sounds obscene in... Read more »

Season Recap: DePaul

This is the third of five season recaps that will appear this week. There will be one each day in reverse order of current KenPom ranking. Never has a marketing plan seemed so appropriate than this season at DePaul. The Blue Demons’ “New Era, Same Tradition” slogan rang true throughout the season. The hiring of... Read more »

College basketball is alive in Chicago

College basketball is alive in Chicago
It’s a known fact that most sports reporters don’t pay attention to college basketball season until approximately February. The Super Bowl and college bowl games typically have to finish before most newspapers will even consider running something about how Connecticut looks strong in the preseason or the fact that Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger is a... Read more »

DePaul's season ends with loss to Connecticut in Big East Tournament

DePaul’s season ended not with a stunning upset at Madison Square Garden, but with the whimper of an overmatched team taking on a talented, NCAA Tournament caliber squad. Connecticut’s 97-71 victory over the Blue Demons was a classic case of talent taking a sledgehammer to desire. The Blue Demons were doomed from the beginning. Having... Read more »

DePaul will prove it belongs in Big East moving forward

Tonight’s game between DePaul and Providence is big for a number of reasons. There’s a lot of history in this game even though these two teams have only played 28 times. For one, the Blue Demons are continuing their quest to try and avoid a dubious fate – losing every regular season Big East game.... Read more »

West Virginia ready for DePaul this time

The last time West Virginia played DePaul the Mountaineers escaped with a 67-65 victory at Allstate Arena. This time in Morgantown Bob Huggins’ squad was ready and got out to a comfortable margin and maintained it throughout an 82-71 victory. There were some bright spots for the Blue Demons. Tony Freeland had a nice spin... Read more »

Blue Demons close again, still waiting for breakthrough

With just a two-day turnaround from its loss to Notre Dame, DePaul went to the Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky and almost pulled off a huge upset. The Blue Demons kept it close the entire way, but in the end the #13 Cardinals made the plays down the stretch to eek out the victory. “Our... Read more »

Connecticut's envious depth

DePaul’s game against Connecticut was a classic case of a team that was overmatched in terms of talent at almost every position. But where the talent gap became even more apparent was on the bench. And while everyone will talk about the excellent play of Kemba Walker, who scored 31 points, it was in the... Read more »

DePaul takes down Loyola in city rivalry game

Two timely three-point shots and the ability to control the tempo helped DePaul take down Chicago rival Loyola 81-74 today at Allstate Arena. Guards Courtney Stanley and Gabe Kindred aren’t the strongest players on the court for Loyola and to beat a team that plays the style of DePaul (5-6) you have to get great point... Read more »