DePaul Blue Demons Hosts 15th NCAA Selection Party

DePaul Blue Demons Hosts 15th NCAA Selection Party
Coach Doug Bruno has led the Lady Blue Demons to 13 straight NCAA tournaments. In 2014. the Big East champs had an automatic bid

While the Northwestern Wildcats Men's Basketball team will have the eyes of Chicago on Sunday, awaiting its first-ever NCAA tournament selection, another Chicago-area team will quietly wait for its 15th NCAA tournament berth.

The DePaul Blue Demons, ranked #17 in the country, is the most consistently successful college basketball program in the Chicago area (also the most overlooked.)

On Monday, March 13, join Coach Doug Bruno and the team at McGrath-Phillips Arena to watch the unveiling of the NCAA tournament brackets on DePaul's big screen. Doors open at 5 pm. A visit from mascot Dibs DePaul is mandatory, along with free food and soda. Parking is available next door to the Sullivan Athletic Center at the 2335 N. Sheffield parking facility.

The ESPN telecast begins at 6 p.m. According to Assistant Communications Director Bob Sakamoto, interviews and live look-ins will occur throughout the two-hour special including Terry Gawlik, chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee chair, in the 7 p.m. hour as part of extended coverage that will air on ESPNU

DePaul's 2016-17 campaign is unrivaled in the Chicago area. Ranked No. 17 in the Associated Press Top 25 national poll and No. 17 in the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, the Blue Demons come in with a 17 RPI. DePaul also compiled a 26-7 regular season record, claiming its fourth consecutive Big East regular-season title with a record of 16-2 and was runner-up at the tournament, just missing their third straight conference title.

DePaul is No. 4 in the country in three-point attempts, No. 5 in assists and assists per game, No. 6 in three-pointers, No. 7 in rebounds and three-pointers per game, No. 8 in assist-turnover ratio and No. 10 in scoring offense. Jessica January is fourth in the nation in triple doubles while Kelly Campbell is No. 9 in assist-turnover ratio and Brooke Schulte No. 26 in field goals made.

They excel off the court, too. According to their website, the Blue Demons have been ranked in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Academic Top 25 ten times since 2006 and finishing in the top eight in in six of the last seven seasons which included a No. 2 finish in 2013. They also earned the Big East Team Academic Award in eight of the last nine seasons for having the top team GPA. In the past three years, DePaul was named Inside Higher Education’s academic national champion twice.

DePaul's women's basketball program has also produced two current WNBA players---Keshia Hampton (Minnesota Lynx) and two-time WNBA Sixth Player of the Year Allie Quigley (Chicago Sky).

The NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship begins with first round play on Friday, March 17. Coverage will continue through the second round and regional finals, culminating with the Women’s Final Four from American Airlines Arena in Dallas, Texas.

This year also marks the 30th anniversary of ESPN’s coverage of the women’s championship.

 

From SB Nation: 2017 Women's Automatic Bids include:

American Athletic Uncasville, Conn.  

March 6

UConn

Atlantic 10
Richmond, Va. March 5 Dayton

Atlantic Coast
Conway, S.C.  

March 5

Notre Dame

ASUN
Highest seeds host  

March 12


Big 12
Oklahoma City, Okla.  

March 6

West Virginia

Big East
Rosemont, Ill.  

March 7

Marquette

Big Sky
Reno, Nev.  

March 11


Big South
Lynchburg, Va.  

March 12


Big Ten
Indianapolis  

March 5

Maryland

Big West
Anaheim, Calif.  

March 11


Colonial Athletic
Harrisonburg, Va.  

March 11


Conference USA
Birmingham, Ala.  

March 11


Horizon League
Detroit  

March 7

Green Bay

Ivy League
Philadelphia March 12

Metro Atlantic Athletic
Albany, N.Y.  

March 6

Quinnipiac

Mid-American
Cleveland  

March 11


Mid-Eastern Athletic
Norfolk, Va.  

March 11


Missouri Valley
Moline, Ill.  

March 12


Mountain West
Las Vegas  

March 10


Northeast
Highest seeds host  

March 12


Ohio Valley
Nashville, Tenn.  

March 4

Belmont

Pac-12
Seattle  

March 5

Stanford

Patriot League
Highest seeds host March 12

Southeastern
Greenville, S.C.  

March 5

South Carolina

Southern
Asheville, N.C.  

March 5

Chattanooga

Southland
Katy, Texas  

March 12


Southwestern Athletic
Houston  

March 11


Summit League
Sioux Falls, S.D.  

March 7

Western Illinois

Sun Belt
New Orleans  

March 12


West Coast
Las Vegas  

March 7

 

Gonzaga


Western Athletic
Las Vegas  

March 11

 

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