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  • Plot thickens in quest for new DePaul basketball arena

    Just two weeks after DePaul President Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider, C.M. introduced the university’s Vision 2018 plan at an event attended by alumni, faculty and students Sept. 14, a slew of reports came forth reporting that the school was in talks to move their men’s basketball games to a new arena.

  • Durrell McDonald

    Third recruit signs for 2012-2013 season

    DePaul men’s basketball head coach Oliver Purnell recruited a third player to his in¬coming class for the upcoming 2012-13 season, signing Durrell McDonald to a National Letter of Intent Thursday, April 12.

  • Allstate Arena

    DePaul Strategic Plan draft hints at possible men's basketball return to Chicago

    DePaul’s “strategic plan” draft is set to hit the desks of the Board of Trustees for approval and on the fourth page, fourth bullet point was a little something for the basketball team.

  • Cleveland Melvin dunk teaser

    Photos: Men's basketball 2011-2012 season

    We've rounded up the best DePaulia photos of the men's basketball season taken by our photographers and put them together for this slideshow.

  • Cleveland Melvin men's basketball vs UConn

    UConn too much for Blue Demons, eliminate men from Big East tournament

    Connecticut may have been without last season's Most Outstanding Player, Kemba Walker, this year, but the Huskies' well-rounded lineup held court throughout their tough schedule, including their opening round matchup with DePaul at the Big East Conference Championship. With a balanced attack and strong inside presence, the Huskies dispatched the Blue Demons 81-67 Tuesday afternoon, ending DePaul's season and tournament stay.

  • Jeremiah Kelly Cal Poly

    Kelly, Faber close out DePaul careers with win over Seton Hall

    And so, another regular season for the men's basketball team comes to a close. After a great start to the season, the Blue Demons endured a cold spell that reminded fans of their typical struggles in the Big East Conference. Yet they still enjoyed some closure on Saturday, defeating the Seton Hall Pirates 86-58 for their third conference win of the year.

  • Bench men's basketball vs Providence.jpg

    Late rally not enough for men's basketball in loss to Providence

    Close games that end in losses have become a story all too common to the DePaul Blue Demons as they fell to the Providence Friars 73-71 Saturday, Feb. 25.

  • Brandon Young guards Russ Smith men's basketball vs Louisville.jpg

    Young, men's basketball fall to No. 19/18 Louisville in overtime

    The looks on the faces of Brandon Young and Oliver Purnell after the game said it all. They let one get away. Young scored 27 points but he and the rest of the Blue Demons could not pull through with the upset, falling to No. 19/18 ranked Louisville 90-82 in overtime Saturday afternoon at Allstate Arena.

  • Derrell Robertson men's basketball vs UConn

    Men's basketball drops 5 in a row with 80-54 loss to UConn

    (AP) Shabazz Napier and Alex Oriakhi each put up double-doubles and Connecticut, playing its fourth straight game without ailing coach Jim Calhoun, beat DePaul 80-54 on Wednesday night.

  • Cleveland Melvin men's basketball vs Notre Dame

    Men's basketball comes up short against Fighting Irish 84-76

    The DePaul Blue Demons gave the host Notre Dame Fighting Irish all they could handle on Saturday afternoon in Purcell Pavilion, but couldn't finish it off in a 84-76 loss.

  • Bradon Young Marquette teaser

    Blue Demons start strong, fall to rivals No. 18/19 Marquette 89-76

    The stage was set Monday night for another great game between long-time rivals DePaul and Marquette – especially after both teams needed a win to get back on track. The Blue Demons, however, would drop this one 89 – 76.

  • DePaul-Marquette rivalry reignites for Monday’s matchup

    It is often said that the hardest people to get along with are the ones most like you. This may be the best way to describe the storied rivalry between the DePaul University and Marquette University men's basketball teams.

  • Oliver Purnell men's basketball vs Cincinnati

    Turnovers hurt men's basketball in 74-66 loss to Cincinnati

    The Cincinnati Bearcats were desperate to snap a three-game losing streak going into their Big East game Saturday against DePaul. They finally played like it in the second half.

  • DePaul Blue Demons logo

    Timeline: DePaul-Marquette

    A timeline of some of the biggest events in DePaul-Marquette men's basketball history.

  • Brandon Young men's basketball vs St Johns.jpg

    St. John's beats men's basketball 87-81

    The streak will have to wait. The DePaul Blue Demons men's basketball team could not put together a complete 40-minute effort on Wednesday night as they lost to St. John's 87-81 at Allstate Arena.

  • Jamee Crockett men's basketball vs Rutgers

    Crockett leads men's basketball over Rutgers to 69-64 win

    Freshman Jamee Crockett scored 17 of his career-high 20 points in the second half to help DePaul rally for a 69-64 victory over Rutgers on Wednesday night.

  • Cleveland Melvin

    Poor shooting hurts men's basketball in 75-59 loss to USF

    Coming into this game with a conference record at 1-5, the Blue Demons saw this game as an opportunity to get back on the right track. Unfortunately, the Blue Demons were unable to overcome a tough second half, losing 75-59 to the South Florida Bulls.

  • Tony Freeland

    Freeland to transfer from DePaul

    It was announced Jan. 19 that junior forward Tony Freeland would transfer from DePaul due to a family illness in Los Angeles. The 6-foot-7, 227-pound forward has been sidelined for the 2011-12 season after undergoing shoulder surgery Nov. 2.

  • Cleveland Melvin men's basketball vs Georgetown

    Men's basketball hangs around with No. 10/12 Georgetown before falling 83-75

    It was an interesting night for the Blue Demons as they hosted No. 10/12 Georgetown, hanging around with the Hoyas for the most of the game before falling 83-75 at Allstate Arena Tuesday night.

  • Men's basketball vs Villanova

    Blue Demons drop three on Big East road trip

    Three days after their stunning victory over Pittsburgh, their first Big East win of the season, the men's basketball team was unable to keep the momentum going as they fell to Villanova 87-71 in Philadelphia. DePaul fell behind 10-0 to start the game and could not dig themselves fully out of that hole.

  • Men's basketball vs Pitt

    Young, Blue Demons take down Pitt 84-81 in final seconds

    As the crowd rushed the court in a celebratory mob, a sense of relief and victory swept over Allstate Arena, DePaul players had one general thing going through their minds: "I loved it, I loved every moment of it. I hope we get some more like that," sophomore guard Brandon Young said.

  • Moses Morgan men's basketball vs Syracuse.jpg

    Men's basketball opens Big East play with defeat to No. 1 Syracuse

    The nation's top-ranked Syracuse Orange came to the Allstate Arena and spoiled the New Years party for the DePaul Blue Demons, who lost 87-68 in their Big East Conference opener on Sunday afternoon.

  • Oliver Purnell

    Men's basketball records 63-58 win, best start since 1999-2000

    The DePaul men's basketball team is going into the Christmas break and Big East Conference play on a high note after taking down Cal Poly 63-58 on Wednesday night at Allstate Arena.

  • Young, defense lead men's basketball to 81-62 victory

    In spite of a slow and somewhat sloppy first ten minutes of play, the Depaul Men's Basketball team defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 81-62 on Saturday night at McGrath Phillips Arena.

  • Moses Morgan and Charles McKinney men's basketball vs UT-Pan American.jpg

    Defense helps men's basketball stop Northern Illinois 75-52

    An emphasis on defensive pressure had a big second-half payoff as DePaul sprinted past Northern Illinois for a 75-52 victory Wednesday night.

  • Cleveland Melvin

    Melvin leads men's basketball over Chicago State 102-95

    The DePaul men's basketball team was pushed to the brink by a rival Chicago opponent for the second straight game, but pulled out the 102-95 victory over the Chicago State squad Saturday afternoon at Allstate Arena.

  • Krys Faber vs Ole Miss

    Men's basketball starts strong, holds on for 69-58 win over Loyola

    DePaul coach Oliver Purnell found little wrong with the Blue Demons' efforts in a dominating first half on Wednesday night. The second half? Purnell has seen better as DePaul survived a second-half Loyola surge to claim a 69-58 non-conference victory in a dedication game at the Ramblers' revamped Gentile Arena.

  • Cleveland Melvin men's basketball vs UW Milwaukee

    Hot shooting Milwaukee beats men's basketball 87-76

    The Blue Demons couldn't fend off Milwaukee's sharp shooting Monday night, falling to the Panthers 87-76.

  • Krys Faber shooting against Ole Miss men's basketball

    Men's basketball rallies, falls to Ole Miss 70-68

    A furious second half rally came up just short for head coach Oliver Purnell and the DePaul Blue Demons as they fell to the Ole Miss Rebels 70-68 in the 2011-12 home debut for DePaul at Allstate Arena.

  • Brandon Young

    Men's basketball goes 2-1, finishes 5th in Old Spice Classic

    For their Thanksgiving weekend, the DePaul men's basketball team spent time away from Chicago's cold weather in sunny Lake Buena Vista, Fla., where they competed in the annual Old Spice Classic. On Sunday, the Blue Demons capped their weekend with a 68-64 win over Arizona State in the fifth-place game, finishing 2-1 over the three-game tournament.

  • Men's basketball survives charge, beats Arizona State 68-64 to finish 5th in Old Spice Classic

    DePaul coach Oliver Purnell knows there are a lot of areas his team needs to improve on of its going to be a NCAA Tournament team at season's end. But after concluding its three days at the Old Spice Classic with a 68-64 win over Arizona State Sunday and a fifth place finish, he feels like at least there is a blueprint now for the Blue Demons to get there.

  • Charles McKinney

    Charles McKinney, dunk garner attention

    Standing at 6 feet, 3 inches, 19-year-old Charles McKinney is not just a fan of concerts and movies-he's also a freshman basketball player at DePaul who is already getting a lot of attention.

  • Jeremiah Kelly men's basketball vs Mississippi Valley State.jpg

    Men's basketball defeats Mississippi Valley State 80-70

    Looking to conclude their two-game season-opening homestand at McGrath-Phillips Arena with a 2-0 record, the men's basketball team did just that against Mississippi Valley State on Monday night. Sparked by a remarkable shooting display by senior guard Jeremiah Kelly in the first half, the Blue Demons defeated the Delta Devils 80-70.

  • Krys Faber dunk men's basketball vs UT-Pan American.jpg

    Men's basketball starts season with 91-72 win

    Upon the men's basketball team taking the court at McGrath-Phillips Arena against UT-Pan American for their 2011-12 season opener on Friday night, it was an opportunity to wipe the slate clean. Finishing last season with a 7-24 overall record, the revamped Blue Demons looked to forget the past with win one in game one of their 2011-12 campaign.

  • Purnell signs 2 to National Letter of Intent

    DePaul men's basketball head coach Oliver Purnell signed two players to a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday. DeJuan Marrero, a 6'5" forward from Gary, Ind., and Jodan Price, a 6'7" guard/forward from Bevery Hills, Mich., will both be joining the Blue Demons next season.

  • Freshman basketball players

    Stepping Up: The DePaulia's 2011-2012 basketball preview

    With the women's team looking to be a force in the Big East and the men's team looking to rebound from a rough season, the freshmen on both squads will be called upon to fill big shoes and build a lasting foundation.

  • Men's basketball

    Men look to improve Big East reputation

    On paper, last year's Blue Demon season might not look like much. The team went 7- 24 for the season and 1-17 in the Big East conference. Their lone Big East win was against Providence with a narrow 79-76 victory. They averaged 64.5 points with their opponents averaging 78.9. But that was last year, the first full year under new management. Are the men ready and where they need to be to successfully keep rebuilding the program under coach Oliver Purnell?

  • Cleveland Melvin

    The Cleveland (Melvin) Show

    Some secrets are just too good to be kept. For DePaul's 2010-11 Big East Rookie of the Year, Cleveland Melvin, the word is out and the bulls-eye has been firmly affixed.

  • Cleveland Melvin men's basketball vs Lewis

    Melvin leads men's basketball over Lewis 70-63

    What a difference a year makes. In last season's preseason meeting with Lewis University, DePaul couldn't overcome a hot shooting Flyers lineup en route to a 70-68 defeat. This year, with the reigning Big East Rookie of the Year in Cleveland Melvin having emerged as the team's star, the Blue Demons defeated the Flyers 70-63 on Saturday.

  • Men's basketball loses three players in pre-season

    At the beginning of the summer, the DePaul men's basketball team was primed for smooth sailing into a highly anticipated season—Head Coach Oliver Purnell, in his sophomore season at the helm, took on a six-player crew of freshmen talent, and it seemed the Blue Demons were headed in the right direction with their young squad.

  • Freeland, Brooks ruled out for 2011-2012 season

    DePaul announced late Friday afternoon that junior forward Tony Freeland and freshman guard Macari Brooks will miss the 2011-2012 men's basketball season.

  • Men's basketbal France Louvre

    Oui are DePaul: Men's basketball makes most of France trip

    With every passing year, college sports teams send off athletes– through graduation or otherwise – to do bigger and better things, and introduce new recruits. This endless cycle lends somewhat of a fleeting element to college athletics, which is why team building year after year is so important to team dynamic.

  • Seniors Devin Hill and Eric Wallace granted releases

    The DePaul Athletic department has confirmed that senior forwards Devin Hill and Eric Wallace have requested and been granted releases and are not expected to return to DePaul Men's basketball program next season.

  • Purnell’s class of 2011

    In his first season as DePaul men's basketball head coach, Oliver Purnell has gathered an incoming class composed of six players from across the nation. According to affiliate, the 2011 class ranks No. 25 in the nation and seventh in the Big East.

  • Michel Bizoukas

    Bizoukas asks for, gets his release

    Michael Bizoukas will not be a Blue Demon next season. The junior guard from Munster, Ind., asked for and was granted his release, the school confirmed on Thursday, April 21. He is looking to transfer to a different program and according to has interest from teams in the Horizon League and Conference USA.

  • Oliver Purnell

    Oliver Purnell: Year One

    The hiring of Oliver Purnell in April of 2010 was touted as a new era by the DePaul Athletic Department, a return to the winning ways of old. During his introductory press conference, he did himself no favors, setting expectations sky high: "Everything you could possibly need to build a tremendous basketball program is here."

  • Jim Calhoun NCAA Final Four UConn Butler

    Editorial: NCAA Championship troubles

    Well, after a month of elimination basketball, we've got our NCAA champion: The University of Connecticut Huskies, who averaged 72.4 points per game this year and were led by the electric Kemba Walker. Their head coach, Jim Calhoun, won his third national championship, the fifth coach to achieve that milestone. He will also be sitting out the first three games of the Big East conference schedule next season for recruiting violations.