Coming off an 87-82 win at No. 10 Seton Hall, the Jays return home on Saturday to face DePaul. DePaul currently sits at 13- 11 overall and 1-10 in conference play.
The Blue Demons started the season strong, winning their first 10 games of the season, including wins over Texas Tech and at Iowa, who are both currently ranked in the AP Top 25.
DePaul also has a win over then ranked No. 5 Butler, but have yet to beat any other Big East teams. The Jays defeated the Blue Demons 83-68 back on Jan. 22 in Chicago.
Junior guard Mitch Ballock led a balanced attack for the Bluejays with five players scoring in double figures. Ballock scored 19 points, while junior forwards Damien Jefferson and Denzel Mahoney each added 14.
The Blue Demons are led by junior guard Charlie Moore and junior forward Paul Reed. Moore is a transfer, starting his college career at California before playing his sophomore campaign at Kansas. He averages 15.9 points per game and almost seven assists per game.
Reed averages a double-double, with 15.6 points per game and 10.9 rebounds per game. Last season, Reed won the Big East’s Most Improved Player award while also leading the league in rebounding.
Reed has been a strong defender for the Blue Demons this year, currently ranking second in the Big East in blocks (2.8) and steals (2) per game.
While DePaul has been one of the best teams in the country at creating turnovers and blocking shots, ranking in the top 30 of the NCAA in both categories, this hasn’t translated to them being strong defensively. In Big East play, the Blue Demons allow 73 points per game, ranking seventh in the league.
The first game ultimately came down to Creighton taking one of Reed or Moore out of the game. Moore shot just 3 of 15 from the field in the first meeting, scoring 13 points with seven coming from the free-throw line.
The rest of the team shot 50% from the field in that game. If the Jays can force either Reed or Moore into another inefficient night shooting the ball, Creighton may be able to win handily, similar to the first meeting.