By: Chris Kwiecinski
In a matchup of two in-state teams, Northwestern and DePaul will tip off Wednesday night in a game that’s much closer than just logistically. Both teams are in need of a December win to propel their respective records, which are only a half game apart from each other.
Here are a few things to know about Northwestern and DePaul’s matchup this Wednesday in Evanston.
The Blue Demons, who have won the last two games against Northwestern, are 6-3 and own victories over Oklahoma, St. Louis and Gonzaga. Northwestern, who sits at 6-4 on the season, has recorded a four-game winning streak, as well as a win over Auburn.
Both teams, however, have also suffered losses to subpar teams; Northwestern has lost to Milwaukee and Chattanooga, while DePaul dropped games to Northern Colorado and Florida Gulf Coast.
Depaul boasts an offense that averaged 89.4 points per game, and has six players who average in double figures: Ashton Millender, Amarah Coleman, Mart’e Grays, Tanita Allen, Kelly Campbell and Chante Stonewall. However, the team has also allowed 70 or more points in seven out of nine games played.
Alternatively, Northwestern scores an average of 62.5 points per game, and allows an average of 56.3 points per game. The Wildcats have also held seven out of their 10 opponents under 60 points. It’ll be a classic case of what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object.
One stat that doesn’t exactly stick out is that Northwestern out-rebounds its opponents by an average of 4.9 boards per game, while DePaul gets out-rebounded by its opponents by 5.1 boards per game. Considering the Blue Demons’ potent offense, the team that controls the boards might control the game.