Even Ray Meyer Can't Help This Team

Edward WiseContributor IJanuary 7, 2009

Joey Meyer in a Cubs Uniform says it all about the Curse of the Blue Demons. “ WE AREN’T...DePaul” not anymore and not anytime soon.

Since the Ray Meyer loss to Wake Forrest in the Stall/Four corners upset years ago to Joey Meyer's off the record blackballing; this team can't win any big games. Don't expect  this to change tonight when they battle a very solid deep team in the Orange.

DePaul is 8-7 and 0-2 in the Big East and seem to play much better at home this year.

Tonight, they will be in familiar surrounding with the snow on the ground in Syracuse but not the court as they travel to the Carrier Dome for a very tough road game. This Syracuse team is more than a handful and much better than the team that beat DePaul at the All State Arena last year 60-55 .

DePaul quickly must figure out how to stop Arizine Onuaku who dominated last years game with  22 points and nine rebounds that lead the short-handed orange.

The Orange are 2-1 against the Blue Demons since they joined the Big East in 2005-06.

Tonight the 11th-ranked Orange expect to have both Paul Harris and Eric Devendorf back, although Devendorf may again come off the bench, when the Orange try to open 3-0 in the Big East for the first time since 2005-06.

Devendorf was another Key to the 60-55 win at DePaul last season, as he finished with 27 points on five-of-seven shooting from three-point range and had a career-high five steals.

DePaul has struggled out of the gate to start their conference schedule. It lost to Providence 62-54 on Saturday after dropping its Big East opener 92-82 to then-No. 7 Notre Dame. Poor shooting hurt the Blue Demons against the Friars, shooting 35.1 percent from the floor and 3-for-19 from beyond the three-point arc.

Dar Tucker, the conference's third-leading scorer (19.6 points per game), finished with 12 points on 4-of-17 shooting. Last year, as a freshman, Tucker had four points on 2-for-10 shooting in DePaul's loss to the Orange. 

The Blue Demons have just one win in their last nine conference road games. They have dropped five straight road games against Top 25 opponents since an 84-81 win at then-No. 16 Wake Forest in 2005. 

Tonight, the road losses will continue for the Demons as the Orange continue to roll in this Men-against-Boys matchup.