|Notre Dame||J Cooley 14.5||J Cooley 11.0||E Atkins 6.3|
|DePaul||C Melvin 16.7||C Melvin 7.8||B Young 4.4|
On Saturday, Notre Dame visits Allstate Arena to take on DePaul. The game tips off at 2:00 EST and you can catch it on ESPN 2. The Fighting Irish are 4-0 against the Blue Demons over the last four years. They won 84-76 on 2/11/2012 the last time they played.
Notre Dame is in 4th place in the conference, DePaul is in 14th place.
In their last outing, behind 18 points from Cameron Biedscheid, the Fighting Irish defeated Villanova 65-60 on January 30th. In addition to his 7.5 points per game, he is also chipping in 1.4 rebounds per game. For the Blue Demons, Brandon Young finished with 21 points and 5 assists in the 79-74 loss to St. John's on January 30th. With 4.4 assists per game and 1.6 steals per game, he has team-best marks in both categories.
- We make basketball players. Over the past 5 years, Notre Dame has had more players drafted by the NBA than DePaul (1 vs 0).
- At least you keep showing up. Notre Dame has an average margin of victory of 13 over DePaul in 17 wins since 1980.
- Jack Cooley is ranked 8th in the Big East in points, 4th nationally in rebounds, and 9th in the Big East in blocks.
- Eric Atkins is ranked 15th nationally in assists and 7th in the Big East in steals.
- Notre Dame is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Notre Dame is 79.0 inches compared to 77.2 inches for DePaul.
- Even computers respect Notre Dame more. We have a better RPI this season than DePaul (RPI: #43 vs #176).
- Diaper Dandies love us. Notre Dame has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than DePaul (14 vs 8).
- Notre Dame has a much better NCSA Athletic Ranking than DePaul (#27 vs #167).
- We beat real teams. Notre Dame has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than DePaul this season (3 vs 0).
- The Notre Dame assist leader (Eric Atkins) has more assists than the DePaul assist leader (Brandon Young).
- The Notre Dame basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than DePaul (100% vs 67%).
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