The DePaul Blue Demons will be fighting to keep their season alive as they take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at 9 p.m. ET Tuesday in the opening round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
The No. 14-seeded Blue Demons (11-20) went 2-16 in Big East regular season play, finishing dead last in the conference, and will meet the No. 11-seeded Scarlet Knights (14-15, 5-13), who they beat 75-69 at home on Feb. 16 for one of their two conference wins.
While the Blue Demons have certainly struggled this year, they have lost a number of close games in conference play, including two overtime losses to Notre Dame in February.
The betting line favors the Scarlet Knights, but DePaul coach Oliver Purnell will have his team prepared to get a second victory of the season over the Scarlet Knights.
Let's take a look at the keys to victory for the Blue Demons in this game, with a victory setting up a second round date with the No. 6-seeded Notre Dame Fighting Irish.