Blue Demon Buzz: Demons Looking To Continue Success

Joseph MoroniContributor IDecember 10, 2009

NEW YORK - MARCH 11:  Dar Tucker #2 of the DePaul Blue Demons fights for a loose ball against Geoff McDermott #11 of the Providence Friars during the second round of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 11, 2009 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Seven games into the 2009/2010 college basketball season, the Depaul blue Demons have established a new identity. This new identity revolves mostly around tough defense and a slowdown offense that takes opposing teams out of their elements.

So far this season, the Demons are holding their opponents to 56.5 points per game, which is Ranked 12th in the nation and is the best defensive showing since the 1947 season. they have only allowed 60 points twice in regulation this season, and have won their games with their defense, and their tenacity late in games.

Last season, the team was plagued with costly turnovers and forced to many bad shots early  in possessions. This year, the team is only averaging 9.7 turnovers per game, which is ranked third in the country. The three guards they get the majority of the playing time (Will Walker, Jeremiah Kelly, and Michael Bizoukas ) have a combined assist to turnover ratio of 2.31 -1.Jeremiah Kelly has 19 assists so far, and only four turnovers in 33 minutes per game.

Going into Thursday's matchup against Mississippi State, the Demons currently sit at 5 -- 2 after a 13 point loss on the road against Vanderbilt. Tonight's game marks the third game against an SEC opponent so far this season, including a four-point loss to number 10 Tennessee at the Paradise jam. Mississippi State enters tonight's game with a record of five and two as well after a 50 point victory over St. Bonaventure. Mississippi State is a high-scoring team, as they scored 105 points last game they played. They represent a great challenge for this Depaul defense that has been pretty good so far this season.

the key to this game is going to be the inside play on both sides of the ball, without leading rebounder Mac Koshwol , the demons will have to rely on their other big men to get rebounds inside. Sophomore Krys Faber will have to step up to pick up the rebounding and scoring slack left by Mac. If the demons play tough lockdown defense, and shoot better from the free-throw line they will be able to come or the victory.