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USF-DePaul Preview And GameThread

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Your USF Bulls (11-8, 4-2) look to move to a tie for 3rd place in the Big East as they take on the DePaul Blue Demons (10-8, 1-5) at the Allstate Arena in Chicago, IL. Game is scheduled for 2:00 PM, and can only be seen online on ESPN3.com. The game will also be broadcasted on 620 WDAE, where Jim Lighthall and Todd Kalas will have the call. Here are your probable starting lineups for this afternoon.

DePaul USF
6'0" Sr. Jeremiah Kelly G 6'1" Fr. Anthony Collins
6'3" Fr. Charles McKinney
G 6'5" Sr. Hugh Robertson
6'3" Soph. Brandon Young G/F 6'8" Soph.Victor Rudd
6'8" Soph. Cleveland Melvin
F 6'8" Jr. Toarlyn Fitzpatrick
6'10" Sr. Kris Faber
F 6'10" Sr. Augustus Gilchrist

Here are your three keys to the game, in no particular order:

1. Slow it down.

This is going to be one of the more fascinating matchups tempo wise today. DePaul is one of the fastest teams in the country, averaging almost 75 possessions a game, good for 4th in the country. USF is the 5th slowest team, only averaging 60 possessions a contest. While USF can run when needed, DePaul is absolutely awful in the half-court. Just make sure to get back on defense in transition and make sure you don't do the next thing...

2. Keep turnovers to a minimum.

Turnovers are going to happen in Purnell's full court press. DePaul forces around 18 turnovers a game, and those lead to a ton of easy baskets for the Blue Demon guards. Anthony Collins, Blake Nash, and the rest of our backcourt have done a good job breaking the press so far this year, and if they can keep it to around 13-15 turnovers today it'll will bode well for the Bulls.

3. Capitalize on second chance points.
This is going to be a big possibility today. DePaul is a bad rebounding team (-7.3 Reb Diff), and our bigs should have a field day on the offensive glass. Faber and Melvin are OK rebounders, but Ron Anderson Jr., Fitzpatrick, and Gilchrist will each have their fare share of offensive putbacks.

Hope to see you guys in the GameThread.

Go Bulls!