DePaul Blue Demons men's basketball

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DePaul Blue Demons
2016–17 DePaul Blue Demons men's basketball team
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University DePaul University
Conference Big East
Location Rosemont, Illinois
Head coach Dave Leitao (2nd straight, 5th overall year)
Arena Allstate Arena
(Capacity: 17,500)
Nickname Blue Demons
Colors Royal Blue and Scarlet[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Home
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Away jersey
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NCAA Tournament Final Four
1943, 1979
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1943, 1978, 1979
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1953, 1959, 1960, 1965, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1984, 1986*, 1987*
NCAA Tournament appearances
1943, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1960, 1965, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986*, 1987*, 1988*, 1989*, 1991, 1992, 2000, 2004
*vacated by NCAA
Conference regular season champions
1992, 2004

The DePaul Blue Demons men's basketball program is the NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's basketball program of DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. The team competes in the Big East Conference and plays their home games in the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.

History[edit]

DePaul was independent for much of its basketball history and has enjoyed success with such great players as George Mikan in the 1940s. Ray Meyer coached at DePaul for over 40 years, from 1942 to 1984. After going to the Final Four of the 1979 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament, Meyer's team was the No. 1 seed in its regional three years in a row in 1980, 1981 and 1982. Success continued with multiple NCAA appearances under his son, Joey Meyer, throughout the 1980s.

DePaul joined the Great Midwest Conference in 1991 which later merged with the Metro Conference in 1995 to become Conference USA, in which DePaul was a member through 2005. The Blue Demons advanced to the final 32 of the 2004 NCAA tournament before being eliminated by eventual national champion Connecticut. DePaul left for the Big East Conference for the 2005–2006 season, and joined the "new" Big East in 2013.[2]

The most recent men's basketball coach was Oliver Purnell, with Dave Leitao returning for the 2015-16 season in his second tenure as the Demons' coach. The coach prior to Purnell was Jerry Wainwright, who joined DePaul in 2005. Wainwright's first season with his young team was erratic, beating No. 16 Wake Forest 84–81 before falling to Old Dominion by a score of 87–43 (the worst defeat in the team's history), and then beating future Big East champion Syracuse, 108–69. In the 2006–2007 season, the Blue Demons beat powerhouse #5 Kansas 64-57, pulling off one of the greatest upsets in school history. They also beat 2007 NCAA tournament teams California, Northwestern State, Marquette, Connecticut, and Villanova. The team made it to the NIT and lost in the bracket final to Air Force 52-51.

The Demons opened up the 2008 season with two of their star players gone to the NBA. Four games into the 2007–2008 season, Wainwright logged his 200th career win as a head coach. The 2007–08 season saw the Demons with a 10–19 record, but there were high points in the year. DePaul had upsets over Villanova, then ranked #15 nationally and ultimately a member of the NCAA Sweet Sixteen, and Northwestern. However, things took a turn for the worse during the 2008–2009 season. DePaul went 0–18 in Big East play, setting a school-record for longest losing streak. The Demons were able to redeem themselves somewhat knocking off Big East 9th seeded team Cincinnati in the first round of the Big East tournament and putting up a fight in a close loss to 8 seed Providence. DePaul, however, has not had a winning record in any season since 2006-07.

Seasons[edit]

Season Coach Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Independent (1923–1991)
1923–24 Robert L. Stevenson 8–6
1924–25 Harry Adams 6–13
1925–26 Eddie Anderson 11–5
1926–27 Eddie Anderson 7–7
1927–28 Eddie Anderson 2–7
1928–29 Eddie Anderson 5–4
1929–30 Jim Kelly 15–5
1930–31 Jim Kelly 13–3
1931–32 Jim Kelly 9–6
1932–33 Jim Kelly 12–3
1933–34 Jim Kelly 17–0
1934–35 Jim Kelly 15–1
1935–36 Jim Kelly 18–4
1936–37 Tom Haggerty 15–6
1937–38 Tom Haggerty 12–10
1938–39 Tom Haggerty 15–7
1939–40 Tom Haggerty 22–6 NIT Semifinals
1940–41 Bill Wendt 13–8
1941–42 Bill Wendt 10–12
1942–43 Ray Meyer 19–5 NCAA Final Four
1943–44 Ray Meyer 22–4 NIT Runner Up
1944–45 Ray Meyer 21–3 NIT Champions
1945–46 Ray Meyer 19–5
1946–47 Ray Meyer 16–9
1947–48 Ray Meyer 22–8 NIT Semifinals
1948–49 Ray Meyer 16–9
1949–50 Ray Meyer 12–13
1950–51 Ray Meyer 13–12
1951–52 Ray Meyer 19–8
1952–53 Ray Meyer 19–9 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1953–54 Ray Meyer 11–10
1954–55 Ray Meyer 16–6
1955–56 Ray Meyer 16–8 NCAA First Round
1956–57 Ray Meyer 8–14
1957–58 Ray Meyer 8–12
1958–59 Ray Meyer 13–11 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1959–60 Ray Meyer 17–7 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1960–61 Ray Meyer 17–8 NIT Quarterfinals
1961–62 Ray Meyer 13–10
1962–63 Ray Meyer 15–8 NIT Quarterfinals
1963–64 Ray Meyer 21–4 NIT Quarterfinals
1964–65 Ray Meyer 17–10 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1965–66 Ray Meyer 18–8 NIT First Round
1966–67 Ray Meyer 17–8
1967–68 Ray Meyer 13–12
1968–69 Ray Meyer 14–11
1969–70 Ray Meyer 12–13
1970–71 Ray Meyer 8–17
1971–72 Ray Meyer 12–11
1972–73 Ray Meyer 14–11
1973–74 Ray Meyer 16–9
1974–75 Ray Meyer 15–10
1975–76 Ray Meyer 20–9 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1976–77 Ray Meyer 15–12
1977–78 Ray Meyer 27–3 NCAA Elite Eight
1978–79 Ray Meyer 26–6 NCAA Final Four
1979–80 Ray Meyer 26–2 NCAA Second Round
1980–81 Ray Meyer 27–2 NCAA Second Round
1981–82 Ray Meyer 26–2 NCAA Second Round
1982–83 Ray Meyer 21–12 NIT Runner Up
1983–84 Ray Meyer 27–3 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1984–85 Joey Meyer 19–10 NCAA First Round
1985–86 Joey Meyer 18–13 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1986–87 Joey Meyer 28–3 NCAA Sweet Sixteen
1987–88 Joey Meyer 22–8 NCAA Second Round
1988–89 Joey Meyer 21–12 NCAA Second Round
1989–90 Joey Meyer 20–15 NIT Quarterfinals
1990–91 Joey Meyer 20–9 NCAA First Round
Great Midwest Conference (1991–1995)
1991–92 Joey Meyer 20–9 8-2 1st NCAA First Round
1992–93 Joey Meyer 16–15 3-7 5th
1993–94 Joey Meyer 16–12 4-8 5th NIT First Round
1994–95 Joey Meyer 17–11 6-6 5th NIT First Round
Conference USA (1995–2005)
1995–96 Joey Meyer 11–18 2-12 4th (Blue)
1996–97 Joey Meyer 3–23 1-13 4th (Blue)
1997–98 Pat Kennedy 7–23 3-13 6th (American)
1998–99 Pat Kennedy 18–13 10-6 4th (American) NIT Second Round
1999–00 Pat Kennedy 21–12 9-7 3rd (American) NCAA First Round
2000–01 Pat Kennedy 12–18 4-12 6th (American)
2001–02 Pat Kennedy 9–19 2-14 7th (American)
2002–03 Dave Leitao 16–13 8-8 T-6th NIT First Round
2003–04 Dave Leitao 22–10 12-4 1st NCAA Second Round
2004–05 Dave Leitao 20–11 10-6 T-4th NIT Second Round
Big East Conference (2005–2013)
2005–06 Jerry Wainwright 12–15 5-11 13th
2006–07 Jerry Wainwright 20–14 9-7 8th NIT Quarterfinals
2007–08 Jerry Wainwright 11–19 6-12 13th
2008–09 Jerry Wainwright 9–24 0-18 16th
2009–10 Jerry Wainwright
Tracy Webster
8–23 1-17 16th
2010–11 Oliver Purnell 7–24 1-17 16th
2011–12 Oliver Purnell 12–19 3-15 16th
2012–13 Oliver Purnell 11–21 2-16 15th
Big East Conference (2013–present)
2013–14 Oliver Purnell 12–21 3-15 10th
2014–15 Oliver Purnell 12–20 6-12 T-7th
2015–16 Dave Leitao 9–22 3-15 9th  
Total: 1,428–964

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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Postseason[edit]

NCAA tournament results[edit]

The Blue Demons have appeared in the NCAA Tournament 22 times. Their combined record is 21–25. Their appearances in the tournament from 1986–1989 have been vacated by the NCAA thus their official record is 15–21.

Year Seed Round Opponent Results
1943 Elite Eight
Final Four
Dartmouth
Georgetown
W 46–35
L 49–53
1953 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Miami(OH)
Indiana
Pennsylvania
W 74–72
L 82–80
L 90-70
1956 First Round Wayne State L 63–72
1959 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Portland
Kansas State
TCU
W 57–56
L 70–102
L 65–71
1960 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Air Force
Cincinnati
Texas
W 69–63
L 59–99
W 67–61
1965 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Place Game
Eastern Kentucky
Vanderbilt
Dayton
W 99–52
L 78–83 OT
L 69–75
1976 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Virginia
VMI
W 69–60
L 66–71 OT
1978 First Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Creighton
Louisville
Notre Dame
W 80–76
W 90–89 OT
L 64–84
1979 #2 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
Elite Eight
Final Four
National 3rd Place Game
#7 USC
#3 Marquette
#1 UCLA
#1 Indiana State
#9 Penn
W 89–78
W 62–56
W 95–91
L 74–76
W 96–93
1980 #1 Second Round #8 UCLA L 71–77
1981 #1 Second Round #9 Saint Joseph's L 48–49
1982 #1 Second Round #8 Boston College L 75–82
1984 #1 Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#8 Illinois State
#4 Wake Forest
W 75–61
L 71–73 OT
1985 #10 First Round #7 Syracuse L 65–70
1986* #12 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#5 Virginia
#4 Oklahoma
#1 Duke
W 72–68
W 74–69
L 67–74
1987* #3 First Round
Second Round
Sweet Sixteen
#14 Louisiana Tech
#6 St. John's
#10 LSU
W 76–62
W 83–75 OT
L 58–63
1988* #5 First Round
Second Round
#12 Wichita State
#4 Kansas State
W 83–62
L 58–66
1989* #12 First Round
Second Round
#5 Memphis State
#4 UNLV
W 66–63
L 70–85
1991 #9 First Round #8 Georgia Tech L 70–87
1992 #5 First Round #12 New Mexico State L 73–81
2000 #9 First Round #8 Kansas L 77–81 OT
2004 #7 First Round
Second Round
#10 Dayton
#2 Connecticut
W 76–69 OT
L 55–72

* Vacated by the NCAA

NIT results[edit]

The Blue Demons have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) 16 times. Their combined record is 17–17. They were NIT Champions in 1945.

Year Round Opponent Result
1940 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
Long Island
Colorado
Oklahoma A&M
W 45–38
L 37–52
L 22–23
1944 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Muhlenberg
Oklahoma A&M
St. John's
W 68–45
W 41–38
L 39–47
1945 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
West Virginia
Rhode Island
Bowling Green
W 76–52
W 97–53
W 71–54
1948 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Place Game
NC State
NYU
WKU
W 75–64
L 59–72
L 59–61
1961 Quarterfinals Providence L 67–73
1963 Quarterfinals Villanova L 51–63
1964 Quarterfinals NYU L 66–79
1966 First Round NYU L 65–68
1983 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals
Minnesota
Northwestern
Ole Miss
Nebraska
Fresno State
W 76–73
W 65–63
W 75–67
W 68–58
L 60–69
1990 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Creighton
Cincinnati
Saint Louis
W 89–72
W 61–59
L 47–54
1994 First Round Northwestern L 68–69
1995 First Round Iowa L 87–96
1999 First Round
Second Round
Northwestern
California
W 69–64
L 57–58
2003 First Round North Carolina L 72–83
2005 First Round
Second Round
Missouri
Texas A&M
W 75–70
L 72–75
2007 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
Hofstra
Kansas State
Air Force
W 83–71
W 70–65
L 51–52

Honors[edit]

Retired jerseys[edit]

Inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame[edit]

  • George Mikan
  • Ray Meyer

National Player of the Year[edit]

National Coach of the Year[edit]

  • Ray Meyer (1978, 1979, 1980, 1984)
  • Joey Meyer (1987)

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Professional players[edit]

The following former DePaul Blue Demons have played in the NBA or original ABA:[5]

The following former DePaul Blue Demons have played professionally in leagues outside of the United States of America.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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