DePaul Blue Demons Basketball

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. DePaul was independent for much of its basketball history and has enjoyed success with such great players as George Mikan in the 1940s and legendary coaches such as Ray Meyer in the 1970s and 80s. Success continued with multiple NCAA appearances under Ray Meyer's 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. DePaul left for the Big East Conference for the 2005-2006 season where it currently resides as a member. The current men's basketball coach is Oliver Purnell. The previous coach 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...


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