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DePaul, Northwestern Agree to 5-Year Series

It's not the bigger in-state match-up the Demons may have wanted, but for now, this will do.

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DePaul and Northwestern announced Monday that they have agreed to a five-year basketball series, commencing with the 2015-16 season.

"Getting the DePaul-Northwestern series secured over this five-year stretch is great for both programs and basketball fans in Chicago," said DePaul head coach Oliver Purnell. "Last year's exciting finish was an example of the great competition we'll see between the two teams."

Last season's renewal of this Chicago-area rivalry saw budding DePaul star Billy Garrett Jr. knock in a buzzer-beater to beat the Wildcats in Evanston 57-56. DePaul has met the Wildcats more than any other non-conference opponent except for Notre Dame, facing Northwestern 30 times, twice in the last seven seasons. Both teams have split the last 14 meetings.

"As a Chicago native, I think it’s terrific for basketball in the area to have Northwestern and DePaul play one another," Northwestern head coach Chris Collins said. "There have been some great games between the teams over the years and we look forward to that continuing."

The two teams were unable to agree on a date to play in 2014-15, thus the series will be put on hold until the season after. The Blue Demons will host three games in the series, while the Wildcats will host two at Welsh-Ryan Arena.