For the first time ever, DePaul started off Big East play with a 3-0 record on Wednesday night, defeating a Creighton team that was looking to avoid an 0-3 start with a loss after returning to Omaha.
Forrest is on Fire
There was simply no stopping Forrest Robinson in tonight's game. It was clear from the get-go that Robinson's performance tonight would be one heralded by Blue Demons fans all season, as his performance was magnificent, a work of ethereal beauty. He started off the game by instantly scoring the first twelve points for DePaul, eventually pushing his three point shooting totals to 5/5. He has been a good shooter all season, but tonight was otherworldly. He can usually be depended on to score a few key threes, but he proved tonight that he is much more than a perimeter shooter. He was all over the court, getting 8 rebounds and a few put-backs all to accumulate 20 points on the night. It was a career high for Robinson and he proved tonight that he is going to be a huge asset for this DePaul team in the coming games. He has earned his spot in the lineup. No question.
In the Driver's Seat
DePaul started the season with a 6-1 record. At that point, eyebrows were raised at the Blue Demons. Many were paying attention. A 6-game losing streak took care of that rather quickly. After winning tonight, DePaul has moved to 3-0 and taken a spot as the first place team in the Big East standings. It's the first time ever that DePaul has been 3-0 in the Big East, a monumental accomplishment for a team that many were counting out after their early-season skid. DePaul certainly still has a long way to go, and the thick of their schedule is yet to come (they face Villanova this weekend), but DePaul is playing like a team. A team on a mission. I don't know if the ceiling for this team has yet been reached or what its limit is, but there's no doubt that they are still climbing onward, doing their best to head towards the paramount of excellence.
Did I Mention Rebounding?
It's no secret that DePaul is a team that has absolutely struggled with their rebounding game all season long. They're constantly getting beaten on the boards, which is certainly a detriment to the team. Tonight, however, was a polar opposite performance on the boards for DePaul. They put Creighton to shame in the rebounding game, pulling down close to 40 rebounds compared to the 29 hauled in by the Bluejays. It was a great performance that every Blue Demon was in on. As you can tell by the box score below, courtesy of StatBroadcast, tonight's rebounding performance was truly a team effort.