The Providence Friars and DePaul Blue Demons are two teams trending in very different directions as the final weeks of the regular season approach. Providence went into Rosemont and blasted DePaul, 84-57, in front of less than 6,000 fans on a chilly Wednesday night outside Chicago. The Friars dominated the Blue Demons in every statistical category and normally I'd write about 3 things we learned from this game but there isn't much to be learned from a 27 point shellacking that matches the largest Big East season defeat this year when Georgetown beat these Blue Demons by 27 on January 31st.
Kris Dunn and LaDontae Henton led the way for the Friars which is no surprise. Dunn followed up his triple-double against DePaul on January 29th by scoring 21 points and adding 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Henton recorded his 4th double-double on the season with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Freshman Ben Bentil also had a double-double, the 2nd of his career, with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Billy Garrett, Jr. led the way for DePaul with 11 points but 9 of those 11 came from the free throw line.
DePaul is 1-4 since playing Providence back in late January with their only win coming against another team on a free-fall in Seton Hall. The Blue Demons appear to have hit a wall on the season and now fall 3 games under .500 overall at 12-15 on the season. Providence is 3-3 since their win against DePaul at the Dunkin' Donuts Center and that includes their toughest 4 game stretch of the season.