June 2, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. --
Northwestern and DePaul have agreed to a five-year men's basketball series beginning in the 2015-16 campaign.
The Wildcats will host two of the games in the series while the Blue Demons will host three. The teams were originally scheduled to play a contest during the 2014-15 season but were unable to come together on a date that worked for both schools.
"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."
"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."
DePaul is the Wildcats' second most often played nonconference opponent with the teams having met 30 times, trailing only NU's 88 meetings with Notre Dame. The 'Cats and the Blue Demons have split the last 14 meetings in the series dating back to 1987.
Since 1974, the top performer of the game between Northwestern and DePaul has been recognized as the Waldo Fisher-Frank McGrath Most Valuable Player. Tre Demps of the Wildcats was the recipient following last season's meeting after scoring a career-best 23 points off the bench.
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