Providence at DePaul
DePaul came into this game at 8-8 (1-3), and Providence at 11-6 (2-2). This game was unique because it was the first ever nationally televised college basketball game with no commercial breaks. Both coaches had on microphones, and the TV viewing audience could hear what they were saying during timeouts, halftime, and during the game. When asked about it during the press conferences after the game both coaches spoke positively of it, but did explain it was challenging because you had to watch what you said, and not give away too much strategy to the other team.
After the first half DePaul led by 1, 35-34, despite only shooting 1-7 from three-point range. The big man Marin Maric was the leading scorer for the Blue Demons pouring in 10. Kyron Cartwright of Providence was held to only 6 points in the first half. In the second half however Providence found their rhythm going on a 22-0 run. They also led on the scoreboard for almost 3/4ths of the contest. Late in the second half however, DePaul clawed their way into it, and only trailed by three with 4:32 left to play. The 5,354 people at Wintrust Arena were on their feet and screaming. This wasn’t enough though as DePaul missed two three point attempts to tie on their final position, and Providence escaped Chicago with a Big East road victory. Jaylen Lindsay led the Fryars with 18 points and 3 rebounds while DePaul’s Marin Maric had 15 and 7.