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Northwestern vs. DePaul GameThread

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Northwestern will take on DePaul in a Chicago showdown.

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Fresh off a thrilling victory over Wake Forest, Northwestern enters tonight's matchup at 5-2, but will play its first game without starting center Dererk Pardon. The Blue Demons (4-1) come in having won three straight--over Milwaukee, Missouri State and Drake--but will face arguably its toughest opponent of the season in Northwestern.

The game, which will be broadcast on Big Ten Network, will tip-off at 6 p.m. CT from Welsh-Ryan Arena.

The Blue Demons lone loss this season was to Big Ten foe Rutgers, by a score of 66-59. DePaul is led by 6-6 sophomore Eli Cain, who averages 21.2 points per game on 57.8 percent shooting. Gavin Skelly, Sanjay Lumpkin and Barret Benson will have to deal with junior Tre-Darius McCallum, who stands at just 6-7 and pulls down eight rebounds per game.

Without Pardon, Northwestern enters a crucial stretch in its season; the Wildcats cannot afford a loss to DePaul tonight, and will have to continue to take care of business moving forward if they want to play in the postseason. Aaron Falzon, who missed the previous four games for Northwestern, is out again tonight.

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