Monday, March 14, 2011
The DePaul women's basketball team has earned a No. 3 seed in the Philadelphia region and will play Patriot League champ Navy in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.
The NCAA field was announced Monday.
DePaul (27-6) is making its ninth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance under veteran coach Doug Bruno. The Blue Demons tied for second in the Big East regular season and then lost to Notre Dame 71-67 in the conference tournament semifinals.
The No. 3 seed is the best in school history. DePaul was seeded fourth in 2006 when it made the round of 16 before losing in the regional semifinals to LSU.
If DePaul beats Navy (20-11) at University Park, Pa., it would play the winner of Penn State-Dayton in the next round. The Nittany Lions are playing on their home floor.
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DePaul hoops received a huge boost this week as five-star recruit Tyger Campbell committed to the university.
The elite point guard recruit out of La Lumiere, will join the Class of 2018, choosing DePaul over schools like Michigan State, Illinois and Memphis.
"I like DePaul and honestly my coach (Shane Heirman) just went there and we have a great connection and he's always had my back," Campbell told Scout.com. "I like [DePaul] coach Dave Leitao, too. I like his program and he's an intelligent guy.
"Mainly what I like about the school is I want to help bring it back. I love Chicago; it's a great city. I want to bring the city a college back to cheer for."
Campbell also said the Blue Demons' new Wintrust Arena at McCormick Place Event Center, which is slated to open this fall, is a big draw for him.
The Blue Demons are a combined 18-45 the last two seasons and hasven't had a winning season since 2006-07 when they went 20-14 and made the NIT Quarterfinals.
The program last made the NCAA Tournament in 2003-04 during Leitao's first stint as the team's head coach.
Northern Illinois University added it's fourth known verbal commitment today in its growing Class of 2018.
Maine South junior running back Fotis Kokosioulis (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) added an offer from the Huskies on Tuesday after making a spring practice visit, and today he gave head coach Rod Carey his verbal commitment.
"I chose NIU because it's been a school that I've liked for awhile now," Kokosioulis said moments ago. "I like the facilities at NIU, the stadium and everything else they have to offer. I also really like all the coaches at NIU. I felt that even if I got more offers I would've still chose NIU over other schools. I know that there are bigger school and programs but I feel that I just fit in well at NIU, so I committed."
Kokosioulis, who was an All-State performer for the Class 8A state champion Maine South Hawks in 2016, is now the fourth known in-state verbal commitment for Rod Carey and the Huskies and the fifth known commitment overall. Kokosioulis joins Andrew defensive end Mike DeHaan, Plainfield East defensive end Jack Sullivan and Danville tight end Julian Pearl in the NIU Huskies in-state Class of 2018.