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College basketball preview: Notre Dame at DePaul

When: 2 p.m. today

Where: Allstate Arena, Rosemont, Ill.

Records: Notre Dame 17-4, 5-3 Big East; DePaul 10-10, 1-6

TV: ESPN2

Radio: 1480 AM, 106.7 FM

Notre Dame leaders: Jack Cooley (14.5 ppg); Cooley (11 rpg); Eric Atkins (6.3 apg)

DePaul leaders: Cleveland Melvin, Brandon Young (16.7 ppg); Melvin (7.8 rpg); Young (4.4 apg)

Key matchup: Cooley, the Irish’s 6-foot-9 forward, is No. 18 is scoring (13.3 ppg) and No. 2 in rebounding (10.6) in Big East play. Melvin, the Blue Demons’ 6-8 forward, is No. 11 in scoring (16) and No. 8 in rebounding (7.3) in the conference.

The skinny: Today is the first of two games between the teams in a two-week span. Notre Dame plays host to DePaul on Feb. 13. … Notre Dame is second nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.7. … The Irish lead the all-time series with the Demons 58-44.

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– Tony Krausz, The Journal Gazette

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