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DePaul, Notre Dame to begin home-and-home series

02 February, 2012:   Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Jack Cooley (45) battles with DePaul Blue Demons guard Worrel Clahar (0) over a loose ball in game action.  The  Notre Dame Fighting Irish defeated the DePaul Blue Demons by the score of 79-71 in overtime at the Allstate Arena, in Rosemont, IL.
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The DePaul Blue Demons and Notre Dame Fighting Irish will begin a home-and-home series, with the first game taking place next November as the first game ever played at the brand new McCormick Place Events Center in Chicago, sources told FanRag Sports.

The Irish would then host the Blue Demons in a return game in South Bend during the 2018-19 season.

DePaul has played its home games at Allstate Arena for nearly 30 years, a location that is approximately 22 miles from the school’s campus.

The Blue Demons have not had a winning season since the 2006-07 campaign under Jerry Wainwright. After the Oliver Purnell era ended in a whisper, the program is hoping the retread hiring of Dave Leitao will awaken this Big East sleeping giant from its slumber.

Notre Dame and DePaul, with the former being a previous member of the Big East, haven’t had such an arrangement since the Irish left for the Atlantic Coast Conference during the mass realignment period that ravaged college sports a few years ago.

Obviously, for those who have missed the old version of the Big East, this home-and-home series will be fun merely for nostalgia purposes.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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