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11. DePaul Blue Demons

The DePaul Blue Demons are currently going through some of the darkest times their program has ever seen, and change is officially coming to Chicago. After a 3-15 start to the season, and an 0-7 record in Big East play, Tony Stubblefield is officially out as the head coach of the DePaul Blue Demons. This team was unable to ride the momentum of a win over Seton Hall in the first round of last year’s Big East Tournament, and this team has emerged as one of the worst Power 6 teams in the entire nation. 

They have not had many close games at all in Big East play, with their only winnable matchup being a three-point loss to Georgetown, who also finds themselves as bottom feeders in this conference. This team just has not been able to produce much of anything offensively, they lack reliable scoring, and that poor offense has made it hard on their defensive unit. Tbey have failed to build any sort of identity under Stubblefield, and now it has all come to a boiling point.

They will now have to go on a major search for a new head coach this offseason, and this has to be a home run hire if this team wants to go on an upward trajectory anytime soon. But for now, we will see just how big of a problem Stubblefield was as Matt Brady will take over the helm for the rest of the season. Maybe DePaul can pick up a couple wins for their own dignity? But either way, this is going to be a long and difficult rebuild for this team.