The last coach to take DePaul to the NCAA tournament was Dave Leitao. He returned to Chicago this spring for his second stint with the Blue Demons.
He inherits a team that returns three double-digit scorers: Billy Garrett Jr., Myke Henry and Tommy Hamilton IV. But in order to get out of the Big East basement, the Blue Demons will need to improve on the defensive end, something Leitao has emphasized since taking over.
DePaul was picked to finish eight in the Big East by the coaches. The Blue Demons host Western Michigan on Saturday to open the season.