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Men's Basketball Up to 11th in Both Polls; Vitale/MVC Honor McDermott

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton men's basketball team moved up to 11th in both national polls announced on Monday. That's a jump of three spots in the Associated Press poll and one spot in the USA Today coaches poll.

The ascension in the polls comes on the heels of a 3-0 week that included double-digit victories over Longwood, Wisconsin and Arizona State last week.

Creighton is the only MVC team in the top-25 this week, but Wichita State is 28th in the AP poll and 33rd in the coaches poll. Other teams of interest that received votes in both polls are Wisconsin and future Bluejay opponents California and Saint Joseph's.

In addition to the team's success, junior forward Doug McDermott was honored by ESPN analyst Dick Vitale as his National Player of the Week. McDermott scored 30 points against Wisconsin, then added 29 more one night later vs. Arizona State. He also added 17 rebounds on the weekend en route to MVP honors at the Las Vegas Invitational.

McDermott was also named MVC Player of the Week. It's the second time this season he's been honored (also Nov. 12), and seventh honor in his career. In Valley history, only Bradley's Hersey Hawkins (14) and Creighton's Bob Harstad (8) has won the award more.

Creighton hosts Boise State on Wednesday at 7:05 pm at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

Associated Press Poll
Released Nov. 26, 2012
    Rk    School    W-L    Pts.    LW
    1.    Indiana (47)    6-0    1606    1
    2.    Duke (18)    6-0    1554    5
    3.    Michigan    5-0    1421    4
    4.    Ohio State    4-0    1416    3
    5.    Louisville    5-1    1347    2
    6.    Syracuse    4-0    1323    6
    7.    Florida    5-0    1227    7
    8.    Kentucky    4-1    1180    8
    9.    Arizona    3-0    1076    10
    10.    Kansas    4-1    937    12
    11.    Creighton    6-0    926    14
    12.    Gonzaga    6-0    854    17
    13.    Michigan State    5-1    818    15
    14.    North Carolina    5-1    718    9
    15.    Oklahoma State    5-0    668    20
    16.    Missouri    5-1    665    13
    17.    Cincinnati    6-0    571    22
    18.    North Carolina State    4-1    553    16
    19.    Colorado    5-0    478    23
    20.    Georgetown    4-1    257    NR
    21.    Minnesota    6-1    197    NR
    22.    Illinois    7-0    185    NR
    23.    San Diego State    4-1    182    25
    24.    UNLV    3-1    175    18
    25.    New Mexico    6-0    141    NR
    Others Receiving Votes: Alabama 108, Wichita State 99, Connecticut 93, UCLA 85, Pittsburgh 55, Oregon 44, Notre Dame 42, Memphis 23, Butler 20, Wisconsin 16, California 12, Florida State 10, Saint Joseph’s 9, Ohio 8, Marquette 7, Murray State 5, Temple 5, Baylor 4, Tennessee 3, Virginia Commonwealth 1, Colorado State 1.

USA Today Top 25 Poll
Released Nov. 26, 2012
    Rk    School    W-L    Pts.    LW
    1.    Indiana (27)    6-0    769    1
    2.    Duke (4)    6-0    723    5
    3.    Michigan    5-0    691    4
    4.    Ohio State    4-0    689    3
    5.    Syracuse    4-0    630    6
    6.    Louisville    5-1    615    2
    7.    Florida    5-0    573    8
    8.    Kentucky    4-1    557    7
    9.    Arizona    4-1    484    10
    10.    Kansas    4-1    484    11
    11.    Creighton    6-0    463    12
    12.    Gonzaga    6-0    440    16
    13.    North Carolina    5-1    355    9
    14.    Michigan State    5-1    320    19
    15.    Missouri    5-1    319    14
    16.    Cincinnati    6-0    295    20
    17.    Oklahoma State    5-0    261    22
    18.    North Carolina State    4-1    240    15
    19.    Colorado    5-0    172    NR
    20.    UNLV    3-1    144    18
    21.    San Diego State    4-1    139    25
    22.    Illinois    7-0    103    NR
    23.    New Mexico    6-0    68    NR
    24.    UCLA    4-2    62    13
    25.    Georgetown    4-1    56    NR
    Others Receiving Votes: Minnesota 48; Pittsburgh 41; Alabama 38; Connecticut 38; Notre Dame 36; Florida State 26; Wisconsin 24; Memphis 16; Wichita State 16; California 14; Murray State 13; Kansas State 12; Oregon 12; Ohio 10; Saint Josephs 10; Saint Marys 8; Butler 5; Tennessee 5; Marquette 4; Baylor 3; Maryland 2; Virginia Commonwealth 2; Colorado State 1; Davidson 1; Mississippi 1; Texas 1.
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