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Gregory Echenique
Courtesy: Eric Francis

Men's Basketball Remains 13th & 16th in National Rankings

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton men's basketball team remained 13th in the USA Today coaches poll and 16th in the Associated Press rankings that were released on Monday. There was minimal movement in both polls after only one ranked team lost last week.

Creighton has now been ranked in the top 16 by both groups in each of the first six polls of the season, reaching as high as No. 11 two weeks ago in both.

With final exams going on, Creighton has just one game scheduled this week. The Bluejays will play at California on Saturday night at 10 pm Central. The Bears are 6-2 on the season and expected to be one of the top teams in the nation's second-rated league, the Pacific 12 Conference.

Statistically, Creighton ranks among the nation's top-12 in six different categories. The Jays are third in field goal percentage (.519), eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.53), ninth in both three-pointers per game (9.0) and three-point percentage (.421) and 10th in both points (802) and assists per game (17.6).

Individually, Grant Gibbs is third in assist/turnover ratio (7.33) and 15th in assists per game (6.6), Doug McDermott is fifth in points per game (22.7) and Ethan Wragge is 16th in three-point field goal percentage (.481).

Associated Press Poll
Released Dec. 10, 2012
    Rk    School    W-L    Pts.    LW
    1.    Indiana (44)    9-0    1580    1
    2.    Duke (20)    9-0    1551    2
    3.    Michigan    9-0    1444    3
    4.    Syracuse    8-0    1378    4
    5.    Florida    7-0    1319    6
    6.    Louisville    8-1    1303    5
    7.    Ohio State    6-1    1211    7
    8.    Arizona    7-0    1178    8
    9.    Kansas    7-1    1087    9
    10.    Illinois    10-0    991    13
    11.    Cincinnati    9-0    944    11
    12.    Missouri    8-1    877    12
    13.    Minnesota    10-1    714    14
    14.    Gonzaga    9-1    699    10
    15.    Georgetown    7-1    577    15
    16.    Creighton    9-1    525    16
    17.    New Mexico    10-0    512    18
    18.    San Diego State    7-1    491    17
    19.    Michigan State    8-2    328    19
    20.    UNLV    7-1    305    21
    21.    North Carolina    7-2    298    20
    22.    Notre Dame    8-1    283    22
    23.    Wichita State    9-0    280    24
    24.    Oklahoma State    7-1    251    23
    25.    North Carolina State    6-2    213    25
    Others Receiving Votes: Oregon 177, Pittsburgh 177, Kentucky 44, Wyoming 15, Connecticut 10, Marquette 8, Virginia Commonwealth 6, Maryland 5, Butler 5, Murray State 4, Miami (Fla.) 3, Alabama 3, Virginia Tech 3, LSU 1.

USA Today Top 25 Poll
Released Dec. 10, 2012
    Rk    School    W-L    Pts.    LW
    1.    Indiana (25)    9-0    769    1
    2.    Duke (6)    9-0    749    2
    3.    Michigan    9-0    705    3
    4.    Syracuse    10-0    663    4
    5.    Florida    7-0    644    5
    6.    Louisville    8-1    609    6
    7.    Ohio State    6-1    586    7
    8.    Arizona    7-0    568    8
    9.    Kansas    7-1    537    9
    10.    Illinois    10-0    465    14
    11.    Missouri    8-1    450    11
    12.    Cincinnati    9-0    447    12
    13.    Creighton    9-1    338    13
    14.    Gonzaga    9-1    325    10
    15.    San Diego State    7-1    292    15
    16.    Minnesota    10-1    225    21
    17.    UNLV    7-1    224    18
    18.    North Carolina    7-2    222    16
    19.    Michigan State    8-2    213    17
    20.    New Mexico    10-0    207    20
    21.    Georgetown    7-1    163    23
    22.    Kentucky    6-3    125    19
    23.    Oklahoma State    7-1    116    22
    24.    Notre Dame    8-1    110    25
    25.    North Carolina State    6-2    93    24
    Others Receiving Votes: Wichita State 88; Pittsburgh 74; Oregon 32; Connecticut 10; Murray State 10; Wyoming 8; Butler 4; Mississippi 2; Virginia Commonwealth 2.
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