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Men's Basketball Hosts Tulsa Wednesday In Final Game Before MVC Play

2012-13 Creighton Men’s Basketball
Game #12 vs. Tulsa • Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 • 7:05 pm
Tulsa Golden Hurricane at #17 Creighton Bluejays
CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,390) • Omaha, Neb.
Radio: KXSP 590 AM, www.am590espnradio.com
Television: NET Sports; ESPN Full Court
Series History: Tulsa leads, 43-33
Last Meeting:  Creighton 83, Tulsa 64 on Dec. 19, 2011 in Tulsa, Okla.

Next Game
No. 17 Creighton (10-1) hosts its final non-conference home game of the season when Tulsa (6-4) comes to Omaha.
    Wednesday’s game will tip at 7:05 p.m. and be played at CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,390) in Omaha, Neb.
 
Radio Broadcast Information
KXSP (“AM 590 - Omaha’s ESPN Radio”) will broadcast all Creighton men’s basketball games during the 2012-13 season, including Wednesday. T. Scott Marr and Ross Ferrarini will call the action. The audio is also webcast live at www.AM590espnradio.com.

TV Broadcast Information
Wednesday’s game will air statewide on NET and NET-HD (Cox Channel 12 and 1012 in Omaha). Larry Punteney and Nick Bahe will announce.
    The game will also be carried nationally on ESPN Full Court. Digital coordinates are below:
Satellite                                AMC 9 @ 83° W
Transponder                        10K A  SLOT A
Downlink Frequency             11866.5 MHz (V)
Data Rate                          8.4476
Symbol Rate                      6.111
FEC                                  ≤

Video Webcast Available
Wednesday’s game will be webcast free of charge at http://www.netnebraska.org/sports as well as http://es.pn/mbb-TULSAvsCREIGHTON and on ESPN3.com.

Live Stats Information
All of Creighton’s games this season will have free live stats. Visit www.gocreighton.com and click on the Live Stats tab on the top of the page for a link the exact URL.
    Home games can also be followed by those who have mobile devices with internet capability at www.gocreightonstats.com.

Scouting No. 17 Creighton
Creighton is 10-1 this season, including wins over  Wisconsin, Arizona State, UAB, Saint Joseph’s, Nebraska, Akron and Cal. Creighton’s only loss this year has come against Boise State on Nov. 28th.
    Junior forward Doug McDermott (23.7 ppg., 6.9 rpg.) is the nation’s only returning consensus First Team All-American, as well as the nation’s returning scorer (22.9 ppg. last year). He’s led the Jays in scoring and rebounding each of the past two seasons, and has already picked up MVC Freshman of the Year, MVC Newcomer of the Year, MVC Player of the Year and MVC Tournament MVP honors in his career. McDermott has scored 21 or more points in seven straight games, and is 21-of-31 from three-point range in the past five contests.
    The other three returning starters include senior center Gregory Echenique (10.5 ppg., 7.5 rpg., 1.6 bpg.), senior guard Grant Gibbs (7.3 ppg., 6.3 apg.) and junior guard Jahenns Manigat (.468 3FG% last year). Gibbs led the MVC with 176 assists last year, while Echenique had a league-high 57 blocks en route to earning MVC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
    Sophomore Austin Chatman replaced three-year starter Antoine Young, the lone player from last year’s rotation to depart. Chatman is averaging 8.4 points and 4.3 assists per contest.
    The Bluejays returned 10 lettermen and four starters from last year’s 29-6 team that reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament, and have been widely praised for having one of the nation’s most potent offenses.
    Creighton is shooting 50.8 percent from the floor, 76.4 percent at the line, and outrebounding foes by 3.6 boards per game. CU scores 79.6 points per game.

Scouting Tulsa
Tulsa is off to a 6-4 start this season, including a 1-2 road record. Among Tulsa’s victories are wins over San Diego, Missouri State and TCU. The Golden Hurricane have lost to Cal State Northridge, Stephen F. Austin, Wichita State and Arkansas-Little Rock.
    Rashad Smith scores 14.5 points per game, but has been sidelined by injury and not expected back for Wednesday. Among the healthy Tulsa players, James Woodard leads the club with 13.6 points and 5.7 rebounds per game and also leads the team with 22 assists.
    D’Andre Wright (9.1 ppg., 5.6 rpg.) tops the club with eight blocked shots, while Shaquille Harrison owns a team-high 20 steals. One other player to watch is Scottie Haralson, who scores 9.0 points per game and has made 23 of the team’s 52 three-pointers.
    Tulsa averages 68.8 points per game while holding foes to 62.5 per contest. The Hurricane have held opponents to 39.7 percent shooting from the field and 59.4 percent free-throw shooting. Tulsa owns 105 assists but has turned the ball over 164 times.

The Coaches
Greg McDermott (Northern Iowa, 1988) is in his third season as head coach at Creighton. He led CU to a 29-6 mark last year, and is now 62-23 with the Bluejays. McDermott has previously been a head coach at Iowa State (2006-10), Northern Iowa (2001-06), North Dakota State (2000-01) and Wayne State (1994-2000). He owns a career mark of 342-218 in 19 seasons and is 211-154 in 12 Division I campaigns. McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries, Steve Lutz and Steve Merfeld.
    Tulsa is coached by Danny Manning (Kansas, 1991), who is 6-4 in his first season as a head coach. Manning was named National Player of the Year in 1988 after leading Kansas to a national title, and later won a title as an assistant coach with the Jayhawks in 2008. He was the No. 1 pick in the 1988 NBA Draft and enjoyed a 15-year NBA career with seven organizations. Manning is assisted by Brett Ballard, Wendell Moore and Steve Woodberry.

The Series With Tulsa
Tulsa leads the all-time series with Creighton by a 43-33 margin, but the Jays are 22-15 all-time in Omaha.
    The Golden Hurricane have won 14 of the past 18 meetings against Creighton, but the Jays won the two most recent meetings, both in Tulsa. Wednesday will mark Tulsa’s first trip to Omaha since 2000.
    Creighton head coach Greg McDermott is 1-0 against Tulsa, and he is 5-0 all-time against current Conference USA institutions, including a win last month vs. UAB.
    Tulsa coach Danny Manning has never faced Creighton.

Last Game Recap
Creighton scored the game’s first eight points and never trailed in a 74-64 win at Cal on Saturday. Doug McDermott (34) and Jahenns Manigat (11) had season-high point totals for Creighton, while Gregory Echenique had 10 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots.

Manning Returns to Omaha
Tulsa head coach Danny Manning was named National Player of the Year 25 seasons ago while leading Kansas to the 1988 national title. The Jayhawks began their postseason run with two NCAA Tournament wins in Lincoln, Neb.
    In 2008, Manning was on the Kansas bench as an assistant coach as the Jayhawks won their first two NCAA Tournament games in Omaha before eventually winning a national title.
    This past March, Manning was again a Kansas assistant coach as KU won its first two NCAA Tournament games in Omaha, only to fall just short in the national title game vs. Kentucky.
    Manning is 4-0 all-time when sitting on the bench at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

Creighton’s Exclusive 30/30 Club
Doug McDermott scored 30 points in a Dec. 9 win vs. Akron, then followed that performance with a season-high 34 last Saturday night at Cal.
    McDermott, who leads the MVC with 23.7 points per game, is the first Creighton player with 30 points in consecutive contests since Bob Harstad in 1990. 
    If McDermott can score 30 or more on Wednesday vs. Tulsa, he’d be CU’s first player with three straight games or 30 or more since Benoit Benjamin in 1985. Last year McDermott had 35 points in a 83-64 win vs. Tulsa.
    McDermott owns 20 or more points in nine of Creighton’s first 11 games this season, including the past seven.
 
Doing It All
Reigning MVC Player of the Year Doug McDermott has one of the nation’s best set of post moves, and now the junior forward is taking his skills to the perimeter with similar success.
    Eight days after tying a career-high with five-three pointers in a 29-point thrashing of Atlantic-10 favorite Saint Joseph’s, McDermott shot 6-for-8 from downtown in a 77-61 win over defending MAC champion Akron on Dec. 9th.
    McDermott’s career 46.0 percent accuracy from three-point range ranks tops in CU history. Since starting his career 15-of-53 (28.3 percent) after 20 games from downtown, McDermott has made 113-of-225 three-pointers (50.2 percent) in his past 65 games.
    Since the start of last season, McDermott is shooting exactly 50 percent (81-162) from 3-point range.

McDermott Earns MVC Awards
Doug McDermott has been named MVC Player of the Week four times this season.
    His first honor came Nov. 12th for his performance in a Nov. 9 win vs. North Texas. McDermott had 21 points and 11 rebounds to produce CU’s first double-double in a season-opener since Kyle Korver in 2001-02.
    He was then honored on Nov. 26th after averaging 25.3 points and 7.3 rebounds while earning MVP honors of the Las Vegas Invitational.
    McDermott was honored on Dec. 10th after averaging 28.5 points in wins vs. Nebraska and Akron.
    Most recently, McDermott was honored on Dec. 17th after scoring 34 points and hauling down nine rebounds in a win at Cal on Dec. 15th. He was also named National Player of the Week by Seth Davis (CBS/Sports Illustrated) and the USBWA for that performance.
    McDermott now owns nine career MVC Player of the Week honors, something only Bradley great Hersey Hawkins (14) can top. Including his seven MVC Newcomer of the Week honors in 2010-11, McDermott has won at least one weekly award from the MVC in 16 of 38 weeks since enrolling at Creighton.

All I Want For Christmas Is 11 Wins
Creighton is 10-1 heading into its final game before Christmas break. This is just the fourth time in program history the Jays own 10 or more wins by Dec. 25th, and a win on Wednesday will make this year’s team the first to ever reach 11 victories before Christmas.

Don’t Take Our Word For It
After last year’s Creighton win at Tulsa, then-Golden Hurricane coach Doug Wojcik was more than impressed after Doug McDermott scored 35 on his team. Here’s an excerpt of Wojcik’s post-game opening statement:
    “I tell you what, that was one impressive performance by Doug McDermott. I thought the guy single-handedly broke the spirit of my team. In particular, my three seniors and sophomore post players. He was terrific...My goodness, it really surprised us how good McDermott was, particularly in the post against size, how good his strength is, how good his stamina is, how good his feet are, and how good of hands he has. He was very impressive to me, tonight.”

How’s This, For Starters?
Creighton’s win at Cal on Saturday featured a rarity, as all five Bluejay starters logged 30 minutes or more.
    It was the first time since Feb. 14, 2004 that all five Creighton starters played 30 minutes or more. That game featured a starting five of Johnny Mathies, Nate Funk, Michael Lindeman, Mike Grimes and Brody Deren, and ended with a double-OT loss at Drake.
    Prior to last Saturday, Creighton hadn’t had a non-overtime game where all five starters logged 30 or more minutes since Dec. 23, 1992 at Siena, when Matt Petty, Andre Tucker, Mike Amos, Jason Bey and Jason Singleton did it.

Chasing History, Part I
Doug McDermott has scored 21 or more points in each of the last seven games, moving up to 10th on Creighton’s all-time scoring list with 1,643 career points.
    Ninth in Creighton history is Vernon Moore, who scored 1,654 points from 1981-85, while Paul Silas is eighth with 1,661 points.
    At McDermott’s current scoring average of 23.7 points per game this year he’ll become Creighton’s all-time leading scorer in 20 more games. Creighton has a minimum of 21 games remaining this season.
    By comparison, both of Creighton’s top two all-time leading scorers, Rodney Buford (1995-99) and Bob Harstad (1987-91), had exactly 1,540 points at the end of their junior seasons.
    McDermott is within range to make huge gains on both the MVC and Creighton scoring charts should he continue his current streak of seven straight 20-point games.
All-Time MVC Scoring Leaders
Rk.    Name, School    Points
    1.    Hersey Hawkins, Bradley    3,008
    41.    Phillip Gilbert, Bradley    1,689
    42.    Wes Unseld, Louisville    1,686
    43.    Anthony Parker, Bradley    1,683
    44.    Blake Ahearn, Missouri State    1,677
    45.    Bob Kurland, Oklahoma State    1,669
    46.    Jamaal Tatum, Southern Illinois    1,667
    47.    Ron Bonham, Cincinnati    1,666
    48.    Red Murrell, Drake    1,657
    49.    Vernon Moore, Creighton    1,654
    50.    Melvin Mathis, Drake    1,651
    51.    Doug McDermott, Creighton*    1,643
    *active

All-Time Creighton Scoring Leaders
Rk.    Name, Years    Points
    1.    Rodney Buford, 1995-99    2,116
    6.    Nate Funk, 2002-07    1,754
    7.    Rick Apke, 1974-78    1,682
    8.    Paul Silas, 1961-64    1,661
    9.    Vernon Moore, 1981-85    1,654
    10.    Doug McDermott, 2010-Pres.*    1,643
*active

Who’s The Man(ning)?
The statistics of (now Tulsa coach) Danny Manning and current Creighton forward Doug McDermott are eerily similar to this point.
    Both men were named league Newcomer of the Year as freshmen, and league Player of the Year as sophomores. Both men also won league Tournament MVP accolades as a sophomore. Manning’s dad Ed was an assistant on the KU staff, while McDermott’s dad Greg is the Creighton head coach.
Manning vs. McDermott, Through 85 Games
Stat    Manning    McDermott
Games    85    85
Starts    84    85
Field Goals    593    613
Field Goal Attempts    1007    1085
Field Goal Percentage    .589    .565
Free Throws    216    289
Free Throw Attempts    295    364
Free Throw Percentage    .732    .794
Rebounds    614    644
Rebounds/Game    7.2    7.6
Points    1403    1643
Points/Game    16.5    19.3
Postseason Wins    5    5

Strong On the Road
Off to a 10-1 start overall, Creighton is 4-0 away from home this season. Those four victories have come against two Big Ten teams (Wisconsin, Nebraska) and two Pacific-12 teams (Arizona State, Cal).
    Impressively, all four wins have been by double-digits. Creighton is 8-1 in the past two years against BCS teams, including six victories by double-digits and another triumph by eight.
 
BCS Busters, Again
Creighton improved to 8-1 in the past two seasons vs. teams from BCS conferences with wins this year over Wisconsin & Nebraska (Big Ten) and Arizona State and Cal (Pacific-12). Last year Creighton defeated Alabama (SEC) as well as Big 10 foes Nebraska, Northwestern and Iowa, losing only to North Carolina (ACC) in the NCAA Tournament.
    In those nine games, All-American Doug McDermott has averaged 25.3 points and 8.3 rebounds, well above his career averages (19.3 ppg., 7.6 rpg.), as seen below:
McDermott vs. BCS Schools, Last 2 Years
Date    Opponent    Pts.    Reb.    Score
11/20/11    vs. Iowa    25    9    W 82-59
12/04/11    Nebraska    24    12    W 76-66
12/22/11    Northwestern    27    5    W 87-79
03/16/12    vs. Alabama    16    10    W 58-57
03/18/12    vs. North Carolina    20    9    L 73-87
11/23/12    vs. Wisconsin    30    8    W 84-74
11/24/12    vs. Arizona State    29    9    W 87-73
12/06/12    at Nebraska    27    4    W 64-42
12/15/12    at California    30    9    W 74-64

More Than The Rest
Doug McDermott has scored 1,062 points since the start of the 2011-12 season. That figure leads the nation among active players, with only C.J. McCollum even close.
Most Points, Last 2 Seasons (though 12/17)
Source: Stats Inc./MVC
Rk.    Pts.    Name, School    Next Game
    1.    1,062    Doug McDermott, Creighton    12/19
    2.    1,015    C.J. McCollum, Lehigh    12/20
    3.    942    Reggie Hamilton, Oakland    Graduated
    4.    920    Nate Wolters, S. Dakota State    12/19
    5.    842    Frank Gaines, IPFW    12/21
    6.    835    Shane Gibson, Sacred Heart    12/18

Gift of Gibbs
Grant Gibbs led the MVC with 176 assists last season, and his 69 helpers this season are already 22 more than any other Valley player.
    In the last four games, Gibbs has 30 assists and just two turnovers (9/0 vs. Saint Joseph’s, 10/1 at Nebraska, 8/0 vs. Akron, 3/1 at Cal).  For the year, Gibbs owns a 69/10 assist/turnover ratio.
    That 6.9 assist/turnover ratio is easily the best for any player nationally with at least 5.0 assists per game. Notre Dame’s Eric Atkins (5.0 a/to) is a distant second.

Ball Control Offense
Creighton owns a stellar 189/122 assist/turnover ratio (1.55) as a team to rank seventh nationally, led by Grant Gibbs’ unreal 69/10 ratio (6.9).
    Last year Creighton ranked sixth nationally by finishing with a 1.48 assist/turnover ratio.
    Gibbs is the nation’s only player averaging at least 5.0 assists per game while also owning an assist/turnover ratio of 6/1 or better.
    On a national basis, Gibbs’ 2.95 assist/turnover ratio during the past two years is tops among players with at least 210 assists or more.
    In addition to Gibbs’ outstanding ratio, sophomore point guard Austin Chatman has gone back-to-back games (65 minutes) without a turnover, and hasn’t had a miscue since 7:59 remained in the Dec. 6 win at Nebraska.
    As a group, Creighton’s starting backcourt of Chatman, Gibbs and Jahenns Manigat have combined for 65 assists and 12 turnovers in the past five games.

Leading Scorer, Again
Doug McDermott has led Creighton in scoring each of the last nine games, averaging 26.1 points per game in that time.
    This is the second time in the past 13 months that he’s had a streak of nine or more straight games as the team scoring leader.
    Dating to 1988, Bob Harstad owns the longest such streak with 12 straight games as CU’s leading scorer from Dec. 10, 1988 to Jan. 28, 1989.
Consec. Games as Leading Scorer, Since 1988
    Games    Name    Dates
    12    Bob Harstad    Dec. 10, 1988-Jan. 28, 1989
    11    Doug McDermott    Nov. 13 - Dec. 28, 2011
    9    Doug McDermott    Nov. 18, 2012 - Present
    8    Rodney Buford    Jan. 27-Feb. 17, 1997
    8    Rodney Buford    Feb. 23-Dec. 2, 1998
    7    Rodney Buford    Jan. 2-20, 1997
    7    Booker Woodfox    Dec. 6-28, 2008
    6    Bob Harstad    Dec. 14-29, 1989
    6    Bob Harstad    Feb. 24-Nov. 30, 1990
    6    Rodney Buford    Dec. 12, 1998-Jan. 4, 1999
    6    Kyle Korver    Feb. 12 - March 1, 2003
    6    Nate Funk    Feb. 1-19, 2005
    6    Nate Funk    Jan. 12-27, 2007

Inside The Numbers
Creighton’s Doug McDermott (23.7) enters this week as the nation’s top scoring junior. As can be seen below, good things have happened to the top-scoring juniors in the past nine years:
NCAA’s Top-Scoring Juniors, Last Nine Years
            NBA
Year    Name, School    PPG    Draft #
2011-12    Damian Lillard, Weber St.    24.5    6th
2010-11    Kemba Walker, UConn.    23.5    9th
2009-10    Adnan Hodzic, Lipscomb    22.7    not picked
2008-09    Stephen Curry, Davidson    28.6    7th
2007-08    Lester Hudson, UT-Martin    25.7    58th
2006-07    Reggie Williams, VMI    28.1    not picked*
2005-06    Adam Morrison, Gonzaga    28.1    3rd
2004-05    Ike Diogu, Arizona State    22.6    9th
2003-04    Kevin Martin, W. Carolina    24.9    26th
*wasn’t drafted, but currently in fourth year in NBA

Winning Away From Home
Creighton won a school-record 15 games away from home last season. The Jays went 10-3 in true road games and were also 5-1 on neutral floors.
    Creighton’s lone neutral-site loss came to North Carolina in a not-so “neutral” Greensboro, N.C., in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
    This year’s team is 4-0 away from home, with each victory against a BCS school (Wisconsin, Arizona State, Nebraska, Cal) and by double-digits.
    Creighton entered this week as one of two teams nationally that is undefeated away from home with at least three men’s and three women’s basketball games this winter. The Jays are joined by Duke on that elite list.
    This season is the first time since 2004-05 that Creighton has won its first four games away from home.

BCS Bracket Buster
Some of Creighton’s most thrilling victories in recent seasons have been against teams from the six major college football BCS Conferences (ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12, BIg East), as  Creighton owns a 32-21 mark in the past 15 seasons when you include last Saturday’s triumph.
    Among CU’s victims in that time have been Nebraska (12 times), Iowa (three times) DePaul (twice), Florida (twice), Baylor (twice), Oklahoma State (once), Notre Dame (once), Providence (once), Missouri (once), Oregon (once), Northwestern (once), Alabama (once), Wisconsin (once), Cal (once), TCU (once) and Ohio State (once).

Best 11 Game Starts
Creighton has started 10-1 or better for the second time in as many seasons, and ninth time overall. Below are Creighton’s best 11-game starts in history:
Best 11-Game Starts
    First 11    Year    Final W-L
    11-0    1917-18    11-0
    11-0    1942-43    16-1
    11-0    2003-04    20-9
    10-1    1924-25    14-2
    10-1    1963-64    22-7
    10-1    1980-81    21-9
    10-1    2002-03    29-5
    10-1    2011-12    29-6
    10-1    2012-13    ? ? ?
   
Efficiency Improves
Because Creighton tends to play at a faster pace and have more possessions than the average school, Bluejay coaches place significant emphasis on stats like average points per possession, with data that can be found on a site such as bbstate.com.
    Creighton’s offense is still clicking as one of the nation’s best, but the team has made huge strides on the defensive end of the floor, jumping from 201st last year to 51st this season.
    Nine of Creighton’s first 11 opponents have been hold under 0.96 points per possession this season.
Points Per Possession
    2010-11    2011-12    2012-13
Offense    1.065    1.150    1.167
Offense Rank    46th    2nd    6th
Defense    1.006    1.010    0.882
Defense Rank    192nd    201st    51st

Defense! Defense!
Creighton ranked 222nd nationally last season in field goal percentage defense at 44.1 percent, one area that the program has tried hard to improve on in the off-season.
    The early results have been promising, as CU has limited foes to 39.4 percent marksmanship. That  figure ranked 76th-best nationally in 2012-13 through Sunday’s games.
    Only one team (Boise State) has shot better than 43.4 percent this season against the Jays.
    The 42 points by Nebraska on Dec. 6th were its fewest against Creighton since 1932, a span of 39 meetings.

Jones Hospitalized
Josh Jones was hospitalized prior to Creighton’s Dec. 6 game at Nebraska after he fainted during pre-game warm-ups on the Bob Devaney Sports Center court prior to Creighton’s 64-42 win.
    Jones was released from a Lincoln hospital on Dec. 7th but remains sidelined until at least mid-January due to an atrial flutter. Jones was scheduled to undergo a medical procedure on Dec. 18th, after which he’ll be sidelined a minimum of a month.
    The senior guard was averaging 7.0 points per game as the team’s top guard off the bench.

Top Four From Three
While Gregory Echenique has yet to attempt a three-point shot this season, Creighton’s other top three scorers continue to fill it up from deep.
    Austin Chatman (.563), Ethan Wragge (.433) and Doug McDermott (.529) have combined to make 62-of-127 three-point attempts this season, good for 48.8 percent.
    Chatman is 8-for-10 from three-point range in the past seven games, while McDermott is 21-of-31 from downtown in the past five contests. Wragge started the season 18-for-29 and is tied for second in the MVC in three-pointers made.
    Either Wragge or McDermott has had three or more three-pointers in 13 of Creighton’s last 14 games dating back to late last season.
    McDermott has made 33-of-53 three-point shots (.623) in the month of December in the past two seasons.
    Creighton owns four men on its roster who have made 106 or more career three-pointers.

Pick Your Poison
Last season Creighton ranked third nationally in three-point percentage, making 42.4 percent from downtown.
    This year’s team can still fill it up from long-range (41.5 percent), but are off the charts from close-range as well.
    This year’s Bluejay team is shooting 56.8 percent from two-point range, ninth-best in the nation. According to data from bbstate.com, no team since at least 2005-06 has shot better than 58.7 from two-point range.

Comparing Offenses
Last season Creighton had one of the nation’s most effective and most efficient offenses. With all but one regular from that squad back, we thought we’d take a second to compare the 2011-12 and 2012-13 teams through 11 games:
Stat    2011-12    2012-13
Record    10-1    10-1
FG Made    342    308
FG%    .517    .508
3FG Made    102    98
3FG%    .447    .415
FT Made    161    162
FT%    .685    .764
Rebound Margin    +5.6    +3.6
Assists    233    189
Turnovers    140    122
Scoring Average    86.1    79.6
Scoring Margin    +17.0    +18.3

Pizza Pie, Piled High = Wins
Thanks to a promotion with Omaha-based Godfather’s Pizza, Creighton season ticket-holders can get a free mini pizza any time the Jays score 75 points at home.
    History has proven that when the team earns the fans pizza, it often leads to a victory as well.
    The first three years of CenturyLink Center Omaha (2003-06), Creighton needed 70 points to earn its fans free pizza, and the Jays went 27-3 when reaching that threshold, closing out that run with 12 straight wins.
    Since upping the standard to 75 points prior to the 2006-07 campaign, Creighton is a perfect 60-0 when scoring 75 points or more at CenturyLink Center Omaha.
    In other words, Creighton is a perfect 72-0 in CenturyLink Center Omaha since Feb. 6, 2005 when scoring enough points to earn its fans some free pizza.

A New Streak
Now that the impressive streak when scoring 70 or more is over, it’s time to look at a few other eye-opening streaks still in play.
    Since Greg McDermott took over three years ago, Creighton is averaging 77.87 points per home game (3,504 points in 45 games).
    That’s a vital number since Creighton is 84-0 at home (57-0 at CenturyLink Center Omaha) when scoring 78 points or more and 68-0 at home (45-0 at CenturyLink Center Omaha) when scoring 80 points or more at home dating to a 92-83 loss to Southern Illinois on Feb. 19, 2000.

Whistle While You Work
Creighton has enjoyed a big edge at the line this season, making more free throws than their opponents have attempted.
    Creighton is 162-of-212 at the line compared to 98-of-149 shooting from its foes. Creighton’s 76.4 percent marksmanship from the line ranks 21st nationally.

Stat Leaders
Statistically, Creighton ranks among the nation’s top-12 in eight different categories. The Jays are sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.415), seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.55) and field goal percentage (.508), eighth in points scored (876), ninth in three-pointers per game (8.9), 10th in win/loss percentage (.909) and 12th in assists per game (17.2) and scoring margin (+18.4).

Big Road Win
Creighton’s 64-42 win at Nebraska matched its largest victory margin in a true road win since an 82-60 win at Southern Illinois on Feb. 14, 2009.
    It was also the largest margin in a non-conference road win since winning at Drexel, 72-48, on Dec. 1, 2007.
    Before Dec. 6th, last time Creighton won a true road game by 22+ points vs. a BCS-league team was 12/18/76 at Oregon State (90-68).

Scoring On The Badgers
Creighton scored 84 points on Nov. 23rd against Wisconsin’s vaunted defense that has ranked among the nation’s top-10 in scoring defense in each of the past six seasons.
    It was the first time in either of the last two seasons that Wisconsin had allowed 80 points in a game, and the eighth-most allowed in regulation in Bo Ryan’s 12 years as a head coach.

New Coaches Update
Greg McDermott was one of 53 head coaches hired to coach a school prior to 2010-11. His 62 wins in that span are easily the most of that group, and McDermott, Tad Boyle (Colorado) and Dana Altman (Oregon) are the only men to win a postseason game each of their first two seasons.
    Below is a list of the new coaches with 49 or more wins at their school since being hired.
School    Coach    W-L    Next Game
Creighton    Greg McDermott    62-23    12/19
Colorado    Tad Boyle    56-28    12/21
Iona    Tim Cluess    54-24    12/18
Oregon    Dana Altman    54-29    12/18
Robert Morris    Andy Toole    51-29    12/18
Marshall    Tom Herrion    49-31    12/19

Austin Powers
After spending last year as a back-up to Antoine Young, sophomore Austin Chatman has taken over as Creighton’s starting point guard. Creighton’s been blessed with a legacy of some of the MVC’s best point guards in the last 15 years, a streak that began with four-year starters Ryan Sears (1997-2001), Tyler McKinney (2001-05) and Josh Dotzler (2005-09) at the point before Young ran the offense while starting the last three years.
    Here’s a look at the stats, by year, of the men that Chatman is trying to replace.
        Freshman            Sophomore
Name    PPG    APG    CU W-L    PPG    APG    CU W-L
Sears    10.5    4.8    18-10    8.7    4.0    22-9
McKinney    4.3    2.1    23-9    5.0    4.1    29-5
Dotzler    6.4    4.2    20-10    2.2    2.0    22-11
Young    4.9    1.4    27-8    7.1    3.1    18-16
Chatman    2.4    1.9    29-6    8.4    4.3    10-1

Dime Time
Austin Chatman’s 11 assists on Nov. 18 vs. Presbyterian were one shy of the CenturyLink Center Omaha record, set last season by Grant Gibbs vs. Northwestern. Chatman entered the game with a career-high of seven assists, then had nine by halftime.
    Chatman’s 11 dimes led to 30 Bluejay points, and Creighton outscored the Blue Hose 63-26 in his 24 minutes of play.
    In addition, Chatman’s 11 assists were the most by a Bluejay sophomore since Tyler McKinney had 12 assists in a 81-73 win at Nebraska on Dec. 21, 2002.

Past Tourney Titles
Creighton’s 12th Annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational title was the program’s fifth-ever tournament title in a regular-season event. The Jays previously claimed titles in the Guardians Classic in both 2002 and 2004, the Las Vegas Classic crown in 2008 and last year’s Dale Howard Classic in Des Moines.
    Creighton won its first game after each of its four previous regular-season tournament titles.
    Creighton has also won a record 11 MVC Tournament titles.

Having A Field Day
Creighton shot 50 percent or better in each of its first four games for the first time since 2002-03. That team finished the season 29-5 overall.
    Creighton enters Wednesday having shot 50.8 percent from the floor in its first 11 games, seventh-best nationally. Each of its five leading scorers are shooting 44.9 percent or better from the field.

Where There’s A Will
Sophomore center Will Artino tied his career-high with 13 points in a Nov. 20 win against  Longwood. He made 5-of-6 field goal attempts and 3-of-4 foul shots, all in just 11 minutes.
    For good measure, Artino also added two steals versus the Lancers, also a career-high.

Quick Starts Key To Playing in Postseason
Creighton has started off 3-0 (or better) in 12 of the previous 14 seasons. Each of Creighton’s previous 13 3-0 starts have been culminated in a postseason tournament appearance at the end of the year.

Not Half Bad
Doug McDermott outscored Presbyterian 20-17  in the first half in a Nov. 18 win. It was the second-most points McDermott has ever had at halftime, and the fourth-highest half of his career.
    McDermott’s highest scoring half of his career has been 31 points, done last year in the second half at Bradley when he scored a career-best 44 points.
    McDermott has scored 15 points or more in a half 30 times during his career, and Creighton is 27-0 in those contests (three times he’s scored 15 or more in both halves).

Crowd Control
Creighton has averaged 16,512 through seven home games thus far, the best seven-game start in program history.
    Last year Creighton ranked sixth nationally by averaging 16,665 fans per home game and was averaging 16,319 fans per home game after seven contests.
       
Rare Air
Gregory Echenique had one of the best all-around games of his career on Nov. 14 in the win vs. UAB, finishing with 13 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots. For good measure, he made 5-of-5 shots from the field and was a perfect 3-for-3 at the line.
    Echenique was the first Bluejay with at least 13 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots in the same game since Benoit Benjamin had 15 points, 17 rebounds and four swats on Feb. 28, 1985 at Dayton.
    Echenique was the first Bluejay to have a 13/16/4 game at home since Benjamin had 26 points, 18 rebounds and seven rejections in a win vs. Marquette on Jan. 27, 1985.
    Incredibly, Benjamin had nine different games in his junior season with at least 13 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks before Echenique ended the 27-year drought.

Jones-ing For Success
Senior guard Josh Jones gave Creighton a spark with 18 points off the bench, all in the second half, in the Nov. 14 victory over UAB.
    A notorious streak shooter, Jones put together a personal 10-0 run as CU rallied from a 45-35 deficit with 17 minutes to go to tie the score.
    He later had eight points during Creighton’s 17-0 run that buried the Blazers and gave CU a 70-55 cushion with 5:55 to go.
    Jones’ career-high point total is 21, done vs. Davidson in the CBI of his sophomore campaign.
    Creighton is now 9-0 all-time when Jones scores 12 points or more, with seven of those games having been played at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

Playing With The Lead
In 160 games at CenturyLink Center Omaha all-time, Creighton has not trailed in 38 of those contests, a staggering 23.8 percent of the time, including seven wire-to-wire wins at home last season and two wins (Longwood, Saint Joseph’s) this season.
    Creighton has trailed by double-digits in 37 career games at CenturyLink Center Omaha, only to rally to win 22 of those contests.

On The Trail
Creighton won six games last season after trailing by 10 or more points, including wins away from home at San Diego State and at Wichita State, on neutral floors vs. Drake and Alabama, and in home triumphs over Long Beach State and Evansville.
    In its Nov. 14 win vs. UAB, Creighton trailed 45-35 in the second stanza, only to rally for a 77-60 win. It was the first time since Feb. 3, 2010 (vs. Evansville) that Creighton trailed by double-digits at any point before rallying to win by double-figures. That UAB game was also the first time in CenturyLink Center Omaha history that Creighton trailed by double-figures in the second half, yet still won by double-digits.
    Creighton, which trailed 37-33 at the half to UAB, is 9-6 in the last two seasons when facing an intermission deficit.

Double-Double Opener
Doug McDermott opened his junior season with 21 points and 11 rebounds on Nov. 9 against North Texas in a 71-51 win.
    He was the first Creighton player to have a double-double in a season-opener since Kyle Korver opened his junior campaign with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 72-51 victory over North Carolina A&T.
    Korver would go on to earn MVC Player of the Year accolades as both a junior and as a senior. Last year McDermott was the first player in MVC history named MVC Player of the Year as a sophomore.
    Creighton has won either the MVC regular-season title or MVC Tournament each of its previous six seasons it had a player with a double-double in the opener (2001-02, 1999-00, 1998-99, 1990-91, 1989-90, 1988-89).

Poll Position
Creighton is ranked 13th in this week’s USA Today Top 25 Coaches poll and 17th in this week’s Associated Press poll. Creighton’s season-best rank came the week of Nov. 26th, when it was 11th in both polls.
    Creighton was ranked 15th in this year’s preseason coaches poll, its first preseason recognition since coming in at No. 23 in 2006-07.
    Creighton started this year with a No. 16 preseason ranking by the AP, its highest preseason mark in program history and the best by any MVC school since No. 6 Wichita State in 1981-82.

Pencil Him In
According to STATS Inc., Doug McDermott is one of 15 juniors or seniors nationwide to start every game of his career (min. 2 years played):
Juniors/Seniors To Start Every Game
Source: STATS Inc., through 12/17
    Starts    Name, School    Next Game        117    Brandon Triche, Syracuse    12/22
    104    Dorian Green, Colorado State    12/19
    85    Doug McDermott, Creighton    12/19
    80    Ray McCallum, Detroit    12/19
    80    Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan    12/20
    78    Brian Voelkel, Vermont    12/22
    78    Deonte Burton, Nevada    12/21
    77    Frantz Massenat, Drexel    12/22
    76    Cody Doolin, San Francisco    12/18
    75    Jeromie Hill, UTSA    12/21
    75    Holton Hunsaker, Utah Valley    12/19
    73    Devon Saddler, Delaware    12/21
    72    Travis McKie, Wake Forest    12/18
    71    Marshall Bjorklund, N. Dakota St.    12/21
    71    Daniel Miller, Georgia Tech    12/22

Chasing History
Doug McDermott has scored 855 points in his first 45 career home games. He is the all-time leading scorer in CenturyLink Center Omaha history.
    McDermott also owns CenturyLink Center Omaha career records in points per game (19.0) and rebounds per game (7.6).
    McDermott enters Wednesday’s game with 1,643 career points in all venues, good for 10th in school history.

Super Streak Ends At 37
Doug McDermott’s streak of 37 straight games in double-figures came to an end when he was held to five points vs. UAB on Nov. 14th.
    McDermott had owned the nation’s third-longest active streak in the country, and the longest by any Bluejay since Vernon Moore’s stretch of 46 in a row in 1984 and 1985.
    McDermott’s five points were the second-fewest in his career. His only game lower was his freshman season vs. Saint Joseph’s, when he was scoreless in his ninth career contest.
CU’s Top 10+ Point Streaks, Since 1981-82
    No.    Name    Dates
    46    Vernon Moore    Jan. 30, 1984 - Mar. 5, 1985
    37    Doug McDermott    April 1, 2011-Nov. 9, 2012
    32    Bob Harstad    Feb. 24, 1990-Feb. 25, 1991
    31    Benoit Benjamin    Mar. 8, 1984 - Feb. 20, 1985

Blackjack Kid
Doug McDermott has scored 21 or more points in each of his last seven games. Last year, he put together a streak of 10 straight games with 20 points or more, CU’s longest such streak in at least 30 years.
    Before he had such a four-game streak last year, CU hadn’t had a three-game streak of 25-point games since Bob Harstad in 1990. McDermott has had 25 points or more in each of his last three games heading into Wednesday.

Milestone Man
Because he’s split his college career between Rutgers and Creighton, you might not realize the rather impressive college stats being generated by Gregory Echenique.
    Echenique owns 1,130 points, 833 rebounds and 224 blocked shots in his first 114 games as a collegian. He entered the season as the nation’s only active player with at least 1,000 point, 750 rebounds and 200 blocked shots, and is currently the nation’s only active player with 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 210 or more blocked shots.
    Had all those stats been generated at Creighton, Echenique would rank 28th in career points, sixth in career rebounds and second in career blocked shots at CU.

I Know What You Did Last Summer
Senior center Gregory Echenique played for coach Eric Musselman on the Venezuelan National Team last summer, alongside the likes of former Maryland star and current Memphis Grizzlies guard Greivis Vasquez.
    Echenique averaged 7.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in two games at the FIBA Olympic Qualifier in Caracas in July against Lithuania and Nigeria, where he went head-to-head against NBA players such as Linas Kleiza, Jonas Valanciunas, and Al-Farouq Aminu.

Army of Iowans
Every Creighton team since 1988-89 has had at least one Iowa native, and this season is no exception.
    Creighton has four players from Iowa on this season’s team, continuing a long trend of relying on some of the Hawkeye State’s top preps. CU’s Iowans this season includes senior Grant Gibbs (Marion), junior Doug McDermott (Ames), sophomore Will Artino (Waukee) and redshirt freshman Alex Olsen (Council Bluffs).
    Other past notable Iowans include Kyle Korver (Pella), Ryan Sears (Ankeny), Brody Deren (Harlan), Tyler McKinney (Urbandale) and Nate Funk (Sioux City).
    Creighton has played at least one Iowa native in 596 straight games. That streak dates to a Feb. 5, 1994 win against Wichita State.

Preseason MVC Poll
Creighton was picked to win the Missouri Valley Conference in the preseason poll of league coaches, SID’s and media. The Bluejays earned 38-of-40 first-place votes and 398 points overall.
    Illinois State was second with 327 points and the remaining two first-place votes, while Northern Iowa was third with 316 points. Wichita State (298) and Evansville (240) rounded out the upper half of the league.
    In sixth was Drake (184), while Indiana State (165), Missouri State (122), Bradley (84) and Southern Illinois (66) round out the rest of the league predictions.
    Creighton junior Doug McDermott was named preseason MVC Player of the Year. He’s joined on the team by repeat selections Jake Odum (Indiana State) and Colt Ryan (Evansville) as well as new picks Ben Simons (Drake) and Jackie Carmichael (Illinois State).
    Creighton’s women were also picked to win the MVC, just the third time in league history the MVC favorites came from the same schools.

Portman To Enter MVC Hall of Fame
Bob Portman will enter the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame on March 8, 2013, during a banquet at the MVC Tournament in St. Louis, Mo.
    Portman played for Creighton from 1966-69 and averaged 24.6 points and 12.9 rebounds per game during his college career.
    Portman owns the Creighton records for single-game scoring (51), single-season scoring average (29.5) and career scoring average (24.7). He is also second for points in a season (738) and ranks fourth in career points (1,876), rebounds (979), free throws (382) and field goals made (747).

Going For 20, Again
Creighton has won 20 or more games in 13 of the last 14 seasons, an unprecedented feat in Missouri Valley Conference history that puts the Jays among an exclusive group, nationally.
    Just five schools nationally have had 20 or more wins each of the last 14 years: Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse.
    Creighton is one of six schools with 20 or more wins in exactly 13 of the past 14 years. That list consists of Creighton, Kent State, Kentucky, Texas, Utah State and Xavier.
    That’s better than traditional powers Arizona, Connecticut and Memphis (12 each) and also ahead of Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin (11 each).

10 Conference Wins x 16
Last season’s Creighton team extended its MVC record by winning 10 or more league games for a 16th consecutive season.
    On a national basis, the only other current school with at least 16 straight years of 10 or more league wins is Kansas (18).
    Each of the last 16 seasons has seen the team finish fourth place or better in the MVC as well.

Postseason x 15
Creighton has made the postseason in 15 consecutive seasons, the longest streak of postseason bids in MVC history.
    The only eight schools to make the postseason in each of the last 14 years are Creighton, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Syracuse.

Postseason Win Streak
Thanks to an NCAA Tournament win over Alabama, the Creighton men’s basketball team has now won a postseason game in a school-record five straight seasons.  The previous mark was three in a row from 1962-64.
    The following eight programs are the only ones that have won a postseason game in five straight seasons, including 2011-12: Creighton, Kansas, Kansas State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Syracuse and Wisconsin.

Full House
Creighton finished sixth nationally in home attendance, averaging 16,665 fans per home game, in 2011-12. It’s the sixth straight season that CU has been among the nation’s top-25 in average home attendance, and set an MVC average home attendance record.
    Creighton surpassed 200,000 home fans in a season for the sixth time. No other school in the history of the MVC has ever done so.
    Creighton also ranked seventh nationally in men’s soccer attendance and 10th in baseball attendance, the nation’s only school in the top-10 of those three sports.
2011-12 Attendance Leaders (Final)
    Rk.    School    Average   
    1.    Kentucky    23,721
    2.    Syracuse    23,618
    3.    Louisville    21,503
    4.    North Carolina    20,159
    5.    Wisconsin    17,181
    6.    Creighton    16,665
    7.    Tennessee    16,543
    8.    Ohio State    16,510
    9.    Indiana    16,462
    10.    Kansas    16,300

Highest Season Home Attendance, MVC History
      Home Att.    School    Year
    302,676    Creighton    2008-09
    297,161    Creighton    2010-11
    276,000    Creighton    2007-08
    266,632    Creighton    2011-12
    246,419    Creighton    2009-10

Highest Average Attendance, MVC History
    Avg. Att.    School    Year
    16,665    Creighton    2011-12
    15,930    Creighton    2008-09
    15,909    Creighton     2006-07
    15,333    Creighton    2007-08
    14,495    Creighton    2009-10

Consistent Challengers
Ten of Creighton’s last 15 teams have finished either first or second in The Valley’s regular-season race. Two of the five that didn’t won the MVC Tournament.
    The Bluejays won the MVC in 2000-01 and tied for the title in 2001-02 and 2008-09. CU was second in the MVC in 1997-98 and 2006-07, tied for second in the MVC in 1998-99, 2003-04 and 2005-06, and finished tied for third in 2004-05. The 1999-00 club was fourth in the MVC, but won the MVC Tournament, while the 2010-11  club tied for fourth place.
Creighton’s MVC Finishes, Last 15 Years
1st Place    2000-01
Tied for First    2001-02 (won MVC Tourn.), 2008-09
2nd Place    1997-98, 2002-03 (won MVC Tourn.),
    2006-07 (won MVC Tourn.), 2011-12 (won MVC Tourn.)
Tied for 2nd    1998-99 (won MVC Tourn.), 2003-04, 2005-06
Tied for 3rd Place    2004-05 (won MVC Tourn.)
4th Place    1999-00 (won MVC Tourn.); 2007-08; 2009-10
Tied for 4th Place    2010-11

Team of the Millennium?
Below is the records for each MVC school from the start of the 2000-01 season until the start of this season, ranked by overall winning percentage. Creighton leads the MVC overall with 280 wins in the millennium, as well as 12 postseason appearances:
MVC Standings (start 2000-01 to end of 2011-12)
        MVC     only          All Games
Team    W    L    Pct.    W    L    Pct.
Creighton    149    67    .690    280    120    .700
Southern Illinois    134    82    .620    238    151    .612
Wichita State    125    91    .579    238    151    .612
Northern Iowa    118    98    .546    226    158    .589
Missouri State    117    99    .542    223    163    .578
Illinois State    99    117    .458    201    175    .535
Bradley    93    123    .431    189    197    .490
Drake    92    124    .426    180    191    .485
Indiana State    79    137    .366    162    212    .433
Evansville    74    142    .343    142    216    .397

Postseason Appearances by MVC Teams
(Since 2000-01)
Team    NCAA    NIT    CBI    CIT      Total
Creighton    6    4    1    1    12
Wichita State    2    5    1    0    8
Southern Illinois    6    1    0    0    7
Northern Iowa    5    1    0    1    7
Bradley    1    2    1    1    5
Missouri State    0    4    0    1    5
Illinois State    0    5    0    0    5
Indiana State    2    0    1    1    4
Drake    1    0    0    2    3
Evansville    0    0    2    1    3

Long-Distance Streak Alive
Creighton has made at least one three-pointer in a league-best 620 straight games since a 59-53 loss at Illinois State on Feb. 20, 1993. That’s the longest active streak in the MVC.

CenturyLink Center Omaha Success
Creighton has played 160 regular and postseason contests at CenturyLink Center Omaha all-time in its 10 seasons at the facility.
    The Bluejays own an 136-24 (.850) record all-time at the facility, and have never lost there on a Thursday (7-0) or Friday (6-0).
    Creighton has outscored its opponents 12,000-10,135 in games at CenturyLink Center Omaha, an average margin of 11.7 points per game. Creighton has led wire-to-wire 38 different times, including seven times last season and twice this winter (Longwood, Saint Joseph’s).

Piling Up The Points, and Wins
Creighton has won 55 straight games when scoring 90 points or more, dating to Jan. 11, 1988.
    Creighton has won 19 straight (at all sites) when scoring 100 points or more, dating to Feb. 26, 1977.
    In home games only, Creighton has won 94 straight games when scoring 71 or more points since a Feb. 5, 2005 loss to Missouri State.

Here’s To History
With the 2012 MVC Tournament title, Creighton head coach Greg McDermott became the first head coach in league history to win a Valley Tournament title at more than one school.
    McDermott previously won a title in 2004 at Northern Iowa. The 1988 Northern Iowa grad McDermott also holds the honor of being the first coach in league history to win an MVC Tournament title at his alma mater.

Dance Partners
Only two schools won their league tournament in both men’s and women’s basketball in 2011-12: Creighton and South Dakota State.
    This was the fifth time in MVC history that the same school has won the men’s and women’s tournament titles in the same season. Creighton, however, was the first program to do it twice (UNI 2010, Creighton 2002 and 2012, Missouri State 1992, Illinois State 1983).

McDermott A Preseason All-American
Junior forward Doug McDermott became the first player in MVC history to be named a preseason First Team All-American by the Associated Press. The team was announced on October 28th.
    McDermott earned acclaim on 62-of-65 ballots, trailing only Indiana’s Cody Zeller. The rest of the team consisted of Isaiah Canaan (Murray State), Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State), Trey Burke (Michigan) and C.J. McCollum (Lehigh).
    The preseason All-America team was first announced in 1986-87.

Watch This!
Junior Doug McDermott is on the preseason watch lists for both the Wooden Award and the Naismith Award, two of the top awards in college basketball.
    McDermott is the only man who was a finalist for either award to return to school this season.
    The Naismith Award is presented by the Atlanta Tipoff Club and will be presented on April 7, 2013, in Atlanta.
    The Wooden Award is presented by the Los Angeles Athletic Club and will handed out the weekend of April 12-13, 2013, in Los Angeles.

Everybody’s All-American
Doug McDermott hauled All-America honors on a regular basis last year.
    He was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press, NABC, USBWA, Basketball Times and ESPN.com, and a second-team selection by The Sporting News and CBSSports.com. He was also named to the 10-man John R. Wooden Award All-America team.
    Prior to McDermott, the only other player honored by the USBWA with All-America status had been second-team selection Kyle Korver in 2003, and the only prior NABC selections from Creighton had been second-teamer Paul Silas (1964) and third-team selections Benoit Benjamin (1985) and Kyle Korver (2003).
    Last year McDermott was named CollegeInsider.com’s Lute Olson National Player of the Year. He was also a finalist for the Naismith and Wooden Award, though Anthony Davis won both awards.

Scoring In Numbers
Doug McDermott owned 801 points in 35 games last year, an average of 22.9 per contest that ranked him third nationally in scoring.
    McDermott’s 22.9 points per game ranked fourth-most in CU single-season history and were the most since Bob Portman averaged 26.2 points per game in 1968-69.
    Portman, who finished fifth nationally in scoring in 1967-68 (29.5 ppg.), was the only previous Bluejay to ever rank in the top-10 of the year-end scoring leaders.
    McDermott’s 22.9 points per game made him the first MVC player over 20 points per game since Illinois State’s Tarise Bryson (2000-01) and the most by a MVC player since Northern Iowa’s Randy Blocker (23.0 ppg.) in 1993-94. Bryson had been the only MVC player since 1989 to rank in the top-five nationally in scoring.
    No Bluejay had averaged more than 20 points per game since Bob Harstad’s 22.2 average in 1989-90.

Oscar, Bird, Doug
Doug McDermott set a Creighton (and MVC) record for points by a freshman with 581 in 2010-11. Last season, McDermott had 801 points, the most single-season points in school history by any player.
    McDermott’s 1,382 points after two seasons were the most in school history by a player in their first two seasons, passing Bob Portman (1,195). According to STATS Inc., the only other players since 1996-97 with at least 1,382 points or more by the end of their sophomore season had been Davidson’s Stephen Curry (1,661 points from 2006-08), Eastern Washington’s Rodney Stuckey (1,438 points from 2005-07) and VMI’s Keydren Clark (1,497 points from 2002-04).
    He became just the third sophomore in MVC history to reach 800 points in a season, trailing only Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird on that list. His 801 points from last year rank 10th-most in MVC single-season history and were the most by any Valley player since 1988.
    Below is a list of the most prolific sophomore scorers in MVC history, as well as the top single-season scorers in Creighton history (all classes):
Top Scorers, MVC History (All Years)
    Pts.    Name, School    Years
1125    Hersey Hawkins, Bradley    1987-88
    1011    Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati    1959-60
984    Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati    1957-58
978    Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati    1958-59
973    Larry Bird, Indiana State    1978-79
959    Larry Bird, Indiana State    1977-78
918    Larry Bird, Indiana State     1976-77
844    Xavier McDaniel, Wichita State    1984-85
815    Lewis Lloyd, Drake    1979-80
801    Doug McDermott, Creighton    2011-12
788    Hersey Hawkins, Bradley    1986-87
788    Willie Biles, Tulsa    1972-73

Top Sophomore Scorers, MVC History
    Pts.    Name, School    Years
984    Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati    1957-58
918    Larry Bird, Indiana State     1976-77
801    Doug McDermott, Creighton    2011-12
680    Mitchell Anderson, Bradley     1979-80
656    Hersey Hawkins, Bradley     1985-86

Top Scorers, Creighton Single-Season History
    Pts.    Name (Class)    Year
    801    Doug McDermott (So.)    2011-12
    738    Bob Portman (Jr.)    1967-68
    734    Bob Harstad (Jr.)    1989-90

Most Career Points, Active Juniors
Source: Creighton Sports Info/STATS Inc. (12/18)
    Rk.    Pts.    Name, School    Next Game
    1.    1,643    Doug McDermott, Creighton    12/19
    2.    1,260    Devon Saddler, Delaware    12/21
    3.    1,205    DeAndre Kane, Marshall    12/19

All-Around Doug
Last season Doug McDermott joined Texas’ Kevin Durant (in 2006-07) as the nation’s only player since 1996-97 to finish a season with at least 800 points, 280 rebounds and 50 three-pointers.
    It came on the heels of McDermott’s remarkable freshman season with 581 points, 280 rebounds and 47 three-point baskets.
    According to research by STATS Inc., the last two freshmen (before McDermott) to attain 525 points, 270 rebounds and 40 three-pointers in a season were Durant and Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse) in 2002-03. The previous two freshmen before them to do so, Quentin Richardson (1998-99 at DePaul) and Eddie Griffin (2000-01 at Seton Hall), like Durant and Anthony, were also named the National Freshman of the Year.
    Below is the list, compiled by STATS Inc., of all 19 Division I players since 1996-97 to have McDermott’s levels of at least 581 points, 280 rebounds and 47 three-pointers in one season.
    McDermott, who repeated the feat in 2011-12, joins Kyle Singler (Duke) as one of two men to do it twice.:
581+ Pts., 280+ Reb., 47+ 3FG Since 1996-97
Source: STATS Inc. & Creighton Sports Info
Name, School    Year    3FG    Reb.    Pts.
Kevin Durant, Texas*    2006-07    82    390    903
Doug McDermott, Creighton    2011-12    54    288    801
Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse*    2002-03    56    349    778
Shane Battier, Duke    2000-01    124    285    778
Kyle Singler, Duke    2009-10    85    280    707
Keith Van Horn, Utah    1996-97    58    303    705
Ryan Anderson, Cal    2007-08    64    328    697
Matt Harpring, Ga. Tech    1997-98    52    302    691
Rasual Butler, LaSalle    2001-02    57    283    670
Wendell McKinies, New Mex St.    2011-12    51    374    653
Brian Heinle, CS-Northridge    2000-01    52    293    646
Jae Crowder, Marquette    2011-12    61    295    614
Jamine Peterson, Providence    2009-10    51    315    609
James Posey, Xavier    1998-99    48    322    609
Kyle Singler, Duke    2008-09    69    284    609
Matt Howard, Butler    2010-11    53    285    608
Romain Sato, Xavier    2003-04    75    297    603
Draymond Green, Michigan St.    2011-12    52    392    601
Doug McDermott, Creighton*    2010-11    47    280    581
*Freshmen

Familiar Fives
Creighton utilized the same starting line-up all season long in 2011-12, as Gregory Echenique, Doug McDermott, Grant Gibbs, Jahenns Manigat and Antoine Young started all 35 games.
    According to STATS Inc., the only schools with the same starting five every game were Creighton, Missouri, Nevada, Wisconsin and Youngstown State.
    Of those five schools above, the only team to use the same starting five for every game in 2012-13 is Creighton.

Last Season Recap
Creighton went 29-6 and reached the third round of the MVC Tournament last season. Creighton started the year 7-0 to move into the Associated Press top-25, a spot they would hold for 12 of the final 15 weeks.
    Doug McDermott ranked third nationally in scoring (22.9), scoring a school-record 801 points. He became the first sophomore named MVC Player of the Year and was a consensus First Team All-American.
    Point guard Antoine Young (12.1 ppg., 4.5 apg.) was a second-team all-Valley pick, while center Gregory Echenique (9.7 ppg., 7.3 rpg., 1.6 bpg.) was named MVC Defensive Player of the Year. In addition, Grant Gibbs was runner-up for MVC Newcomer of the Year accolades after dishing a league-high 176 assists.
    The Jays ranked second nationally in field goal percentage (.504), third in three-point percentage (.424), fifth in assists (17.6), sixth in home attendance (16,665) and ninth in scoring offense (79.2).
    Creighton finished the regular-season second in the MVC before winning its league-record 11th Valley Tournament title to clinch an NCAA bid. At the NCAA’s, Creighton topped Alabama 58-57 before falling to No. 4 North Carolina.

Creighton Will Host in 2015, Again
The NCAA announced on Nov. 12, 2012, that Creighton will serve as the host institution on March 20/22, 2015, when the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament returns to CenturyLink Center Omaha for second/third-round games.
    This will be the third time in a seven-year span the arena has hosted, having previously done so in 2008 and 2012 to much acclaim.
    CenturyLink Center Omaha has previously hosted NCAA finals for women’s volleyball (2006, 2008) and wrestling (2010), as well as the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming (2008, 2012). This January, it will host the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Shuttle Service Provided Again
Chief Bus will provide complimentary shuttle service from the Creighton University campus to CenturyLink Center Omaha for all men’s basketball home games this season. The service is available to all fans, not just Creighton students.
    The shuttle will start 75 minutes before tip-off and shuttles will continue to operate the route during the game. The three designated stops for pick-up around the CU campus are: 24th & California (nearside/southbound); 20th & Cass (nearside/eastbound) and at Billy Blues Alumni Grill (outside the Mike & Josie Harper Center in the turnaround which is on the east side of the building).
    The shuttle will then go eastbound on Capitol Avenue and then go north up 10th Street for drop-off at the CenturyLink Center Omaha convention center entrance. The route is designed for each shuttle driver to make a roundtrip every 15 minutes.
    Following the game’s conclusion, the shuttle will start at the CenturyLink Center Omaha convention center entrance on 10th Street and loop the original route with the first of three stops at 24th & California Streets.

Ticket Information
Single-game tickets for the 2012-13 season went on sale on October 29th at 10 am.
    Fans can purchase single-game tickets at CenturyLink Center Omaha Box Office, Ryan Athletic Center, all Ticketmaster locations (Baker’s, Younkers), Ticketmaster online at http://www.ticketmaster.com or by calling Ticketmaster and charging by phone at (800) 745-3000. Only upper bowl seats will be available for any game and cost is $12 for adults and $8 for youth ages 3-18 (children two and under are free).
    For more information, call the Creighton Ticket Office at (402) 280-JAYS.
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