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Avery Dingman
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Men's Basketball Remains in Top 25 Rankings

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton men's basketball continues to lead the nation in field goal percentage and three-point percentage in the latest statistical rankings released on Monday.

In addition, Creighton is ranked 17th nationally in the USA Today Top 25 Coaches poll and 21st in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Jays dropped five spots in the coaches poll and four slots in the AP rankings after a five-point loss at Drake on Wednesday and 30-point road win on Sunday at Southern Illinois. Dating to the final three polls of last season, Creighton has now been ranked in a school-record 16 straight Associated Press polls, one more than a 15-week stretch in the 2002-03 campaign.


Creighton has now been ranked in the AP poll during half (25) of Greg McDermott's 50 weeks at the helm, not to mention five other weeks where it's been 26th, 27th or 28th. The 25 weeks in the poll are most of any Creighton basketball coach in history.

Statistically, Creighton ranks among the nation’s top-13 in nine different categories through games of Jan. 27th. The Jays lead the nation in field goal percentage (.519) and three-point percentage (.448) while also ranking third in three-pointers per game (9.5). The Jays are fourth with 17.9 assists per game, sixth in points (1650), seven in assist/turnover ratio (1.47), 11th in scoring offense (78.6) and scoring margin (+16.2) and 13th in winning percentage (.857). The only team to ever finish a season leading the nation in both 3-pointers per game and 3-point percentage was Princeton in 1987-88., while the only team to ever lead the nation in both field goal percentage and three-point percentage was Northern Arizona 1998-99.

Individually, Doug McDermott is second in points per game (23.7), 25th in field goal percentage (.564), 46th in free-throw percentage (.863) and and 176th in rebounds per game (7.2). Grant Gibbs is ninth in assist/turnover ratio (3.18) and 23rd in assists per game (6.05). In addition, Gregory Echenique ranks 90th in blocked shots per game (1.71), 90th in double-doubles (5) and 144th in rebounds per game (7.5). Also in the top-100 are Ethan Wragge, who is 68th with 2.48 three-pointers per game, and Austin Chatman who ranks 84th with 4.6 assists per game and 107th with a 1.94 assist/turnover ratio.

Creighton (18-3, 7-2 MVC) begins the second half of Missouri Valley Conference play on Wednesday when it hosts Missouri State (6-15, 4-5 MVC) in a 7:05 pm game at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

Associated Press Poll
Released January 28, 2013
    Rk    School    W-L    Pts.    LW
    1.    Michigan (51)    19-1    1611    2
    2.    Kansas (13)    18-1    1572    3
    3.    Indiana    18-2    1457    7
    4.    Florida (1)    16-2    1420    8
    5.    Duke    17-2    1328    1
    6.    Syracuse    18-2    1322    3
    7.    Gonzaga    19-2    1177    10
    8.    Arizona    17-2    1160    6
    9.    Butler    17-3    1023    9
    10.    Oregon    18-2    969    16
    11.    Ohio State    15-4    945    14
    12.    Louisville    16-4    905    5
    13.    Michigan State    17-4    897    13
    14.    Miami (Fla.)    15-3    894    25
    15.    Wichita State    19-2    621    20
    16.    Mississippi    17-2    473    23
    17.    Missouri    15-4    464    22
    18.    Kansas State    15-4    463    11
    19.    North Carolina State    16-4    431    18
    20.    New Mexico    17-3    333    15
    21.    Creighton    18-3    312    17
    22.    San Diego State    16-4    302    NR
    23.    Minnesota    15-5    281    12
    24.    Cincinnati    16-4    220    21
    25.    Marquette    14-4    216    NR
    Others Receiving Votes:  Georgetown 121, UNLV 56, Wisconsin 45, UCLA 34, Arizona State 14, Notre Dame 12, Pittsburgh 10, Louisiana Tech 8, Villanova 6, Baylor 5, Iowa State 4, Memphis 4, VCU 4, La Salle 3, Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 2, Colorado State 1.

USA Today Top 25 Poll
Released January 28, 2013
    Rk    School    W-L    Pts.    LW
    1.    Kansas (16)    18-1    760    2
    2.    Michigan (14)    19-1    757    3
    3.    Indiana    18-2    686    8
    4.    Florida (1)    16-2    685    7
    5.    Duke    17-2    644    1
    6.    Syracuse    18-2    624    4
    7.    Gonzaga    19-2    580    10
    8.    Arizona    17-2    557    6
    9.    Michigan State    17-4    459    11
    10.    Butler    17-3    447    9
    11.    Ohio State    15-4    438    15
    12.    Oregon    18-2    435    19
    13.    Louisville    16-4    422    5
    14.    Wichita State    19-2    340    21
    15.    Miami (Fla.)    15-3    326    NR
    16.    Mississippi    17-2    252    24
    17.    Creighton    18-3    249    12
    18.    Missouri    15-4    234    22
    19.    North Carolina State    16-4    194    18
    20.    San Diego State    16-4    171    25
    21.    Kansas State    15-4    166    13
    22.    New Mexico    17-3    159    17
    23.    Cincinnati    16-4    134    20
    24.    Minnesota    15-5    87    14
    25.    Marquette    14-4    75    NR
    Others Receiving Votes: Georgetown 33; UNLV 32; Virginia Commonwealth 27; Wisconsin 25; Pittsburgh 18; Notre Dame 13; UCLA 10; Baylor 7; Southern Mississippi 7; Colorado State 6; Saint Mary’s (Calif.) 5; La Salle 3; Oklahoma State 3; Arizona State 2; Middle Tennessee 2; Louisiana Tech 1.
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