2012-13 Creighton Men’s Basketball
Game #35 • NCAA Tournament Second Round • Friday, March 22, 2013 • 2:45 pm EST
#10 Cincinnati Bearcats vs. #7 Creighton Bluejays
Wells Fargo Center (19,500) • Philadelphia, Pa.
Radio: KXSP 590 AM, SiriusXM 85
Series History: Cincinnati leads, 2-0
Last Meeting: Cincinnati won 60-58 on Dec. 28, 1989 in Honolulu, Hawaii
Seventh-seeded and 22nd-ranked Creighton (27-7, 13-5 MVC) returns to the NCAA Tournament for the 18th time when it takes on 10th-seeded Cincinnati (22-11, 9-9 Big East) in second round action of the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Friday’s game will start at approximately 1:45 pm Central and be contested at Wells Fargo Center (capacity 19,500) in Philadelphia, Pa.
The winner will advance to a third-round game on Sunday against either Duke or Albany.
Radio Broadcast Information
KXSP (“AM 590 - Omaha’s ESPN Radio”) will broadcast all Creighton men’s basketball games during the 2012-13 season. T. Scott Marr and Nick Bahe will call the action.
The game will also be broadcast nationwide and on Sirius/XM satellite radio channel 85 on Dial Global Radio, by Scott Graham and John Thompson.
By contract, only the Dial Global broadcast can be audio webcast. All Dial Global audio will also be streaming in the March Madness Live product and will appear on the free side of the application.
Visit dialglobalsports.com or ncaa.com/march-madness for more details.
Television Broadcast Information
Creighton’s game will air nationally in its entirety on CBS, with Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore and Reggie Miller on the call.
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Live Stats Information
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Updates are also provided on the athletic department’s Twitter page (@gocreighton).
Creighton is 27-7 this season (13-5 MVC) and earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 68-65 win over Wichita State on March 10 in the championship game of the MVC Tournament. Creighton had also won the outright MVC regular-season title with a 91-79 win on March 2nd, also vs. Wichita State.
The Jays started the season impressively with an 11-1 record in pre-conference play. The start included victories over NCAA Tournament qualifiers Wichita State (twice), Wisconsin, Akron and Cal, as well as triumphs over league favorites from the Atlantic-10 (Saint Joseph’s) and Sun Belt (North Texas).
Junior forward Doug McDermott (23.1 ppg., 7.5 rpg.) is the nation’s only returning First Team All-American and was named the Midseason National Player of the Year by Dick Vitale, Seth Davis, Mike DeCourcy and Andy Katz (among others). A two-time MVC Player of the Year, McDermott has been named MVC Player of the Week eight times this year. He ranks second nationally in scoring and also shoots 49.7 percent from three-point range. On Feb. 16th, he became the first junior in MVC history to surpass 2,000 career points.
Second on the team in scoring is senior center Gregory Echenique (9.6 ppg., 6.6 rpg., 1.6 bpg.). Echenique has led the MVC in blocked shots each of the previous two years, and was named to the MVC All-Tournament Team after finishing with 13 swats in three wins.
Creighton also boasts a veteran backcourt consisting of Grant Gibbs (8.6 ppg., 5.9 apg., 4.1 rpg.), Austin Chatman (7.4 ppg., 4.3 apg.) and Jahenns Manigat (6.1 ppg.). Gibbs and Chatman rank first and third in the MVC in assists, while Manigat led The Valley in league play in three-point percentage a year ago.
Creighton’s bench is led by MVC Sixth Man of the Year Ethan Wragge (7.7 ppg.), who is fourth in the league with 74 three-pointers made and has drilled six three-pointers in a game on three occasions this season.
Creighton leads the nation in both field goal percentage (.508) and three-point percentage (.421), is fifth in assists per game (17.2), sixth in three-pointers per game (8.8) and is 10th in both points (2563) and assist/turnover ratio (1.40) while also outrebounding foes by 4.9 caroms a game.
Cincinnati is 22-11 on the season and finished 9-9 in the BIG EAST Conference. The Bearcats went 1-1 in last weekend’s BIG EAST Tournament, defeating Providence before falling to Georgetown in the quarterfinals.
Junior guard Sean Kilpatrick averages 16.9 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He’s also second on the team with 61 assists and 41 steals this year.
Also in double-figures are fellow guards Cashmere Wright (12.6 ppg., 3.1 apg.) and JaQuon Parker (11.3 ppg., 4.9 rpg.).
Cheikh Mbodj averages 5.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots per game inside, while Titus Rubles leads UC with 5.8 rebounds per game despite coming off the bench in 22-of-33 contests.
The Bearcats average 66.6 points per game and yield 58.8 per contest. UC shoots 40.2 percent from the floor, 64.9 percent at the line and 31.7 percent from downtown, while outrebounding foes by 6.5 per game.
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 79-29 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 359-224 in 19 seasons and is 228-160 in 12 Division I campaigns. McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries, Steve Lutz and Steve Merfeld.
McDermott is 1-4 as a Division I head coach in the NCAA Tournament, having lost five-point games as Northern Iowa’s head coach in 2004 (vs. Georgia Tech), 2005 (vs. Wisconsin) and 2006 (vs. Georgetown), and going 1-1 last season at Creighton with a win over Alabama and a loss to North Carolina.
He also made two NCAA Tournament appearances as a Division II head coach at Wayne (Neb.) State in 1999 and 2000. His 2000 team reached the Sweet 16.
Mick Cronin (Cincinnati, 1997) 135-99 in his seventh season with the Bearcats, which moves his career mark to 204-123 in 10 years overall as a head coach. He is 2-3 in three previous NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet 16 appearance last season. Cronin is assisted by Larry Davis, Darren Savino and Antwon Jackson.
Series History vs. Cincinnati
Creighton is 0-2 all-time vs. Cincinnati, with both match-ups taking place on neutral courts.
The Bearcats defeated the Bluejays 66-46 in the 1962 NCAA Tournament in a game played in Manhattan, Kan.
The most recent meeting took place in Honolulu, Hawaii in December of 1989. In that game, Cincinnati scored the final 13 points of the game in a 60-58 win at the Rainbow Classic, including a game-winning jumper with five seconds left from Louis Banks. Greg McDermott is 0-1 all-time vs. Cincinnati, falling 76-70 in double-overtime on Nov. 24, 2004 at Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati.
Postseason x 16
Creighton has made the postseason in 16 consecutive seasons, the longest streak of postseason bids in MVC history.
The only eight schools to make the postseason in each of the last 16 years (including this year) are Creighton, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Syracuse.
Postseason Win Streak
Thanks to an NCAA Tournament win over Alabama last March, 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.
NCAA Tournament History
Creighton is making its 18th NCAA Tournament appearance, and ninth in the last 15 years. The Bluejays are 10-18 all-time in NCAA action, including a 7-10 record in its first game.
Creighton’s last NCAA Tournament games came last season in Greensboro, N.C. The Jays defeated Alabama 58-57 before falling to No. 4 North Carolina 87-73.
In 25 previous NCAA or NIT appearances, Creighton has never won consecutive games in the same event.
Tournament Titles Help
Only nine teams in the March 11 edition of the Associated Press top-25 poll went on to win their conference tournament title, an elite group that includes Creighton, Gonzaga, Louisville, Kansas, Miami (Fla.), Ohio State, New Mexico, Memphis and Saint Louis.
Since 2004, six of the nine teams that won a national title, first won their league tournament title. The only exceptions came in 2005 and 2009, both years that North Carolina won the national title, as well as last season (Kentucky).
Repeat Tournament Titles
Only 10 teams won the same conference tournament title both this season and last year. That list consists of Creighton (MVC), Louisville (Big East), Montana (Big Sky), Memphis (C-USA), South Dakota State (Summit), New Mexico (MWC), Long Island (Northeast), Western Kentucky (Sun Belt) and New Mexico State (WAC).
Of those 10 schools, the only three to win an outright regular-season title this year as well were Creighton, Memphis and Montana.
One Shining Moment
Currently an assistant coach at Creighton, Steve Merfeld coached one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history when his 15th-seeded Hampton team defeated second-seeded Iowa State, 58-57, in Boise, Idaho, in 2001.
Merfeld’s team closed the game on a 14-2 run, capped by a Tarvis Williams basket with 6.9 seconds left. ISU All-American Jamaal Tinsley’s coast-to-coast lay-up attempt rolled out as time expired.
As the final horn sounded, Merfeld across the court from his bench area to the other side, where he was picked up by forward David Johnson in an enduring image as Merfeld kicked his feet in jubilation.
Coaching Experience In The Dance
Creighton’s coaching staff boasts a combined 23 Division I NCAA Tournament games under their collective belts as either a player, graduate manager, assistant coach or head coach. Greg McDermott is 1-4 in NCAA Tournament action. He went 0-3 at Northern Iowa (0-1 in 2004, 2005 and 2006) and is 1-1 at Creighton (in 2012). Steve Merfeld is 2-3 in NCAA Tournament action. He went 1-2 as head coach at Hampton (1-1 in 2001, 0-1 in 2002) and 1-1 last year as a Creighton assistant. Steve Lutz is 1-1 in NCAA Tournament action, with both games coming last season as a Creighton assistant coach. Darian DeVries is 3-8 in NCAA Tournament action, all of it as an assistant or graduate manager with Creighton (1-1 in 1999, 2002 and 2012; 0-1 in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007).
Creighton By Region
Creighton owns a 7-10 record all-time in the Midwest Region. That includes wins in Greensboro in 2012 (Alabama), Chicago in 2002 (Florida), Denton in 1974 (Texas), Tulsa in 1974 (Louisville), Dallas in both 1964 (Oklahoma City) and 1962 (Memphis) and Manhattan (Kan.) in 1962 (Texas Tech).
History As An No. 7 Seed
Creighton is a No. 7 seed for the first time in history It’s Creighton’s second-best seed ever, trailing only the No. 6 seed in 2002-03.
Since the NCAA began seeding all the teams in 1979, MVC teams are 4-3 as the seventh seed, including a 3-0 mark in their first game. The MVC’s last No. 7 seed, Wichita State, reached the Sweet 16.
Since 1985, No. 7 seed is 67-45 against No. 10 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. However, the No. 7 seeds are 24-16 in the past 10 tournaments vs. the No. 10 seed.
Nineteen different teams seeded No.7 have made the Sweet 16 since 1985, most recently Florida (who played its first two games in Omaha) last season.
Nationally, teams seeded No. 7 have combined for three or more wins in each of the last two years.
Creighton’s NCAA Tourney Seeds
(since seeding began in 1979)
Year Seed Record
2013 7th ? ? ?
2012 8th 1-1
2007 10th 0-1
2005 10th 0-1
2003 6th 0-1
2002 12th 1-1
2001 10th 0-1
2000 10th 0-1
1999 10th 1-1
1991 11th 1-1
1989 14th 0-1
1981 8th 0-1
From 7 Seed To Sweet 16, Since 1985
Year Team NCAA Record
2012 Florida 3-1
2008 West Virginia 2-1
2007 UNLV 2-1
2006 Georgetown 2-1
2006 Wichita State 2-1
2005 West Virginia 3-1
2004 Xavier 3-1
2003 Michigan State 3-1
2001 Penn State 2-1
2000 Tulsa 3-1
1993 Western Kentucky 2-1
1993 Temple 3-1
1992 Georgia Tech 2-1
1990 Virginia 2-1
1990 Alabama 2-1
1988 Vanderbilt 2-1
1986 Navy 2-1
1986 Iowa State 2-1
1985 Alabama 2-1
Against NCAA Opponents
Creighton went 5-3 against teams that made the 2013 NCAA Tournament. The Jays were 1-0 against Wisconsin, Akron and Cal, 2-1 against Wichita State, and 0-1 against Saint Mary’s and Boise State.
Cincinnati went 5-8 against NCAA Tournament teams, including wins vs. Iowa State, Oregon, Pittsburgh, Marquette and Villanova.
Creighton also went 4-1 against NIT qualifiers (wins vs. Saint Joseph’s, Arizona State and two over Indiana State), 1-0 vs. CBI teams (Tulsa) and 5-1 vs. CIT teams (two wins vs. Bradley and Evansville, one win vs. UNI).
Creighton and Cincinnati share no common opponents this season.
Connections With Cincinnati
Creighton and Cincinnati don’t have a lot in common, but a few things come to mind.
Creighton has one player from the state of Ohio, freshman guard Andre Yates, who hails from Dayton.
Creighton’s last player from Cincinnati was Brett Angner, who played for the Jays from 1999-01.
Cincinnati assistant coach Darren Savino was an assistant coach at Rutgers when current Creighton center Gregory Echenique played there.
Connections To Philadelphia
Current Creighton President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., served as President at Saint Joseph’s University from 2003-11.
Former Philadelphia 76ers guard Kyle Korver played at Creighton from 1999-2003, where he was a Second Team All-American and two-time MVC Player of the Year.
Philadelphia Phillies prospect Darin Ruf played at Creighton from 2006-09, where he was named 2007 MVC Player of the Year. Ruf ranks third in NCAA history in putouts and remains the only player in NCAA history to win multiple Gold Gloves (1B) while in college.
Philadelphia Union (soccer) midfielder Greg Jordan was a Second Team All-American at Creighton in 2011 and helped the Jays to the College Cup.
Creighton Diversity & Inclusion Officer Len Gordy is a native of Chester, Pa.
Friday’s game will mark the fourth trip to Philadelphia in the past six seasons, with another one scheduled for this winter (to play at Saint Joseph’s). Creighton beat Drexel in 2007 and Saint Joseph’s in 2008, but lost to Saint Joseph’s in 2011.
Sweet Valley Success
Since 1994, the MVC is 22-36 in the NCAA Tournament with eight Sweet 16 trips to its credit. The last Valley team to reach the second weekend was UNI in 2010, which came thanks to a stunning win over top-seeded Kansas.
MVC in the NCAA’s, Since 1994
(Sweet 16 trips in bold)
Year Teams NCAA Record
1994 Southern Illinois, Tulsa 2-2
1995 Southern Illinois, Tulsa 2-2
1996 Bradley, Tulsa 0-2
1997 Illinois State 0-1
1998 Illinois State 1-1
1999 Creighton, Evansville, Missouri State 3-3
2000 Creighton, Indiana State 0-2
2001 Creighton, Indiana State 1-2
2002 Creighton, Southern Illinois 3-2
2003 Creighton, Southern Illinois 0-2
2004 Southern Illinois, UNI 0-2
2005 Creighton, UNI, Southern Illinois 1-3
2006 Bradley, UNI, So. Illinois, Wichita State 4-4
2007 Creighton, Southern Illinois 2-2
2008 Drake 0-1
2009 UNI 0-1
2010 UNI 2-1
2011 Indiana State 0-1
2012 Creighton, Wichita State 1-2
2013 Creighton, Wichita State ? ? ?
Totals (since 1994) 22-36
Creighton has won nine postseason games since 2008, including one in the NCAA’s (2012), two in the NIT (2008 and 2009), two in the 2010 CIT and four in the 2011 CBI.
On a national basis, Creighton’s nine postseason wins since 2008 rank tied for 16th nationally.
Most Postseason Wins, Last 4 Years
20 North Carolina
13 Ohio State
13 Michigan State
10 Oregon State
9 Washington State
Postseason Features Last-Second Endings
Ten of Creighton’s previous 11 postseason runs have included a game that was decided in the final seconds.
In fact, Creighton’s postseason openers in the past 11 years have had four games decided by one point (including a double-OT finish), two by two points, two by six points (including an OT finish) and three games by 11 points.
Last season Creighton edged Alabama in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, 58-57, as Trevor Releford’s game-winning three-pointer came up short.
Creighton’s 2011-12 campaign ended in heartbreaking fashion in the CBI title game at Oregon. Creighton had the ball in a tie game with the shot clock off, but committed a backcourt violation on Oregon’s “unique” floor. The Ducks’ E.J. Singler then banked in a game-winning shot with 2.0 seconds left. A desperation three-pointer by Creighton was off the mark.
In 2009, Creighton rallied from a 14-point deficit and would hang on to beat Bowling Green, 73-71 in the first round of the NIT. The Jays needed a last-second defensive stand, as BGSU’s Darryl Clements’ game-winning three-pointer at the buzzer was off the mark.
The following game, Creighton led Kentucky by one with 36 seconds left, only to miss two free throws and see UK All-American Jodie Meeks convert a three-point play. CU’s Booker Woodfox, the nation’s No. 2 three-point shooter, missed an open trey as time expired, and Creighton lost 65-63.
In 2008, Creighton rallied from a 12-point deficit in the final 3:07 to top Rhode Island, 73-72, in the first round of the NIT. Cavel Witter hit the game-winner with 3.2 seconds left to give CU its first lead of the game since 3-0.
In 2007, Creighton had the ball for a final shot in a tie game against Nevada in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Nate Funk’s shot attempt missed, and a tip-in try was also not converted. The Jays would eventually lose 77-71 in overtime.
In second round of the 2006 NIT, Miami (Fla.) guard Guilermo Diaz drained a free throw with 2.6 seconds left to beat Creighton 53-52. A last-second shot attempt by Bluejay senior Johnny Mathies was knocked out of his hands.
In the 2005 NCAA Tourney, Nate Funk had his three-point try with seven seconds left blocked by Tyrone Sally, and Sally raced downcourt for a breakaway dunk with 2.4 seconds left to give West Virginia a 63-61 win. Funk’s three-point try from the corner missed at the buzzer.
In 2004, Creighton fell 71-70 to Nebraska in the NIT. The Jays led nearly the entire second half before NU’s go-ahead basket with 12 seconds left. Nate Funk’s game-winning jumper from 18-feet away was blocked by Husker guard Jake Muhleisen.
In 2003 Creighton lost 79-73 to Central Michigan in the NCAA’s. The Jays trailed 50-24 with 16:24 left but a furious rally got them within two points (72-70) with 1:20 left, only to turn it over the next three possessions.
In the 2002 NCAA’s, Creighton beat #15 Florida, 83-82, in Chicago. Terrell Taylor hit a game-winning trey with 0.2 seconds left in double-overtime, his final three of 28 points after a scoreless first half.
Creighton has a few players that can set school or career records this weekend. Below is a list of what’s needed to TIE the existing record.
Season Records Being Approached
Name Needs Stat Doug McDermott 15 Points Doug McDermott TBA 3-Pt. Percentage
-Doug McDermott can set Creighton’s single-season points record with 15 or more points this weekend, and also take over the national lead in points scored in 2012-13.
-With 14 more points, Doug McDermott can become the nation’s first player since Stephen Curry and Lester Hudson in 2008 & 2009 to score 800 or more points in consecutive seasons.
-Gregory Echenique is 16 points shy of 1,000 at Creighton, and 22 rebounds shy of 22 in his career (including Rutgers).
-Greg McDermott is one win shy of 80 victories in the past three seasons as Creighton coach.
With A Win
With a win on Friday, Creighton would improve to 28-7 on the season, and win its sixth straight game.
-Creighton’s 28 wins would be third-most in program history, one behind the mark set by the 2002-03 and 2011-12 squads.
-Creighton would win a postseason game for the sixth straight season.
-Creighton would improve to 11-18 all-time in the NCAA Tournament.
-Creighton head coach Greg McDermott would improve to 2-4 in the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament.
-Creighton would own 80 wins in the past three years, the best three-year stretch in program history.
-Creighton would improve to 9-1 against teams from BCS Conferences in the past two years.
Creighton is a private, Jesuit institution located in Omaha, Neb., with 7,736 students. The University was founded in 1878 by Mary Lucretia Creighton, who established it in memory of her husband, telegraph pioneer Edward Creighton.
Prominent alumni include J. Joseph Ricketts (Chicago Cubs owner and founder of TD Ameritrade), Bob Gibson (Hall of Fame pitcher), Kyle Korver (professional basketball player) and Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. (current Creighton President).
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 (20.1 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
Against The Best
Creighton owns a 4-3 record this season against top-50 RPI teams, including double-figure wins over Wisconsin, Akron and Wichita State. Doug McDermott has averaged 26.1 points in those contests, scoring 21 or more points in all but one game, while shooting 57.9 percent from three-point range (22-38).
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.
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).
Creighton’s last win vs. a BIG EAST school came on Dec. 23, 2008, when it beat DePaul in the finals of the Las Vegas Classic on a neutral floor.
On A Roll
Creighton’s five-game winning streak is tied for the sixth-longest win streak it has ever taken into the NCAA Tournament. Notably, five of the previous eight times Creighton has entered NCAA action with a streak of five or more wins, it has won its first game.
Creighton Streaks Entering NCAA’s
Streak Entering NCAA’s Year NCAA Record
Won 9 1961-62 2-1
Won 8 2004-05 0-1
Won 7 1990-91 1-1
Won 7 2011-12 1-1
Won 6 1998-99 1-1
Won 5 2012-13 ? ? ?
Won 5 1999-00 0-1
Won 5 1980-81 0-1
Won 5 1963-64 1-2
According to the website CollegeHoopedia.com, Doug McDermott is just the sixth man in NCAA history to be named conference player of the year while playing for his father.
Joining them on that elite list are Dick/Mark Acres (Oral Roberts), Dick/Tony Bennett (UW Green Bay), Homer/Bryce Drew (Valparaiso), Press/Pete Maravich (LSU) and Clifford/C.J. Reed (Bethune-Cookman).
Below is a list compiled by ESPN.com of most points scored by a guy playing for his dad:
Name, School Points Father
Pete Maravich,LSU 3,667 Press
Allan Houston, Tennessee 2,801 Wade
Tony Bennett, UWGB 2,285 Tony Doug McDermott, Creighton 2,168 Greg
Bryce Drew, Valparaiso 2,142 Homer
John Nelson, Portland State 2,123 Sharkey
McDermott In The Postseason
Creighton coach Greg McDermott is making his third postseason appearance at Creighton, and fifth overall as a Division I head coach when you include his time at Northern Iowa.
McDermott’s Division I teams own a 5-6 record in five previous postseason appearances, including a 5-3 mark at Creighton.
McDermott’s Division I Postseason Appearances
Year Tourney Postseason W-L
2003-04 (UNI) NCAA 0-1
2004-05 (UNI) NCAA 0-1
2005-06 (UNI) NCAA 0-1
2010-11 (CU) CBI 4-2
2011-12 (CU) NCAA 1-1
2012-13 (CU) NCAA ? ? ?
More Than The Rest Doug McDermott enters the NCAA Tournament with 786 points and 23.1 points per game, more than any other player in the “Big Dance”.
Second on that list of NCAA Tourney players is Iona’s Lamont Jones, who scored 760 points and is third nationally with 23.0 points per game.
Repeat All-American Doug McDermott has joined some elite company by being named a USBWA First Team All-American for a second consecutive season.
McDermott’s just the 12th player since 1990 to earn First Team All-America honors from the USBWA in consecutive seasons, and first from a non-BCS team since UNLV’s Larry Johnson in 1990 & 1991. He joins these household names:
Repeat 1st-Team USBWA All-Americans, Since 1990
Name, School Years Doug McDermott, Creighton 2012, 13
Jared Sullinger, Ohio State 2011, 12
Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina 2007, 08, 09
J.J. Redick, Duke 2005, 06
Jason Williams, Duke 2001, 02
Troy Murphy, Notre Dame 2000, 01
Mateen Cleaves, Michigan State 1998, 99
Raef LaFrentz, Kansas 1997, 98
Tim Duncan, Wake Forest 1996, 97
Jim Jackson, Ohio State 1991, 92
Shaquille O’Neal, LSU 1991, 92
Larry Johnson, UNLV 1990, 91
MVC Tournament Recap
Creighton won its second straight MVC Tournament title, avenging regular-season defeats to Drake (65-53), Indiana State (64-43) and Wichita State (68-65) en route to the crown.
Perhaps most impressively, the Jays trailed for a total of 48 seconds, all in the first half, during the three wins. Doug McDermott led the Jays with 62 points on the weekend and earned Most Outstanding Player honors for a second straight year. Gregory Echenique was also named to the MVC’s All-Tourney Team.
Speaking Of All-Tourney
Creighton had two men named to the All-Tournament Team at Arch Madness, MOP Doug McDermott and Gregory Echenique.
McDermott averaged 20.7 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, shooting 64.3 percent from three-point range.
Echenique averaged 10.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.3 blocks in three games while shooting 63.2 percent from the floor.
The duo, who were also named to the 2012 MVC All-Tournament Team, are Creighton’s first duo honored more than once since Kyle Korver and Brody Deren earned the honors both in 2002 and 2003.
Here’s To History
Creighton head coach Greg McDermott is the only head coach in league history to win a Valley Tournament title at more than one school, having earned one at UNI (2004) and two at Creighton (2012 and 2013).
When McDermott won his first title in 2004 at Northern Iowa, it made him the first coach in league history to win an MVC Tournament title at his alma mater (class of 1988).
Eight Out Of 15 Tourney Titles
Creighton owns eight league tournament titles in the last 15 years. On a national basis, the only schools that can claim this are Gonzaga (11), Duke (10), Winthrop (9) and Creighton (8).
Creighton’s 12 all-time Valley Tournament titles are more than twice as many as the next closest school, Southern Illinois (5).
Gentleman And A Scholar Ethan Wragge earned a spot on the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team, the first Bluejay to earn that honor since Anthony Tolliver in 2006-07.
Wragge owns a 3.22 GPA in Finance, Marketing and Entrepreneurship and hails from Eden Prairie, Minn.
Defense Comes Up Clutch!
Creighton’s oft-maligned defense stepped up in the MVC Tournament, helping to carry Creighton to a title.
The Jays held three foes to 53.7 points per game, as those teams shot a collective 32.4 percent from the floor and 25.5 percent from three-point range.
Our Coach Can Dunk
Creighton head coach Greg McDermott was a 6-foot-8 center in his playing days at Northern Iowa in the late 1980’s, but that doesn’t mean he still can’t play.
McDermott threw down a dunk in at the team’s practice in St. Louis on March 7th, something he’s done every year of his coaching career, and something he hopes to be able to do until he reaches age 50 in two years.
McDermott’s three dunks at Creighton (one every year he’s coached there) give him just seven less slams than his son Doug in 108 career games as a Bluejay.
The video has already received more than 8,000 hits on YouTube. To watch McDermott’s dunk, go to http://youtu.be/31XFCD5TpdQ.
Hall of Fame Weekend For Bob Portman
Bob Portman entered the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame on March 8.
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 fifth in career points (1,876), rebounds (979), free throws (382) and field goals made (747).
Portman is being honored by the MVC as an “Institutional Great” since he never played in the MVC due to Creighton’s independent affiliation at the time.
Joining Portman in the 16th MVC Hall of Fame class was officials coordinator Jim Bain, Wichita State’s Darren Dreifort, UNI’s Molly O’Brien and Evansville’s Krissy Meek-Engelbrecht.
Back-to-Back Tourney Champs
Creighton has won back-to-back MVC Tournament titles for the third time in program history. CU also won the 1999 & 2000 crowns, as well as the 2002 & 2003 titles.
Creighton is one of 11 schools that won a conference tournament championship, as well as an outright regular-season league title, this year.
That elite group consists of New Mexico, Miami (Fla.), Saint Louis, Gonzaga, Memphis, Belmont, Valparaiso, Bucknell, Davidson, Montana and Creighton.
It’s just the fourth time in program history that the team won an outright regular-season and MVC Tournament title, having also done it in 1978, 1989 and 1991.
Championship Duo, Men & Women
Creighton is one of seven schools that won a regular-season title in both men’s and women’s basketball this year.
That elite group consists of Montana (Big Sky), Akron (Mid-American), Texas Southern (Southwestern Athletic), South Dakota State (Summit), Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt), Gonzaga (West Coast) and Creighton (Missouri Valley).
Offense Wins Championships?
Creighton is putting the old saying “Defense wins championships” to the test this season. The Bluejays are leading the MVC in scoring offense this season, averaging 75.4 points per game.
Since 1997-98, eight of the 16 teams to lead the league in scoring offense (counting this season already) went on to win the MVC Tournament (Drake in 2008, ILS in 1998, CU in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2012, 2013).
By comparison, only two teams that led the league in scoring defense won the MVC Tournament (SIU in 2006, UNI in 2010).
Going On The Offensive
Speaking of offense, Creighton leads the nation in field goal percentage at 50.8 percent.
Since 2005-06 there have been seven teams that finished a year shooting 50.8 percent or better from the field. Six of those seven teams made the NCAA’s, going 17-4 in the “Big Dance”, and two (Kansas in 2008 and Florida in 2007) won the national title.
By comparison, 13 teams held foes to 56.0 points per game or less in the same seven-year span. Those teams combined for just seven NCAA bids and went a combined 7-7 in the Big Dance.
Of this year’s teams that shot 50.8 percent or better, only Creighton made the NCAA’s.
On the other hand, of the teams that held foes to 56.0 points per game or less, only 4-of-10 made the Big Dance.
McDermott Named MVC Player of the Year
Last year Doug McDermott became the first sophomore in league history to be named Larry Bird MVC Player of the Year. This year, he became the eighth player in league history to repeat the award, joining an illustrious list that includes Junior Bridgeman, Larry Bird, Lewis Lloyd, Xavier McDaniel, Hersey Hawkins, Kyle Korver and Darren Brooks.
McDermott leads The Valley and ranks second nationally with 23.1 points per game and is also top-five in the MVC in rebounding, field goal percentage, three-point percentage, free-throw percentage, three-pointers made and defensive rebounds.
McDermott’s honor gives Creighton seven MVC Player of the Year awards, one more than Bradley and Southern Illinois for most all-time.
Last year he became the second player in MVC history to be named both MVC Freshman of the Year (2011) and MVC Player of the Year (2012 and 2013), joining Southern Illinois’ great Ashraf Amaya (1990 FOY and 1992 POY).
Repeat Complete Doug McDermott joined some elite company by duplicating his Most Outstanding Player award from last year’s MVC Tournament.
In league history, only Creighton’s Kyle Korver (in 2002 & 2003) has previously won multiple MOP trophies at the MVC Tournament.
McDermott (in both 2012 and 2013) joined Adam Emmenecker (2008), Kyle Korver (2002 and 2003), Chris Carr (1995) and Hersey Hawkins (1988) as players to be named Most Outstanding Player in the same season they’ve earned MVC Player of the Year accolades.
Making History Doug McDermott has scored 21 or more points in 24 of the season’s 34 games, becoming Creighton’s all-time career scoring leader in the process, with 2,168 career points to also rank eighth in MVC history.
All-Time Creighton Scoring Leaders
Rk. Name, Years Points
1. Doug McDermott, 2010-Pres.* 2,168
2. Rodney Buford, 1995-99 2,116
3. Bob Harstad, 1987-91 2,110
4. Chad Gallagher, 1987-91 1,983
5. Bob Portman, 1966-69 1,876
40 Point Man Doug McDermott had a season-high 41 points in a regular-season finale victory vs. Wichita State on March 2nd.
Leaguewide since 1996-97, there have been just eight games of 40 or more points by one player. McDermott is the only player with multiple games of 41 or more, and Illinois State legend Tarise Bryson (1999-2001) is the only other man with two games of 40+.
Of the 40-point outings, it’s interesting to note that three of those performances have come on a Creighton Senior Night since 2008 (Cavel Witter’s 42 in 2008, Colt Ryan’s 43 in 2012, McDermott’s 41 on March 2, 2013).
McDermott, who also had 39 points at Missouri State on Jan. 11, is the nation’s only player with 39 points or more in multiple games this season.
Not Half Bad Doug 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 44 times during his career, and Creighton is 37-2 in those contests (five times he’s scored 15 or more in both halves).
McDermott owns eight halves in his career with 20 or more points, and just six scoreless halves.
Filling It Up Ethan Wragge is fourth in the MVC with 74 three-pointers made this season, giving him 220 in his career. That places him third in Creighton history.
Each of the other four men in Creighton history with 200 or more three-pointers were named MVC Tournament Most Outstanding Player at some point in their careers.
Most 3FG Made, Career
3FG Name Years
371 Kyle Korver 1999-03
245 Ryan Sears 1997-01
220 Ethan Wragge 2009-Pres.
212 Rodney Buford 1995-99
200 Nate Funk 2002-07
Creighton shot 70.2 percent on March 2nd in a win vs. Wichita State. It was the sixth-best performance nationally this season, and best in the MVC. Next best in the league was a 65.6 percent performance by UNI vs. Wartburg.
Last season Creighton shot 70 percent or better twice, including a league-record 77.5 percent marksmanship at Southern Illinois.
Prior to the Jays doing it twice last year, no MVC team had shot 70 percent in any contest since Jan. 10, 2009.
Vote Doug! Doug McDermott is a finalist for the Lou Henson National Player of the Year, an award that collegeinsider.com hands out to the nation’s top mid-major player.
Fans can vote for McDermott at VoteLouHenson.com.
Creighton claimed its 15th MVC regular-season title in program history this year, matching Oklahoma State for most in league history.
This year’s outright title was the team’s eighth overall, and first since 2000-01.
CU’s current haul of 15 regular-season titles is more than twice as many as any other current league foe (Wichita State, 7 outright, 0 shared; Southern Illinois, 4 outright, 3 shared).
CU previously won outright crowns in 1990-91, 1988-89, 1977-78, 1942-43, 1940-41 and 1931-32. Only Oklahoma State (11) and Kansas (10) own more outright MVC titles than Creighton.
Creighton owns seven shared titles as well, most recently in 2008-09. CU also shared titles in 2001-02, 1941-42, 1935-36, 1934-35, 1930-31 and 1929-30. Creighton’s seven shared titles are three more than any other team (Oklahoma State, 4).
Creighton also owns a record 12 MVC Tournament titles all-time, including 2013. The Jays also won the Valley Tournament in 2012, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2002, 2000, 1999, 1991, 1989, 1981 and 1978.
MVC History - Most Regular-Season Titles
15 - Creighton, Oklahoma State
7 - Southern Illinois, Cincinnati, Wichita State
6 - Bradley, Louisville, Tulsa, Drake
Senior Day Honored Five
Creighton honored five men in its March 2 Senior Day; Gregory Echenique, Taylor Stormberg, Josh Jones, Grant Gibbs and Joe Kelling.
During the past four years, the Jays have gone 97-45 while appearing in the postseason every season and claiming the 2012-13 MVC regular-season title and 2012 and 2013 MVC Tournament titles.
He Can Play In Peoria Doug McDermott had his third straight dominating effort at Carver Arena on Feb. 27th, finishing with 32 points and 11 rebounds.
As a freshman, McDermott had 19 points and a career-high 17 rebounds at Bradley. Last season, he scored a career-best 44 points versus the Braves.
McDermott is averaging 31.7 points and 12.3 rebounds per game in three career games at Bradley. In the past two years, he’s made 30-of-40 field goal attempts.
The Distributor Grant Gibbs is well on his way to leading the MVC in assists for a second-straight season, something that hasn’t been done since Illinois State’s Jamar Smiley topped The Valley in three straight campaigns from 1995-98.
Gibbs 202 assists are third-most in Creighton single-season history, most by any Bluejay since 1976-77. Gibbs is the only man in program history with multiple seasons of 170 assists or more.
The 700 Club
Creighton junior Doug McDermott leads the MVC (and is second nationally) with 786 points this season after owning a league-high 801 a year ago. He is the MVC’s first player with consecutive seasons of 700 points or more since Hersey Hawkins (Bradley, 1986-88).
McDermott’s 786 points are second-most in Creighton single-season history, 15 behind his own mark, and also 15 behind national leader Erick Green (Virginia Tech).
McDermott has joined Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird and Hersey Hawkins as the fourth player in MVC history with multiple 780-point seasons, and is four points from joining Robertson and Bird as the only players with multiple seasons of 790 points or more.
With 14 points on Friday, McDermott can become the first player with consecutive seasons of 800 points or more since Stephen Curry (Davidson) and Lester Hudson (Tennessee-Martin) in both 2007-08 and 2008-09.
Creighton attracted six of its nine largest home crowds in program history this season, which included sellouts in seven of the last eight home games. Here’s a look at Creighton’s top-15 home crowds all-time.
Rank Att. Opponent Date
1. 18,735 Wichita State 02/11/12
2. 18,613 Wichita State 03/02/13
3. 18,494 Illinois State 02/09/13
4. 18,458 Evansville 12/29/12
5. 18,436 Bradley 01/28/12
6. 18,111 Bradley 02/02/13
7. 18,073 Drake 01/08/13
8. 17,954 Wichita State 12/28/08
9. 17,694 Indiana State 01/05/13
10. 17,676 Northwestern 12/22/11
11. 17,665 Missouri State 12/28/11
12. 17,607 Drexel 02/17/07
13. 17,459 Southern Illinois 01/20/07
14. 17,411 George Mason 02/21/09
17,411 Indiana State 01/21/12
Rasmussen Named to MBB Committee
Creighton Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen has been appointed to the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee.
Rasmussen’s five-year term begins September 1st. He will be the only newcomer to the committee for the 2013-14 academic year, replacing current chair Mike Bobinski.
Pretty Good Stretch
Creighton owns 56 wins in the last two seasons, 79 wins in the past three seasons and 97 wins during the last four years. All three totals are among the best stretches in school history, as seen below
Most Wins, 2-Year Stretch
Most Wins, 3-Year Stretch
Most Wins, 4-Year Stretch
His Own Game of H-O-R-S-E Doug McDermott led the nation last year with 307 field goals made, and his 273 buckets this year are once again leading the country.
Of McDermott’s 307 hoops last year, he made 56 baskets with his left hand and used the glass for 174 of his scores.
Though he’s playing away from the basket even more this season, his numbers remain impressive, as he’s used this left hand on 24 field goals and banked in a shot 124 times.
McDermott’s 273 field goals this season lead the country, even though he’s 17th nationally with 487 field goal attempts.
No player has led the country in field goals made in back-to-back seasons since at least 1995-96.
According to data from Hoop-Math.com, no player nationally has attempted a higher percentage of shots from three-point range than Creighton sharpshooter Ethan Wragge.
Wragge has attempted 170-of-181 shots from downtown this season (93.9 percent).
Wragge is also in some other elite company, as MVC associate commissioner Mike Kern reports that Wragge is the first player in league history with 210 or more three-pointers (220) and 10 starts or less (7).
Dealing With Full Houses
Creighton has played in front of 12 sellout crowds this season (8 at home, as well as road games at Nebraska, Wichita State, Northern Iowa and Saint Mary’s).
Last year’s Creighton team played in front of 10 capacity crowds.
Speaking Of The Road
Creighton finished this season with a 5-4 road record in Valley play. The only other MVC school with five league road wins was Wichita State (5-4).
Each of the last seven times Creighton’s made the NCAA Tournament (including this year), it’s been 5-4 or better on the road in Valley play.
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:
Stat 2011-12 2012-13
Record 29-6 27-7
FG Made 975 907
FG% .504 .508
3FG Made 287 298
3FG% .424 .421
FT Made 535 451
FT% .726 .750
Rebound Margin +5.5 +4.9
Assists 616 584
Turnovers 421 417
Scoring Average 79.2 75.4
Scoring Defense 69.7 63.1
Scoring Margin +9.5 +12.3
Racing Past 2,000 Points
After not having a player surpass 2,000 career points since 2003, the MVC had two players do it in the span of six days recently. Evansville’s Colt Ryan did it on Feb. 10th vs. Drake in his 117th career contest, and Creighton’s Doug McDermott did it against Evansville on Feb. 16th in his 101st career game.
Below is a list of the all the players in MVC history to 2,000 career points, the quickest MVC players to reach 2,000 points, and a listing of the nation’s players since 1995-96 to reach 2,000 career points in 101 career games or less, and some other notable players nationwide who reached 2,000 career points with how long it took them to reach the milestone.
All-Time MVC Scoring Leaders
Rk. Name, School Points
1. Hersey Hawkins, Bradley 3,008
2. Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati 2,973
3. Larry Bird, Indiana State 2,850
4. John S. Williams, Indiana State 2,374
5. Mitchell Anderson, Bradley 2,341
6. Steve Harris, Tulsa 2,272
7. Colt Ryan, Evansville 2,181
8. Doug McDermott, Creighton 2,168
9. Cleo Littleton, Wichita State 2,164
10. Xavier McDaniel, Wichita State 2,152
MVC’s Fastest Players to 2,000 Points
Rk. Name, School Games to 2,000
1. Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati 59
2. Larry Bird, Indiana State 65
3. Hersey Hawkins, Bradley 97
4. John Sherman Williams, Indiana State 98
5. Mitchell Anderson, Bradley 100
Roger Phegley, Bradley 100
7. Doug McDermott, Creighton 101
8. Cleo Littleton, Wichita State 107
9. Rodney Buford, Creighton 111
Steve Harris, Tulsa 111
11. Xavier McDaniel, Wichita State 112
12. Marcus Wilson, Evansville 117
Colt Ryan, Evansville 117
14. Bob Harstad, Creighton 121
15. Kent Williams, Southern Illinois 130
Fewest Games to 2,000 Points, Since 1996-97
Rk. Name, School Games to 2,000
1. Keydren Clark, Saint Peter’s 77
2. Stephen Curry, Davidson 82
3. Reggie Williams, VMI 93
4. Troy Murphy, Notre Dame 94
Gary Neal, La Salle/Towson State 94
6. Trey Johnson, Jackson St. & Alcorn St. 96
C.J. McCollum, Lehigh 96
8. Michael Watson, UMKC 97
9. Troy Bell, Boston College 98
Taylor Coppenrath, Vermont 98
Ricky Minard, Morehead State 98
12. Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina 99
J.J. Barea, Northeastern 99
14. Henry Domercant, Eastern Illinois 100
James Florence, Mercer 100
Chris Davis, North Texas 100
17. Doug McDermott, Creighton 101
More About 2,000 Points
Some additional notes about the 2,000 point club.
-Before Colt Ryan did it on Feb. 10th, the MVC’s last player to score 2,000 points in a career was Southern Illinois’ Kent Williams (1999-2003).
-This year marks the third time in MVC history that two men joined the 2,000 point club in the same season. It previously happened in 1984-85 (Steve Harris & Xavier McDaniel), then again in 1998-99 (Rodney Buford & Marcus Wilson).
-The Feb. 16, 2013 match-up between Colt Ryan (Evansville) and Doug McDermott (Creighton) marked the first time since March 1, 1999 that two players in the faced each other as members of the 2,000 point club. That match-up was also between Creighton & Evansville, as Rodney Buford’s CU team defeated Marcus Wilson’s UE squad in the 1999 MVC Tournament final. Buford had 21 points, while Wilson scored 16.
-Doug McDermott is the first player in MVC history to reach the 2,000 point milestone during his junior season. The only other men to reach 2,000 in three years were Larry Bird and Oscar Robertson, though both men played their sophomore through senior seasons at their respective schools.
Reserve center Will Artino provided a huge boost in Creighton’s 59-45 win over Southern Illinois on Feb. 19th.
The sophomore from Waukee, Iowa, tied his (then) career-high with 13 points and added a season-best five rebounds. He made all six field goal attempts and saw a career-high 17 minutes of playing time.
Artino continued his strong play with 10 points and seven rebounds on Feb. 27 at Bradley.
Artino scored a career-high 14 points vs. Drake in the MVC Tournament quarterfinals on March 8th, making 5-of-7 shots and four foul shots.
Even when Artino misses, it’s not all bad. Creighton has won its last 26 games when Artino has a missed field goal, and is 31-1 all-time when Artino has a miss.
According to research from STATS Inc., only two men since 1996-97 have compiled at least 2,100 points, 810 rebounds and 150 three-pointers in their career. That list consists of Creighton junior Doug McDermott and former Duke national champion Kyle Singler.
Name, School PTS REB 3FG
Kyle Singler, Duke 2,392 1,015 267 Doug McDermott, Creighton 2,168 824 175
Compared To The National POY’s Doug McDermott is at 2,168 points in 108 games. He reached the 2,000 point milestone in fewer career games (101) than any Oscar Robertson Trophy or John R. Wooden Award winner in the last 20 years except one (Tyler Hansbrough, 99 games).
Wooden Award & Oscar Robertson Trophy Winners To 2,000 Points, Last 20 Years
Name, School Games to 2,000
W O Anthony Davis, Kentucky Didn’t reach 2,000
W O Jimmer Fredette, BYU 120
W O Evan Turner, Ohio State Didn’t reach 2,000
W O Blake Griffin, Oklahoma Didn’t reach 2,000
W O Tyler Hansbrough, North Carolina 99
W O Kevin Durant, Texas Didn’t reach 2,000
W O J.J. Redick, Duke 112
--O Adam Morrison, Gonzaga Didn’t reach 2,000
W O Andrew Bogut, Utah Didn’t reach 2,000
W O Jameer Nelson, Saint Joseph’s 122
W T.J. Ford, Texas Didn’t reach 2,000
-- O David West, Xavier 120
W O Jason Williams, Duke 104
W O Shane Battier, Duke Didn’t reach 2,000
W O Kenyon Martin, Cincinnati Didn’t reach 2,000
W O Elton Brand, Duke Didn’t reach 2,000
W O Antawn Jamison, N. Carolina Didn’t reach 2,000
W O Tim Duncan, Wake Forest 124
W O Marcus Camby, UMass Didn’t reach 2,000
W O Ed O’Bannon, UCLA Didn’t reach 2,000
W O Glenn Robinson, Purdue Didn’t reach 2,000
W O Calbert Cheaney, Indiana 105
W = Wooden Award winner
O = Oscar Robertson Trophy winner
More Than The Rest Doug McDermott has scored 2,168 points in his career, fifth-most among active players. He is the only active junior with at least 1,700 career points.
Most Points, Active Players (though 3/18)
Source: Stats Inc./MVC
Rk. Pts. Name, School Next Game
1. 2,361 C.J. McCollum, Lehigh 3/19
2. 2,353 Nate Wolters, S. Dakota State 3/21
3. 2,265 Kevin Foster, Santa Clara 3/19
4. 2,181 Colt Ryan, Evansville 3/19
5. 2,168 Doug McDermott, Creighton 3/22
6. 2,151 Stan Okoye, VMI Done
7. 2,082 C.J. Reed, Georgia Southern Done
8. 2,079 Shane Gibson, Sacred Heart Done
9. 2,050 Isaiah Canaan, Murray State Done
10. 2,054 D.J. Cooper, Ohio 3/19
11. 2,048 Markeith Cummings, Kennesaw St. Done
12. 2,023 Mike Muscala, Bucknell 3/21
13. 2,022 Seth Curry, Duke 3/22
14. 1,995 Kenny Boynton, Florida 3/22
Most Career Points, Active Juniors
Source: Creighton Sports Info/STATS Inc. (3/18)
Rk. Pts. Name, School Next Game
1. 2,168 Doug McDermott, Creighton 3/22
2. 1,670 Devon Saddler, Delaware --
3. 1,640 Travis Bader, Oakland 3/19
1K to 2K
Creighton’s Doug McDermott went over the 1,000 point milestone in his 57th career game (last year at home vs. SIU) and just surpassed 2,000 in game 101 at Evansville on Feb. 16th.
McDermott had 1,018 points (17.9 ppg.) and 433 rebounds (7.6 rpg.) in his first 57 games while shooting 44.9 percent (80-179) from 3-point range.
Since then, McDermott has scored 1,150 points (22.5 ppg) and grabbed 391 rebounds (7.7 rpg.) in 51 games while shooting 50.5 percent (95-188) from three-point range.
Call It A Comeback
Creighton trailed 31-15 early at Evansville on Feb. 16th before pulling off a much-needed comeback.
It was the second comeback from double-digits down in a victory this season (also UAB), and eighth in the last two seasons. Impressively, five of those comebacks have come away from home.
Below is a list of Creighton’s 11 comebacks from down 15 points or more since 2000. Notably, Creighton’s comeback at UE was CU’s third-largest away from home in that time.
Overcoming Large Deficits, Since 2000
Date Opponent Deficit Final Score
01/28/06 Wichita State 19 W 57-55
11/27/01 Western Kentucky 18 W 95-91 2ot
02/12/03 Missouri State 17 W 70-67 ot
11/09/07 DePaul 17 W 74-62
11/30/11 at San Diego State 17 W 85-83
03/18/08 Rhode Island 17 W 74-73
11/16/08 New Mexico 16 W 82-75
02/04/06 at Drake 16 W 72-67 ot
01/26/03 TCU 16 W 89-79
02/02/08 Wichita State 15 W 65-63
02/16/13 at Evansville 15 W 71-68
McDermott Earns MVC Awards Doug McDermott was named MVC Player of the Week eight times this season, the most by any player in one season in league history.
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.
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.
His fifth honor of the year came on Jan. 14th after he averaged 27.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in wins over Missouri State and Drake.
McDermott averaged 27.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in wins vs. Missouri State and Bradley to win his sixth award on Feb. 4th.
He earned his seventh accolade on Feb. 18th by averaging 18.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists as Creighton while becoming the first junior in league history to surpass 2,000 career points.
Most recently, McDermott picked up his eighth honor on March 2nd after averaging 36.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in wins vs. Bradley and Wichita State that clinched CU’s first outright MVC title since 2001.
McDermott owns 13 career MVC Player of the Week honors, something only Bradley great Hersey Hawkins (14) can top. His eight honors this year surpass Hawkins’ 1987-88 campaign (6) for the most ever in a single-season.
Including his seven MVC Newcomer of the Week honors in 2010-11, McDermott has won at least one weekly award from the MVC in 20 of 49 weeks since enrolling at Creighton.
Reasons For Optimism
Creighton’s recent three-game losing streak, though rare, doesn’t mean there’s not time to right the ship. Consider the following championship teams from the past 24 months, and how they were able to recover:
2011 New York Giants (NFL) - Lost 4 in a row during weeks 11-14...won Super Bowl.
2010-11 Indiana State Sycamores (MBB) - Fell to 12-12 on the season (7-6 in the MVC) with its fifth straight loss on Feb. 5, 2011, only to rebound to win the MVC Tournament title.
2010-11 Connecticut Huskies (MBB) - Went 4-7 from Jan. 29-March 5...won NCAA title.
2010-11 Dallas Mavericks (NBA) - Three different losing streaks of 3 or more...won NBA title.
2010-11 Boston Bruins (NHL) - Three different losing streaks of 3 or more...won Stanley Cup.
2011 St. Louis Cardinals (MLB)- Six different losing streaks of 3 or more...won World Series.
2011-12 Creighton Bluejays (MBB) - Lost three games in early February...won next seven including MVC Tournament and NCAA Second Round game.
2011-12 Los Angeles Kings (NHL) - Two different three-game losing streaks...won Stanley Cup.
2011-12 Miami Heat (NBA) - Twice lost three straight games in strike-shortened season, then had to rally from a 3-2 deficit in Eastern Conference finals vs. Boston...won NBA title.
2012 San Francisco Giants (MLB) - Had five losing streaks of three or more and lost first two games in best-of-5 NLDS series at home...won World Series.
2012 Baltimore Ravens (NFL) - Lost in weeks 13, 14 and 15...won Super Bowl.
10 Conference Wins x 17
Creighton has extended its MVC record by winning 10 or more league games for a 17th consecutive season, picking up the 10th victory on Feb. 16th at Evansville.
On a national basis, the only other current school with at least 17 straight years of 10 or more league wins is Kansas (19 straight, including this season).
This is also Creighton’s 17th straight season the Jays have finished fourth place or better in the MVC as well.
McDermott Through 100 Games
Creighton junior Doug McDermott played in his 100th career game on Feb. 13th at UNI.
He is the first Bluejay since Ryan Sears (1997-2001) to start the first 100 games of his career. Here’s a look at the stats from some other recent notable Creighton players through 100 career games.
First 100 Career Games
Name Pts Rebounds Doug McDermott 1,980 768
Rodney Buford 1,799 584
Bob Harstad 1,626 888
Chad Gallagher 1,508 695
Kyle Korver 1,306 480
Nate Funk 1,144 324
Ryan Sears 1,061 326
Ben Walker 951 530
Kenny Lawson Jr. 896 517
Dane Watts 830 498
Anthony Tolliver 782 443
Creighton returned to the national polls on March 11th, and are now ranked 22nd (Associated Press) and 21st (USA Today coaches) in this week’s top-25 polls.
Creighton’s program-record streak of 17 straight weeks in the AP’s top-25 was snapped when the Jays dropped out of the Feb. 11th edition.
Creighton’s best AP ranking this year was 11th on Nov. 26th, and its best coaches poll rank was 10th.
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.
Including the March 18th poll, Creighton has been ranked 28 times in 57 weeks of polls under Greg McDermott, and ranked between 26th-to-28th in five other polls. The 28 weeks in the top-25 under McDermott is more than any coach in Bluejay history.
Coaches Spending Most Weeks in Top 25 at CU Greg McDermott, 2010-Pres. 28 (of 57)
Dana Altman, 1994-2010 18
Tom Apke, 1974-81 5
Eddie Sutton, 1969-74 5
20 Wins, Again
Creighton has won 20 or more games for the 14th time in the last 15 seasons, an unprecedented feat in Missouri Valley Conference history that puts the Jays among an exclusive group, nationally.
Entering this season, just five schools nationally have had 20 or more wins each of the last 14 years: Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse.
Creighton was one of six schools to enter this season 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).
Creighton secured its 25th all-time 20-win season with a victory on Feb. 2nd, the second-fastest its ever been (by calendar) to that milestone.
Most 20+ Win Seasons, Last 14 Years (3/18)
Seasons* School 2012-13 W-L Next Game
14* Gonzaga 31-2 3/31
14* Duke 27-5 3/22
14* Kansas 29-5 3/22
14* Florida 26-7 3/22
14* Syracuse 26-9 3/21
13* Creighton 27-7 3/22
13* Utah State 21-10 Done
13* Kentucky 21-11 3/19
13* Kent State 20-13 3/19
13 Xavier 17-14 Done
13 Texas 16-17 3/20
*20-win seasons list above does not include 2012-13
Creighton has earned its 25th 20-win season in program history. Creighton’s 27 wins are tied for third-most in program history, and the third time in the past five seasons its reached 25 wins or more.
Previous 20-Win Seasons, Sorted By Wins
W-L Season Postseason?
29-5 2002-03 NCAA (0-1)
29-6 2011-12 NCAA (1-1)
27-7 2012-13 NCAA (TBD)
27-8 2008-09 NIT (1-1)
24-8 2000-01 NCAA (0-1)
24-8 1990-91 NCAA (1-1)
23-5 1921-22 --
23-7 1973-74 NCAA (2-1)
23-9 2001-02 NCAA (1-1)
23-10 1999-00 NCAA (0-1)
23-11 2004-05 NCAA (0-1)
23-16 2010-11 CBI (4-2)
22-7 1963-64 NCAA (1-2)
22-9 1998-99 NCAA (1-1)
22-11 2007-08 NIT (1-1)
22-11 2006-07 NCAA (0-1)
21-5 1961-62 NCAA (2-1)
21-7 1976-77 NIT (0-1)
21-9 1980-81 NCAA (0-1)
21-12 1989-90 NIT (0-1)
20-7 1974-75 NCAA (0-1)
20-9 2003-04 NIT (0-1)
20-10 2005-06 NIT (1-1)
20-11 1988-89 NCAA (0-1)
20-12 1984-85 --
Supporting Cast Doug McDermott is Creighton’s only player averaging in double-figures, but he’s had lots of support to help lead the Jays to 27 wins already.
Creighton is 14-2 when Gregory Echenique (9.6 ppg.) scores in double-figures this year.
Creighton is 10-0 when Ethan Wragge (7.7 ppg.) scores in double-figures this year. CU is 28-1 under Greg McDermott and 14-0 this year when Wragge shoots 50 percent from three-point range.
Creighton is 8-1 when Austin Chatman (7.4 ppg.) scores in double-figures this year.
Creighton is 6-2 when Jahenns Manigat (6.1 ppg.) scores in double-figures this year. CU is now 19-1 all-time when Manigat makes three or more 3-pointers, including 17 straight wins, and the Jays are 22-2 (with 20 straight wins) when Manigat shoots better than 50 percent from 3-point range.
Creighton is 13-0 all-time when Avery Dingman (3.9 ppg.) makes multiple three-pointers.
Creighton’s won its last 26 games when Will Artino (64.6 percent) has missed a field goal attempt, and is 31-1 all-time when it happens.
About The Final Seconds
Creighton’s Feb. 13 game at Northern Iowa was the first (and only) time all season that Creighton had a lead change in the final five minutes. Unfortunately for CU, its 48-45 lead was squandered as it lost 61-54.
Last year’s Creighton team went 5-1 in games that went to overtime or had a lead change in the final five minutes of regulation and were 7-1 in games decided by six points or less.
Grand Poobah Doug McDermott has scored 1,101 points in his first 55 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 (20.1) and rebounds per game (7.5).
In case you’re curious, CU’s all-time leading scorer, Rodney Buford, scored 1,056 points in 56 career home games at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.
On A Roll
Since the start of last season, Creighton is a remarkable 56-13. On a national basis, Creighton’s 56 wins since the start of last season ranks sixth, as seen below.
Creighton is one of five schools with 27 wins or more each of the last two years, joining Kansas, Louisville, Saint Mary’s and Duke.
Most Wins, Since 2011-12 (through 3/18)
School ‘11-12 ‘12-13 W-L Next
Kansas 32-7 29-5 61-12 3/22
Syracuse 34-3 26-9 60-12 3/21
Kentucky 38-2 21-11 59-13 3/19
Louisville 30-10 29-5 59-15 3/21
Ohio State 31-8 26-7 57-15 3/22
Creighton 29-6 27-7 56-13 3/22
North Carolina 32-6 24-10 56-16 3/22
Saint Mary’s 27-6 27-6 54-12 3/19
Duke 27-7 27-5 54-12 3/22
Historically After 12 MVC Games
Creighton was 9-3 in the MVC after its 12th game of the league slate. This is the 18th straight season that Creighton has had a league record of .500 or better after 12 games, and also the 18th straight year the Jays would go .500 or better in its final six contests as well.
Year W-L After 12 W-L Final 6
2012-13 9-3 4-2
2011-12 11-1 3-3
2010-11 6-6 4-2
2009-10 7-5 3-3
2008-09 8-4 6-0
2007-08 7-5 3-3
2006-07 9-3 4-2
2005-06 9-3 3-3
2004-05 6-6 5-1
2003-04 9-3 3-3
2002-03 11-1 4-2
2001-02 10-2 4-2
2000-01 8-4 6-0
1999-00 7-5 4-2
1998-99 7-5 4-2
1997-98 8-4 4-2
1996-97 7-5 3-3
1995-96 6-6 3-3
Total 145-71 (.671) 70-38 (.648)
MVC’s Best On The Road
In addition to owning one of the MVC’s best home-court advantages, Creighton has easily posted the league’s best record in MVC road games since 2000-01 as well.
Creighton is 64-53 in MVC road games in that span, a win percentage of .547. A distant second is Southern Illinois (54-63, .461). As a league, the road winning percentage has been .344 in the same span.
MVC Road Records (since 2000-01)
Team W L Pct.
Creighton 64 53 .547
Southern Illinois 54 63 .461
Wichita State 51 66 .436
Northern Iowa 48 69 .410
Missouri State 43 74 .368
Drake 34 83 .291
Illinois State 33 84 .282
Bradley 30 87 .256
Indiana State 25 92 .214
Evansville 21 96 .179
All MVC Teams 403 767 .344
Over .500, Again
Creighton has been better than .500 in either the first or second-half of the league season in 35 straight trips through the league, including both halves this year.
Creighton’s 35 consecutive halves above .500 in league play is easily the Valley’s longest active streak, with Evansville the next closest at a modest two.
Here’s how Creighton’s teams have fared in the various halves of the MVC season since 1995-96.
Year 1st Half 2nd Half
2012-13 7-2 6-3
2011-12 8-1 6-3
2010-11 5-4 5-4
2009-10 5-4 5-4
2008-09 5-4 9-0
2007-08 5-4 5-4
2006-07 6-3 7-2
2005-06 7-2 5-4
2004-05 5-4 6-3
2003-04 7-2 5-4
2002-03 8-1 7-2
2001-02 8-1 6-3
2000-01 5-4 9-0
1999-00 5-4 6-3
1998-99 6-3 5-4
1997-98 5-4 7-2
1996-97 5-4 5-4
1995-96 4-5 5-4
Total 106-56 (.654) 109-53 (.673)
Climbing The Charts Greg McDermott ranks in 12th in league history in wins as well as 11th in MVC wins, as seen below:
Most Coaching Wins, All Games, MVC History
1. 486 Henry P. Iba, Oklahoma State
2. 337 Eddie Hickey, Creighton & Saint Louis
3. 327 Dana Altman, Creighton
4. 225 Rich Herrin, Southern Illinois
5. 220 Ralph Miller, Wichita State
6. 211 Maury John, Drake
7. 197 Joe Stowell, Bradley
8. 194 Chuck Orsborn, Bradley
9. 185 Ken Hayes, Tulsa & New Mexico St.
10. 183 Barry Hinson, Missouri State & SIU
11. 174 Jim Molinari, Bradley
12. 171 Greg McDermott, UNI & Creighton
13. 169 Dr. Phog Allen, Kansas
Most Coaching Wins, MVC Games Only
1. 187 Henry P. Iba, Oklahoma State
2. 162 Dana Altman, Creighton
3. 163 Eddie Hickey, Creighton & Saint Louis
4. 126 Dr. Phog Allen, Kansas
5. 111 Rich Herrin, Southern Illinois
6. 110 Jim Molinari, Bradley
7. 102 Barry Hinson, Missouri State & SIU
8. 95 Maury John, Drake
9. 91 Joe Stowell, Bradley
10. 87 Gene Smithson, Wichita State
11. 86 Ken Hayes, Tulsa & New Mexico St.
86 Chuck Orsborn, Bradley
86 Greg McDermott, UNI & Creighton
14. 84 W.O. Hamilton, Kansas
Give Him The Oscar!
Creighton junior Doug McDermott is one of 14 finalists selected by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association for its 2013 Oscar Robertson Trophy. Members of the association’s board of directors chose the players to be included on the list as contenders for the Oscar Robertson Trophy presented by Aflac.
In addition to McDermott, other players under consideration are Anthony Bennett, Trey Burke, Michael Carter-Williams, Ben McLemore, Victor Oladipo, Kelly Olynyk, Mason Plumlee, Otto Porter, Marcus Smart, Russ Smith, Deshaun Thomas, Jeff Withey and Cody Zeller.
The award is to be presented to the national player of the year by its namesake at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 15 at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award and the Integris Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award will also be presented at the gala to be held annually the Monday following the NCAA Men’s Final Four.
What A Start!
Now in his third year, Greg McDermott is 79-29 on the Creighton sideline. The 79 wins are easily the most in Creighton history in the first three seasons.
Most Wins at CU, First Three Seasons
Coach Years W-L After 3 Yrs Greg McDermott 2010-Pres. 79-29
Tom Apke 1974-77 60-21
Eddie Sutton 1969-72 44-32
Red McManus 1959-62 42-33
Racing Past 75 Greg McDermott will enter Friday’s game with 79 wins in his first three seasons at Creighton. According to research by MVC Associate Commissioner Mike Kern, McDermott’s 79 wins are third-most by a Valley coach in his first three years at a school.
Ed Jucker and Denny Crum both won national titles and are MVC Hall of Famers, while Crum is also in the Naismith and NABC Hall of Fame.
Most Wins, 1st Three Years at an MVC School
W-L Name, School Years
91-19 Forddy Anderson, Bradley 1948-51
82-7 Ed Jucker, Cincinnati 1960-63
79-29 Greg McDermott, Creighton 2010-Pres.
78-26 Chris Lowery, Southern Illinois 2004-07
71-31 Tim Jankovich, Illinois State 2007-10
70-19 Denny Crum, Louisville 1971-74
Emerging Echenique Gregory Echenique scored in double-figures during eight straight games from Dec. 1st - Jan. 5th, but has reached double-figures in just six of 18 games since.
Creighton is 14-2 this year when Echenique scores in double-figures, and 39-13 all-time when he scores in double-figures.
No player in the MVC owns more assists in the past two seasons than Creighton senior Grant Gibbs’ 378. Earlier this year Gibbs became the 12th player (and second-quickest) in Bluejay history to 300 assists, doing it in his 56th contest.
MVC Assist Leaders, Since 2011-12
378 Grant Gibbs, Creighton
306 Jake Odum, Indiana State
231 Troy Taylor, Evansville
Creighton’s Quickest Players to 300 Assists
53 Ralph Bobik
56 Grant Gibbs
59 Randy Eccker
69 Ryan Sears
85 Tyler McKinney
89 Duan Cole
94 Josh Dotzler
92 Vernon Moore
100 Antoine Young
102 Kevin McKenna
110 Latrell Wrightsell
129 Nate Funk
Teach Me How To Stop Him Doug McDermott owns 20 or more points in 54 of his first 108 career games in a Bluejay uniform. He’s put up 20 points or more against a Valley opponent 28 times. Doug McDermott Points vs. Opponents
Opponent Points Against 20+ 30+ 40+
Drake 175 5 1 -
Bradley 161 4 2 1
Missouri State 143 2 1 -
Illinois State 141 4 1 -
Evansville 136 4 - -
Indiana State 135 4 - -
Northern Iowa 123 1 1 -
Wichita State 123 2 1 1
Southern Illinois 101 2 - -
Nebraska 61 2 - -
Tulsa 51 1 1 -
Saint Joseph’s 49 2 - -
Akron 46 1 1 -
Northwestern 41 1 - -
Oregon 40 1 - -
Long Beach State 36 1 1 -
California 34 1 1 -
UAB 32 1 - -
Davidson 31 1 1 -
Campbell 31 1 1 -
Wisconsin 30 1 1 -
Arizona State 29 1 - -
San Jose State 26 1 - -
Iowa 25 1 - -
San Diego State 25 1 - -
Houston Baptist 25 1 - -
Presbyterian 24 1 - -
Saint Mary’s 22 1 - -
Chicago State 21 1 - -
North Texas 21 1 - -
Boise State 21 1 - -
BYU 20 1 - -
North Carolina 20 1 - -
Kennesaw State 18 - - -
Longwood 17 - - -
Alabama State 16 - - -
Iowa State 16 - - -
UCF 16 - - -
Alabama 16 - - -
Samford 14 - - -
North Carolina A&T 13 - - -
Louisiana 12 - - -
Idaho State 12 - - -
Northern Arizona 10 - - -
Western Illinois 9 - - -
Number 3, For 3 Doug McDermott has made 50 percent or better of his three-point attempts during 18 of his last 28 games, and is shooting 49.7 percent from downtown overall this year.
McDermott’s 175 career three-pointers are eighth-most in Bluejay history. Teammate Ethan Wragge is third with 220 treys, and fellow junior Jahenns Manigat is 10th with 146.
3FG Name Years
371 Kyle Korver 1999-03
245 Ryan Sears 1997-01
220 Ethan Wragge 2009-Pres.
212 Rodney Buford 1995-99
200 Nate Funk 2002-07
185 Matt Roggenburk 1986-90
177 Duan Cole 1987-92
175 Doug McDermott 2010-Pres.
147 Booker Woodfox 2007-09
146 Jahenns Manigat 2010-Pres.
Could He Lead The Nation? Doug McDermott enters the NCAA Tournament ranked second in the nation in scoring. Virginia Tech’s Erick Green (25.0 ppg.) continues to lead the nation.
The odds don’t favor a player at a “BCS” school to finish as the scoring champ. Since 1971-72, the only guy playing at the “BCS” school to lead the nation in scoring was Purdue’s Glenn Robinson (30.3 ppg.) in 1993-94.
Green’s season is over, so McDermott will need some record performances to have a chance to catch him. If he plays just one game, McDermott would need 91 points, or a total of 116 more if CU plays two games this weekend.
Elite Company Doug McDermott is averaging 23.1 points and 7.5 rebounds, while also shooting 49.7 percent from three-point range.
According to a graphic airing on ESPN on January 15th, McDermott could join Duke’s Christian Laettner and UCLA’s Tracy Murray as the only players in NCAA history to average at least 20 points, 7.0 rebounds while shooting 50 percent or better from downtown (min. 50 attempts).
Both Laettner and Murray did it in 1991-92, with Laettner taking home Wooden Award honors.
Who Will Start?
Creighton has utilized the same starting five in every game this season, and four of their five starters have streaks of 69 or more straight starts.
Creighton is one of two teams to start the same starting five in every game this season, joining Stephen F. Austin.
CU’s starting five has played together as a group for 389 minutes this season, during which time its outscored the opposition by 148 points.
Consecutive Starts, Creighton (Active) Doug McDermott 108 Gregory Echenique 93 Jahenns Manigat 84 Grant Gibbs 69 Austin Chatman 34
Strong On the Road
Off to a 27-7 start overall, Creighton is 12-5 away from home this season. Four of those victories have come against two Big Ten teams (Wisconsin, Nebraska) and two Pacific-12 teams (Arizona State, Cal).
Impressively, all four BCS 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.
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 12-5 away from home, with four of those victories against a BCS school (Wisconsin, Arizona State, Nebraska, Cal) by double-digits, a 22-point win at Missouri State, a seven-point win at Illinois State, a 30-point win at Southern Illinois, a three-point win at Evansville an 18-point triumph at Bradley, and three MVC Tournament wins in St. Louis.
This season was the first time since 1942-43 that Creighton has won its first six games away from home.
Each of Creighton’s last 10 NCAA Tournament teams (including this year) have won 10 or more games away from home, and nine of those teams (including this year) had a winning record in true road contests.
Nation’s Best Offense?
You can make a case that Creighton has boasted the nation’s best offensive production so far this year.
Through games of March 17th, Creighton was tops in the country in field goal percentage (50.8) and three-point percentage (42.1), second in two-point field goal percentage (56.4), and sixth in three-pointers per game (8.8).
According to data from bbstate.com, no team since at least 2005-06 has shot better than 58.7 from two-point range.
Last season Creighton ranked third nationally in three-point percentage, making 42.4 percent from downtown.
The only team to ever lead the nation in both 3-pointers per game and 3-point percentage was Princeton in 1987-88.
The only team to ever lead the nation in both field goal percentage and three-point percentage was Northern Arizona 1998-99.
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 results have been promising, as CU has limited foes to 40.7 percent marksmanship. That figure ranked 79th-best nationally in 2012-13 through Sunday’s games.
Only nine teams have 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.
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 222nd last year to 81st this season.
All but eight of Creighton’s opponents have been held under 1.03 points per possession this season.
Points Per Possession
2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Offense 1.065 1.150 1.150
Offense Rank 46th 2nd 3rd
Defense 1.006 1.014 0.946
Defense Rank 192nd 222nd 81st
The Barometer Jahenns Manigat led the MVC with his 49.2 percent marksmanship from three-point range in league play a year ago. When it came to CU’s nine MVC road games last year, he was the barometer.
In Creighton’s seven Valley road wins, Manigat shot a robust 19-of-27 (70.4 percent) from downtown. In CU’s two Valley road losses, Manigat was just 2-of-9 (22.2 percent) from downtown.
In Creighton’s five Valley road wins this year, Manigat was 13-for-20 (65.0 percent) from three-point range, while he was 1-for-11 (9.1 percent) from deep in CU’s four MVC road losses.
McDermott Goes For 39
Junior Doug McDermott had 39 points on Jan. 11th at Missouri State, scoring in nearly every conceivable way. Consider the following aspects of his performance:
-McDermott started the game 1-for-4 from the field, then sank his next 14 shots from the floor. When he missed his final shot of the game with 4:13 to go, the JQH Arena crowd gave a sarcastic Bronx cheer.
-McDermott scored Creighton’s first 18 points of the second half as the Jays extended a 32-27 halftime lead into a 50-32 margin.
-McDermott’s 39 points were seven more than the previous JQH Arena record.
-McDermott outscored Missouri State by himself in the second half, 28-25, and outscored MSU 35-34, in the final 26:16 of the contest.
-McDermott became the first player in the country this season with 39 points and 10 or more rebounds in the same game this season.
-His 28 points in the second half were the most by a Creighton player in a half since he scored 31 in the second half of his 44-point performance at Bradley on Jan. 7, 2012.
More on 39 Doug McDermott’s 39 points at Missouri State now rank tied for 14th-most in Creighton history, and he joined Bob Portman and Benoit Benjamin as the only players in Creighton history with multiple games of 39 points or more in a career.
Pts. Name, Opponent Date
51 Bob Portman vs. UW-Milwaukee 12/16/67
47 Eddie Cole at Morningside 11/29/54
46 Bob Portman vs. Weber State 12/23/68
45 Tim Powers at Idaho State 01/29/66
Benoit Benjamin vs. Indiana State 01/19/85
44 Doug McDermott at Bradley 01/07/12
43 Bob Portman at Kansas State 02/12/68
Benoit Benjamin vs. Southern Illinois 01/17/85
42 Bob Portman vs. LaSalle 01/30/68
Cavel Witter vs. Bradley 03/01/08
41 Doug McDermott vs. Wichita State 03/02/13
40 Chad Gallagher vs. Wichita State 02/17/90
Rodney Buford vs. Bradley 12/30/98
39 Bob Portman vs. Oklahoma City 01/13/68 Doug McDermott at Missouri State 01/11/13
Jays Reach 10 Home Wins, Again
With a Jan. 8th win vs. Drake, Creighton won its 10th home game this season. Creighton has now won 10 or more home games in 17 straight seasons.
The streak is easily a school-record, five more than the previous standard of 12 straight seasons from the 1969-70 season to the 1980-81 campaign with 10 or more home wins.
Wragge = Instant Offense Ethan Wragge had 22 points in just 17 minutes vs. Drake on Jan. 8th, sinking six three-pointers for the fourth time in his career.
It’s the second time in Wragge’s career he’s had 20 or more points in 17 minutes or less, having gone for 21 points in 17 minutes as a freshman vs. Xavier.
Before Wragge arrived on campus four years ago, no other Creighton player had 20 or more points in 19 minutes or less since Vernon Moore put up 21 points in 19 minutes against Nebraska-Kearney on Nov. 24, 1984.
Midseason Wooden Award List
Creighton forward Doug McDermott was the lone MVC representative on the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25. Selected by the Wooden Award National Advisory Board, the list is made up of 25 student-athletes who, based on their performances in November, December, and the beginning of January, are the frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor.
The Wooden Award All-American Team, consisting of the nation’s top 10 players, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The John R. Wooden Award Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s will be announced on ESPN during the Final Four Weekend in Atlanta. The 2013 Wooden Award Gala presented by Wendy’s will take place April 11-13, 2013, at The Los Angeles Athletic Club.
Creighton started MVC play shooting the daylights out of the ball, making 50 percent or better of its 3-point shots in six straight games for the first time in program history.
The Jays were 12-of-24 from downtown vs. Evansville, went 13-of-25 at Illinois State, were 11-of-22 from deep vs. Indiana State, an absurd 16-of-27 vs. Drake, 9-of-17 from long-range at Missouri State and 6-of-12 vs. UNI.
Creighton’s four-game stretch to start league play was the first time since January of 2008 that Creighton’s had four straight games with 10 or more three-pointers.
Creighton’s 16 three-pointers vs. Drake were tied for second-most in school history, tied for 10th-most in MVC history and the most in the MVC in 2012-13. The league record for three-pointers in a game is 20, done by Creighton (vs. Chattanooga on 2/19/05) and later matched by Bradley vs. Florida A&M on Nov. 21, 2006.
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 619 straight games. That streak dates to a Feb. 5, 1994 win against Wichita State. In that time, 939 of Creighton’s 3,090 starts (30.4 percent) can be attributed to Iowans. Here’s a list of the Iowans and how many starts they’ve made during this run:
Creighton’s Starts By Iowans, Since 2/5/1994
Ryan Sears 124 Doug McDermott 108
Nate Funk 99
Kyle Korver 95
Michael Lindeman 94
Tyler McKinney 89
Brody Deren 89 Grant Gibbs 69
Joel Templeman 57
Kaleb Korver 46
Pierce Hibma 27
Adam Reid 24
Casey Harriman 16
John Klein 2
Big Man In The Middle Gregory Echenique scored in double-figures in eight straight games from Dec. 1st - Jan. 5th.
Echenique’s 65.8 percent marksmanship from the field leads The Valley is on pace to approach not only the Creighton (67.4%) mark, but also the MVC single-season mark (also 67.4%) as well.
It’s also worth noting that Echenique ranks third in Creighton history with 171 career blocked shots. Echenique also ranks 13th in Rutgers history with 94 career swats, where he spent the first three semesters of college.
Most Blocked Shots, Creighton History
Blk. Name Years
411 Benoit Benjamin 1982-85
183 Chad Gallagher 1987-91
171 Gregory Echenique 2010-Pres.
153 Kenny Lawson Jr. 2006-11
138 Brody Deren 2001-04
136 Anthony Tolliver 2003-07
Through games of March 17, Creighton is ranked 25th in the RPI according to WarrenNolan.com, Creighton owns 10 wins against RPI teams in the top-100.
Cincinnati’s RPI was No. 50 and included nine wins vs. top-100 RPI clubs.
As a league, the MVC is the ninth-best conference nationally.
Let’s Get It Started
Creighton won its first six MVC games this season before falling at Wichita State.
As good as Creighton’s been since rejoining the MVC in 1977-78, it was just the second time the program has started 6-0 in league play in that span. Including this season, all three Creighton teams to start 5-0 in league play would go on to win the MVC Tournament.
Creighton’s Best MVC Starts, Since 1977-78
Start Year Finish/Place
7-0 2002-03 15-3/2nd (won MVC Tourney)
6-0 2012-13 13-5/1st (won MVC Tourney)
5-0 1988-89 11-3/1st (won MVC Tourney
Honors Roll In Doug McDermott picked up two big honors in early January, adding to his collection.
ESPN.com named McDermott the National Player of the Month after a December that saw him average a nation-best 26.5 points per game while shooting 57.5 percent from the field, 57.6 percent from three-point range and 88.9 percent in the line in six Creighton victories.
McDermott was also named the Lute Olson Award Midseason National Player of the Year honoree. McDermott was named the Lute Olson Award National Player of the Year at the end of last season.
McDermott was named Midseason National Player of the Year by such experts as Seth Davis, Dick Vitale and Andy Katz.
Conference Starts Are Big
Since 1993-94, only one team (Northern Iowa, a 2008-09 co-champion) has won at least a share of the regular-season title without winning its league opener. Including this season, 17 of the last 19 regular-season champs (or co-champs) have opened 2-0 or better in MVC play, with UNI in 2008-09 and Wichita State in 2011-12 serving as the exceptions.
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 304 wins in the millennium, as well as 12 postseason appearances:
MVC Standings (start 2000-01 to March 17, 2013)
MVC only All Games
Team W L Pct. W L Pct.
Creighton 162 72 .692 307 127 .707
Wichita State 137 97 .585 264 159 .624
Southern Illinois 140 94 .598 252 168 .600
Northern Iowa 129 105 .551 244 172 .587
Missouri State 124 110 .530 235 184 .561
Illinois State 107 127 .457 218 191 .533
Bradley 100 134 .427 205 213 .490
Drake 99 135 .423 195 208 .484
Indiana State 88 146 .376 181 225 .446
Evansville 84 150 .359 159 231 .408
Postseason Appearances by MVC Teams
Team NCAA NIT CBI CIT Total
Creighton 7 4 1 1 13
Wichita State 3 5 1 0 9
Northern Iowa 5 1 0 2 8
Southern Illinois 6 1 0 0 7
Bradley 1 2 1 2 6
Missouri State 0 4 0 1 5
Illinois State 0 5 0 0 5
Indiana State 2 1 1 1 5
Evansville 0 0 2 2 4
Drake 1 0 0 2 3
This is the 11th time in the last 16 years thatCreighton has 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 2012-13, 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 16 Years
1st Place 2000-01, 2012-13 (won MVC Tourn.)
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
Creighton went 6-0 in December wrapping up an unbeaten December with a victory over Evansville on Dec. 29.
Since 1946-47, Creighton’s only two other teams to go unbeaten in December were in 2003 and 2008.
The 2008-09 team went 9-0 in December and would go on to win a share of the MVC regular-season title.
The 2003-04 squad finished tied for second in the MVC. That team began the season 12-0 before suffering an overtime loss in a game hosted by Northern Iowa and its then-coach, Greg McDermott.
Coaches vs. Cancer Summary
As part of the nationwide American Cancer Society Coaches Vs. Cancer event, men’s basketball fans were encouraged to wear pink to promote cancer awareness and participate in the “Creighton Vs. Cancer Pink Out” game when the Bluejays hosted Bradley on Saturday, Feb. 2.
Bluejay players wore pink shooting shirts and pink jerseys for the game and fans had the opportunity to honor a friend or family member who has battled cancer or is currently battling cancer by purchasing the apparel via auction (the shooting shirt could be personalized – last name, nickname, etc.).
The first 14,000 fans entering the venue on February 2 received a complimentary pink t-shirt courtesy of Alegent Creighton Health and Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center.
Last year’s Creighton vs. Cancer jersey auction raised more than $20,600. This year’s auction raised $24,444. An additional $7,239.17 was raised from at-the-door collection, bringing the total to $31,683.17. Seven jerseys sold for more than $1,000. Below is a list showing what each jersey sold for:
Jersey #00 $2,025
Jersey #1 $1,125
Jersey #2 $860
Jersey #3 $5,002
Jersey #4 $406
Jersey #5 $2,550
Jersey #10 $3,050
Jersey #11 $510
Jersey #12 $1,020
Jersey #13 $450
Jersey #22 $910
Jersey #23 $585
Jersey #24 $960
Jersey #30 $556
Jersey #31 $710.01
Jersey #34 $1,025
Jersey #50 $510
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 45.9 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 160-of-323 three-pointers (49.5 percent) in his past 88 games.
McDermott averaged 13.6 points in his first 20 games at Creighton, and has averaged 21.55 points in his past 88 games with the Jays.
This year’s Creighton team ranks seventh nationally in average home attendance, averaging 17,155 fans per game.
The figure ranks ahead of 14 NBA teams, and would rank 17th in the NBA this season.
In 2011-12, Creighton finished sixth nationally in home attendance, averaging 16,665 fans per home game. 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 has now surpassed 200,000 home fans in a season for the eighth time. No other school in the history of the MVC has ever done so even once.
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 in 2011-12.
2012-13 Attendance Leaders (3/18)
Rk. School Average Next Home
1. Kentucky 23,099 TBA
2. Syracuse 22,439 --
3. Louisville 21,571 --
4. North Carolina 19,350 --
5. Indiana 17,412 --
6. Tennessee 17,395 3/20
7. Creighton 17,155 --
8. Wisconsin 16,843 --
9. BYU 16,707 3/19
10. Kansas 16,438 --
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
291,643 Creighton 2012-13
276,000 Creighton 2007-08
266,632 Creighton 2011-12
Highest Average Attendance, MVC History
Avg. Att. School Year
17,155 Creighton 2012-13
16,665 Creighton 2011-12
15,930 Creighton 2008-09
15,909 Creighton 2006-07
15,333 Creighton 2007-08
Inside The Numbers
Creighton’s Doug McDermott (23.1) continues to be 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
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
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 seven days later at Cal.
McDermott, who leads the MVC with 23.1 points per game, became the first Creighton player with 30 points in consecutive contests since Bob Harstad in 1990.
McDermott also scored 30 or more in consecutive wins vs. Missouri State and Northern Iowa in January, then again in consecutive wins vs. Bradley and Wichita State to close the regular-season.
No Creighton player has had three straight games of 30 or more points since Benoit Benjamin did it three straight games in January of 1985.
Jones Hangs Up High Tops 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. Jones was underwent a nine-hour medical procedure on Dec. 18th, and on Dec. 26th announced his basketball career is done due to an atrial flutter.
The senior guard was averaging 7.0 points per game as the team’s top guard off the bench.
Creighton outscored the opposition 249-92 off the bench in eight games with Jones, but has been outscored 460-448 off the bench since he’s been out of the line-up.
A 45-minute documentary, The Josh Jones Story, has been produced and was shown in theatres on March 12th in Omaha.
Might As Well Jump
Creighton is 16-3 this season when Gregory Echenique wins the opening tip. Creighton’s streak of 20 straight wins when winning the jump ball to start the game ended in its Jan. 23 loss at Drake.
Creighton is 46-12 all-time when Echenique wins the opening tip, but 19-10 when he loses the tip.
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 67-0 when scoring 75 points or more at CenturyLink Center Omaha.
In other words, Creighton is a perfect 79-0 in CenturyLink Center Omaha since Feb. 6, 2005 when scoring enough points to earn its fans some free pizza.
A New Streak
Since Greg McDermott took over three years ago, Creighton is averaging 78.16 points per home game (4,299 points in 55 home games).
That’s a vital number since Creighton is 90-0 at home (63-0 at CenturyLink Center Omaha) when scoring 78 points or more and 72-0 at home (49-0 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.
Statistically, Creighton ranks among the nation’s top-20 in eight different categories through games of March 18th. The Jays are first in field goal percentage (.508) and three-point percentage (.421), fifth in assists per game (17.2), sixth in three-pointers per game (8.8), 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.4) and points scored (2563), 13th in scoring margin (+12.3) and 20th in win/loss percentage (.794).
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 (23.1), 22nd in field goal percentage (.561), 40th in free-throw percentage (.860), 74th in double-doubles (9) and 134th in rebounds per game (7.5). Grant Gibbs is 10th in assist/turnover ratio (2.85) and 21st in assists per game (5.9). In addition, Gregory Echenique ranks 87th in blocked shots per game (1.74) and 139th in double-doubles (6). In addition, Austin Chatman ranks 109th with 4.3 assists per game and 86th with a 2.01 assist/turnover ratio.
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.
Third-Year Coaches Update Greg McDermott was one of 53 head coaches hired to coach a school prior to 2010-11. His 79 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 69 or more wins at their school since being hired.
School Coach W-L Next Game
Creighton Greg McDermott 79-29 3/22
Oregon Dana Altman 71-36 3/21
Iona Tim Cluess 70-33 3/22
Colorado Tad Boyle 69-37 3/22
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.
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 7.4 4.3 27-7
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 14 3-0 starts (including this year) have been culminated in a postseason tournament appearance at the end of the year.
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.
Playing With The Lead
In 170 games at CenturyLink Center Omaha all-time, Creighton has not trailed in 41 of those contests, a staggering 24.1 percent of the time, including seven wire-to-wire wins at home last season and five wins (Longwood, Saint Joseph’s, Tulsa, Drake, Southern Illinois) 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 has two comebacks from 10 or more down this season, having done so vs. UAB (10) and Evansville (16).
Pencil Him In
According to STATS Inc., Doug McDermott is one of 12 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 3/17
Starts Name, School Next Game 142 Brandon Triche, Syracuse 3/21
108 Doug McDermott, Creighton NCAA
101 Ray McCallum, Detroit 3/20
100 Brian Voelkel, Vermont 3/19
99 Cody Doolin, San Francisco Done
98 Frantz Massenat, Drexel --
98 Deonte Burton, Nevada Done
94 Devon Saddler, Delaware Done
94 Holton Hunsaker, Utah Valley Done
94 Travis McKie, Wake Forest Done
93 Daniel Miller, Georgia Tech Done
92 Marshall Bjorklund, N. Dakota St. 3/20
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 1,342 points, 978 rebounds and 265 blocked shots in 138 games as a collegian. He and Bucknell’s Mike Muscala are the nation’s only active players with 1,300 points, 950 rebounds and 250 or more blocked shots.
Had all those stats been generated at Creighton, Echenique would rank 17th in career points, fifth 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.
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.
Including this year, Creighton has won either the MVC regular-season title or MVC Tournament (or both) each of its last seven seasons it had a player with a double-double in the opener (2012-13, 2001-02, 1999-00, 1998-99, 1990-91, 1989-90, 1988-89).
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.
Long-Distance Streak Alive
Creighton has made at least one three-pointer in a league-best 643 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 170 regular and postseason contests at CenturyLink Center Omaha all-time in its 10 seasons at the facility.
The Bluejays own an 145-25 (.853) 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 12,795-10,788 in games at CenturyLink Center Omaha, an average margin of 11.8 points per game. Creighton has led wire-to-wire 41 different times, including seven times last season and five times this winter (Longwood, Saint Joseph’s, Tulsa, Drake, Southern Illinois).
Piling Up The Points, and Wins
Creighton has won 58 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.
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.
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
784 Doug McDermott, Creighton 2012-13
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
Top Junior Scorers, MVC History
Pts. Name, School Years
978 Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati 1958-59
959 Larry Bird, Indiana State 1977-78
815 Lewis Lloyd, Drake 1979-80
788 Hersey Hawkins, Bradley 1986-87
788 Willie Biles, Tulsa 1972-73
784 Doug McDermott, Creighton 2012-13
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
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
Stan Okoye, VMI 2012-13 59 291 664
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
New Championships Center On The Way
Earlier this month Creighton broke ground on a new “Championships Center”, immediately north of D.J. Sokol Arena on the Creighton campus. The facility will serve as the future home to Creighton men’s basketball practices, as well as a new weight room and academic learning center for all student-athletes.
The facility is expected to open in April, 2014.
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) and the U.S. Figure Skating Championships (2013).
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.
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.
Creighton Men's Basketball defeated the UTPA Broncs 75-60 at CenturyLink Center Omaha on 12-19-14.
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