2013-14 Creighton Men’s Basketball Exhibition Game #1 vs. Northern State • Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 • 7:00 p.m. Northern State Wolves at Creighton Bluejays CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,390) • Omaha, Neb. Radio: KOZN 1620 AM, www.1620thezone.com Television: None Series History: Teams have never met in regular-season Last Exhibition Meeting: CU 79, NSU 67 on 11/4/10
Next Game Creighton opens the 2013-14 season with an exhibition game on Friday, Nov. 1 vs. Northern State. Tip-off at CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,390) in Omaha, Neb., is set for 7:00 p.m.
Radio Broadcast Information KOZN (1620 The Zone) will broadcast all Creighton men’s basketball games during the 2013-14 season, including Friday’s exhibition. John Bishop and former Bluejay Nick Bahe will call the action. The audio is also webcast live at www.1620thezone.com.
Video Webcast Available Creighton University Athletics and Jump TV will present a live, pay-per-view video webcast of Friday’s exhibition, the only home webcast scheduled to air all season. To sign up for the video webcast, fans can register by going directly to http://www.gocreighton.com. Cost for a monthly pass is $10.95 and a four-month pass is $34.95. Fans can also purchase a 24-hour pass ($4.99) or a 48-hour pass ($5.99) that begins the moment you sign up. Once registered, fans will only need to log-in with their password on gameday. The video stream includes audio of the radio broadcast as well.
Television Broadcast Information Friday’s exhibition will not be televised. Every other game except the Long Beach State game on Dec. 3 is expected to be televised this season, though details on the Nov. 16 Saint Joseph’s game are still being finalized.
Live Stats Information All of Creighton’s games this season will have free live stats. Visit www.gocreighton.com and click on the Live Stats tab on the top of the page for a link the exact URL. Home games can also be followed by those who have mobile devices with internet capability at www.gocreightonstats.com.
Scouting Creighton Creighton returns 11 lettermen and four starters from last year’s 28-8 team that reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive season. Senior forward Doug McDermott (23.2 ppg., 7.7 rpg., .490 3FG%) enters the 2013-14 season as the nation’s only returning consensus First Team All-American, as well as the nation’s leading returning scorer. He’s led the Jays in scoring and rebounding each of the past three seasons, and was named Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year by league coaches. The other three returning starters include guards Grant Gibbs (8.5 ppg., 5.8 apg., 4.1 rpg.), Jahenns Manigat (5.9 ppg.) and Austin Chatman (7.4 ppg., 4.2 apg.). Gibbs led the MVC in assists each of the last two years and was awarded a surprise sixth year in early July. Junior center Will Artino (3.9 ppg., 2.5 rpg.) and reigning MVC Sixth Man of the Year Ethan Wragge (7.7 ppg., 2.6 rpg., .446 3FG%) will see time on the front line to help replace starting center Gregory Echenique (9.7 ppg., 6.6 rpg., 1.7 bpg.). Creighton has six scholarship players who have yet to appear in a Creighton game, including junior college guards Devin Brooks and James Milliken, as well as redshirt freshman Isaiah Zierden and true freshmen Zach Hanson, Darian Harris and Toby Hegner.
Scouting Northern State Northern State went 20-11 last season before falling in the quarterfinals of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Tournament. The Wolves lost their top four scorers in Collin Pryor (16.2 ppg., 7.7 rpg.), Dustin Tetzlaff (11.1 ppg., 6.5 rpg.), Michael Emge (8.5 ppg.) and Geoffrey Firmin (8.5 ppg.), leaving only Mitch White (2.6 ppg., 2.4 apg.) amongst the returning starters. The only other two returners from last year’s active roster are Trent Zomer (4.7 ppg.) and Jared Hannigan (4.2 ppg.). The Wolves averaged 70.0 points per game last year while allowing 66.1 per contest, and shot 46.0 percent from the floor, 35.7 percent from downtown and 66.7 percent at the line.
The Coaches Greg McDermott (Northern Iowa, 1988) enters his fourth season as head coach at Creighton. He led CU to a 28-8 mark last year, and is now 80-30 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 360-225 entering his 20th seasons and is 229-161 entering his 13th Division I campaign. McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries, Steve Lutz and Patrick Sellers. Paul Sather (Northern State, 1996) enters his fourth year as Northern State’s head coach. He owns a 45-38 mark after three seasons at NSU, moving his career mark to 139-100 after eight seasons after you factor in a five-year run coaching at Black Hills State. He was previously an assistant at NSU from 1998-2004, and was a graduate assistant for Greg McDermott when the two were at Wayne State. Sather’s full-time assistants include Matt Sevareid and Brad Christenson.
The Series With Northern State Creighton and Northern State have never met in regular-season play. The last time the teams met came on Nov. 4, 2010, when Creighton won a 79-67 exhibition decision over the Wolves in the debut of Greg McDermott on the CU sideline. McDermott was also 7-5 in his regular-season career against Northern State, with all 12 of those match-ups occurring when he was head coach at Wayne State. In the last meeting, Doug McDermott led Creighton with 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench in his debut in Blue & White, while NSU was paced by 16 points and 10 rebounds from Collin Pryor. Creighton never trailed in the final 36 minutes and led by eight or more during the final eight minutes.
Last Season Recap Creighton went 28-8 and reached the third round of the MVC Tournament last season. Creighton was ranked in the Associated Press top-25 in 16-of-20 weeks and finished 22nd in the year-end poll. Doug McDermott ranked second nationally in scoring (23.2), breaking his own school-record with 834 points. He repeated as a consensus First Team All-American while also sweeping MVC Player of the Year and MVC Tournament MVP honors for a second straight winter. Gregory Echenique (9.7 ppg., 6.6 rpg.) and Grant Gibbs (8.5 ppg., 5.8 apg.) were named Honorable-Mention All-Valley, while Ethan Wragge nabbed Sixth Man of the Year accolades. The Jays ranked second nationally in field goal percentage (.501) and three-point percentage (.414), fourth in assists (16.9), sixth in home attendance (17,155) and ninth in free throw percentage (.759). Creighton defeated Wichita State in the regular-season finale to claim the outright MVC title before winning its league-record 12th Valley Tournament title to clinch an NCAA bid with another win over the Shockers. At the NCAA’s, Creighton topped Cincinnati 67-63 before falling to No. 6 Duke in the third round.
Crowd Watch Northern State led all of Division II by averaging 3,382 fans per home game last season, but played before a grand total of ‘just’ 10,757 fans in 14 contests away from home last year. Last year Creighton averaged 17,155 in 17 regular-season games at CenturyLink Center Omaha. Creighton’s largest exhibition attendance in school history was 15,436 on Nov. 2, 2012 vs. University of Mary last year.
Hottest Ticket in Town Creighton Basketball has proven to be a hot ticket in recent years, but the anticipation for this season has taken those levels up a notch. Creighton sold more than 15,000 season tickets for the first time, a figure that doesn’t factor in students. Last year’s record was 13,739. Creighton has sold more than 1,250 all-session tickets for the BIG EAST Tournament already. When single-game tickets went on sale on Oct. 29, seven games sold out within an hour, including less than 20 minutes for games vs. Marquette, Georgetown, Nebraska, Seton Hall and Chicago State.
Famous Faces From South Dakota Northern State is located in Aberdeen, S.D., a state where Creighton has landed several big men from in recent seasons. Steve Smith hailed from Sioux Falls and was part of the Bluejay basketball team from 2004-06, where he recorded five points and six rebounds in two injury-plagued seasons. He would later transfer to South Dakota, where he finished his career with the Coyotes. Current Creighton freshman Zach Hanson hails from Pierre, S.D., which is located about 160 miles from Aberdeen. Hanson was a two-time South Dakota State Player of the Year, the first player to do so in the state since longtime NBA sharpshooter Mike Miller. Additionally, Hanson’s mother Jane (Konz) was inducted into the Northern State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 after finishing her career as the school’s all-time shot blocker and ranking in the top-10 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage.
Recent Exhibition History Creighton is 38-6 since 1987 in fall exhibition games thanks to 12 straight victories. The only team since 1994 to beat Creighton in an exhibition setting has been Global Sports, which merged 10 years ago and later changed their name to EA Sports. A complete listing of Creighton’s exhibition games since 1987 can be found on page five of this release.
McDermott’s Exhibition History Greg McDermott is 20-0 in exhibition games as a Division I head coach, including a 10-0 mark at UNI, a 7-0 record at Iowa State, and a 3-0 mark at Creighton. All but one of his triumphs has been by double-digits. Below is a list of McDermott’s exhibition games at the Division I level. Greg McDermott’s Division I Exhibition Scores Date McD School Opponent Result 2001-02 UNI London Leopards W 89-74 2001-02 UNI Lake Superior St. W 74-63 2002-03 UNI Dominican Nat’l Team W 73-56 2002-03 UNI H.P. Minnesota W 90-76 2003-04 UNI H.P. Minnesota W 89-79 2003-04 UNI Australian Select Team W 92-58 2004-05 UNI Dubuque W 93-34 2004-05 UNI SW Minnesota St. W 71-40 2005-06 UNI Lewis W 77-50 2005-06 UNI Wayne State W 74-57 11/03/06 Iowa State EA Sports W 58-57 11/06/06 Iowa State Wayne State W 55-41 11/01/07 Iowa State Dubuque W 66-38 11/04/07 Iowa State EA Sports W 74-63 11/08/08 Iowa State Nebraska-Omaha W 74-54 11/02/09 Iowa State Black Hills State W 96-47 11/06/09 Iowa State UNC-Pembroke W 106-54 11/04/10 Creighton Northern State W 79-67 11/06/11 Creighton Rockhurst W 81-42 11/02/12 Creighton Mary W 89-51
Newcomer Report Three players made their exhibition debut in a Creighton uniform last year against Mary as Joe Kelling, Andre Yates and Isaiah Zierden combined for eight points and 11 rebounds in a combined 39 minutes of action in Creighton’s 89-51 triumph. Below is a look at the last four years and how Creighton’s newcomers have produced in their exhibition debuts: 2012 Kelling/Yates/Zierden 8 pts., 11 reb., 4 ast., 39 min. (W 89-51) 2011 Gibbs/Chatman/Olsen/Dingman Groselle/Johnson/Oginni 22 pts., 11 reb., 8 ast., 70 min. (W 81-42) 2010 Stormberg/McDermott/ Manigat/Ingle/Artino 25 pts., 11 reb., 0 ast., 44 min. (W 79-67) 2009 Sebastian/Bock/Dorwart/ Runnels/Ashford/Wragge 35 pts., 10 reb., 7 ast., 68 min. (W 94-69)
Freshmen Starts Almost Unheard Of If any of Creighton’s freshmen get a starting nod in Friday’s exhibition, they’ll join some rare company. To find the last Creighton true freshman to start the team’s exhibition opener, you’d have to go all the way back to Nov. 14, 1988. That’s when Latrell Wrightsell had eight points, four rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes of a 75-66 win over Turkey. Even Ryan Sears, who started all 124 regular-season games of his illustrious career from 1997-2001, came off the bench for his exhibition debut before replacing Matt West in the second exhibition game of the 1997-98 campaign. Sears had remained the last CU freshman to start a Creighton regular-season opener (1997-98), until Doug McDermott did so in 2010-11. McDermott has started all 110 games of his career to date but also came off the bench in his first exhibition game.
Who Are These Guys? Creighton returns four starters (Austin Chatman, Grant Gibbs, Jahenns Manigat and Doug McDermott) from last year’s team that finished 28-8. Creighton’s roster contains players who made 144 starts a year ago, and own a combined 312 career starts. Returning Returning Starts Final Year Starters From Previous Year W-L 2013-14 4 144 ? ? ? 2012-13 4 140 28-8 2011-12 3 101 29-6 2010-11 4 123 23-16 2009-10 3 106 18-16 2008-09 3 83 27-8 2007-08 1 44 22-11 2006-07 4 120 22-11 2005-06 4 134 20-10 2004-05 2 58 23-11 2003-04 3 101 20-9 2002-03 5 159 29-5 2001-02 2 65 23-9 2000-01 3 90 24-8 1999-00 3 84 23-10 1998-99 3 84 22-9 1997-98 4 72 18-10 1996-97 4 126 15-15 1995-96 4 100 14-15 1994-95 2 52 7-19 1993-94 3 73 7-22 1992-93 2 64 8-18 1991-92 2 51 9-19 1990-91 4 132 24-8 1989-90 4 127 21-12 1988-89 4 123 20-11 1987-88 3 83 16-16 1986-87 2 65 9-19 1985-86 1 48 12-16 1984-85 4 124 20-12 1983-84 3 72 17-14 1982-83 3 77 8-19 1981-82 2 78 7-20 1980-81 4 112 21-9
Preseason BIG EAST Poll Creighton was picked to finish third in its first season as BIG EAST Conference members according to a preseason poll of league coaches. Marquette was picked first with 74 points and five first-place votes, while Georgetown (70, 2) was also selected ahead of the Bluejays (61, 1). Rounding out the top half were Villanova (58) and St. John’s (56, 2). Creighton forward Doug McDermott was named preseason BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year by the coaches.
Circle of Life In November of 2010, Jahenns Manigat, Will Artino and Doug McDermott opened their first season at Creighton with an exhibition game against Northern State, which was also Greg McDermott’s first game on the CU sideline. Manigat had five points and four rebounds, Artino two points, and Doug McDermott had 18 points and seven rebounds in the 79-67 Bluejay victory.
NBA Representation Creighton has a pair of NBA players once again this year, as Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks) and Anthony Tolliver (Charlotte Bobcats) are in the league. Including 2013-14, Creighton has now had an NBA player in 30 of the last 31 years, and 47-of-50 seasons since 1964-65. Korver carries a 73-game streak with a 3-point basket into the 2013-14 campaign, having obliterated the Hawks franchise mark of 42 last season. In NBA history, only Dana Barros (89), Michael Adams (79) and Dennis Scott (78) have compiled longer streaks. He ranks 29th in NBA history with 1,323 career three-pointers and is 12th in league history with his 41.91 percent marksmanship from three-point range. The only other player in league history with at least 1,200 treys and 41.2 percent accuracy is Steve Nash.
I Know What You Did Last Summer Senior forward Doug McDermott served as a captain for Team USA last summer at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Playing under the direction of coaches Bob McKillop (Davidson), John Beilein (Michigan) and Frank Martin (South Carolina), McDermott led the team in scoring (14.1 ppg.), field goals (39), three-pointers (18), free throws (17), free-throw percentage (.895) and minutes (23.8) as the team went 6-2 in eight games. On his way back from Russia, McDermott was invited to the USA Basketball Men’s National Team Mini-Camp along with 28 of the NBA’s rising stars and fellow collegian Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), where he received rave reviews.
Nation’s Best Offense? You can make a case that Creighton boasted the nation’s best offensive production last year. Creighton was second in the country in field goal percentage (50.1) and three-point percentage (41.4), third in two-point field goal percentage (55.7), ninth in free-throw percentage (75.9) and 10th in three-pointers per game (8.5).
Going For 20, Again Creighton has won 20 or more games in 14 of the last 15 seasons, a feat that puts the Jays among an exclusive group, nationally. Just five schools nationally have had 20 or more wins each of the last 15 years: Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse. Creighton is one of four schools with 20 or more wins in exactly 14 of the past 15 years. That list consists of Creighton, Kent State, Kentucky and Utah State. That’s better than traditional powers Arizona, Connecticut and Memphis (13 each) and also ahead of Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin (12 each).
10 Conference Wins x 17 Last season’s Creighton team won 10 or more league games for a 17th consecutive season. On a national basis, the only other current school with at least 17 straight years of 10 or more league wins is Kansas (19). Each of the last 17 seasons has seen the team finish fourth place or better in the league standings as well, though all of those took place in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Postseason x 16 Creighton has made the postseason in 16 consecutive seasons. The only eight schools to make the postseason in each of the last 16 years are Creighton, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Syracuse.
Postseason Win Streak Thanks to an NCAA Tournament win over Cincinnati last spring, the Creighton men’s basketball team has now won a postseason game in a school-record six straight seasons. The previous mark was three in a row from 1962-64. The following five programs are the only ones that have won a postseason game in six straight seasons, including 2012-13: Creighton, Kansas, North Carolina, Purdue and Syracuse.
Full House Last year’s Creighton team ranked sixth nationally in average home attendance, averaging 17,155 fans per game. It’s the seventh straight season that CU has been among the nation’s top 25 in average home attendance, and set an MVC average home attendance record. The figure ranked ahead of 14 NBA teams (76ers, Rockets, Grizzlies, Wizards, Timberwolves, Cavaliers, Suns, Bobcats, Pacers, Hawks, Bucks, Pistons, Pelicans, Kings). Creighton also ranked sixth nationally in men’s soccer attendance and 10th in baseball attendance, the nation’s only school in the top-10 of those three sports. 2012-13 Attendance Leaders Rk. School Average 1. Kentucky 23,099 2. Syracuse 22,439 3. Louisville 21,571 4. North Carolina 19,350 5. Indiana 17,412 6. Creighton 17,155 7. Wisconsin 16,843 8. Tennessee 16,635 9. Ohio State 16,524 10. Kansas 16,438
Highest Average Attendance, Creighton 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
Army of Iowans Every Creighton team since 1988-89 has had at least one Iowa native, and this season is no exception. Creighton has five 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 seniors Grant Gibbs (Marion) and Doug McDermott (Ames), junior Will Artino (Waukee), sophomore Alex Olsen (Council Bluffs) and freshman John Burns (Algona). 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 621 straight games. That streak dates to a Feb. 5, 1994 win against Wichita State.
Long-Distance Streak Alive Creighton has made at least one three-pointer in 645 straight (non-exhibition) games since a 59-53 loss at Illinois State on Feb. 20, 1993.
CenturyLink Center Omaha Success Creighton has played 170 regular and postseason contests at CenturyLink Center Omaha all-time in its first 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 or Friday. Creighton has outscored its opponents 12,784-10,897 in games at CenturyLink Center Omaha, an average margin of 11.1 points per game. Creighton has led wire-to-wire 41 different times, including five times last season.
Team of the Millennium? Below is the records for each current BIG EAST school over the last five, 10 and 15 seasons, ranked by overall wins. The three newcomers to the league, Butler, Creighton and Xavier, are at the top of nearly each category. Most Wins - Last 15 Years Team W L Pct. Butler 366 136 .729 Xavier 355 145 .710 Creighton 353 147 .706 Marquette 326 165 .664 Georgetown 319 169 .654 Villanova 316 181 .636 Seton Hall 248 217 .533 St. John’s 246 226 .521 Providence 240 225 .516 DePaul 197 265 .426
Most Wins - Last 10 Years Team W L Pct. Butler 244 98 .713 Xavier 236 102 .698 Creighton 232 106 .686 Marquette 229 109 .678 Villanova 223 115 .660 Georgetown 222 104 .681 Seton Hall 166 164 .532 Providence 159 152 .511 St. John’s 138 169 .450 DePaul 132 180 .423
Most Wins - Last 5 Years Team W L Pct. Butler 136 45 .751 Creighton 125 54 .698 Marquette 122 54 .693 Xavier 117 52 .692 Georgetown 109 53 .673 Villanova 109 61 .641 Seton Hall 85 77 .525 St. John’s 84 81 .509 Providence 80 82 .494 DePaul 47 111 .297
Everybody’s All-American Doug McDermott hauled in 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, CBSSports.com and ESPN.com, and a second-team selection by The Sporting News. 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 Korver (2003).
Oscar, Bird, Doug Doug McDermott set a Creighton (and MVC) record for points by a freshman with 581 in 2010-11. As a sophomore McDermott had 801 points, joining Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird as the only sophomores in MVC history with at least 800 points in a season. Last year McDermott became the first player in MVC history to reach 2,000 career points as a junior, and joined Robertson and Bird as the only players in league history to reach 2,000 points in less than three seasons of work. Since 1998-99, McDermott’s 2,216 points are 48th-most nationally by any player. Below is a list of the most prolific 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 1984-85 834 Doug McDermott, Creighton 2012-13 815 Lewis Lloyd, Drake 1979-80 801 Doug McDermott, Creighton 2011-12
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 1977-78 834 Doug McDermott, Creighton 2012-13 815 Lewis Lloyd, Drake 1979-80
Top Scorers, Creighton Single-Season History Pts. Name (Class) Year 834 Doug McDermott (Jr.) 2012-13 801 Doug McDermott (So.) 2011-12 738 Bob Portman (Jr.) 1967-68 734 Bob Harstad (Jr.) 1989-90
Most Career Points, Active Seniors Source: Creighton Sports Info/STATS Inc. Rk. Pts. Name, School Next Game 1. 2,216 Doug McDermott, Creighton 11/8 2. 1,670 Devon Saddler, Delaware 11/8 1,670 Travis Bader, Oakland 11/8
Scoring In Numbers Doug McDermott owned 834 points in 36 games last year, an average of 23.2 per contest that ranked him second nationally in scoring. McDermott’s 23.2 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, before McDermott did it each of the past two seasons (3rd in 2011-12, 2nd last year). McDermott’s 23.2 points per game were the most by a MVC player since Bradley’s Curtis Stuckey (25.1 ppg.) in 1990-91.
Father/Son Duos 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 2,216 Greg Bryce Drew, Valparaiso 2,142 Homer John Nelson, Portland State 2,123 Sharkey
Repeat All-American Doug McDermott joined some elite company by being named a First Team All-American by the USBWA, Associated Press and the NABC for a second consecutive season last spring. He is the 70th player to repeat the honor from the USBWA, 55th from the NABC, and 51st in the history of the Associated Press.
Not Half Bad Doug McDermott’s highest scoring half of his career has been 31 points, done as a sophomore 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.
The 800 Club Creighton junior Doug McDermott led the nation with 834 points last season after owning a league-high (and second-most nationally) 801 as a sophomore. McDermott joined Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird as the third player in MVC history with multiple 800-point seasons. Nationwide, McDermott was 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.
Supporting Cast Doug McDermott was Creighton’s only player to average in double-figures last year, but he had lots of support to help lead the Jays to 28 wins. Creighton was 11-0 when Ethan Wragge (7.7 ppg.) scored in double-figures last year. CU is 29-1 under Greg McDermott and 15-0 this year when Wragge shoots 50 percent from three-point range. Creighton was 8-1 when Austin Chatman (7.4 ppg.) scored in double-figures last year. Creighton was 6-2 when Jahenns Manigat (5.9 ppg.) scored in double-figures last 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 (3.7 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.
Rare Bird 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 senior 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 2,216 844 178
His Own Game of H-O-R-S-E Doug McDermott led the nation in 2011-12 with 307 field goals made, and his 284 buckets last year once again led the nation. Prior to McDermott, no player had led the country in field goals made in back-to-back seasons since at least 1995-96. One area that makes McDermott so unique is his ability to use his off (left) hand, and to use the backboard, as seen below: Year FG Backboard Left-Hand 2010-11 220 64 28 2011-12 307 174 56 2012-13 284 132 26 Totals 811 370 110
What A Start! Greg McDermott is 80-30 on the Creighton sideline after three years at the helm. The 80 wins are easily the most in Creighton history in the first three seasons. Even if McDermott went winless in 2013-14, he’d still be the program’s all-time winningest coach through four seasons, with one more win than Tom Apke’s 79. Most Wins at CU, First Three Seasons Coach Years W-L After 3 Yrs Greg McDermott 2010-Pres. 80-30 Tom Apke 1974-77 60-21 Eddie Sutton 1969-72 44-32 Red McManus 1959-62 42-33
Who Will Start? Creighton utilized the same starting five in every game last season, and four of their five starters had streaks of 71 or more straight starts by year’s end. Creighton was one of two teams to start the same starting five in every game last season, joining Stephen F. Austin. CU’s starting five played together as a group for 424 minutes last season, during which time its outscored the opposition by 129 points. The four returning starters were +52 in 110 minutes with Ethan Wragge last year, and +34 in 44 minutes with Will Artino a year ago. Consecutive Starts, Creighton (Active) Doug McDermott 110 Jahenns Manigat 86 Grant Gibbs 71 Austin Chatman 36
Rasmussen Named to MBB Committee Creighton Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen began a five-year term on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee on September 1st. He is the only newcomer to the committee for the 2013-14 academic year, replacing last year’s chair, Mike Bobinski.
Championship Duo, Men & Women Creighton was one of seven schools that won a regular-season conference title in both men’s and women’s basketball last 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).
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.
Good As Gold 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.
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 five times last winter (Longwood, Saint Joseph’s, Tulsa, Drake, Southern Illinois).
Quick Starts Key To Playing in Postseason Creighton has started off 3-0 (or better) in 11 of the previous 13 seasons. Each of Creighton’s last 13 3-0 starts have been culminated in a postseason tournament appearance at the end of the year.
Shuttle Service Provided Again Chief Bus will provide complimentary shuttle service from the Creighton University campus to CenturyLink Center Omaha for all men’s basketball home games this season. The service is available to all fans, not just Creighton students. The shuttle will start 75 minutes before tip-off and shuttles will continue to operate the route during the game. The three designated stops for pick-up around the CU campus are: 24th & California (nearside/southbound); 20th & Cass (nearside/eastbound) and at Billy Blues Alumni Grill (outside the Mike & Josie Harper Center in the turnaround which is on the east side of the building). The shuttle will then go eastbound on Capitol Avenue and then go north up 10th Street for drop-off at the CenturyLink Center Omaha convention center entrance. The route is designed for each shuttle driver to make a roundtrip every 15 minutes. Following the game’s conclusion, the shuttle will start at the CenturyLink Center Omaha convention center entrance on 10th Street and loop the original route with the first of three stops at 24th & California Streets.
Ticket Information Single-game tickets for the 2013-14 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. For more information, call the Creighton Ticket Office at (402) 280-JAYS.
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