Game #13 vs. Evansville • Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 • 7:05 pm
Evansville Purple Aces at #16 Creighton Bluejays
CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,390) • Omaha, Neb.
Radio: KXSP 590 AM, www.am590espnradio.com
Television: KMTV; ESPN Full Court
Series History: Creighton leads, 27-10
Last Meeting: Creighton 99, Evansville 71 on 3/3/12 in St. Louis, Mo.
No. 16 Creighton (11-1, 0-0 MVC) opens Missouri Valley Conference play on Dec. 29th, when Evansville (7-5, 0-0 MVC) comes to Omaha.
Saturday’s game will tip at 7:05 p.m. and be played at CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,390) in Omaha, Neb.
Radio Broadcast Information
KXSP (“AM 590 - Omaha’s ESPN Radio”) will broadcast all Creighton men’s basketball games during the 2012-13 season, including Saturday. T. Scott Marr and Ross Ferrarini
will call the action. The audio is also webcast live at www.AM590espnradio.com.
TV Broadcast Information
Saturday’s game is the first of five games that will be broadcast by KMTV this season. Chase Williams and Nick Bahe will announce.
The game will also be carried nationally on ESPN Full Court as well. Coordinates follow:
AMC 16, K-18, Slot A - KU Band 18 MHZ
Uplink: 14351 MHz (Vertical)
Downlink: 12051 MHz (Horizontal)
Video Webcast Available
Saturday’s game will be webcast free of charge at http://es.pn/mbb-UEvsCREIGHTON.
Live Stats Information
All of Creighton’s games this season will have free live stats. Visit www.gocreighton.com and click on the Live Stats tab on the top of the page for a link the exact URL.
Home games can also be followed by those who have mobile devices with internet capability at www.gocreightonstats.com.
Scouting No. 16 Creighton
Creighton is 11-1 this season, including wins over Wisconsin, Arizona State, UAB, Saint Joseph’s, Nebraska, Akron, Cal and Tulsa. Creighton’s only loss this year has come against Boise State on Nov. 28th.
Junior forward Doug McDermott
(23.1 ppg., 6.8 rpg.) is the nation’s only returning consensus First Team All-American, as well as the nation’s leading returning scorer (22.9 ppg. last year). He’s led the Jays in scoring and rebounding each of the past two seasons, and has already picked up MVC Freshman of the Year, MVC Newcomer of the Year, MVC Player of the Year and MVC Tournament MVP honors in his career. McDermott is 22-of-35 from three-point range in the past six contests and has already been named MVC Player of the Week four times this season.
The other three returning starters include senior center Gregory Echenique
(10.8 ppg., 7.5 rpg., 1.7 bpg.), senior guard Grant Gibbs
(6.8 ppg., 6.3 apg.) and junior guard Jahenns Manigat
(.468 3FG% last year). Gibbs led the MVC with 176 assists last year, while Echenique had a league-high 57 blocks en route to earning MVC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Sophomore Austin Chatman
replaced three-year starter Antoine Young
, the lone player from last year’s rotation to depart. Chatman is averaging 8.0 points and 4.2 assists per contest.
The Bluejays returned 10 lettermen and four starters from last year’s 29-6 team that reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament, and have been widely praised for having one of the nation’s most potent offenses.
Creighton is shooting 50.9 percent from the floor, 75.2 percent at the line, and outrebounding foes by 2.7 boards per game. CU scores 78.9 points per game.
Evansville was 7-5 on the season, including a 1-3 road record.. The Purple Aces have lost to some of the nation’s top teams, including Murray State, Colorado State, Notre Dame and Butler.
Colt Ryan leads the Purple Aces, averaging 13.7 points per game. Ryan was a first-team all-MVC pick a year ago after finishing 11th nationally in scoring (20.5 ppg.). He owns a solid 40/17 assist/turnover ratio this winter as well.
Also scoring in double-figures is DJ Balentine (10.9 ppg., team-high 25 three-pointers) and Ned Cox (11.6 ppg.). Six other men average between 5.2 and 5.8 points per game on one of the nation’s most balanced teams.
The Purple Aces are averaging 69.5 points per game and yield just 62.5 per contest.
(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 63-23 with the Bluejays. McDermott has previously been a head coach at Iowa State (2006-10), Northern Iowa (2001-06), North Dakota State (2000-01) and Wayne State (1994-2000). He owns a career mark of 343-218 in 19 seasons and is 212-154 in 12 Division I campaigns. McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries
, Steve Lutz
and Steve Merfeld.
Evansville is coached by Marty Simmons, now in his sixth year with the Purple Aces. Simmons owns a record of 172-166 in 12 years as a head coach, and is 74-93 with the Purple Aces. He is assisted by Jimmy Elgas, Geoff Alexander and Carson Harris.
The Series With Evansville
Creighton leads the all-time series with Evansville by a 27-10 margin, including a 15-2 mark in Omaha.
The Jays have won eight of the past nine meetings and 14 of the last 16 encounters in the series at all sites. Twelve of the last 18 games have been decided by single-digits.
The teams split two regular-season meetings last year, before Creighton won 99-71 in the MVC Tournament semifinals.
Creighton coach Greg McDermott
is 11-5 against Evansville (4-1 as Creighton head coach) and 4-1 against Marty Simmons at the Division I level. Simmons is 2-9 against Creighton.
The Purple Aces have lost 13 straight games in Omaha against Creighton since a Jan. 4, 1999 victory over the Jays.
Last Game Recap
Creighton led 24-8 after 15 minutes and led by double-figures the rest of the way in a 71-54 victory over Tulsa on Dec. 19th. Avery Dingman
made 8-of-9 shots off the bench and scored a career-best 21 points to lead the Jays, while Gregory Echenique
added 15 points and eight rebounds.
Each of Creighton’s first 12 games have been decided by 10 or more points. However, four of the last five Creighton-Evansville meetings were decided by nine points or less, as have 12 of the past 18.
Creighton’s 11 double-digit wins this year trail only Pittsburgh nationally (12).
They Stole One
Creighton needed a near-miracle to win last year’s home game vs. Evansville. The Jays trailed 71-57 with less than eight minutes to play, and were still down 83-76 with 1:45 left.
A Doug McDermott
three-pointer got CU within four points, and the Purple Aces committed a shot clock violation. Gregory Echenique
had a tip-in with 52 seconds left to make it a two-point game, and UE had a second straight shot clock violation with 17.6 seconds left. The Jays ran a final play for Antoine Young
, who would miss. Ethan Wragge
’s putback attempt missed, but Echenique would tip/deflect the ball into the cylinder for the game-tying score as time expired to send it to overtime.
The overtime session featured three ties and five lead changes. Creighton fell behind 90-87, but Josh Jones
had a three-point play to tie it and later a elbow jumper with 22.6 seconds left to give the Jays a 93-92 lead. Evansville played for the final shot but Colt Ryan, who had scored a facility-record 43 points, missed off the left side of the rim as Creighton won a game in which it never led in the second half.
A Jolt Of Colt
Evansville senior Colt Ryan has always been one of the MVC’s top scorers, and has traditionally saved some of his best performances for Creighton.
He’s set a career-high in points in three of the seven meetings, putting together contests of 26, 31, 16, 20, 14, 43 and 13 points for an average of 23.3 points per game. Ryan has also made at least 50 percent of his field goal attempts in five of those seven games.
Despite the individual success, Ryan has been on the losing end of the scoreboard in six of the seven games vs. Creighton.
The Ryan Express
Creighton could not stop Evansville guard Colt Ryan the last time he trekked to Omaha. Ryan scored an arena record 43 points, making 17-of-24 attempts, before coming up empty on a potential game-winning shot at the end of overtime.
Ryan’s 43 points were the most allowed by the Jays since Nebraska-Kearney’s Bart Kofoed scored 43 points against CU on Dec. 21, 1985.
Now an assistant coach at Creighton, Steve Merfeld
has great familiarity with Evansville. Merfeld was head coach of the Purple Aces from 2002-07, where he coached four All-MVC players and won 54 games.
Since taking assistant coach positions at Bradley and Creighton after leaving Evansville, Merfeld’s teams has won seven of nine games against UE.
Dingman Rings It Up
In Creighton’s Dec. 19 win over Tulsa, sophomore Avery Dingman
showed off his sweet stroke. The Branson, Mo., native scored a career-best 21 points against the Golden Hurricane while also plucking a career-high three steals. Dingman made his first seven attempts and finished 8-for-9 from the field, including 5-of-6 from three-point land.
In last year’s home game vs. Evansville, Dingman made 5-of-6 shots and tied a season-high with 14 points. He drained 4-of-5 three-point attempts in the game.
Dingman is the sixth player on this year’s Creighton roster to own a 20-point game in his career. Doug McDermott
’s done it 39 times, Ethan Wragge
and Gregory Echenique
have both done it twice, and Grant Gibbs
, Josh Jones
and Dingman each have done it one time.
Trumping The Aces
didn’t get a ton of playing time as a freshman, but he did excel in his chances against Evansville.
Chatman scored 11 points in 13 minutes at Evansville on Feb. 7th, then had seven assists in 20 minutes during CU’s MVC Tournament romp over the Purple Aces on March 3rd.
Conference Openers Have Gone Well
Creighton owns a 10-4 record in its last 14 MVC openers, improving to 31-22 all-time in Valley lid-lifters.
Creighton is 1-1 all-time when opening league play against Evansville, topping the Purple Aces in 1995-96 but falling at the buzzer in 2004-05.
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 regular-season opener. In fact, 16 of the last 18 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.
is 4-3 all-time in MVC openers.
Playing With The Lead
Creighton has not trailed in five games this season, including either of its last two contests (California, Tulsa).
This marks just the third time in the last nine years that Creighton hasn’t trailed in consecutive contests.
Creighton never trailed in wins over Florida A&M and UALR in November of 2009, as well as in lopsided victories over San Diego and Saint Bonaventure in November of 2003.
In five games (200 minutes) this month, Creighton has trailed for a total span of 4:21, and has maintained a lead of three or more points in the second half of all five games.
Unbeaten December Possible
Creighton is 5-0 this month and can wrap up an unbeaten December with a victory over Evansville.
Since 1946-47, Creighton’s only two 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
10 Conference Wins x 16
Last season’s Creighton team extended its MVC record by winning 10 or more league games for a 16th consecutive season.
On a national basis, the only other current school with at least 16 straight years of 10 or more league wins is Kansas (18).
Each of the last 16 seasons has seen the team finish fourth place or better in the MVC as well.
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 291 wins in the millennium, as well as 12 postseason appearances:
MVC Standings (start 2000-01 to Dec. 27, 2012)
MVC only All Games
Team W L Pct. W L Pct.
Creighton 149 67 .690 291 121 .706
Wichita State 125 91 .579 249 152 .621
Southern Illinois 134 82 .620 245 155 .613
Northern Iowa 118 98 .546 233 163 .588
Missouri State 117 99 .542 225 173 .565
Illinois State 99 117 .458 210 178 .541
Bradley 93 123 .431 197 201 .495
Drake 92 124 .426 186 196 .487
Indiana State 79 137 .366 169 216 .439
Evansville 74 142 .343 149 221 .403
Postseason Appearances by MVC Teams
Team NCAA NIT CBI CIT Total
Creighton 6 4 1 1 12
Wichita State 2 5 1 0 8
Southern Illinois 6 1 0 0 7
Northern Iowa 5 1 0 1 7
Bradley 1 2 1 1 5
Missouri State 0 4 0 1 5
Illinois State 0 5 0 0 5
Indiana State 2 0 1 1 4
Drake 1 0 0 2 3
Evansville 0 0 2 1 3
Ten of Creighton’s last 15 teams have finished either first or second in The Valley’s regular-season race. Two of the five that didn’t won the MVC Tournament.
The Bluejays won the MVC in 2000-01 and tied for the title in 2001-02 and 2008-09. CU was second in the MVC in 1997-98 and 2006-07, tied for second in the MVC in 1998-99, 2003-04 and 2005-06, and finished tied for third in 2004-05. The 1999-00 club was fourth in the MVC, but won the MVC Tournament, while the 2010-11 club tied for fourth place.
Creighton’s MVC Finishes, Last 15 Years
1st Place 2000-01
Tied for First 2001-02 (won MVC Tourn.), 2008-09
2nd Place 1997-98, 2002-03 (won MVC Tourn.),
2006-07 (won MVC Tourn.), 2011-12 (won MVC Tourn.)
Tied for 2nd 1998-99 (won MVC Tourn.), 2003-04, 2005-06
Tied for 3rd Place 2004-05 (won MVC Tourn.)
4th Place 1999-00 (won MVC Tourn.); 2007-08; 2009-10
Tied for 4th Place 2010-11
Creighton’s Exclusive 30/30 Club
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.
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 45.7 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 114-of-229 three-pointers (49.8 percent) in his past 66 games.
Since the start of last season, McDermott is shooting 49.4 percent (82-166) from 3-point range.
McDermott Earns MVC Awards
has been named MVC Player of the Week four times this season.
His first honor came Nov. 12th for his performance in a Nov. 9 win vs. North Texas. McDermott had 21 points and 11 rebounds to produce CU’s first double-double in a season-opener since Kyle Korver in 2001-02.
He was then honored on Nov. 26th after averaging 25.3 points and 7.3 rebounds while earning MVP honors of the Las Vegas Invitational.
McDermott was honored on Dec. 10th after averaging 28.5 points in wins vs. Nebraska and Akron.
Most recently, McDermott was honored on Dec. 17th after scoring 34 points and hauling down nine rebounds in a win at Cal on Dec. 15th. He was also named National Player of the Week by Seth Davis (CBS/Sports Illustrated) and the USBWA for that performance.
McDermott now owns nine career MVC Player of the Week honors, something only Bradley great Hersey Hawkins (14) can top. Including his seven MVC Newcomer of the Week honors in 2010-11, McDermott has won at least one weekly award from the MVC in 16 of 39 weeks since enrolling at Creighton.
All I Wanted For Christmas Was 11 Wins
Creighton was 11-1 heading into its Christmas break. This was just the fourth time in program history the Jays own 10 or more wins by Dec. 25th, and the first to ever reach 11 victories before Christmas.
Chasing History, Part I
has scored 21 or more points in nine of the season’s 12 games, moving up to ninth on Creighton’s all-time scoring list with 1,659 career points.
He is two points shy of tying future Valley Hall of Famer Paul Silas (1,661) for eighth place and 23 shy of Rick Apke (1,682) for seventh place.
At McDermott’s current scoring average of 23.1 points per game this year he’ll become Creighton’s all-time leading scorer in 20 more games. Creighton has a minimum of 20 games remaining this season.
By comparison, both of Creighton’s top two all-time leading scorers, Rodney Buford (1995-99) and Bob Harstad (1987-91), had exactly 1,540 points at the end of their junior seasons.
McDermott is within range to make huge gains on both the MVC and Creighton scoring charts should he continue his recent productivity.
All-Time MVC Scoring Leaders
Rk. Name, School Points
1. Hersey Hawkins, Bradley 3,008
30. Joe Allen, Bradley 1,763
31. Andy Elkins, Evansville 1,761
Darren Brooks, Southern Illinois 1,761
33. Slab Jones, New Mexico State 1,758
34. Nate Funk, Creighton 1,754
35. Tarise Bryson, Illinois State 1,736
36. Colt Ryan, Evansville* 1,731
37. Jason Daisy, UNI 1,721
38. Voise Winters, Bradley 1,714
39. Steve Middleton, Southern Illinois 1,710
40. Danny Moore, Missouri State 1,691
41. Phillip Gilbert, Bradley 1,689
42. Wes Unseld, Louisville 1,686
43. Anthony Parker, Bradley 1,683
44. Blake Ahearn, Missouri State 1,677
45. Bob Kurland, Oklahoma State 1,669
46. Jamaal Tatum, Southern Illinois 1,667
47. Ron Bonham, Cincinnati 1,666
48. Doug McDermott
, Creighton* 1,659
49. Red Murrell, Drake 1,657
50. Vernon Moore, Creighton 1,654
All-Time Creighton Scoring Leaders
Rk. Name, Years Points
1. Rodney Buford, 1995-99 2,116
6. Nate Funk, 2002-07 1,754
7. Rick Apke, 1974-78 1,682
8. Paul Silas, 1961-64 1,661
9. Doug McDermott
, 2010-Pres.* 1,659
10. Vernon Moore, 1981-85 1,654
Strong On the Road
Off to a 11-1 start overall, Creighton is 4-0 away from home this season. Those four victories have come against two Big Ten teams (Wisconsin, Nebraska) and two Pacific-12 teams (Arizona State, Cal).
Impressively, all four wins have been by double-digits. Creighton is 8-1 in the past two years against BCS teams, including six victories by double-digits and another triumph by eight.
BCS Busters, Again
Creighton improved to 8-1 in the past two seasons vs. teams from BCS conferences with wins this year over Wisconsin & Nebraska (Big Ten) and Arizona State and Cal (Pacific-12). Last year Creighton defeated Alabama (SEC) as well as Big 10 foes Nebraska, Northwestern and Iowa, losing only to North Carolina (ACC) in the NCAA Tournament.
In those nine games, All-American Doug McDermott
has averaged 25.3 points and 8.3 rebounds, well above his career averages (19.3 ppg., 7.5 rpg.), as seen below:
McDermott vs. BCS Schools, Last 2 Years
Date Opponent Pts. Reb. Score
11/20/11 vs. Iowa 25 9 W 82-59
12/04/11 Nebraska 24 12 W 76-66
12/22/11 Northwestern 27 5 W 87-79
03/16/12 vs. Alabama 16 10 W 58-57
03/18/12 vs. North Carolina 20 9 L 73-87
11/23/12 vs. Wisconsin 30 8 W 84-74
11/24/12 vs. Arizona State 29 9 W 87-73
12/06/12 at Nebraska 27 4 W 64-42
12/15/12 at California 30 9 W 74-64
More Than The Rest
has scored 1,659 points in his career, 10th-most among active players. He is the only active junior with at least 1,300 career points.
Most Points, Active Players (though 12/26)
Source: Stats Inc./MVC
Rk. Pts. Name, School Next Game
1. 2,323 C.J. McCollum, Lehigh 12/29
2. 1,927 Kevin Foster, Santa Clara 12/29
3. 1,868 Nate Wolters, S. Dakota State 12/29
4. 1,793 Markeith Cummings, Kennesaw St. 12/31
5. 1,785 C.J. Reed, Georgia Southern 12/29
6. 1,767 D.J. Cooper, Ohio 12/29
7. 1,731 Colt Ryan, Evansville 12/29
8. 1,713 Kenny Boynton, Florida 12/29
9. 1,692 Stan Okoye, VMI 1/2
10. 1,659 Doug McDermott
, Creighton 12/29
11. 1,646 Seth Curry, Duke 12/29
12. 1,641 Mike Muscala, Bucknell 12/28
13. 1,624 Shane Gibson, Sacred Heart 12/30
14. 1,604 Isaiah Canaan, Murray State 12/29
15. 1,584 Matthew Dellavedova, St. Mary’s 12/27
Most Career Points, Active Juniors
Source: Creighton Sports Info/STATS Inc. (12/28)
Rk. Pts. Name, School Next Game
1. 1,659 Doug McDermott
, Creighton 12/29
2. 1,272 Devon Saddler, Delaware 12/31
3. 1,205 DeAndre Kane, Marshall 1/2
Gift of Gibbs
led the MVC with 176 assists last season, and his 75 helpers this season are already 17 more than any other Valley player.
In the last four games, Gibbs has 36 assists and just four turnovers (9/0 vs. Saint Joseph’s, 10/1 at Nebraska, 8/0 vs. Akron, 3/1 at Cal and 6/2 vs. Tulsa). For the year, Gibbs owns a 75/12 assist/turnover ratio.
That 6.3 assist/turnover ratio is easily the best for any player nationally with at least 4.3 assists per game or more. Ohio State’s Shannon Scott (5.67 a/to ratio) is a distant second.
Ball Control Offense
Creighton owns a stellar 208/139 assist/turnover ratio (1.50) as a team to rank 11th nationally, led by Grant Gibbs
’ unreal 75/12 ratio (6.3).
Last year Creighton ranked sixth nationally by finishing with a 1.48 assist/turnover ratio.
Gibbs is the nation’s only player averaging at least 4.3 assists per game while also owning an assist/turnover ratio of 6/1 or better.
On a national basis, Gibbs’ 2.95 assist/turnover ratio during the past two years is tops among players with at least 210 assists or more.
In addition to Gibbs’ outstanding ratio, sophomore point guard Austin Chatman
has just four turnovers in the past three games.
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 38th this season.
Ten of Creighton’s first 12 opponents have been hold under 0.96 points per possession this season.
Points Per Possession
2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Offense 1.065 1.150 1.153
Offense Rank 46th 2nd 6th
Defense 1.006 1.014 0.872
Defense Rank 192nd 222nd 38th
Creighton ranked 222nd nationally last season in field goal percentage defense at 44.1 percent, one area that the program has tried hard to improve on in the off-season.
The early results have been promising, as CU has limited foes to 39.2 percent marksmanship. That figure ranked 69th-best nationally in 2012-13 through Sunday’s games.
Only one team (Boise State) has shot better than 43.4 percent this season against the Jays.
The 42 points by Nebraska on Dec. 6th were its fewest against Creighton since 1932, a span of 39 meetings.
Leading Scorer, Again
Before Avery Dingman
’s team-high 21 points vs. Tulsa on Dec. 19th, Doug McDermott
had led Creighton in scoring nine straight games, averaging 26.1 points per game in that time.
This was the second time in the past 13 months that he’s had a streak of nine or more straight games as the team scoring leader.
Dating to 1988, Bob Harstad owns the longest such streak with 12 straight games as CU’s leading scorer from Dec. 10, 1988 to Jan. 28, 1989.
Consec. Games as Leading Scorer, Since 1988
Games Name Dates
12 Bob Harstad Dec. 10, 1988-Jan. 28, 1989
11 Doug McDermott
Nov. 13 - Dec. 28, 2011
9 Doug McDermott
Nov. 18 - Dec. 16, 2012
8 Rodney Buford Jan. 27-Feb. 17, 1997
8 Rodney Buford Feb. 23-Dec. 2, 1998
7 Rodney Buford Jan. 2-20, 1997
7 Booker Woodfox Dec. 6-28, 2008
Inside The Numbers
Creighton’s Doug McDermott
(23.1) enters this week as the nation’s top scoring junior. As can be seen below, good things have happened to the top-scoring juniors in the past nine years:
NCAA’s Top-Scoring Juniors, Last Nine Years
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
Don’t I Know You?
faced off with Evansville big man Egidijus Mockevicius twice in the summer of 2011 with the U19 USA National Team.
Prior to the U19 World Championship, both men faced each other in an exhibition game in Lithuania. McDermott had 15 points and seven rebounds, while Mockevicius had nine points and seven rebounds in a 108-75 Lithuania win.
Once the tournament began, McDermott had 13 points and eight rebounds, while Mockevicius had three rebounds in seven minutes in Team USA’s 107-105 overtime win.
Winning Away From Home
Creighton won a school-record 15 games away from home last season. The Jays went 10-3 in true road games and were also 5-1 on neutral floors.
Creighton’s lone neutral-site loss came to North Carolina in a not-so “neutral” Greensboro, N.C., in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
This year’s team is 4-0 away from home, with each victory against a BCS school (Wisconsin, Arizona State, Nebraska, Cal) and by double-digits.
Creighton entered this week as one of two teams nationally that is undefeated away from home with at least three men’s and three women’s basketball games this winter. The Jays are joined by Duke on that elite list.
This season is the first time since 2004-05 that Creighton has won its first four games away from home.
BCS Bracket Buster
Some of Creighton’s most thrilling victories in recent seasons have been against teams from the six major college football BCS Conferences (ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-12, BIg East), as Creighton owns a 32-21 mark in the past 15 seasons.
Among CU’s victims in that time have been Nebraska (12 times), Iowa (three times) DePaul (twice), Florida (twice), Baylor (twice), Oklahoma State (once), Notre Dame (once), Providence (once), Missouri (once), Oregon (once), Northwestern (once), Alabama (once), Wisconsin (once), Cal (once), TCU (once) and Ohio State (once).
Best 12 Game Starts
Creighton has started 11-1 or better for the first time since 2003-04, and sixth time overall. Below are Creighton’s best 12-game starts in history:
Best 12-Game Starts
First 12 Year Final W-L
12-0 1942-43 16-1
12-0 2003-04 20-9
11-1 1924-25 14-2
11-1 1963-64 22-7
11-1 2002-03 29-5
11-1 2012-13 ? ? ?
was hospitalized prior to Creighton’s Dec. 6 game at Nebraska after he fainted during pre-game warm-ups on the Bob Devaney Sports Center court prior to Creighton’s 64-42 win.
Jones was released from a Lincoln hospital on Dec. 7th but remains sidelined until at least mid-January due to an atrial flutter. Jones was underwent a nine-hour medical procedure on Dec. 18th, and on Dec. 26th announced his basketball career is done.
The senior guard was averaging 7.0 points per game as the team’s top guard off the bench.
Top Four From Three
While Gregory Echenique
has yet to attempt a three-point shot this season, Creighton’s other top three scorers continue to fill it up from deep.
(.563), Ethan Wragge
(.415) and Doug McDermott
(.509) have combined to make 64-of-136 three-point attempts this season, good for 47.1 percent.
Chatman is 8-for-10 from three-point range in the past eight games, while McDermott is 22-of-35 from downtown in the past six contests. Wragge started the season 18-for-29 and is tied for fourth in the MVC in three-pointers made.
Either Wragge or McDermott has had three or more three-pointers in 13 of Creighton’s last 15 games dating back to late last season.
McDermott has made 34-of-57 three-point shots (.596) in the month of December in the past two seasons.
Creighton owns four men on its roster who have made 106 or more career three-pointers.
Pick Your Poison
Last season Creighton ranked third nationally in three-point percentage, making 42.4 percent from downtown.
This year’s team can still fill it up from long-range (41.8 percent, good for fifth nationally), but are off the charts from close-range as well.
This year’s Bluejay team is shooting 56.7 percent from two-point range, ninth-best in the nation. According to data from bbstate.com, no team since at least 2005-06 has shot better than 58.7 from two-point range.
Last season Creighton had one of the nation’s most effective and most efficient offenses. With all but one regular from that squad back, we thought we’d take a second to compare the 2011-12 and 2012-13 teams through 12 games:
Stat 2011-12 2012-13
Record 10-2 11-1
FG Made 363 335
FG% .506 .509
3FG Made 111 107
3FG% .446 .418
FT Made 175 170
FT% .686 .752
Rebound Margin +5.2 +2.7
Assists 247 208
Turnovers 152 139
Scoring Average 84.3 78.9
Scoring Margin +14.5 +18.2
Pizza Pie, Piled High = Wins
Thanks to a promotion with Omaha-based Godfather’s Pizza, Creighton season ticket-holders can get a free mini pizza any time the Jays score 75 points at home.
History has proven that when the team earns the fans pizza, it often leads to a victory as well.
The first three years of CenturyLink Center Omaha (2003-06), Creighton needed 70 points to earn its fans free pizza, and the Jays went 27-3 when reaching that threshold, closing out that run with 12 straight wins.
Since upping the standard to 75 points prior to the 2006-07 campaign, Creighton is a perfect 60-0 when scoring 75 points or more at CenturyLink Center Omaha.
In other words, Creighton is a perfect 72-0 in CenturyLink Center Omaha since Feb. 6, 2005 when scoring enough points to earn its fans some free pizza.
A New Streak
Now that the impressive streak when scoring 70 or more is over, it’s time to look at a few other eye-opening streaks still in play.
Since Greg McDermott
took over three years ago, Creighton is averaging 77.72 points per home game (3,575 points in 46 home games).
That’s a vital number since Creighton is 84-0 at home (57-0 at CenturyLink Center Omaha) when scoring 78 points or more and 68-0 at home (45-0 at CenturyLink Center Omaha) when scoring 80 points or more at home dating to a 92-83 loss to Southern Illinois on Feb. 19, 2000.
Whistle While You Work
Creighton has enjoyed a big edge at the line this season, making more free throws than their opponents have attempted.
Creighton is 170-of-226 at the line compared to 111-of-167 shooting from its foes. Creighton’s 75.2 percent marksmanship from the line ranks 30th nationally.
Statistically, Creighton ranks among the nation’s top-15 in eight different categories. The Jays are fifth in three-point percentage (.418), eighth in field goal percentage (.509), 10th in three-pointers per game (8.9), 11th in win percentage (.917) and assist/turnover ratio (1.50), 12th in assists per game (17.3) and 14th in scoring margin (18.3).
Big Road Win
Creighton’s 64-42 win at Nebraska matched its largest victory margin in a true road win since an 82-60 win at Southern Illinois on Feb. 14, 2009.
It was also the largest margin in a non-conference road win since winning at Drexel, 72-48, on Dec. 1, 2007.
Before Dec. 6th, last time Creighton won a true road game by 22+ points vs. a BCS-league team was 12/18/76 at Oregon State (90-68).
Scoring On The Badgers
Creighton scored 84 points on Nov. 23rd against Wisconsin’s vaunted defense that has ranked among the nation’s top-10 in scoring defense in each of the past six seasons.
It was the first time in either of the last two seasons that Wisconsin had allowed 80 points in a game, and the eighth-most allowed in regulation in Bo Ryan’s 12 years as a head coach.
New Coaches Update
was one of 53 head coaches hired to coach a school prior to 2010-11. His 63 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 50 or more wins at their school since being hired.
School Coach W-L Next Game
Creighton Greg McDermott
Colorado Tad Boyle 57-28 12/29
Iona Tim Cluess 56-25 12/28
Oregon Dana Altman 55-30 12/31
Robert Morris Andy Toole 52-30 1/3
Marshall Tom Herrion 50-32 1/2
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 8.0 4.2 11-1
’s 11 assists on Nov. 18 vs. Presbyterian were one shy of the CenturyLink Center Omaha record, set last season by Grant Gibbs
vs. Northwestern. Chatman entered the game with a career-high of seven assists, then had nine by halftime.
Chatman’s 11 dimes led to 30 Bluejay points, and Creighton outscored the Blue Hose 63-26 in his 24 minutes of play.
In addition, Chatman’s 11 assists were the most by a Bluejay sophomore since Tyler McKinney had 12 assists in a 81-73 win at Nebraska on Dec. 21, 2002.
Quick Starts Key To Playing in Postseason
Creighton has started off 3-0 (or better) in 12 of the previous 14 seasons. Each of Creighton’s previous 13 3-0 starts have been culminated in a postseason tournament appearance at the end of the year.
Not Half Bad
outscored Presbyterian 20-17 in the first half in a Nov. 18 win. It was the second-most points McDermott has ever had at halftime, and the fourth-highest half of his career.
McDermott’s highest scoring half of his career has been 31 points, done last year in the second half at Bradley when he scored a career-best 44 points.
McDermott has scored 15 points or more in a half 30 times during his career, and Creighton is 27-0 in those contests (three times he’s scored 15 or more in both halves).
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 161 games at CenturyLink Center Omaha all-time, Creighton has not trailed in 39 of those contests, a staggering 24.2 percent of the time, including seven wire-to-wire wins at home last season and three wins (Longwood, Saint Joseph’s, Tulsa) this season.
Creighton has trailed by double-digits in 37 career games at CenturyLink Center Omaha, only to rally to win 22 of those contests.
On The Trail
Creighton won six games last season after trailing by 10 or more points, including wins away from home at San Diego State and at Wichita State, on neutral floors vs. Drake and Alabama, and in home triumphs over Long Beach State and Evansville.
In its Nov. 14 win vs. UAB, Creighton trailed 45-35 in the second stanza, only to rally for a 77-60 win. It was the first time since Feb. 3, 2010 (vs. Evansville) that Creighton trailed by double-digits at any point before rallying to win by double-figures. That UAB game was also the first time in CenturyLink Center Omaha history that Creighton trailed by double-figures in the second half, yet still won by double-digits.
Creighton, which trailed 37-33 at the half to UAB, is 9-6 in the last two seasons when facing an intermission deficit.
opened his junior season with 21 points and 11 rebounds on Nov. 9 against North Texas in a 71-51 win.
He was the first Creighton player to have a double-double in a season-opener since Kyle Korver opened his junior campaign with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 72-51 victory over North Carolina A&T.
Korver would go on to earn MVC Player of the Year accolades as both a junior and as a senior. Last year McDermott was the first player in MVC history named MVC Player of the Year as a sophomore.
Creighton has won either the MVC regular-season title or MVC Tournament each of its previous six seasons it had a player with a double-double in the opener (2001-02, 1999-00, 1998-99, 1990-91, 1989-90, 1988-89).
Creighton is ranked 12th in this week’s USA Today Top 25 Coaches poll and 16th in this week’s Associated Press poll. Creighton’s season-best rank came the week of Nov. 26th, when it was 11th in both polls.
Creighton was ranked 15th in this year’s preseason coaches poll, its first preseason recognition since coming in at No. 23 in 2006-07.
Creighton started this year with a No. 16 preseason ranking by the AP, its highest preseason mark in program history and the best by any MVC school since No. 6 Wichita State in 1981-82.
Pencil Him In
According to STATS Inc., Doug McDermott
is one of 15 juniors or seniors nationwide to start every game of his career (min. 2 years played):
Juniors/Seniors To Start Every Game
Source: STATS Inc., through 12/27
Starts Name, School Next Game 118 Brandon Triche, Syracuse 12/29
107 Dorian Green, Colorado State 12/29
86 Doug McDermott
, Creighton 12/29
81 Ray McCallum, Detroit 12/28
81 Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan 12/29
80 Cody Doolin, San Francisco 12/29
79 Brian Voelkel, Vermont 12/29
79 Deonte Burton, Nevada 12/28
78 Frantz Massenat, Drexel 12/31
77 Holton Hunsaker, Utah Valley 12/28
76 Jeromie Hill, UTSA 12/29
74 Devon Saddler, Delaware 12/31
74 Travis McKie, Wake Forest 1/2
72 Marshall Bjorklund, N. Dakota St. 12/29
72 Daniel Miller, Georgia Tech 12/29
has scored 871 points in his first 46 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 (18.9) and rebounds per game (7.4).
McDermott enters Saturday’s game with 1,659 career points in all venues, good for ninth in school history.
Super Streak Ends At 37
’s streak of 37 straight games in double-figures came to an end when he was held to five points vs. UAB on Nov. 14th.
McDermott had owned the nation’s third-longest active streak in the country, and the longest by any Bluejay since Vernon Moore’s stretch of 46 in a row in 1984 and 1985.
McDermott’s five points were the second-fewest in his career. His only game lower was his freshman season vs. Saint Joseph’s, when he was scoreless in his ninth career contest.
CU’s Top 10+ Point Streaks, Since 1981-82
No. Name Dates
46 Vernon Moore Jan. 30, 1984 - Mar. 5, 1985
37 Doug McDermott
April 1, 2011-Nov. 9, 2012
32 Bob Harstad Feb. 24, 1990-Feb. 25, 1991
31 Benoit Benjamin Mar. 8, 1984 - Feb. 20, 1985
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 1,145 points, 841 rebounds and 226 blocked shots in his first 115 games as a collegian. He entered the season as the nation’s only active player with at least 1,000 point, 750 rebounds and 200 blocked shots, and is currently the nation’s only active player with 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 225 or more blocked shots.
Had all those stats been generated at Creighton, Echenique would rank 28th in career points, sixth in career rebounds and second in career blocked shots at CU.
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Senior center Gregory Echenique
played for coach Eric Musselman on the Venezuelan National Team last summer, alongside the likes of former Maryland star and current Memphis Grizzlies guard Greivis Vasquez.
Echenique averaged 7.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in two games at the FIBA Olympic Qualifier in Caracas in July against Lithuania and Nigeria, where he went head-to-head against NBA players such as Linas Kleiza, Jonas Valanciunas, and Al-Farouq Aminu.
Army of Iowans
Every Creighton team since 1988-89 has had at least one Iowa native, and this season is no exception.
Creighton has four players from Iowa on this season’s team, continuing a long trend of relying on some of the Hawkeye State’s top preps. CU’s Iowans this season includes senior Grant Gibbs
(Marion), junior Doug McDermott
(Ames), sophomore Will Artino
(Waukee) and redshirt freshman Alex Olsen
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 597 straight games. That streak dates to a Feb. 5, 1994 win against Wichita State.
Preseason MVC Poll
Creighton was picked to win the Missouri Valley Conference in the preseason poll of league coaches, SID’s and media. The Bluejays earned 38-of-40 first-place votes and 398 points overall.
Illinois State was second with 327 points and the remaining two first-place votes, while Northern Iowa was third with 316 points. Wichita State (298) and Evansville (240) rounded out the upper half of the league.
In sixth was Drake (184), while Indiana State (165), Missouri State (122), Bradley (84) and Southern Illinois (66) round out the rest of the league predictions.
Creighton junior Doug McDermott
was named preseason MVC Player of the Year. He’s joined on the team by repeat selections Jake Odum (Indiana State) and Colt Ryan (Evansville) as well as new picks Ben Simons (Drake) and Jackie Carmichael (Illinois State).
Creighton’s women were also picked to win the MVC, just the third time in league history the MVC favorites came from the same schools.
Portman To Enter MVC Hall of Fame
Bob Portman will enter the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame on March 8, 2013, during a banquet at the MVC Tournament in St. Louis, Mo.
Portman played for Creighton from 1966-69 and averaged 24.6 points and 12.9 rebounds per game during his college career.
Portman owns the Creighton records for single-game scoring (51), single-season scoring average (29.5) and career scoring average (24.7). He is also second for points in a season (738) and ranks fourth in career points (1,876), rebounds (979), free throws (382) and field goals made (747).
Going For 20, Again
Creighton has won 20 or more games in 13 of the last 14 seasons, an unprecedented feat in Missouri Valley Conference history that puts the Jays among an exclusive group, nationally.
Just five schools nationally have had 20 or more wins each of the last 14 years: Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse.
Creighton is one of six schools with 20 or more wins in exactly 13 of the past 14 years. That list consists of Creighton, Kent State, Kentucky, Texas, Utah State and Xavier.
That’s better than traditional powers Arizona, Connecticut and Memphis (12 each) and also ahead of Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin (11 each).
Postseason x 15
Creighton has made the postseason in 15 consecutive seasons, the longest streak of postseason bids in MVC history.
The only eight schools to make the postseason in each of the last 14 years are Creighton, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Syracuse.
Postseason Win Streak
Thanks to an NCAA Tournament win over Alabama, the Creighton men’s basketball team has now won a postseason game in a school-record five straight seasons. The previous mark was three in a row from 1962-64.
The following eight programs are the only ones that have won a postseason game in five straight seasons, including 2011-12: Creighton, Kansas, Kansas State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Syracuse and Wisconsin.
Creighton finished sixth nationally in home attendance, averaging 16,665 fans per home game, in 2011-12. It’s the sixth straight season that CU has been among the nation’s top-25 in average home attendance, and set an MVC average home attendance record.
Creighton surpassed 200,000 home fans in a season for the sixth time. No other school in the history of the MVC has ever done so.
Creighton also ranked seventh nationally in men’s soccer attendance and 10th in baseball attendance, the nation’s only school in the top-10 of those three sports.
2011-12 Attendance Leaders (Final)
Rk. School Average
1. Kentucky 23,721
2. Syracuse 23,618
3. Louisville 21,503
4. North Carolina 20,159
5. Wisconsin 17,181
6. Creighton 16,665
7. Tennessee 16,543
8. Ohio State 16,510
9. Indiana 16,462
10. Kansas 16,300
Highest Season Home Attendance, MVC History
Home Att. School Year
302,676 Creighton 2008-09
297,161 Creighton 2010-11
276,000 Creighton 2007-08
266,632 Creighton 2011-12
246,419 Creighton 2009-10
Highest Average Attendance, MVC History
Avg. Att. School Year
16,665 Creighton 2011-12
15,930 Creighton 2008-09
15,909 Creighton 2006-07
15,333 Creighton 2007-08
14,495 Creighton 2009-10
Long-Distance Streak Alive
Creighton has made at least one three-pointer in a league-best 621 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 161 regular and postseason contests at CenturyLink Center Omaha all-time in its 10 seasons at the facility.
The Bluejays own an 137-24 (.851) 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 12,071-10,189 in games at CenturyLink Center Omaha, an average margin of 11.7 points per game. Creighton has led wire-to-wire 39 different times, including seven times last season and three times this winter (Longwood, Saint Joseph’s, Tulsa).
Piling Up The Points, and Wins
Creighton has won 55 straight games when scoring 90 points or more, dating to Jan. 11, 1988.
Creighton has won 19 straight (at all sites) when scoring 100 points or more, dating to Feb. 26, 1977.
In home games only, Creighton has won 94 straight games when scoring 71 or more points since a Feb. 5, 2005 loss to Missouri State.
Here’s To History
With the 2012 MVC Tournament title, Creighton head coach Greg McDermott
became the first head coach in league history to win a Valley Tournament title at more than one school.
McDermott previously won a title in 2004 at Northern Iowa. The 1988 Northern Iowa grad McDermott also holds the honor of being the first coach in league history to win an MVC Tournament title at his alma mater.
Only two schools won their league tournament in both men’s and women’s basketball in 2011-12: Creighton and South Dakota State.
This was the fifth time in MVC history that the same school has won the men’s and women’s tournament titles in the same season. Creighton, however, was the first program to do it twice (UNI 2010, Creighton 2002 and 2012, Missouri State 1992, Illinois State 1983).
McDermott A Preseason All-American
Junior forward Doug McDermott
became the first player in MVC history to be named a preseason First Team All-American by the Associated Press. The team was announced on October 28th.
McDermott earned acclaim on 62-of-65 ballots, trailing only Indiana’s Cody Zeller. The rest of the team consisted of Isaiah Canaan (Murray State), Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State), Trey Burke (Michigan) and C.J. McCollum (Lehigh).
The preseason All-America team was first announced in 1986-87.
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.
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
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
set a Creighton (and MVC) record for points by a freshman with 581 in 2010-11. Last season, McDermott had 801 points, the most single-season points in school history by any player.
McDermott’s 1,382 points after two seasons were the most in school history by a player in their first two seasons, passing Bob Portman (1,195). According to STATS Inc., the only other players since 1996-97 with at least 1,382 points or more by the end of their sophomore season had been Davidson’s Stephen Curry (1,661 points from 2006-08), Eastern Washington’s Rodney Stuckey (1,438 points from 2005-07) and VMI’s Keydren Clark (1,497 points from 2002-04).
He became just the third sophomore in MVC history to reach 800 points in a season, trailing only Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird on that list. His 801 points from last year rank 10th-most in MVC single-season history and were the most by any Valley player since 1988.
Below is a list of the most prolific sophomore scorers in MVC history, as well as the top single-season scorers in Creighton history (all classes):
Top Scorers, MVC History (All Years)
Pts. Name, School Years
1125 Hersey Hawkins, Bradley 1987-88
1011 Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati 1959-60
984 Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati 1957-58
978 Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati 1958-59
973 Larry Bird, Indiana State 1978-79
959 Larry Bird, Indiana State 1977-78
918 Larry Bird, Indiana State 1976-77
844 Xavier McDaniel, Wichita State 1984-85
815 Lewis Lloyd, Drake 1979-80
801 Doug McDermott
, Creighton 2011-12
788 Hersey Hawkins, Bradley 1986-87
788 Willie Biles, Tulsa 1972-73
Top Sophomore Scorers, MVC History
Pts. Name, School Years
984 Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati 1957-58
918 Larry Bird, Indiana State 1976-77
801 Doug McDermott
, Creighton 2011-12
680 Mitchell Anderson, Bradley 1979-80
656 Hersey Hawkins, Bradley 1985-86
Top Scorers, Creighton Single-Season History
Pts. Name (Class) Year
801 Doug McDermott
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
, Creighton 2011-12 54 288 801
Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse* 2002-03 56 349 778
Shane Battier, Duke 2000-01 124 285 778
Kyle Singler, Duke 2009-10 85 280 707
Keith Van Horn, Utah 1996-97 58 303 705
Ryan Anderson, Cal 2007-08 64 328 697
Matt Harpring, Ga. Tech 1997-98 52 302 691
Rasual Butler, LaSalle 2001-02 57 283 670
Wendell McKinies, New Mex St. 2011-12 51 374 653
Brian Heinle, CS-Northridge 2000-01 52 293 646
Jae Crowder, Marquette 2011-12 61 295 614
Jamine Peterson, Providence 2009-10 51 315 609
James Posey, Xavier 1998-99 48 322 609
Kyle Singler, Duke 2008-09 69 284 609
Matt Howard, Butler 2010-11 53 285 608
Romain Sato, Xavier 2003-04 75 297 603
Draymond Green, Michigan St. 2011-12 52 392 601
, Creighton* 2010-11 47 280 581
Creighton utilized the same starting line-up all season long in 2011-12, as Gregory Echenique
, Doug McDermott
, Grant Gibbs
, Jahenns Manigat
and Antoine Young
started all 35 games.
According to STATS Inc., the only schools with the same starting five every game were Creighton, Missouri, Nevada, Wisconsin and Youngstown State.
Of those five schools above, the only team to use the same starting five for every game in 2012-13 is Creighton.
Last Season Recap
Creighton went 29-6 and reached the third round of the MVC Tournament last season. Creighton started the year 7-0 to move into the Associated Press top-25, a spot they would hold for 12 of the final 15 weeks.
ranked third nationally in scoring (22.9), scoring a school-record 801 points. He became the first sophomore named MVC Player of the Year and was a consensus First Team All-American.
Point guard Antoine Young
(12.1 ppg., 4.5 apg.) was a second-team all-Valley pick, while center Gregory Echenique
(9.7 ppg., 7.3 rpg., 1.6 bpg.) was named MVC Defensive Player of the Year. In addition, Grant Gibbs
was runner-up for MVC Newcomer of the Year accolades after dishing a league-high 176 assists.
The Jays ranked second nationally in field goal percentage (.504), third in three-point percentage (.424), fifth in assists (17.6), sixth in home attendance (16,665) and ninth in scoring offense (79.2).
Creighton finished the regular-season second in the MVC before winning its league-record 11th Valley Tournament title to clinch an NCAA bid. At the NCAA’s, Creighton topped Alabama 58-57 before falling to No. 4 North Carolina.
Creighton Will Host in 2015, Again
The NCAA announced on Nov. 12, 2012, that Creighton will serve as the host institution on March 20/22, 2015, when the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament returns to CenturyLink Center Omaha for second/third-round games.
This will be the third time in a seven-year span the arena has hosted, having previously done so in 2008 and 2012 to much acclaim.
CenturyLink Center Omaha has previously hosted NCAA finals for women’s volleyball (2006, 2008) and wrestling (2010), as well as the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming (2008, 2012). This January, it will host the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Shuttle Service Provided Again
Chief Bus will provide complimentary shuttle service from the Creighton University campus to CenturyLink Center Omaha for all men’s basketball home games this season. The service is available to all fans, not just Creighton students.
The shuttle will start 75 minutes before tip-off and shuttles will continue to operate the route during the game. The three designated stops for pick-up around the CU campus are: 24th & California (nearside/southbound); 20th & Cass (nearside/eastbound) and at Billy Blues Alumni Grill (outside the Mike & Josie Harper Center in the turnaround which is on the east side of the building).
The shuttle will then go eastbound on Capitol Avenue and then go north up 10th Street for drop-off at the CenturyLink Center Omaha convention center entrance. The route is designed for each shuttle driver to make a roundtrip every 15 minutes.
Following the game’s conclusion, the shuttle will start at the CenturyLink Center Omaha convention center entrance on 10th Street and loop the original route with the first of three stops at 24th & California Streets.
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.