2013-14 Creighton Men’s Basketball
Game #1 vs. Alcorn State • Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 • 7:02 p.m.
Alcorn State Braves at Creighton Bluejays
CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,390) • Omaha, Neb.
Radio: KOZN 1620 AM, www.1620thezone.com
Television: FOX Sports Midwest, DirecTV 695-1, AT&T U-Verse 1691, Dish 9516
Series History: Creighton leads, 1-0
Last Meeting: Creighton 74, Alcorn State 40 in Omaha on 11/15/04
Creighton opens the 2013-14 season with a game on Friday, Nov. 8 vs. Alcorn State.
Tip-off at CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,390) in Omaha, Neb., is set for 7:02 p.m.
Radio Broadcast Information
KOZN (1620 The Zone) will broadcast all Creighton men’s basketball games during the 2013-14 season. John Bishop and former Bluejay Nick Bahe will call the action. The broadcast is also webcast live at www.1620thezone.com.
Video Webcast Available
There is no video webcast available.
Television Broadcast Information
Friday’s game will air on FOX Sports Midwest, AT&T U-Verse (1691), Dish Network (9516) and DirecTV (695-1).
Cory Provus and Bob Wenzel will announce.
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.
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 regular-season 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.
Creighton has been picked to finish third in the 10-team BIG EAST Conference this winter.
Scouting Alcorn State
Alcorn State is led by preseason second-team all-Southwestern Athletic Conference selection LeAntwan Luckett (13.4 ppg., 4.0 rpg.), the lone returning starter from last year’s 10-24 team. A junior forward, Luckett was 11th in the SWAC in scoring last season and also led ASU with 127 free throws made. Luckett owns a career-high of 27 points.
Other top returning scorers are senior guard Anthony Evans (5.4 ppg.) and sophomore forward Devonte Hampton (5.4 ppg.).
The Braves were picked to finish eighth in the 10-team SWAC this season.
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 season and is 229-161 entering his 13th Division I campaign. McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries, Steve Lutz and Patrick Sellers.
Luther Riley (Mississippi Valley State, 1994) enters this third year at Alcorn State with a 20-46 mark, which also doubles as his career mark. He is assisted by Christopher Giles, James Horton and Shawn Pepp.
The Series With Alcorn State
Creighton won the only previous meeting with Alcorn State, 74-40, on Nov. 15, 2004 in the season-opener nine years ago.
In that contest, Creighton never trailed, opening up a 39-11 halftime lead and leading by as much as 36 points in the contest.
Creighton’s Kellen Miliner opened his senior season with a game-best 20 points in 22 minutes, while Nate Funk had 17 points in 19 minutes on 7-of-8 shooting. ASU was paced by nine points and seven rebounds by Almaad Jackson.
Alcorn State’s 40 points remain the lowest single-game output in the 170-game history at CenturyLink Center Omaha.
Greg McDermott has never faced Alcorn State, but does own a 4-0 record in his career against the current membership from the SWAC.
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.
Before last Friday’s crowd of 16,299, Creighton’s largest exhibition attendance in school history was 15,436 on Nov. 2, 2012 vs. University of Mary last year.
Creighton’s crowd of 17,139 last year vs. North Texas was its largest ever for a home-opener.
By comparison, Alcorn State attracted a total of 13,599 fans in 13 home games last year, an average of 1,046.
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 also sold more than 2,000 all-session tickets for the BIG EAST Tournament already, the most by any league school since Connecticut in 2006.
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.
Doug McDermott enters his senior season with 811 career field goals made, a figure that ties him with Chad Gallagher (1987-91) for the school-record.
McDermott seems likely to break the record, as he’s had at least one hoop in all but one of his first 110 career games.
McDermott also enters Friday’s opener with 416 career free throws made, good for fourth in CU history. Third on the list is MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson, who had 418 from 1954-57.
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 last 14 3-0 starts have been culminated in a postseason tournament appearance at the end of the year.
Doug McDermott opened last season with 21 points and 11 rebounds against North Texas in a 71-51 win.
Creighton has won either a conference regular-season title or conference Tournament each of its last seven seasons it has had a player with a double-double in the opener (2012-13, 2001-02, 1999-00, 1998-99, 1990-91, 1989-90, 1988-89).
Each of Creighton’s last two players to open the year with a double-double (McDermott last year and Kyle Korver in 2001-02) were named MVC Player of the Year and MVC Tournament MVP.
Playing With The Lead
Incredibly, Creighton hasn’t trailed in its home opener in seven of the past 13 seasons (2000-01, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10 and 2011-12).
In 170 games at CenturyLink Center Omaha all-time, Creighton has not trailed in 41 of those contests, a staggering 24.2 percent of the time, including five wire-to-wire wins last season.
Big Margin Leads To Big Things
Creighton’s 97-65 win on Nov. 11, 2011 vs. North Carolina A&T was its highest point total in a season-opener since the 2002-03 team opened with a 106-50 win over Texas-Arlington. That team went on to be 29-5, while the 2002-03 team finished 29-6.
Eight of Creighton’s 18 all-time NCAA Tournament teams have scored 90 or more points in their season-opener.
Here’s a look at Creighton’s last five teams to score 90 or more in a season-opener.
Score Opponent Date W-L Season
97-65 N. Carolina A&T 11/11/11 29-6 NCAA
106-50 Texas-Arlington 11/17/02 29-5 NCAA
96-50 Western Illinois 11/20/00 24-8 NCAA
93-48 Towson State 11/14/98 22-9 NCAA
93-47 UT-San Antonio 11/30/90 24-8 NCAA
Making An Entrance
Below is a list of some of Creighton’s most famous players and how they performed in their regular-season debuts in a Bluejay uniform.
Three years ago, Doug McDermott burst onto the scene with 16 points and seven rebounds in his debut, becoming the first Bluejay freshman since at least 1973 to have 15 or more points and five or more rebounds in a season-opener.
Name, Yr. Pts. Reb. Ast. Stl. Min. Result
Echenique, 2010 12 5 0 0 18 W 66-60
McDermott, 2010 16 7 0 1 32 W 71-57
Stinnett, 2007 23 4 3 3 26 W 74-62
Tolliver, 2003 0 1 2 0 7 W 79-44
Funk, 2002 3 5 4 1 21 W 106-50
Kyle Korver, 1999 2 2 0 1 10 W 70-62
Buford, 1995 3 4 0 0 19 W 63-59
Harstad, 1987 4 5 1 1 21 L 49-70
Gallagher, 1987 10 3 0 0 37 L 49-70
Benjamin, 1982 14 4 1 0 22 W 98-54
McKenna, 1977 14 3 7 ? ? W 95-66
Harmon, 1971 21 7 ? ? ? W 74-62
C. Baptiste, 1969 24 17 ? ? ? W 84-62
Portman, 1966 9 ? ? ? ? W 78-76
Silas, 1961 22 29 ? ? ? W 85-51
Gibson, 1954 19 ? ? ? ? W 66-51
Jays At Home Against Winless Teams
Creighton’s opponent on Friday, Alcorn State, is 0-0 on the season. The Bluejays have won 27 straight home games against teams that are winless entering the night, winning those games by an average of 27.33 points. Thirteen of those wins came by 30 points or more, and only two were decided by single-digits.
The streak dates to a 77-70 loss versus an 0-2 SMU team on Dec. 3, 1994. That game was Dana Altman’s home debut at Creighton.
Creighton at Home vs. Winless Teams, Since 12/3/1994
Opp. W-L Opponent CU Result Date
0-4 UMKC W 75-61 12/17/94
0-1 UMKC W 70-68 11/25/96
0-0 UMKC W 81-59 11/14/97
0-0 Towson W 93-48 11/14/98
0-1 Western Illinois W 96-50 11/20/00
0-1 North Carolina A&T W 72-51 11/18/01
0-0 Texas-Arlington W 106-50 11/17/02
0-3 San Diego W 79-44 11/22/03
0-1 Bethune-Cookman W 69-49 12/03/03
0-0 Alcorn State W 74-40 11/15/04
0-0 Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 83-58 11/20/04
0-0 Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 87-55 11/19/05
0-1 Miss. Valley State W 78-42 11/13/06
0-4 Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 74-39 11/29/06
0-0 DePaul W 74-62 11/09/07
0-2 Miss. Valley State W 76-46 11/17/07
0-2 Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 82-50 11/20/08
0-9 Miss. Valley State W 82-58 12/02/08
0-7 Southern W 71-60 12/15/08
0-1 Florida A&M W 78-53 11/17/09
0-0 Alabama State W 71-57 11/12/10
0-1 Northern Arizona W 74-70 11/14/10
0-0 N. Carolina A&T W 97-65 11/11/11
0-1 Chicago State W 95-61 11/13/11
0-0 North Texas W 71-51 11/09/12
0-2 Presbyterian W 87-58 11/18/12
0-4 Longwood W 105-57 11/20/12
0-0 Alcorn State ? ? ? 11/08/13
Toughest Thing To Do In Sports
Alcorn State is 0-41 in non-conference road games since a Dec. 6, 2008 win at Tougaloo.
The Braves have dropped those 41 games by an average of 28.1 points and all but three by double-digits. The closest they’ve come in that time was a two-point road loss at eventual Sweet 16 qualifier Florida Gulf Coast last November, a game that was tied with a minute to play.
Speaking of 41, Creighton is a perfect 41-0 all-time in regular-season home games that take place on or before Nov. 26th.
Creighton has won 42 of its 43 regular-season November home games since 1990, falling only to Boise State last season.
Overall, Creighton is 55-12 in regular-season November games at all sites since the start of the 1998-99 campaign.
Creighton has also won 44 of its last 45 non-conference home games against unranked foes since falling to Drexel on Feb. 17, 2007.
More Debut News
Some more facts of interest about players making their Bluejay debut.
The last player to start their first game at Creighton was Grant Gibbs, who started the 2011-12 opener. Gibbs was on his fourth year of college at that point, after spending two years at Gonzaga and redshirting one season at Creighton.
When Doug McDermott started the 2010-11 lid-lifter, he became CU’s first freshman to start his first game since Ryan Sears in 1997. Sears started all 124 games of his Bluejay career and remains the MVC’s all-time leader with 283 steals.
CU’s best opening-day effort in history would have to be the way Creighton Hall of Famer Bob Harstad began his senior season. Harstad went 13-for-13 from the floor and 12-for-13 at the line to score 38 points against Texas-San Antonio on Nov. 30, 1990.
The most rebounds on opening day in Creighton history is 30, which Paul Silas snared on Dec. 1, 1962 at La Salle. Silas also had 22 points and 29 rebounds in his varsity debut on Dec. 1, 1961.
Good Defense, A Good Sign
The last time Creighton opened the season with Alcorn State, it held the Braves to just 40 points. Each of the last nine times that Creighton has held its season-opening opponent to 50 points or less, the Bluejays have advanced to the postseason. That list is seen below:
Date Opponent Score NCAA/NIT
11/30/73 Regis W 93-38 NCAA
11/27/76 St. Thomas (MN) W 79-39 NIT
11/30/90 UT San Antonio W 93-47 NCAA
11/14/98 Towson State W 93-48 NCAA
11/20/00 Western Illinois W 96-50 NCAA
11/17/02 Texas-Arlington W 106-50 NCAA
11/22/03 San Diego W 76-44 NIT
11/15/04 Alcorn State W 74-40 NCAA
11/13/06 Mississippi Valley St. W 78-42 NCAA
Friday Night Lights
Creighton doesn’t play many Friday home games, but judging by its success, it might not be a bad idea for the future.
Creighton has won every Friday home game it’s played since Dec. 2, 1989 by double-digits.
In fact, the last time Creighton lost a Friday home game came on Dec. 12, 1975, when Greg McDermott was 11 years old.
The Alcorn State contest is one of Creighton’s two scheduled home games for a Friday this season, joining DePaul on Feb. 7.
Season Opener History
Including last year’s win, Creighton now owns a sparkling 80-15 record (.842) on opening day, including wins in 15 of its last 16 lid-lifters.
Creighton has won nine of its last 13 season-openers by 20 or more points. The Jays have outscored foes by an average of 82.1 to 56.4 in the last 13 openers.
Home Opener History
Including last year’s win over North Texas, Creighton is 84-11 (.884) in home openers all-time. Creighton has now won 18 straight home openers since a Dec. 3, 1994 setback against SMU.
As impressive as that streak is, it’s not a record. Between 1936 and 1980, the Jays went 41-2 in home openers, including 21 straight wins from 1946-66.
Greg McDermott has won each of the last 11 season openers he’s coached in, as he improved to 11-1 at the Division I level in season-openers. Overall as a head coach, McDermott is 16-3 in season-opening games.
That includes an impressive 99-point win (137-38) in his first game on the sidelines when he was at Wayne State.
Date School Opponent Result
1994-95 Wayne St. York W 137-38
1995-96 Wayne St. Nebraska-Omaha L 63-72
1996-97 Wayne St. St. Francis W 72-66
1997-98 Wayne St. Nebraska-Omaha W 78-76
1998-99 Wayne St. Mount Marty W 76-70
1999-00 Wayne St. South Dakota L 64-66
11/17/00 NDSU Macalester W 81-69
11/16/01 UNI vs. San Diego State L 57-71
11/22/02 UNI at Montana W 77-71
11/21/03 UNI Chicago State W 83-59
11/21/04 UNI Wayne State W 84-66
11/20/05 UNI Western Carolina W 68-46
11/10/06 Iowa State UC Riverside W 69-61
11/09/07 Iowa State Winston-Salem St. W 58-44
11/14/08 Iowa State UC Davis W 61-58
11/13/09 Iowa State Idaho State W 88-68
11/12/10 Creighton Alabama State W 71-57
11/11/11 Creighton N. Carolina A&T W 97-65
11/09/12 Creighton North Texas W 71-51
Creighton has 10 players who could make their regular-season Division I debut on Friday, including two juniors, one sophomore and seven freshmen.
Below is a look at how Creighton’s current players have done in their regular-season debut in a Division I uniform.
Name Pts. Reb. Ast. Stl. Min.
McDermott• 16 7 0 1 32
Artino 13 3 0 0 13
Manigat 12 3 0 1 22
Dingman 11 2 0 0 12
Wragge 11 2 0 0 13
Gibbs (@GU) 2 3 0 0 11
Groselle 1 0 0 0 2
Chatman 0 0 4 0 12
Olsen 0 1 0 0 1
Oginni 0 0 0 0 1
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Recent Exhibition History
Creighton is 39-6 since 1987 in fall exhibition games thanks to 13 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 21-0 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 4-0 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
11/01/13 Creighton Northern State W 89-61
Nine players made their exhibition debut in a Creighton uniform last Friday against Northern State as Steven Ferrarini, Devin Brooks, Tyler Clement, Darian Harris, John Burns, James Milliken, Eric Roberts, Toby Hegner and Zach Hanson combined for 26 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in a combined 52 minutes of action in Creighton’s 89-61 triumph.
Below is a look at the last five years and how Creighton’s newcomers have produced in their exhibition debuts:
26 pts., 8 reb., 10 ast., 52 min. (W 89-61)
8 pts., 11 reb., 4 ast., 39 min. (W 89-51)
22 pts., 11 reb., 8 ast., 70 min. (W 81-42)
25 pts., 11 reb., 0 ast., 44 min. (W 79-67)
35 pts., 10 reb., 7 ast., 68 min. (W 94-69)
Doug McDermott has garnered a ton of preseason hype you’d expect from a returning two-time consensus First Team All-American.
In addition to being named the Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year, McDermott has also been named a Preseason First Team All-American by the Associated Press, Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, CBSSports.com, NBCSports.com and Sporting News.
McDermott is also one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award and one of 15 men named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List.
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.
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 76-game streak with a 3-point basket into Monday (Nov. 4), 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 27th in NBA history with 1,335 career three-pointers and is 12th in league history with his 42.05 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.
In Major League Baseball, producing 3,000 career hits is something that’s been done by just 24 Hall of Famers in history.
Doug McDermott begins his senior year with a chance to become just the eighth Division I male in NCAA history to score 3,000 or more points.
To help put McDermott’s career in perspective, the chart on page six shows how many points McDermott owns and which famous ballplayer that is most comparable to.
Doug McDermott enters his senior season having made 26 consecutive free throws dating to late last season. The streak began when he made his final three shots in the MVC Tournament vs. Wichita State, and he made all 23 attempts from the charity stripe during the NCAA Tournament.
According to available records, the 26 straight free throws is 10 shy of Booker Woodfox’s school-record done five seasons ago, and already eighth-longest in Bluejay history.
Consecutive Free Throws Made, (Since 1980)
FT Name Dates of Streak
36 Booker Woodfox Dec. 6, 2008-Jan. 6, 2009
35 Bob Portman 1967-68
32 Michael Lindeman Jan. 23-Nov. 29, 2003
28 Kyle Korver Jan. 27-March 15, 2001
27 Matt West Nov. 27, 1999-Jan. 15, 2000
27 Kyle Korver Jan. 29-Nov. 20, 2000
27 Nate Funk Dec. 30, 2006-Jan. 12, 2007
26 Doug McDermott March 10, 2013 - Present
24 Rick Apke Jan. 22-Feb. 5, 1977
24 Rod Mason Jan. 28-Feb. 4, 1988
24 Kyle Korver Mar. 15-Dec. 4, 2001
24 Ethan Wragge Feb. 3, 2010 - Feb. 1, 2012
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).
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.
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.
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 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 (7-0) or Friday (6-0).
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
Creighton utilized the same starting line-up all season long in 2012-13, as Gregory Echenique, Doug McDermott, Grant Gibbs, Jahenns Manigat and Austin Chatman started all 36 games. All but Echenique return in 2013-14.
Manigat and Gibbs have each started every game since the start of the 2011-12 season, while McDermott has started every game since the start of the 2010-11 season.
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.
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
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.
If McDermott is named First Team All-American by the AP this year, he’ll become the first three-time selection since Patrick Ewing and Wayman Tisdale from 1983-85.
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.
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 last 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.
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.
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 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.
2013-14 Creighton Men’s Basketball