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Basketball Times Ranks Men's Basketball As A Top 10 Program

OMAHA, Neb. -- Basketball Times has named the Creighton men's basketball program as one of the nation's best 10 in college basketball for the second time in five years. Creighton is tied for ninth in this year's rankings after placing seventh in the most recent of the semi-decennial rankings from November of 2007.

In a story published today by Jack Styczynski, the magazine evaluates squads based on "head coach ranking", "winning percentage", "NBA players", "federal graduation rate", US News & World Report academic reputation" and "program cleanliness".

For the third straight time, Duke tops the Basketball Times ranking of Division I programs that have won two-thirds of their games over the past 10 seasons. A record 33 schools made the cut in 2012.

Creighton's Greg McDermott was tabbed 18th in the head coach ranking, ahead of NCAA champion head coaches such as Jim Boeheim and John Calipari. The Jays ranked 23rd in winning percentage (.693), tied for 22nd in NBA players (2), 13th in federal graduation rate (63%) and sixth in U.S. News & World Report academic reputation (82). The Jays were also voted ninth in program cleanliness.

Creighton is the only MVC team in the newly-released rankings, and join Duke, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Michigan State and Kansas as teams to repeat a spot in the top-10 from five years ago. Only 18 schools among this year's 33 were also listed in the 2007-08 rankings.

Ranked 16th by the Associated Press in the preseason poll, Creighton opens the 2012-13 exhibition season this Friday with a 7:05 pm game vs. University of Mary. The Jays then open the regular-season on Nov. 9 with a 7:05 pm game vs. North Texas.

Overall ranking
(Lowest to highest average rank)
1. Duke 4.5
2. North Carolina 6.8
3. Gonzaga 8.0
4. Davidson 10.0
5. Wisconsin 10.7
6. Butler 11.0
7. Michigan State 11.5
8. Kansas 13.0
9. BYU 15.2
Creighton 15.2
11. Belmont 15.5
12. Utah State 15.7
13. Texas 15.8
14. Ohio State 16.0
15. Florida 16.2
16. Syracuse 16.3
17. Saint Mary’s 16.7
18. VCU 16.8
19. Kentucky 17.0
20. Pittsburgh 17.3
21. Xavier 17.7
22. Illinois 18.2
23. Marquette 19.8
24. Louisville 20.7
25. Arizona 21.7
Nevada 21.7
27. Murray State 22.2
28. Old Dominion 22.5
29. Memphis 22.7
30. Connecticut 22.8
UNLV 22.8
Vermont 22.8
33. Kent State 26.3
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