2012-13 Creighton Men’s Basketball
Game #8 vs. Saint Joseph’s • Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012 • 2:00 pm
Saint Joseph’s Hawks at #11 Creighton Bluejays
CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,390) • Omaha, Neb.
Radio: KXSP 590 AM, www.am590espnradio.com
Series History: Saint Joseph’s leads, 5-4
Last Meeting: Saint Joseph’s 80, Creighton 71 on Dec. 10, 2011
No. 11 Creighton (6-1) looks to avenge a rare home loss on Saturday when it takes on Jesuit basketball rival Saint Joseph’s (4-1).
The game will tip-off at 2:00 pm and take place at CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,390).
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 Nick Bahe will call the action.
The audio is also webcast live at www.AM590espnradio.com.
TV/Web Broadcast Information
Saturday’s game will air nationally on ESPN3.com. Mike Couzens and Mac McCausland will announce. Coordinates are as follows:
AMC 16 - Transponder K-23, Slot B
KU Band 18 MHz
Uplink: 14469 MHz (Horizontal)
Downlink: 12169 MHz (Vertical)
Symbol Rate: 13.235
Data Rate: 18.295 FEC: 3/4
Video Compression: 4:2:2
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. 11 Creighton
Creighton is 6-1 this season, including wins over Wisconsin and Arizona State last weekend to win the 12th Annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational title. The Jays suffered their first loss of the year on Wednesday, falling 83-70 to Boise State.
Junior forward Doug McDermott (21.0 ppg., 7.3 rpg.) is the nation’s only returning consensus First Team All-American, as well as the nation’s 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.
The other three returning starters include senior center Gregory Echenique (9.6 ppg., 6.6 rpg., 1.3 bpg.), senior guard Grant Gibbs (7.7 ppg., 5.6 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 9.4 points and 4.6 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 52.6 percent from the floor, 77.3 percent at the line, and outrebounding foes by 4.7 boards per game. CU scores 83.0 points per game and hasn’t been held to less than 70 points yet.
Scouting Saint Joseph’s
The favorite in the Atlantic-10 Conference, Saint Joseph’s is off to a 4-1 start this season including an overtime win over Notre Dame on Nov. 16th.
Carl Jones (17.7 ppg.) leads six Hawks averaging in double-figures, and is 11-of-22 from three-point range. He torched the Jays for 29 points in an 80-71 win over CU last December in Philadelphia.
Jones’ backcourt mate, Langston Galloway, has scored a team-best 67 points (13.4 ppg.) and also owns a team-leading nine steals.
Rounding out SJU’s high-scoring sextet is Ronald Roberts (11.6 ppg., 10.8 rpg.), C.J. Aiken (11.6 ppg., 4.8 rpg., 2.2 bpg.), Halil Kanacevic (10.3 ppg., 7.0 rpg.) and Chris Wilson (10.0 ppg., 4.4 apg.).
The Hawks returned all 13 letterwinners from last year’s team that finished 20-14 and made the NIT.
SJU averages 71.0 points per game while surrendering just 57.8 per contest. The Hawks have limited teams to 38.8 percent shooting from the field and have made 10 more free-throws (66) than their opponents have attempted (56).
The Coaches Greg McDermott (Northern Iowa, 1988) is in his third season as head coach at Creighton. He led CU to a 29-6 mark last year, and is now 58-23 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 338-218 in 19 seasons and is 207-154 in 12 Division I campaigns. McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries, Steve Lutz and Steve Merfeld.
Saint Joseph’s is coached by Phil Martelli (Widener, 1976), who owns a 324-224 record in his 18th year with the Hawks. He is a four-time Atlantic-10 Conference Coach of the Year and in 2004 was named consensus National Coach of the Year after leading the Hawks to the nation’s first undefeated regular-season since 1990-91. Martelli is assisted by Mark Bass, David Duda and Geoff Arnold.
The Series With Saint Joseph’s
Saint Joseph’s has won five of nine all-time meetings, but the Bluejays have won four of the past five encounters.
After a 26-year gap, the teams will be playing for the fifth time in six years, as Creighton won close games in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Last year Saint Joseph’s won 80-71 in Philadelphia.
All nine previous meetings have been decided by 11 points or less. Greg McDermott is 1-1 against Saint Joseph’s and Phil Martelli. McDermott is 3-3 in his career against the current Atlantic-10 membership. Martelli is 1-3 in his career against Creighton.
Last Game Recap
Creighton had its six-game win streak to start the season snapped in Wednesday’s 83-70 loss to Boise State. The Broncos hit 9-of-13 first half three-pointers and rode 28 second-half points from Derrick Marks to victory. Marks had a career-high 35 points, while Creighton was paced by 21 points from Doug McDermott and 17 from Grant Gibbs.
Creighton is ranked in three sports this week. The Bluejays are ranked eighth in men’s soccer, 11th in men’s basketball and 21st in volleyball.
Since October 1st, those three teams are a combined 32-1-1. The only tie came last Sunday when the soccer team played to a 1-1 draw at top-ranked Akron. Creighton would then eliminate the Zips in penalty kicks to advance to the Elite 8. The only loss came on Wednesday to Boise State in basketball.
This weekend is a big one for all three teams. The volleyball team plays Marquette on Friday at 4:30 pm in Minneapolis (with a possible second-round game at 6 pm on Saturday looming), the soccer team plays at fourth-seeded Connecticut on Sunday at Noon for a spot in the College Cup, and the men’s basketball team takes on Saint Joseph’s on Saturday at 2 pm.
Wragge Back For More
Two years ago, Ethan Wragge put on an incredible shooting display against Saint Joseph’s. Wragge finished with 22 points in 18 minutes of work, sinking 7-of-10 field goals and 6-of-9 shots from downtown.
In one incredible stretch, Wragge drained five three-pointers and assisted one, while also taking a charge, in an amazing four-minute span that gave the Jays a 58-50 lead with 12:26 to play.
Can He Be Stopped Again?
Two years ago, Doug McDermott opened his career with 116 points in his first eight games (14.5 ppg.) before facing St. Joseph’s in Omaha.
The Hawks held McDermott scoreless, as he was 0-for-5 from the field and 0-for-2 at the line in 19 minutes of play.
McDermott has scored five points or more in each of his other 80 career games at Creighton, including 73 games of 10 or more points, 35 games of 20 or more points, eight games of 30 or more points and one game in the 40’s.
McDermott has played in 162 halves (plus three overtime periods) in his career, and scored in all but five of those periods. Two of those five droughts came in that same scoreless performance vs. SJU in 2010.
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 58-0 when scoring 75 points or more at CenturyLink Center Omaha.
In other words, Creighton is a perfect 70-0 in CenturyLink Center Omaha since Feb. 6, 2005 when scoring enough points to earn its fans some free pizza.
Some Streaks End
In addition to Creighton’s streak of 93 straight home wins when scoring 70 or more points being snapped in Wednesday’s 83-70 loss to Boise State, two other lengthy streaks came to an end.
Creighton had won 42 straight regular-season November home games before Wednesday. CU’s last home loss in November had come in 1989, when it fell to Coppin State on Nov. 27.
Creighton had also won 41 straight non-conference home games against unranked foes since falling to Drexel on Feb. 17, 2007, before Wednesday.
Overall, Creighton is now 53-12 in regular-season November games at all sites since the start of the 1998-99 campaign.
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 77.84 points per home game (3,347 points in 43 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.
Let’s Not Make It A Trend
Creighton suffered a rare home loss on Wednesday night vs. Boise State, dropping to 69-8 (.896) in non-conference games since CenturyLink Center Omaha opened.
Creighton has not lost consecutive games, both at home, since February 14 & 17, 1996.
Creighton has lost multiple non-conference home games in the same season just once (2004-05) since 1996-97, something it’ll try to avoid on Saturday.
Last, but not least, since January 15, 2000, Creighton has played 213 home games. It’s lost consecutive home contests just twice in that time (January of 2011 and December of 2004), though both skids were interrupted by road wins in that time.
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 (40.3 percent), but are off the charts from close-range as well.
This year’s Bluejay team is shooting 61.1 percent from two-point range, tops 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.
Three Of The Best From Three
A November 1st ESPN.com article by Eamonn Brennan ranked the nation’s top 10 3-point shooters. Creighton’s Doug McDermott was ranked first on his list, while Saint Joseph’s Langston Galloway was sixth on the list.
Among the five men receiving “honorable-mention” recognition was Creighton sharpshooter Ethan Wragge.
Two days earlier, CBSSports.com’s Jeff Goodman listed his top 50 shooters nationwide. Galloway was seventh on that list, just ahead of Wragge (13th) and McDermott (22nd).
Saint Joseph’s features one of the nation’s most balanced line-ups, with six players averaging in double-figures.
In Creighton’s last two games, Arizona State’s Jahii Carson scored 30 and Boise State’s Derrick Marks scored 35 points.
Last season, Northwestern’s Drew Crawford had 34 points, while Missouri State’s Kyle Weems had 31 vs. the Jays.
Before last season, the last previous time Creighton had allowed 30 points or more to an individual in consecutive games came all the way back in 1990, when Bradley’s Curtis Stuckey (39 points) and Wichita State’s John Cooper (36) lit up the Jays in consecutive contests.
On Your Marks...
Derrick Marks’ 35 points on Wednesday rank as the third most in the 10-year, 173 game history of CenturyLink Center Omaha.
Evansville’s Colt Ryan had 39 of his facility-record 43 in regulation on Feb. 21, 2012 to set the standard.
Second on the list was 36 by Creighton’s Doug McDermott vs. Long Beach State on Feb. 18, 2012.
Whistle While You Work
Both Creighton and Saint Joseph’s have enjoyed tons of success this season without fouling.
The Hawks have committed just 56 fouls in five games. That 11.2 fouls per game average is lowest of any team nationally.
In addition, both teams have made more free throws than their opponents have attempted.
SJU is 66-for-106 at the foul line this year, while its opponents have shot just 56 from the charity stripe. Creighton is 119-of-154 at the line compared to 76-of-112 shooting from its foes.
Ball Control Offense
Creighton owns a stellar 122/81 assist/turnover ratio (1.51) as a team, led by Grant Gibbs’ unreal 39/8 ratio (4.88). CU’s ratio as a team ranks 12th nationally, just ahead of 14th place Saint Joseph’s (1.48).
Last year Creighton ranked sixth nationally by finishing with a 1.48 assist/turnover ratio.
High Voltage Offense
Creighton has scored 70 points or more in each of its first seven games for the second straight season. Last year’s team did it in 11 straight to start the year.
Creighton, which had its 93-game home win streak when scoring 70 or more points snapped in Wednesday’s 83-70 setback, now owns a streak of 92 straight home wins when scoring 71 points or more.
Scoring On The Badgers
Creighton scored 84 points last Friday 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.
McDermott Earns MVC Award Doug McDermott has been named MVC Player of the Week twice 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 also honored on Nov. 26th after averaging 25.3 points and 7.3 rebounds while earning MVP honors of the Las Vegas Invitational.
McDermott now owns seven career MVC Player of the Week honors, something only Hersey Hawkins (14), and Bob Harstad (8) can top.
Points, Points and More Points
Creighton ranks sixth nationally by averaging 1.203 points per possession this season, ahead of the pace from last year’s team that ranked second nationally at 1.15 pps.
The Jays have scored at least 1.06 points per possession each of its first seven games this season. In data going back to 2005-06 on bbstate.com, this is the first time the Jays have averaged 1.05 pps. or better in six (or more) straight games.
Defensively, Creighton is allowing 0.93 points per possession to rank 112th nationally. By comparison, last year’s team allowed 1.01 per possession to rank 201st nationally, and the 2010-11 squad allowed 1.006 to rank 192nd-best nationally. Five of Creighton’s first six opponents had been under 0.96 points per possession until Boise State scored 1.276 on Wednesday.
Jesuit Basketball Spotlight
Saturday’s matchup between Creighton and Saint Joseph’s is part of the nationwide Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project, using Jesuit basketball to raise awareness of Jesuit education. Both Creighton and Saint Joseph’s are Jesuit schools.
The Jesuit Basketball Spotlight project highlights more than 90 games this season between men’s and women’s teams from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities across the United States. Each of the 28 is dedicated to strong academics and teaching women and men to serve others and live a faith that does justice.
The spotlight project includes awareness announcements during these designated games
and during gamecasts on radio and television; and other awareness opportunities.
Jesuit, Catholic colleges and universities in the United States have more than 200,000 students currently and more than 1.7 million living alumni. The Jesuit educational mission began in Europe approximately 500 years ago.
There are three Jesuit schools in the top-20 of the AP poll this week, a figure that would trail only the Big Ten (4) and Big East (4).
For more info on Jesuit higher education in the United States, go to: www.ajcunet.edu.
Lannon Faces Former School
Creighton University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. began his tenure at CU last July after serving as President at Saint Joseph’s from 2003-11.
Lannon served as student body president as an undergrad at Creighton University and later served as President of Creighton Prep High School in Omaha. His father, James Lannon, played football at Creighton University in the 1930’s.
During Creighton’s trip to Philadelphia last season, Lannon was inducted into Saint Joseph’s Athletic Hall of Fame and given a standing ovation from the Hawk Hill faithful.
Lannon has been involved in this rivalry for each of the last four meetings. He was employed by Saint Joseph’s in 2007, 2008 and 2010 when Creighton won, and was on the losing side again last December when Saint Joseph’s topped Creighton in 2011.
Creighton won the 12th Annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational over the weekend with wins over Wisconsin and Arizona State. It’s the third tournament title for Creighton in the past 12 months, joining last year’s MVC Tournament title as well as the 2011 Dale Howard Classic.
BCS Busters, Again
Creighton improved to 6-1 in the past two seasons vs. teams from BCS conferences with wins last week over Wisconsin (Big 10) and Arizona State (Pac 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 seven games, All-American Doug McDermott has averaged 24.4 points and 8.9 rebounds, well above his career averages (18.9 ppg., 7.7 rpg.).
Forward Ethan Wragge has been red-hot from downtown to start his junior season, sinking 22-of-41 shots from behind the three-point arc (53.7 percent).
Wragge, who made 16-of-25 from deep in the four games of the Las Vegas Invitational, is Creighton’s second-leading scorer at 11.4 points per game despite playing just 17.6 minutes per game. Wragge’s 80 points are four more than the total from the reserves of Creighton’s first seven opponents this season (75).
Among players with 22 or more three-point baskets this season, Wragge ranks fourth in the nation in three-point percentage this season.
Nearly 30, Twice Doug McDermott scored 30 points against Wisconsin, then put up 29 points one night later versus Arizona State.
In the process, he nearly became the first Bluejay player since 1990 (Bob Harstad) to score 30 points in consecutive games.
As it was, McDermott became the first player with 29 points in consecutive contests since Chad Gallagher had 29 in consecutive games on Jan. 19 & 21, 1991.
New Coaches Update Greg McDermott was one of 53 head coaches hired to coach a school prior to 2010-11. His 58 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 39 or more wins at their school since being hired.
School Coach W-L Next Game
Creighton Greg McDermott 58-22 12/1
Colorado Tad Boyle 54-26 12/1
Iona Tim Cluess 53-22 12/5
Oregon Dana Altman 50-29 11/29
Robert Morris Andy Toole 47-29 12/1
Marshall Tom Herrion 47-29 12/1
UCF Donnie Jones 46-25 12/1
Iowa State Fred Hoiberg 43-29 12/1
Clemson Brad Brownell 43-28 12/2
Indiana State Greg Lansing 42-30 12/1
UTEP Tim Floyd 42-31 12/8
Boise State Leon Rice 40-31 12/2
Hawaii Gib Arnold 39-30 12/1
Seton Hall Kevin Willard 39-32 11/29
Past Tourney Titles
Creighton’s 12th Annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational title was the program’s fifth-ever tournament title in a regular-season event. The Jays previously claimed titles in the Guardians Classic in both 2002 and 2004, the Las Vegas Classic crown in 2008 and last year’s Dale Howard Classic in Des Moines.
Creighton won its first game after each of its four previous regular-season tournament titles.
Creighton has also won a record 11 MVC Tournament titles.
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, as well as the performances of each man in their first six starts.
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 9.4 4.6 6-1
First Six Career Starts, Recent Point Guards
Name Pts. Reb. Ast. TO Stl.
Sears 81 22 30 15 16
McKinney 44 17 19 4 1
Dotzler 32 12 30 22 22
Young 43 10 19 10 5
Chatman 66 17 32 19 5
Dime Time Austin Chatman’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.
Having A Field Day
Creighton shot 50 percent or better in each of its first four games for the first time since 2002-03. That team finished the season 29-5 overall.
Creighton enters Saturday having shot 53.4 percent from the floor in its first seven games, fifth-best nationally. Each of its five leading scorers are shooting 53.3 percent or better from the field.
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 2-0 away from home, winning a pair of neutral-site contests in Las Vegas.
Where There’s A Will
Sophomore center Will Artino tied his career-high with 13 points in a Nov. 20 win against Longwood. He made 5-of-6 field goal attempts and 3-of-4 foul shots, all in just 11 minutes.
For good measure, Artino also added two steals versus the Lancers, also a career-high.
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.
Can’t Miss Kid Gregory Echenique is 24-for-33 (72.7 percent) from the field this season.
Through games of Wednesday, Echenique’s accuracy is second in the country among players with 24 or more field goals made.
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 41.1 percent marksmanship. That figure ranked 117th-best nationally in 2012-13 through Wednesday’s games.
On Wednesday Boise State shot 60.4 percent to become the only team to shoot better than 43.4 percent this season against the Jays.
Not Half Bad Doug McDermott 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 25 times during his career, and Creighton is 23-0 in those contests (twice he’s scored 15 or more in both halves).
Creighton has averaged 16,377 through five home games thus far, the best five-game start in program history.
Last year Creighton ranked sixth nationally by averaging 16,665 fans per home game and was averaging 15,779 fans per home game after five contests.
Rare Air Gregory Echenique had one of the best all-around games of his career on Nov. 14 in the win vs. UAB, finishing with 13 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots. For good measure, he made 5-of-5 shots from the field and was a perfect 3-for-3 at the line.
Echenique was the first Bluejay with at least 13 points, 16 rebounds and four blocked shots in the same game since Benoit Benjamin had 15 points, 17 rebounds and four swats on Feb. 28, 1985 at Dayton.
Echenique was the first Bluejay to have a 13/16/4 game at home since Benjamin had 26 points, 18 rebounds and seven rejections in a win vs. Marquette on Jan. 27, 1985.
Incredibly, Benjamin had nine different games in his junior season with at least 13 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks before Echenique ended the 27-year drought on Wednesday.
Jones-ing For Success
Senior guard Josh Jones gave Creighton a spark with 18 points off the bench, all in the second half, in the Nov. 14 victory over UAB.
A notorious streak shooter, Jones put together a personal 10-0 run as CU rallied from a 45-35 deficit with 17 minutes to go to tie the score.
He later had eight points during Creighton’s 17-0 run that buried the Blazers and gave CU a 70-55 cushion with 5:55 to go.
Jones’ career-high point total is 21, done vs. Davidson in the CBI of his sophomore campaign.
Creighton is now 9-0 all-time when Jones scores 12 points or more, with seven of those games having been played at CenturyLink Center Omaha.
Playing With The Lead
In 158 games at CenturyLink Center Omaha all-time, Creighton has not trailed in 37 of those contests, a staggering 23.4 percent of the time, including seven wire-to-wire wins at home last season and one win (Longwood) 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.
Double-Double Opener Doug McDermott opened his junior season with 21 points and 11 rebounds on Nov. 9 against North Texas in a 71-51 win.
He was the first Creighton player to have a double-double in a season-opener since Kyle Korver opened his junior campaign with 14 points and 10 rebounds in a 72-51 victory over North Carolina A&T.
Korver would go on to earn MVC Player of the Year accolades as both a junior and as a senior. Last year McDermott was the first player in MVC history named MVC Player of the Year as a sophomore.
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).
Doubling Up on Double-Doubles
In addition to Doug McDermott’s season-opening double-double (21 pts., 11 reb.) vs. North Texas mentioned above, Gregory Echenique had 13 points and 16 rebounds on Wednesday against UAB.
It marks the first time that Creighton has had two different men with double-doubles in the first two games of the season since 2001-02.
In 2001-02, Kyle Korver had a double-double in the opener (14 pts., 10 reb.), and Brody Deren followed the next game with 21 points and 11 rebounds in a memorable double-overtime win vs. No. 17 Western Kentucky.
Creighton is ranked 11th in this week’s USA Today Top 25 Coaches poll and 11th in this week’s Associated Press poll. Both are season-bests.
This is the second-best AP rank in program history, one spot behind the all-time best of No. 10 the week of January 20, 2003.
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 11/28
Starts Name, School Next Game 111 Brandon Triche, Syracuse 11/30
100 Dorian Green, Colorado State 12/1
81 Doug McDermott, Creighton 12/1
75 Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan 12/1
74 Ray McCallum, Detroit 12/1
73 Frantz Massenat, Drexel 12/1
73 Brian Voelkel, Vermont 12/1
73 Deonte Burton, Nevada 11/30
72 Cody Doolin, San Francisco 11/30
71 Jeromie Hill, UTSA 11/29
71 Holton Hunsaker, Utah Valley 12/1
69 Travis McKie, Wake Forest 12/1
69 Devon Saddler, Delaware 12/1
68 Daniel Miller, Georgia Tech 12/4
66 Marshall Bjorklund, N. Dakota St. 11/29
Chasing History Doug McDermott has scored 802 points in his first 43 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 (18.6) and rebounds per game (7.7).
McDermott enters Saturday’s game with 1,529 career points in all venues, good for 11th in school history. His 29 points vs. Arizona State allowed him to pass Kevin McKenna (1,500 from 1977-81), and his 21 vs. Boise State moved him into 11th place and ahead of John C. Johnson (1,526 from 1975-79). Benoit Benjamin (1,575 from 1982-85) is 10th.
Super Streak Ends At 37 Doug McDermott’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 1,082 points, 797 rebounds and 215 blocked shots in his first 111 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, 750 rebounds and 210 or more blocked shots.
Had all those stats been generated at Creighton, Echenique would rank 31st 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.
10 Or More?
Creighton defeated each of its first six opponents by 10 points or more. It’s the first time since 1928-29 that Creighton won its first six games by double-digits. The 1928-29 squad did it in eight straight games to start the season.
Army of Iowans
Every Creighton team since 1988-89 has had at least one Iowa native, and this season is no exception.
Creighton has four players from Iowa on this season’s team, continuing a long trend of relying on some of the Hawkeye State’s top preps. CU’s Iowans this season includes senior Grant Gibbs (Marion), junior Doug McDermott (Ames), sophomore Will Artino (Waukee) and redshirt freshman Alex Olsen (Council Bluffs).
Other past notable Iowans include Kyle Korver (Pella), Ryan Sears (Ankeny), Brody Deren (Harlan), Tyler McKinney (Urbandale) and Nate Funk (Sioux City).
Creighton has played at least one Iowa native in 592 straight games. That streak dates to a Feb. 5, 1994 win against Wichita State.
Who Are These Guys?
Creighton returns four starters (Gregory Echenique, Grant Gibbs, Jahenns Manigat and Doug McDermott) from last year’s team that finished 29-6. Creighton’s roster contains players who made 140 starts a year ago.
Returning Returning Starts Final
Year Starters From Previous Year W-L
2012-13 4 140 ? ? ?
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 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).
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.
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
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
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 280 wins in the millennium, as well as 12 postseason appearances:
MVC Standings (start 2000-01 to end of 2011-12)
MVC only All Games
Team W L Pct. W L Pct.
Creighton 149 67 .690 280 120 .700
Southern Illinois 134 82 .620 238 151 .612
Wichita State 125 91 .579 238 151 .612
Northern Iowa 118 98 .546 226 158 .589
Missouri State 117 99 .542 223 163 .578
Illinois State 99 117 .458 201 175 .535
Bradley 93 123 .431 189 197 .490
Drake 92 124 .426 180 191 .485
Indiana State 79 137 .366 162 212 .433
Evansville 74 142 .343 142 216 .397
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
Long-Distance Streak Alive
Creighton has made at least one three-pointer in a league-best 616 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 158 regular and postseason contests at CenturyLink Center Omaha all-time in its 10 seasons at the facility.
The Bluejays own an 134-24 (.848) 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 11,843-10,023 in games at CenturyLink Center Omaha, an average margin of 11.5 points per game. Creighton has led wire-to-wire 37 different times, including seven times last season and once this winter (Longwood).
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 92 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.
Everybody’s All-American Doug McDermott hauled All-America honors on a regular basis last year.
He was named a First Team All-American by the Associated Press, NABC, USBWA, Basketball Times and ESPN.com, and a second-team selection by The Sporting News and CBSSports.com. He was also named to the 10-man John R. Wooden Award All-America team.
Prior to McDermott, the only other player honored by the USBWA with All-America status had been second-team selection Kyle Korver in 2003, and the only prior NABC selections from Creighton had been second-teamer Paul Silas (1964) and third-team selections Benoit Benjamin (1985) and Kyle Korver (2003).
Last year McDermott was named CollegeInsider.com’s Lute Olson National Player of the Year. He was also a finalist for the Naismith and Wooden Award, though Anthony Davis won both awards.
Scoring In Numbers Doug McDermott owned 801 points in 35 games last year, an average of 22.9 per contest that ranked him third nationally in scoring.
McDermott’s 22.9 points per game ranked fourth-most in CU single-season history and were the most since Bob Portman averaged 26.2 points per game in 1968-69.
Portman, who finished fifth nationally in scoring in 1967-68 (29.5 ppg.), was the only previous Bluejay to ever rank in the top-10 of the year-end scoring leaders.
McDermott’s 22.9 points per game made him the first MVC player over 20 points per game since Illinois State’s Tarise Bryson (2000-01) and the most by a MVC player since Northern Iowa’s Randy Blocker (23.0 ppg.) in 1993-94. Bryson had been the only MVC player since 1989 to rank in the top-five nationally in scoring.
No Bluejay had averaged more than 20 points per game since Bob Harstad’s 22.2 average in 1989-90.
Oscar, Bird, Doug Doug McDermott set a Creighton (and MVC) record for points by a freshman with 581 in 2010-11. Last season, McDermott had 801 points, the most single-season points in school history by any player.
McDermott’s 1,382 points after two seasons were the most in school history by a player in their first two seasons, passing Bob Portman (1,195). According to STATS Inc., the only other players since 1996-97 with at least 1,382 points or more by the end of their sophomore season had been Davidson’s Stephen Curry (1,661 points from 2006-08), Eastern Washington’s Rodney Stuckey (1,438 points from 2005-07) and VMI’s Keydren Clark (1,497 points from 2002-04).
He became just the third sophomore in MVC history to reach 800 points in a season, trailing only Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird on that list. His 801 points from last year rank 10th-most in MVC single-season history and were the most by any Valley player since 1988.
Below is a list of the most prolific sophomore scorers in MVC history, as well as the top single-season scorers in Creighton history (all classes):
Top Scorers, MVC History (All Years)
Pts. Name, School Years
1125 Hersey Hawkins, Bradley 1987-88
1011 Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati 1959-60
984 Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati 1957-58
978 Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati 1958-59
973 Larry Bird, Indiana State 1978-79
959 Larry Bird, Indiana State 1977-78
918 Larry Bird, Indiana State 1976-77
844 Xavier McDaniel, Wichita State 1984-85
815 Lewis Lloyd, Drake 1979-80
801 Doug McDermott, Creighton 2011-12
788 Hersey Hawkins, Bradley 1986-87
788 Willie Biles, Tulsa 1972-73
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 (So.) 2011-12
738 Bob Portman (Jr.) 1967-68
734 Bob Harstad (Jr.) 1989-90
Most Career Points, Active Juniors
Source: Creighton Sports Info/STATS Inc. (11/28)
Rk. Pts. Name, School Next Game
1. 1,529 Doug McDermott, Creighton 12/1
2. 1,184 Devon Saddler, Delaware 12/1
3. 1,167 DeAndre Kane, Marshall 12/1
4. 1,048 Trey Ziegler, Pittsburgh 12/1
Last season Doug McDermott joined Texas’ Kevin Durant (in 2006-07) as the nation’s only player since 1996-97 to finish a season with at least 800 points, 280 rebounds and 50 three-pointers.
It came on the heels of McDermott’s remarkable freshman season with 581 points, 280 rebounds and 47 three-point baskets.
According to research by STATS Inc., the last two freshmen (before McDermott) to attain 525 points, 270 rebounds and 40 three-pointers in a season were Durant and Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse) in 2002-03. The previous two freshmen before them to do so, Quentin Richardson (1998-99 at DePaul) and Eddie Griffin (2000-01 at Seton Hall), like Durant and Anthony, were also named the National Freshman of the Year.
Below is the list, compiled by STATS Inc., of all 19 Division I players since 1996-97 to have McDermott’s levels of at least 581 points, 280 rebounds and 47 three-pointers in one season.
McDermott, who repeated the feat in 2011-12, joins Kyle Singler (Duke) as one of two men to do it twice.:
581+ Pts., 280+ Reb., 47+ 3FG Since 1996-97
Source: STATS Inc. & Creighton Sports Info
Name, School Year 3FG Reb. Pts.
Kevin Durant, Texas* 2006-07 82 390 903 Doug McDermott, Creighton 2011-12 54 288 801
Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse* 2002-03 56 349 778
Shane Battier, Duke 2000-01 124 285 778
Kyle Singler, Duke 2009-10 85 280 707
Keith Van Horn, Utah 1996-97 58 303 705
Ryan Anderson, Cal 2007-08 64 328 697
Matt Harpring, Ga. Tech 1997-98 52 302 691
Rasual Butler, LaSalle 2001-02 57 283 670
Wendell McKinies, New Mex St. 2011-12 51 374 653
Brian Heinle, CS-Northridge 2000-01 52 293 646
Jae Crowder, Marquette 2011-12 61 295 614
Jamine Peterson, Providence 2009-10 51 315 609
James Posey, Xavier 1998-99 48 322 609
Kyle Singler, Duke 2008-09 69 284 609
Matt Howard, Butler 2010-11 53 285 608
Romain Sato, Xavier 2003-04 75 297 603
Draymond Green, Michigan St. 2011-12 52 392 601 Doug McDermott, Creighton* 2010-11 47 280 581
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 teams to use the same starting five for every game in 2012-13 is Creighton and Nevada.
Last Season Recap
Creighton went 29-6 and reached the third round of the MVC Tournament last season. Creighton started the year 7-0 to move into the Associated Press top-25, a spot they would hold for 12 of the final 15 weeks. Doug McDermott ranked third nationally in scoring (22.9), scoring a school-record 801 points. He became the first sophomore named MVC Player of the Year and was a consensus First Team All-American.
Point guard Antoine Young (12.1 ppg., 4.5 apg.) was a second-team all-Valley pick, while center Gregory Echenique (9.7 ppg., 7.3 rpg., 1.6 bpg.) was named MVC Defensive Player of the Year. In addition, Grant Gibbs was runner-up for MVC Newcomer of the Year accolades after dishing a league-high 176 assists.
The Jays ranked second nationally in field goal percentage (.504), third in three-point percentage (.424), fifth in assists (17.6), sixth in home attendance (16,665) and ninth in scoring offense (79.2).
Creighton finished the regular-season second in the MVC before winning its league-record 11th Valley Tournament title to clinch an NCAA bid. At the NCAA’s, Creighton topped Alabama 58-57 before falling to No. 4 North Carolina.
Creighton Will Host in 2015, Again
The NCAA announced on Nov. 12, 2012, that Creighton will serve as the host institution on March 20/22, 2015, when the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament returns to CenturyLink Center Omaha for second/third-round games.
This will be the third time in a seven-year span the arena has hosted, having previously done so in 2008 and 2012 to much acclaim.
CenturyLink Center Omaha has previously hosted NCAA finals for women’s volleyball (2006, 2008) and wrestling (2010), as well as the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Swimming (2008, 2012). 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 will go 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.
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