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Men's Basketball Ranked 11th in Coaches Poll; Stays 16th in AP Poll

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton men's basketball team moved up one spot to 11th in the USA Today coaches poll while remaining 16th in the Associated Press rankings that were released on Monday.

Creighton has now been ranked in the top 17 by both groups in each of the first nine polls of the season. The No. 11 rank in the coaches poll matches the program's highest ranking this season, also done the week of Nov. 26th. The Jays played just once last week, an 87-70 victory over Evansville, to open MVC play and improved to 12-1 overall.

Statistically, Creighton ranks among the nation's top-20 in nine different categories. The Jays are second in three-point percentage (.425), seventh in win percentage (.923), eighth in three-pointers per game (9.2), ninth in field goal percentage (.508), 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.49), 11th in assists per game (17.4), 13th in scoring margin (18.2), 19th in total points (1,034) and 20th in scoring offense (79.5).

Individually, Grant Gibbs is second in assist/turnover ratio (5.43) and 25th in assists per game (5.8), Doug McDermott is third in points per game (23.5), 35th in free-throw percentage (.878) and 47th in field goal percentage (.553). In addition, Gregory Echenique ranks 43rd in double-doubles (4) and 90th in blocked shots per game (1.69) and 99th in rebounds per game.

Creighton (12-1, 1-0 MVC) continues Missouri Valley Conference play on Wednesday when it plays at Illinois State (9-4, 0-1 MVC) at 7:05 pm.

Associated Press Poll
Released Dec. 31, 2012
    Rk    School    W-L    Pts.    LW
    1.    Duke (63)    12-0    1623    1
    2.    Michigan (2)    13-0    1547    2
    3.    Arizona    12-0    1474    3
    4.    Louisville    12-1    1434    4
    5.    Indiana    12-1    1378    5
    6.    Kansas    11-1    1313    6
    7.    Syracuse    11-1    1197    9
    8.    Ohio State    10-2    1079    10
    9.    Minnesota    12-1    978    11
    10.    Gonzaga    12-1    946    13
    11.    Illinois    13-1    929    12
    12.    Missouri    10-2    912    7
    13.    Florida    9-2    810    14
    14.    Cincinnati    12-1    761    8
    15.    Georgetown    10-1    718    15
    16.    Creighton    12-1    629    16
    17.    Butler    10-2    591    18
    18.    Michigan State    11-2    447    19
    19.    San Diego State    11-2    437    17
    20.    New Mexico    13-1    389    NR
    21.    Notre Dame    12-1    361    21
    22.    Oklahoma State    10-1    333    22
    23.    North Carolina State    10-2    270    23
    24.    Pittsburgh    12-1    219    24
    25.    Kansas State    10-2    149    25
    Others Receiving Votes:  UNLV 52, North Carolina 38, Wyoming 28, Temple 21, Virginia Commonwealth 15, Kentucky 13, Wichita State 11, Connecticut 9, UCLA 6, Maryland 5, Oregon 3.

USA Today Top 25 Poll
Released Dec. 31, 2012
    Rk    School    W-L    Pts.    LW
    1.    Duke (30)    12-0    774    1
    2.    Michigan (1)    13-0    744    2
    3.    Arizona    12-0    692    T3
    4.    Louisville    12-1    678    T3
    5.    Indiana    12-1    654    5
    6.    Kansas    11-1    643    6
    7.    Syracuse    11-1    575    7
    8.    Ohio State    10-2    530    10
    9.    Florida    9-2    451    11
    10.    Gonzaga    12-1    439    13
    11.    Creighton    12-1    436    12
    12.    Missouri    10-2    420    9
    13.    Minnesota    12-1    417    14
    14.    Illinois    13-1    358    15
    15.    Cincinnati    12-1    352    8
    16.    Georgetown    10-1    281    18
    17.    San Diego State    11-2    242    16
    18.    Michigan State    11-2    228    19
    19.    Notre Dame    12-1    201    20
    20.    Butler    10-2    194    21
    21.    Oklahoma State    10-1    146    22
    22.    Pittsburgh    12-1    124    24
    23.    New Mexico    13-1    109    NR
    24.    UNLV    11-2    100    17
    25.    North Carolina State    10-2    95    25
    Others Receiving Votes: Virginia Commonwealth 36; Kansas State 35; North Carolina 34; Kentucky 31; Wyoming 30; Wichita State 7; Colorado 6; Maryland 5; Connecticut 3; UCLA 2; Bucknell 1; Colorado State 1; Temple 1.
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