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Andre Yates
Courtesy: Steven Branscombe

Men's Basketball Ranks 10th & 12th in National Polls

OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton moved up in both national polls released on Monday, including a season-best No. 10 overall ranking in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 poll. It’s the program’s highest ranking in the Coaches poll since being tabbed a best-ever ninth in the Jan. 20, 2003 edition.

In the Associated Press poll that Creighton more frequently uses, Creighton is 12th in this week’s poll, up one spot. Creighton’s best AP ranking this year was 11th on Nov. 26th. The program's highest AP ranking ever was 10th, done Jan. 20, 2003.

Creighton has now been ranked in the top 17 by both groups in each of the first 11 polls of the season, and 14 straight overall dating to late last season.


Creighton has now been ranked in the AP poll during 23 of Greg McDermott's 48 weeks at the helm, not to mention five other weeks where it's been 26th, 27th or 28th. The 23 weeks in the poll are most of any Creighton basketball coach in history.

Statistically, Creighton ranks among the nation’s top-18 in 10 different categories through games of Jan. 13th. The Jays lead the nation with 9.9 three-pointers per game while also ranking first with 45.3 percent marksmanship from three-point range. Creighton’s also tied for first in win percentage (.941), second in field goal percentage (.522), sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.53) and assists per game (18.2), ninth in both total points (1,357) and scoring margin (18.1), 10th in scoring offense (79.8) and 18th in free-throw percentage (.754).

Individually, Grant Gibbs is fourth in assist/turnover ratio (4.26) and 27th in assists per game (5.76), Doug McDermott is third in points per game (23.6), 26th in field goal percentage (.570), 40th in free-throw percentage (.873) and and 156th in rebounds per game (7.4). In addition, Gregory Echenique ranks 84th in double-doubles (4), 108th in blocked shots per game (1.59) and 164th in rebounds per game (7.3). Also in the top-100 are Ethan Wragge, who is 18th in three-point percentage (.463), 65th with 2.59 three-pointers per game, and Austin Chatman who ranks 71st with 4.9 assists per game and 67th with a 2.27 assist/turnover ratio.

Creighton (16-1, 5-0 MVC) continues Missouri Valley Conference play on Tuesday when it hosts Northern Iowa (9-8, 2-3 MVC) at 7:05 pm.

Associated Press Poll
Released January 14, 2013
    Rk    School    W-L    Pts.    LW
    1.    Louisville (36)    15-1    1591    3
    2.    Indiana (13)    15-1    1527    5
    3.    Duke (14)    15-1    1501    1
    4.    Kansas (1)    14-1    1416    6
    5.    Michigan (1)    16-1    1415    2
    6.    Syracuse    16-1    1284    7
    7.    Arizona    15-1    1205    4
    8.    Gonzaga    16-1    1141    9
    9.    Minnesota    15-2    1041    8
    10.    Florida    12-2    1019    11
    11.    Ohio State    13-3    939    15
    12.    Creighton    16-1    896    13
    13.    Butler    14-2    855    14
    14.    North Carolina State    14-2    836    20
    15.    San Diego State    14-2    704    16
    16.    Kansas State    13-2    670    18
    17.    Missouri    12-3    598    10
    18.    Michigan State    14-3    426    22
    19.    New Mexico    15-2    368    25
    20.    Notre Dame    14-2    295    17
    21.    Oregon    14-2    238    NR
    22.    VCU    14-3    212    NR
    23.    Illinois    14-4    199    12
    24.    UCLA    14-3    185    NR
    25.    Marquette    12-3    177    NR
    Others Receiving Votes: Cincinnati 121, Connecticut 70, Georgetown 56, Mississippi 55, UNLV 26, Wisconsin 25, Boise State 9, Miami 9, Wichita State 6, Temple 5, Pittsburgh 2, Baylor 1, Utah State 1, Wyoming 1.

USA Today Top 25 Poll
Released January 14, 2013
    Rk    School    W-L    Pts.    LW
    1.    Louisville (18)    15-1    753    4
    2.    Indiana (6)    15-1    718    5
    3.    Duke (7)    15-1    707    1
    4.    Kansas    14-1    680    6
    5.    Michigan    16-1    678    2
    6.    Syracuse    16-1    619    7
    7.    Arizona    15-1    574    3
    8.    Gonzaga    16-1    552    8
    9.    Florida    12-2    526    9
    10.    Creighton    16-1    489    11
    11.    Ohio State    13-3    436    14
    12.    Minnesota    15-2    433    10
    13.    Butler    14-2    370    17
    14.    San Diego State    14-2    366    15
    15.    North Carolina State    14-2    321    21
    16.    Missouri    12-3    298    12
    17.    Michigan State    14-3    286    18
    18.    Kansas State    13-2    243    23
    19.    VCU    14-3    178    24
    20.    Notre Dame    14-2    155    16
    21.    New Mexico    15-2    147    NR
    22.    Illinois    14-4    125    13
    23.    UNLV    14-3    109    19
    24.    Cincinnati    14-3    80    20
    25.    UCLA    14-3    38    NR
    Others Receiving Votes: Oregon (14-2) 37; Georgetown (11-3) 32; Marquette (12-3) 23; Wisconsin (12-4) 23; Wichita State (15-2) 19; Mississippi (13-2) 14; Wyoming (14-1) 13; Connecticut (12-3) 10; Miami (Fla.) (12-3) 8; Oklahoma State (11-4) 8; Boise State (13-2) 2; Bucknell (14-3) 2; Utah State (14-1) 2; Iowa State (11-4) 1.

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