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Men's Basketball Remains in Top 25 Rankings

OMAHA, Neb. -- Creighton's 11-game win streak came to an end over the weekend at Wichita State, but it wasn't enough to keep the Bluejay basketball program from a spot in the national polls this week.

Creighton dropped two spots to 12th in this week’s USA Today Top 25 Coaches poll, down from last week’s season-best 10th slot. In the Associated Press poll that Creighton uses, the Jays are 17th in this week’s poll, down five spots. Creighton’s best AP ranking this year was 11th on Nov. 26th.


Creighton has now been ranked in the top 17 by both groups in each of the first 12 polls of the season, and been ranked in the top-25 of 15 straight overall polls dating to late last season.


Creighton has now been ranked in the AP poll during 24 of Greg McDermott's 49 weeks at the helm, not to mention five other weeks where it's been 26th, 27th or 28th. The 24 weeks in the poll are most of any Creighton basketball coach in history.

Statistically, Creighton ranks among the nation’s top-13 in nine different categories through games of Jan. 20th. The Jays lead the nation with 9.6 three-pointers per game while also ranking first with 45.2 percent marksmanship from three-point range, while also ranking first in field goal percentage (.518). Creighton’s also fourth in assists per game (18.1), sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.50), seventh in win percentage (.895), 10th in total points (1,500), 12th in scoring offense (78.9) and 13th in scoring margin (16.6). The only team to ever finish a season leading the nation in both 3-pointers per game and 3-point percentage was Princeton in 1987-88., while the only team to ever lead the nation in both field goal percentage and three-point percentage was Northern Arizona 1998-99.

Individually, Doug McDermott is second in points per game (24.1), 28th in field goal percentage (.565), 48th in free-throw percentage (.866) and and 180th in rebounds per game (7.2). Grant Gibbs is fifth in assist/turnover ratio (3.77) and 24th in assists per game (5.90). In addition, Gregory Echenique ranks 91st in blocked shots per game (1.74), 102nd in double-doubles (4) and 157th in rebounds per game (7.4). Also in the top-100 are Ethan Wragge, who is 86th with 2.42 three-pointers per game, and Austin Chatman who ranks 76th with 4.7 assists per game and 96th with a 2.00 assist/turnover ratio.

Creighton (17-2, 6-1 MVC) continues Missouri Valley Conference play on Wednesday when it visits Drake (8-10, 2-5 MVC) at 7:05 pm.

Associated Press Poll
Released January 21, 2013
    Rk    School    W-L    Pts.    LW
    1.    Duke (39)    16-1    1578    3
    2.    Michigan (11)    17-1    1539    5
    3.    Kansas (7)    16-1    1486    4
        Syracuse (8)    17-1    1486    6
    5.    Louisville    16-2    1348    1
    6.    Arizona    16-1    1270    7
    7.    Indiana    16-2    1211    2
    8.    Florida    14-2    1181    10
    9.    Butler    16-2    1146    13
    10.    Gonzaga    17-2    994    8
    11.    Kansas State    15-2    927    16
    12.    Minnesota    15-3    905    9
    13.    Michigan State    16-3    831    18
    14.    Ohio State    13-4    701    11
    15.    New Mexico    16-2    659    19
    16.    Oregon    16-2    624    21
    17.    Creighton    17-2    611    12
    18.    North Carolina State    15-3    587    14
    19.    VCU    16-3    433    22
    20.    Wichita State    17-2    363    NR
    21.    Cincinnati    16-3    322    NR
    22.    Missouri    13-4    234    17
    23.    Mississippi    15-2    172    NR
    24.    Notre Dame    15-3    123    20
    25.    Miami (Fla.)    13-3    93    NR
    Others Receiving Votes: Marquette 92, Wisconsin 55, UCLA 41, UNLV 32, Wyoming 28, San Diego State 26, Colorado State 7, Memphis 6, Georgetown 4, Iowa State 3, North Carolina 3, Louisiana Tech 2, Pittsburgh 1, Bucknell 1.

USA Today Top 25 Poll
Released January 21, 2013
    Rk    School    W-L    Pts.    LW
    1.    Duke (20)    16-1    755    3
    2.    Kansas (8)    16-1    732    4
    3.    Michigan (1)    17-1    712    5
    4.    Syracuse (2)    17-1    699    6
    5.    Louisville    16-2    633    1
    6.    Arizona    16-1    609    7
    7.    Florida    14-2    588    9
    8.    Indiana    16-2    576    2
    9.    Butler    16-2    523    13
    10.    Gonzaga    17-2    454    8
    11.    Michigan State    16-3    439    17
    12.    Creighton    17-2    376    10
    13.    Kansas State    15-2    372    18
    14.    Minnesota    15-3    343    12
    15.    Ohio State    13-4    342    11
    16.    VCU    16-3    305    19
    17.    New Mexico    16-2    304    21
    18.    North Carolina State    15-3    234    15
    19.    Oregon    16-2    211    NR
    20.    Cincinnati    16-3    179    24
    21.    Wichita State    17-2    145    NR
    22.    Missouri    13-4    130    16
    23.    Notre Dame    15-3    84    20
    24.    Mississippi    15-2    69    NR
    25.    San Diego State    14-4    60    14
    Others Receiving Votes: Miami (Fla.) 49, Wisconsin 42, UNLV 23, Marquette 20, Wyoming 17, Colorado State 16, Oklahoma State 7, Iowa State 5, Pittsburgh 5, UCLA 5, Bucknell 3, Illinois 3, Georgetown 2, Stephen F. Austin 2, Middle Tennessee 1, Saint Mary’s 1.
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