Game #2 vs. UMKC • Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 • 7:02 p.m. UMKC Kangaroos at Creighton Bluejays CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,390) • Omaha, Neb. Radio: KOZN 1620 AM, www.1620thezone.com TV: FOX Sports 1 Series History: Creighton leads, 7-3 Last Meeting: Creighton 79, UMKC 58 in Kansas City, Mo, on 11/18/98
Next Game Creighton (1-0) hosts UMKC (0-1) on Monday night in a rare Veterans Day match-up. Fans should note the start time of 7:02 p.m. differs than what is printed on the game tickets and parking passes. The game will take place at CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,390) in Omaha, Neb.
Radio Broadcast Information KOZN (1620 The Zone) will broadcast all Creighton men’s basketball games during the 2013-14 season. John Bishop and former Bluejay Nick Bahe will call the action. The broadcast is also webcast live at www.1620thezone.com. The pregame show “Bluejay Shootaround” is hosted by Josh Peterson and former Bluejay Josh Dotzler, airing from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m. Following the game, Tim Krueger and Heath Gunderson will host “Overtime” for approximately one hour, while also taking calls.
Video Webcast Available There is no video webcast available. Television Broadcast Information Friday’s game will air on FOX Sports 1, the first of 20 Creighton games to air nationally on the new network. Kevin Kugler and Kevin O’Neill will announce.
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.
Veterans Day Promotion As part of a Veterans Day promotion, US flags will be distributed to the first 10,000 fans. Noted musician Jimmy Weber, who recently retired from active duty after 24 years of service with the US Air Force, will sing the national anthem and perform at halftime. In addition, in partnership with Military Warriors Support Foundation, Chevrolet will be the presenting sponsor of a 100 percent mortgage-free home, provided by Chase Bank, for one of our nation’s combat wounded heroes, Specialist Kyle Foster. Foster began his military career in 2010, when he joined the United States Army in Bellevue, Neb. With a desire to change his life and serve his country, Specialist Foster graduated training and was stationed in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, as part of the heavy weapons unit. A short time later, Specialist Foster was deployed to Afghanistan from March 31st to May 2nd. During his time in Afghanistan, he suffered combat related injuries and was medivaced to safety. Foster has traveled the world and experienced physical hardships, but his determination to fight for this nation is what makes him an “Everyday Hero.” To honor him and his family for their incredible sacrifices and patriotism, Chevrolet, Military Warriors Support Foundation, and Chase Bank are pleased to award the Foster family with a mortgage-free home in Omaha.
Scouting Creighton Creighton returned 11 lettermen and four starters from last year’s 28-8 team that reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive season. CU opened up its campaign with a 107-61 win over Alcorn State on Friday. Senior forward Doug McDermott had 20 points in 20 minutes on Friday and enters the 2013-14 season as the nation’s only returning consensus First Team All-American, as well as the nation’s leading returning scorer. He’s led the Jays in scoring and rebounding each of the past three seasons, and was named Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year by league coaches. The other three returning starters include guards Grant Gibbs (8.5 ppg., 5.8 apg., 4.1 rpg. last year), Jahenns Manigat (13.0 ppg.) and Austin Chatman (6.0 ppg., 5.0 apg., 5.0 rpg.). Gibbs led the MVC in assists each of the last two years and was awarded a surprise sixth year in early July. Junior center Will Artino (12.0 ppg., 4.0 rpg.) and reigning MVC Sixth Man of the Year Ethan Wragge (15.0 ppg., 6.0 rpg.) will see time on the front line to help replace starting center Gregory Echenique (9.7 ppg., 6.6 rpg., 1.7 bpg.). Creighton has been picked to finish third in the 10-team BIG EAST Conference this winter.
Scouting UMKC An 81-76 upset loss to Emporia State spoiled the head coaching debut of UMKC’s Kareem Richardson, who was hired after serving as an assistant coach on Louisville’s national championship team a year ago. The Kangaroos returned three starters and eight lettermen from last year’s 8-24 team, a group led by senior forward Fred Chatmon (7.4 ppg., 7.3 rpg. last year). Freshman Martez Harrison had 20 points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals in his college debut, shooting an incredible 21 free throws. Another player to keep an eye on is senior forward Trinity Hall, who scored 19 points and tied a career-high with 11 rebounds in Friday’s loss. Hall averaged 6.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per contest in 24 games a year ago, including 14 starts.
The Coaches Greg McDermott (Northern Iowa, 1988) is in his fourth season as head coach at Creighton. He led CU to a 28-8 mark last year, and is now 81-30 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 361-225 in his 20th season and is 230-161 in his 13th Division I campaign. McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries, Steve Lutz and Patrick Sellers. Kareem Richardson (Evansville, 1997) is 0-1 in his first season as a head coach at the college level. He has also been an assistant at Indianapolis, Indiana State, Wright State, Evansville, UMKC, Drake, Xavier and Louisville. Richardson is assisted by Angres Thorpe, Sean Bledsoe and Jason Sautter.
The Series With UMKC Creighton leads the all-time series with UMKC by a 7-3 margin, including a 5-0 record in Omaha. The teams have not met since a 79-58 win in Kansas City on Nov. 18, 1998, and last met in Omaha on Nov. 14, 1997. Greg McDermott is 2-1 all-time against UMKC, with all three meetings taking place while head coach at Northern Iowa. McDermott has never faced a Kareem Richardson-led team.
Last Game Recap A sellout crowd of 17,740 witnessed Creighton set an opening night record for points in a 107-61 romp over Alcorn State on Friday. Doug McDermott had 20 points in 20 minutes and led five Bluejays in double-figures.
Comparing Korver’s UMKC’s squad includes fifth-year senior Kirk Korver, the youngest brother of former Bluejay sharpshooters Kyle (1999-2003) and Kaleb (2007-11) Korver. Another brother, Klayton, starred at Drake from 2003-08. As the chart on page five shows, the Korver brothers have combined 3,923 points, 818 career three-pointers and 478 games played in their college careers. Their combined success of the Korver brothers, uncle Kris (two NAIA titles at Northwestern [Iowa]) and mom (Laine Korver once scored 74 points in a high school game) has led multiple media outlets to annoit them the “first family of Iowa basketball”. Alas, Kirk Korver is not expected to play on Monday due to a broken foot.
NBA Representation Creighton has a pair of NBA players once again this year, as Kyle Korver (Atlanta Hawks) and Anthony Tolliver (Charlotte Bobcats) are in the league. Including 2013-14, Creighton has now had an NBA player in 30 of the last 31 years, and 47-of-50 seasons since 1964-65. Korver carries a 78-game streak with a 3-point basket into Saturday (Nov. 9), having obliterated the Hawks franchise mark of 42 last season. In NBA history, only Dana Barros (89), Michael Adams (79) and Dennis Scott (78) have compiled longer streaks. He ranks 27th in NBA history with 1,338 career three-pointers and is 12th in league history with his 42.1 percent marksmanship from three-point range. The only other player in league history with at least 1,200 treys and 41.2 percent accuracy is Steve Nash.
Milestone Watch Jahenns Manigat needs one three pointer to become the ninth player in Creighton history with 150 three-pointers. Doug McDermott needs one rebound to become the sixth player in Creighton history with 850 or more rebounds. Grant Gibbs needs nine assists to become the seventh player in Creighton history with 400 or more assists. That does not include the 21 assists he dished at Gonzaga.
Don’t I Know You? Kareem Richardson is new as a head coach, but he’s quite familiar to Creighton from his days as an assistant in CU’s former league, the Missouri Valley Conference. Richardson served as an assistant at Indiana State (1999-2002), Evansville (2003-07) and Drake (2008-11) over the years. During his time at Evansville, Richardson was an assistant coach for Steve Merfeld, Creighton’s current assistant to the head coach. Creighton vs Kareem Richardson Assisted Teams School (Years) Creighton W-L Indiana State (1999-02) 6-2 Evansville (2003-07) 7-1 Drake (2008-11) 3-3 Total 16-6
Making An Entrance Iowa Western CC transfer Devin Brooks has shown moments of brilliance in his first two appearances in a Creighton uniform. Brooks had six points, seven assists and two rebounds in 15 minutes during the exhibition victory, going 3-for-3 from the field. In the regular-season opener vs. Alcorn State, Brooks had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists in 15 minutes, sinking 3-of-4 field goals. Brooks is the first Creighton player with at least 15 points, six rebounds and five assists in a season-opener since Benoit Benjamin had 25 points, 17 rebounds and six assists (and six blocks) vs. Nebraska-Kearney on Nov. 24, 1984.
Crowd Control Creighton’s sellout crowd of 17,740 last Friday vs. Alcorn State was its largest ever for a home-opener. It was also Creighton’s largest home crowd for any November game, and the ninth-largest home crowd in program history.
Hottest Ticket in Town Creighton Basketball has proven to be a hot ticket in recent years, but the anticipation for this season has taken those levels up a notch. Creighton sold more than 15,100 season tickets for the first time, a figure that doesn’t factor in students. Last year’s record was 13,739. Creighton has also sold more than 2,100 all-session tickets for the BIG EAST Tournament already, the most by any league school since Connecticut in 2006. When single-game tickets went on sale on Oct. 29, seven games sold out within an hour, including less than 20 minutes for games vs. Marquette, Georgetown, Nebraska, Seton Hall and Chicago State.
Notes From The Opener Creighton outscored Alcorn State 54-16 in bench points. Creighton’s 54 bench points were its most since scoring 56 off the bench vs. Longwood on Nov. 20, 2012 in an 105-57 victory. Creighton outscored Alcorn State 33-2 off turnovers. It was the most points off turnovers in the 111 games of Greg McDermott’s Creighton tenure, and most by a Bluejay team since 33 points off turnovers vs. Florida A&M on Nov. 17, 2009. Creighton has scored 198 points in its last two home games, and scored 52 points or more in each of its last three halves at home. Last season Creighton closed out its home schedule with a 91-79 win vs. Wichita State, including 55 points in the second half.
Century Mark in CenturyLink Center Creighton’s 107-61 win over Alcorn State on Friday was noteworthy for several reasons. -Creighton improved to 47-2 all-time when scoring 100 or more points, including an 8-0 mark at CenturyLink Center Omaha. -Creighton’s 107 points are tied for eighth-most in school history, and its most ever in the month of November. -Creighton has won 20 straight games when scoring 100 points or more. -Since 2002-03, Creighton is 8-1 in the game after a contest in which the Jays scored 100 points or more. -Creighton will look to score 100 points in consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 29, 1966 (Idaho State) and Feb. 2, 1966 (Memphis). UMKC last allowed 100 points in a game on Feb. 24, 2011 vs. Oakland.
Nation’s Best Offense? You can make a case that Creighton boasted the nation’s best offensive production last year. Creighton was second in the country in field goal percentage (50.1) and three-point percentage (41.4), third in two-point field goal percentage (55.7), ninth in free-throw percentage (75.9) and 10th in three-pointers per game (8.5). Below is where Creighton ranked nationally in the first three years of the Greg McDermott tenure (does not include 2013-14): Category Stat National Rank FG Percentage .487 1st 3FG Percentage .401 2nd Assists 1,793 4th Assists/Game 16.30 5th 3FG Made 874 6th Assist/Turnover Ratio 1.34 10th FG Made 2,852 13th Wins 80 T-16th Winning Pct. .727 26th
Record Watch With seven field goals on Friday, Doug McDermott took over sole possession of first place on Creighton’s all-time field goals made list with 818 in his career. He had entered the season tied with Chad Gallagher (1987-91) for the school-record with 811. McDermott also made four free throws on Friday, passing MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson for third in CU history with 420.
Ask The Experts ESPN had 20 experts predict the 2013-14 season. Nine of them (Jay Bilas, Adrian Branch, Elena Bergeron, Dan Dakich, Jimmy Dykes, Myron Medcalf, Digger Phelps, Miles Simon and Dick Vitale) predicted Doug McDermott would be National Player of the Year. CBS Sports asked six experts to predict the 2013-14 season. Two of them (Doug Gottlieb and Jon Rothstein) picked Doug McDermott would be National Player of the Year. Sports Illustrated had four experts predict the 2014-14 season. Two of them (Seth Davis and Luke Winn) picked Doug McDermott would be National Player of the Year. All told, McDermott collected 13 votes, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart 10 votes, Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins three votes, Kentucky’s Julius Randle three votes and Louisville’s Russ Smith one vote.
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 last 14 3-0 starts have been culminated in a postseason tournament appearance at the end of the year.
Big Margin Leads To Big Things Creighton’s 107-61 win on Friday vs. Alcorn State was its highest point total in a season-opener ever, one point more than the 2002-03 team that opened with a 106-50 win over Texas-Arlington. The 2002-03 team went on to be 29-5. Eight of Creighton’s 18 all-time NCAA Tournament teams have scored 90 or more points in their season-opener. Here’s a look at Creighton’s last six teams to score 90 or more in a season-opener. Final Post- Score Opponent Date W-L Season 107-61 Alcorn State 11/08/13 ? ? ? ? ? 97-65 N. Carolina A&T 11/11/11 29-6 NCAA 106-50 Texas-Arlington 11/17/02 29-5 NCAA 96-50 Western Illinois 11/20/00 24-8 NCAA 93-48 Towson State 11/14/98 22-9 NCAA 93-47 UT-San Antonio 11/30/90 24-8 NCAA
Jays At Home Against Winless Teams Creighton’s opponent on Monday, UMKC, is 0-1 on the season. The Bluejays have won 28 straight home games against teams that are winless entering the night, winning those games by an average of 28.00 points. Fourteen of those wins came by 30 points or more, and only two were decided by single-digits. Three wins came vs. winless UMKC squads. The streak dates to a 77-70 loss versus an 0-2 SMU team on Dec. 3, 1994. That game was Dana Altman’s home debut at Creighton. Creighton at Home vs. Winless Teams, Since 12/3/1994 Opp. W-L Opponent CU Result Date 0-4 UMKC W 75-61 12/17/94 0-1 UMKC W 70-68 11/25/96 0-0 UMKC W 81-59 11/14/97 0-0 Towson W 93-48 11/14/98 0-1 Western Illinois W 96-50 11/20/00 0-1 North Carolina A&T W 72-51 11/18/01 0-0 Texas-Arlington W 106-50 11/17/02 0-3 San Diego W 79-44 11/22/03 0-1 Bethune-Cookman W 69-49 12/03/03 0-0 Alcorn State W 74-40 11/15/04 0-0 Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 83-58 11/20/04 0-0 Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 87-55 11/19/05 0-1 Miss. Valley State W 78-42 11/13/06 0-4 Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 74-39 11/29/06 0-0 DePaul W 74-62 11/09/07 0-2 Miss. Valley State W 76-46 11/17/07 0-2 Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 82-50 11/20/08 0-9 Miss. Valley State W 82-58 12/02/08 0-7 Southern W 71-60 12/15/08 0-1 Florida A&M W 78-53 11/17/09 0-0 Alabama State W 71-57 11/12/10 0-1 Northern Arizona W 74-70 11/14/10 0-0 N. Carolina A&T W 97-65 11/11/11 0-1 Chicago State W 95-61 11/13/11 0-0 North Texas W 71-51 11/09/12 0-2 Presbyterian W 87-58 11/18/12 0-4 Longwood W 105-57 11/20/12 0-0 Alcorn State W 107-61 11/08/13 0-1 UMKC ? ? ? 11/11/13
November Reign Creighton is a perfect 42-0 all-time in regular-season home games that take place on or before Nov. 26th. Creighton has won 43 of its 44 regular-season November home games since 1990, falling only to Boise State last season. Overall, Creighton is 56-12 in regular-season November games at all sites since the start of the 1998-99 campaign. Creighton has also won 45 of its last 46 non-conference home games against unranked foes since falling to Drexel on Feb. 17, 2007.
Season Opener History Including last Friday’s win, Creighton now owns a sparkling 81-15 record (.844) on opening day, including wins in 16 of its last 17 lid-lifters. Creighton has won 10 of its last 14 season-openers by 20 or more points. The Jays have outscored foes by an average of 83.9 to 56.7 in the last 14 openers.
Home Opener History Including last Friday’s win over Alcorn State, Creighton is 85-11 (.885) in home openers all-time. Creighton has now won 19 straight home openers since a Dec. 3, 1994 setback against SMU. As impressive as that streak is, it’s not a record. Between 1936 and 1980, the Jays went 41-2 in home openers, including 21 straight wins from 1946-66.
Opening Statements Greg McDermott has won each of the last 12 season openers he’s coached in, as he improved to 12-1 at the Division I level in season-openers. Overall as a head coach, McDermott is 17-3 in season-opening games. That includes an impressive 99-point win (137-38) in his first game on the sidelines when he was at Wayne State. Date School Opponent Result 1994-95 Wayne St. York W 137-38 1995-96 Wayne St. Nebraska-Omaha L 63-72 1996-97 Wayne St. St. Francis W 72-66 1997-98 Wayne St. Nebraska-Omaha W 78-76 1998-99 Wayne St. Mount Marty W 76-70 1999-00 Wayne St. South Dakota L 64-66 11/17/00 NDSU Macalester W 81-69 11/16/01 UNI vs. San Diego State L 57-71 11/22/02 UNI at Montana W 77-71 11/21/03 UNI Chicago State W 83-59 11/21/04 UNI Wayne State W 84-66 11/20/05 UNI Western Carolina W 68-46 11/10/06 Iowa State UC Riverside W 69-61 11/09/07 Iowa State Winston-Salem St. W 58-44 11/14/08 Iowa State UC Davis W 61-58 11/13/09 Iowa State Idaho State W 88-68 11/12/10 Creighton Alabama State W 71-57 11/11/11 Creighton N. Carolina A&T W 97-65 11/09/12 Creighton North Texas W 71-51 11/08/13 Creighton Alcorn State W 107-61
Hello, World Creighton has four players who made their regular-season Division I debut last Friday. Below is a look at how Creighton’s current players have done in their regular-season debut in a Division I uniform. Name Pts. Reb. Ast. Stl. Min. McDermott• 16 7 0 1 32 Brooks 15 6 5 3 16 Artino 13 3 0 0 13 Manigat 12 3 0 1 22 Dingman 11 2 0 0 12 Wragge 11 2 0 0 13 Hanson 9 2 0 0 11 Zierden 5 3 3 0 24 Ferrarini 3 1 1 0 4 Gibbs (@GU) 2 3 0 0 11 Groselle 1 0 0 0 2 Chatman 0 0 4 0 12 Olsen 0 1 0 0 1 Oginni 0 0 0 0 1 •indicates game started
Preseason Acclaim Doug McDermott has garnered a ton of preseason hype you’d expect from a returning two-time consensus First Team All-American. In addition to being named the Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year, McDermott has also been named a Preseason First Team All-American by the Associated Press, USA Today, Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, CBSSports.com, NBCSports.com and Sporting News. McDermott is also one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award and one of 15 men named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List.
Who Are These Guys? Creighton returns four starters (Austin Chatman, Grant Gibbs, Jahenns Manigat and Doug McDermott) from last year’s team that finished 28-8. Creighton’s roster contains players who made 144 starts a year ago, and own a combined 317 career starts. Returning Returning Starts Final Year Starters From Previous Year W-L 2013-14 4 144 ? ? ? 2012-13 4 140 28-8 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 BIG EAST Poll Creighton was picked to finish third in its first season as BIG EAST Conference members according to a preseason poll of league coaches. Marquette was picked first with 74 points and five first-place votes, while Georgetown (70, 2) was also selected ahead of the Bluejays (61, 1). Rounding out the top half were Villanova (58) and St. John’s (56, 2). Creighton forward Doug McDermott was named preseason BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year by the coaches. Chasing 3,000 In Major League Baseball, producing 3,000 career hits is something that’s been done by just 24 Hall of Famers in history. Doug McDermott has a chance to become just the eighth Division I male in NCAA history to score 3,000 or more points. To help put McDermott’s career in perspective, the chart on page six shows how many points McDermott owns and which famous ballplayer that is most comparable to.
Pure Charity Doug McDermott made his first two free throws before a miss last Friday, snapping his streak of 28 straight consecutive free throws dating to late last season. The streak began when he made his final three shots in the MVC Tournament vs. Wichita State, and he made all 23 attempts from the charity stripe during the NCAA Tournament. According to available records, the 28 straight free throws is eight shy of Booker Woodfox’s school-record done five seasons ago, and already tied for fourth-longest in Bluejay history. Consecutive Free Throws Made, (Since 1980) FT Name Dates of Streak 36 Booker Woodfox Dec. 6, 2008-Jan. 6, 2009 35 Bob Portman 1967-68 32 Michael Lindeman Jan. 23-Nov. 29, 2003 28 Kyle Korver Jan. 27-March 15, 2001 28 Doug McDermott March 10 - Nov. 8, 2013 27 Matt West Nov. 27, 1999-Jan. 15, 2000 27 Kyle Korver Jan. 29-Nov. 20, 2000 27 Nate Funk Dec. 30, 2006-Jan. 12, 2007
I Know What You Did Last Summer Senior forward Doug McDermott served as a captain for Team USA last summer at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Playing under the direction of coaches Bob McKillop (Davidson), John Beilein (Michigan) and Frank Martin (South Carolina), McDermott led the team in scoring (14.1 ppg.), field goals (39), three-pointers (18), free throws (17), free-throw percentage (.895) and minutes (23.8) as the team went 6-2 in eight games. On his way back from Russia, McDermott was invited to the USA Basketball Men’s National Team Mini-Camp along with 28 of the NBA’s rising stars and fellow collegian Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), where he received rave reviews.
Going For 20, Again Creighton has won 20 or more games in 14 of the last 15 seasons, a feat that puts the Jays among an exclusive group, nationally. Just five schools nationally have had 20 or more wins each of the last 15 years: Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse. Creighton is one of four schools with 20 or more wins in exactly 14 of the past 15 years. That list consists of Creighton, Kent State, Kentucky and Utah State. That’s better than traditional powers Arizona, Connecticut and Memphis (13 each) and also ahead of Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin (12 each).
10 Conference Wins x 17 Last season’s Creighton team won 10 or more league games for a 17th consecutive season. On a national basis, the only other current school with at least 17 straight years of 10 or more league wins is Kansas (19). Each of the last 17 seasons has seen the team finish fourth place or better in the league standings as well, though all of those took place in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Postseason x 16 Creighton has made the postseason in 16 consecutive seasons. The only eight schools to make the postseason in each of the last 16 years are Creighton, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Syracuse.
Postseason Win Streak Thanks to an NCAA Tournament win over Cincinnati last spring, the Creighton men’s basketball team has now won a postseason game in a school-record six straight seasons. The previous mark was three in a row from 1962-64. The following five programs are the only ones that have won a postseason game in six straight seasons, including 2012-13: Creighton, Kansas, North Carolina, Purdue and Syracuse.
Full House Last year’s Creighton team ranked sixth nationally in average home attendance, averaging 17,155 fans per game. It’s the seventh straight season that CU has been among the nation’s top 25 in average home attendance, and set an MVC average home attendance record. The figure ranked ahead of 14 NBA teams (76ers, Rockets, Grizzlies, Wizards, Timberwolves, Cavaliers, Suns, Bobcats, Pacers, Hawks, Bucks, Pistons, Pelicans, Kings). Creighton also ranked sixth nationally in men’s soccer attendance and 10th in baseball attendance, the nation’s only school in the top-10 of those three sports. 2012-13 Attendance Leaders Rk. School Average 1. Kentucky 23,099 2. Syracuse 22,439 3. Louisville 21,571 4. North Carolina 19,350 5. Indiana 17,412 6. Creighton 17,155 7. Wisconsin 16,843 8. Tennessee 16,635 9. Ohio State 16,524 10. Kansas 16,438
Highest Average Attendance, Creighton History Avg. Att. School Year 17,155 Creighton 2012-13 16,665 Creighton 2011-12 15,930 Creighton 2008-09 15,909 Creighton 2006-07 15,333 Creighton 2007-08
Army of Iowans Every Creighton team since 1988-89 has had at least one Iowa native, and this season is no exception. Creighton has five 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 seniors Grant Gibbs (Marion) and Doug McDermott (Ames), junior Will Artino (Waukee), sophomore Alex Olsen (Council Bluffs) and freshman John Burns (Algona). 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 622 straight games. That streak dates to a Feb. 5, 1994 win against Wichita State.
Long-Distance Streak Alive Creighton has made at least one three-pointer in 646 straight games since a 59-53 loss at Illinois State on Feb. 20, 1993.
CenturyLink Center Omaha Success Creighton has played 171 regular and postseason contests at CenturyLink Center Omaha all-time in 11 seasons at the facility. The Bluejays own an 146-25 (.854) record all-time at the facility, and have never lost there on a Thursday (7-0) or Friday (7-0). Creighton has outscored its opponents 12,891-10,958 in games at CenturyLink Center Omaha, an average margin of 11.3 points per game. Creighton has led wire-to-wire 41 different times, including five times last season.
Team of the Millennium? Below is the records for each current BIG EAST school over the last five, 10 and 15 seasons, ranked by overall wins. The three newcomers to the league, Butler, Creighton and Xavier, are at the top of nearly each category. All numbers below are ENTERING 2013-14. Most Wins - Last 15 Years Team W L Pct. Butler 366 136 .729 Xavier 355 145 .710 Creighton 353 147 .706 Marquette 326 165 .664 Georgetown 319 169 .654 Villanova 316 181 .636 Seton Hall 248 217 .533 St. John’s 246 226 .521 Providence 240 225 .516 DePaul 197 265 .426
Most Wins - Last 10 Years Team W L Pct. Butler 244 98 .713 Xavier 236 102 .698 Creighton 232 106 .686 Marquette 229 109 .678 Villanova 223 115 .660 Georgetown 222 104 .681 Seton Hall 166 164 .532 Providence 159 152 .511 St. John’s 138 169 .450 DePaul 132 180 .423
Most Wins - Last 5 Years Team W L Pct. Butler 136 45 .751 Creighton 125 54 .698 Marquette 122 54 .693 Xavier 117 52 .692 Georgetown 109 53 .673 Villanova 109 61 .641 Seton Hall 85 77 .525 St. John’s 84 81 .509 Providence 80 82 .494 DePaul 47 111 .297
Familiar Fives Creighton utilized the same starting line-up all season long in 2012-13, as Gregory Echenique, Doug McDermott, Grant Gibbs, Jahenns Manigat and Austin Chatman started all 36 games. All but Echenique return in 2013-14. Manigat and Gibbs have each started every game since the start of the 2011-12 season, while McDermott has started every game since the start of the 2010-11 season.
Everybody’s All-American Doug McDermott hauled in 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, CBSSports.com and ESPN.com, and a second-team selection by The Sporting News. 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 Korver (2003).
Oscar, Bird, Doug Doug McDermott set a Creighton (and MVC) record for points by a freshman with 581 in 2010-11. As a sophomore McDermott had 801 points, joining Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird as the only sophomores in MVC history with at least 800 points in a season. Last year McDermott became the first player in MVC history to reach 2,000 career points as a junior, and joined Robertson and Bird as the only players in league history to reach 2,000 points in less than three seasons of work. Since 1998-99, McDermott’s 2,236 points are 45th-most nationally by any player. Below is a list of the most prolific 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 1984-85 834 Doug McDermott, Creighton 2012-13 815 Lewis Lloyd, Drake 1979-80 801 Doug McDermott, Creighton 2011-12
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
Top Junior Scorers, MVC History Pts. Name, School Years 978 Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati 1958-59 959 Larry Bird, Indiana State 1977-78 834 Doug McDermott, Creighton 2012-13 815 Lewis Lloyd, Drake 1979-80
Top Scorers, Creighton Single-Season History Pts. Name (Class) Year 834 Doug McDermott (Jr.) 2012-13 801 Doug McDermott (So.) 2011-12 738 Bob Portman (Jr.) 1967-68 734 Bob Harstad (Jr.) 1989-90
Most Career Points, Active Seniors Source: Creighton Sports Info/STATS Inc. (11/9) Rk. Pts. Name, School Next Game 1. 2,236 Doug McDermott, Creighton 11/11 2. 1,688 Travis Bader, Oakland 11/12 3. 1,687 Devon Saddler, Delaware 11/10
Scoring In Numbers Doug McDermott owned 834 points in 36 games last year, an average of 23.2 per contest that ranked him second nationally in scoring. McDermott’s 23.2 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, before McDermott did it each of the past two seasons (3rd in 2011-12, 2nd last year). McDermott’s 23.2 points per game were the most by a MVC player since Bradley’s Curtis Stuckey (25.1 ppg.) in 1990-91.
Father/Son Duos According to the website CollegeHoopedia.com, Doug McDermott is just the sixth man in NCAA history to be named conference player of the year while playing for his father. Joining them on that elite list are Dick/Mark Acres (Oral Roberts), Dick/Tony Bennett (UW Green Bay), Homer/Bryce Drew (Valparaiso), Press/Pete Maravich (LSU) and Clifford/C.J. Reed (Bethune-Cookman). Below is a list compiled by ESPN.com of most points scored by a guy playing for his dad: Name, School Points Father Pete Maravich,LSU 3,667 Press Allan Houston, Tennessee 2,801 Wade Tony Bennett, UWGB 2,285 Tony Doug McDermott, Creighton 2,236 Greg Bryce Drew, Valparaiso 2,142 Homer John Nelson, Portland State 2,123 Sharkey
Repeat All-American Doug McDermott joined some elite company by being named a First Team All-American by the USBWA, Associated Press and the NABC for a second consecutive season last spring. He is the 70th player to repeat the honor from the USBWA, 55th from the NABC, and 51st in the history of the Associated Press. If McDermott is named First Team All-American by the AP this year, he’ll become the first three-time selection since Patrick Ewing and Wayman Tisdale from 1983-85.
Not Half Bad Doug McDermott’s highest scoring half of his career has been 31 points, done as a sophomore in the second half at Bradley when he scored a career-best 44 points. McDermott has scored 15 points or more in a half 45 times during his career, and Creighton is 38-2 in those contests (five times he’s scored 15 or more in both halves). McDermott owns eight halves in his career with 20 or more points, and just six scoreless halves.
The 800 Club Creighton junior Doug McDermott led the nation with 834 points last season after owning a league-high (and second-most nationally) 801 as a sophomore. McDermott joined Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird as the third player in MVC history with multiple 800-point seasons. Nationwide, McDermott was the first player with consecutive seasons of 800 points or more since Stephen Curry (Davidson) and Lester Hudson (Tennessee-Martin) in both 2007-08 and 2008-09.
Supporting Cast Doug McDermott was Creighton’s only player to average in double-figures last year, but he had lots of support to help lead the Jays to 28 wins. Creighton was 11-0 when Ethan Wragge (7.7 ppg.) scored in double-figures last year. CU is 30-1 under Greg McDermott and 16-0 last year when Wragge shoots 50 percent from three-point range. Creighton was 8-1 when Austin Chatman (7.4 ppg.) scored in double-figures last year. Creighton was 6-2 when Jahenns Manigat (5.9 ppg.) scored in double-figures last year. CU is now 20-1 all-time when Manigat makes three or more 3-pointers, including 18 straight wins, and the Jays are 22-2 (with 20 straight wins) when Manigat shoots better than 50 percent from 3-point range. Creighton is 13-0 all-time when Avery Dingman (3.7 ppg.) makes multiple three-pointers. Creighton’s won its last 27 games when Will Artino (64.6 percent last year) has missed a field goal attempt, and is 32-1 all-time when it happens.
Rare Bird According to research from STATS Inc., only two men since 1996-97 have compiled at least 2,100 points, 810 rebounds and 150 three-pointers in their career. That list consists of Creighton senior Doug McDermott and former Duke national champion Kyle Singler. Name, School PTS REB 3FG Kyle Singler, Duke 2,392 1,015 267 Doug McDermott, Creighton 2,236 849 180
His Own Game of H-O-R-S-E Doug McDermott led the nation in 2011-12 with 307 field goals made, and his 284 buckets last year once again led the nation. Prior to McDermott, no player had led the country in field goals made in back-to-back seasons since at least 1995-96. One area that makes McDermott so unique is his ability to use his off (left) hand, and to use the backboard, as seen below: Year FG Backboard Left-Hand 2010-11 220 64 28 2011-12 307 174 56 2012-13 284 132 26 2013-14 7 4 0 Totals 818 374 110
What A Start! Greg McDermott is 81-30 on the Creighton sideline early in his fourth year at the helm. The 81 wins are already the most in Creighton history in the first four seasons. Most Wins at CU, First Four Seasons Coach Years W-L After 4 Yrs Greg McDermott 2010-Pres. 81-30 Tom Apke 1974-78 79-30 Eddie Sutton 1969-73 59-43 Tony Barone 1985-89 57-62 Red McManus 1959-63 56-46 Dana Altman 1994-98 54-59 Thomas E. Mills 1916-20 53-6 Willis Reed 1981-85 52-65 A.A. Schabinger 1922-26 50-18
Walk-On Earns Rare Start It’s not often that a team starts a walk-on, but Doug McDermott isn’t your ordinary walk-on, either. McDermott’s assignment vs. Alcorn State made him the first Creighton player to start while owning walk-on status since Nick Bahe on Nov. 18, 2006.
Who Will Start? Creighton utilized the same starting five in every game last season, and four of their five starters had streaks of 71 or more straight starts by year’s end. Creighton was one of two teams to start the same starting five in every game last season, joining Stephen F. Austin. CU’s starting five played together as a group for 424 minutes last season, during which time its outscored the opposition by 129 points. The four returning starters were +52 in 110 minutes with Ethan Wragge last year, and +34 in 44 minutes with Will Artino a year ago. Consecutive Starts, Creighton (Active) Doug McDermott 111 Jahenns Manigat 87 Grant Gibbs 72 Austin Chatman 37
Rasmussen Named to MBB Committee Creighton Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen began a five-year term on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee on September 1st. He is the only newcomer to the committee for the 2013-14 academic year, replacing last year’s chair, Mike Bobinski.
Championship Duo, Men & Women Creighton was one of seven schools that won a regular-season conference title in both men’s and women’s basketball last year. That elite group consists of Montana (Big Sky), Akron (Mid-American), Texas Southern (Southwestern Athletic), South Dakota State (Summit), Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt), Gonzaga (West Coast) and Creighton (Missouri Valley).
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 68-0 when scoring 75 points or more at CenturyLink Center Omaha. In other words, Creighton is a perfect 80-0 in CenturyLink Center Omaha since Feb. 6, 2005 when scoring enough points to earn its fans some free pizza.
Good As Gold Since Greg McDermott took over three years ago, Creighton is averaging 78.68 points per home game (4,406 points in 56 home games). That’s a vital number since Creighton is 91-0 at home (64-0 at CenturyLink Center Omaha) when scoring 78 points or more and 73-0 at home (50-0 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.
Last Season Recap Creighton went 28-8 and reached the third round of the MVC Tournament last season. Creighton was ranked in the Associated Press top-25 in 16-of-20 weeks and finished 22nd in the year-end poll. Doug McDermott ranked second nationally in scoring (23.2), breaking his own school-record with 834 points. He repeated as a consensus First Team All-American while also sweeping MVC Player of the Year and MVC Tournament MVP honors for a second straight winter. Gregory Echenique (9.7 ppg., 6.6 rpg.) and Grant Gibbs (8.5 ppg., 5.8 apg.) were named Honorable-Mention All-Valley, while Ethan Wragge nabbed Sixth Man of the Year accolades. The Jays ranked second nationally in field goal percentage (.501) and three-point percentage (.414), fourth in assists (16.9), sixth in home attendance (17,155) and ninth in free throw percentage (.759). Creighton defeated Wichita State in the regular-season finale to claim the outright MVC title before winning its league-record 12th Valley Tournament title to clinch an NCAA bid with another win over the Shockers. At the NCAA’s, Creighton topped Cincinnati 67-63 before falling to No. 6 Duke in the third round.
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.
Ticket Information Single-game tickets for the 2013-14 season went 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. For more information, call the Creighton Ticket Office at (402) 280-JAYS.
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