2013-14 Creighton Men’s Basketball
Game #3 at Saint Joseph’s • Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013 • 6:05 p.m.
Creighton Bluejays at Saint Joseph’s Hawks
Michael J. Hagan ‘85 Arena (4,200) • Philadelphia, Pa.
Radio: KOZN 1620 AM, www.1620thezone.com
TV: The Comcast Network; Sports Net New York; DirecTV 639
Series History: Series tied, 5-5
Last Meeting: Creighton 80, Saint Joseph’s 51 on 12/1/12 in Omaha, Neb.
Creighton (2-0) hits the road for the first time when it travels to Philadelphia, Pa., to take on Jesuit rival Saint Joseph’s (2-0) on Saturday at 6:05 pm Central.
The game will take place at Michael J. Hagan ‘85 Arena (4,200) in Philadelphia, Pa.
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 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Following the game, Tim Krueger and Heath Gunderson will host “Overtime” for approximately one hour, while also taking calls.
Video Webcast Information
The game will be streamed free of charge on www.campusinsiders.com.
Television Broadcast Information
Saturday’s game will air on The Comcast Network, Sports Net New York (SNY) and DirecTV channel 639. Ed Cohen and John Griffin will announce.
Coordinates are below:
Satellite Space Segment: AMC16 - TX14K Slot A18 85’W
Uplink Frequency: 14271.000 Vertical
Downlink Frequency: 11971.000 Horizontal
Allocated Bandwidth 18 Mhz
MPEG-2 DVB-S2 8PSK HD 420p
Symbol Rate: 14.40
Data Rate: 32.084957
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.
Creighton is 2-0 on the young season after lopsided victories over Alcorn State (107-61) and UMKC (96-60) to open the season.
The Bluejays 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.
Senior forward Doug McDermott has 57 points in 51 minutes this winter 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 (9.0 ppg.) and Austin Chatman (9.0 ppg., 7.0 apg., 6.0 rpg.). Gibbs led the MVC in assists each of the last two years and was awarded a sixth year of eligibility in early July.
Junior center Will Artino (9.0 ppg., 5.0 rpg.) and reigning MVC Sixth Man of the Year Ethan Wragge (10.5 ppg., 5.0 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 Saint Joseph’s
Saint Joseph’s is 2-0 on the season after victories over Vermont (74-64) and Marist (81-62). The Hawks returned three starters and 10-of-14 lettermen from last year’s 18-14 team that lost in the opening round in the NIT.
Langston Galloway is among the nation’s best guards and comes in averaging 20.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Athletic big man Ronald Roberts averages 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. Also back is Halil Kanacevic, who does a little bit of everything and averages 7.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game.
Headlining Saint Joseph’s talented recruiting class is DeAndre Bembry, who has averaged 10 points per game while starting the first two contests of his college career.
The Hawks are shooting 47.8 percent from the field, 40.6 percent from three-point range and 66.7 percent at the line while averaging 77.5 points per contest.
Saint Joseph’s was picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic-10 Conference, trailing VCU, Saint Louis, La Salle and Massachusetts. Both Galloway and Roberts were preseason second-team all-Atlantic-10 picks.
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 82-30 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 362-225 in his 20th season and is 231-161 in his 13th Division I campaign. McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries, Steve Lutz and Patrick Sellers.
Saint Joseph’s is coached by Phil Martelli (Widener, 1976), who owns a 330-237 record in his 19th 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 and Creighton have split 10 all-time meetings, but the Bluejays have won five of the past six encounters.
After a 26-year gap, the teams will be playing for the sixth time in seven years, as Creighton won close games in 2007, 2008 and 2010. Saint Joseph’s won 80-71 in Philadelphia in 2011 before Creighton blew out the Hawks 80-51 last year in the only meeting between the schools ever decided by 11 points or less.
Greg McDermott is 2-1 against Saint Joseph’s and Phil Martelli. McDermott is 4-1 in his career against the current Atlantic-10 membership. Martelli is 1-4 in his career against Creighton.
Last Game Recap
Doug McDermott had 25 of his game-high 37 points in the first half to lead Creighton to a 96-70 win vs. UMKC on Monday in Omaha. McDermott had 37 points with 12 mintues to go but played sparingly down the stretch in CU’s blowout victory. Austin Chatman helped the hosts with 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. UMKC placed five men in double-figures, led by 15 from Trinity Hall.
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. Each of the last two years Saint Joseph’s has started 2-0 but lost its third game. The Hawks are aiming for their first 3-0 start since the 2009-10 campaign.
Lannon Faces Former School
Creighton University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. began his tenure at CU in July of 2011 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 in 2011, 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 five 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. He finally experienced a victory last December when Creighton pinned a 80-51 loss on the Hawks.
Jays Sign A Pair Of Recruits
A pair of high school basketball standouts have signed letters-of-intent to play at Creighton University. Leon Gilmore III and Ronnie Harrell will both be freshmen when they enroll in the fall of 2014 and have four years of eligibility.
Gilmore is a 6’7” wing from Manvel, Texas, who attends Manvel High School and plays for coach Greg Devers. As a high school junior, he helped his team to a 30-6 record by averaging 13.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Gilmore competes for the Houston Hoops AAU program.
Harrell is a 6’7” wing from Denver (Colo.) East High School, where he plays for Rudy Carey. As a junior he averaged 13.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game, helping the Angels reach the state title game. On the AAU circuit, Harrell plays for Billups Elite, which is supported by his cousin, NBA veteran Chauncey Billups.
Wragge Back For More
Three 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?
Three years ago, Doug McDermott opened his career with 116 points in his first eight games (14.5 ppg.) before facing Saint 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 111 career games at Creighton, including 103 games of 10 or more points, 58 games of 20 or more points, 15 games of 30 or more points and two games in the 40’s.
McDermott has played in 224 halves (plus three overtime periods) in his career, and scored in all but six of those periods. Two of those six droughts came in that same scoreless performance vs. SJU in 2010. By comparison, he’s had nine different halves of 20 or more points.
Doug McDermott has opened his senior season with 20 points vs. Alcorn State and 37 points vs. UMKC. Believe it or not, he’s the first Bluejay to start a season with consecutive games of 20 or more points since Rodney Buford opened with three straight games in 1998-99.
30 x 2?
Since 1990, only two Creighton players have scored 30 points in consecutive games; Bob Harstad in 1990 and Doug McDermott last December.
McDermott, who is coming off a 37-point game on Monday and had 26 points as a sophomore at Hagan Arena vs. Saint Joseph’s, is seeking to become the first Bluejay player with consecutive games of 35 points or more since Benoit Benjamin on Jan. 17 & 19, 1985.
Nationally, the only player with consecutive 35-point games last season was South Dakota State’s Nate Wolters, who had 53 vs. IPFW on Feb. 7 and followed that up with 36 points vs. Oakland two nights later.
The nation’s last player with consecutive games of 37 points or more was BYU’s Jimmer Fredette in January of 2011.
Half The Story
Doug McDermott is averaging 28.5 points per game this season despite not scoring in the final 12 minutes of either game.
He was subbed out with 13:17 left vs. Alcorn State in the opener, and played just 4:28 of the final 12:13 in Monday’s romp over UMKC.
In the UMKC game, McDermott had 37 points in the first 28 minutes, but did not score again.
Below is a look at McDermott’s points/minutes by half this year.
1st half 2nd half
Opponent Points Minutes Points Minutes
Alcorn State 18 17 2 3
UMKC 25 19 12 12
Totals 43 36 14 15
Use The Four’s
Doug McDermott converted a rare four-point play on Monday vs. UMKC, sinking a three-point shy while being fouled before making the subsequent free throw.
In Greg McDermott’s four-year tenure at Creighton, the only previous players with a four-point play had been Kaleb Korver and Ethan Wragge, who had done it once each.
Creighton will be making its fifth trip to Philadelphia in the past seven years when it ventures to play at Saint Joseph’s this Saturday.
Creighton beat Drexel at the Daskalakis Athletic Center in 2007, beat Saint Joseph’s at The Palestra in 2008 and lost to Saint Joseph’s at Hagan Arena in 2011. Most recently, Creighton played a pair of NCAA Tournament games at Wells Fargo Center in March of 2013, beating Cincinnati before ending its season with a third-round loss to Duke.
In addition to Creighton’s trek this weekend, the Jays also will return to play at Villanova on Jan. 20th.
Martelli On McDermott
A year ago, Phil Martelli was overwhelmingly complimentary on the skills of Doug McDermott, saying:
“This kid is Larry Bird. McDermott is Larry Bird. He is this year’s Larry Bird. He has all the stuff.”
One year later, Martelli is still a fan. Here’s what he had to say about McDermott after Wednesday’s win over Marist:
“The country is gaga over these freshmen but McDermott’s the best player in the country.
“Tell me who does more for their team. They can give the awards at the end of the year to the freshmen because of the media blitz, but that kid is a magnificent, magnificent player. And they have an unbelievable way of getting him shots. They’re difficult to guard because they spread you out, they run a lot of stuff. We’re excited.
“He’s an All-American and they’re a post-season team. They’ve been where we want to go.”
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 an 81-game streak with a 3-point basket into Friday’s game (Nov. 15), having obliterated the Hawks franchise mark of 42 last season. In NBA history, it is the second-longest ever, trailing only Dana Barros (89). He ranks 27th in NBA history with 1,344 career three-pointers and is 12th in league history with his 42.0 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.
Two Creighton players reached milestones on Monday, while Grant GIbbs closed on another one. Gibbs needs two 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.
Jahenns Manigat became the ninth player in Creighton history with 150 three-pointers.
Doug McDermott became the sixth player in Creighton history with 850 or more rebounds.
Making An Entrance
Iowa Western CC transfer Devin Brooks has shown moments of brilliance in his first three 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.
Most recently, Brooks had nine rebounds, five assists and four points in 16 minutes vs. UMKC.
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.
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’s sellout crowd of 17,740 on Nov. 8 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.
Backcourt In Bunches
The three men who play nearly all of Creighton’s minutes at point guard have off to strong starts this season, as Austin Chatman, Devin Brooks and Grant Gibbs rank as three of the BIG EAST’s eight men with 10 or more assists this year.
Chatman owns 14 assists without a turnover, with Gibbs (12/3) and Brooks (10/4) also top-10 in assist/turnover ratio in the league.
The trio has combined for 115 minutes, 41 points, 31 rebounds, 36 assists against just seven turnovers this season.
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
With seven field goals on Nov. 8, Doug McDermott took over sole possession of first place on Creighton’s all-time field goals made list. He now owns 833 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 vs. Alcorn State, passing MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson for third in CU history, and now owns 422.
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 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 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.
Big Margin Leads To Big Things
Creighton’s 107-61 win on Nov. 8 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.
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
Creighton is a perfect 43-0 all-time in regular-season home games that take place on or before Nov. 26th.
Creighton has won 44 of its 45 regular-season November home games since 1990, falling only to Boise State last season.
Overall, Creighton is 57-12 in regular-season November games at all sites since the start of the 1998-99 campaign.
Creighton has also won 46 of its last 47 non-conference home games against unranked foes since falling to Drexel on Feb. 17, 2007.
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, one of 15 men named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List, and one of 50 players on the preseason watch list for the John R. Wooden Award.
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 322 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.
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.
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. This season alone, McDermott has surpassed Keystone State legends Mike Schmidt and Willie Stargell.
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.
This year’s Creighton team is averaging 17,300 through two home dates.
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 623 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 647 straight games since a 59-53 loss at Illinois State on Feb. 20, 1993.
CenturyLink Center Omaha Success
Creighton has played 172 regular and postseason contests at CenturyLink Center Omaha all-time in 11 seasons at the facility.
The Bluejays own an 147-25 (.855) 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 12,987-11,028 in games at CenturyLink Center Omaha, an average margin of 11.4 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
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.
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. (11/14)
Rk. Pts. Name, School Next Game
1. 2,273 Doug McDermott, Creighton 11/16
2. 1,716 Devon Saddler, Delaware 11/17
3. 1,707 Travis Bader, Oakland 11/15
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.
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 2,273 Greg
Bryce Drew, Valparaiso 2,142 Homer
John Nelson, Portland State 2,123 Sharkey
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 first team 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 46 times during his career, and Creighton is 39-2 in those contests (five times he’s scored 15 or more in both halves).
McDermott owns nine 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.
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 (including 18 straight wins) 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 14-0 all-time when Avery Dingman makes multiple three-pointers.
Creighton’s won its last 28 games when Will Artino (64.6 percent last year) has missed a field goal attempt, and is 33-1 all-time when it happens.
According to research from STATS Inc., only two men since 1996-97 have compiled at least 2,100 points, 850 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 2,273 856 185
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 22 10 1
Totals 833 380 111
What A Start!
Greg McDermott is 82-30 on the Creighton sideline early in his fourth year at the helm. The 82 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. 82-30 so far
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 112
Jahenns Manigat 88
Grant Gibbs 73
Austin Chatman 38
Will Artino 2
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 69-0 when scoring 75 points or more at CenturyLink Center Omaha.
In other words, Creighton is a perfect 81-0 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 78.98 points per home game (4,502 points in 57 home games).
That’s a vital number since Creighton is 92-0 at home (65-0 at CenturyLink Center Omaha) when scoring 78 points or more and 74-0 at home (51-0 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.
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.
2013-14 Creighton Men’s Basketball