Men's Basketball Meets San Diego State Tonight
2013-14 Creighton Men’s Basketball
Game #6 • Wooden Legacy • vs. San Diego State • Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 • 8:30 pm CST
Titan Gym (4,000) • Fullerton, Calif.
Radio: KOZN 1620 AM, www.1620thezone.com
TV: ESPN2; ESPN3.com
Series History: Creighton leads, 4-1
Last Meeting: Creighton 85, San Diego St. 83 on 11/30/11 in San Diego, Calif.
No. 20 Creighton (5-0) continues a stretch of four games in six days when it takes on San Diego State (3-1) on Friday at 8:30 pm Central in championship bracket action at the Wooden Legacy.
Friday’s game will take place at Titan Gym (4,000) in Fullerton, Calif., while the final day of games will be on Sunday at the Honda Center (18,336) in Anaheim, Calif.
Below is the remaining tournament schedule:
Friday, Nov. 29 Time (CST)
G5: George Washington vs. #25 Marquette (ESPN2) 2:30 pm
G6: Miami (Fla.) at Cal State Fullerton (ESPN3) 5 pm
G7: Creighton vs. San Diego State (ESPN2) 8:30 pm
G8: Arizona State vs. Charleston (ESPNU) 11 pm
Sunday, Dec. 1 Time (CST)
G9: G6 Loser vs. G8 Loser (ESPN3) 1 pm
G10: G6 Winner vs. G8 Winner (ESPNU) 3:30 pm
G11: G5 Loser vs. G7 Loser (ESPNU) 6 pm
G12: G5 Winner vs. G7 Winner (ESPN2) 8:30 pm
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 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Following the game, Tim Krueger and Heath Gunderson will host “Overtime” for approximately one hour, while also taking calls.
Friday’s game will air nationally on ESPN2. Dave Flemming and Sean Farnham will announce the game, with Jeff Goodman serving as color analyst.
The game will also be webcast at no charge on ESPN3.com.
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.
Scouting No. 20 Creighton
Creighton is 5-0 on the young season, with victories over Alcorn State (107-61), UMKC (96-70), Saint Joseph’s (83-79), Tulsa (82-72) and Arizona State (88-60) to open the year.
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 Doug McDermott (27.4 ppg., 7.6 rpg., 44.4 3FG%) has 137 points in 147 minutes this winter and is 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 named Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year by league coaches.
The other three returning starters include guards Grant Gibbs (5.0 ppg., 4.8 apg.), Jahenns Manigat (7.0 ppg.) and Austin Chatman (9.8 ppg., 5.4 apg., 4.2 rpg.). Gibbs led the MVC in assists each of the last two years and was awarded a sixth year of eligibility in early July. Devin Brooks (12.2 ppg.) has given CU a spark off the bench, as well.
Junior center Will Artino (6.8 ppg., 4.0 rpg.) and reigning MVC Sixth Man of the Year Ethan Wragge (10.2 ppg., 53.3 3FG%) will see time on the front line to help replace starting center Gregory Echenique (9.7 ppg., 6.6 rpg., 1.7 bpg.).
Creighton was picked to finish third in the 10-team BIG EAST Conference this winter.
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 85-30 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 364-225 in his 20th season and is 233-161 in his 13th Division I campaign. McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries, Steve Lutz and Patrick Sellers.
Last Game Recap
Doug McDermott had 27 points and Devin Brooks had 23 off the bench as Creighton routed previously unbeaten Arizona State, 88-60, on Thursday.
The Series With San Diego State
Creighton owns a 4-1 lead in the all-time series with San Diego State, though the teams have never met on a neutral floor.
A victory that many point to as the breakthrough win in the Greg McDermott era was a Nov. 30, 2011 win at San Diego State. In that contest, Creighton trailed by 17 early, only to rally and win at hostile Viejas Arena, 85-83.
Doug McDermott led Creighton with 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Ethan Wragge added 19 points.
Brooks Gets It Done
Junior college transfer Devin Brooks made a huge impact in Creighton’s 88-60 win over Arizona State on Thursday.
Brooks had 20 points in his first 10 minutes on the floor before finishing with 23 points in 19 minutes overall. The 23 points were the most in any game by a Bluejay reserve since Cavel Witter had 25 points on Nov. 22, 2008 vs. Oral Roberts.
Brooks sank 9-of-11 shots from the floor and was perfect in four attempts from long-range after entering the evening 0-for-2 from downtown in his Bluejay career.
In two games away from home as a Bluejay, Brooks owns 39 points in 40 minutes.
Offense vs. Defense?
Creighton enters Friday’s game averaging 91.2 points per game, a figure that ranks eighth-most nationally. CU is also seventh nationally with 1.23 points per possession
San Diego State, on the other hand, allows an average of just 50.8 points per game, the second-best mark nationally.
Just how diverse is the Creighton offense? Two of its top three scorers come off the bench, as Devin Brooks (12.2 ppg.) and Ethan Wragge (10.2 ppg.) lead a brigade that has averaged 35.2 points per contest.
Both Wragge and Brooks own games of 20 points or more this season in a reserve role, and the duo is a combined 20-for-36 (55.6 percent) from three-point range.
Creighton’s bench has scored 34 points or more in all but one game this season.
Bullet Points From Thursday
-Creighton has now made a three-pointer in 650 straight games after doing so in the first three minutes on Thursday. The streak dates back to February of 1993.
-Creighton’s 88 points last night were 10 more than any team scored in any Wooden Legacy contest a year ago.
-Greg McDermott improved to 21-3 in November games since arriving at Creighton, and is now 13-4 in neutral-site games on the Bluejay sideline.
-Doug McDermott has now scored 20 points or more in seven straight games dating to last year, and in 61 of 115 career contests.
McDermott is Creighton’s first player to start the year with five straight games of 20+ points since Bob Portman in 1968-69.
-Doug McDermott is one of six players nationalloy with 20 or more points in every game this season. Joining him in that elite company is Reger Dowell (Texas-Arlington), Jabari Parker (Duke), Antoine Mason (Niagara), Dylon Cormier (Loyola Md.) and George Beamon (Manhattan).
-Creighton outscored Arizona State 38-18 in the 11:55 when both Doug McDermott and Ethan Wragge were on the floor last night.
-Creighton is now 12-2 on neutral floors in the past two seasons.
-Creighton is one of three teams that have scored 40 points or more in every half this season, joining North Dakota and Oklahoma State.
San Diego State has yet to allow 40 points in any half this season, and held two different teams to 41 points total for a game.
-Creighton is one of six teams nationally with 82 points or more in every game this year. Joining Creighton is Oklahoma State, Gonzaga, North Dakota, North Carolina and Boise State.
-Isaiah Zierden had one of Creighton’s biggest baskets of the night when he had a four-point play late in the firs thalf vs. Arizona State. It was the fourth four-point play in four seasons under Greg McDermott.
-Creighton is off to a 5-0 start, and the Bluejays have had at least one five-game win streak in 15 of the last 16 seasons.
Since 1988-89, the Bluejays have made the NCAA’s, NIT or CBI all 18 previous times they’ve had a five-game winning streak in a season, but missed the NCAA/NIT/CBI all seven times they haven’t.
Two Years Ago, At Viejas
Creighton overcame an early 31-14 deficit at one of the nation’s most intimidating venues to defeat San Diego State, 85-83, on Nov. 30, 2011, the last time these teams met.
The game was tied at 69-all with 3:59 left. Creighton would score each of its final eight possessions, winning by two.
Creighton was 28-16 under Greg McDermott prior to that game, and is 57-14 since taking the floor that memorable night in San Diego.
Shooting For A Record
Creighton alum Kyle Korver could tie an NBA record if he makes a three-point basket tonight against Dallas.
Korver enters the evening with a three-pointer in 88 straight games, one shy of Dana Barros’ league-record of 89.
Korver played at Creighton from 1999-2003 and owns the school record with 371 career three-pointers, helping the Bluejays to a 29-5 mark as a senior.