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Men's Basketball Plays For Third Place at Wooden Legacy Sunday vs. GW

2013-14 Creighton Men’s Basketball
Game #7 • Wooden Legacy • vs. George Washington • Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 • 5:30 pm CST

George Washington Colonials vs. #20 Creighton Bluejays
Honda Center (18,336) • Anaheim, Calif.
Radio: KOZN 1620 AM, www.1620thezone.com
TV: ESPNU; ESPN3.com
Series History: First Meeting
Last Meeting:  First Meeting

Wooden Legacy
No. 20 Creighton (5-1) takes on George Washington (5-1) at 5:30 pm Central in the third-place game at the DirecTV Wooden Legacy.
    Sunday’s game will be played at the Honda Center (18,336) in Anaheim, Calif. Below is the remaining tournament schedule:
Sunday, Dec. 1    Time (CST)
G10: Miami (Fla.) vs. Arizona State (ESPN3)    1 pm
G9: Cal St. Fullerton vs. Charleston (ESPNU)    3:30 pm
G11: George Washington vs. Creighton (ESPNU)     5:30 pm
G12: Marquette vs. San Diego State (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 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
    Following the game, Danny O’Byrne and Heath Gunderson will host “Overtime” for approximately one hour, while also taking calls.

Broadcast Information
Sunday’s game will air nationally on ESPNU. 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 5-1 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 before an 86-80 loss to San Diego State on Friday.
    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 (27.8 ppg., 7.0 rpg., 48.6 3FG%) has 167 points in 186 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 (5.5 ppg., 5.2 apg.), Jahenns Manigat (6.3 ppg.) and Austin Chatman (10.0 ppg., 4.7 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 (11.7 ppg.) has given CU a spark off the bench, as well.
    Junior center Will Artino (6.3 ppg., 3.3 rpg.) and reigning MVC Sixth Man of the Year Ethan Wragge (11.0 ppg., 52.5 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.

The Coach
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 85-31 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 364-226 in his 20th season and is 233-162 in his 13th Division I campaign. McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries, Steve Lutz and Patrick Sellers.

Last Game Recap
San Diego State overcame Creighton’s hot start and frantic finish to hand the Bluejays their first loss of the year, 86-80, on Friday. Creighton led 14-2 and 19-7 early, only to see the Aztecs turn the tables and build a 51-32 lead. Creighton fought back and had the ball down three points with 27.2 seconds left, but could not get the tying score.
    Doug McDermott had 16 points in the first seven minutes and finished with a game-high 30 points. SDSU got a career-high 26 points from Xavier Thames.

The Series With George Washington
Creighton and George Washington have never met. Greg McDermott is 5-1 all-time against the current members in the Atlantic-10 Conference. McDermott has never faced GW’s Mike Longeran.

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.
    On Friday vs. San Diego State, Brooks stuffed the stat sheet with nine points, five rebounds and five assists in 21 minutes off the bench.
    In three games away from home as a Bluejay, Brooks owns 48 points in 61 minutes.

Bench Points
Just how diverse is the Creighton offense? Two of its top three scorers come off the bench, as Devin Brooks (11.7 ppg.) and Ethan Wragge (11.0 ppg.) lead a brigade that has averaged 33.3 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 26-for-48 (54.2 percent) from three-point range.

Bullet Points From Friday
-Ethan Wragge made five three-pointers in the second half of Friday’s game vs. San Diego State. In three games away from home this season, he’s 10-for-16 after intermission from long-range.
-Ethan Wragge attempted a long two-point attempt on Friday, his only shot of 41 attempts this season from inside the arc.
-Creighton had won 30 straight games when Will Artino had missed a field goal. That streak was snapped.
-Creighton made 13 three-pointers, the sixth straight game to start 2013-14 with 11 or more trifectas. This is the first time Creighton has ever had 10 or more treys in six straight games.
-Creighton suffered a rare loss when scoring 80+ points. Greg McDermott had been 82-4 as a Division I head coach when scoring 80+ points, including a 40-1 mark at Creighton.and 40 straight wins.
-Creighton lost despite opening up an early 14-2 lead. Creighton had won 60 straight games in which it had opened up a double-digit lead.
-Doug McDermott has now scored 20 points or more in eight straight games dating to last year, and in 62 of 116 career contests.
    McDermott is Creighton’s first player to start the year with at least five straight games of 20+ points since Bob Portman in 1968-69.
-Doug McDermott is one of three players nationally with 20 or more points in every game this season. Joining him in that elite company is Antoine Mason (Niagara) and Dylon Cormier (Loyola Md.).
-Creighton fell to 40-3 in games when Doug McDermott scores 15 points in a half. He had 16 in the first nine minutes.
-After 30 points vs. San Diego State, Doug McDermott now ranks second in Creighton history with 20.55 points per game. He trails Bob Portman (24.68), but has surged past Paul Silas (20.51).

-Doug McDermott leads the nation this season with 35.9 points per 40 minutes played. McDermott led the same category last year with 29.3 points per 40 minutes, and was second as a sophomore at 28.7 points per 40 minutes.

27, 30, Etc...
Doug McDermott scored 27 points vs. Arizona State, then had 30 vs. San Diego State. He joins James Harden, Matthew Dellavedova and Michael Bramos as the only players in Wooden Legacy history with multiple games of 27 points or more. No player has ever done it three times.
    McDermott can set a Wooden Legacy scoring record with 30 or more points on Sunday, as Harden currently owns that mark with 87 in 2008. No other player has ever scored more than 74 points in the event’s history.

More Event Records?
Devin Brooks could set a tournament record of his own, this one for three-point marksmanship. Brooks is currently 5-for-6 from long-range at the Wooden Legacy (83.3 percent), well ahead of the mark set by James Harden of 66.7 percent (10-15) in 2008.
    As a team, Creighton’s 25-for-52 marksmanship from downtown (48.1 percent) could be second-best in event history. The record is currently 50.0 percent, set by USC in 2007.
    As a team, Creighton is averaging 84.0 points in two games at the Wooden Legacy. The event record is 83.3 points, done by the 2008 Arizona State team. Creighton can break that mark with 82 points or more on Sunday.
    Other marks within reach include field goals made (CU has 61, record is 87 by 2010 UNLV), three-pointers made (CU has 25, record is 36 by 2011 Santa Clara).

You’ve Got Our Attention, Now
Creighton hasn’t lost many non-conference games in the last three seasons, but when it has, the Jays have come out with a vengeance in their next outing.
    Since the start of 2011-12, Creighton has lost five previous non-conference games. Each time, the Bluejays responded with a resounding, double-digit victory, as seen below
Date    Non-Con Loss    Next Game
12/10/11    @Saint Joseph’s    W 97-62 HOU BAP.
03/18/11    vs. #4 N. Carolina    W 71-51 N. TEXAS
11/28/12    Boise State    W 80-51 ST. JOE
2/23/13    @Saint Mary’s    W 80-62 BRAD
03/24/13    vs. #6 Duke    W 107-61 ALCORN

Shooting For A Record
Creighton alum Kyle Korver could tie an NBA record if he makes a three-point basket Monday against San Antonio.
    Korver enters that game 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.
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