2013-14 Creighton Men’s Basketball Game #14 • at Seton Hall • Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 • 2:07 pm CST Creighton Bluejays at Seton Hall Pirates Prudential Center (10,862) • Newark, N.J. Radio: KOZN 1620 AM, www.1620thezone.com TV: FOX Sports 1 Series History: Seton Hall leads, 6-1 Last Meeting: Seton Hall 81, Creighton 69 on 3/16/91 in Salt Lake City, UT
Next Game Creighton (11-2, 1-0) hits the road for the first time in a month when it faces Seton Hall (10-4, 1-0) on Saturday afternoon in Newark, N.J. Tip-off at Prudential Center (10,862) is set for 2:07 pm Central.
Radio Broadcast Information KOZN (1620 The Zone) will broadcast all Creighton men’s basketball games during the 2013-14 season. John Bishop and Nick Bahe will call the action. The broadcast is also webcast live at 1620thezone.com. The pregame show “Bluejay Shootaround” is hosted by Josh Peterson and former Bluejay Josh Dotzler, and will air from 12:00 - 1:30 pm. Following the game, Tim Krueger and Heath Gunderson will host “Overtime” for approximately one hour, while also taking calls from listeners.
Broadcast Information Saturday’s game will be broadcast nationwide on FOX Sports 1, with Dick Stockton and Jim Spanarkel on the call. The game will not be video webcast. 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 Creighton Creighton opens 2014 with an 11-2 record, including wins over Nebraska, Arizona State, Saint Joseph’s, Cal and Marquette. Creighton enters Saturday on a league-leading six-game win streak, and has not trailed in any of its last five contests. Senior Doug McDermott (24.3 ppg., 7.3 rpg., 42.9 3FG%) 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, was named Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year, and has scored 19 or more points in all but one game this year. Creighton’s backcourt returns intact, as well, as Austin Chatman (7.2 ppg., 4.5 rpg., 4.3 apg.), Jahenns Manigat (7.8 ppg., 43.6 3FG%) and Grant Gibbs (5.8 ppg., 4.3 apg) have started every game the past two seasons and maintain a combined 147/59 assist/turnover (2.49) ratio. Helping to replace Gregory Echenique at the “5” spot have been the duo of Ethan Wragge (12.4 ppg., 50.0 3FG%) and Will Artino (6.2 ppg., 60.7 FG%). Creighton was picked to finish third in the 10-team BIG EAST Conference this winter after returning 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.
Scouting Seton Hall Seton Hall is off to a 10-4 start after winning in double-overtime at Providence on Tuesday. The Pirates are seeking their first 2-0 start in league play since 1999-2000. Seton Hall owns wins over teams such as Virginia Tech, Rutgers and Providence, and its four losses (Mercer, Oklahoma, Fairleigh Dickinson, St. Peter’s) have been by a combined 11 points, including a pair of overtime setbacks. Texas transfer Sterling Gibbs leads the team with 15.8 points per game while also dishing a club-best 51 assists. Senior swingman Fuquan Edwin led the Pirates in scoring last year and is second this season at 12.5 points per contest. Classmate Brian Oliver leads the team with 43 three-point baskets and is third on the team with 12.1 points per game. Also in double-figures are Eugene Teague (10.8 ppg., 9.4 rpg.), Brandon Mobley (10.2 ppg., 5.9 rpg.) and Patrik Auda (10.1 ppg., 67.6 FG%), making SHU one of the nation’s only teams with six men scoring in double-figures. As a team, Seton Hall averages 79.1 points per game while allowing 71.4 per contest. The Pirates shoot 45.2 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from three-point land and 75.1 percent at the line.
The Coaches Greg McDermott (Northern Iowa, 1988) is in the midst of his fourth season as head coach at Creighton. He led CU to a 28-8 mark last year, and is now 91-32 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 371-227 in his 20th season and is 240-163 in his 13th Division I campaign. McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries, Steve Lutz and Patrick Sellers. Kevin Willard (Pittsburgh, 1997) owns a 59-53 victory in his fourth season at Seton Hall, which moves his career mark to 104-102 in seven years. He came to Seton Hall after a three-year stint as Iona head coach. Willard is assisted by Shaheen Holloway, Fred Hill and Oliver Antigua.
The Series With Seton Hall Seton Hall leads the all-time series with Creighton, 6-1, though the teams have never played in Omaha. The teams have met just once in the last 62 years, a 1991 NCAA Tournament contest in Salt Lake City won by the Pirates. Greg McDermott has never faced Seton Hall or coach Kevin Willard. Willard is 1-0 all-time against Creighton, leading his 2009-10 Iona team to a 63-55 win over the Bluejays at the Old Spice Classic near Orlando, Fla.
McDermott’s Quest For The Top 50 Creighton senior Doug McDermott enters Saturday’s game 51st in NCAA history with 2,532 career points. With two points or more, he’d surge into the top-50 in NCAA history. If he reaches his season average of 24 points, McDermott would move up to 41st place. And should McDermott match his collegiate high of 44 points, he’s rise up to 38th in NCAA history in points. McDermott became the first player to reach 2,5000 points since Jimmer Fredette (BYU), Andrew Goudelock (Charleston) and Charles Jenkins (Hofstra) did it in 2011, and has passed hoop legends Elgin Baylor, Bill Bradley and Andrew Toney in the NCAA record book during the last few weeks. Page seven of this release lists every player in NCAA history to score 2,500 career points.
Playing With A Lead Creighton hasn’t trailed in any of its last five games, double-digit home wins over Nebraska, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, California, Chicago State and Marquette. In the 11 year history of CenturyLink Center Omaha, Creighton has led wire-to-wire in 46 games, but this is the first time it’s accomplished the feat in three (or more) straight contests. In all, Creighton has not trailed in its last 220:07 played at home, last facing a deficit late in the first half vs. Tulsa on Nov. 23rd. Creighton has trailed for just 5:52 of 320:00 minutes this season at home, and just 8:06 of its last 400:00 minutes during its 10-game home win streak. Impressively, Creighton has not trailed at any point in the second half during that home win streak, winning all 10 games by double-figures. At all sites, Creighton has played 232:30 straight minutes without trailing since taking a 14-12 lead with 12:30 left in the first half vs. Long Beach State. By the time Creighton tips off at Seton Hall on Saturday, that will have been more than a month ago (Dec. 3 --> Jan. 4). Creighton has also trailed for a total of 85 seconds in its last seven games vs. BCS competition, winning each game by double-figures.
Starting On Fire Since inserting Ethan Wragge into the starting five prior to the Dec. 3 game at Long Beach State, Creighton has started out strong. Creighton has not trailed in its last 232:30 of action, and the Bluejays have outscored foes 255-156 in the first half of those games. In those six games, Creighton’s outscored foes 73-34 from start of game until when Ethan Wragge’s checked out for first time.
Good As Gold Not only has Creighton started games quickly this season, but the Bluejays have also done a good job maintaining those leads. The Bluejays have won 20 straight games when leading with 5:00 to play. Overall under Greg McDermott, Creighton is 83-4 when leading with 5:00 left, including victories in 45 of the last 46 scenarios. The Bluejays are also 3-0 under McDermott when tied with 5:00 to play. CU is 5-28 under McDermott when trailing with 5:00 left, with the last such rally coming on Feb. 25, 2011 at Indiana State.
He’s The Man(igat) Jahenns Manigat averaged a modest 5.6 points per game in the first eight contests this season, making 15-of-33 field goal attempts (45.4 percent). Since returning home from CU’s eight-day trek to California, Manigat has averaged 11.2 points on 19-of-36 marksmanship (52.8 percent) from the floor. Manigat scored 15 points last Sunday in a win over Chicago State, sinking 5-of-7 three-point shots. Manigat then had season-highs with 16 points, six rebounds and six assists in CU’s win over Marquette two nights later. This is just the second time in Manigat’s history that he’s scored 15 points or more in consecutive games, and on Saturday he’ll be gunning for an unprecedented third straight game in double-figures.
Seniors Lead The Way Creighton’s senior class has led the way in recent weeks, providing tremendous scoring and shooting in addition to unquestioned leadership. Take a look at the collective performances of Grant Gibbs, Jahenns Manigat, Doug McDermott and Ethan Wragge during the club’s six-game win streak: Opponent 3FG-3FGA Points Rebounds Long Beach State 8-16 39 9 Nebraska 11-24 67 21 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 7-22 47 16 California 5-18 46 24 Chicago State 15-21 60 14 Marquette 11-24 51 21 6-Game Totals 57-125 310 105 Rest of Team 14-44 163 98
Familiar Faces When Creighton visits Seton Hall this weekend, Bluejay guard Devin Brooks will recognize a familiar face on the Seton Hall sideline. Seton Hall assistant coach Oliver Antigua coached Brooks in high school at St. Raymond’s in the Bronx. One other face that Creighton might recognize is that of Seton Hall big man Eugene Teague who began his college career (as Gene Teague) by playing in 48 games at Creighton’s former MVC rival Southern Illinois from 2009-11. Teague averaged 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in three meetings against the Bluejays, all Creighton wins.
On The Road Again Creighton is 2-0 in true road games this season, having already won at Saint Joseph’s and Long Beach State. The Bluejays also won their road finale last season, at Bradley. According to data at WarrenNolan.com, Creighton’s three-game win streak in true road games was tied for the nation’s eighth-longest such streak through games of Jan. 1. That list is headed by both Gonzaga and Manhattan, who own seven-game road win streaks. Creighton is 19-8 in true road games the past three years, and 31-12 when you also include neutral site games.
On A Roll Since the start of 2011-12, Creighton is a remarkable 68-16. On a national basis, Creighton’s 68 wins since the start of last season ranks tied for eighth, through games of Jan. 1, as seen below. Most Wins, Since 2011-12 School ‘11-12 ‘12-13 ‘13-14 W-L Next Louisville 30-10 35-5 12-2 77-17 1/4 Syracuse 34-3 30-10 13-0 77-13 1/4 Ohio State 31-8 29-8 14-0 74-16 1/4 Kansas 32-7 31-6 9-3 72-16 1/5 Wichita State 27-6 30-9 13-0 70-15 1/2 Gonzaga 26-7 32-3 12-2 70-12 1/2 Kentucky 38-2 21-12 10-3 69-17 1/8 Creighton 29-6 28-8 11-2 68-16 1/4 Duke 27-7 30-6 11-2 68-15 1/4 Michigan State 29-8 27-9 12-1 68-18 1/4 VCU 29-7 27-9 11-3 67-19 1/3
BCS Busters One frequent question about how Creighton will handle the move to the BIG EAST is how they’ll handle the nightly rigors of playing against “BCS” competition on a regular basis. In the past three seasons, Creighton is 13-2 against teams from those leagues, with both losses (North Carolina, Duke) coming in the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. Ten of the 13 wins came by double-digits, and just five of the games took place in Omaha. In the last seven regular-season games vs. BCS foes, Creighton has trailed a grand total of 85 seconds while winning all seven contests by double-figures. Individually, Doug McDermott has scored at least 19 points in all but one of those games (Alabama), and in that one he had a double-double. McDermott has averaged 25.3 points and 8.5 rebounds per game in the 15 games. D. McDermott Date Opponent Score Pts Reb. 11/20/11 vs. Iowa W 82-59 25 9 12/04/11 Nebraska W 76-66 24 12 12/22/11 Northwestern W 87-79 27 5 03/16/12 vs. Alabama W 58-57 16 10 03/18/12 vs. #4 N. Carolina L 73-87 20 9 11/23/12 vs. Wisconsin W 84-74 30 8 11/24/12 vs. Arizona State W 87-73 29 9 12/06/12 at Nebraska W 64-42 27 4 12/15/12 at California W 74-64 34 9 03/22/13 vs. Cincinnati W 67-63 27 11 03/24/13 vs. #6 Duke L 50-66 21 9 11/28/13 vs. Arizona State W 88-60 27 6 12/08/13 Nebraska W 82-67 33 8 12/22/13 California W 68-54 20 11 12/31/13 Marquette W 67-49 19 7
Give Me Six Creighton’s win vs. Chicago State on Dec. 29th was the Jays fifth straight this season, a streak that reached six after Tuesday’s win vs. Marquette. The Bluejays have now had at least one five-game win streak in 16 of the last 17 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.
3’s vs. 2’s In Creighton’s last six games, the Bluejays have attempted 330 shot attempts, with more than half (169) of those coming from beyond the arc. Creighton has made 82-of-161 two-pointers in that time, accounting for 164 points (1.01 points per shot). Creighton has made 71-of-169 three-pointers in that time, accounting for 213 points (1.26 points per shot). In its Dec. 29 win vs. Chicago State, Creighton made 16-of-25 three-point attempts, good for 1.92 points per shot attempt from deep. To earn the same point total (48 points) from 25 two-point attempts, Creighton would need to shoot 24-for-25 (96 percent). Perhaps that’s why Greg McDermott said in the postgame press conference: “If you’re going to give us an open 3-point shot, that’s the best percentage shot we can get.” Chicago State head coach Tracy Dildy agreed, “We’ve watched every game they had played, and we knew this was the best shooting team in the country. If there is another team in the country that shoots the ball like these guys shoot, I would love to see that team.”
Deadly From Downtown Through NCAA games of Dec. 29th, Creighton led the the nation with 136 three-point baskets, and is also third with 11.3 three-pointers per contest and third with 43.7 percent marksmanship from deep. Creighton has made 11 or more three-pointers in all but two games (7 vs. both George Washington and California), including a season-high 16 vs. Chicago State on Dec. 29. Creighton also ranked third with 18.8 assists per game and second in assist/turnover ratio (1.77). Doug McDermott ranked second nationally in scoring, fifth in total points and was also ninth in field goals made. Ethan Wragge ranked sixth in three-pointers per game, fifth in three-pointers made and ninth in three-point field goal percentage.
More Numbers From Deep Creighton tied a school-record on Tuesday vs. Marquette with 35 attempts from three-point range, something previously done vs. North Carolina A&T (11/11/11) and at Bradley (2/1/11). In Creighton’s win last Sunday vs. Chicago State, the Jays had 16 three-pointers, which was the second-most trifectas in a single-game in program history. Looking ahead to Saturday, it’s worth keeping an eye on that Seton Hall has allowed a BIG EAST-high 101 three-pointers to its opponents, while allowing teams to shoot 37.7 percent from three-point range, also the worst mark for a BIG EAST defense from downtown.
Racing To 50 Ethan Wragge needed just 13 games to reach 50 three-pointers made this season. He’s the second-fastest player in program history to reach the milestone, trailing only Kyle Korver (11 games) in 2002-03. In Korver’s magical 2002-03 season, he would finish with a school-record 129 three-pointers in 34 games, an average of 3.79 treys per game. By comparison, Wragge’s 50 three-pointers in 13 games this year are an even-better average of 3.85 trifectas per contest. Fewest Games Before Making 50th 3-Pointer Name Year Games to 50 Kyle Korver 2002-03 11 Ethan Wragge 2013-14 13 Tad Ackerman 1994-95 17 Kyle Korver 2000-01 17 Booker Woodfox 2008-09 18 Duan Cole 1991-92 20 Kyle Korver 2001-02 20 Gary Swain 1986-87 21 Rod Mason 1987-88 21 Ryan Sears 1997-98 21 Ethan Wragge 2012-13 21 Rod Mason 1986-87 23 Doug McDermott 2012-13 23 Matt Petty 1992-93 24 Duan Cole 1990-91 25 Rodney Buford 1996-97 25 Nate Funk 2004-05 25
Team of the Millennium? Below is the records for each current BIG EAST school over the last four, eight and 14 (since 2000-01) 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, entering New Year’s Eve. Most Wins Since 2000-01 (1/3/14) Team W L Pct. Butler 331 121 .732 Xavier 320 125 .719 Creighton 319 130 .710 Marquette 305 142 .682 Georgetown 294 141 .676 Villanova 287 158 .645 Providence 223 196 .532 Seton Hall 221 196 .530 St. John’s 202 213 .487 DePaul 177 236 .429
Most Wins - Last 8 Years Team W L Pct. Butler 205 59 .777 Xavier 183 71 .720 Creighton 180 78 .698 Marquette 179 80 .691 Georgetown 176 69 .718 Villanova 165 86 .657 Seton Hall 125 112 .527 Providence 123 115 .517 St. John’s 120 119 .502 DePaul 86 150 .364
Most Wins - Last 4 Years Team W L Pct. Creighton 91 32 .740 Butler 86 37 .702 Marquette 83 38 .686 Georgetown 79 30 .725 Xavier 75 38 .664 Villanova 66 46 .589 St. John’s 60 51 .541 Providence 59 53 .527 Seton Hall 58 53 .527 DePaul 38 70 .352
Consistent Challengers Eleven of Creighton’s last 16 teams finished either first or second in The Valley’s regular-season race. Two of the five that didn’t won the MVC Tournament. The Bluejays won the MVC in 2000-01 and 2012-13, tied for the title in 2001-02 and 2008-09. CU was second in the MVC in 1997-98 and 2006-07, tied for second in the MVC in 1998-99, 2003-04 and 2005-06, and finished tied for third in 2004-05. The 1999-00 club was fourth in the MVC, but won the MVC Tournament, while the 2010-11 club tied for fourth place. Creighton’s MVC Finishes, Last 16 Years 1st Place 2000-01, 2012-13 Tied for First 2001-02 (won MVC Tourn.), 2008-09 2nd Place 1997-98, 2002-03 (won MVC Tourn.), 2006-07 (won MVC Tourn.), 2011-12 (won MVC Tourn.) Tied for 2nd 1998-99 (won MVC Tourn.), 2003-04, 2005-06 Tied for 3rd Place 2004-05 (won MVC Tourn.) 4th Place 1999-00 (won MVC Tourn.); 2007-08; 2009-10 Tied for 4th Place 2010-11
Consistency A Key Doug McDermott has scored 20 or more points in 12 of the 14 games he’s played in this season, and 18 of his last 21 contests dating to last season. Nationally, only 36 players average 20 points per game or more, which gives you an idea of how hard it is to reach that mark on a nightly basis.
McDermott By The Numbers Senior forward Doug McDermott has put together very similar numbers throughout his career, regardless of result, site, level of competition or score differential, as seen below: Breakdown MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG PPG Wins 30.3 .579 .485 .847 7.5 22.1 Losses 32.6 .469 .388 .755 7.9 16.4 Home 29.7 .563 .445 .835 7.6 20.8 Away 31.7 .554 .489 .812 7.6 19.8 Neutral 33.2 .507 .440 .843 7.7 21.5 BCS Foes 32.0 .508 .391 .871 7.1 21.9 Non-BCS Foes 30.7 .561 .473 .820 7.7 20.3 Margin 0-9 32.8 .524 .426 .767 7.7 18.8 Margin 10-19 31.0 .550 .441 .854 7.6 21.1 Margin 20+ 26.8 .605 .546 .897 7.4 23.3 CAREER (All) 30.9 .551 .458 .830 7.6 20.6
That’s Why They’re “Free” Throws A pair of Bluejay seniors are quietly working on extended free throw streaks. Jahenns Manigat is 9-for-9 at the line this season after making his final 13 attempts last year, giving him a career-long streak of 22 in a row. Doug McDermott made his final three attempts against George Washington on Dec. 1 before going a combined 13-for-13 in wins vs. Long Beach State and Nebraska, giving him a streak of 16 in a row. He then made all 13 attempts on Dec. 17 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, pushing the streak to 29 and was 2-for-2 vs. Cal to make it 31 straight. On Dec. 29 vs. Chicago State, McDermott was 8-for-8 at the line, giving him a school-record streak of 39 in a row. He extended the mark to 41 with a 2-for-2 showing on Dec. 31 vs. Marquette. Earlier this year McDermott had a streak of 28 straight makes snapped in CU’s season-opening victory over Alcorn State. Consecutive Free Throws Made, (Since 1980) FT Name Dates of Streak 41 Doug McDermott Dec. 1, 2013 - Present 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 24 Rick Apke Jan. 22-Feb. 5, 1977 24 Rod Mason Jan. 28-Feb. 4, 1988 24 Kyle Korver Mar. 15-Dec. 4, 2001 24 Ethan Wragge Feb. 3, 2010 - Feb. 1, 2012 22 Matt Petty Jan. 4-Feb. 4, 1993 22 Ryan Sears Feb. 22-Nov. 22, 1999 22 Nate Funk Feb. 26-Mar. 17, 2005 22 Cavel Witter Nov. 9-Dec. 5, 2007 22 Jahenns Manigat Feb. 9, 2013 - Present 21 Kevin McKenna Dec. 22, 1980-Jan. 22, 1981 21 James Farr Jan. 2-28, 1989 21 Andre Tucker Feb. 20-Nov. 29, 1993 21 Kyle Korver Mar. 3-Nov. 25, 2002 20 Jason Singleton Jan. 18-23, 1993 20 Kyle Korver Jan. 11-Jan. 23, 2003 20 Kyle Korver Jan. 23-Feb. 4, 2003
Dougie McAutomatic? Doug McDermott was a perfect 13-for-13 at the line on Dec. 17 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff. McDermott became the first Bluejay to be perfect in 13 or more attempts from the line since Doug Brookins went 16-for-16 on Dec. 16, 1974. In addition to Brookins, the only other CU players to make all of their 13+ attempts in the same game were Mike Caruso (14-14 on 1/21/70) and Bob Portman (13-13 on 1/13/68).
Toe The Line Creighton shot a school-record 75.9 percent from the free-throw line last season, and with much of the same team back, it’s no surprise the team is shooting 76.2 percent at the line in 2013. Creighton has shot 77.3 percent or better from the stripe in seven straight games, connecting on 104-of-122 overall (85.2 percent) in that time. All five members of Creighton’s current starting line-up shoot better than 71.2 percent for their career, and the quintet is a collective 902-for-1120 (80.5 percent) in their Bluejay careers from the line. Creighton has missed two or less free throws in each of its last four games, going 24-for-26 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 11-of-13 vs. Cal, 20-of-22 vs. Chicago State and 4-for-4 vs. Marquette.
Defense Improves Two years ago Creighton ranked 222nd in the nation in field goal percentage defense, as teams shot 44.1 percent from the field. Last year the squad improved to 77th nationally, as teams dropped to 40.7 percent from the floor against the Jays. The team continues to make strides in that area, holding foes to 39.8 percent marksmanship this year to rank 58th nationally. Only four of Creighton’s first 13 opponents have shot 40 percent or better from the field this season. Creighton’s field goal percentage defense of 39.8 percent is the program’s best mark since the 1962-63 club held foes to 39.3 percent (706-1795).
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. This year’s Creighton team is averaging 17,504 through eight home dates, good for fourth-nationally. 2013-14 Attendance Leaders (1/3) Rk. School Average Next Home 1. Syracuse 24,029 1/4 2. Kentucky 22,357 1/8 3. Louisville 20,700 1/9 4. Creighton 17,504 1/12 5. Indiana 17,245 1/4 6. North Carolina 17,185 1/8 7. Wisconsin 16,984 1/5 8. Kansas 16,666 1/5 9. Memphis 15,593 1/4 10. BYU 15,518 1/4
Highest Average Attendance, Creighton History Avg. Att. School Year 17,504 Creighton 2013-14 17,155 Creighton 2012-13 16,665 Creighton 2011-12 15,930 Creighton 2008-09 15,909 Creighton 2006-07
McDermott In Elite Company Since the start of his sophomore year (2011-12), Doug McDermott has averaged 23.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in 83 contests. That makes him the only college player in the nation to average at least 23 points and seven rebounds per contest in that span. In same time, only NBA guys to do so are Kevin Durant (28.2 & 8.0), LeBron James (26.7 & 7.8), Carmelo Anthony (26.0 & 7.0) and Kevin Love (24.8 & 13.5).
Simply No Comparison Doug McDermott’s stats this season of 24.3 points, 7.3 rebounds and 42.9 percent marksmanship from three-point range put him in even more elite company than imagined. Since 1997-98, only two other college players have averaged at least 24.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot 40 percent or better from three-point range over the course of an entire season, Kevin Durant (25.8 ppg., 11.1 rpg., 40.4 3FG%) at Texas in 2006-07 and Wally Szczerbiak (24.4 ppg., 7.6 rpg., 49.2 3FG%) at Miami (Ohio) in 1997-98. In NBA history, the only players to average 24.3 points, 7.3 or more rebounds and shoot 42 percent or better from three-point range (min. 20 3FG’s) during a season are Larry Bird (twice), Kevin Durant (once) and Dirk Nowitzki (once).
National Leaders Doug McDermott’s career stats rank among the top-10 active players nationally in 10 of the 15 different categories tracked by the NCAA through games of Dec. 29th. Rank Category Total Leader 1 Points 2,513 -- 1 FG Made 907 -- 1 FG Attempted 1,644 -- 2 FT Made 491 D. Burton, 535 2 Double-Doubles 32 A. Rubit, 47 2 Scoring Average 20.6 T. Haws, 21.8 3 3-Point Percentage .457 M. Frazier, .480 3 Rebounds 932 A. Rubit, 1,015 8 Games Played 122 J. Gollon, 131 8 FT Attempted 584 D. Burton, 696
Milestone Watch -Jahenns Manigat needs one steal to reach 100 in his career. -Jahenns Manigat is one start shy of his 100th consecutive start. -Doug McDermott needs two points to move among the top-50 scorers in NCAA history. -Doug McDermott needs two three-pointers to rank fourth in CU history with 213, passing Rodney Buford. -Doug McDermott needs to make seven free throws for 500 in his career. -Grant Gibbs is eight assists shy of 450 at Creighton. -Ethan Wragge needs 49 points to reach 1,000 in his career. Wragge has made just 13 starts in his career. No other Bluejay in the 1,000 point club owns fewer than 59 starts.
Where There’s A Will Will Artino started Creighton’s first seven games, but has shined since returning to the reserve role he was used in during his first three seasons on campus. Artino averaged 5.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game during his seven starts, but has averaged 6.7 points and 3.5 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per contest in six games off the bench, all wins. Artino had a season-best 13 points off the bench at Long Beach State on Dec. 3, then snared a season-high seven rebounds in 11 minutes vs. Nebraska. When Artino Starts Name PPG RPG MPG Artino 5.7 3.0 14.3 Wragge 11.7 4.1 23.9 Combined 17.4 7.1 38.2
When Wragge Starts Name PPG RPG MPG Artino 6.7 3.5 12.5 Wragge 13.2 4.0 27.3 Combined 19.9 7.5 39.8
Wragge Time! Ethan Wragge had 15 points vs. San Diego State, then added 16 more vs. George Washington two days later, before wrapping up CU’s trip to California with 15 points at Long Beach State two days later. It marked the first time in his career he’d posted back-to-back contests of 15 or more points, and made him the first Bluejay reserve with consecutive games of 15+ points since Cavel Witter on Dec. 22 & 29, 2009. Wragge finished three games at the Wooden Legacy averaging 12.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 0.7 blocked shots. He tied for the Wooden Legacy lead with 11 three-point baskets, converting 47.8 percent of his 23 long-range attempts. Wragge now owns eight straight games of three or more three-pointers and has twice tied a career-high with nine rebounds in his past seven games. He also became the first player in CU history with 4+ three-pointers in five straight games.
Full House Creighton has attracted five of its 17 largest home crowds in program history this season. Here’s a look at Creighton’s top-16 home crowds all-time. Rank Att. Opponent Date 1. 18,735 Wichita State 02/11/12 2. 18,613 Wichita State 03/02/13 3. 18,525 Marquette 12/31/13 4. 18,494 Illinois State 02/09/13 5. 18,458 Evansville 12/29/12 6. 18,436 Bradley 01/28/12 7. 18,111 Bradley 02/02/13 8. 18,078 Tulsa 11/23/13 9. 18,073 Drake 01/08/13 10. 17,954 Wichita State 12/28/08 11. 17,740 Alcorn State 11/08/13 12. 17,694 Indiana State 01/05/13 13. 17,676 Northwestern 12/22/11 14. 17,665 Missouri State 12/28/11 15. 17,607 Drexel 02/17/07 16. 17,533 California 12/22/13 17. 17,530 Nebraska 12/08/13
Thirty Point Buck Doug McDermott owns 33 points or more in four of his last eight home games. He scored 41 points in his final home game last year vs. Wichita State (March 2), 37 against UMKC (Nov. 11), 33 vs. Tulsa (Nov. 23) and 33 vs. Nebraska (Dec. 8). McDermott’s 33 points were the most by a Bluejay against Nebraska since Duan Cole had 35 points on Dec. 7, 1991. In his last nine home games, McDermott has played 285 minutes and scored a staggering 252 points. McDermott has scored 30 or more points in 18 career games. By comparison, all other Creighton players since 1991-92 have combined for 17 games of 30+ points in CU’s 708 games played in that period.
Speaking of 30 According to available school records, Doug McDermott owns 18 of the 124 games in Creighton history with 30 points or more. Only Bob Portman (22) has more, with Bob Harstad (12) the only other player besides McDermott with 10 or more such contests. In addition, McDermott’s four games this season of 30 points or more are tied for eighth-most in school history. He already owns fourth and fifth place on that list. Most 30-Point Games, Career 30-Pt. Games Name Years 22 Bob Portman 1966-69 18 Doug McDermott 2010-Pres. 12 Bob Harstad 1987-91 9 Paul Silas 1961-64 6 Wally Anderzunas 1965-67, 68-69 6 Cyril Baptiste 1969-71 6 Benoit Benjamin 1982-85
Most 30-Point Games, Season 30-Pt. Games Name Year 10 Bob Portman 1967-68 10 Bob Portman 1968-69 8 Bob Harstad 1989-90 7 Doug McDermott 2012-13 6 Doug McDermott 2011-12 5 Benoit Benjamin 1984-85 5 Wally Anderzunas 1968-69 4 Paul Silas 1962-63 4 Cyril Baptiste 1970-71 4 Rod Mason 1987-88 4 Doug McDermott 2013-14
Experienced Starters One reason for Creighton’s success is its veteran line-up. Creighton’s current line-up has a combined 22 years of college experience under their belt, including 20 seasons at Creighton. Grant Gibbs is a sixth-year senior who is in his fourth year with the Bluejay program. He has started every game the past three seasons and is on pace to challenge CU’s record for career assists. Ethan Wragge is a fifth-year senior who medically redshirted after plantar fasciitis issues during his second year on campus. He is second in school history in three-pointers made, trailing only 11-year NBA veteran Kyle Korver. Both Jahenns Manigat and Doug McDermott are four-year seniors. McDermott has started every game of his career, while Manigat has started all but one of the last 101 games. McDermott already owns Creighton records for career points, field goals, three-point percentage and consecutive free throws made. According to Ken Pomeroy’s advanced statistics, Creighton’s line-up averages 2.42 years of experience, making the Bluejays the 13th-most veteran group nationally, and tops among the nation’s BCS schools.
Comparing Offenses Creighton has had one of the nation’s most effective and most efficient offenses in the past three seasons. With the nucleus from those teams still intact, we thought we’d take a second to compare the 2011-12 and 2012-13 teams to this year’s squad through 13 games: Stat 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 Record 11-2 12-1 11-2 FG Made 386 365 362 FG% .501 .508 .485 3FG Made 119 119 149 3FG% .451 .425 .431 FT Made 189 185 189 FT% .692 .755 .762 Rebound Margin +4.7 +3.7 +5.5 Assists 259 226 245 Turnovers 163 152 141 Scoring Average 83.1 79.5 81.7 Scoring Margin +14.0 +18.1 +18.0
Bench Points Creighton’s bench has averaged 27.5 points and 15.6 rebounds per contest. The reserves are shooting 49.4% from the field and 43.1% from downtown. Both Ethan Wragge and Devin Brooks own games of 20 points or more this season in a reserve role.
Korver Sets NBA Record Creighton alum Kyle Korver continues to extend his NBA record streak of games with a three-pointer. Korver entered Friday’s (Jan. 3) game vs. Golden State with a three-pointer in 101 straight games, smashing Dana Barros’ previous league-record of 89. In 2009-10, Korver set an NBA single-season record by shooting 53.6 percent from three-point range, a record that still stands. 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. Korver’s longest three-point streak at Creighton was 28 and snapped by Greg McDermott’s UNI team. His second-longest streak was 27 and snapped by Steve Merfeld’s Evansville team. Korver made at least one trifecta in 114 of his 128 games as a Bluejay.
Let’s Chat About Austin Junior point guard Austin Chatman had the best scoring day of his Creighton tenure on Nov. 23rd when he scored a career-high 19 points in an 82-72 win vs. Tulsa. Chatman had 15 points before the break and made a career-best four three-point hoops on the afternoon. Most recently, Chatman had a career-best eight rebounds vs. George Washington on Dec. 1st. Chatman averaged 1.86 rebounds per game in his first two years on campus, but averages 4.5 per contest this season, including four or more caroms in 10 of 13 contests.
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 if he can stay healthy and average roughly 25 points per game this season. To help put McDermott’s career in perspective, the chart on page eight shows how many points McDermott owns and which famous ballplayer that is most comparable to. This season alone, McDermott has surpassed legends like Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Schmidt, Eddie Mathews, Kirby Puckett and Willie Stargell.
Productive Minutes According to bbstate.com, Doug McDermott ranks third nationally this season with 30.8 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.
A KenPom Delight? Noted statistician Ken Pomeroy’s website, KenPom.com has numerous ratings that break down team efficiencies. The site consistently ranks Creighton’s offense among the nation’s best. Pomeroy’s site (through Jan. 1) ranks Creighton with the sixth-best mark nationwide in “Adjusted Efficiency” at 118.2 points per 100 possessions, third in “Assists Per Field Goals Made” at 67.7 percent and second in “Effective Field Goal %” at 58.5 percent.
Rare Air Doug McDermott had 33 points and 15 rebounds in a Nov. 23 win vs. Tulsa, leading to some additional research on the senior All-American. McDermott was the first Creighton player with at least 33 points and 15 rebounds since Bob Harstad’s 33/17 on December 6, 1989 vs. Cleveland State.
Poll Position Creighton finished last season ranked 22nd in the final Associated Press poll, and made its 2013-14 debut in the top-25 poll last week when it was No. 23rd. The Jays then climbed to a season-best 20th the week of Nov. 25th, but has since dropped out of the poll. Creighton is 73-26 all-time when ranked in the AP poll. Including this week’s poll result, Creighton has been ranked 30 times in 66 weeks of AP polls under Greg McDermott, and ranked between 26th-to-28th in seven other polls. The 30 weeks in the top-25 under McDermott is more than any coach in Bluejay history. Most Weeks in AP Top 25 at CU, By Coach Greg McDermott, 2010-Pres. 30 (of 66) Dana Altman, 1994-2010 18 Tom Apke, 1974-81 5 Eddie Sutton, 1969-74 5
Quick Starts Key To Playing in Postseason Including this year, Creighton has started off 3-0 (or better) in 13 of the last 15 seasons. Each of Creighton’s last 14 3-0 starts have been culminated in a postseason tournament appearance at the end of the year. This season marks the third straight year Creighton has opened 4-0, something last done from 2002-03 to 2004-05. The only other time CU started 4-0 in three straight years had come in a five-year stretch from 1916-17 to 1920-21.
Wragge Bombs Away Ethan Wragge has attempted 100 of his 105 shots this season from three-point range, sinking an incredible 50 of them (50 percent) behind the arc. He was 7-for-11 from deep in CU’s 83-79 win at Saint Joseph’s on Nov. 16, the most treys by a Bluejay in a game since Booker Woodfox had seven (also at Saint Joseph’s) in 2008. With four three-pointers vs. George Washington on Dec. 1, Wragge moved past Ryan Sears into second place in Creighton history for career trifectas. He now owns 274 career treys. He also ranks sixth in CU history with 43.7 percent marksmanship from downtown. For his career, Wragge has attempted 627-of-679 shots from beyond the arc.
McDermott, For The Win Doug McDermott drained his first career game-winner in a Nov. 16 victory at Saint Joseph’s. With Creighton trailing by one and 6.9 seconds left, McDermott caught an inbounds pass, hit a fadeaway jumper, and was fouled. He converted the three-point play in CU’s eventual 83-79 win. Said McDermott after the game “I didn’t know how to celebrate…I’ve never hit one before.” McDermott is now 7-for-9 from the field and 18-for-22 from the line in the last minute of games in the past two seasons. Creighton had not won a game when trailing in the final minute of overtime since Feb. 21, 2012, when Josh Jones hit a game-winner to beat Evansville in the final 30 seconds of overtime. Creighton had also tied that same game as time expired on a Gregory Echenique tip-in to close regulation. Creighton last won a road game when trailing in the final minute on Jan. 7, 2011, at Southern Illinois, taking the lead for good with 36 seconds left on two Darryl Ashford free throws. Creighton last won a game away from home when trailing in the final five seconds on March 6, 2009, when Booker Woodfox hit a buzzer-beater to stun Wichita State in the MVC Tournament quarterfinals.
Martelli On McDermott Even before Doug McDermott hit a three-point play to beat Saint Joseph’s, Hawks coach Phil Martelli was overwhelmingly complimentary on the skills of Doug McDermott. Here’s what he had to say about McDermott prior to the game: “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.”
Big Deficits, Big Deal Creighton overcame a 13-point deficit to win at Saint Joseph’s on Nov. 16 before posting an 83-79 win. It was the 10th time in four seasons under Greg McDermott that the Jays have won a game its trailed by double-figures at some point, including six such comebacks away from home. On the other hand, CU is 78-5 under McDermott when putting together double-digit leads, including wins 66 of the last 67 times. Double-Digit Comebacks Under Greg McDermott Deficit Opponent Date 17 at San Diego State 11/30/11 16 at Evansville 02/16/13 14 Evansville 02/21/12 13 at Saint Joseph’s 11/16/13 12 Saint Joseph’s 12/11/10 11 at Wichita State 12/31/11 11 Northern Iowa 01/10/12 11 vs. Alabama 03/16/12 10 UAB 11/14/12 10 vs. Drake 03/02/12
Just Like Viejas Arena? Creighton’s win at Saint Joseph’s had some similarities to its road win at San Diego State two years ago. In both games, Creighton faced an early double-digit deficit before cutting into the lead before half (17 at SDSU, 13 at SJU). In both games, Creighton got big nights from Ethan Wragge (19 points at SDSU, 21 at SJU). In both games, Creighton held on to a lead in the last 10 seconds. In both games, Creighton was playing its first true road game of the season, and in front of a sellout crowd known as one of the toughest atmospheres in college basketball.
@McDermottAlert Has You Covered Rather than clog up its other social media accounts with the many exploits of Doug McDermott, Creighton Athletics has created a Twitter account specific to him, that can be found at twitter.com/McDermottAlert. It contains links to dozens of national profiles and stats on the senior forward, and owns more than 1,400 followers.
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.
20-20-20-20-20-20 Vision Doug McDermott opened his senior season with 20 points vs. Alcorn State, 37 points vs. UMKC, 20 points at Saint Joseph’s, 33 points vs. Tulsa, 27 points vs. Arizona State and 30 points vs. San Diego State. In the process, he became the first Bluejay to start a season with at least five consecutive games of 20 or more points since Bob Portman opened with five straight games in 1968-69.
Use The Four’s Doug McDermott converted a rare four-point play on Nov. 11 vs. UMKC, sinking a three-point shy while being fouled before making the subsequent free throw. Isaiah Zierden followed suit on Nov. 28 vs. Arizona State. 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.
Crowd Control 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.
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 NCAA Rank ‘13-14 FG Percentage .487 1st .492 3FG Percentage .401 2nd .437 Assists 1,793 4th 226 Assists/Game 16.30 5th 18.8 3FG Made 874 6th 136 Assist/Turnover Ratio 1.34 10th 1.77 FG Made 2,852 13th 337 Wins 80 T-16th 10 Winning Pct. .727 26th .833
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.
Weekly Honor For McDermott Doug McDermott was named National Player of the Week by ESPN.com and BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week on Nov. 16th after averaging 25.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in three Creighton wins to start the season. McDermott made 55.8 percent from the field, 53.3 percent from three-point land, and 78.6 percent of his free throw attempts. McDermott then earned his second consecutive BIG EAST Player of the Week honor on Nov. 23rd when he got the nod following a 33 point, 15 rebound showing in a 82-72 triumph vs. Tulsa. McDermott earned his third BIG EAST honor on Dec. 9 after averaging 27.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in lopsided wins over Long Beach State and Nebraska. Including his seven MVC Newcomer of the Week honors in 2010-11, 13 MVC Player of the Week honors from 2011-13, and three BIG EAST Player of the Week accolades of 2013-14, McDermott has now won at least one conference weekly award from the MVC or BIG EAST in 23 of 56 weeks since enrolling at Creighton.
McDermott Honored at Wooden Legacy Doug McDermott added to his career honor roll when he picked up All-Tournament Team accolades at the Wooden Legacy. McDermott led all players by averaging 21.3 points per game and also topped all players with 21 field goals made and 16 defensive rebounds. San Diego State’s Xavier Thames was named Wooden Legacy MVP after leading the Aztecs to the title.
Brooks Breaks Harden’s Record Devin Brooks set a Wooden Legacy for three-point marksmanship. Brooks was 6-for-8 from long-range at the Wooden Legacy (75.0 percent), well ahead of the previous mark set by James Harden of 66.7 percent (10-15) in 2008.
Record Watch 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 914 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 493.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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 634 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 658 straight games since a 59-53 loss at Illinois State on Feb. 20, 1993.
CenturyLink Center Omaha Success Creighton has played 178 regular and postseason contests at CenturyLink Center Omaha all-time in 11 seasons at the facility. The Bluejays own an 153-25 (.860) 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 13,396-11,325 in games at CenturyLink Center Omaha, an average margin of 11.8 points per game. Creighton has led wire-to-wire 46 different times, including five times last season and the Nebraska, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, California, Chicago State and Marquette games this year.
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. 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
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. 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. (1/3) Rk. Pts. Name, School Next Game 1. 2,532 Doug McDermott, Creighton 1/4 2. 2,001 Travis Bader, Oakland 1/4
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 Doug McDermott, Creighton 2,532 Greg Tony Bennett, UWGB 2,285 Dick Bryce Drew, Valparaiso 2,142 Homer
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 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 52 times during his career, and Creighton is 43-3 in those contests (six times he’s scored 15 or more in both halves). McDermott owns 10 halves in his career with 20 or more points, and just six scoreless halves.
The 800 Club Creighton’s 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 scored in double-figures last year. CU is 33-3 under Greg McDermott when Wragge shoots 50 percent or better from three-point range, and 25-3 under McDermott when Wragge scores in double-figures. Creighton was 8-1 when Austin Chatman scored in double-figures last year. Creighton was 6-2 when Jahenns Manigat scored in double-figures last year. CU is now 22-1 all-time when Manigat makes three or more 3-pointers, including 20 straight wins, and the Jays are 23-2 (with 21 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 is 41-3 all-time when Will Artino (60.7 percent) misses a field goal attempt.
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 2013-14 103 37 5 Totals 914 406 115
What A Start! Greg McDermott is 91-32 on the Creighton sideline early in his fourth year at the helm. The 91 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. 91-32 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. Bahe is currently the program’s radio analyst.
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 123 (leads NCAA) Jahenns Manigat 99 Grant Gibbs 84 Austin Chatman 49 Ethan Wragge 6
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 73-0 when scoring 75 points or more at CenturyLink Center Omaha. In other words, Creighton is a perfect 85-0 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 79.03 points per home game (4,979 points in 63 home games). That’s a vital number since Creighton is 99-0 at home (70-0 at CenturyLink Center Omaha) when scoring 78 points or more and 83-0 at home (56-0 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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