-- A pair of wins last week moved Creighton to a season-best spot in the polls and helped land senior forward Doug McDermott
a slew of conference and national honors in the process.
Coming off wins over Butler and No. 6 Villanova, Creighton skyrocketed to the No. 11 spot in this week's Associated Press poll, 12th in the USA Today coaches rankings, and eighth in the NCAA RPI.
The No. 11 slot is the best rank for CU since also being 11th on Nov. 26, 2012, and trails only the No. 10 ranking on Jan. 20, 2003 in school history.
Creighton's No. 12 rank in the coaches poll matches where the club was two weeks ago.
Creighton's No. 8 ranking in the RPI
is also identical to where the team was two weeks ago.
McDermott collected three more awards in what is quickly becoming the greatest season in program history. He was named BIG EAST Player of the Week for the seventh time this year, a single-season league record. McDermott was also named National Player of the Week by CBSSports.com
and the Naismith Trophy as well.
Individually, McDermott averaged 32.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in a pair of wins last week as Creighton moved back into first place of the BIG EAST Conference. He shot 24-for-36 from the field (.667), 7-for-11 from three-point range (.636) and also was perfect in 10 free throw attempts (1.000).
McDermott’s week began on Thursday with 26 points and five rebounds in a 68-63 win at Butler. With Creighton trailing by two in the final minute, McDermott’s three-pointer with 47.8 seconds left started a game-ending 7-0 run. He sank 11-of-19 shots from the field, including 3-of-5 shots from three-point range.
On Sunday, McDermott tied a season-high with 39 points in a 101-80 win over No. 6 Villanova. He scored Creighton’s first 11 points and never slowed down, sinking 13-of-17 shots, including 4-for-6 from downtown, and was also perfect in nine free throw tries. His three-pointer with 13:23 left moved him into 13th on the NCAA all-time scoring list, passing Larry Bird.
Creighton (21-4, 11-2 BIG EAST) returns to action on Wednesday with a 7:02 pm game at Marquette.