Men's Basketball Earns Postseason Bid To NIT; Will Host Bowling Green
OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton men’s basketball team will head to the postseason for a league-record 12th consecutive season, accepting a bid to the National Invitation Tournament on Sunday night. The Bluejays (26-7) will play on Wednesday, March 18, at 7 pm Central against Bowling Green (19-13) at Qwest Center Omaha.
Creighton enters the postseason with a 26-7 record after tying for the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title with Northern Iowa. Creighton has not played since having its 11-game winning streak snapped by Illinois State in the semifinals of the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on March 7th. The Bluejays are led by MVC Player the Year Booker Woodfox (15.9 ppg.) as well as senior point guard Josh Dotzler (3.2 ppg., 2.1 spg.).
This is Creighton’s 10th bid to the National Invitation Tournament, and marks the first time since 1942-43 that the squad has appeared in consecutive NIT’s. Creighton is 4-9 all-time in NIT play, last winning on March 18, 2008 against Rhode Island.
The Bluejays enter the NIT as a No. 1 seed and will take on the eighth-seeded Falcons. The Wednesday night match up will take place at Qwest Center Omaha, and will not be audio or video webcast and will also not be televised. Wednesday's winner will advance to play the winner of Tuesday's match-up between Ketucky and UNLV in the second round.
Bowling Green won a share of the East Division title of the Mid-American Conference with an 11-5 conference record and are 19-13 overall. The Falcons are led by all-MAC performer Nate Miller, a 6-4 senior forward. Miller leads BG with 13.5 points per game. Also averaging in double-figures is senior guard Brian Moten, who scores 11.1 points per game. Bowling Green is making its first NIT appearance since a first-round loss to Butler, and 14th appearance in the NIT overall. The Falcons are coached by Louis Orr.
This will be the first meeting all-time between Creighton and Bowling Green.
Creighton season ticket holders will be able to purchase their same seat locations for Wednesday night’s NIT first-round game by stopping by the Qwest Center Omaha Box Office ticket windows on Monday, March 16 from 11:00 a.m., to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 17 from 10:00 a.m., to 6:00 p.m., and on Wednesday, March 18 from 10:00 a.m., to 1:00 p.m. (sorry, phone or e-mail orders from CU season ticket holders for Wednesday’s NIT tickets cannot be accepted). As per NIT rule, there are no complimentary tickets. Ticket prices will be $30 each for lower bowl table seats, $20 each for all other lower bowl seats and $10 each for all upper bowl seats (adult or youth). The Qwest Center Omaha ticket office will accept personal checks for NIT game ticket payment – made payable to Creighton Athletics – in addition to cash or credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover or American Express). Seats that haven’t been purchased by season ticket holders by 1:00 p.m., on Wednesday, March 18 will be made available to the general public via Ticketmaster starting at 3:00 p.m., on Wednesday, March 18. CU season ticket holders stopping by the Qwest Center Omaha Box Office ticket windows to purchase tickets for Wednesday night’s NIT game on Monday (11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.), Tuesday (10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) and Wednesday (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) should park in either of venue’s two curb-cuts on 10th Street.
Upper bowl seats not sold as season tickets will be available after 11 am on Monday via Ticketmaster. Lower bowl and upper bowl seats sold as season tickets but not purchased by season ticket holders for Wednesday night’s game will be made available to the general public beginning Wednesday at 3 p.m.
Jaybackers who received a set of parking passes prior to the 2008-09 season for the arena garage, Lot A or Lot B should use the parking pass which was included in the original set labeled “Creighton Bluejays Postseason Game #1” for entry to the specific lot Wednesday night. An arena garage pass AND $10 will be required for entry while Lot A and Lot B passes will require the pass AND $6 for entry to be allowed.