Game #8 • at Long Beach State • Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 • 9:00 pm CST
Creighton Bluejays at Long Beach State 49ers
Walter Pyramid (4,200) • Long Beach, Calif.
Radio: KOZN 1620 AM, www.1620thezone.com
Video Webcast: BigWest.org/TV
Series History: Creighton leads, 4-1
Last Meeting: Creighton 81, Long Beach State 79 on 2/18/12 in Omaha
Creighton (5-2) wraps up an eight-day trip to California with a Tuesday night road game at Long Beach State (1-7).
Tip-off at Walter Pyramid (4,200) in Long Beach, Calif, is set for 9 p.m. Central.
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 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Following the game, Danny O’Byrne and Heath Gunderson will host “Overtime” for approximately one hour, while also taking calls.
Tuesday’s game is the only Creighton game all season not scheduled for television.
The game will be video webcast at no charge at www.bigwest.org/tv.
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.
Creighton is 5-2 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 losses to San Diego State (86-80) and George Washington (60-53) to close out play at the Wooden Legacy.
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
(24.9 ppg., 7.1 rpg., 42.5 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, and named Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year by league coaches.
The other three returning starters include guards Grant Gibbs
(6.4 ppg., 4.7 apg.), Jahenns Manigat
(6.0 ppg.) and Austin Chatman
(9.6 ppg., 4.6 apg., 4.7 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
(10.4 ppg.) has given CU a spark off the bench, as well.
Junior center Will Artino
(5.7 ppg., 3.0 rpg.) and reigning MVC Sixth Man of the Year Ethan Wragge
(11.7 ppg., 52.1 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.
Scouting Long Beach State
Long Beach State is 1-7 on the season, but it’s come against a schedule that ranks eighth-toughest nationally according to KenPom.com.
The 49ers have played some of the top teams in the country so far, falling in true road games at Arizona, Kansas State and Washington, and losing games in Puerto Rico to Michigan, VCU and Kansas State. LBSU’s lone win this season came in the opener, a 71-59 victory over Hawaii Pacific.
Preseason All-Big West Conference pick Mike Caffey tops the club with 16.6 points, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Dan Jennings leads the Big West in rebounding with 12.4 points and 8.9 rebounds per contest while also converting 60.6 percent of his shots from the floor.
LBSU averages 64.2 points per game, shooting 39.7 percent from the floor, 27.7 percent from three-point range and 56.8 percent at the line.
The CoachesGreg 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 85-32 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 364-227 in his 20th season and is 233-163 in his 13th Division I campaign. McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries
, Steve Lutz
and Patrick Sellers
Dan Monson (Idaho, 1985) owns a 105-98 record in his seventh year as head coach of Long Beach State. He previously has served as a head coach at Gonzaga (1997-99) and Minnesota (1999-2007) and owns a career mark of 275-241 in 17 seasons. He is assisted by Vic Couch, Eric Brown and Rod Palmer.
Last Game Recap
Creighton lost 60-53 in the third-place game of the Wooden Legacy. The Bluejays fell behind by 13 points early, only to stage a long rally and take a 53-50 lead with two minutes to play. George Washington would score the game’s final 10 points to claim the win. Ethan Wragge
led Creighton with 16 points, while Kevin Larsen paced the Colonials with 14 points.
The Series With Long Beach State
Creighton is 4-1 all-time against Long Beach State, including a 1-1 mark in Long Beach.
The programs last met in 2012, when Creighton posted an 81-79 victory on Antoine Young
’s bucket with 0.3 left gave CU its only lead of the second half.
Creighton head coach Greg McDermott
is 1-0 against Long Beach State and Dan Monson. McDermott owns a 3-1 career record against the current teams in the Big West Conference, with wins over Long Beach State, UC Davis and UC Riverside and a loss to Hawai’i.
Last Meeting With Long Beach State
Creighton used a game-ending 6-0 run, capped by a fallaway jumper with 0.3 seconds left by Antoine Young
, to upend Long Beach State, 81-79, on Feb. 18, 2012. Young had 16 points while teammate Doug McDermott
led Creighton with 36 points and 11 rebounds, while Casper Ware paced the 49ers with 21 points.
McDermott’s BracketBusters SuccessGreg McDermott
is 9-2 in his career in games associated with the BracketBuster series. McDermott is 5-2 in the original BracketBuster game, and is a perfect 4-0 in the return trips.
McDermott in BracketBuster Games
2003 UNI 76, @Louisiana Tech 71 -- (TV) (@UNI)
2004 UNI 82, @Wis.-Green Bay 75 (@UNI)
2005 @UNI 86, W. Michigan 75 -- (TV) (@UNI)
2006 @UNI 65, Bucknell 61 (2OT) -- (TV) (@UNI)
2011 @Akron 76, Creighton 67 (@CU)
2012 @Creighton 81, Long Beach St. 79 (TV) (@CU)
2013 @St. Mary’s 74, Creighton 66 (TV) (@SMC)
McDermott in BracketBuster Rematches
2003 @UNI 75, @Louisiana Tech 72 (@UNI)
2004 @UNI 76, Wis.-Green Bay 65 (@UNI)
2005 UNI 69, @Western Michigan, 63 (@UNI)
2011 @CU 77, Akron 61 (@CU)
Bracket Buster History
Creighton owns a 7-4 record in BracketBusters match-ups, including a 5-3 mark in televised games (Games in 2005, 2010 and 2011 weren’t televised).
In return trip rematches, Creighton owns a 4-4 record.
Opponent First Meeting Rematch
Fresno State W 67-66 (H) W 70-62 ot (R)
Kent State L 55-70 (R) L 58-67 (H)
Chattanooga W 100-68 (H) L 64-69 (R)
Fresno State W 67-62 (H) L 54-69 (R)
Drexel L 58-64 (H) W 72-48 (R)
Oral Roberts W 65-64 (R) W 87-65 (H)
George Mason W 76-63 (H) L 72-75 (R)
Loyola Chicago W 78-58 (H) TBD (R)
Akron L 67-76 (R) W 77-61 (H)
Long Beach State W 81-79 (H) Tuesday (R)
Saint Mary’s L 66-74 (R) Next Year (H)
Did you know that Creighton played in the first game in BracketBusters history?
Led by Kyle Korver, the Jays defeated Fresno State 67-66 on Feb. 22, 2003, in an 11 am game on the inaugural weekend then known as Bracket Buster Saturday. The game aired on ESPN2 and was announced by Terry Gannon, Jay Bilas and Andy Katz.
Creighton has won five of its last seven men’s basketball games against teams from the state of California, including road wins at California (Dec. 2012) and at San Diego State (Nov. 2011) in addition to a neutral-site win over a Paul George-led Fresno State team (Dec. 2008).
The men’s basketball team isn’t the only squad with success against clubs from California. Creighton’s nationally-renowned men’s soccer program is 16-0-3 in its last 19 games vs. California-based schools since October, 2003.
Wragge Time!Ethan Wragge
played a career-high 30 minutes in Sunday’s game vs. George Washington, and came away with a career-best nine rebounds to show for it.
Wragge had 15 points vs. San Diego State, then added 16 more vs. George Washington 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.
McDermott Honored at Wooden LegacyDoug 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.
Creighton will be playing its fourth straight game away from home on Tuesday to cap one of its longest road trips in years.
The Bluejays have not played four straight regular-season games away from home since 2006-07, when CU played at Fresno State on its way to three games in Hawaii.
Meet Me At The Rim
Creighton had three men grab eight or more rebounds vs. George Washington, getting production from Ethan Wragge
(9), Doug McDermott
(8) and Austin Chatman
(a career-high 8).
It was the first time that Creighton had three men with eight or more rebounds in the same game since McDermott (9), Gregory Echenique
(9) and Grant Gibbs
(8) did it vs. Iowa on Nov. 20, 2011.
Half The Story
Creighton has found itself in a rare spot the past two games, facing a large halftime deficit.
The Jays trailed San Diego State 40-30 on Friday, then were behind 32-24 to George Washington on Sunday.
Creighton hadn’t played consecutive games in which it trailed by eight or more points at halftime since March 7 (35-18 to Illinois State) and March 18 (39-31 to Bowling Green) of the 2008-09 season.
Creighton last trailed by eight points or more in three straight games in the final three contests of the 2007-08 campaign.
Creighton is 66-10 under Greg McDermott
when leading at halftime, 1-1 when tied, and 18-21 when trailing at intermission.
Creighton had four different men with a blocked shot in Sunday’s game vs. George Washington, as Will Artino
, Austin Chatman
, Grant Gibbs
and Ethan Wragge
all registered a rejection.
It was just the fourth time in the Greg McDermott
era at Creighton that the Jays had four different players with a swat in the same contest, and first time since Dec. 19, 2011 at Tulsa.
Seeking A Strong Road Start
Creighton is 1-0 in true road games this season, posting an 83-79 win at Saint Joseph’s on Nov. 16th.
A win on Tuesday at Long Beach State would mean Creighton would win its first two true road games for a third straight season.
Prior to the previous two seasons, Creighton hadn’t opened 2-0 in road games since 2004-05.
He’ll Be ReadyDoug McDermott
was held to fewer than 10 points for just the third time in the last three seasons when George Washington limited him to seven points on Sunday.
McDermott scored in double-figures in all 35 games as a sophomore, in 34-of-36 contests as a junior, and now 6-of-7 contests this year.
In the two games that followed McDermott’s single-digit outings last season, he had 20 first half points vs. Presbyterian (after 5 points vs. UAB) and he had 17 first half points vs. Illinois State (after 8 points at Indiana State). He would finish with 24 points in both contests.
McDermott has never had back-to-back games in single-digits in his 117 game career, reaching 10 or more points all but 10 times.
Just how diverse is the Creighton offense? Two of its top three scorers come off the bench, as Devin Brooks
(10.4 ppg.) and Ethan Wragge
(11.7 ppg.) lead a brigade that has averaged 31.6 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 31-for-58 (53.4 percent) from three-point range.
Wragge Runs ‘Em Ragged
Senior Ethan Wragge
made five three-pointers in the second half of Friday’s game vs. San Diego State, then hit three more after intermission on Sunday vs. George Washington. In four games away from home this season, he’s 13-for-21 after intermission from long-range.
Productive MinutesDoug McDermott
ranks fifth nationally this season with 31.2 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.
More Event Records?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.
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.
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. Most recently, Chatman had a career-best eight rebounds vs. George Washington on Dec. 1st.
Chatman had 15 points before the break and made a career-best four three-point hoops on the afternoon.
He enters Monday as one of 25 players nationally to average at least 9.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game, a group that also includes Long Beach State’s Michael Caffey (16.6 ppg., 4.6 rpg., 4.5 apg.).
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 Sunday) ranks Creighton with the fifth-best mark nationwide in “Adjusted Efficiency” at 117.5 points per 100 possessions, 15th in “Assists Per Field Goals Made” at 62.7 percent and seventh in “Effective Field Goal %” at 59.7 percent.
Rare AirDoug 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’s 33/15 was the nation’s only performance (through 11/25) of at least 30 points and 15 or more rebounds this season in a regulation game.
McDermott is 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.
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, Creighton has been ranked 30 times in 62 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 CoachGreg McDermott
, 2010-Pres. 30 (of 62)
Dana Altman, 1994-2010 18
Tom Apke, 1974-81 5
Eddie Sutton, 1969-74 5
Put It In Neutral
Even with a 1-2 weekend at the Wooden Legacy, Creighton is still an impressive 29-12 away from home since the start of 2011-12.
Creighton’s 13 wins away from home last year were surpassed only by Louisville (20), Gonzaga (17), Miami (15), Wichita State (15), Kansas (14), Florida (14), Stony Brook (14), New Mexico (14), Davidson (14), Memphis (14), Michigan (14) and Duke (14).
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 Monday when he got the nod following a 33 point, 15 rebound showing in a 82-72 triumph vs. Tulsa.
Including his seven MVC Newcomer of the Week honors in 2010-11, 13 MVC Player of the Week honors from 2011-13, and the first two 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 22 of 52 weeks since enrolling at Creighton.
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 AwayEthan Wragge
has attempted 48 of his 51 shots this season from three-point range, sinking an incredible 25 of them (52.1 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 Sunday, Wragge moved past Ryan Sears and into second place in Creighton history with 249 career trifectas.
He also ranks sixth with 43.1 percent marksmanship from downtown.
McDermott, For The WinDoug 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.
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, Creighton is 72-5 under McDermott when putting together a double-digit lead, including wins in 60 of the last 61 scenarios.
Double-Digit Comebacks Under G. 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 1,300 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 VisionDoug 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’sDoug 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.
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.”
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 23 points per game this season.
To help put McDermott’s career in perspective, the chart on page six shows how many points McDermott owns and which famous ballplayer that is most comparable to. This season alone, McDermott has surpassed legends like Joe DiMaggio, Mike Schmidt, Eddie Mathews, Kirby Puckett and Willie Stargell.
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 National Rank
FG Percentage .487 1st
3FG Percentage .401 2nd
Assists 1,793 4th
Assists/Game 16.30 5th
3FG Made 874 6th
Assist/Turnover Ratio 1.34 10th
FG Made 2,852 13th
Wins 80 T-16th
Winning Pct. .727 26th
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.
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 870 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 455.
Preseason AcclaimDoug 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.
Who Are These Guys?
Creighton returns four starters (Austin Chatman
, Grant Gibbs
, Jahenns Manigat
and Doug McDermott
) from last year’s team that finished 28-8. Creighton’s roster contains players who made 144 starts a year ago, and own a combined 346 career starts.
Returning Returning Starts Final
Year Starters From Previous Year W-L
2013-14 4 144 ? ? ?
2012-13 4 140 28-8
2011-12 3 101 29-6
2010-11 4 123 23-16
2009-10 3 106 18-16
2008-09 3 83 27-8
2007-08 1 44 22-11
2006-07 4 120 22-11
2005-06 4 134 20-10
2004-05 2 58 23-11
2003-04 3 101 20-9
2002-03 5 159 29-5
2001-02 2 65 23-9
2000-01 3 90 24-8
1999-00 3 84 23-10
1998-99 3 84 22-9
1997-98 4 72 18-10
1996-97 4 126 15-15
1995-96 4 100 14-15
1994-95 2 52 7-19
1993-94 3 73 7-22
1992-93 2 64 8-18
1991-92 2 51 9-19
1990-91 4 132 24-8
1989-90 4 127 21-12
1988-89 4 123 20-11
1987-88 3 83 16-16
1986-87 2 65 9-19
1985-86 1 48 12-16
1984-85 4 124 20-12
1983-84 3 72 17-14
1982-83 3 77 8-19
1981-82 2 78 7-20
1980-81 4 112 21-9
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.
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 17,559 through three home dates.
2012-13 Attendance Leaders
Rk. School Average
1. Kentucky 23,099
2. Syracuse 22,439
3. Louisville 21,571
4. North Carolina 19,350
5. Indiana 17,412
6. Creighton 17,155
7. Wisconsin 16,843
8. Tennessee 16,635
9. Ohio State 16,524
10. Kansas 16,438
Highest Average Attendance, Creighton History
Avg. Att. School Year
17,559 Creighton 2013-14
17,155 Creighton 2012-13
16,665 Creighton 2011-12
15,930 Creighton 2008-09
15,909 Creighton 2006-07
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
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 628 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 652 straight games since a 59-53 loss at Illinois State on Feb. 20, 1993.
CenturyLink Center Omaha Success
Creighton has played 173 regular and postseason contests at CenturyLink Center Omaha all-time in 11 seasons at the facility.
The Bluejays own an 148-25 (.855) 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 13,069-11,100 in games at CenturyLink Center Omaha, an average margin of 11.4 points per game. Creighton has led wire-to-wire 41 different times, including five times last season.
Creighton utilized the same starting line-up all season long in 2012-13, as Gregory Echenique
, Doug McDermott
, Grant Gibbs
, Jahenns Manigat
and Austin Chatman
started all 36 games. All but Echenique return in 2013-14.
Manigat and Gibbs have each started every game since the start of the 2011-12 season, while McDermott has started every game since the start of the 2010-11 season.
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.
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
Team of the Millennium?
Below is the records for each current BIG EAST school over the last five, 10 and 15 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 are ENTERING 2013-14.
Most Wins - Last 15 Years
Team W L Pct.
Butler 366 136 .729
Xavier 355 145 .710
Creighton 353 147 .706
Marquette 326 165 .664
Georgetown 319 169 .654
Villanova 316 181 .636
Seton Hall 248 217 .533
St. John’s 246 226 .521
Providence 240 225 .516
DePaul 197 265 .426
Most Wins - Last 10 Years
Team W L Pct.
Butler 244 98 .713
Xavier 236 102 .698
Creighton 232 106 .686
Marquette 229 109 .678
Villanova 223 115 .660
Georgetown 222 104 .681
Seton Hall 166 164 .532
Providence 159 152 .511
St. John’s 138 169 .450
DePaul 132 180 .423
Most Wins - Last 5 Years
Team W L Pct.
Butler 136 45 .751
Creighton 125 54 .698
Marquette 122 54 .693
Xavier 117 52 .692
Georgetown 109 53 .673
Villanova 109 61 .641
Seton Hall 85 77 .525
St. John’s 84 81 .509
Providence 80 82 .494
DePaul 47 111 .297
Everybody’s All-AmericanDoug 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, DougDoug 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
801 Doug McDermott
738 Bob Portman (Jr.) 1967-68
734 Bob Harstad (Jr.) 1989-90
Most Career Points, Active Seniors
Source: Creighton Sports Info/STATS Inc. (12/1)
Rk. Pts. Name, School Next Game
1. 2,390 Doug McDermott
, Creighton 12/3
2. 1,848 Travis Bader, Oakland 12/7
Scoring In NumbersDoug 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.
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 WadeDoug McDermott
, Creighton 2,390 Greg
Tony Bennett, UWGB 2,285 Dick
Bryce Drew, Valparaiso 2,142 Homer
Repeat All-AmericanDoug 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 BadDoug 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 49 times during his career, and Creighton is 41-3 in those contests (five 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 CastDoug 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
(7.7 ppg.) scored in double-figures last year. CU is 31-3 under Greg McDermott
when Wragge shoots 50 percent from three-point range.
Creighton was 8-1 when Austin Chatman
(7.4 ppg.) scored in double-figures last year.
Creighton was 6-2 when Jahenns Manigat
(5.9 ppg.) scored in double-figures last year. CU is now 20-1 all-time when Manigat makes three or more 3-pointers, including 18 straight wins, and the Jays are 22-2 (with 20 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 35-3 all-time when Will Artino
(64.6 percent last year) misses a field goal attempt.
According to research from STATS Inc., only two men since 1996-97 have compiled at least 2,100 points, 850 rebounds and 150 three-pointers in their career. That list consists of Creighton senior Doug McDermott
and former Duke national champion Kyle Singler.
Name, School PTS REB 3FG
Kyle Singler, Duke 2,392 1,015 267Doug McDermott
, Creighton 2,390 894 193
His Own Game of H-O-R-S-EDoug 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 59 23 2
Totals 870 393 112
What A Start!Greg McDermott
is 85-32 on the Creighton sideline early in his fourth year at the helm. The 85 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 YrsGreg McDermott
2010-Pres. 85-32 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.
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
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 70-0 when scoring 75 points or more at CenturyLink Center Omaha.
In other words, Creighton is a perfect 82-0 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 (4,584 points in 58 home games).
That’s a vital number since Creighton is 93-0 at home (66-0 at CenturyLink Center Omaha) when scoring 78 points or more and 75-0 at home (52-0 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.
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.