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Darian Harris is Creighton's lone Arkansas native on the roster.
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Men's Basketball Hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday

2013-14 Creighton Men’s Basketball
Game #10 • Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Creighton • Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 • 7:02 pm
Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions at Creighton Bluejays
CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,390) • Omaha, Neb.
Radio: KOZN 1620 AM, www.1620thezone.com
TV: FOX Sports 2
Series History: Creighton leads 4-0
Last Meeting:  Creighton 82, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 50 on Nov. 20, 2008

Next Game
After a nine-day lay-off for final examinations, Creighton (7-2) returns to the court on Tuesday, December 17th, for a game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-6).
    The game will take place at CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,390) in Omaha, Neb., and tip at 7:02 p.m.

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, airing from 6:00 - 6:30 p.m.
    Following the game, Tim Krueger and Heath Gunderson will host “Overtime” for approximately one hour, while also taking calls.

Broadcast Information
Tuesday’s game will be broadcast nationwide on FOX Sports 2, with Kevin Kugler and Dickey Simpkins 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 is 7-2 on the young season, including wins over Nebraska, Tulsa, Arizona State and Saint Joseph’s.
    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 (25.3 ppg., 6.9 rpg., 45.3 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 (5.9 ppg., 4.7 apg.), Jahenns Manigat (6.1 ppg.) and Austin Chatman (8.4 ppg., 4.7 apg., 4.6 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 (9.0 ppg.) has given CU a spark off the bench, as well.
    Junior center Will Artino (6.3 ppg., 3.3 rpg.) and reigning MVC Sixth Man of the Year Ethan Wragge (12.6 ppg., 51.5 3FG%) see time on the front line to help replace starting center Gregory Echenique (9.7 ppg., 6.6 rpg., 1.7 bpg.). Wragge is in the midst of four straight games with 15 or more points.
    Creighton was picked to finish third in the 10-team BIG EAST Conference this winter.

Scouting Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Arkansas-Pine Bluff is 2-6 on the season and in the midst of a two-month stretch without a home game. The Golden Lions topped Tuskegee and Morehouse in Atlanta to start the season, but have since lost road games at Oklahoma State, Air Force, SMU, Texas A&M, Sam Houston State and Hampton.
    Davon Haynes leads UAPB in both scoring (12.4 ppg.) and rebounding (7.6 rpg.). Also scoring in double-digits are Tevin Hammond (11.5 ppg., 3.4 apg., 3.4 spg.) and reserve Marcel Mosley (10.1 ppg.). Both Haynes and Daniel Broughton (7.6 ppg., 4.4 rpg.) were named to the Preseason All-SWAC team.
    The Golden Lions score an average of 61.2 points per game while shooting 39.6 percent from the field, 35.4 percent from three-point range and 70.1 percent at the line. UAPB is outscored by 14.3 points per game and is outrebounded by 7.7 caroms per contest.
    Arkansas-Pine Bluff was picked to finish third in the 10-team Southwestern Athletic Conference in a preseason poll of coaches.

The Coaches
Greg McDermott (Northern Iowa, 1988) is in his fourth season as head coach at Creighton. He led CU to a 28-8 mark last year, and is now 87-32 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 366-227 in his 20th season and is 235-163 in his 13th Division I campaign. McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries, Steve Lutz and Patrick Sellers.
    George Ivory (Mississippi Valley State, 1988) is 67-99 in his sixth year with the Golden Lions, which doubles as his career record. He is assisted by Kenneth Broyles.

The Series With Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Creighton is 4-0 all-time against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, winning those games by an average score of 81.5-50.5. All four contests have taken place since 2004 and been played in Omaha.
    Creighton has scored 74 or more in each meeting, and allowed 58 or less points each time, as well.
    Greg McDermott has never faced Arkansas-Pine Bluff, but is 5-0 all-time against SWAC schools. George Ivory is 0-1 against Creighton.

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 80 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 (25.9 & 7.0) and Kevin Love (24.1 & 13.6).

Home Sweet Home
Creighton is 52-7 at home under Greg McDermott, including a 30-2 record against non-conference foes.
    Creighton is 48-1 in its last 49 regular-season home games vs. unranked opponents since the start of the 2007-08 campaign.

Milestone Watch
-Austin Chatman need two steals to reach 50 in his career.
-Grant Gibbs needs three assists to move into fifth place in Creighton history in assists, passing Tyler McKinney’s 430.
-Jahenns Manigat needs four steals to reach 100 in his career.
-Doug McDermott needs 13 field goals made to reach 900 in his career.
-Doug McDermott needs 56 points for 2,500 in his career.

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 his seven starts, but has averaged 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest in two games off the bench, both 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.

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 four straight games of 15 points or more and has twice tied a career-high with nine rebounds in his past three games.

Full House
Creighton has attracted three of its 15 largest home crowds in program history this season.
    Here’s a look at Creighton’s top-15 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.    18,494    Illinois State    02/09/13
    4.    18,458    Evansville    12/29/12
    5.    18,436    Bradley    01/28/12
    6.    18,111    Bradley    02/02/13
    7.    18,078    Tulsa    11/23/13
    8.    18,073    Drake    01/08/13
    9.    17,954    Wichita State    12/28/08
    10.    17,740    Alcorn State    11/08/13
    11.    17,694    Indiana State    01/05/13
    12.    17,676    Northwestern    12/22/11
    13.    17,665    Missouri State    12/28/11
    14.    17,607    Drexel    02/17/07
    15.    17,530    Nebraska    12/08/13

Deadly From Downtown
Through NCAA games of Dec. 8th, Creighton led the nation with 103 three-point baskets, and was second with 11.4 three-pointers per contest.
    Creighton has made 11 or more three-pointers in all but one game (7 vs. George Washington), including a season-high 14 at Long Beach State on Dec. 3rd.
    Creighton also ranks sixth nationally in three-point field goal percentage (.440).

Thirty Point Buck
Doug McDermott owns 33 points or more in each of his last three home games. He scored 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 four home games this season, McDermott has played 124 minutes and scored 123 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 705 games played.

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

33 x 2?
Since 1990, only two Creighton players have scored 30 points in consecutive games; Bob Harstad in 1990 and Doug McDermott (three times last year).
    McDermott, who is coming off a 33-point game on Dec. 8 against Nebraska, is seeking to become the first Bluejay player with consecutive games of 33 points or more since Harstad on Dec. 6 & 8, 1989.

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 nine games:
Stat    2011-12    2012-13    2013-14
Record    8-1    8-1    7-2
FG Made    278    253    258
FG%    .508    .524    .491
3FG Made    87    80    103
3FG%    .433    .417    .440
FT Made    134    139    130
FT%    .680    .764    .710
Rebound Margin    +4.9    +5.1    +3.7
Assists    191    159    168
Turnovers    114    107    100
Scoring Average    86.3    80.6    83.2
Scoring Margin    +17.7    +19.6    +14.8

Senior Leaders
Creighton’s seniors led the way in a Dec. 8 win over Nebraska.
    The quartet of Grant Gibbs, Jahenns Manigat, Doug McDermott and Ethan Wragge combined for 67 points, 21 rebounds, 13 assists and five steals in CU’s 82-67 win over its in-state rival. The four guys made 23-of-43 shots from the field, including 11-of-24 three-pointers, and was also perfect in 10 free throw attempts.

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.
    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 97 games. McDermott already owns Creighton records for career points, field goals and three-point percentage.
    According to Ken Pomeroy’s advanced statistics, Creighton’s line-up averages 2.41 years of experience, making the Bluejays the 15th-most veteran group nationally, and tops among the nation’s BCS schools.

That’s Why They’re “Free” Throws
A pair of Bluejay seniors are quietly working on extended free throw streaks.
    Jahenns Manigat is 4-for-4 at the line this season after making his final 13 attempts last year, giving him a streak of 17 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. Earlier this year McDermott had a college-best streak of 28 straight snapped in CU’s season-opening victory over Alcorn State.
Consecutive Free Throws Made, (Since 1980)
    FT    Name    Dates of Streak
    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
    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

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 22 of 53 weeks since enrolling at Creighton.

Top 10, Nationally
In NCAA statistics through games of Dec. 8th, Doug McDermott ranked third nationaly in scoring, third in total points and was also third in field goals made.
    Ethan Wragge ranked eighth in three-pointers per game and ninth in three-pointers made.
    As a team, Creighton led the nation in three-pointers made, were second in three-pointers per game, sixth in both three-point percentage and assists per game, ninth in total assists and 10th in assist/turnover ratio.

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.

Meet Me At The Rim
Creighton had three men grab eight or more rebounds vs. George Washington on Dec. 1st, 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.

Bench Points
Creighton’s bench has averaged 29.6 points and 16.0 rebounds per contest. The reserves are shooting 49.4% from the field, 45.8% from downtown.
    Both Ethan Wragge and Devin Brooks own games of 20 points or more this season in a reserve role.
 
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.

Korver Sets NBA Record
Creighton alum Kyle Korver continues to extend his NBA record streak of games with a three-pointer.
    Korver enters Friday’s (Dec. 13) game vs. Washington with a three-pointer in 91 straight games, two more than 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 4.6 per contest this season, including four or more caroms in seven of nine contests.

Productive Minutes
Doug McDermott ranks second nationally this season with 32.3 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 Dec. 10) ranks Creighton with the seventh-best mark nationwide in “Adjusted Efficiency” at 117.6 points per 100 possessions, fifth in “Assists Per Field Goals Made” at 65.1 percent and seventh in “Effective Field Goal %” at 59.1 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’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.

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, Creighton has been ranked 30 times in 63 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 63)
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 66 of his 69 shots this season from three-point range, sinking an incredible 34 of them (51.5 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 258 career treys.
    He also ranks sixth in CU history with 43.5 percent marksmanship from downtown.

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, Creighton is 74-5 under McDermott when putting together a double-digit lead, including wins in 62 of the last 63 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.

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 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 Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Schmidt, Eddie Mathews, Kirby Puckett and Willie Stargell.

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    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.

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 887 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 468.

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 630 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 654 straight games since a 59-53 loss at Illinois State on Feb. 20, 1993.

CenturyLink Center Omaha Success
Creighton has played 174 regular and postseason contests at CenturyLink Center Omaha all-time in 11 seasons at the facility.
    The Bluejays own an 149-25 (.856) 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 13,151-11,167 in games at CenturyLink Center Omaha, an average margin of 11.4 points per game. Creighton has led wire-to-wire 42 different times, including five times last season and the Nebraska game 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

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-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. (12/13)
    Rk.    Pts.    Name, School    Next Game
    1.    2,444    Doug McDermott, Creighton    12/17
    2.    1,873    Travis Bader, Oakland    12/14

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    2,444    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 51 times during his career, and Creighton is 42-3 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 32-3 under Greg McDermott when Wragge shoots 50 percent from three-point range, and 22-3 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 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 37-3 all-time when Will Artino (64.6 percent last year) misses a field goal attempt.

Rare Bird
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
Doug McDermott, Creighton    2,444    906    202
Kyle Singler, Duke    2,392    1,015    267

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    76    28    2
Totals    887    398    112

What A Start!
Greg McDermott is 87-32 on the Creighton sideline early in his fourth year at the helm. The 87 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.    87-32 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.

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 17,552 through four 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
    17,552    Creighton    2013-14
    17,155    Creighton    2012-13
    16,665    Creighton    2011-12
    15,930    Creighton    2008-09
    15,909    Creighton     2006-07

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    119
Jahenns Manigat    95
Grant Gibbs    80
Austin Chatman    45
Ethan Wragge    2

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 71-0 when scoring 75 points or more at CenturyLink Center Omaha.
    In other words, Creighton is a perfect 83-0 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 79.08 points per home game (4,666 points in 59 home games).
    That’s a vital number since Creighton is 97-0 at home (68-0 at CenturyLink Center Omaha) when scoring 78 points or more and 81-0 at home (54-0 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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