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Men's Basketball Seeks Sweet 16 Berth vs. Baylor on Sunday

2013-14 Creighton Men’s Basketball
Game #35 • NCAA Tournament Third Round • Sunday, March 23, 2014 • 6:40 pm
Baylor Bears vs. #16 Creighton Bluejays
AT&T Center (17,731) • San Antonio, Texas
Radio: KOZN 1620 AM, Sirius Channel 93, XM Channel 191, westwoodonesports.com
TV: truTV
Series History: Creighton leads, 3-0
Last Meeting:  Creighton 77, Baylor 76 (OT) on Dec. 4, 1999 in Waco, Texas


-Creighton (27-7) and Baylor (25-11) meet for the first time since 1999, this time with a spot in the Sweet 16 on the line, on Sunday evening in San Antonio, Texas, at AT&T Center.
    The Bluejays lead the all-time series 3-0, with wins in 1962 (90-69 in Oklahoma City, Okla.), 1998 (73-59 in Omaha), 1999 (77-76 in OT in Waco).
    In the most recent meeting (Dec. 4, 1999), Creighton trailed 61-47 with three minutes to play before a Ben Walker runner at the buzzer tied the score at 67 and forced overtime. In the overtime, Creighton took its first lead of the day and held on to win by one.
    Greg McDermott is 2-2 in his career against Baylor and Scott Drew.

-The winner of Sunday’s Creighton-Baylor game will meet the winner of Saturday’s night’s game between Wisconsin and Oregon in Anaheim, Calif., on Thursday, March 27th.

-Creighton improved to 27-7 with Friday’s win over Louisiana. The 27 wins are tied for fourth-most in CU history with the 2008-09 club that finished 27-8. Creighton won 29 games in both 2002-03 and 2012-13, while last year’s team earned a 28-8 mark.

-Creighton is making its 19th NCAA Tournament appearance, and 10th in the last 16 years. Including Friday’s win, the Bluejays are 12-19 all-time in NCAA action, including a 9-10 record in its first game. In 26 previous NCAA or NIT appearances, Creighton has never won consecutive games in the same event, something it will try to snap on Sunday.
    The only times Creighton has played among the final 16 teams in the NCAA Tournament came in 1941 (eight teams, lost first game), 1962 (25 teams, won, then lost), 1964 (won then lost), 1974 (won, then lost). It has never reached the “Sweet 16” since the tournament expanded to 64 teams or more in 1985.

-Since the bracket expanded to 64 or more teams in 1985, No. 3 seeds are 36-27 (.571) against No. 6 seeds, including a 10-2 mark in the previous six seasons. The only other 3 vs. 6 match-up remaining in the 2014 NCAA Tournament will be the game in San Antonio prior to Creighton/Baylor, the 4:15 pm tip between No. 3 Iowa State and No. 6 North Carolina.

-Creighton has won a postseason game for a seventh straight season, and an NCAA Tournament game for the third straight year. Both are the longest streaks in program history for such postseason success.
    Creighton is one of four schools with a postseason win in seven straight seasons, joining Kansas, North Carolina and Syracuse.
    The only 10 teams to win an NCAA Tournament game each of the past three years include Creighton, Florida, Gonzaga, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisvile, Michigan State, North Carolina, Saint Louis and Syracuse.

-Creighton has won 11 postseason games since 2008, including three in the NCAA’s (one each in 2012, 2013 and 2014), two in the NIT (2008 and 2009), two in the 2010 CIT and four in the 2011 CBI. On a national basis, Creighton’s 11 postseason wins since 2008 rank tied for 15th nationally. Baylor is tied for fourth nationally with 16 such wins.

- Few leagues have enjoyed the success levels that the BIG EAST Conference has in recent years. The BIG EAST entered this March having won seven or more NCAA Tournament games in 11 straight postseasons, and with 64 victories in the previous five NCAA’s. The BIG EAST has had a Sweet 16 squad in each of the past 20 years, and multiple Sweet 16 teams in each of the last eight years. The BIG EAST Conference has won a combined 13 NCAA men’s and women’s basketball titles in the previous 14 years. The BIG EAST is 2-2 in this year’s NCAA Tournament, with only Creighton and Villanova still alive.

-Creighton improved to 4-2 on  neutral floors this season with Friday’s win. Creighton is now 11-7 away from home this season, and 39-16 at road/neutral sites in the past three seasons. Each of CU’s last 11 NCAA Tournament qualifiers have finished the season with 10 or more road/neutral victories.

-Creighton finished Friday’s victory with 18 assists against just six turnovers. For the season, Creighton has 603 assists to just 334 miscues. That 1.81 assist/turnover ratio ranks first nationally and is on pace to be the second-best mark in NCAA history (since 1993), trailing only West Virginia’s 2005-06 club that finished with a 2.01 assist/turnover ratio.

-Creighton owns 351 three-pointers this season, most in school history. Last year’s club set the previous school standard with 307 in 36 games. In addition, Creighton’s 42.0 percent marksmanship from three-point range would rank second-best in school history, trailing only the 2011-12 squad that shot 42.4 percent from downtown.     All five Bluejay starters make at least 39.5 percent of its three-point attempts.
    Creighton’s 351 three-pointers ranks tied for 11th-most in NCAA history, and are the most since Florida had 357 in 2011-12. Creighton could move into sixth place with 14 or more three-pointers, seventh place with 11 or more treys and ninth place with seven trifectas.
    Creighton, which leads the nation in 3-pointers made and 3-point percentage, could become just the second team in history to top the country in both categories. Princeton also did it in 1987-88.

-Friday’s win improved Creighton to 74-9 the last three years when shooting 30 percent or better from three-point range. Creighton is also 55-4 when shooting 40% percent or better from downtown in the past three seasons.

-Creighton ranks fourth nationally in field goal percentage, making 49.9 percent of its shots from the floor. The Bluejays have won 59 straight games when shooting 50.0 percent or better from the field since a loss to Wichita State in 2011. All-time under Greg McDermott, Creighton is 58-1 when shooting 50.01 percent or better.

-Creighton’s senior class of Grant Gibbs, Ethan Wragge, Doug McDermott and Jahenns Manigat are 107-37 in the past four years, including MVC Tournament titles in 2012 and 2013. The class owns or share Creighton records for most wins in a one-year (29), two-year (57), three-year (84) and four-year (107) span.  As a group, they’ve combined for 5,931 points, 2,241 rebounds and 1,056 assists while shooting a combined 869-for-1,996 (43.5 percent) from downtown.

-Creighton played just one Texan on Friday, Austin Chatman, but its smallest player came up big. Chatman had 16 points, six assists and five rebounds in 36 minutes of action. The 16 points were tied for the second-most of Chatman’s 105-game career at Creighton.
    Chatman has now scored in double-figures in four of CU’s last five games, during which time he’s averaged 10.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game. Creighton is 84-21 with Chatman during the past three seasons.

-Creighton junior Avery Dingman provided a spark off the bench on Friday with four points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play. He also made both his field goal attempts, and is now 7-for-7 from the floor in CU’s last two games.

-Doug McDermott rewrote Creighton’s NCAA Tournament record book on Friday afternoon vs. Louisiana.
    McDermott’s 30 points and 13 field goals were both most by a CU player ever in an NCAA Tournament game.
    From a career standpoint, McDermott also now owns more NCAA Tourney points (114) and field goals (38) than any other Bluejay, as well.

-Doug McDermott posted his 37th career double-double on Friday vs. Louisiana, finishing with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Incredibly, his 17 points and 10 rebounds by halftime marked the first time in his career he’d owned a double-double in any half. Friday also marked the first game in McDermott’s career he had 30+ points, 10+ rebounds and zero turnovers in the same game.
    ESPN’s Stats & Information Group reports that McDermott joined Syracuse’s Wesley Johnson (2010) and Carmelo Anthony (2003) as the only BIG EAST players since 2000 to have 30 points and 10 rebounds in an NCAA Tournament game.

-Doug McDermott and Baylor forward Cory Jefferson played last summer with USA Basketball’s World University Games team in Kazan, Russia.
    In those eight games, McDermott led the team in scoring (14.1 ppg.), field goals (39), three-pointers (18) and free throws (17) while starting all eight games. Jefferson averaged 10.5 points and team-bests with 1.1 blocks and 9.0 rebounds per contest while shooting a team-best 67.9 percent from the floor.

-Doug McDermott owns 919 points through 34 games this season, breaking the school-record 834 points he set last season in 36 games as a junior. McDermott, who also had 801 points as a sophomore, is the only player in Creighton history to score more than 740 points in any season.
    With 3,135 career points, McDermott owns a staggering 1,019 career more points more than the next closest Bluejay, Rodney Buford (2,116).

-Doug McDermott  has become the sixth man in NCAA history to post three straight seasons of 800 points or more, joining an exclusive club featuring Lionel Simmons, Freeman Williams, Wayman Tisdale, Larry Bird, Pete Maravich and Oscar Robertson.

-Doug McDermott’s 30 points on Friday give him 13 games this season of 30 or more points, as he continues to rewrite CU record of 10 he had shared with Bob Portman. It was also his 27th career game of 30 or more points, extending another record. Creighton is 26-1 all-time when McDermott scores 30 or more, and 21-0 when he scores 31+ points.
    McDermott owns 20 or more points in 30-of-34 games (and he had 19 in two of those four misses), and 86 such games in his career overall.
    McDermott also has reached double-figures in 134 of 144 career contests, extending his  NCAA record for double-figure scoring games in a career, two more than the mark of 132 originally set by Danny Manning. McDermott owns 27 straight games of 10+ points and has scored in double-digits in 103 of his last 106 games dating to late in his freshman campaign.

-Doug McDermott continues to race up the NCAA’s all-time scoring chart. He enters Sunday’s game vs. Baylor with 3,135 career points to rank in fifth place in NCAA history.  Up next is  Mississippi Valley State’s Alphonso Ford (3,165). McDermott owns 20 or more points in 14 straight games, scoring 25+ in 13 of those. He owns 30 or more points in four of his last five outings.

-Doug McDermott had 30 points and 12 rebounds in 39 minutes on Friday, making 13-of-23 field goals. In his last five games (which coincides with the March 5 cover shoot for Sports Illustrated), McDermott has averaged 33.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while shooting 58.7 percent from the floor (64-109), 53.8 percent from three-point range (21-39) and 80 percent at the line (20-25). He’s had 30 points or more in four of the five contests.

-Doug McDermott has been Creighton’s leading scorer in 14 straight games, and 24 of the past 25 contests. The only game he didn’t pace the team in that stretch was a 28-point win at No. 4 Villanova where he had 23 points, but teammate Ethan Wragge had a career-best 27 on a school-record nine three-pointers. Creighton has had one of its current senior class members (McDermott/Wragge/Manigat/Gibbs) lead the team in scoring in 46 straight games, a streak that started on Feb. 9, 2013.

-Doug McDermott made NCAA history last Wednesday when he was named a unanimous choice for BIG EAST Most Valuable Player. McDermott, the winner of the Larry Bird Most Valuable Player in the Missouri Valley Conference the previous two years, is the first player in NCAA history to win league MVP honors in multiple conferences.

-Creighton’s Doug McDermott owns 3,135 career points, while his dad Greg had 1,033 career points as a student-athlete at Northern Iowa.  Combined, their total of 4,168 ranks fourth most in NCAA history among father-son duo’s. The rest of the top five is 1) Dell/Stephen Curry (5,024);  2) Steve/Steve Burtt (4,568); 3) Dell/Seth Curry (4,490) and 5) Jimmy Walker/Jalen Rose (3,833).

-Creighton’s Doug McDermott not only leads the nation with 27.0 points per game, he also owns the national lead with 919 points scored. That ranks 48 points ahead of second-leading point getter (NC State’s TJ Warren’s 871), but it  is also 234 more than the next-most among players still active in the postseason, Missouri’s Jabari Brown (685).  Brown (20.1), who ranks 27th nationally in scoring, is the next-closest to McDermott who is still on a team alive in the postseason, as well.

-Ethan Wragge owns 108 three-pointers this season, including a 4-for-8 showing Friday vs. Louisiana. The only man with more trifectas in one season in Creighton history is Kyle Korver (129 in 2002-03). Wragge’s 47.4 percent marksmanship from three-point range is the sixth-best mark in CU history, and very close to Doug McDermott’s record mark of 49.0 percent from a year ago.

-Six Bluejay veterans tied a program record by playing in a third NCAA Tournament victory on Friday, something they can rewrite with a win on Sunday. Jahenns Manigat, Grant Gibbs, Doug McDermott, Ethan Wragge, Avery Dingman and Austin Chatman have tied Paul Silas and Chuck Officer in that elite company, and are looking to surpass their elders.
    Other milestones within reach include...
-Grant Gibbs is five assists shy of 500 helpers at Creighton, which would make him the fourth player to do so.
-Doug McDermott owns 96 three-pointers this season and needs four for 100. McDermott would be the third Bluejay with 100 three-pointers in a season all-time, joining Kyle Korver (twice) and Ethan Wragge (this season). It would be the first time Creighton’s had two men make 100+ three-pointers in the same season.
-Doug McDermott (1,134 FG) is 20 field goals shy of ninth place on the all-time list, a mark held by Larry Bird.
-Jahenns Manigat is three points shy of 900 for his career.

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