Game #1 vs. North Texas • Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 • 7:05 p.m.
North Texas Mean Green at #16 Creighton Bluejays
CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,260) • Omaha, Neb.
Radio: KXSP 590 AM, www.am590espnradio.com
Series History: Tied, 4-4
Last Meeting: North Texas 108, Creighton 105 (OT) on Feb. 26, 1977
No. 16 Creighton opens up its 95th season of basketball with a game on Friday, Nov. 9 vs. North Texas.
Tip-off at CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,260) in Omaha, Neb., is set for 7:05 p.m.
As part of Creighton’s “Gregory Goggles” Night, the first 700 Creighton students in the student section will receive a pair of blue-tinted glasses as a tribute to Bluejay big man Gregory Echenique.
Radio Broadcast Information
KXSP (“AM 590 - Omaha’s ESPN Radio”) will broadcast all Creighton men’s basketball games during the 2012-13 season, including Friday’s lid-lifter.
T. Scott Marr and former Bluejay Nick Bahe will call the action.
The audio is also webcast live at www.AM590espnradio.com.
Video Webcast Available
Creighton University Athletics and Jump TV will present a live, pay-per-view video webcast of approximately 12 games this season, including Friday. To sign up for the video webcast, fans can register by going directly to http://www.gocreighton.com. Cost for a monthly pass is $10.95 and a four-month pass is $34.95.
Fans can also purchase a 24-hour pass ($4.99) or a 48-hour pass ($5.99) that begins the moment you sign up.
Once registered, fans will only need to log-in with their password on gameday. The video stream includes audio of either the radio or television broadcast as well.
Television Broadcast Information
Friday’s game will not be televised. Creighton will have at least 27 games televised this winter, beginning Nov. 14 vs. UAB on NET Sports.
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 No. 16 Creighton
Creighton returns 10 lettermen and four starters from last year’s 29-6 team that reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Junior forward Doug McDermott (22.9 ppg., 8.2 rpg., .486 3FG%) enters the 2012-13 season as the nation’s only returning consensus First Team All-American, as well as the nation’s returning scorer. He’s led the Jays in scoring and rebounding each of the past two seasons, and has already picked up MVC Freshman of the Year, MVC Newcomer of the Year, MVC Player of the Year and MVC Tournament MVP honors in his career.
The other three returning starters include senior center Gregory Echenique (9.7 ppg., 7.3 rpg., 1.6 bpg.), senior guard Grant Gibbs (7.0 ppg., 5.0 apg., 4.5 rpg.) and junior guard Jahenns Manigat (6.6 ppg., .468 3FG%). Gibbs led the MVC with 176 assists last year, while Echenique had a league-high 57 blocks en route to earning MVC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Among the reserve crops that return are senior Josh Jones (5.2 ppg.), junior Ethan Wragge (6.6 ppg.) and sophomores Will Artino (2.9 ppg.), Austin Chatman (2.4 ppg., 1.9 apg.) and Avery Dingman (2.9 ppg).
Creighton has seven men on the roster who did not see the floor a season ago, including true freshmen Andre Yates and Isaiah Zierden, redshirt freshmen Geoffrey Groselle, Nevin Johnson, Mogboluwaga Oginni and Alex Olsen, as well as senior walk-on Joe Kelling.
Creighton won its lone exhibition, 89-51, over University of Mary last Friday night as Dingman and McDermott scored 18 points each.
Scouting North Texas
Picked to win the Sun Belt, North Texas returns eight lettermen and all five starters from a team that finished 18-14 a year ago.
Headlining the returners is preseason Sun Belt Player of the Year Tony Mitchell (14.7 ppg., 10.3 rpg., 3.0 bpg.), who joined National Player of the Year Anthony Davis as one of two freshmen to average a double-double last season. Davis is regarded as one of the nation’s top pro prospects and a preseason All-American who could turn into UNT’s highest-profile athlete since NCAA and NFL Hall of Famer “Mean” Joe Greene.
Chris Jones averaged 14.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game, only to miss the final 13 games last season. His 4.3 assists per game was a UNT freshman record and his 14.1 scoring average was 19th-most nationally among freshmen.
In all, the Mean Green return their top seven scorers, including double-figure scorers Jordan Williams (10.9 ppg., 4.0 rpg.) and Alzee Williams (10.5 ppg.) and three-point marksman Brandan Walton (8.8 ppg., 54 three-pointers).
UNT averaged 70.3 points per game while allowing just 65.0 points per contest. The Mean Green went 5-8 on the road last season.
The Coaches Greg McDermott (Northern Iowa, 1988) is entering his third season as head coach at Creighton. He led CU to a 29-6 mark last year, moving his record to 52-22 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 332-217 in 18 previous seasons and is 201-153 in 11 previous Division I campaigns. McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries, Steve Lutz and Steve Merfeld.
Tony Benford (Texas Tech, 1992) enters his first year as a head coach at the college level. He’s previously been an assistant coach at Marquette, Nebraska, UTEP, Arizona State and New Mexico. He was last a head coach from 1988-91 of the junior high team at All Saints School in Lubbock, Texas. Benford is assisted by Rob Evans, Bart Lundy and David Anwar.
The Series With North Texas
Creighton and North Texas have split eight previous meetings, though the teams have not met since 1977. Six of the eight games were decided by 10 points or less.
The Bluejays are 4-1 in Omaha against the Mean Green all-time. Greg McDermott has never faced North Texas or a team with Tony Benford as a head coach. McDermott’s Iowa State squad went 3-1 from 2006-08 against Nebraska when Benford was on staff as an assistant to Doc Sadler.
Creighton used runs of 17-0 and 16-0 to build a 61-21 halftime lead and routed University of Mary, 89-51, last Friday night. Avery Dingman and Doug McDermott led Creighton with 18 points each, while Josh Jones tallied 13 points. The crowd of 15,436 was the largest in program history for an exhibition game.
Playing With The Lead
Incredibly, Creighton hasn’t trailed in its home opener in seven of the past 12 seasons (2000-01, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10 and 2011-12).
In 153 games at CenturyLink Center Omaha all-time, Creighton has not trailed in 36 of those contests, a staggering 23.5 percent of the time, including seven wire-to-wire wins last season.
Creighton has won 38 straight regular-season November home games. CU’s last home loss in November came in 1989, when it fell to Coppin State on Nov. 27.
Overall, Creighton is 49-11 in regular-season November games at all sites since the start of the 1998-99 campaign.
Creighton has also won 37 straight non-conference home games against unranked foes since falling to Drexel on Feb. 17, 2007.
Creighton’s 97-65 win on Nov. 11, 2011 vs. North Carolina A&T was its highest point total in a season-opener since the 2002-03 team opened with a 106-50 win over Texas-Arlington. That team went on to be 29-5. Last year’s team finished 29-6.
Eight of Creighton’s 17 all-time NCAA Tournament teams have scored 90 or more points in their season-opener.
Here’s a look at Creighton’s last five teams to score 90 or more in a season-opener.
Score Opponent Date W-L Season
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
Creighton could have as many as seven players make their Division I regular-season debut on Friday, Andre Yates, Isaiah Zierden, Geoffrey Groselle, Nevin Johnson, Joe Kelling, Alex Olsen and Mogboluwaga Oginni.
Below is a look at how Creighton’s current players have done in their regular-season debut in a Division I uniform.
Name Pts. Reb. Ast. Stl. Min.
McDermott• 16 7 0 1 32
Artino 13 3 0 0 13
Manigat 12 3 0 1 22
Dingman 11 2 0 0 12
Wragge 11 2 0 0 13
Echenique (@RU)• 11 15 1 0 36
Gibbs (@GU) 2 3 0 0 11
Jones 0 5 2 0 16
Chatman 0 0 4 0 12
Stormberg 0 0 0 0 1
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Making An Entrance
Below is a list of some of Creighton’s most famous players and how they performed in their regular-season debuts in a Bluejay uniform.
Two years ago, Doug McDermott burst onto the scene with 16 points and seven rebounds in his debut, becoming the first Bluejay freshman since at least 1973 to have 15 or more points and five or more rebounds in a season-opener.
Name, Yr. Pts. Reb. Ast. Stl. Min. Result
Echenique, 2010 12 5 0 0 18 W 66-60
McDermott, 2010 16 7 0 1 32 W 71-57
Stinnett, 2007 23 4 3 3 26 W 74-62
Tolliver, 2003 0 1 2 0 7 W 79-44
Funk, 2002 3 5 4 1 21 W 106-50
Kyle Korver, 1999 2 2 0 1 10 W 70-62
Buford, 1995 3 4 0 0 19 W 63-59
Harstad, 1987 4 5 1 1 21 L 49-70
Gallagher, 1987 10 3 0 0 37 L 49-70
Benjamin, 1982 14 4 1 0 22 W 98-54
McKenna, 1977 14 3 7 ? ? W 95-66
Harmon, 1971 21 7 ? ? ? W 74-62
C. Baptiste, 1969 24 17 ? ? ? W 84-62
Portman, 1966 9 ? ? ? ? W 78-76
Silas, 1961 22 29 ? ? ? W 85-51
Gibson, 1954 19 ? ? ? ? W 66-51
Jays At Home Against Winless Teams
Creighton’s opponent on Friday, North Texas, is 0-0 on the season. The Bluejays have won 24 straight home games against teams that are winless entering the night, winning those games by an average of 26.71 points. Twelve of those wins came by 30 points or more, and only two were decided by single-digits.
The streak dates to a 77-70 loss versus an 0-2 SMU team on Dec. 3, 1994. That game was Dana Altman’s home debut at Creighton.
Creighton at Home vs. Winless Teams, Since 12/3/1994
Opp. W-L Opponent CU Result Date
0-4 UMKC W 75-61 12/17/94
0-1 UMKC W 70-68 11/25/96
0-0 UMKC W 81-59 11/14/97
0-0 Towson W 93-48 11/14/98
0-1 Western Illinois W 96-50 11/20/00
0-1 North Carolina A&T W 72-51 11/18/01
0-0 Texas-Arlington W 106-50 11/17/02
0-3 San Diego W 79-44 11/22/03
0-1 Bethune-Cookman W 69-49 12/03/03
0-0 Alcorn State W 74-40 11/15/04
0-0 Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 83-58 11/20/04
0-0 Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 87-55 11/19/05
0-1 Miss. Valley State W 78-42 11/13/06
0-4 Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 74-39 11/29/06
0-0 DePaul W 74-62 11/09/07
0-2 Miss. Valley State W 76-46 11/17/07
0-2 Arkansas-Pine Bluff W 82-50 11/20/08
0-9 Miss. Valley State W 82-58 12/02/08
0-7 Southern W 71-60 12/15/08
0-1 Florida A&M W 78-53 11/17/09
0-0 Alabama State W 71-57 11/12/10
0-1 Northern Arizona W 74-70 11/14/10
0-0 N. Carolina A&T W 97-65 11/11/11
0-1 Chicago State W 95-61 11/13/11
Quick Starts Key To Playing in Postseason
Creighton has started off 3-0 (or better) in 11 of the previous 13 seasons. Each of Creighton’s last 13 3-0 starts have been culminated in a postseason tournament appearance at the end of the year.
Season Opener History
Creighton owns a sparkling 79-15 record (.840) on opening day, including wins in 14 of its last 15 lid-lifters.
Creighton has won eight of its last 12 season-openers by 20 or more points. The Jays have outscored foes by an average of 83.0 to 56.8 in the last 12 openers.
Home Opener History
Including last year’s win over North Carolina A&T, Creighton is 83-11 (.883) in home openers all-time. Creighton has won 17 straight home openers since a Dec. 3, 1994 setback against SMU.
As impressive as that streak is, it’s not a record. Between 1936 and 1980, the Jays went 41-2 in home openers, including 21 straight wins from 1946-66.
Opening Statements Greg McDermott has won each of the last 10 season openers he’s coached in, and he is 10-1 at the Division I level in season-openers. Overall as a head coach, McDermott is 15-3 in season-opening games.
That includes an impressive 99-point win (137-38) in his first game on the sidelines when he was at Wayne State.
Date School Opponent Result
1994-95 Wayne St. York W 137-38
1995-96 Wayne St. Nebraska-Omaha L 63-72
1996-97 Wayne St. St. Francis W 72-66
1997-98 Wayne St. Nebraska-Omaha W 78-76
1998-99 Wayne St. Mount Marty W 76-70
1999-00 Wayne St. South Dakota L 64-66
11/17/00 NDSU Macalester W 81-69
11/16/01 UNI vs. San Diego State L 57-71
11/22/02 UNI at Montana W 77-71
11/21/03 UNI Chicago State W 83-59
11/21/04 UNI Wayne State W 84-66
11/20/05 UNI Western Carolina W 68-46
11/10/06 Iowa State UC Riverside W 69-61
11/09/07 Iowa State Winston-Salem St. W 58-44
11/14/08 Iowa State UC Davis W 61-58
11/13/09 Iowa State Idaho State W 88-68
11/12/10 Creighton Alabama State W 71-57
11/11/11 Creighton N. Carolina A&T W 97-65
More Debut News
Some more facts of interest about players making their Bluejay debut.
The last player to start their first game at Creighton was junior transfer Grant GIbbs, who started the 2011-12 opener.
When Doug McDermott started the 2010-1 lid-lifter, he became CU’s first freshman to start his first game since Ryan Sears in 1997. Sears started all 124 games of his Bluejay career and remains the MVC’s all-time leader with 283 steals.
CU’s best opening-day effort in history would have to be the way Creighton Hall of Famer Bob Harstad began his senior season. Harstad went 13-for-13 from the floor and 12-for-13 at the line to score 38 points against Texas-San Antonio on Nov. 30, 1990.
The most rebounds on opening day in Creighton history is 30, which Paul Silas snared on Dec. 1, 1962 at La Salle. Silas also had 22 points and 29 rebounds in his varsity debut on Dec. 1, 1961.
Good Defense, A Good Sign
Creighton held Mississippi Valley State to just 42 points in its Nov. 13, 2006 season-opening triumph. Each of the last nine times that Creighton has held its season-opening opponent to 50 points or less, the Bluejays have advanced to the postseason. That list is seen below:
Date Opponent Score NCAA/NIT
11/30/73 Regis W 93-38 NCAA
11/27/76 St. Thomas (MN) W 79-39 NIT
11/30/90 UT San Antonio W 93-47 NCAA
11/14/98 Towson State W 93-48 NCAA
11/20/00 Western Illinois W 96-50 NCAA
11/17/02 Texas-Arlington W 106-50 NCAA
11/22/03 San Diego W 76-44 NIT
11/15/04 Alcorn State W 74-40 NCAA
11/13/06 Mississippi Valley St. W 78-42 NCAA
Friday Night Lights
Creighton doesn’t play many Friday home games, but judging by its success, it might not be a bad idea for the future.
Creighton has won every Friday home game it’s played since Dec. 2, 1989 by double-digits.
In fact, the last time Creighton lost a Friday home game came on Dec. 12, 1975, when Greg McDermott was 11 years old.
The North Texas contest is Creighton’s only scheduled home game for a Friday this season.
Two Of The Best
Creighton’s Doug McDermott and North Texas’ Tony Mitchell have both garnered all sorts of preseason hype.
An October 8, 2012 list by CBSSports.com included their rankings of the top 100 players in the nation. McDermott was tabbed second, while Mitchell was ranked seventh-best.
Friday’s match-up of McDermott and Mitchell is the only regular-season meeting between any of any of the top-seven players all season.
CBSSports.com Preseason Top 10 CBB Players
1. Cody Zeller, Indiana
2. Doug McDermott, Creighton
3. Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA
4. Isaiah Canaan, Murray State
5. Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
6. Mike Moser, UNLV
7. Tony Mitchell, North Texas
8. Phil Pressey, Missouri
9. Trey Burke, Michigan
10. Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State
Remember The Opener
In last year’s season-opener, CU led 11-0 after four possessions and never trailed while throttling North Carolina A&T, 97-65. The Bluejays landed six men in double-figures, led by a career-high Jahenns Manigat’s 18 points. It was the first time the Jays had six men in double-figures since December of 2001. Doug McDermott had two fouls before the second media timeout and finished with 12 points, which would tie his season-low. Grant Gibbs had 10 points and nine rebounds in his CU debut, while Will Artino scored 13 for the Jays. The Jays sank 14 three-pointers and had 28 assists on 33 field goals in the romp.
Chasing History Doug McDermott has scored 714 points in his first 38 career home games. That is 21 points shy of tying Nate Funk’s (2003-07) CenturyLink Center Omaha record for career points, and 22 shy of passing Funk.
Last year McDermott averaged 22.1 points per home game.
McDermott already owns CenturyLink Center Omaha career records in points per game (18.8) and rebounds per game (7.6).
Creighton’s crowd of 15,436 last Friday was its largest ever for an exhibition game. Even more are expected for Friday’s season-opener, and that figure could challenge the CU record crowd for a home opener of 16,107 vs. New Mexico (11/16/08).
By comparison, last year the largest North Texas crowd was 9,488 (at Texas), and the Mean Green last played before more than 10,000 fans on Nov. 19, 2010 at Kansas (16,300). The Mean Green have not won a game before more than 10,000 fans since at least 2004-05.
Preseason MVC Poll
Creighton was picked to win the Missouri Valley Conference in the preseason poll of league coaches, SID’s and media. The Bluejays earned 38-of-40 first-place votes and 398 points overall.
Illinois State was second with 327 points and the remaining two first-place votes, while Northern Iowa was third with 316 points. Wichita State (298) and Evansville (240) rounded out the upper half of the league.
In sixth was Drake (184), while Indiana State (165), Missouri State (122), Bradley (84) and Southern Illinois (66) round out the rest of the league predictions.
Creighton junior Doug McDermott was named preseason MVC Player of the Year. He’s joined on the team by repeat selections Jake Odum (Indiana State) and Colt Ryan (Evansville) as well as new picks Ben Simons (Drake) and Jackie Carmichael (Illinois State).
Creighton’s women were also picked to win the MVC, just the third time in league history the MVC favorites came from the same schools.
Freshmen Starts Almost Unheard Of
If any of Creighton’s freshmen get a starting nod in Friday’s opener, they’ll join some rare company. The last two freshmen to start a season-opener have been Doug McDermott (2010-11) and Ryan Sears (1997-98).
Sears started all 124 games of his career, while McDermott has started all 74 games of his first two seasons with the Bluejays, the nation’s fifth-longest among players to start every game.
According to STATS Inc., McDermott is one of 18 juniors or seniors nationwide to start every game of his career (min. 2 years played):
Juniors/Seniors To Start Every Game
Source: STATS Inc.
Starts Name, School Next Game 107 Brandon Triche, Syracuse 11/11
97 Andy Diaz, North Florida 11/10
96 Dorian Green, Colorado State 11/9
94 Colt Ryan, Evansville 11/10
74 Doug McDermott, Creighton 11/9
71 Langston Hall, Mercer 11/10
69 Ray McCallum, Detroit 11/9
69 Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan 11/9
68 Brian Voelkel, Vermont 11/9
68 Cody Doolin, San Francisco 11/9
67 Deonte Burton, Nevada 11/10
67 Frantz Massenat, Drexel 11/9
66 Jeromie Hill, UTSA 11/9
63 Devon Saddler, Delaware 11/10
63 Holton Hunsaker, Utah Valley 11/9
63 Travis McKie, Wake Forest 11/9
62 Daniel Miller, Georgia Tech 11/9
60 Marshall Bjorklund, North Dakota St. 11/9
Super Streak Reaches 36 Doug McDermott has scored in double-figures in 36 straight games (preseason games don’t count), CU’s longest stretch since Vernon Moore’s streak of 46 straight games from Jan. 30, 1984 to March 5, 1985.
According to STATS Inc., McDermott’s streak ranks tied for third-longest nationally entering the 2012-13 season.
CU’s Top 10+ Point Streaks, Since 1981-82
No. Name Dates
46 Vernon Moore Jan. 30, 1984 - Mar. 5, 1985
36 Doug McDermott April 1, 2011-Present
32 Bob Harstad Feb. 24, 1990-Feb. 25, 1991
31 Benoit Benjamin Mar. 8, 1984 - Feb. 20, 1985
Longest Active 10+ Point Streaks, Nationally
Source: STATS Inc.
No. Name Next Game
48 George Beamon, Manhattan 11/11
39 Nate Wolters, South Dakota State 11/9
36 Doug McDermott, Creighton 11/9
36 Shane Gibson, Sacred Heart 11/10
32 Robert Covington, Tennessee State 11/9
Tony Mitchell and Doug McDermott are no strangers to each other, having played as teammates two summers ago on the U19 Team USA squad in Latvia.
McDermott ranked third on the team in scoring (11.3) and rebounding (6.1) while starting all nine contests. Mitchell averaged 5.0 points but led the team in rebounding (7.6) and blocks (1.8) per game as a reserve in all nine contests.
More than a dozen scouts figure to be in the house on Friday to check out not only Creighton’s student-athletes, but also those from North Texas, as Tony Mitchell was ranked as the No. 8 overall pick in a 2013 NBA Mock Draft by NBA Draft Express.
Should Mitchell go in the lottery, he’ll join some elite company. The following men are the only others to play a men’s basketball game at CenturyLink Center Omaha, and the number of points scored in his final appearance in the venue.
Pick # Year Name, School Pts. Reb.
9 2006 Patrick O’Bryant, Bradley 4 8
2 2008 Michael Beasley, Kansas St.# 23 13
3 2008 O.J. Mayo, USC# 20 2
13 2008 Brandon Rush, Kansas# 12 6
11 2010 Cole Aldrich, Kansas# 2 0
14 2010 Patrick Patterson, Kentucky 12 7
10 2011 Jimmer Fredette, BYU 13 5
3 2012 Bradley Beal, Florida$ 14 9
5 2012 Thomas Robinson, Kansas$ 11 13
#2008 NCAA Tournament
$2012 NCAA Tournament
Some interesting facts related to Creighton men’s basketball and Presidential Elections.
- Creighton has won 20+ games each of the last six times it has won its season-opener in a Presidential Election year.
- Creighton is 10-2 in season-openers in years with a Presidential incumbent running for re-election, and 7-1 when that incumbent wins.
- In years with a Presidential Election, Creighton has finished .500 or better in the last nine seasons it opened the regular-season in November.
- Creighton has won 20 or more games during the season each of the last five times the Republicans won a Presidential Election.
- Creighton is 159-113 (.585) with two regular-season titles in the 11 seasons after a Democrat wins the Presidential Election.
- Creighton is 202-106 (.656) with three MVC regular-season titles in the 12 seasons after a Republican wins the Presidential Election.
- And it doesn’t apply to this year, but four of the last five times no President was running for re-election, Creighton won the MVC regular-season title.
Big Time Opener
The nation’s only game on Friday that features two men’s basketball teams picked to win their conference will take place in Omaha, Neb., when Sun Belt Conference favorite North Texas visits Missouri Valley Conference favorite Creighton.
The MVC went 5-1 against the Sun Belt last season, were 6-3 in 2010-11, and 8-1 in 2009-10.
Creighton head coach Greg McDermott is 2-0 in his career in games against Sun Belt Conference squads.
After spending last year as a back-up to Antoine Young, sophomore Austin Chatman figures to be Creighton’s starting point guard when the season gets underway on Friday. Creighton’s been blessed with a legacy of some of the MVC’s best point guards in the last 15 years, a streak that began with four-year starters Ryan Sears (1997-2001), Tyler McKinney (2001-05) and Josh Dotzler (2005-09) at the point before Young ran the offense while starting the last three years.
Here’s a look at the stats, by year, of the men that Chatman is trying to replace, as well as the performances of each man in their first start.
Name PPG APG CU W-L PPG APG CU W-L
Sears 10.5 4.8 18-10 8.7 4.0 22-9
McKinney 4.3 2.1 23-9 5.0 4.1 29-5
Dotzler 6.4 4.2 20-10 2.2 2.0 22-11
Young 4.9 1.4 27-8 7.1 3.1 18-16
Chatman 2.4 1.9 29-6 ? ? ?
First Career Start, Recent Point Guards
Name Pts. Reb. Ast. TO Stl. Min. Result
Sears 8 1 4 1 2 28 W, UMKC
McKinney 3 1 1 1 0 18 W, MVSU
Dotzler 7 2 5 2 3 34 L, @DePaul
Young 0 0 2 1 1 12 W, FAMU
Recent Exhibition History
Last Friday’s win improved Creighton to 38-6 since 1987 in fall exhibition games, thanks to 12 straight victories. The only team since 1994 to beat Creighton in an exhibition setting has been Global Sports, which merged nine years ago and later changed their name to EA Sports.
A complete listing of Creighton’s exhibition games since 1987 can be found on page five of this release.
McDermott’s Exhibition History Greg McDermott is 20-0 in exhibition games as a Division I head coach, including a 10-0 mark at UNI, a 7-0 record at Iowa State, and a 3-0 mark at Creighton. All but one of his triumphs has been by double-digits.
Below is a list of McDermott’s exhibition games at the Division I level. Greg McDermott’s Division I Exhibition Scores
Date McD School Opponent Result
2001-02 UNI London Leopards W 89-74
2001-02 UNI Lake Superior St. W 74-63
2002-03 UNI Dominican Nat’l Team W 73-56
2002-03 UNI H.P. Minnesota W 90-76
2003-04 UNI H.P. Minnesota W 89-79
2003-04 UNI Australian Select Team W 92-58
2004-05 UNI Dubuque W 93-34
2004-05 UNI SW Minnesota St. W 71-40
2005-06 UNI Lewis W 77-50
2005-06 UNI Wayne State W 74-57
11/03/06 Iowa State EA Sports W 58-57
11/06/06 Iowa State Wayne State W 55-41
11/01/07 Iowa State Dubuque W 66-38
11/04/07 Iowa State EA Sports W 74-63
11/08/08 Iowa State Nebraska-Omaha W 74-54
11/02/09 Iowa State Black Hills State W 96-47
11/06/09 Iowa State UNC-Pembroke W 106-54
11/04/10 Creighton Northern State W 79-67
11/06/11 Creighton Rockhurst W 81-42
11/02/12 Creighton Univ. of Mary W 89-51
Three players made their exhibition debut in a Creighton uniform last Friday against University of Mary as Andre Yates, Joe Kelling and Isaiah Zierden combined for eight points and 11 rebounds in a combined 39 minutes of action in the Jays 89-51 triumph.
Below is a look at the last nine years and how Creighton’s newcomers have produced in their exhibition debuts:
Yates, Zierden, Kelling
8 pts., 11 reb., 4 ast., 39 min. (W 89-51)
22 pts., 11 reb., 8 ast., 70 min. (W 81-42)
25 pts., 11 reb., 0 ast., 44 min. (W 79-67)
35 pts., 10 reb., 7 ast., 68 min. (W 94-69)
15 pts., 8 reb., 3 ast., 47 min. (W 78-65)
48 pts, 14 reb., 8 ast, 102 min. (W 88-75)
16 pts., 11 reb., 3 ast., 59 min. (W 80-76)
11 pts., 4 reb., 5 ast., 55 min. (W 74-67)
25 pts., 10 reb., 6 ast., 64 min. (W 78-48)
Who Are These Guys?
Creighton returns four starters (Gregory Echenique, Grant Gibbs, Jahenns Manigat and Doug McDermott) from last year’s team that finished 29-6. Creighton’s roster contains players who made 140 starts a year ago.
Returning Returning Starts Final
Year Starters From Previous Year W-L
2012-13 4 140 ? ? ?
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
Portman To Enter MVC Hall of Fame
Bob Portman will enter the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame on March 8, 2013, during a banquet at the MVC Tournament in St. Louis, Mo.
Portman played for Creighton from 1966-69 and averaged 24.6 points and 12.9 rebounds per game during his college career.
Portman owns the Creighton records for single-game scoring (51), single-season scoring average (29.5) and career scoring average (24.7). He is also second for points in a season (738) and ranks fourth in career points (1,876), rebounds (979), free throws (382) and field goals made (747).
Jays Earn Preseason Rankings
Creighton is ranked 15th in the preseason USA Today Top 25 Coaches poll. It’s the first time Creighton has been ranked in the preseason coaches poll since being tabbed No. 23 in 2006-07. Last year Creighton was ranked 33rd in the preseason poll and cracked the top-25 for the first time on Nov. 21st. The Jays would be in the top-25 in 16 of the final 18 weeks last season, reaching as high as No. 12 on Jan. 30th.
The Associated Press preseason poll had the Jays ranked 16th, its highest mark in program history, and the best by any Valley school since the 1981-82 Wichita State club was tabbed sixth.
I Know What You Did Last Summer
Senior center Gregory Echenique played for coach Eric Musselman on the Venezuelan National Team last summer, alongside the likes of former Maryland star and current Memphis Grizzlies guard Greivis Vasquez.
Echenique averaged 7.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in two games at the FIBA Olympic Qualifier in Caracas in July against Lithuania and Nigeria, where he went head-to-head against NBA players such as Linas Kleiza, Jonas Valanciunas, and Al-Farouq Aminu.
Going For 20, Again
Creighton has won 20 or more games in 13 of the last 14 seasons, an unprecedented feat in Missouri Valley Conference history that puts the Jays among an exclusive group, nationally.
Just five schools nationally have had 20 or more wins each of the last 14 years: Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse.
Creighton is one of six schools with 20 or more wins in exactly 13 of the past 14 years. That list consists of Creighton, Kent State, Kentucky, Texas, Utah State and Xavier.
That’s better than traditional powers Arizona, Connecticut and Memphis (12 each) and also ahead of Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin (11 each).
10 Conference Wins x 16
Last season’s Creighton team extended its MVC record by winning 10 or more league games for a 16th consecutive season.
On a national basis, the only other current school with at least 16 straight years of 10 or more league wins is Kansas (18).
Each of the last 16 seasons has seen the team finish fourth place or better in the MVC as well.
Postseason x 15
Creighton has made the postseason in 15 consecutive seasons, the longest streak of postseason bids in MVC history.
The only eight schools to make the postseason in each of the last 14 years are Creighton, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Syracuse.
Postseason Win Streak
Thanks to an NCAA Tournament win over Alabama, the Creighton men’s basketball team has now won a postseason game in a school-record five straight seasons. The previous mark was three in a row from 1962-64.
The following eight programs are the only ones that have won a postseason game in five straight seasons, including 2011-12: Creighton, Kansas, Kansas State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Syracuse and Wisconsin.
Creighton finished sixth nationally in home attendance, averaging 16,665 fans per home game in 2011-12. It’s the sixth straight season that CU has been among the nation’s top-25 in average home attendance, and set an MVC average home attendance record.
Creighton surpassed 200,000 home fans in a season for the sixth time. No other school in the history of the MVC has ever done so.
Creighton also ranked seventh nationally in men’s soccer attendance and 10th in baseball attendance, the nation’s only school in the top-10 of those three sports.
2011-12 Attendance Leaders (Final)
Rk. School Average
1. Kentucky 23,721
2. Syracuse 23,618
3. Louisville 21,503
4. North Carolina 20,159
5. Wisconsin 17,181
6. Creighton 16,665
7. Tennessee 16,543
8. Ohio State 16,510
9. Indiana 16,462
10. Kansas 16,300
Highest Season Home Attendance, MVC History
Home Att. School Year
302,676 Creighton 2008-09
297,161 Creighton 2010-11
276,000 Creighton 2007-08
266,632 Creighton 2011-12
246,419 Creighton 2009-10
Highest Average Attendance, MVC History
Avg. Att. School Year
16,665 Creighton 2011-12
15,930 Creighton 2008-09
15,909 Creighton 2006-07
15,333 Creighton 2007-08
14,495 Creighton 2009-10
Ten of Creighton’s last 15 teams have finished either first or second in The Valley’s regular-season race. Two of the five that didn’t won the MVC Tournament.
The Bluejays won the MVC in 2000-01 and tied for the title in 2001-02 and 2008-09. CU was second in the MVC in 1997-98 and 2006-07, tied for second in the MVC in 1998-99, 2003-04 and 2005-06, and finished tied for third in 2004-05. The 1999-00 club was fourth in the MVC, but won the MVC Tournament, while the 2010-11 club tied for fourth place.
Creighton’s MVC Finishes, Last 15 Years
1st Place 2000-01
Tied for First 2001-02 (won MVC Tourn.), 2008-09
2nd Place 1997-98, 2002-03 (won MVC Tourn.), 2006-07 (won MVC Tourn.), 2011-12 (won MVC Tourn.)
Tied for 2nd 1998-99 (won MVC Tourn.), 2003-04, 2005-06
Tied for 3rd Place 2004-05 (won MVC Tourn.)
4th Place 1999-00 (won MVC Tourn.); 2007-08; 2009-10
Tied for 4th Place 2010-11
Army of Iowans
Every Creighton team since 1988-89 has had at least one Iowa native, and this season is no exception.
Creighton has four 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 senior Grant Gibbs (Marion), junior Doug McDermott (Ames), sophomore Will Artino (Waukee) and redshirt freshman Alex Olsen (Council Bluffs).
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 585 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 a league-best 609 straight games since a 59-53 loss at Illinois State on Feb. 20, 1993. That’s the longest active streak in the MVC.
CenturyLink Center Omaha Success
Creighton has played 153 regular and postseason contests at CenturyLink Center Omaha all-time in its first nine seasons at the facility.
The Bluejays own an 130-23 (.850) record all-time at the facility, and have never lost there on a Thursday (7-0) or Friday (5-0).
Creighton has outscored its opponents 11,433-9,715 in games at CenturyLink Center Omaha, an average margin of 11.2 points per game. Creighton has led wire-to-wire 36 different times, including seven times last season.
Team of the Millennium?
Below is the records for each MVC school since the start of the 2000-01 season, ranked by overall winning percentage. Creighton leads the MVC overall with 280 wins in the millennium, as well as 12 postseason appearances:
MVC Standings (start 2000-01 to end of 2011-12)
MVC only All Games
Team W L Pct. W L Pct.
Creighton 149 67 .690 280 120 .700
Southern Illinois 134 82 .620 238 151 .612
Wichita State 125 91 .579 238 151 .612
Northern Iowa 118 98 .546 226 158 .589
Missouri State 117 99 .542 223 163 .578
Illinois State 99 117 .458 201 175 .535
Bradley 93 123 .431 189 197 .490
Drake 92 124 .426 180 191 .485
Indiana State 79 137 .366 162 212 .433
Evansville 74 142 .343 142 216 .397
Postseason Appearances by MVC Teams
Team NCAA NIT CBI CIT Total
Creighton 6 4 1 1 12
Wichita State 2 5 1 0 8
Southern Illinois 6 1 0 0 7
Northern Iowa 5 1 0 1 7
Bradley 1 2 1 1 5
Missouri State 0 4 0 1 5
Illinois State 0 5 0 0 5
Indiana State 2 0 1 1 4
Drake 1 0 0 2 3
Evansville 0 0 2 1 3
Piling Up The Points, and Wins
Creighton has won 54 straight games when scoring 90 points or more, dating to Jan. 11, 1988.
Creighton has won 18 straight (at all sites) when scoring 100 points or more, dating to Feb. 26, 1977.
In home games only, Creighton has won 89 straight games when scoring 70 or more points since a Feb. 5, 2005 loss to Missouri State.
Creighton’s last meeting with North Texas was a 108-105 overtime loss on Feb. 26, 1977. That remains the most points in CU history in a loss.
Sneaking Up On Two Milestones
Because he’s split his college career between Rutgers and Creighton, you might not realize the rather impressive college stats being generated by Gregory Echenique.
Echenique enters his senior year with 1,015 points, 751 rebounds and 206 blocked shots in his first 104 games as a collegian. He is the nation’s only active player with at least 1,000 point, 750 rebounds and 200 blocked shots.
Had all those stats been generated at Creighton, Echenique would rank 36th in career points, seventh in career rebounds and second in career blocked shots at CU.
Here’s To History
With the 2012 MVC Tournament title, Creighton head coach Greg McDermott became the first head coach in league history to win a Valley Tournament title at more than one school.
McDermott previously won a title in 2004 at Northern Iowa. The 1988 Northern Iowa grad McDermott also holds the honor of being the first coach in league history to win an MVC Tournament title at his alma mater.
Only two schools won their league tournament in both men’s and women’s basketball in 2011-12: Creighton and South Dakota State.
This was the fifth time in MVC history that the same school has won the men’s and women’s tournament titles in the same season. Creighton, however, was the first program to do it twice (UNI 2010, Creighton 2002 and 2012, Missouri State 1992, Illinois State 1983).
McDermott A Preseason All-American
Junior forward Doug McDermott became the first player in MVC history to be named a preseason First Team All-American by the Associated Press. The team was announced on October 28th.
McDermott earned acclaim on 62-of-65 ballots, trailing only Indiana’s Cody Zeller. The rest of the team consists of Isaiah Canaan (Murray State), Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State), Trey Burke (Michigan) and C.J. McCollum (Lehigh).
The preseason All-America team was first announced in 1986-87.
Everybody’s All-American Doug McDermott hauled 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 and ESPN.com, and a second-team selection by The Sporting News and CBSSports.com. 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 Kyle Korver (2003).
Last year McDermott was named CollegeInsider.com’s Lute Olson National Player of the Year. He was also a finalist for the Naismith and Wooden Award, though Anthony Davis won both awards.
Oscar, Bird, Doug Doug McDermott set a Creighton (and MVC) record for points by a freshman with 581 in 2010-11. Last season, McDermott had 801 points, the most single-season points in school history by any player.
McDermott’s 1,382 points are the most in school history by a player in their first two seasons, passing Bob Portman (1,195). According to STATS Inc., the only other players since 1996-97 with at least 1,382 points or more by the end of their sophomore season had been Davidson’s Stephen Curry (1,661 points from 2006-08), Eastern Washington’s Rodney Stuckey (1,438 points from 2005-07) and VMI’s Keydren Clark (1,497 points from 2002-04).
He became just the third sophomore in MVC history to reach 800 points in a season, trailing only Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird on that list. His 801 points from last year rank 10th-most in MVC single-season history and were the most by any Valley player since 1988.
Below is a list of the most prolific sophomore 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
815 Lewis Lloyd, Drake 1979-80
801 Doug McDermott, Creighton 2011-12
788 Hersey Hawkins, Bradley 1986-87
788 Willie Biles, Tulsa 1972-73
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
656 Hersey Hawkins, Bradley 1985-86
Top Scorers, Creighton Single-Season History
Pts. Name (Class) Year
801 Doug McDermott (So.) 2011-12
738 Bob Portman (Jr.) 1967-68
734 Bob Harstad (Jr.) 1989-90
Most Career Points, Active Juniors
Source: Creighton Sports Info/STATS Inc.
Rk. Pts. Name, School
1. 1,382 Doug McDermott, Creighton
2. 1,073 DeAndre Kane, Marshall
3. 1,062 Will Barton, Memphis
4. 1,014 Devon Saddler, Delaware
5. 1,011 Trey Ziegler, Pittsburgh
Scoring In Numbers Doug McDermott owned 801 points in 35 games, an average of 22.9 per contest that ranked him third nationally in scoring.
McDermott’s 22.9 points per game rank 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.
McDermott’s 22.9 points per game made him the first MVC player over 20 points per game since Illinois State’s Tarise Bryson (2000-01) and the most by a MVC player since Northern Iowa’s Randy Blocker (23.0 ppg.) in 1993-94. Bryson had been the only MVC player since 1989 to rank in the top-five nationally in scoring.
No Bluejay had averaged more than 20 points per game since Bob Harstad’s 22.2 average in 1989-90.
Last season Doug McDermott joined Texas’ Kevin Durant (in 2006-07) as the nation’s only player since 1996-97 to finish a season with at least 800 points, 280 rebounds and 50 three-pointers.
It came on the heels of McDermott’s remarkable freshman season with 581 points, 280 rebounds and 47 three-point baskets.
According to research by STATS Inc., the last two freshmen (before McDermott) to attain 525 points, 270 rebounds and 40 three-pointers in a season were Durant and Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse) in 2002-03. The previous two freshmen before them to do so, Quentin Richardson (1998-99 at DePaul) and Eddie Griffin (2000-01 at Seton Hall), like Durant and Anthony, were also named the National Freshman of the Year.
Below is the list, compiled by STATS Inc., of all 19 Division I players since 1996-97 to have McDermott’s levels of at least 581 points, 280 rebounds and 47 three-pointers in one season.
McDermott, who repeated the feat in 2011-12, joins Kyle Singler (Duke) as one of two men to do it twice.:
581+ Pts., 280+ Reb., 47+ 3FG Since 1996-97
Source: STATS Inc. & Creighton Sports Info
Name, School Year 3FG Reb. Pts.
Kevin Durant, Texas* 2006-07 82 390 903 Doug McDermott, Creighton 2011-12 54 288 801
Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse* 2002-03 56 349 778
Shane Battier, Duke 2000-01 124 285 778
Kyle Singler, Duke 2009-10 85 280 707
Keith Van Horn, Utah 1996-97 58 303 705
Ryan Anderson, Cal 2007-08 64 328 697
Matt Harpring, Ga. Tech 1997-98 52 302 691
Rasual Butler, LaSalle 2001-02 57 283 670
Wendell McKinies, New Mex St. 2011-12 51 374 653
Brian Heinle, CS-Northridge 2000-01 52 293 646
Jae Crowder, Marquette 2011-12 61 295 614
Jamine Peterson, Providence 2009-10 51 315 609
James Posey, Xavier 1998-99 48 322 609
Kyle Singler, Duke 2008-09 69 284 609
Matt Howard, Butler 2010-11 53 285 608
Romain Sato, Xavier 2003-04 75 297 603
Draymond Green, MIchigan St. 2011-12 52 392 601 Doug McDermott, Creighton* 2010-11 47 280 581
Last Season Recap
Creighton went 29-6 and reached the third round of the MVC Tournament last season. Creighton started the year 7-0 to move into the Associated Press top-25, a spot they would hold for 12 of the final 15 weeks. Doug McDermott ranked third nationally in scoring (22.9), scoring a school-record 801 points. He became the first sophomore named MVC Player of the Year and was a consensus First Team All-American.
Point guard Antoine Young (12.1 ppg., 4.5 apg.) was a second-team all-Valley pick, while center Gregory Echenique (9.7 ppg., 7.3 rpg., 1.6 bpg.) was named MVC Defensive Player of the Year. In addition, Grant Gibbs was runner-up for MVC Newcomer of the Year accolades after dishing a league-high 176 assists.
The Jays ranked second nationally in field goal percentage (.504), third in three-point percentage (.424), fifth in assists (17.6), sixth in home attendance (16,665) and ninth in scoring offense (79.2).
Creighton finished the regular-season second in the MVC before winning its league-record 11th Valley Tournament title to clinch an NCAA bid. At the NCAA’s, Creighton topped Alabama 58-57 before falling to No. 4 North Carolina.
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 2012-13 season will go 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 and cost is $12 for adults and $8 for youth ages 3-18 (children two and under are free).
For more information, call the Creighton Ticket Office at (402) 280-JAYS.
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