Jays Chase 11th MVC Tourney Title on Sunday

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Gregory Echenique nearly brought down the rim with this dunk on Saturday.
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Updated Creighton Notes

Sunday, March 4, 2012 – 1:00 pm Central

Creighton (27-5) vs. Illinois State (20-12)

St. Louis, Mo. – Scottrade Center

Media Options
Television: CBS Sports (Tim Brando, Mike Gminski)
Video Webcast: None
Radio: KXSP 590 AM (Omaha); 101.1 FM (St. Louis); Westwood One (nationally)
Live Stats: http://mvc.statbroadcast.com

 

The Coaches

Greg McDermott (Northern Iowa, 1988) is in his second season as head coach at Creighton, where he owns a 50-21 mark. 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 330-216 in 18 seasons and is 199-152 in 11 Division I campaigns. McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries, Steve Lutz and Steve Merfeld.        

        McDermott is 8-5 all-time in the MVC Tournament, including the 2004 title while at Northern Iowa. He is 1-1 in the play-in round, 4-2 in the quarterfinals, 2-2 in the semifinals and 1-0 in the championship game.


Series History vs. Illinois State
Creighton is 28-40 all-time against Illinois State, but 3-1 on neutral floors against the Redbirds. Creighton has won four straight meetings in the series, all by nine or more points.  This season, the Bluejays won 87-78 in Normal on Jan. 13th before a 102-74 blowout in Omaha on Feb. 1st.

        Creighton is 4-2 all-time in MVC Tournament play against ISU, but the teams have never met in the finals.

        Greg McDermott is 11-4 in his career against ISU, including a 4-0 mark on the Creighton sideline.

 

Oscar, Bird, Doug

Creighton’s Doug McDermott enters the finals of Arch Madness with 732 points this year. With seven points on Sunday, he can set CU’s single-season record for points in a year, breaking a mark set in 1967-68 by Bob Portman.

        Last year McDermott set a Creighton (and MVC) record for points by a freshman with 581. This season, McDermott passed Rodney Buford (581 points in 1996-97) for most points in school history by a sophomore. McDermott also just the third sophomore in MVC history to reach 700 points in a season, and trails only Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird on that list.

        McDermott’s 1,313 career points to date are easily the most in school history by a player in their first two seasons, passing  Portman (1,195).

        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 Sophomore Scorers, MVC History

                Pts.                         Name, School                        Years

                984                          Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati               1957-58

                918                          Larry Bird, Indiana State       1976-77

                732                          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

                738                          Bob Portman (Jr.)                  1967-68

                734                          Bob Harstad (Jr.)                   1989-90

                732                          Doug McDermott (So.)         2011-12

                688                          Benoit Benjamin (Jr.)            1984-85

                681                          Bob Portman (Sr.)                  1968-69

 

Looking For History

Creighton head coach Greg McDermott is seeking to become the first head coach in MVC history to win a Valley Tournament title at more than one school. McDermott won a title in 2004 at Northern Iowa.

        McDermott also holds the honor of being the first coach in league history to win an MVC Tournament title at his alma mater. Since he did it in 2004 at Northern Iowa, SIU’s Chris Lowery did so in 2006.

 

MVC Tournament History

Creighton owns a 39-20 all-time record in MVC Tournament play. Creighton’s 10 MVC Tournament titles are five more than any other school, while its 39 wins and .661 winning percentage in league tourney action is also tops.

        Creighton is 18-12 in the quarterfinals, 11-7 in the semifinals and 10-1 in the championship games.

        Creighton is 4-2 all-time against Illinois State in the MVC Tournament.

 

Random Valley Tournament Facts

        -Creighton has won its last nine games at the MVC Tournament decided by four points or less.

        -Creighton has won the tournament seven of the last 11 times it has won its first game in St. Louis.

        -The last three times Creighton faced Drake in the MVC Tournament, the winner of that game won the tournament. Creighton beat Drake on Friday.

        -Creighton is 13-2 in five MVC Tournaments with an MVC Player of the Year on its roster, including titles in three of the last four occurrences.

 

With A Win

With a win on Sunday, Creighton would improve to 28-5 on the season, the second-most wins in program history in a season. Only the 2002-03 team that finished 29-5 had more wins.

        -Creighton would improve to 40-20 all-time in MVC Tournament action. Both the 40 wins and the .667 win percentage would be tops in event history.

        -Creighton would improve to 11-1 all-time in the finals of the MVC Tournament.

        -Creighton head coach Greg McDermott would improve to 9-5 in the MVC Tournament, including a 2-0 mark in the finals.

        -Creighton head coach Greg McDermott would become the first man to coach his team to a title at two different schools (also Northern Iowa in 2004).

 

Six Out Of 13 Tourney Titles

Creighton owns six league tournament titles in the last 13 years. On a national basis, the only schools that can claim this are Duke (10), Gonzaga (10), Winthrop (9), Creighton (6), Kansas (6), Kentucky (6) and Utah State (6).  Creighton’s 10 Valley Tournament titles are twice as many as the next closest school, Southern Illinois (5).

 

Road History

For the first time in 29 attempts Creighton has won a road game at all three of MVC schools in Illinois (Bradley, Illinois State, Southern Illinois) in the same season.

        Each of Creighton’s first 10 teams to win two Valley road games in Illinois reached the postseason, including six NCAA Tournament squads.

        In three road games vs. teams from Illinois (at Southern Illinois, at Bradley, at Illinois State) this season, Creighton averaged 89.0 points and shot 64.0 percent from the field, 61.5 percent from three-point range and 71.7 percent at the line. CU was also +12.3 on the glass and had 66 assists to just 43 turnovers.

        Creighton’s top perimeter threats all feasted in those games. Jahenns Manigat was 12-15 (80 percent) from ‘3’ in those wins, with Doug McDermott (5-7, 71.4 percent) and Ethan Wragge (11-16, 68.8 percent) close behind.

 

Making Them Ill(inois)

Creighton is 8-0 this season against teams from the state of Illinois, having gone 2-0 against Bradley, Southern Illinois and Illinois State, and 1-0 versus Northwestern and Chicago State. The last time Creighton played a season without a loss to a team from Illinois was 1973-74.

 

Double-Double Doug
Doug McDermott
had his team-best 10th double-double of the season on Friday, finishing with 26 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Drake. McDermott’s the first Bluejay with a double-double in Valley Tournament play since Justin Carter & Kenny Lawson Jr. both did it in the 2010 MVC Tournament quarterfinals vs. Bradley.

        McDermott is the first Creighton player with 10 double-doubles in a season since 1990-91, when both Bob Harstad (11) and Chad Gallagher (10) did it.

 

Where There’s A Will
Will Artino
saw 14 minutes of action vs. Evansville and made the most of it, finishing with 10 points, four rebounds and two assists in the win. He made 5-of-6 shots, and has now hit 63.3 percent of his shots on the year. It was the redshirt freshman’s third game this year in double-figures, and first since he had 11 on Feb. 1st vs. Illinois State.

 

#Legend
Josh Jones
made his first four three-point attempts on Saturday and finished the day 4-for-5 from deep. It all helped Creighton post a 42-14 advantage in bench points vs. Evansville. The notoriously streaky shooter went 6-for-6 from the field (3-3 from 3) in a game vs. Illinois State last season.

 

Forever Young
Antoine Young
entered Friday a career 25.5 percent shooter in MVC Tournament play, making 12-of-47 shots in his career in St. Louis. On Friday, he made his first six field goal attempts and finished with 16 points, then hit 3-of-4 shots on Saturday vs. Evansville.

 

Canadian Bakin’
Sophomore guard Jahenns Manigat shot well in both previous meetings with Illinois State this season. The Ontario native, who entered Arch Madness leading the MVC in three-point percentage, has made 7-of-9 treys vs. ISU this year and 9-of-13 in his career.

 

History As A Second Seed

Creighton is 19-3 all-time as the second seed, including titles in four of its past five appearances in that spot. Creighton has won five titles overall from the second seed (1981, 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2007).

        The second seed has won 13 of the 34 tournament titles all-time, which is tied for most in event history with the top seed. The second seed owns a 40-14 record in the event since the tournament moved to St. Louis in 1991, the best winning percentage of any slot.

        Including this year, the No. 2 seed has won at least one game in 13 straight tournaments, reached the final in 11 of the last 14 seasons and won the title in five of the previous nine years.

 

The Case For Creighton

Should Creighton not win the MVC Tournament, it still has an overwhelming case for inclusion into the NCAA Tournament. Consider the following...

        -Creighton is the nation’s only team with four top-50 RPI wins and 10 true road wins.

        -Creighton went 10-3 in true road games this season, setting a school-record for road wins.

        -Creighton has been nationally-ranked by either the USA Today/ESPN or Associated Press poll 13 different weeks this season.

        -Creighton won road games at San Diego State and Wichita State, making it one of five schools with multiple road wins at top-28 RPI opponents.

        -Creighton finished in second-place in the nation’s No. 8-ranked league, the MVC, finishing five games ahead of the third-place team.

        -Creighton ranks among the national leaders in winning percentage, and with 27 wins.

        -Creighton leads the nation in field goal percentage and is third in three-point percentage.

        -Creighton owns wins over potential NCAA Tournament teams San Diego State, Wichita State, Northwestern and Long Beach State.

        -Creighton is the nation’s only team to claim three non-conference wins over the Big Ten.

 

Happy Anniversary

Creighton is 2-0 all-time in MVC Tournament finals played on March 4th, having beaten No. 11 Southern Illinois in 2007 and a different Southern Illinois squad in 2002.  Both SIU teams were the top seeds in the tournament, while Creighton was the No. 2 seed both times.

 

Finals History

Creighton is 10-1 all-time in the finals of the MVC Tournament, its best winning percentage for any round. The Bluejays have won their last eight championship game appearances. Creighton’s 10 titles are twice as many as the next-closest school, Southern Illinois (5).

 

Carmichael vs. Creighton
Illinois State big man Jackie Carmichael owns 32 points and 14 total rebounds in five career games vs. Creighton. Much of the defensive work has been done by the MVC Defensive Player of the Year, Gregory Echenique, one of the few Valley players who can match Carmichael’s size and strength inside.

 

Rewrite The Record Book!
Creighton set or tied three school records for MVC Tournament play in Saturday’s 99-71 win over Evansville.

        -Josh Jones tied a CU MVC Tourney single-game record by making 80 percent of his three-point attempts (min. 4 att.).

-Creighton’s 99 points were nine more than its previous best in MVC Tournament action.
-Creighton’s +26 rebound margin was a record as well for one MVC Tournament game.

 

A Sketch of Ech
Gregory Echenique
played like a man possessed on Saturday vs. Evansville’s undersized front line, finishing with 20 points and nine rebounds on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor and 4-for-5 shooting at the line. His 20 points were his most in a Bluejay uniform, and one shy of his personal best done vs. Princeton while a student-athlete at Rutgers in 2009.

        When Echenique plays well, it usually means great things for his team. Creighton is now 12-1 in his career when he scores 15 points or more, and is 10-1 when he grabs 10 or more rebounds.

 

Key To Victory
Tim Jankovich
is 73-11 at Illinois State when his teams are leading at halftime. Creighton, however, is 6-4 this season and 11-11 under Greg McDermott when trailing at intermission.  Creighton hasn’t won a game vs. Illinois State when trailing at halftime since Jan. 24, 2004.

        Illinois State has won each of its first two games at the MVC Tournament despite trailing at half. Creighton is 21-1 this season when up at intermission.

 

You’re My Boy, Blue!

Don’t be surprised if it seems like half the lower bowl at Scottrade Center is filled with fans wearing blue. Creighton sold 2,575 all-session tickets to Arch Madness this year, most in event history by a single school.  Creighton ranks seventh nationally in home attendance this season, averaging 16,664 fans per home game.

 

Rested & Ready
With a lopsided 28-point win on Saturday, Creighton was able to substitute liberally, as all 13 men in uniform saw action.  Doug McDermott’s 23 minutes matched his fewest in a game since January 1st, and Antoine Young’s 20 minutes were his fewest since Feb. 9, 2010 (80 games). Creighton’s reserves played a combined 91 minutes on Saturday, and have played 157 minutes in the tournament thus far.

        By comparison, Illinois State used its reserves for a total of 43 minutes on Saturday and for 109 minutes total in two Arch Madness games thus far.

 

Technically Speaking
Creighton received two technical fouls on Saturday (Will Artino, Gregory Echenique), both for hanging on the rim after dunking. Prior to yesterday, Creighton’s student-athletes had received a total of two technical fouls in the previous two seasons combined.
        It’s worth noting that in the first Illinois State-Creighton meeting this season, ISU’s Johnny Hill was ejected with two technicals, while Bluejay guard Grant Gibbs was also assessed a technical foul after a late-game incident.

 

The Race to 50
Yesterday’s win over Evansville gives Creighton head coach Greg McDermott 50 wins at the helm of the Bluejays. That’s easily the most by a coach in his first two years in program history. McDermott, who has coached 71 games on the CU sideline, is the fourth-quickest coach in program history to reach 50 wins. Thomas Mills needed 55 games, while Arthur Schabinger and Tom Apke each needed 66 games. By comparison, McDermott’s predecessor, Dana Altman, owned a losing record (50-55) at the time of his 50th victory.

 

Offense Wins Championships?

Creighton is putting the old saying “Defense wins championships” to the test this season. The Bluejays lead the MVC in scoring offense this season, averaging 79.9 points per game, which also ranks sixth nationally.

        Since 1997-98, six of the 14 teams to lead the league in scoring offense went on to win the MVC Tournament (Drake in 2008, ILS in 1998, CU in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003).

        By comparison, only two teams that led the league in scoring defense won the MVC Tournament (SIU in 2006, UNI in 2010).

 

Going On The Offensive

Speaking of offense, Creighton leads the nation in field goal percentage at 51.0 percent.

        Since 2005-06 there have been seven teams that finished a year shooting 50.8 percent or better from the field. Six of those seven teams made the NCAA’s, going 17-4 in the “Big Dance”, and two  (Kansas in 2008 and Florida in 2007) won the national title.

        By comparison, nine teams held foes to 56.0 points per game or less in the same six-year span. Those teams combined for just four NCAA bids and went a combined 5-4 in the Big Dance.

 

McDermott Named MVC Player of the Year

Doug McDermott became the first sophomore in league history to be named Larry Bird MVC Player of the Year.

        McDermott leads The Valley and ranks third nationally with 22.9 points per game and is also first in the MVC with 49.0 percent accuracy from three-point range. He also ranks second in the conference in rebounding (8.2 rpg.).

        McDermott’s five MVC Player of the Week accolades were the most by any individual in a season in 25 years, and the only sophomores in league history with more points in a season are Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird. 

        McDermott is the first Creighton player named MVC Player of the Year since Booker Woodfox in 2009, and fifth different Bluejay overall, a group that also includes Bob Harstad (1989), Chad Gallagher (1991), Kyle Korver (2002 and 2003), and Woodfox (2009).

        McDermott’s honor gives Creighton six MVC Player of the Year awards, tying Bradley and Southern Illinois for most all-time.

        He is the first player to be named MVC Player of the Year from a non-championship team since Kyle Korver in 2002-03.

        He is just the second player in MVC history to be named both MVC Freshman of the Year (2011) and MVC Player of the Year (2012), joining Southern Illinois’ great Ashraf Amaya (1990 FOY and 1992 POY).

 

Echenique Named MVC’s Top Defender

Junior center Gregory Echenique is the first player in Creighton history to be named MVC Defensive Player of the Year.

        Echenique leads the MVC with 54 blocked shots this season and with 1.7 blocks per game.  He’s also fifth in the MVC with 7.4 rebounds per contest, and second with 61.9 percent shooting from the field.

        In league play, Echenique led the MVC with 1.7 blocks per game and 2.8 offensive rebounds per game, while also ranking second in rebounds per game (8.2) and field goal percentage (.630), fifth in defensive rebounds per contest (5.3) and 10th in free throw percentage (.811).

        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.

        Just a junior, Echenique owns 989 points, 733 rebounds and 203 blocked shots in his first 101 games as a collegian.

        Had all those stats been generated at Creighton, Echenique would rank 38th in career points, seventh in career rebounds and second in career blocked shots at CU.

 

Won By One

Creighton won its Feb. 21 game vs. Evansville by a single point, 93-92, then topped Indiana State 61-60 last Saturday. The Bluejays are now 3-0 in one-point games this winter after going 0-1 a year ago.

        After going 1-6 in games decided by three points or less this year, the Bluejays are 6-1 in games decided by three points or less this year.

 

Dingman Rings It Up

Freshman Avery Dingman showed off his sweet stroke, scoring 14 points in Creighton’s overtime win over Evansville on Feb. 21st. The freshman from Branson, Mo., made 5-of-6 shots and tied a career-high with 14 points. He drained 4-of-5 three-point attempts in the game. Creighton is 8-0 when Dingman scores four points or more this season.

 

Rare Bird

Doug McDermott’s averages of 22.9 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, combined with his shooting percentages of 60.8 percent overall, 49.0 percent from three-point range and 79.1 percent from the line are something you usually only see in a video game. McDermott is the nation’s only player averaging better than 19 points per game who shoots better than 54 percent from the field.

        Since 2008-09, no player nationally has averaged more than 20 points per game while shooting 48.0 percent from three-point range, regardless of the number of attempts.

        Also, since 2004-05 McDermott is one of two sophomores nationally to average 22.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game or more. The other player to do that came in 2008-09 and was former Oklahoma and current Los Angeles Clippers standout Blake Griffin. Griffin had 90 dunks in his sophomore season, while McDermott owns one dunk this year (at Bradley).

 

Call It A Comeback

Creighton started slowly on Friday, falling behind 9-0 and 12-2 before adjusting to its surroundings. It was the fifth time this season that Creighton has fallen behind by double-digits, only to rally to win. Creighton also did it at San Diego State (down 17), at Wichita State (11) and in home games vs. Northern Iowa (11) and Evansville (14).

        By comparison, last year Creighton was 1-7 in games in which it fell behind by double-figures.

 

Heading Towards The Top 10

The MVC hasn’t had a player rank in the top-10 nationally in scoring since Illinois State’s Tarise Bryson finished fourth in 2000-01 at 22.8 points per contest. Currently, Creighton’s Doug McDermott (22.9) is third nationally and owns an MVC-best 22 games of 20 or more points this season.

 

Nebraska’s Finest

Antoine Young hails from south Omaha suburb of Bellevue, and statistically is one of the top homegrown products in Nebraska history to play at Creighton.

        Young’s 492 assists are most in program history by a Nebraska product, 104 more than the 388 by predecessor Josh Dotzler (another Bellevue product and Young’s former high school teammate).

        From a scoring prospective, Young’s 1,316 points ranks third-most in school history by a Nebraska product. John C. Johnson (Omaha) leads that list with 1,526 points, while Schuyler product Gene Harmon (1,369) is second on the list.

        With 21 points at Indiana State last Saturday, Young moved past former St. Louis Cardinals baseball great and Omaha native Bob Gibson (1,272) for third place, as well as Omaha native Wally Anderzunas (1,267).

 

Upping The Antoine

Senior point guard Antoine Young continues to ascend up a few Creighton charts. He’s up to 16th on Creighton’s all-time scoring chart, and his 492 assists rank third-most in Bluejay annals. Yesterday Young passed Ryan Sears on CU’s scoring list, the player that many think ranks atop the list as the most complete all-around point guard in school history.

        Young and Sears are the only Bluejays in history with at least 1,000 points and 425 career assists.


      Most Career Points

      Rank Pts.       Name                                  Years

      1.       2,116     Rodney Buford                  1995-99

      2.       2,110     Bob Harstad                                                 1987-91

      3.       1,983     Chad Gallagher                 1987-91

      4.       1,876     Bob Portman                                                1966-69

      5.       1,801     Kyle Korver                        1999-03

      6.       1,754     Nate Funk                           2002-07

      7.       1,682     Rick Apke                           1974-78

      8.       1,661     Paul Silas                           1961-64

      9.       1,654     Vernon Moore                   1981-85

      10.     1,575     Benoit Benjamin                1982-85

      11.     1,526     John C. Johnson              1975-79

      12.     1,500     Kevin McKenna                 1977-81

      13.     1,437     Eddie Cole                         1951-55

      14.     1,369     Gene Harmon                    1971-74

      15.     1,361     Duan Cole                          1987-92

      16.     1,316     Antoine Young                 2008-Present

      17.     1,313     Kenny Lawson Jr.             2006-11

                1,313     Doug McDermott              2010-Present

      19.     1,309     Ryan Sears                        1997-01

      20.     1,303     Elton Tuttle                         1951-54

      21.     1,272     Bob Gibson                        1954-57



                Most Career Assists (Since 1970-71)

                Ast.         Name                                                          Years

                570          Ryan Sears                                                            1997-01

                549          Ralph Bobik                                                           1971-74

492          Antoine Young                                         2008-Pres.

                458          Randy Eccker                                            1974-78

 

20-Win Seasons

Creighton has earned its 24th 20-win season in program history. Only one of those teams have won 27 games or more like this year’s squad has. Here’s a look at Creighton’s teams with 20 or more wins.


                Previous 20-Win Seasons, Sorted By Wins

                W-L             Season             Postseason?

                29-5             2002-03             NCAA (0-1)

                27-8             2008-09             NIT (1-1)

                27-5             2011-12             TBA

                24-8             2000-01             NCAA (0-1)

                24-8             1990-91             NCAA (1-1)

                23-5             1921-22             --

                23-7             1973-74             NCAA (2-1)

                23-9             2001-02             NCAA (1-1)

                23-10           1999-00             NCAA (0-1)

                23-11           2004-05             NCAA (0-1)

                23-16           2010-11             CBI (4-2)

                22-7             1963-64             NCAA (1-2)

                22-9             1998-99             NCAA (1-1)

                22-11           2007-08             NIT (1-1)

                22-11           2006-07             NCAA (0-1)

                21-5             1961-62             NCAA (2-1)

                21-7             1976-77             NIT (0-1)

                21-9             1980-81             NCAA (0-1)

                21-12           1989-90             NIT (0-1)

                20-7             1974-75             NCAA (0-1)

                20-9             2003-04             NIT (0-1)

                20-10           2005-06             NIT (1-1)

                20-11           1988-89             NCAA (0-1)

                20-12           1984-85             --



Speaking Of Honors

Doug McDermott is also a finalist for the Lou Henson National Player of the Year, an award that collegeinsider.com hands out to the nation’s top mid-major player.  Fans can vote for McDermott at VoteLouHenson.com.    

 

Senior Group

Creighton honored four men who suited up in their final home game on Feb. 21st; Antoine Young, Matthew Dorwart, Derek Sebastian and Ross Ferrarini, as part of Senior Night festivities.

        During the past four years, the Jays have gone 95-45 while appearing in the postseason every season and claiming a share of the 2008-09 MVC regular-season title.

        Of the quartet, Young owns the most accomplishments on court. The Bellevue, Neb., native is one of two players in school history with 1,200 points and 450 assists. He led the MVC in assist/turnover ratio as both a sophomore and junior, and last season also paced The Valley in assists per game en route to earning second-team all-MVC honors.

        A native of Sidney, Neb., Dorwart is finishing up his fourth year with the program. He’s played in 27 games as a Bluejay, amassing 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots. Off the court he was part of a film crew that produced the award winning documentary “Mato Oput”, which focused on the civil war in Uganda during the past 20 years.

        Sebastian hails from Loveland, Colo., and plays on the wing. He’s played in 25 games during his four years in the program, producing 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists. When he’s not on the court, Sebastian has spent this semester student-teaching at Omaha North High School.

        Ferrarini is a guard from Omaha in his third year in the program after transferring in from Nebraska in 2009. One of the team’s top threats from long-range, Ferrarini owns 17 points and six rebounds in 44 career minutes played over the course of 23 games.  Nicknamed “The Godfather”, he’s twice had the hoop that gave the Jays 75 points and earned the home crowd free Godfather’s Pizza.

 

Familiar Fives

Creighton has utilized the same starting line-up all season long, as Gregory Echenique, Doug McDermott, Grant Gibbs, Jahenns Manigat and Antoine Young have started all 33 games.

        According to STATS Inc., the only schools with the same starting five every game (through March 2nd) were Creighton, Long Beach State, Missouri, Nevada, Wisconsin and Youngstown State.

        Young owns 104 consecutive starts, which dates back to the second game of his sophomore season.

 

It’s Up, And It’s Good

Doug McDermott leads the nation with 281 field goals made this season. That ranks second-most in a season in Bluejay history, and is the most by a CU player since Bob Portman set the record with 303 buckets in 1967-68.

        By comparison, no other player in the MVC has more than 188 buckets (Colt Ryan).

 

Blocking Behemoth

Gregory Echenique owns 109 career blocked shots in a Creighton uniform, tied for sixth in school history. Echenique also owned 94 blocked shots in 39 games at Rutgers, giving him 203 rejections overall as a collegian.

 Career Blocked Shots, Since 1979-80

        Blk.         Name                                      Years

        411          Benoit Benjamin                    1982-85

        183          Chad Gallagher                     1987-91

        153          Kenny Lawson Jr.                 2006-11

        138          Brody Deren                          2001-04

        136          Anthony Tolliver                   2003-07

        109          Doug Swenson                      1997-99

        109          Gregory Echenique              2010-Pres.

        104          Joe Dabbert                            2000-04

 

 

Doubling Up From The Start

Doug McDermott has scored 12 or more points in all 32 games this season. That is CU’s longest streak of double-figure games to start a season since Vernon Moore (32) in 1984-85. McDermott is the only player in the MVC to score in double-figures in every game this season, and one of three players nationally with 12 or more points in every team game this winter.

         McDermott has scored in double-figures in 33 straight games, CU’s longest stretch since Vernon Moore’s streak of 46 straight games from Jan. 30, 1984 to March 5, 1985.

        CU's Top 10+ Point Streaks, Since 1981-82

        No.                Name                                    Dates

        46                  Vernon Moore                     Jan. 30, 1984 - Mar. 5, 1985

        33                  Doug McDermott                April 1, 2011-Present

        32                  Bob Harstad                         Feb. 24, 1990-Feb. 25, 1991

 

Consecutive Double-Figure Scoring Games

To Start Year, Since 1979-80

    Consec.        Name, Class                                      Year

    all 32             Vernon Moore, Sr.                             1984-85

    32*                 Doug McDermott, So.                      2011-12

    28                  Benoit Benjamin, Jr.                          1984-85

*active

 

12+ Points, Every Team Game This Year

    Streak           Name, School                                    Next Game

    32                  Doug McDermott, Creighton          3/4

    31                  Kevin Jones, West Virginia              3/6

    28                  Damian Lillard, Weber State             3/6

 

National Scoring Leaders

Doug McDermott ranked third nationally in scoring at 22.9 points per game through games of March 3rd. Here’s that list.

        Rk.              Name, School                                  Yr.             PPG

        1.                 Reggie Hamilton, Oakland             Sr.             25.5

        2.                 Damian Lillard, Weber State           Jr.              24.5

        3.                 Doug McDermott, Creighton        So.            22.9

        4.                 Shane Gibson, Sacred Heart         Jr.              22.0

        5.                 Gerardo Suero, Albany                   Jr.              21.8

 

Long-Distance Streak Alive

Creighton has made at least one three-pointer in a league-best 606 straight games since a 59-53 loss at Illinois State on Feb. 20, 1993. That’s the longest active streak in the MVC, and longest streak in Valley history.

 

Game Tested

Senior Antoine Young has played in 139 games as a Bluejay, second-most in school history.  Below is a list of the all-time:

         Creighton leaders in games played:

        GP               Name                                    Years

        143              Kenny Lawson Jr.               2006-11

        139              Antoine Young                   2008-Pres.

        135              Nate Funk                             2002-07

       

Mind-Boggling Road Stats

Credit MVC PR guru Mike Kern with this doozy of a road stat. Through games of March 3rd, MVC rivals Creighton (10) and Wichita State (10) each owned 10 or more road wins.  The only BCS-member school with more than eight true road wins was Syracuse (9).


Field Day

Creighton leads the nation in field goal percentage, and has had a better shooting percentage in all 27 of its wins this year. The four times the opposition has had a better field goal percentage, the Jays lost.

        Overall, the team with a better field goal percentage has won 37 of CU’s last 38 games.

        The only MVC team in history to lead the nation in field goal percentage was Bradley in 1967-68 (.524), and the only MVC team in history to lead the nation in three-point percentage was Illinois State in 2002-03 (.440).

        Creighton is 18-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the floor. Yesterday was the fifth effort of 60 percent or better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ring Bearers

Creighton’s current coaching staff and players have combined for seven MVC Tournament championship titles, and one West Coast Conference Tournament title.  Darian DeVries has been a part of six championship squads as a Bluejay assistant coach, while Greg McDermott won a title as head coach at Northern Iowa in 2004.

        In addition, Grant Gibbs was a redshirt on Gonzaga’s 2008-09 team that defeated Saint Mary’s in the West Coast Conference Tournament championship game. No current Bluejay player has won an MVC Tournament crown.

        Here’s a breakdown of how many championships each person has been a part of:

Name                              Titles Won       Years

Darian DeVries              6                        1999, 2000, ‘02, ‘03, ‘05, ‘07

Greg McDermott            1                        2004

Grant Gibbs                   1                        2009*

*won a WCC Tourney title as a redshirt at Gonzaga

 

At The Top Of His Class

Sophomore Doug McDermott owns 1,313 career points in his young career. According to research by Creighton Sports Information’s office and STATS Inc., that leads all active sophomores through games of March 3rd.

            Most Career Points, Sophomores (through 3/4)

            Source: Creighton Sports Information/STATS Inc.

            Rk.        Pts.       Name, School                                    Next

            1.           1,313     Doug McDermott, Creighton          3/4

            2.           1,118     Harrison Barnes, North Carolina     3/9

            3.           1,111     Jared Sullinger, Ohio State              3/4

            4.           1,011     Will Barton, Memphis                       3/8

            5.           1,004     Devon Saddler, Delaware                 Postseason

            6.           991        Trey Ziegler, Central Michigan        3/5

            7.           986        Terrell Stoglin, Maryland                  3/4

            8.           984        Jeremy Lamb, Connecticut               3/6

            9.           972        DeAndre Kane, Marshall                   3/7

            10.         934        Terrence Jones, Kentucky               3/4

 

Pick Your Poison

Creighton is third in the nation from beyond the arc, hitting 42.6 percent of its shots from three-point range. The Bluejays have been remarkably consistent, making 40 percent or better from three-point range in 23-of-32 games to date. By comparison, CU made 40 percent or better from deep in just 15-of-39 contests a year ago.

 

Scoring In Numbers

Doug McDermott owns 732 points through 32 games, an average of 22.9 per contest that ranks him third nationally in scoring (through March 3rd).

        McDermott’s 22.9 points per game would rank fourth-most in CU single-season history and would be 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.), is the only Bluejay to ever rank in the top-10 of the year-end scoring leaders.

        McDermott’s 22.9 points per game would make 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 Bradley’s Curtis Stuckey (25.1 ppg.) in 1990-91. Bryson is the only MVC player since 1989 to rank in the top-five nationally in scoring.

        No Bluejay has averaged more than 20 points per game since Bob Harstad’s 22.2 average in 1989-90.

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