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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.
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
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
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.
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
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
-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
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
-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).
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).
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.
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.
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 & KennyLawsonJr. both did it in the 2010 MVC Tournament quarterfinals vs.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
-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.
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.
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 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.
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.).
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yesterday’s win over Evansville gives Creighton head coach Greg McDermott50 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 ArthurSchabinger 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.
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).
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
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.
Named MVC Player of the Year
McDermott became the first sophomore in league history
to be named Larry Bird MVC Player of
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
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
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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).
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
By comparison, last year Creighton was 1-7 in games in which
it fell behind by double-figures.
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.
Young hails from south Omaha suburb of Bellevue, and
statistically is one of the top homegrown products in Nebraska history to play
Young’s 492 assists are most in program history by a Nebraska
product, 104 more than the 388 by predecessor JoshDotzler (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
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 RyanSears 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.
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
Speaking Of Honors
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.
Creighton honored four men
who suited up in their final home game on Feb. 21st; Antoine Young, Matthew
Dorwart, DerekSebastian 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.
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.
And It’s Good
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).
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.
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.
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.
McDermott ranked third nationally in scoring at 22.9
points per game through games of March 3rd. Here’s that list.
Lillard, Weber StateJr.24.5
Gibson, Sacred HeartJr.22.0
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.
Senior Antoine Young has played in 139 games
as a Bluejay, second-most in school history.Below is a list of the all-time:
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).
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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.