Competitors Announced For Friday's Bluejay Madness
OMAHA, Neb. -- Bluejay fans can catch a glimpse of the 2013-14 Creighton basketball teams by attending “Bluejay Madness” at D.J. Sokol Arena inside the Wayne and Eileen Ryan Athletic Center on Friday, October 25. The event will be video webcast free of charge on GoCreighton.com for those unable to attend.
Admission is free, seating is general admission and venue doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the event beginning at 7:15 p.m. The event, presented by First National Bank of Omaha, is in conjunction with Fox Sports 1’s “BIG EAST Tip-Off Party” telecast scheduled to air that night from 8-10 p.m., Central time. It will include introductions of both the women’s and men’s teams, a three-point shooting contest, scrimmages by both squads and comments to the crowd by head coaches Greg McDermott and Jim Flanery.
The 3-point contest field contains eight co-ed teams, with each team member shooting for 30 seconds each. Headlining the field is the pairing of Sammy Jensen and Isaiah Zierden, who are back to defend their 2012 title. Also in the field is the 2011 championship pairing of Jordan Garrison and Grant Gibbs. Rounding out the competitors will be tandems of McKenzie Fujan/Austin Chatman, Marissa Janning/Jahenns Manigat, Tessa Leytem/Avery Dingman, MC McGrory/Doug McDermott, Sarah Nelson/Ethan Wragge and Lauren Works/James Milliken. The top four teams from the quarterfinal round will advance to the semifinals, with the top two semifinal teams advancing to the finals.
Throughout the evening, FOX Sports 1's Rob Stone, Bill Raftery and Tarik Turner discuss top storylines from around the conference and check in at each campus’s start-of-season celebration. The trio will speak live via satellite to head coaches Steve Lavin of St. John’s, John Thompson III of Georgetown, Jay Wright of Villanova and Greg McDermott of Creighton, while the Bluejays’ Doug McDermott, the BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year and national award candidate, also talks back live to the broadcasters in studio.
Concessions will be available for purchase throughout the event and 2013-14 roster sheets for each team will be available free of charge.
The event is scheduled to run for about 90 minutes and players from both teams will be available for autographs at the event’s conclusion. Only roster cards and posters provided by Creighton will be signed, as the teams will not be signing basketballs, photographs or other non-approved items on Friday.
CU Athletics Ticket Office personnel will be available throughout the event for fans interested in purchasing men’s or women’s basketball season tickets.