Men's Basketball Plays For CBI Title Friday

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Courtesy: Darrel Neely

Updated Creighton Bluejays Basketball Notes
2010-11 Season -- Game #39
Friday, April 1, 2011  --  9:05 pm Central
College Basketball Invitational - Championship Series Game 3 (Series Tied 1-1)
Creighton Bluejays (23-15) at Oregon Ducks (20-18)
Eugene, Ore. - Matthew Knight Arena (12,369)
HDNet  - KXSP (Omaha's ESPN Radio - 590 AM)

Creighton Probable Starters
    No.      Name                                 Ht.             Pos.          Yr.        PPG          RPG       Hometown           
     00      Gregory Echenique         6-9            C               So.        10.5          5.8          Guatire, Venezuela
        3      Doug McDermott             6-7            F                 Fr.        14.9          7.3          Ames, Iowa
     12      Jahenns Manigat             6-1            G                Fr.          5.5          2.0          Ottawa, Ontario
     15      Kaleb Korver                    6-5            G                Sr.          4.4          3.1          Pella, Iowa
     30      Antoine Young                 6-0            G                 Jr.        12.9          4.9 apg. Bellevue, Neb.

- Friday's game will be televised nationally by HDNet, with Rich Cellini and Craig Ehlo on the call. HDNet is available on channels 79 or 306 (DirecTV) or channel 362 (Dish Network), but not on Cox Cable. Coordinates are as follows:
AMC 15, Transponder TX 03 (HDNet); D/L Freq. 11760.000 (V), 36 MHz; 105 degrees west, 38810700 bps;
Sym. Rate 28.075826; FEC 3/4

-Oregon leads the all-time series with Creighton, 2-1, including a 1-0 record in Eugene. Greg McDermott is 1-1 against Oregon, 3-10 when coaching against Dana Altman. Altman is 1-1 against Creighton.

-Creighton is 4-1 all-time in its first appearance in the CBI. This is Creighton's 30th different postseason appearance all-time. The Jays are 21-31 in 30 all-time postseason appearances. Creighton's four postseason wins this season are the most in school history for one year.

-Creighton is seeking to become the third straight team to win the CBI title on an opponent's court. VCU beat Saint Louis in 2010 in St. Louis to sweep the series, while Oregon State beat UTEP in El Paso to take the 2009 crown.

-Friday's game in Eugene will take place on April 1st. It is Creighton's first-ever game in the month of April.

-By Friday night, only six schools will still be playing nationwide. There will be four teams headed to Houston on the road to the NCAA Tournament's Final Four, as well as Creighton and Oregon.

-Creighton has won eight postseason games in the last four years, including two in the NIT, two in the CIT and four in the CBI. On a national basis, Creighton's eight postseason wins since 2008 rank tied for 10th nationally. Among teams without an NCAA victory in that group, Creighton's eight wins is tied for the most with Oregon State's eight.
Most Postseason Wins, Last 4 Years
17 - North Carolina
12 - Kansas
11 - Duke, Michigan State
10 - Butler, VCU
  9 - Connecticut, Kentucky, Ohio State
  8 - Creighton, Dayton, Florida, Memphis, Oregon State
  7 - Baylor, Bradley, Syracuse, Villanova, West Virginia, Xavier

Most CBI/CIT/NIT Combined Wins, Last 4 Years
8 - Creighton, Oregon State
7 - Bradley, Dayton
6 - Mississippi, Tulsa, Virginia Tech

-This will be the fourth straight season that the Missouri Valley Conference will have a men's basketball team playing for a postseason national title, the longest active streak of any league. In 2008, Bradley faced Tulsa in the CBI final, while the Braves faced Pacific in the 2009 CIT championship game. In 2010, Missouri State won the CIT over Pacific. This season, Creighton is playing for the CBI title, while Wichita State plays Thursday night for a NIT crown vs. Alabama.

-Since 1939 (the first year with at least two post-season tournaments), a team from the same league has won two post-season tournaments only four times.  CCNY won both the NIT and NCAA titles in 1950 and remains the only team to win two national titles the same season.  In 1954, two independents won titles (LaSalle/NCAA; Holy Cross/NIT).  [Notably, St. John's NIT title in 2003 was vacated, and Syracuse won the NCAA that year.  Both teams are in the Big East Conference.] 1950 -- Metropolitan New York (CCNY/NCAA; CCNY/NIT); 1979 -- Big Ten (Michigan State/NCAA; Indiana/NIT); 1992 -- ACC (Duke/NCAA; Virginia/NIT);  2006 -- SEC (Florida/NCAA; South Carolina/NIT).

- In the history of the MVC, league teams have combined for 14 different post-season championships in men's basketball - last year, Missouri State was the league's first champion since 1982. Here's that list: 1922 -- Kansas (Helm's Foundation); 1923 -- Kansas (Helm's Foundation); 1945 -- Oklahoma State (NCAA); 1946 -- Oklahoma State (NCAA); 1948 -- Saint Louis (NIT); 1957 -- Bradley (NIT); 1960 -- Bradley (NIT); 1961 -- Cincinnati (NCAA); 1962 -- Cincinnati (NCAA); 1964 -- Bradley (NIT); 1975 -- Drake (National Commissioner's Invite); 1981 -- Tulsa (NIT); 1982 -- Bradley (NIT); 2010 -- Missouri State (CIT).

-Entering Thursday's NIT final, the Missouri Valley Conference is 11-5 in the postseason this season, its most postseason wins in league history for one year. Evansville won one game in the CBI, Missouri State won one game in the NIT, Northern Iowa won one game in the CIT. Creighton has four wins (so far) in the CBI, while Wichita State has four wins (entering Thursday's final) in the NIT. If Wichita State wins Thursday night and Creighton wins Saturday night, the MVC will be the first conference to win two postseason titles in the same year since the SEC in 2006 when Florida was NCAA champs and South Carolina won the NIT crown.

-The only recognized postseason title in Creighton Athletics history was won in 2004, when the women's basketball team won the WNIT. In 1918-19, the Creighton men's basketball team capped its second straight undefeated season by winning a two-game series against the U.S. Army's Camp Grant. By winning the series, the March 20, 1919 Creighton Chronicle reported "the Creighton team is recognized as the champions of the west, not only among the college teams, but professionals." Dr. Floyd Paynter took the success one step further when he wrote in the March 1934 Creighton Alumnus, "After this great season we claimed the basketball championship of the nation for Creighton University."

-In Creighton's 23 wins, the bench has scored 519 points (22.6 ppg.), but in the 15 losses it's scored just 184 points total (12.3 ppg.), with a high of 22. Creighton is 20-2 this season when its bench scores 18 points or more, but just 3-13 when it scores 17 or fewer. Creighton's bench had a season-high 36 points vs. Davidson on March 21.
- Creighton has suffered eight straight road losses since its last win in an enemy gym on Jan. 9 at Evansville. Those seven losses have been by a combined 43 points, and have seen the opponent score the go-ahead points in the last 15 seconds three times, as well as two other games where Creighton had a shot to tie in the final 15 seconds but missed a three-pointer. Creighton is 3-10 in true road games this season, and last won a non-conference road game on Dec. 6, 2008, beating Saint Joseph's at The Palestra. Creighton is 0-5 in the postseason all-time in true road games (0-1 in the NCAA Tournament; 0-1 in the CBI and 0-3 in the NIT).

- For the season, Creighton is 12-1 when making more than 15 free throws, and had won 15 straight dating to last year when doing so before 15-for-18 shooting on Wednesday snapped that streak.

- Due in no small part to the fact that Creighton has played in more games than any other season before it, the Jays are chasing down some long-standing school records. With 2,615 points, Creighton is 53 points from the record of 2,668 set by the 2002-03 club. Creighton has attempted 739 three-pointers, nine shy of the school-record set in 2007-08. Creighton's opponents also own 110 blocked shots this season. The record for that is 113, set in 2006-07. Creighton has already allowed 235 three-pointers to the opposition, 16 more than the previous mark set in both 2006-07 and 2007-08.

-Creighton has scored 411 points in its first five CBI games. The tournament record for one program is 460, set by Bradley in 2008. Creighton's current 51.7 percent accuracy from the field is a CBI record, just ahead of the 51.2 percent by Charleston in 2008.  Creighton has dished 94 assists in the 2011 CBI, two behind the mark of 96 set by Bradley in 2008.

-Creighton's 20 turnovers on Wednesday night were a season-high and the most in the program's last 66 games dating to 21 miscues vs. Iona on Nov. 29, 2009. Oregon converted Creighton's 20 turnovers into a 35-9 advantage in points off turnovers. Before Wednesday, the Jays hadn't allowed more than 19 points off turnovers in a game this year, and hadn't allowed more than 26 points off turnovers in any game in the last six seasons since Creighton box scores began tracking the stat.

-Creighton's 35-21 halftime deficit on Wednesday was its largest of the season. As freshmen in 2007-08, Creighton's senior class overcame a 45-30 halftime deficit to beat Rhode Island in the first round of the NIT, 74-73.

-Creighton had just 21 points in the first half on Wednesday, its first half of the CBI with fewer than 38 points. By comparison, the Jays led 21-13 at the first media timeout (13:42) of Monday's game one.

-Creighton is 4-0 this season on Friday's, including two wins away from home (vs. UNI; at Southern Illinois). Oregon is 1-2 on Friday's this year.

-Friday's game will be the third straight Creighton game against Oregon. It'll mark the first time since February, 1922 that Creighton has played the same foe three straight times, when it played Des Moines (twice in Omaha, once in Des Moines).

-During the CBI, Creighton's freshman class has scored 145 points, the sophomores 126, the junior has 49 points, and the senior class owns 91 points.

- Greg McDermott has led Creighton to a 23-15 mark so far this year, the most wins by any first-year coach in school history. Tom Apke had the previous mark when he went 20-7 in 1974-75. McDermott's 23 wins are more than the combined number of first-year wins by his two predecessors, Dana Altman (7 in 1994-95) and Rick Johnson (9 in 1991-92). McDermott is one of 53 head coaches at a new school this winter. His 23 wins are fourth-most of that group, and he can tie Colorado's Tad Boyle for third on that list with a win on Friday.
-Greg McDermott is after something two former Iowa State co-workers have done this year, win a national postseason event.
    Gene Chizik was head coach of Iowa State football for two years before accepting a head coaching job at Auburn. At Auburn, he went 8-5 in his first year before going 14-0 and winning a national title (against Oregon, no less) in year number two. Cael Sanderson was head coach of Iowa State wrestling for three years before accepting a head coaching job at Penn State. At Penn State, he recently won a national title in his second season with the Nittany Lions.

-A three-pointer by Taylor Stormberg was the first of the season for Creighton's walk-on point guard. He is the 11th different Bluejay with one triple this season.

- Gregory Echenique has made an immediate impact for Creighton, as the Jays are 18-11 since he became eligible on December 17th. Echenique has blocked 53 shots, most in The Valley this season and 10th most in Creighton single-season history.
    With the big Venezuelan in the line-up, Creighton has held the opposition to 64.4 points per game (compared to 67.7 per game before he became active).
    In addition, Creighton has outrebounded foes by +4.5 rebounds per game, compared to a +1.0 advantage before he arrived.
    Offensively, Creighton's field goal percentage has jumped from 42.1 percent to 47.2 percent and its three-point percentage has improved from 31.7 percent to 39.0 percent as teams collapse on him and leave the perimeter shooters open.

-Since Dec. 29th, Josh Jones is shooting 53.3 percent from the field (56-105), including 50 percent from downtown (33-66). Creighton is 22-8 over the past two seasons when Jones scores five or more points, but 13-21 when he plays and doesn't score five points or more. Jones has made at least one three-pointer in each of Creighton's last 12 games, the team's longest streak of the year.

-Plagued by two early fouls, Doug McDermott was limited to six points and two rebounds in a season-low 15 minutes on Wednesday. His six points were tied for his second-fewest output of the season, and his two rebounds matched his career low. In McDermott's previous six games in which he's been in double-figures, he's come out the following game and averaged 18.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Creighton has outscored Oregon by four points with McDermott on the floor this series, but have been outscored by the Ducks by nine points without him.
-Doug McDermott leads Creighton with 568 points, while Antoine Young has 490 points and can crack that elite list if he reaches his average of 12.9 points per game on Friday. Creighton hasn't had two men go over 500 points in the same season since the "Dynamic Duo" 20 years ago. In 1990-91, Chad Gallagher had 620 points, while Bob Harstad had 570 points.

- In a sport like basketball, only a small number of teams end the year on a win. Doug McDermott is trying to buck the odds and do so for a third straight year. The freshman from Ames, Iowa, won back-to-back state titles at Ames High School, where he teamed with fellow freshman All-American Harrison Barnes, who now plays for North Carolina for back-to-back undefeated seasons.

-Doug McDermott was just 15-for-53 (28.3 percent) from three-point range in the first 20 games of his Bluejay career, but he's been a marksman in the 18 games since January 19th. In that span, McDermott is 29-for-59 from downtown (49.2 percent). He's hit at least one trey in 16 of those 18 games, and is 17-for-34 (50 percent) from deep in his last 10 games. McDermott ranks second on the team with 44 three-point baskets and is fourth with his 39.6 percent accuracy from long-range.

-Doug McDermott had 31 points and 10 rebounds vs. Davidson on March 21, his Valley-best ninth double-double of the season. McDermott's nine double-doubles are the most in one season by a Creighton player since Nate King had nine double-doubles in 1993-94. McDermott's 276 rebounds are also the most by a Bluejay since Chad Gallagher's total of 280 in 1990-91.

- Freshman Doug McDermott is having one of the best rebounding seasons by a Bluejay in years.  McDermott's 7.3 rebound per game average matches the 7.3 per game by Rodney Buford in 1997-98 for the best by a Bluejay in the past 17 seasons. The Jays have not had a player average more than 7.4 rebounds per game since Nate King averaged 9.0 rebounds per game in 1993-94.

-Doug McDermott has 568 points this season, most by a freshman in MVC history. Cleo Littleton of Wichita State held the league's previous freshman scoring record, notching 555 points in his first year with WSU in 1951-52.  Littleton remains the only player in MVC history to earn first-team all-league honors in four-straight years. McDermott has already destroyed Creighton's freshman scoring record, passing Rodney Buford's 421 points in 1995-96. Buford had 585 points through 38 games and 594 through 39 career games early in his sophomore season.

- Doug McDermott enters Friday's game with 568 points, 278 rebounds and 44 three-point baskets during his remarkable freshman season. According to research by Creighton Sports Information Director Rob Anderson and STATS Inc., the last two men to attain 525 points, 270 rebounds and 40 three-pointers in a season were über-freshmen Kevin Durant (Texas) in 2006-07 and Carmelo Anthony (Syracuse) in 2002-03. The previous two men 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 of all 21 Division I players since 1996-97 to have McDermott's current levels of 568 points, 278 rebounds and 44-three pointers:
                         568+ Pts., 278+ Reb., 44+ 3FG Since 1996-97
                          Source: STATS Inc. & Creighton Sports Info
Name, School                                                              Year    3FG           Reb.    Pts.
Kevin Durant, Texas                         2006-07                 82    390            903
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
Theron Smith, Ball State                   2001-02                 45    381            687
Rasual Butler, LaSalle                       2001-02                 57    283            670
Brian Heinle, CS-Northridge            2000-01                 52    293            646
Jamine Peterson, Providence          2009-10                 51    315            609
James Posey, Xavier                         1998-99                 48    322            609
Kyle Singler, Duke                             2008-09                 69    284            609
Romain Sato, Xavier                         2003-04                 75    297            603
Quentin Richardson, DePaul          1998-99                 44    327            586
Wesley Johnson, Syracuse                                 2009-10     51              299      577
Harding Nana, Delaware                  2004-05                53     322            574
Gordon Hayward, Butler                   2009-10                 47    305            572
Lazar Hayward, Marquette                                     2008-09    53              302      570
Harding Nana, Delaware                  2005-06                 46    326            569
Doug McDermott, Creighton          2010-11                 44    278            568
Freshmen listed in bold italic

-Doug McDermott is among the national freshmen leaders in double-figure scoring games and double-doubles, seen below:
           Double-Figure Scoring Games, Freshmen
        Source: STATS Inc.

        34            Brandon Knight, Kentucky                    4/2
        34            J.J. Sullinger, Ohio State                         --
        31            Doug McDermott, Creighton             3/30
        31            Tobias Harris, Tennessee                      --
        31            Terrence Jones, Kentucky                    4/2
        30            Harrison Barnes, North Carolina            --

                       Most Double-Doubles, Freshmen (Nationally)
                        Source - STATS, Inc. - Through March 29, 2011
          D-D       Name, School                           Next Game
        18            Jared Sullinger, Ohio State                     --
        14            Augustine Rubit, South Alabama             --
        11            Terrence Jones, Kentucky                    4/2
        10            Tristan Thompson, Texas                       --
          9            Doug McDermott, Creighton             3/30

-Creighton's top two scorers, Doug McDermott (14.9 ppg.) and Antoine Young (12.9 ppg.) were held to a combined eight points on Wednesday. It was just the fourth time this year that neither man scored in double-figures. Creighton is now 1-3 in those contests.

-Antoine Young ranks seventh in the MVC in scoring with 12.9 points per game. His team, however, sometimes succeeds when he takes on a secondary scoring role. Creighton is 17-3 this season when Young takes 11 field goal attempts or less.
    Young, who also leads the MVC with 4.9 assists per game, is assured of becoming the first Valley player to lead the MVC in assists per game and finish in the top-10 in scoring since MVC Player of the Year Curt Smith from Drake in 1992-93.
    Young owns 490 points and 188 assists so far this year. Young has become the first Creighton player with 475 points and 175 assists in a season, and his 188 assists this season are third-most in Creighton single-season history.

-Antoine Young has played an MVC-high 1,357 minutes this season. That's the most by any MVC player since at least 1996-97, and according to available records, the most by any player in Creighton history.

-Creighton has five seniors, a group consisting of Darryl Ashford, Casey Harriman, Kaleb Korver, Kenny Lawson Jr./STRONG>. and Wayne Runnels. Over the past four years, Creighton is 90-50 with three 20-win seasons, eight postseason wins and four postseason appearances (two NIT's, one CIT, one CBI). The five seniors are the most by Creighton in one year since 2001, when it had six men honored on Senior Day.

-Creighton is 11-9 in its last 20 games. That includes a perfect 10-0 mark at home, 1-1 at neutral sites, and an 0-8 road record in that same span. The 11 wins have been by a combined 126 points, while the nine losses have been by a combined 53 points.

-Creighton has won eight of its last 12 games, and the play of wings Jahenns Manigat and Josh Jones has been a key reason why. In the last 12 games, Manigat and Jones have averaged a combined 17.0 points per game on 68-of-122 shooting from the field (55.7 percent), 39-of-77 shooting from downtown (50.6 percent) and 29-of-41 at the line (70.7 percent) to go with a 48/27 assist/turnover ratio.
    Creighton is 11-3 when either Jones or Manigat score in double-digits. Creighton is also 11-3 when Manigat and Jones combine for 13 points or more and 10-0 when Manigat, Jones and fellow wing Darryl Ashford combine for 20 or more points.
    Manigat had a career-high 17 points in the first round of the CBI, while Jones had a career-best 21 points in the CBI quarterfinals.

- Kenny Lawson Jr. leads all active Missouri Valley Conference players with 143 games played, 755 rebounds, 153 blocked shots and 107 games started. He also ranks 18th in Creighton history on the all-time scoring list, and can move into 16th place with eight points on Friday.
                          Most Points, Creighton History
        Rk.          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.           1,309           Ryan Sears                 1997-01
        17.           1,303           Elton Tuttle                 1951-54
        18.           1,302           Kenny Lawson Jr.    2006-Pr.
        19.           1,272           Bob Gibson                1954-57

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