2013-14 Creighton Men’s Basketball Game #11 • California at Creighton • Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 • 6:07 pm California Golden Bears at Creighton Bluejays CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,390) • Omaha, Neb. Radio: KOZN 1620 AM, www.1620thezone.com TV: FOX Sports 1 Series History: California leads, 2-1 Last Meeting: Creighton 74, California 64 on Dec. 15, 2012 in Berkeley, Calif.
Next Game Creighton (8-2) plays its final game before a short Christmas break when it hosts California (8-3) on Sunday night. Tip-off at CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,390) in Omaha, Neb., is set for 6:07 p.m. Central. A crowd of 17,000+ is expected.
Radio Broadcast Information KOZN (1620 The Zone) will broadcast all Creighton men’s basketball games during the 2013-14 season. John Bishop and Nick Bahe will call the action. The broadcast is also webcast live at 1620thezone.com. The pregame show “Bluejay Shootaround” is hosted by Josh Peterson and former Bluejay Josh Dotzler, airing from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. Following the game, Tim Krueger and Heath Gunderson will host “Overtime” for approximately one hour, while also taking calls.
Broadcast Information Sunday’s game will be broadcast nationwide on FOX Sports 1, with Cory Provus and Stephen Bardo on the call. The game will not be video webcast.
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 Creighton Creighton is 8-2 on the young season, including wins over Nebraska, Tulsa, Arizona State and Saint Joseph’s. The Bluejays returned 11 lettermen and four starters from last year’s 28-8 team that reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive season. Senior Doug McDermott (25.3 ppg., 7.1 rpg., 44.1 3FG%) is the nation’s only returning consensus First Team All-American, as well as the nation’s leading returning scorer. He’s led the Jays in scoring and rebounding each of the past three seasons, and named Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year by league coaches. The other three returning starters include guards Grant Gibbs (5.5 ppg., 4.4 apg.), Jahenns Manigat (6.3 ppg.) and Austin Chatman (7.8 ppg., 4.4 apg., 4.4 rpg.). Gibbs led the MVC in assists each of the last two years and was awarded a sixth year of eligibility in early July. Devin Brooks (8.9 ppg.) has given CU a spark off the bench, as well. Junior center Will Artino (6.7 ppg., 3.3 rpg.) and reigning MVC Sixth Man of the Year Ethan Wragge (12.5 ppg., 49.4 3FG%) see time on the front line to help replace starting center Gregory Echenique (9.7 ppg., 6.6 rpg., 1.7 bpg.). Wragge is in the midst of five straight games with four or more three-pointers. Creighton was picked to finish third in the 10-team BIG EAST Conference this winter.
Scouting California California brings an 8-3 record into Sunday’s showdown, including a 72-65 loss at UC Santa Barbara in its only previous true road game. Cal’s other two setbacks were at the Maui Invitational against Syracuse and Dayton, but came without the services of star forward Richard Solomon (12.0 ppg., 10.6 rpg.). Justin Cobbs (13.9 ppg., 6.4 apg.) leads the Golden Bears in scoring and assists while boasting an outstanding 2.92 assist/turnover ratio. Second on the team in both scoring and rebounding is David Kravish (12.4 ppg., 8.7 rpg., 2.0 bpg.), who teams with Solomon to form a formidable front line. Highly-touted freshman Jabari Bird has also provided a spark, scoring 11.9 points per game while making a team-high 17 three-point baskets. Cal averages 75.1 points per game and shoots 45.3 percent from the floor, 32.7 percent from three-point range and 70.7 percent at the line. The Golden Bears also outrebound foes by 6.5 caroms per contest.
The Coaches Greg McDermott (Northern Iowa, 1988) is in his fourth season as head coach at Creighton. He led CU to a 28-8 mark last year, and is now 88-32 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 368-227 in his 20th season and is 237-163 in his 13th Division I campaign. McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries, Steve Lutz and Patrick Sellers. California is coached by Mike Montgomery (Long Beach State, 1968), who owns a 117-62 mark in his sixth year with the Golden Bears. He is 664-306 in 32 seasons as a collegiate head coach, which includes stops at Montana and Stanford as well. Montgomery also coached the Golden State Warriors from 2004-06. Montgomery is assisted by Travis DeCluire, Gregg Gottlieb and John Montgomery.
The Series With California California won the first two meetings against Creighton before the Bluejays won in Berkeley last year. The Golden Bears won 41-35 in Omaha in 1938, then claimed a 70-49 decision in Berkeley in 1987. Last season Creighton never trailed in a 74-64 win at Haas Pavilion. Greg McDermott is 1-1 in his career against California. His Iowa State team fell 82-63 in Berkeley on Dec. 11, 2009 before he evened his coaching ledger last season. McDermott is 1-1 in his career against Mike Montgomery.
BCS Busters at Home Creighton hosts California at CenturyLink Center Omaha on Sunday, where the Bluejays have won 14 straight regular-season home games against teams from BCS leagues (at time of game) since the start of the 1996-97 season. Those 14 wins have been by an average of 11.4 points, with eight coming by double-digits, and none decided by fewer than six points. BCS Schools at Creighton, Last 16 Years* Date Score 12/08/13 Creighton 82, Nebraska 67 12/22/11 Creighton 87, Northwestern 79 12/04/11 Creighton 76, Nebraska 66 12/06/09 Creighton 67, Nebraska 61 11/24/07 Creighton 74, Nebraska 62 11/09/07 Creighton 74, DePaul 62 12/11/05 Creighton 70, Nebraska 44 12/10/03 Creighton 61, Nebraska 54 12/12/01 Creighton 76, Nebraska 70 12/09/99 Creighton 89, Nebraska 72 11/27/99 Creighton 85, #23 Iowa 76 12/20/98 Creighton 66, #18 Oklahoma State 60 12/02/98 Creighton 73, Baylor 59 12/10/97 Creighton 84, Nebraska 73 *regular-season games only
Sunday Night Basketball? Creighton doesn’t play many Sunday night games, especially at CenturyLink Center Omaha. However, when it does, it is 10-0 with eight double-digit wins. Sunday’s 6:07 pm game vs. Nebraska will be just the 11th Sunday game to start after 4 pm in the 11-year history of CenturyLink Center Omaha. Sunday Night Home Games at CenturyLink Center Date Time Result 12/08/13 5:07 pm CU 82, Nebraska 67 01/15/12 6:05 pm CU 90, Southern Illinois 71 12/04/11 4:05 pm CU 76, Nebraska 66 02/13/11 7:05 pm CU 69, Southern Illinois 50 01/24/10 7:05 pm CU 76, Missouri State 62 12/06/09 4:05 pm CU 67, Nebraska 61 12/28/08 7:05 pm CU 68, Wichita State 56 02/10/08 6:05 pm CU 72, Southern Illinois 53 12/18/05 7:05 pm CU 61, Xavier 59 01/11/04 6:05 pm CU 78, Drake 67
BCS Busters One frequent question about how Creighton will handle the move to the BIG EAST is how they’ll handle the nightly rigors of playing against “BCS” competition on a regular basis. In the past three seasons, Creighton is 11-2 against teams from those leagues, with both losses (North Carolina, Duke) coming in the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. Eight of the 11 wins came by double-digits, and just three of the games took place in Omaha. Individually, Doug McDermott has scored at least 20 points in all but one of those games (Alabama), and in that one he had a double-double. McDermott has averaged 26.2 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in the 13 games. D. McDermott Date Opponent Score Pts Reb. 11/20/11 vs. Iowa W 82-59 25 9 12/04/11 Nebraska W 76-66 24 12 12/22/11 Northwestern W 87-79 27 5 03/16/12 vs. Alabama W 58-57 16 10 03/18/12 vs. #4 N. Carolina L 73-87 20 9 11/23/12 vs. Wisconsin W 84-74 30 8 11/24/12 vs. Arizona State W 87-73 29 9 12/06/12 at Nebraska W 64-42 27 4 12/15/12 at California W 74-64 34 9 03/22/13 vs. Cincinnati W 67-63 27 11 03/24/13 vs. #6 Duke L 50-66 21 9 11/28/13 vs. Arizona State W 88-60 27 6 12/08/13 Nebraska W 82-67 33 8
Pacific-12 Visits The Link, Again Cal’s visit to CenturyLink Center Omaha will mark just the fourth time a Pacific-12 Conference team has played in the venue. Each of the first three trips resulted in a loss for the Pac-12. On Dec. 15, 2007, Nebraska defeated Oregon, 88-79, in overtime. On March 20, 2008, Kansas State upended USC, 80-67, in the NCAA Tournament. That game was among the most highly-anticipated first-round match-ups, as it paired freshman sensations Michael Beasley and O.J. Mayo. Creighton’s final home game of the 2010-11 season came against Oregon in game one of the Best-of-3 CBI Finals series. Creighton won that contest, 84-76, in a game that saw Doug McDermott and Jahenns Manigat combine for 32 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Will Artino and Ethan Wragge were on that Bluejay team, but redshirted that season. Creighton has not played a regular-season home game against an active Pacific-12 school (at game time) since Oregon State visited the Omaha Civic Auditorium on Nov. 25, 1978.
Bay Area Standouts at Creighton Ask any long-time Creighton fan who the best players in program history are, and two players from the Bay Area are likely to be mentioned in short order. Oakland’s Paul Silas attended McClymonds High School and still owns the Creighton record with 1,751 career rebounds and ranks ninth with 1,661 points. He is one of five men in NCAA history to average at least 20 points and 20 rebounds for a college career, joining Bill Russell, Artis Gilmore, Julius Erving and Kermit Washington. San Francisco’s Bob Portman attended St. Ignatius College Prep and still owns the Creighton record for points in a game (51) and career scoring average (24.7). He ranks fifth with 1,876 career points and fourth with 979 career rebounds. Silas was enshrined in the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame in 2012, while Portman was enshrined last March.
McDermott’s Quest For 2,500 Creighton senior Doug McDermott enters Sunday’s game 31 points shy of 2,500 career points. It’s worth noting that McDermott owns 14 career games of 31 points or more, including the 34 points he dropped on Cal last season in a 74-64 road win. Only 63 men in NCAA history have reached the 2,500 point mark, and none since Jimmer Fredette (BYU), Andrew Goudelock (Charleston) and Charles Jenkins (Hofstra) did it in 2011. Page seven of this release lists every player in NCAA history to score 2,500 career points.
Consistency A Key Doug McDermott has scored 20 or more points in nine of the 10 games he’s played in this season, and 16 of his last 18 dating to last season. On a nationwide basis, McDermott and national scoring leader Antoine Mason (Niagara) are the only players with 20 or more points in all but one team game this season.
Playing With A Lead Creighton hasn’t trailed in either of its last two games, lopsided home wins over Nebraska and Arkansas-Pine Bluff. In the 11 year history of CenturyLink Center Omaha, Creighton has led wire-to-wire in 43 games, but never in three straight contests. Last season when Creighton visited Cal at Haas Pavilion, the Bluejays stormed to an 8-0 lead in the first 3:07 and never trailed. Creighton has trailed for just 5:52 of 200:00 minutes this season at home, and just 8:06 of its last 280:00 minutes during its seven-game home win streak. Impressively, Creighton has not trailed at any point in the second half during that home win streak, winning all seven games by double-figures.
That’s Why They’re “Free” Throws A pair of Bluejay seniors are quietly working on extended free throw streaks. Jahenns Manigat is 7-for-7 at the line this season after making his final 13 attempts last year, giving him a career-long streak of 20 in a row. Doug McDermott made his final three attempts against George Washington on Dec. 1 before going a combined 13-for-13 in wins vs. Long Beach State and Nebraska, giving him a streak of 16 in a row. He then made all 13 attempts on Tuesday vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, pushing the streak to 29 Earlier this year McDermott had a streak of 28 straight makes snapped in CU’s season-opening victory over Alcorn State. Consecutive Free Throws Made, (Since 1980) FT Name Dates of Streak 36 Booker Woodfox Dec. 6, 2008-Jan. 6, 2009 35 Bob Portman 1967-68 32 Michael Lindeman Jan. 23-Nov. 29, 2003 29 Doug McDermott Dec. 1, 2013 - Present 28 Kyle Korver Jan. 27-March 15, 2001 28 Doug McDermott March 10 - Nov. 8, 2013 27 Matt West Nov. 27, 1999-Jan. 15, 2000 27 Kyle Korver Jan. 29-Nov. 20, 2000 27 Nate Funk Dec. 30, 2006-Jan. 12, 2007 24 Rick Apke Jan. 22-Feb. 5, 1977 24 Rod Mason Jan. 28-Feb. 4, 1988 24 Kyle Korver Mar. 15-Dec. 4, 2001 24 Ethan Wragge Feb. 3, 2010 - Feb. 1, 2012 22 Matt Petty Jan. 4-Feb. 4, 1993 22 Ryan Sears Feb. 22-Nov. 22, 1999 22 Nate Funk Feb. 26-Mar. 17, 2005 22 Cavel Witter Nov. 9-Dec. 5, 2007 21 Kevin McKenna Dec. 22, 1980-Jan. 22, 1981 21 James Farr Jan. 2-28, 1989 21 Andre Tucker Feb. 20-Nov. 29, 1993 21 Kyle Korver Mar. 3-Nov. 25, 2002 20 Jason Singleton Jan. 18-23, 1993 20 Kyle Korver Jan. 11-Jan. 23, 2003 20 Kyle Korver Jan. 23-Feb. 4, 2003 20 Jahenns Manigat Feb. 9, 2013 - Present
Automatic For The People Doug McDermott was a perfect 13-for-13 at the line on Tuesday night vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff. McDermott became the first Bluejay to be perfect in 13 or more attempts from the line since Doug Brookins went 16-for-16 on Dec. 16, 1974. In addition to Brookins, the only other CU players to make all of their 13+ attempts in the same game were Mike Caruso (14-14 on 1/21/70) and Bob Portman (13-13 on 1/13/68). Half & Half Creighton has led by 20 or more points at halftime in each of its last three games, something it hadn’t done since opening CenturyLink Center Omaha in November of 2003 in lopsided home wins over San Diego, Saint Bonaventure and Bethune-Cookman. Before this month, Creighton hadn’t had three straight games with a halftime lead of 10 points or more since December of 2009. Creighton hasn’t had four straight games with a double-digit halftime lead since Nov. 29 - Dec. 10, 2008.
McDermott In Elite Company Since the start of his sophomore year (2011-12), Doug McDermott has averaged 23.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in 81 contests. That makes him the only college player in the nation to average at least 23 points and seven rebounds per contest in that span. In same time, only NBA guys to do so are Kevin Durant (28.2 & 8.0), LeBron James (26.7 & 7.8), Carmelo Anthony (26.0 & 7.0) and Kevin Love (24.4 & 13.5).
Simply No Comparison Doug McDermott’s stats this season of 25.3 points, 7.1 rebounds and 44.1 percent marksmanship from three-point range put him in even more elite company than imagined. Since 1997-98, no college player has averaged at least 25.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot 44 percent or better from three-point range over the course of an entire season. The closest college player to do it was Kevin Durant at Texas in 2006-07 when he averaged 25.8 points, 11.1 rebounds while shooting 40.4 percent from long-range. In NBA history, no player has ever averaged 25 or more points, seven or more rebounds and shot 44 percent or better from three-point range (minimum 25 three-point attempts) during a season. The closest was Larry Bird’s 1984-85 season that saw him average 28.7 points and 10.5 rebounds to go with 42.7 percent shooting from downtown.
Home Sweet Home Creighton is 53-7 at home under Greg McDermott, including a 31-2 record against non-conference foes. Creighton is 49-1 in its last 50 regular-season home games vs. unranked opponents since the start of the 2007-08 campaign.
Milestone Watch -Grant Gibbs needs one assist to move into fifth place in Creighton history in assists, passing Tyler McKinney’s 430. Gibbs owns at least one assist in 80-of-81 games as a Bluejay. -Jahenns Manigat needs two steals to reach 100 in his career. Manigat owns two steals or more in 7-of-10 contests this year and ranks third in the BIG EAST in steals per game. -Doug McDermott needs eight field goals made to reach 900 in his career. -Doug McDermott needs to make his next seven free throws to tie (and eight to break) the Creighton record for consecutive free throws made, a figure currently held by Booker Woodfox. -Doug McDermott needs 31 points for 2,500 in his career. He would become the 64th man in NCAA history to reach that mark, and first player to do it as a member of the BIG EAST since Boston College’s Troy Bell (1999-2003) finished with 2,632 career points. -Doug McDermott is 19 free throws shy of 500 makes from the charity stripe in his career. McDermott tied a career-high with 13 free throws on Tuesday vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff. -Ethan Wragge needs 85 points to reach 1,000 in his career. Wragge has made just 10 starts in his career. No other Bluejay in the 1,000 point club owns fewer than 59 starts.
Where There’s A Will Will Artino started Creighton’s first seven games, but has shined since returning to the reserve role he was used in during his first three seasons on campus. Artino averaged 5.7 points and 3.0 rebounds in his seven starts, but has averaged 9.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest in three games off the bench, each a win. Artino had a season-best 13 points off the bench at Long Beach State on Dec. 3, then snared a season-high seven rebounds in 11 minutes vs. Nebraska.
Wragge Time! Ethan Wragge had 15 points vs. San Diego State, then added 16 more vs. George Washington two days later, before wrapping up CU’s trip to California with 15 points at Long Beach State two days later. It marked the first time in his career he’d posted back-to-back contests of 15 or more points, and made him the first Bluejay reserve with consecutive games of 15+ points since Cavel Witter on Dec. 22 & 29, 2009. Wragge finished three games at the Wooden Legacy averaging 12.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 0.7 blocked shots. He tied for the Wooden Legacy lead with 11 three-point baskets, converting 47.8 percent of his 23 long-range attempts. Wragge now owns five straight games of four or more three-pointers and has twice tied a career-high with nine rebounds in his past four games. He is the first player in CU history with 4+ three-pointers in five straight games. It’s worth noting, however, that he went 0-for-6 from deep in Creighton’s win at Cal last season.
Full House Creighton has attracted three of its 15 largest home crowds in program history this season. Here’s a look at Creighton’s top-15 home crowds all-time. Rank Att. Opponent Date 1. 18,735 Wichita State 02/11/12 2. 18,613 Wichita State 03/02/13 3. 18,494 Illinois State 02/09/13 4. 18,458 Evansville 12/29/12 5. 18,436 Bradley 01/28/12 6. 18,111 Bradley 02/02/13 7. 18,078 Tulsa 11/23/13 8. 18,073 Drake 01/08/13 9. 17,954 Wichita State 12/28/08 10. 17,740 Alcorn State 11/08/13 11. 17,694 Indiana State 01/05/13 12. 17,676 Northwestern 12/22/11 13. 17,665 Missouri State 12/28/11 14. 17,607 Drexel 02/17/07 15. 17,530 Nebraska 12/08/13
Deadly From Downtown Through NCAA games of Dec. 15th, Creighton were second in the nation with 103 three-point baskets, and also second with 11.4 three-pointers per contest. Creighton has made 11 or more three-pointers in all but one game (7 vs. George Washington), including a season-high 14 at Long Beach State on Dec. 3rd. Creighton also ranked sixth nationally in three-point field goal percentage (.440), fifth with 18.7 assists per game and 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.68). Doug McDermott ranked second nationally in scoring, ninth in total points and was also 17th in field goals made. Ethan Wragge ranked sixth in three-pointers per game, 13th in three-pointers made and 15th in three-point field goal percentage.
Thirty Point Buck Doug McDermott owns 33 points or more in four of his last five home games. He scored 41 points in his final home game last year vs. Wichita State (March 2), 37 against UMKC (Nov. 11), 33 vs. Tulsa (Nov. 23) and 33 vs. Nebraska (Dec. 8), before being “held” to 25 points in 29 minutes vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Tuesday. McDermott’s 33 points were the most by a Bluejay against Nebraska since Duan Cole had 35 points on Dec. 7, 1991. In his last six home games, McDermott has played 185 minutes and scored a staggering 189 points. McDermott has scored 30 or more points in 18 career games. By comparison, all other Creighton players since 1991-92 have combined for 17 games of 30+ points in CU’s 705 games played.
Speaking of 30 According to available school records, Doug McDermott owns 18 of the 124 games in Creighton history with 30 points or more. Only Bob Portman (22) has more, with Bob Harstad (12) the only other player besides McDermott with 10 or more such contests. In addition, McDermott’s four games this season of 30 points or more are tied for eighth-most in school history. He already owns fourth and fifth place on that list. Most 30-Point Games, Career 30-Pt. Games Name Years 22 Bob Portman 1966-69 18 Doug McDermott 2010-Pres. 12 Bob Harstad 1987-91 9 Paul Silas 1961-64 6 Wally Anderzunas 1965-67, 68-69 6 Cyril Baptiste 1969-71 6 Benoit Benjamin 1982-85
Most 30-Point Games, Season 30-Pt. Games Name Year 10 Bob Portman 1967-68 10 Bob Portman 1968-69 8 Bob Harstad 1989-90 7 Doug McDermott 2012-13 6 Doug McDermott 2011-12 5 Benoit Benjamin 1984-85 5 Wally Anderzunas 1968-69 4 Paul Silas 1962-63 4 Cyril Baptiste 1970-71 4 Rod Mason 1987-88 4 Doug McDermott 2013-14
Comparing Offenses Creighton has had one of the nation’s most effective and most efficient offenses in the past three seasons. With the nucleus from those teams still intact, we thought we’d take a second to compare the 2011-12 and 2012-13 teams to this year’s squad through 10 games: Stat 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 Record 9-1 9-1 8-2 FG Made 312 283 285 FG% .516 .519 .491 3FG Made 90 90 113 3FG% .435 .421 .428 FT Made 146 146 154 FT% .685 .764 .737 Rebound Margin +5.2 +5.4 +4.9 Assists 207 176 189 Turnovers 129 115 110 Scoring Average 86.0 80.2 83.7 Scoring Margin +17.9 +19.2 +17.0
Senior Leaders Creighton’s seniors led the way in a Dec. 8 win over Nebraska. The quartet of Grant Gibbs, Jahenns Manigat, Doug McDermott and Ethan Wragge combined for 67 points, 21 rebounds, 13 assists and five steals in CU’s 82-67 win over its in-state rival. The four guys made 23-of-43 shots from the field, including 11-of-24 three-pointers, and was also perfect in 10 free throw attempts.
Experienced Starters One reason for Creighton’s success is its veteran line-up. Creighton’s current line-up has a combined 22 years of college experience under their belt, including 20 seasons at Creighton. Grant Gibbs is a sixth-year senior who is in his fourth year with the Bluejay program. He has started every game the past three seasons and is on pace to challenge CU’s record for career assists. Ethan Wragge is a fifth-year senior who medically redshirted after plantar fasciitis issues during his second year on campus. He is second in school history in three-pointers made, trailing only 11-year NBA veteran Kyle Korver. Both Jahenns Manigat and Doug McDermott are four-year seniors. McDermott has started every game of his career, while Manigat has started all but one of the last 98 games. McDermott already owns Creighton records for career points, field goals and three-point percentage. According to Ken Pomeroy’s advanced statistics, Creighton’s line-up averages 2.40 years of experience, making the Bluejays the 16th-most veteran group nationally, and tops among the nation’s BCS schools.
Weekly Honor For McDermott Doug McDermott was named National Player of the Week by ESPN.com and BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week on Nov. 16th after averaging 25.7 points and 5.7 rebounds in three Creighton wins to start the season. McDermott made 55.8 percent from the field, 53.3 percent from three-point land, and 78.6 percent of his free throw attempts. McDermott then earned his second consecutive BIG EAST Player of the Week honor on Nov. 23rd when he got the nod following a 33 point, 15 rebound showing in a 82-72 triumph vs. Tulsa. McDermott earned his third BIG EAST honor on Dec. 9 after averaging 27.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in lopsided wins over Long Beach State and Nebraska. Including his seven MVC Newcomer of the Week honors in 2010-11, 13 MVC Player of the Week honors from 2011-13, and three BIG EAST Player of the Week accolades of 2013-14, McDermott has now won at least one conference weekly award from the MVC or BIG EAST in 22 of 54 weeks since enrolling at Creighton.
McDermott Honored at Wooden Legacy Doug McDermott added to his career honor roll when he picked up All-Tournament Team accolades at the Wooden Legacy. McDermott led all players by averaging 21.3 points per game and also topped all players with 21 field goals made and 16 defensive rebounds. San Diego State’s Xavier Thames was named Wooden Legacy MVP after leading the Aztecs to the title.
Brooks Breaks Harden’s Record Devin Brooks set a Wooden Legacy for three-point marksmanship. Brooks was 6-for-8 from long-range at the Wooden Legacy (75.0 percent), well ahead of the previous mark set by James Harden of 66.7 percent (10-15) in 2008.
Meet Me At The Rim Creighton had three men grab eight or more rebounds vs. George Washington on Dec. 1st, getting production from Ethan Wragge (9), Doug McDermott (8) and Austin Chatman (a career-high 8). It was the first time that Creighton had three men with eight or more rebounds in the same game since McDermott (9), Gregory Echenique (9) and Grant Gibbs (8) did it vs. Iowa on Nov. 20, 2011.
Bench Points Creighton’s bench has averaged 30.5 points and 16.5 rebounds per contest. The reserves are shooting 51.0% from the field and 45.2% from downtown. Both Ethan Wragge and Devin Brooks own games of 20 points or more this season in a reserve role. In last year’s win at Cal, the Creighton starting five accounted for 72 of the squad’s 74 points.
Korver Sets NBA Record Creighton alum Kyle Korver continues to extend his NBA record streak of games with a three-pointer. Korver entered Friday’s (Dec. 20) game vs. Utah with a three-pointer in 95 straight games, smashing Dana Barros’ previous league-record of 89. In 2009-10, Korver set an NBA single-season record by shooting 53.6 percent from three-point range, a record that still stands. Korver played at Creighton from 1999-2003 and owns the school record with 371 career three-pointers, helping the Bluejays to a 29-5 mark as a senior. Korver’s longest three-point streak at Creighton was 28 and snapped by Greg McDermott’s UNI team. His second-longest streak was 27 and snapped by Steve Merfeld’s Evansville team. Korver made at least one trifecta in 114 of his 128 games as a Bluejay.
Let’s Chat About Austin Junior point guard Austin Chatman had the best scoring day of his Creighton tenure on Nov. 23rd when he scored a career-high 19 points in an 82-72 win vs. Tulsa. Chatman had 15 points before the break and made a career-best four three-point hoops on the afternoon. Most recently, Chatman had a career-best eight rebounds vs. George Washington on Dec. 1st. Chatman averaged 1.86 rebounds per game in his first two years on campus, but averages 4.4 per contest this season, including four or more caroms in seven of 10 contests.
Productive Minutes According to bbstate.com, Doug McDermott ranks first nationally this season with 32.5 points per 40 minutes played. McDermott led the same category last year with 29.3 points per 40 minutes, and was second as a sophomore at 28.7 points per 40 minutes.
A KenPom Delight? Noted statistician Ken Pomeroy’s website, KenPom.com has numerous ratings that break down team efficiencies. The site consistently ranks Creighton’s offense among the nation’s best. Pomeroy’s site (through Dec. 18) ranks Creighton with the fourth-best mark nationwide in “Adjusted Efficiency” at 118.0 points per 100 possessions, fourth in “Assists Per Field Goals Made” at 66.3 percent and sixth in “Effective Field Goal %” at 58.9 percent.
Rare Air Doug McDermott had 33 points and 15 rebounds in a Nov. 23 win vs. Tulsa, leading to some additional research on the senior All-American. McDermott is the first Creighton player with at least 33 points and 15 rebounds since Bob Harstad’s 33/17 on December 6, 1989 vs. Cleveland State.
Poll Position Creighton finished last season ranked 22nd in the final Associated Press poll, and made its 2013-14 debut in the top-25 poll last week when it was No. 23rd. The Jays then climbed to a season-best 20th the week of Nov. 25th, but has since dropped out of the poll. Creighton is 73-26 all-time when ranked in the AP poll. Including this week’s poll result, Creighton has been ranked 30 times in 64 weeks of AP polls under Greg McDermott, and ranked between 26th-to-28th in seven other polls. The 30 weeks in the top-25 under McDermott is more than any coach in Bluejay history. Most Weeks in AP Top 25 at CU, By Coach Greg McDermott, 2010-Pres. 30 (of 64) Dana Altman, 1994-2010 18 Tom Apke, 1974-81 5 Eddie Sutton, 1969-74 5
Quick Starts Key To Playing in Postseason Including this year, Creighton has started off 3-0 (or better) in 13 of the last 15 seasons. Each of Creighton’s last 14 3-0 starts have been culminated in a postseason tournament appearance at the end of the year. This season marks the third straight year Creighton has opened 4-0, something last done from 2002-03 to 2004-05. The only other time CU started 4-0 in three straight years had come in a five-year stretch from 1916-17 to 1920-21.
Wragge Bombs Away Ethan Wragge has attempted 77 of his 81 shots this season from three-point range, sinking an incredible 38 of them (49.4 percent) behind the arc. He was 7-for-11 from deep in CU’s 83-79 win at Saint Joseph’s on Nov. 16, the most treys by a Bluejay in a game since Booker Woodfox had seven (also at Saint Joseph’s) in 2008. With four three-pointers vs. George Washington on Dec. 1, Wragge moved past Ryan Sears into second place in Creighton history for career trifectas. He now owns 262 career treys. He also ranks sixth in CU history with 43.4 percent marksmanship from downtown.
McDermott, For The Win Doug McDermott drained his first career game-winner in a Nov. 16 victory at Saint Joseph’s. With Creighton trailing by one and 6.9 seconds left, McDermott caught an inbounds pass, hit a fadeaway jumper, and was fouled. He converted the three-point play in CU’s eventual 83-79 win. Said McDermott after the game “I didn’t know how to celebrate…I’ve never hit one before.” McDermott is now 7-for-9 from the field and 18-for-22 from the line in the last minute of games in the past two seasons. Creighton had not won a game when trailing in the final minute of overtime since Feb. 21, 2012, when Josh Jones hit a game-winner to beat Evansville in the final 30 seconds of overtime. Creighton had also tied that same game as time expired on a Gregory Echenique tip-in to close regulation. Creighton last won a road game when trailing in the final minute on Jan. 7, 2011, at Southern Illinois, taking the lead for good with 36 seconds left on two Darryl Ashford free throws. Creighton last won a game away from home when trailing in the final five seconds on March 6, 2009, when Booker Woodfox hit a buzzer-beater to stun Wichita State in the MVC Tournament quarterfinals.
Martelli On McDermott Even before Doug McDermott hit a three-point play to beat Saint Joseph’s, Hawks coach Phil Martelli was overwhelmingly complimentary on the skills of Doug McDermott. Here’s what he had to say about McDermott prior to the game: “The country is gaga over these freshmen but McDermott’s the best player in the country. Tell me who does more for their team. They can give the awards at the end of the year to the freshmen because of the media blitz, but that kid is a magnificent, magnificent player.”
Big Deficits, Big Deal Creighton overcame a 13-point deficit to win at Saint Joseph’s on Nov. 16 before posting an 83-79 win. It was the 10th time in four seasons under Greg McDermott that the Jays have won a game its trailed by double-figures at some point, including six such comebacks away from home. On the other hand, Creighton is 75-5 under McDermott when putting together a double-digit lead, including wins in 63 of the last 64 scenarios. Double-Digit Comebacks Under G. McDermott Deficit Opponent Date 17 at San Diego State 11/30/11 16 at Evansville 02/16/13 14 Evansville 02/21/12 13 at Saint Joseph’s 11/16/13 12 Saint Joseph’s 12/11/10 11 at Wichita State 12/31/11 11 Northern Iowa 01/10/12 11 vs. Alabama 03/16/12 10 UAB 11/14/12 10 vs. Drake 03/02/12
Just Like Viejas Arena? Creighton’s win at Saint Joseph’s had some similarities to its road win at San Diego State two years ago. In both games, Creighton faced an early double-digit deficit before cutting into the lead before half (17 at SDSU, 13 at SJU). In both games, Creighton got big nights from Ethan Wragge (19 points at SDSU, 21 at SJU). In both games, Creighton held on to a lead in the last 10 seconds. In both games, Creighton was playing its first true road game of the season, and in front of a sellout crowd known as one of the toughest atmospheres in college basketball.
@McDermottAlert Has You Covered Rather than clog up its other social media accounts with the many exploits of Doug McDermott, Creighton Athletics has created a Twitter account specific to him, that can be found at twitter.com/McDermottAlert. It contains links to dozens of national profiles and stats on the senior forward, and owns more than 1,400 followers.
Chasing 3,000 In Major League Baseball, producing 3,000 career hits is something that’s been done by just 24 Hall of Famers in history. Doug McDermott has a chance to become just the eighth Division I male in NCAA history to score 3,000 or more points if he can stay healthy and average roughly 25 points per game this season. To help put McDermott’s career in perspective, the chart on page six shows how many points McDermott owns and which famous ballplayer that is most comparable to. This season alone, McDermott has surpassed legends like Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Schmidt, Eddie Mathews, Kirby Puckett and Willie Stargell.
Jays Sign A Pair Of Recruits A pair of high school basketball standouts have signed letters-of-intent to play at Creighton University. Leon Gilmore III and Ronnie Harrell will both be freshmen when they enroll in the fall of 2014 and have four years of eligibility. Gilmore is a 6’7” wing from Manvel, Texas, who attends Manvel High School and plays for coach Greg Devers. As a high school junior, he helped his team to a 30-6 record by averaging 13.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Gilmore competes for the Houston Hoops AAU program. Harrell is a 6’7” wing from Denver (Colo.) East High School, where he plays for Rudy Carey. As a junior he averaged 13.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game, helping the Angels reach the state title game. On the AAU circuit, Harrell plays for Billups Elite, which is supported by his cousin, NBA veteran Chauncey Billups.
20-20-20-20-20-20 Vision Doug McDermott opened his senior season with 20 points vs. Alcorn State, 37 points vs. UMKC, 20 points at Saint Joseph’s, 33 points vs. Tulsa, 27 points vs. Arizona State and 30 points vs. San Diego State. In the process, he became the first Bluejay to start a season with at least five consecutive games of 20 or more points since Bob Portman opened with five straight games in 1968-69.
Use The Four’s Doug McDermott converted a rare four-point play on Nov. 11 vs. UMKC, sinking a three-point shy while being fouled before making the subsequent free throw. Isaiah Zierden followed suit on Nov. 28 vs. Arizona State. In Greg McDermott’s four-year tenure at Creighton, the only previous players with a four-point play had been Kaleb Korver and Ethan Wragge, who had done it once each.
Crowd Control Creighton’s sellout crowd of 17,740 on Nov. 8 vs. Alcorn State was its largest ever for a home-opener. It was also Creighton’s largest home crowd for any November game, and the ninth-largest home crowd in program history.
Hottest Ticket in Town Creighton Basketball has proven to be a hot ticket in recent years, but the anticipation for this season has taken those levels up a notch. Creighton sold more than 15,100 season tickets for the first time, a figure that doesn’t factor in students. Last year’s record was 13,739. Creighton has also sold more than 2,100 all-session tickets for the BIG EAST Tournament already, the most by any league school since Connecticut in 2006. When single-game tickets went on sale on Oct. 29, seven games sold out within an hour, including less than 20 minutes for games vs. Marquette, Georgetown, Nebraska, Seton Hall and Chicago State.
Nation’s Best Offense? You can make a case that Creighton boasted the nation’s best offensive production last year. Creighton was second in the country in field goal percentage (50.1) and three-point percentage (41.4), third in two-point field goal percentage (55.7), ninth in free-throw percentage (75.9) and 10th in three-pointers per game (8.5). Below is where Creighton ranked nationally in the first three years of the Greg McDermott tenure (does not include 2013-14): Category Stat National Rank FG Percentage .487 1st 3FG Percentage .401 2nd Assists 1,793 4th Assists/Game 16.30 5th 3FG Made 874 6th Assist/Turnover Ratio 1.34 10th FG Made 2,852 13th Wins 80 T-16th Winning Pct. .727 26th
Ask The Experts ESPN had 20 experts predict the 2013-14 season. Nine of them (Jay Bilas, Adrian Branch, Elena Bergeron, Dan Dakich, Jimmy Dykes, Myron Medcalf, Digger Phelps, Miles Simon and Dick Vitale) predicted Doug McDermott would be National Player of the Year. CBS Sports asked six experts to predict the 2013-14 season. Two of them (Doug Gottlieb and Jon Rothstein) picked McDermott would be National Player of the Year. Sports Illustrated had four experts predict the 2014-14 season. Two of them (Seth Davis and Luke Winn) picked McDermott would be National Player of the Year. All told, McDermott collected 13 votes, Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart 10 votes, Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins three votes, Kentucky’s Julius Randle three votes and Louisville’s Russ Smith one vote.
Record Watch With seven field goals on Nov. 8, Doug McDermott took over sole possession of first place on Creighton’s all-time field goals made list. He now owns 892 in his career. He had entered the season tied with Chad Gallagher (1987-91) for the school-record with 811. McDermott also made four free throws vs. Alcorn State, passing MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Gibson for third in CU history, and now owns 481.
Preseason Acclaim Doug McDermott has garnered a ton of preseason hype you’d expect from a returning two-time consensus First Team All-American. In addition to being named the Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year, McDermott has also been named a Preseason First Team All-American by the Associated Press, USA Today, Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, CBSSports.com, NBCSports.com and Sporting News. McDermott is also one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award, one of 15 men named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Watch List, and one of 50 players on the preseason watch list for the John R. Wooden Award.
Going For 20, Again Creighton has won 20 or more games in 14 of the last 15 seasons, a feat that puts the Jays among an exclusive group, nationally. Just five schools nationally have had 20 or more wins each of the last 15 years: Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas and Syracuse. Creighton is one of four schools with 20 or more wins in exactly 14 of the past 15 years. That list consists of Creighton, Kent State, Kentucky and Utah State. That’s better than traditional powers Arizona, Connecticut and Memphis (13 each) and also ahead of Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin (12 each).
10 Conference Wins x 17 Last season’s Creighton team won 10 or more league games for a 17th consecutive season. On a national basis, the only other current school with at least 17 straight years of 10 or more league wins is Kansas (19). Each of the last 17 seasons has seen the team finish fourth place or better in the league standings as well, though all of those took place in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Postseason x 16 Creighton has made the postseason in 16 consecutive seasons. The only eight schools to make the postseason in each of the last 16 years are Creighton, Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State and Syracuse.
Postseason Win Streak Thanks to an NCAA Tournament win over Cincinnati last spring, the Creighton men’s basketball team has now won a postseason game in a school-record six straight seasons. The previous mark was three in a row from 1962-64. The following five programs are the only ones that have won a postseason game in six straight seasons, including 2012-13: Creighton, Kansas, North Carolina, Purdue and Syracuse.
Preseason BIG EAST Poll Creighton was picked to finish third in its first season as BIG EAST Conference members according to a preseason poll of league coaches. Marquette was picked first with 74 points and five first-place votes, while Georgetown (70, 2) was also selected ahead of the Bluejays (61, 1). Rounding out the top half were Villanova (58) and St. John’s (56, 2). Creighton forward Doug McDermott was named preseason BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year by the coaches. I Know What You Did Last Summer Senior forward Doug McDermott served as a captain for Team USA last summer at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Playing under the direction of coaches Bob McKillop (Davidson), John Beilein (Michigan) and Frank Martin (South Carolina), McDermott led the team in scoring (14.1 ppg.), field goals (39), three-pointers (18), free throws (17), free-throw percentage (.895) and minutes (23.8) as the team went 6-2 in eight games. On his way back from Russia, McDermott was invited to the USA Basketball Men’s National Team Mini-Camp along with 28 of the NBA’s rising stars and fellow collegian Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), where he received rave reviews.
Army of Iowans Every Creighton team since 1988-89 has had at least one Iowa native, and this season is no exception. Creighton has five 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 seniors Grant Gibbs (Marion) and Doug McDermott (Ames), junior Will Artino (Waukee), sophomore Alex Olsen (Council Bluffs) and freshman John Burns (Algona). 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 631 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 655 straight games since a 59-53 loss at Illinois State on Feb. 20, 1993.
CenturyLink Center Omaha Success Creighton has played 175 regular and postseason contests at CenturyLink Center Omaha all-time in 11 seasons at the facility. The Bluejays own an 150-25 (.857) record all-time at the facility, and have never lost there on a Thursday (7-0) or Friday (7-0). Creighton has outscored its opponents 13,239-11,218 in games at CenturyLink Center Omaha, an average margin of 11.5 points per game. Creighton has led wire-to-wire 43 different times, including five times last season and the Nebraska and Arkansas-Pine Bluff games this year.
Big Margin Leads To Big Things Creighton’s 107-61 win on Nov. 8 vs. Alcorn State was its highest point total in a season-opener ever, one point more than the 2002-03 team that opened with a 106-50 win over Texas-Arlington. The 2002-03 team went on to be 29-5. Eight of Creighton’s 18 all-time NCAA Tournament teams have scored 90 or more points in their season-opener. Here’s a look at Creighton’s last six teams to score 90 or more in a season-opener. Final Post- Score Opponent Date W-L Season 107-61 Alcorn State 11/08/13 ? ? ? ? ? 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
Team of the Millennium? Below is the records for each current BIG EAST school over the last five, 10 and 15 seasons, ranked by overall wins. The three newcomers to the league, Butler, Creighton and Xavier, are at the top of nearly each category. All numbers below are ENTERING 2013-14. Most Wins - Last 15 Years Team W L Pct. Butler 366 136 .729 Xavier 355 145 .710 Creighton 353 147 .706 Marquette 326 165 .664 Georgetown 319 169 .654 Villanova 316 181 .636 Seton Hall 248 217 .533 St. John’s 246 226 .521 Providence 240 225 .516 DePaul 197 265 .426
Most Wins - Last 10 Years Team W L Pct. Butler 244 98 .713 Xavier 236 102 .698 Creighton 232 106 .686 Marquette 229 109 .678 Villanova 223 115 .660 Georgetown 222 104 .681 Seton Hall 166 164 .532 Providence 159 152 .511 St. John’s 138 169 .450 DePaul 132 180 .423
Most Wins - Last 5 Years Team W L Pct. Butler 136 45 .751 Creighton 125 54 .698 Marquette 122 54 .693 Xavier 117 52 .692 Georgetown 109 53 .673 Villanova 109 61 .641 Seton Hall 85 77 .525 St. John’s 84 81 .509 Providence 80 82 .494 DePaul 47 111 .297
Everybody’s All-American Doug McDermott hauled in 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, CBSSports.com and ESPN.com, and a second-team selection by The Sporting News. 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 Korver (2003).
Oscar, Bird, Doug Doug McDermott set a Creighton (and MVC) record for points by a freshman with 581 in 2010-11. As a sophomore McDermott had 801 points, joining Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird as the only sophomores in MVC history with at least 800 points in a season. Last year McDermott became the first player in MVC history to reach 2,000 career points as a junior, and joined Robertson and Bird as the only players in league history to reach 2,000 points in less than three seasons of work. Below is a list of the most prolific 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 1984-85 834 Doug McDermott, Creighton 2012-13 815 Lewis Lloyd, Drake 1979-80 801 Doug McDermott, Creighton 2011-12
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
Top Junior Scorers, MVC History Pts. Name, School Years 978 Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati 1958-59 959 Larry Bird, Indiana State 1977-78 834 Doug McDermott, Creighton 2012-13 815 Lewis Lloyd, Drake 1979-80
Top Scorers, Creighton Single-Season History Pts. Name (Class) Year 834 Doug McDermott (Jr.) 2012-13 801 Doug McDermott (So.) 2011-12 738 Bob Portman (Jr.) 1967-68 734 Bob Harstad (Jr.) 1989-90
Most Career Points, Active Seniors Source: Creighton Sports Info/STATS Inc. (12/20) Rk. Pts. Name, School Next Game 1. 2,469 Doug McDermott, Creighton 12/22 2. 1,912 Travis Bader, Oakland 12/21
Scoring In Numbers Doug McDermott owned 834 points in 36 games last year, an average of 23.2 per contest that ranked him second nationally in scoring. McDermott’s 23.2 points per game ranked 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, before McDermott did it each of the past two seasons (3rd in 2011-12, 2nd last year). McDermott’s 23.2 points per game were the most by a MVC player since Bradley’s Curtis Stuckey (25.1 ppg.) in 1990-91.
Father/Son Duos According to the website CollegeHoopedia.com, Doug McDermott is just the sixth man in NCAA history to be named conference player of the year while playing for his father. Joining them on that elite list are Dick/Mark Acres (Oral Roberts), Dick/Tony Bennett (UW Green Bay), Homer/Bryce Drew (Valparaiso), Press/Pete Maravich (LSU) and Clifford/C.J. Reed (Bethune-Cookman). Below is a list compiled by ESPN.com of most points scored by a guy playing for his dad: Name, School Points Father Pete Maravich,LSU 3,667 Press Allan Houston, Tennessee 2,801 Wade Doug McDermott, Creighton 2,469 Greg Tony Bennett, UWGB 2,285 Dick Bryce Drew, Valparaiso 2,142 Homer
Repeat All-American Doug McDermott joined some elite company by being named a First Team All-American by the USBWA, Associated Press and the NABC for a second consecutive season last spring. He is the 70th player to repeat the honor from the USBWA, 55th from the NABC, and 51st in the history of the Associated Press. If McDermott is named First Team All-American by the AP this year, he’ll become the first three-time first team selection since Patrick Ewing and Wayman Tisdale from 1983-85.
Not Half Bad Doug McDermott’s highest scoring half of his career has been 31 points, done as a sophomore in the second half at Bradley when he scored a career-best 44 points. McDermott has scored 15 points or more in a half 51 times during his career, and Creighton is 42-3 in those contests (six times he’s scored 15 or more in both halves). McDermott owns 10 halves in his career with 20 or more points, and just six scoreless halves.
The 800 Club Creighton’s Doug McDermott led the nation with 834 points last season after owning a league-high (and second-most nationally) 801 as a sophomore. McDermott joined Oscar Robertson and Larry Bird as the third player in MVC history with multiple 800-point seasons. Nationwide, McDermott was the first player with consecutive seasons of 800 points or more since Stephen Curry (Davidson) and Lester Hudson (Tennessee-Martin) in both 2007-08 and 2008-09.
Supporting Cast Doug McDermott was Creighton’s only player to average in double-figures last year, but he had lots of support to help lead the Jays to 28 wins. Creighton was 11-0 when Ethan Wragge scored in double-figures last year. CU is 32-3 under Greg McDermott when Wragge shoots 50 percent or better from three-point range, and 23-3 under McDermott when Wragge scores in double-figures. Creighton was 8-1 when Austin Chatman scored in double-figures last year. Creighton was 6-2 when Jahenns Manigat scored in double-figures last year. CU is now 20-1 all-time when Manigat makes three or more 3-pointers, including 18 straight wins, and the Jays are 22-2 (with 20 straight wins) when Manigat shoots better than 50 percent from 3-point range. Creighton is 14-0 all-time when Avery Dingman makes multiple three-pointers. Creighton is 38-3 all-time when Will Artino (64.6 percent last year) misses a field goal attempt.
Rare Bird According to research from STATS Inc., only two men since 1996-97 have compiled at least 2,100 points, 850 rebounds and 150 three-pointers in their career. That list consists of Creighton senior Doug McDermott and former Duke national champion Kyle Singler. Name, School PTS REB 3FG Doug McDermott, Creighton 2,469 915 204 Kyle Singler, Duke 2,392 1,015 267
His Own Game of H-O-R-S-E Doug McDermott led the nation in 2011-12 with 307 field goals made, and his 284 buckets last year once again led the nation. Prior to McDermott, no player had led the country in field goals made in back-to-back seasons since at least 1995-96. One area that makes McDermott so unique is his ability to use his off (left) hand, and to use the backboard, as seen below: Year FG Backboard Left-Hand 2010-11 220 64 28 2011-12 307 174 56 2012-13 284 132 26 2013-14 81 29 2 Totals 892 399 112
What A Start! Greg McDermott is 88-32 on the Creighton sideline early in his fourth year at the helm. The 88 wins are already the most in Creighton history in the first four seasons. Most Wins at CU, First Four Seasons Coach Years W-L After 4 Yrs Greg McDermott 2010-Pres. 88-32 so far Tom Apke 1974-78 79-30 Eddie Sutton 1969-73 59-43 Tony Barone 1985-89 57-62 Red McManus 1959-63 56-46 Dana Altman 1994-98 54-59 Thomas E. Mills 1916-20 53-6 Willis Reed 1981-85 52-65 A.A. Schabinger 1922-26 50-18
Walk-On Earns Rare Start It’s not often that a team starts a walk-on, but Doug McDermott isn’t your ordinary walk-on, either. McDermott’s assignment vs. Alcorn State made him the first Creighton player to start while owning walk-on status since Nick Bahe on Nov. 18, 2006.
Full House Last year’s Creighton team ranked sixth nationally in average home attendance, averaging 17,155 fans per game. It’s the seventh straight season that CU has been among the nation’s top 25 in average home attendance, and set an MVC average home attendance record. The figure ranked ahead of 14 NBA teams (76ers, Rockets, Grizzlies, Wizards, Timberwolves, Cavaliers, Suns, Bobcats, Pacers, Hawks, Bucks, Pistons, Pelicans, Kings). Creighton also ranked sixth nationally in men’s soccer attendance and 10th in baseball attendance, the nation’s only school in the top-10 of those three sports. This year’s Creighton team is averaging 17,302 through five home dates. 2012-13 Attendance Leaders Rk. School Average 1. Kentucky 23,099 2. Syracuse 22,439 3. Louisville 21,571 4. North Carolina 19,350 5. Indiana 17,412 6. Creighton 17,155 7. Wisconsin 16,843 8. Tennessee 16,635 9. Ohio State 16,524 10. Kansas 16,438
Highest Average Attendance, Creighton History Avg. Att. School Year 17,302 Creighton 2013-14 17,155 Creighton 2012-13 16,665 Creighton 2011-12 15,930 Creighton 2008-09 15,909 Creighton 2006-07
Who Will Start? Creighton utilized the same starting five in every game last season, and four of their five starters had streaks of 71 or more straight starts by year’s end. Creighton was one of two teams to start the same starting five in every game last season, joining Stephen F. Austin. CU’s starting five played together as a group for 424 minutes last season, during which time its outscored the opposition by 129 points. The four returning starters were +52 in 110 minutes with Ethan Wragge last year, and +34 in 44 minutes with Will Artino a year ago. Consecutive Starts, Creighton (Active) Doug McDermott 120 Jahenns Manigat 96 Grant Gibbs 81 Austin Chatman 46 Ethan Wragge 3
Rasmussen Named to MBB Committee Creighton Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen began a five-year term on the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee on September 1st. He is the only newcomer to the committee for the 2013-14 academic year, replacing last year’s chair, Mike Bobinski.
Championship Duo, Men & Women Creighton was one of seven schools that won a regular-season conference title in both men’s and women’s basketball last year. That elite group consists of Montana (Big Sky), Akron (Mid-American), Texas Southern (Southwestern Athletic), South Dakota State (Summit), Middle Tennessee (Sun Belt), Gonzaga (West Coast) and Creighton (Missouri Valley).
Pizza Pie, Piled High = Wins Thanks to a promotion with Omaha-based Godfather’s Pizza, Creighton season ticket-holders can get a free mini pizza any time the Jays score 75 points at home. History has proven that when the team earns the fans pizza, it often leads to a victory as well. The first three years of CenturyLink Center Omaha (2003-06), Creighton needed 70 points to earn its fans free pizza, and the Jays went 27-3 when reaching that threshold, closing out that run with 12 straight wins. Since upping the standard to 75 points prior to the 2006-07 campaign, Creighton is a perfect 72-0 when scoring 75 points or more at CenturyLink Center Omaha. In other words, Creighton is a perfect 84-0 in CenturyLink Center Omaha since Feb. 6, 2005 when scoring enough points to earn its fans some free pizza.
Good As Gold Since Greg McDermott took over three years ago, Creighton is averaging 79.23 points per home game (4,754 points in 60 home games). That’s a vital number since Creighton is 98-0 at home (69-0 at CenturyLink Center Omaha) when scoring 78 points or more and 82-0 at home (55-0 at CenturyLink Center Omaha) when scoring 80 points or more at home dating to a 92-83 loss to Southern Illinois on Feb. 19, 2000.
Last Season Recap Creighton went 28-8 and reached the third round of the MVC Tournament last season. Creighton was ranked in the Associated Press top-25 in 16-of-20 weeks and finished 22nd in the year-end poll. Doug McDermott ranked second nationally in scoring (23.2), breaking his own school-record with 834 points. He repeated as a consensus First Team All-American while also sweeping MVC Player of the Year and MVC Tournament MVP honors for a second straight winter. Gregory Echenique (9.7 ppg., 6.6 rpg.) and Grant Gibbs (8.5 ppg., 5.8 apg.) were named Honorable-Mention All-Valley, while Ethan Wragge nabbed Sixth Man of the Year accolades. The Jays ranked second nationally in field goal percentage (.501) and three-point percentage (.414), fourth in assists (16.9), sixth in home attendance (17,155) and ninth in free throw percentage (.759). Creighton defeated Wichita State in the regular-season finale to claim the outright MVC title before winning its league-record 12th Valley Tournament title to clinch an NCAA bid with another win over the Shockers. At the NCAA’s, Creighton topped Cincinnati 67-63 before falling to No. 6 Duke in the third round.
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.
Ticket Information Single-game tickets for the 2013-14 season went 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. For more information, call the Creighton Ticket Office at (402) 280-JAYS.
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