2013-14 Creighton Men’s Basketball Game #17 • Butler • Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 • 8:07 pm Butler Bulldogs at #20/19 Creighton Bluejays CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,390) • Omaha, Neb. Radio: KOZN 1620 AM, www.1620thezone.com TV: FOX Sports 1 Series History: Creighton leads, 4-3 Last Meeting: Creighton 68, Butler 62 on 12/26/75 in Bloomington, Minn.
Next Game No. 20/19 Creighton (14-2, 4-0 BIG EAST) hosts fellow league newcomer Butler (10-6, 0-4 BIG EAST) on Tuesday night in Omaha, Neb. Tip-off at CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,390) is scheduled for 8:07 pm Central.
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, and will air from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. Following the game, Tim Krueger and Heath Gunderson will host “Overtime” for approximately one hour, while also taking calls from listeners.
Broadcast Information Tuesday’s game will be broadcast nationwide on FOX Sports 1, with Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery on the call. The game will not be video webcast. Special Promotion on Tuesday A special 90-minute, fan-appreciation beverage promotion will be available to Creighton fans on Tuesday night at CenturyLink Center Omaha before the Bluejays take on Butler (8:07 p.m., tip-off). The promotion, available from 6:30-8:00 p.m., only, includes 12-ounce beers and soft drinks for $1.00 each near the BudZone area (north end of arena’s main concourse).
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 owns a 14-2 record, including wins over Nebraska, Arizona State, Saint Joseph’s, Cal, Marquette, Seton Hall and Xavier, in its first season in the BIG EAST. Creighton enters Tuesday with a BIG EAST best nine-game win streak, with eight of those victories coming by double-digits. Four-time BIG EAST Player of the Week Doug McDermott (25.0 ppg., 7.3 rpg., 42.6 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, was named Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year, and has scored 19 or more points in all but one game this year. Creighton’s backcourt returns intact, as well, as Austin Chatman (7.4 ppg., 4.2 rpg., 4.2 apg.), Jahenns Manigat (8.3 ppg., 46.5 3FG%) and Grant Gibbs (6.1 ppg., 4.1 apg) started every game the previous two seasons and maintain a combined 178/68 assist/turnover (2.62) ratio. Gibbs, however, dislocated his kneecap in CU’s outing at DePaul last Tuesday and was expected to miss at least four weeks of action. Helping to replace Gregory Echenique at the “5” spot have been the duo of Ethan Wragge (12.3 ppg., 49.2 3FG%) and Will Artino (5.9 ppg., 61.9 FG%). Creighton was picked to finish third in the 10-team BIG EAST Conference this winter after returning 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.
Scouting Butler Butler comes to Omaha with a 10-6 record, including an 0-4 mark in BIG EAST play. The Bulldogs have lost four overtime games (including three such BIG EAST home games), but do own impressive non-conference wins over Vanderbilt, Washington State and Purdue. Kellen Dunham is one of the top scorers in the BIG EAST, averaging 18.8 points. He leads the club in points, three-pointers and free throws while also being second in assists and third in both steals and rebounds. Khyle Marshall averages 15.9 points to go with 5.6 rebounds per game, shooting 55.0 percent inside, while Kameron Woods nearly averages a double-double with 9.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. As a team, Butler averages 75.3 points per game while allowing just 67.1 points per contest. The Bulldogs shoot 44.6 percent from the field and are +5.1 rebounds per game.
The Coaches Greg McDermott (Northern Iowa, 1988) is in the midst of his fourth season as head coach at Creighton. He led CU to a 28-8 mark last year, and is now 94-32 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 374-227 in his 20th season and is 243-163 in his 13th Division I campaign. McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries, Steve Lutz and Patrick Sellers. Brandon Miller (Butler, 2003) is 10-6 in his first year as a head coach at any level. A former player at both Missouri State and Butler, he had spent time with the Xavier, Ohio State, Illinois and Butler coaching staff’s before being promoted to replace Brad Stevens in July. He is assisted by Terry Johnson, Michael lewis and Chris Holtmann.
The Series With Butler Creighton is 4-3 all-time vs. Butler in a series that dates to a 27-22 Bluejay win in 1933. The teams played twice each in 1933 and 1934, then took a 40-year break in the series. Creighton has won all three meetings since 1974, including a 68-62 victory on Dec. 26, 1975 in Bloomington, Minn., the last time the teams faced off. McDermott is 0-2 in his career vs. Butler, with both meetings coming when he was coach at UNI. He has never faced Brandon Miller, and Miller has never faced Creighton as a coach.
Not His First Visit This won’t be Brandon Miller’s first time facing Creighton, as he did so three times as a freshman player at Missouri State during the 1998-99 season. In those three games, Miller played 29 minutes and had eight assists, one turnover and was a perfect 6-for-6 from the line. He did not attempt any field goals. Creighton won all three games, 72-70 in Springfield, 79-76 in Omaha and 78-70 in St. Louis at the MVC Tournament. Miller was also Ohio State’s Director of Basketball Operations in 2004-05 when Creighton topped the Buckeyes 65-63 in Kansas City,
Longest Win Streaks, Nationally Creighton enters Tuesday’s game with a nine-game win streak. Nationally, that ranks as the seventh-longest active win streak. Nation’s Longest Active Win Streaks (1/12) Rk. Streak Team Next Game 1. 17 Arizona 1/16 17 Wichita State 1/14 3. 16 Syracuse 1/13 16 Wisconsin 1/14 5. 13 San Diego State 1/15 6. 12 Stephen F. Austin 1/16 7. 9 Creighton 1/14 9 Saint Louis 1/15
Collier Returns to Nebraska Butler Director of Athletics Barry Collier returns to the state of Nebraska on Tuesday as part of BU’s travel party. Collier was head coach at the University of Nebraska from 2000-06, posting an 89-91 record and earning a pair of NIT appearances in those six seasons. Collier went 1-6 against Creighton, and was 1-2 against the Bluejays at CenturyLink Center Omaha.
Jays Will Look For 10 Home Wins, Again With a win vs. Butler, Creighton can win its 10th home game this season. Creighton has won 10 or more home games in 17 straight seasons, a streak they will push to 18 with its next home win. The current streak is already a school-record, five more than the previous standard of 12 straight seasons from the 1969-70 season to the 1980-81 campaign with 10 or more home wins. Creighton has won 10 or more home games in 34 of the last 44 contests.
The 1 For Sports? Creighton looks to expand upon its perfect 7-0 record on FOX Sports 1 this season when it hosts Butler on Tuesday. In the five home games that FOX Sports 1 has aired from CenturyLink Center Omaha, the Bluejays have trailed for just 3:10 of those 200 minutes. Creighton hasn’t trailed on FOX Sports 1 in its last 187:25 of game time from the Link. In the seven games on FOX Sports 1, Doug McDermott has averaged 26.0 points per game.
35 x 2? Since 1990, only two Creighton players have scored 30 points in consecutive games; Bob Harstad in 1990 and Doug McDermott on three occasions last season. McDermott, who is coming off a 35-point game on Sunday and is seeking to become the first Bluejay player with consecutive games of 35 points or more since Benoit Benjamin on Jan. 17 & 19, 1985. Nationally, the only player with consecutive 35-point games last season was South Dakota State’s Nate Wolters, who had 53 vs. IPFW on Feb. 7 and followed that up with 36 points vs. Oakland two nights later. No one has done it this season.
Law of Gus? What do you get when you combine Butler Basketball’s penchant for overtime games and Gus Johnson’s famed “Law of Gus”? We’re not sure either, but don’t be surprised if Tuesday’s game goes down to the wire. Creighton has not played an overtime game in its past 54 contests since winning the 2012 MVC Tournament with an 83-79 victory over Illinois State. Creighton is 4-0 in overtime games under Greg McDermott and 6-2 all-time in games that go to overtime at CenturyLink Center Omaha history.
Milestone Watch -Ethan Wragge needs 14 points to reach 1,000 in his career. Wragge has made just 16 starts in his career. No other Bluejay in the 1,000 point club owns fewer than 59 starts. -Doug McDermott needs 18 field goal attempts to set the school record for a career, passing the 1,739 by Rodney Buford. -Tuesday will mark Creighton’s 100th game all-time as a ranked team in the Associated Press poll.
Player of the Week, Again For the second straight week and fifth time overall, Doug McDermott was named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Jan. 13th. McDermott averaged 26.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists as Creighton posted wins over DePaul and Xavier last week. McDermott has now been named a league Newcomer or Player of the Week in 25 of 58 weeks since enrolling at Creighton.
USA Teammates Reunite Tuesday will mark the first head-to-head meeting in college between Butler’s Khyle Marshall and Creighton’s Doug McDermott. The duo were teammates in the summer of 2011 with Team USA at the FIBA Under 19 World Championships in Riga, Latvia. That team, coached by Paul Hewitt (George Mason), also included Keith Appling (Michigan State), James Bell (Villanova), Anthony Brown (Stanford), Jahii Carson (Arizona State), Tim Hardaway Jr. (Michigan), Joe Jackson (Memphis), Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut), Meyers Leonard (Illinois), Tony Mitchell (North Texas) and Patric Young (Florida). McDermott was third on the team in scoring (11.3 ppg.) and rebounding (6.1 rpg.) while starting all nine games. Marshall was used exclusively as a reserve and averaged 5.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. The team finished with a 7-2 record, including wins over the eventual Gold (Lithuania) and Silver (Serbia) medalists, but settled for fifth place after being upset in the quarterfinals by Russia.
Counting By 3’s Ethan Wragge owns 986 career points, but just 26 two-point field goals. Only one player since 1997 has scored 1,000 career points with fewer than career 40 two-pointers, Butler’s Bruce Horan (2003-06). Horan finished his career with 1,018 career points and just 12 two-pointers, thanks to 314 treys and 52 free throws.
Grand Milestone Within Reach Ethan Wragge enters Tuesday’s game with 986 career points and 14 shy of becoming the 37th man in Creighton history to reach 1,000. Tuesday will be the 131st game of his career, which would be more than any other player to reach the milestone. Games To 1,000 Points, Last 13 Bluejays Name Games to 1,000 pts. Date Gregory Echenique 101 03/24/13 Doug McDermott 57 01/15/12 Antoine Young 115 12/10/11 Kenny Lawson Jr. 108 11/21/10 P’Allen Stinnett 86 01/16/10 Dane Watts 115 01/22/08 Anthony Tolliver 124 03/16/07 Johnny Mathies 91 03/03/06 Nate Funk 92 02/28/05 Kyle Korver 81 01/30/02 Ben Walker 105 01/06/01 Ryan Sears 97 12/01/00 Rodney Buford 59 03/01/97
Shooting Star Ethan Wragge has made multiple three-pointers in each of his last 12 games, a streak that began on Nov. 28 with a pair of trifectas vs. Arizona State. Wragge is 47-for-99 (47.5 percent) from downtown in the past 12 games. Before Wragge, the last Creighton player with multiple three-pointers in 12 straight games was Kyle Korver, who ended his career in 2003 with 13 such games. Wragge has made four or more three-pointers in 11 of 16 games this season for Creighton.
Deadly From Downtown Through games of Jan. 12th, Creighton led the nation with 184 three-point baskets, 11.5 three-pointers per contest, and 43.6 percent marksmanship from deep, an incredible “triple” crown, of sorts. Creighton has made 10 or more three-pointers in all but two games (7 vs. both George Washington and California), including a season-high 16 vs. Chicago State on Dec. 29. Creighton also ranked first with 19.1 assists per game and second in assist/turnover ratio (1.77). Doug McDermott ranked second nationally in scoring and in total points and was also third in field goals made. Ethan Wragge ranked third in three-pointers made, fourth in three-pointers per game and fifth in three-point field goal percentage. Jahenns Manigat ranks fifth nationally with a 3.77 assist/turnover ratio, as well.
14-2 Or Better, Again Creighton has started either 14-2 or better through 16 games in each of the last three seasons, and five times since 2002-03 (also 2002-03 and 2003-04). The only other team besides Creighton to start 14-2 or better each of the last three years is Syracuse.
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 16 games: Stat 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 Record 14-2 15-1 14-2 FG Made 470 454 450 FG% .511 .519 .486 3FG Made 140 159 184 3FG% .452 .449 .436 FT Made 231 216 233 FT% .704 .750 .752 Rebound Margin +5.0 +4.8 +5.6 Assists 319 295 305 Turnovers 207 189 172 Scoring Average 81.9 80.2 82.3 Scoring Margin +13.1 +17.9 +17.0
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 on Nov. 18 when it was No. 23rd. The Jays then climbed to a season-best 20th the week of Nov. 25th. The Jays dropped out of the poll for six weeks before returning on Jan. 13th with a No. 20 ranking. Creighton is 73-26 all-time when ranked in the AP poll, meaning Tuesday’s tilt will mark the program’s 100th as a ranked squad. Including this week’s poll result, Creighton has been ranked 31 times in 68 weeks of AP polls under Greg McDermott, and ranked between 26th-to-28th in eight other AP polls. The 31 weeks in the top-25 under McDermott is more than any coach in Bluejay history. In this week’s USA Today Coaches poll, Creighton is ranked 19th. Most Weeks in AP Top 25 at CU, By Coach Greg McDermott, 2010-Pres. 31 (of 68) Dana Altman, 1994-2010 18 Tom Apke, 1974-81 5 Eddie Sutton, 1969-74 5
McDermott’s Quest For The Top 25 Creighton senior Doug McDermott enters Tuesday’s game 28th in NCAA history with 2,616 career points. If he reaches his season average of 24 points, McDermott would move up to 25th place, passing Stephen Curry. And should McDermott eclipse his collegiate high of 44 points, he’s rise up to 24th in NCAA history in points. As it stands, he’s 17 points shy of becoming the all-time leading scorer of any player to appear in a BIG EAST game, passing former Boston College great Troy Bell. McDermott has passed hoop legends Elgin Baylor, Bill Bradley, Sean Elliott, Jimmer Fredette, Joe Dumars, Calbert Cheaney, Don MacLean and Keith Van Horn in the NCAA record book during the last few weeks. Page three of this release lists every player in NCAA history to score 2,500 career points.
How’s This, For Starters? When Grant Gibbs missed Sunday’s game, it snapped a streak of 86 straight starts for the Marion, Iowa native. Junior guard Avery Dingman took his place, as the Branson, Mo., native made his first career start. Before Sunday, the last time a player (such as Gibbs) started a Creighton game, then missed the next game due to injury, came in January of 2009 when Booker Woodfox had a streak of 16 straight starts snapped when he missed a road win at Bradley due to an ankle injury. If the past is any indication, a shake-up to the starting line-up hasn’t affected Creighton’s success. Each time Creighton has introduced a new starting line-up in the past three seasons, it’s promptly embarked on a win streak of five or longer. New Line-Up Debut Result Chatman, McDermott, Dingman, Manigat, Wragge 1/12/14 Won first game (1-0 and counting) Chatman, McDermott, Gibbs, Manigat, Wragge 12/3/13 Won first 8 games (8-0) Chatman, McDermott, Gibbs, Manigat, Artino 11/8/13 Won first 5 games (5-2) Chatman, McDermott, Gibbs, Manigat, Echenique 11/9/12 Won first 6 (28-8) Young, McDermott, Gibbs, Manigat, Echenique 11/11/11 Won first 7 (29-6) Young, McDermott, Korver, Manigat, Echenique 2/5/11 Won first game (9-6)
Who Steps Up? With Grant Gibbs out of the line-up, Avery Dingman earned his first career start in his 87th career appearance. That shouldn’t come as a big surprise seeing as how starting guards Jahenns Manigat (101), Gibbs (86) and Austin Chatman (51) all owned streaks of 50 or more straight starts entering the Xavier game. Creighton’s fourth-most common line-up this year has been the quintet of Chatman, Manigat, Doug McDermott, Ethan Wragge and Dingman. That group has outscored opponents 89-49 in 36:11 together, including Sunday.
A Very Good Avery With Grant Gibbs sidelined by injury, junior guard Avery Dingman stepped up in a big way against DePaul. Dingman entered the game with 31 points (2.2 ppg.) in Creighton’s first 14 games this year, but exploded for 16 points in 18 minutes off the bench in last Tuesday’s victory. Dingman made 6-of-8 shots from the field, including a four-point play. His 16 points were the second-most of any game in his 86-game career, while his five rebounds were the third-best game of his career.
New League, But Similar Results Below is the records for each current BIG EAST school over the last four, eight and 14 (since 2000-01) seasons, ranked by overall wins. The three newcomers to the league, Butler, Creighton and Xavier, are at the top of nearly each category. Creighton’s last game was Sunday against Xavier and Tuesday’s tilt is against Butler. Most Wins Since 2000-01 (1/13/14) Team W L Pct. Butler 331 124 .727 Xavier 322 126 .719 Creighton 322 130 .712 Marquette 307 143 .682 Georgetown 296 142 .676 Villanova 290 158 .647 Providence 224 197 .532 Seton Hall 221 199 .526 St. John’s 202 215 .484 DePaul 178 238 .428
Most Wins - Last 8 Years Team W L Pct. Butler 205 62 .768 Xavier 185 72 .720 Creighton 183 78 .701 Marquette 181 81 .691 Georgetown 178 70 .718 Villanova 168 86 .661 Seton Hall 125 115 .521 Providence 124 116 .517 St. John’s 120 121 .498 DePaul 87 152 .364
Most Wins - Last 4 Years Team W L Pct. Creighton 94 32 .746 Butler 87 40 .685 Marquette 85 39 .685 Georgetown 81 31 .723 Xavier 77 39 .664 Villanova 69 46 .600 St. John’s 60 53 .531 Providence 60 54 .526 Seton Hall 59 56 .513 DePaul 39 72 .351
Creighton vs. Cancer Creighton will showcase its support of the American Cancer Society Coaches Vs. Cancer program on January 25 when it hosts the Georgetown Hoyas. Fans are encouraged to wear pink to promote cancer awareness and participate in the Pink Out, and the first 15,000 Bluejay fans will receive a complimentary pink t-shirt courtesy of Alegent Creighton Health and Methodist Estabrook Cancer Center. The Bluejay players will be wearing pink jerseys and warm up shooting shirts in support of the nights events. Fans will have the opportunity to support the American Cancer Society by taking part in the Pink Jersey Auction. Bids can be submitted through January 19 for jerseys of the fans favorite player. All proceeds from the Pink Out will benefit the American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Campaign as well as continued programs, services and research. Winning bidders will also have the opportunity to honor someone they know who is a survivor or remember someone who has lost their battle by personalizing the warm up shooting shirts with the name of a loved one. To make a bid, visit GoCreighton.com and click on the banner ad at the top of the page. Creighton has raised more than $45,000 during the previous two years via such an auction.
Just Win Baby Creighton has won 11 straight home games, a streak that began on Feb. 19, 2013 vs. Southern Illinois. Below is a list of Creighton’s longest home win streaks in the 11-year history of CenturyLink Center Omaha. Streak Dates Snapped By 16 Feb. 9, 2005 - Jan. 31, 2006 So. Illinois 16 Jan. 19, 2010 - Dec. 22, 2011 Missouri St. 14 Feb. 2, 2008 - Dec. 28, 2008 No. Iowa 11 Nov. 22, 2003 - Feb. 4, 2004 So. Illinois 11 Feb. 19, 2013 - Present ? ? ?
Divine Nine Creighton has won nine straight games heading into Tuesday. This is the fifth different win streak of seven or longer in the four years with Greg McDermott as coach. Longest Win Streaks Under Greg McDermott W’s Dates Snapped By 11 Dec. 31, 2011 - Feb. 1, 2012 at Northern Iowa 11 Dec. 1, 2012 - Jan. 15, 2013 at Wichita State 9 Dec. 3, 2013 - Present ? ? ? 8 Feb. 14 - March 16, 2012 vs. #4 North Carolina 7 Nov. 11, 2011 - Dec. 4, 2011 at Saint Joseph’s
Board Battle Is Big One common theme during Creighton’s nine-game winning streak is that the Bluejays have won the rebound battle in eight contests, and lost it by just one in the other. In four BIG EAST contests, the Bluejays have collected 19 more rebounds than the opposition. Dating to last season Creighton has won 17 straight games when winning the battle of the boards, and 76-14 in four years under Greg McDermott when winning the rebound column.
Double-Figures x 5 Creighton had five men score in double-figures on last Tuesday at DePaul, as Doug McDermott (19), Avery Dingman (16), Ethan Wragge (12), Austin Chatman (10) and Will Artino (10) each did so. CU then placed five men in double-figures on Sunday vs. Xavier as well, as McDermott (35), Wragge (15) and Chatman (12) were joined by Jahenns Manigat (11) and Devin Brooks (14). Prior to these past two games, Creighton had five men score in double-digits just once in the first 14 games, as the Bluejays also did that in the opener vs. Alcorn State. That quintet included McDermott (20), Artino (12), Wragge (15), Brooks (15) and Manigat (13).
BCS Busters at Home Creighton hosts Butler at CenturyLink Center Omaha on Tuesday, where the Bluejays have won 17 straight regular-season home games against teams from BCS leagues (at time of game) since the start of the 1996-97 season. Those 17 wins have been by an average of 11.29 points, with 10 coming by double-digits, and none decided by fewer than six points. BCS Schools at Creighton, Last 16 Years* Date Score 01/12/14 Creighton 95, Xavier 89 12/31/13 Creighton 67, Marquette 49 12/22/13 Creighton 68, California 54 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
Top Dog At The Halfway Point Two-time All-American Doug McDermott is a well-known commodity among the national experts who cover the sport. With conference play starting up, numerous national publications and websites have named their Midseason Players of the Year. Among the following individuals/organizations have named McDermott the front-runner for National Player of the Year were: Jay Bilas (ESPN), Jeff Goodman (ESPN), Andy Katz (ESPN), Jay Williams (ESPN), Dick Vitale (ESPN), Gary Parrish (CBS Sports), Jeff Borzello (CBS Sports), Jerry Palm (CBS Sports), Jon Rothstein (CBS Sports), CJ Moore (Bleacher Report) and Kelli Anderson (Sports Illustrated).
Assist Machine? Doug McDermott has 12 assists in Creighton’s last three games, including when he tied a career-high with five helpers at Seton Hall on Jan. 4th. The 12 assists have led directly to 33 points by his Bluejay teammates.
Eight Straight Wins By Double-Digits Creighton had won eight straight games, all by double-digits, before Sunday’s six-point win. The eight straight double-digit wins had been CU’s longest such streak since a stretch of 10 in a row from Feb. 21, 1928 to Jan. 23, 1929.
Link To Greatness Creighton’s home, CenturyLink Center Omaha, has received several rave reviews in recent weeks. ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman ranked it as the 10th best college basketball arena. Stadium Journey, a site that ranks arenas, named it the 18th-best venue in North America, and fourth-best among college basketball sites. Only Allen Fieldhouse (Kansas), Rupp Arena (Kentucky), FedEx Forum (Memphis) were ranked higher.
McDermott Named Player of the Week Creighton senior Doug McDermott picked up two more awards on Jan. 6 as he was named National Player of the Week by CBSSports.com in addition to his BIG EAST Conference Player of the Week accolade. McDermott averaged 24.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game in double-digit victories over Marquette and Seton Hall. This is his fourth BIG EAST Player of the Week accolade this season, and his second National Player of the Week Award (also Nov. 18 from ESPN.com). In the write-up on McDermott from CBSSports.com, Gary Parrish writes “McDermott is, quite simply, having one of the greatest college careers in modern history.”
Injury Updates Two key senior starters were injured against DePaul and underwent MRI’s on Wednesday, Jan. 8th. Guard Grant Gibbs (6.1 ppg., 4.1 apg.) was diagnosed with a dislocated kneecap and is expected to miss up to a month. He did not suit up against Xavier. Forward Doug McDermott (25.0 ppg., 7.3 rpg.) sprained the AC joint in his shoulder and was diagnosed as day-to-day. After missing two practices, McDermott returned and scored 35 points on Xavier on Sunday.
A Wonderful Day Doug McDermott celebrated his first game since his 22nd birthday with 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a 13-point road win at Seton Hall on Jan. 4th. McDermott was Creighton’s first player with a 30/10/5 line in the same game since Benoit Benjamin had 45 points, 16 rebounds and five assists on Jan. 19, 1985 vs. Indiana State.
Ball Control Offense Creighton had just four turnovers in 66 possessions vs. Seton Hall on Jan. 4th, its fewest in any games of Greg McDermott’s four-year tenure on the Bluejay sideline. Creighton’s four turnovers were its fewest since having three miscues on Feb. 1, 2005 in a win vs. Wichita State, a span of 335 games.
Road Warriors Creighton has started 4-0 on the road this season with victories at Saint Joseph’s, Long Beach State, Seton Hall and DePaul. Last Tuesday’s victory at DePaul gave CU a 4-0 road record to start the second straight season. Before doing it last year, the Jays had not won their first four true road games since 2003-04. Creighton has not started 5-0 in true road gams since 1942-43, something it’ll attempt to do on Jan. 18 at Providence.
Strong Start To League Play Creighton has started 4-0 in league play for the fourth time in 12 years (also 2002-03, 2003-04 and 2012-13). Since the start of the NIT and NCAA Tournaments, the Bluejays have made the postseason all six times it has opened league play 4-0. Last season Creighton started Missouri Valley Conference play with a 6-0 mark en route to an eventual regular-season title.
Impressive 125 Game Start Last Tuesday night marked the 125th game at Creighton for Greg McDermott. During that time, he won 93 games, two MVC Tournament titles, one MVC regular-season title and two NCAA Tournament games while having three of his teams ranks among the top-six nationally in average home attendance. The game was also McDermott’s 600th career game as a head coach, and made him 373-227.
Scoring Early & Often Doug McDermott has scored in double-figures before the second media timeout in six of Creighton’s last eight games, and nine of Creighton’s 16 games this season. In 16 games this year, McDermott has scored 139 points before checking out for the first time, logging a collective 131:32 of court time before hitting the bench. That gives him 1.06 points per minute to start games, good for a 42.3 points per game average if her were to maintain it over the course of 40 minutes. Looking only at the first five minutes of games this season, McDermott has scored 96 points in those 80 minutes, an average of 1.20 points per minute and a per-40 minute average of 48.0 points per game at that pace.
Playing With A Lead In the 11 year history of CenturyLink Center Omaha, Creighton has led wire-to-wire in 46 games, including all five December home games this season. In all, Creighton has not trailed in its last 220:07 played at home, last facing a deficit late in the first half vs. Tulsa on Nov. 23rd. Creighton has trailed for just 16:19 of 360:00 minutes this season at home, and just 20:33 of its last 440:00 minutes during its 11-game home win streak. Impressively, Creighton has not trailed at any point in the second half during that home win streak, winning all 11 games by six or more points.
Starting On Fire Since inserting Ethan Wragge into the starting five prior to the Dec. 3 game at Long Beach State, Creighton has started out strong. Creighton has trailed in just 26:35 seconds of its last 352:30 of action, and the Bluejays have outscored foes 376-256 in the first half of those games. In the last nine games, Creighton’s outscored foes 117-83 from start of game until when Ethan Wragge’s checked out for first time.
Good As Gold Not only has Creighton started games quickly this season, but the Bluejays have also done a good job maintaining those leads. The Bluejays have won 23 straight games when leading with 5:00 to play. Overall under Greg McDermott, Creighton is 86-4 when leading with 5:00 left, including victories in 47 of the last 48 scenarios. The Bluejays are also 3-0 under McDermott when tied with 5:00 to play. CU is 5-28 under McDermott when trailing with 5:00 left, with the last such rally coming on Feb. 25, 2011 at Indiana State.
He’s The Man(igat) Jahenns Manigat averaged a modest 5.6 points per game in the first eight contests this season, making 15-of-33 field goal attempts (45.4 percent). Since returning home from CU’s eight-day trek to California in early December, Manigat has averaged 11.0 points on 29-of-60 marksmanship (48.3 percent) from the floor, including 22-of-44 (50 percent) from downtown. Manigat scored 15 points on Dec. 29 in a win over Chicago State, sinking 5-of-7 three-point shots. Manigat then had season-highs with 16 points, six rebounds and six assists in CU’s win over Marquette two nights later. Manigat continued his hot streak with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists at Seton Hall on Jan. 4. This was the first time he’s scored in double-digits three straight games.
Seniors Lead The Way Creighton’s senior class has led the way in recent weeks, providing tremendous scoring and shooting in addition to unquestioned leadership. Take a look at the collective performances of Grant Gibbs, Jahenns Manigat, Doug McDermott and Ethan Wragge during the club’s nine-game win streak: Opponent 3FG-3FGA Points Rebounds Long Beach State 8-16 39 9 Nebraska 11-24 67 21 Arkansas-Pine Bluff 7-22 47 16 California 5-18 46 24 Chicago State 15-21 60 14 Marquette 11-24 51 21 Seton Hall 9-22 64 27 DePaul 7-14 42 20 Xavier 12-24 61 13 9-Game Totals 85-185 477 165 Rest of Team 21-60 251 145
On A Roll Since the start of 2011-12, Creighton is a remarkable 71-16. On a national basis, Creighton’s 71 wins since the start of last season ranks seventh, through games of Jan. 12, as seen below. Most Wins, Since 2011-12 School ‘11-12 ‘12-13 ‘13-14 W-L Next Syracuse 34-3 30-10 16-0 80-13 1/13 Louisville 30-10 35-5 14-3 79-18 1/16 Ohio State 31-8 29-8 15-2 75-18 1/16 Wichita State 27-6 30-9 17-0 74-15 1/14 Kansas 32-7 31-6 11-4 74-17 1/13 Gonzaga 26-7 32-3 14-3 72-13 1/16 Creighton 29-6 28-8 14-2 71-16 1/14 Kentucky 38-2 21-12 12-3 71-17 1/14 Michigan State 29-8 27-9 15-1 71-18 1/15
Winning On The Road Again Creighton is 4-0 in true road games this season, having already won at Saint Joseph’s, Long Beach State, Seton Hall and DePaul. The Bluejays also won their road finale last season, at Bradley. According to data at WarrenNolan.com, Creighton’s five-game win streak in true road games is tied for the nation’s second-longest such streak through games of Jan. 12, trailing only Saint Louis. Creighton is 21-8 in true road games the past three years, and 33-12 when you also include neutral site games.
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 16-2 against teams from those leagues, with both losses (North Carolina, Duke) coming in the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. Twelve of the 16 wins came by double-digits, and just six of the games took place in Omaha. Individually, Doug McDermott has scored at least 19 points in all but one of those games (Alabama), and in that one he had a double-double. McDermott has averaged 25.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in the 18 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 12/22/13 California W 68-54 20 11 12/31/13 Marquette W 67-49 19 7 01/04/14 at Seton Hall W 79-66 30 10 01/07/14 at DePaul W 81-62 19 5 01/12/14 Xavier W 95-89 35 7
Give Me Six Creighton’s win vs. Chicago State on Dec. 29th was the Jays fifth straight this season, a streak that reached nine after Sunday’s win vs. Xavier. The Bluejays have now had at least one five-game win streak in 16 of the last 17 seasons. Since 1988-89, the Bluejays have made the NCAA’s, NIT or CBI all 18 previous times they’ve had a five-game winning streak in a season, but missed the NCAA/NIT/CBI all seven times they haven’t.
3’s vs. 2’s In Creighton’s last nine games, the Bluejays have attempted 508 shot attempts, with nearly half (245) of those coming from beyond the arc. Creighton has made 135-of-263 two-pointers in that time, accounting for 270 points (1.03 points per shot). Creighton has made 106-of-245 three-pointers in that time, accounting for 318 points (1.30 points per shot). In its Dec. 29 win vs. Chicago State, Creighton made 16-of-25 three-point attempts, good for 1.92 points per shot attempt from deep. To earn the same point total (48 points) from 25 two-point attempts, Creighton would need to shoot 24-for-25 (96 percent). Perhaps that’s why Greg McDermott said in the postgame press conference: “If you’re going to give us an open 3-point shot, that’s the best percentage shot we can get.” Chicago State head coach Tracy Dildy agreed, “We’ve watched every game they had played, and we knew this was the best shooting team in the country. If there is another team in the country that shoots the ball like these guys shoot, I would love to see that team.”
Racing To 50 Ethan Wragge needed just 13 games to reach 50 three-pointers made this season. He’s the second-fastest player in program history to reach the milestone, trailing only Kyle Korver (11 games) in 2002-03. In Korver’s magical 2002-03 season, he would finish with a school-record 129 three-pointers in 34 games, an average of 3.79 treys per game. By comparison, Wragge’s 61 three-pointers in 16 games this year are a similar 3.81 trifectas per contest. Fewest Games Before Making 50th 3-Pointer Name Year Games to 50 Kyle Korver 2002-03 11 Ethan Wragge 2013-14 13 Tad Ackerman 1994-95 17 Kyle Korver 2000-01 17 Booker Woodfox 2008-09 18 Duan Cole 1991-92 20 Kyle Korver 2001-02 20 Gary Swain 1986-87 21 Rod Mason 1987-88 21 Ryan Sears 1997-98 21 Ethan Wragge 2012-13 21 Rod Mason 1986-87 23 Doug McDermott 2012-13 23 Matt Petty 1992-93 24 Duan Cole 1990-91 25 Rodney Buford 1996-97 25 Nate Funk 2004-05 25
More Numbers From Deep Creighton tied a school-record on Dec. 31 vs. Marquette with 35 attempts from three-point range, something previously done vs. North Carolina A&T (11/11/11) and at Bradley (2/1/11). In Creighton’s win on Dec. 29 vs. Chicago State, the Jays had 16 three-pointers, which was the second-most trifectas in a single-game in program history.
Consistent Challengers Eleven of Creighton’s last 16 teams finished either first or second in The Valley’s regular-season race. Two of the five that didn’t won the MVC Tournament. The Bluejays won the MVC in 2000-01 and 2012-13, tied for the title in 2001-02 and 2008-09. CU was second in the MVC in 1997-98 and 2006-07, tied for second in the MVC in 1998-99, 2003-04 and 2005-06, and finished tied for third in 2004-05. The 1999-00 club was fourth in the MVC, but won the MVC Tournament, while the 2010-11 club tied for fourth place. Creighton’s MVC Finishes, Last 16 Years 1st Place 2000-01, 2012-13 Tied for First 2001-02 (won MVC Tourn.), 2008-09 2nd Place 1997-98, 2002-03 (won MVC Tourn.), 2006-07 (won MVC Tourn.), 2011-12 (won MVC Tourn.) Tied for 2nd 1998-99 (won MVC Tourn.), 2003-04, 2005-06 Tied for 3rd Place 2004-05 (won MVC Tourn.) 4th Place 1999-00 (won MVC Tourn.); 2007-08; 2009-10 Tied for 4th Place 2010-11
Consistency A Key Doug McDermott has scored 20 or more points in 13 of the 16 games he’s played in this season, and 20 of his last 24 contests dating to last season. He had 19 points in two of the games where he didn’t reach 20 points. Nationally, only 38 players average 20 points per game or more, which gives you an idea of how hard it is to reach that mark on a nightly basis.
McDermott By The Numbers Senior forward Doug McDermott has put together very similar numbers throughout his career, regardless of result, site, level of competition or score differential, as seen below: Breakdown MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG PPG Wins 30.4 .574 .481 .848 7.5 22.2 Losses 32.6 .469 .388 .755 7.9 16.4 Home 29.8 .563 .444 .835 7.6 21.0 Away 31.8 .548 .486 .818 7.6 20.0 Neutral 33.2 .507 .440 .843 7.7 21.5 BCS Foes 32.3 .505 .394 .872 7.2 22.6 Non-BCS Foes 30.7 .561 .473 .820 7.7 20.3 Margin 0-9 32.8 .525 .425 .769 7.7 19.1 Margin 10-19 31.2 .545 .441 .857 7.6 21.2 Margin 20+ 26.8 .605 .546 .897 7.4 23.3 CAREER (All) 31.0 .549 .456 .831 7.6 20.8
That’s Why They’re “Free” Throws A pair of Bluejay seniors have had stellar free throw streaks in recent weeks. Jahenns Manigat made his first 10 attempts at the line this season after making his final 13 attempts last year, giving him a career-long streak of 23 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 Dec. 17 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, pushing the streak to 29 and was 2-for-2 vs. Cal to make it 31 straight. On Dec. 29 vs. Chicago State, McDermott was 8-for-8 at the line, giving him a school-record streak of 39 in a row. He extended the mark to 41 with a 2-for-2 showing on Dec. 31 vs. Marquette. McDermott also made his first four foul shots at Seton Hall on Jan. 4 before a miss snapped his streak at 45 straight. 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 45 Doug McDermott Dec. 1, 2013 - Jan. 4, 2014 36 Booker Woodfox Dec. 6, 2008-Jan. 6, 2009 35 Bob Portman 1967-68 32 Michael Lindeman Jan. 23-Nov. 29, 2003 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 23 Jahenns Manigat Feb. 9, 2013 - Jan. 7, 2014 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
Dougie McAutomatic? Doug McDermott was a perfect 13-for-13 at the line on Dec. 17 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).
Toe The Line Creighton shot a school-record 75.9 percent from the free-throw line last season, and with much of the same team back, it’s no surprise the team is shooting 75.2 percent at the line in 2013-14. Creighton has shot 77.3 percent or better from the stripe in eight of the last 10 games, connecting on 148-of-184 overall (80.4 percent) in that time. Creighton has missed two or less free throws in five of its last seven games, going 24-for-26 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 11-of-13 vs. Cal, 20-of-22 vs. Chicago State, 4-for-4 vs. Marquette and 7-of-8 at Seton Hall.
Defense Improves Two years ago Creighton ranked 222nd in the nation in field goal percentage defense, as teams shot 44.1 percent from the field. Last year the squad improved to 77th nationally, as teams dropped to 40.7 percent from the floor against the Jays. The team continues to make strides in that area, holding foes to 40.7 percent marksmanship this year to rank 77th nationally. Only seven of Creighton’s first 16 opponents have shot 40 percent or better from the field this season. Creighton’s field goal percentage defense of 40.7 percent gives the team a chance to become the first squad since the 1962-63 club to hold foes to 40 percent (39.3%, 706-1795).
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 17,514 through eight home dates, good for fourth-nationally. 2013-14 Attendance Leaders (1/13) Rk. School Average Next Home 1. Syracuse 24,566 1/18 2. Kentucky 22,485 1/18 3. Louisville 20,866 1/16 4. Creighton 17,514 1/14 5. Indiana 17,268 1/14 6. North Carolina 17,224 1/18 7. Wisconsin 17,012 1/18 8. Kansas 16,613 1/18 9. Ohio State 15,857 1/23 10. Memphis 15,821 1/16
Highest Average Attendance, Creighton History Avg. Att. School Year 17,514 Creighton 2013-14 17,155 Creighton 2012-13 16,665 Creighton 2011-12 15,930 Creighton 2008-09 15,909 Creighton 2006-07
McDermott In Elite Company Since the start of his sophomore year (2011-12), Doug McDermott has averaged 23.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game in 87 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 (28.4 & 8.0), LeBron James (26.7 & 7.7), Carmelo Anthony (26.0 & 7.0) and Kevin Love (24.6 & 13.4).
Simply No Comparison Doug McDermott’s stats this season of 25.0 points, 7.3 rebounds and 42.6 percent marksmanship from three-point range put him in even more elite company than imagined. Since 1997-98, only other college player to average at least 25.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot 40 percent or better from three-point range over the course of an entire season was Kevin Durant (25.8 ppg., 11.1 rpg., 40.4 3FG%) at Texas in 2006-07. In NBA history, the only players to average 25.0 points, 7.3 or more rebounds and shoot 42 percent or better from three-point range (min. 20 3FG’s) during a season are Larry Bird (twice) and Dirk Nowitzki (once).
National Leaders Doug McDermott’s career stats rank among the top-10 active players nationally in 10 of the 15 different categories tracked by the NCAA through games of Jan. 12th. Rank Category Total Leader 1 Points 2,616 -- 1 FG Made 945 -- 1 FG Attempted 1,722 -- 2 FT Made 508 D. Burton, 552 2 Scoring Average 20.8 T. Haws, 22.1 3 3-Point Percentage .456 M. Frazier, .474 3 Rebounds 961 A. Rubit, 1,058 3 Double-Doubles 33 A. Rubit, 49 6 Games Played 126 J. Gollon, 136 9 FT Attempted 611 D. Burton, 732
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 14.3 minutes per game during his seven starts, but has averaged 6.0 points and 4.2 rebounds in 12.7 minutes per contest in nine games off the bench, all wins. 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. When Artino Starts Name PPG RPG MPG Artino 5.7 3.0 14.3 Wragge 11.7 4.1 23.9 Combined 17.4 7.1 38.2
When Wragge Starts Name PPG RPG MPG Artino 6.0 4.2 12.7 Wragge 12.7 4.7 28.2 Combined 18.7 8.9 40.9
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 12 straight games of two or more three-pointers and has twice tied a career-high with nine rebounds in his past nine games. He also became the first player in CU history with 4+ three-pointers in five straight games.
Full House Creighton has attracted six of its 18 largest home crowds in program history this season. Here’s a look at Creighton’s top-18 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. 18,525 Marquette 12/31/13 4. 18,494 Illinois State 02/09/13 5. 18,458 Evansville 12/29/12 6. 18,436 Bradley 01/28/12 7. 18,111 Bradley 02/02/13 8. 18,078 Tulsa 11/23/13 9. 18,073 Drake 01/08/13 10. 17,954 Wichita State 12/28/08 11. 17,740 Alcorn State 11/08/13 12. 17,694 Indiana State 01/05/13 13. 17,676 Northwestern 12/22/11 14. 17,665 Missouri State 12/28/11 15. 17,607 Drexel 02/17/07 16. 17,589 Xavier 01/12/14 17. 17,533 California 12/22/13 18. 17,530 Nebraska 12/08/13
Thirty Point Buck Doug McDermott owns 33 points or more in five of his last 10 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), 33 vs. Nebraska (Dec. 8) and 35 vs. Xavier (Jan. 12). 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 10 home games, McDermott has played 318 minutes and scored a staggering 287 points. McDermott has scored 30 or more points in 20 career games. By comparison, all other Creighton players since 1991-92 have combined for 17 games of 30+ points in CU’s 712 games played in that period.
Speaking of 30 According to available school records, Doug McDermott owns 20 of the 126 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 six games this season of 30 points or more are tied for fifth-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 20 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 6 Doug McDermott 2013-14 5 Wally Anderzunas 1968-69 5 Benoit Benjamin 1984-85 4 Paul Silas 1962-63 4 Cyril Baptiste 1970-71 4 Rod Mason 1987-88
Experienced Starters One reason for Creighton’s success is its veteran line-up. Creighton’s recent starting line-up (before Gibbs’ injury) 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 before his recent injury was 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 104 games. McDermott already owns Creighton records for career points, field goals, three-point percentage and consecutive free throws made. According to Ken Pomeroy’s advanced statistics, Creighton’s line-up averages 2.43 years of experience, making the Bluejays the 14th-most veteran group nationally, and tops among the nation’s BCS schools.
Bench Points Creighton’s bench has averaged 26.1 points and 15.1 rebounds per contest. The reserves are shooting 49.8% from the field and 42.1% from downtown. Both Ethan Wragge and Devin Brooks own games of 20 points or more this season in a reserve role.
Korver Sets NBA Record Creighton alum Kyle Korver continues to extend his NBA record streak of games with a three-pointer. Korver enters Thursday’s (Jan. 16) game with Houston with a three-pointer in 107 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. More 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 4.2 per contest this season, including four or more caroms in 11 of 16 contests.
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 eight 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, Ernie Banks and Willie Stargell.
Productive Minutes According to bbstate.com, Doug McDermott ranks second nationally this season with 31.1 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 Jan. 12) ranks Creighton with the best mark nationwide in “Adjusted Efficiency” at 121.4 points per 100 possessions, second in “Assists Per Field Goals Made” at 67.8 percent and first in “Effective Field Goal %” at 58.7 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 was 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.
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 124 of his 130 shots this season from three-point range, sinking an incredible 61 of them (49.2 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 285 career treys. He also ranks sixth in CU history with 43.8 percent marksmanship from downtown. For his career, Wragge has attempted 651-of-704 shots from beyond the arc.
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 20-for-24 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.”
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.
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, then overcame another 13-point deficit to beat Xavier on Jan. 12th. It was the 10th and 11th times 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, CU is 81-5 under McDermott when putting together double-digit leads, including wins 69 of the last 70 times. Double-Digit Comebacks Under Greg 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 13 Xavier 01/12/14 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
@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 1,500 followers.
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. Avery Dingman became the third Bluejay to do it when he converted a four-point play at DePaul on Jan. 7. 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 NCAA Rank ‘13-14 FG Percentage .487 1st .486 3FG Percentage .401 2nd .436 Assists 1,793 4th 305 Assists/Game 16.30 5th 19.1 3FG Made 874 6th 184 Assist/Turnover Ratio 1.34 10th 1.81 FG Made 2,852 13th 450 Wins 80 T-16th 14 Winning Pct. .727 26th .875
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.
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 five 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 25 of 58 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.
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 945 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 508.
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 637 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 661 straight games since a 59-53 loss at Illinois State on Feb. 20, 1993.
CenturyLink Center Omaha Success Creighton has played 179 regular and postseason contests at CenturyLink Center Omaha all-time in 11 seasons at the facility. The Bluejays own an 154-25 (.860) 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 13,491-11,414 in games at CenturyLink Center Omaha, an average margin of 11.6 points per game. Creighton has led wire-to-wire 46 different times, including five times last season and the Nebraska, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, California, Chicago State and Marquette games this year. Creighton is also 23-15 all-time in the 38 games at CLCO in which it’s fallen behind by double-figures.
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
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. (1/13) Rk. Pts. Name, School Next Game 1. 2,616 Doug McDermott, Creighton 1/14 2. 2,059 Travis Bader, Oakland 1/16
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 2,616 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 55 times during his career, and Creighton is 45-3 in those contests (seven times he’s scored 15 or more in both halves). McDermott owns 12 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 35-3 under Greg McDermott when Wragge shoots 50 percent or better from three-point range, and 27-3 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 24-1 all-time when Manigat makes three or more 3-pointers, including 22 straight wins, and the Jays are 24-2 (with 22 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 42-3 all-time when Will Artino (63.1 percent) misses a field goal attempt.
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 2013-14 134 49 9 Totals 945 418 119
What A Start! Greg McDermott is 93-32 on the Creighton sideline early in his fourth year at the helm. The 93 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. 93-32 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
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 74-0 when scoring 75 points or more at CenturyLink Center Omaha. In other words, Creighton is a perfect 86-0 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 79.28 points per home game (5,074 points in 64 home games). That’s a vital number since Creighton is 100-0 at home (71-0 at CenturyLink Center Omaha) when scoring 78 points or more and 84-0 at home (57-0 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.
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MBB: Creighton vs. Oklahoma Highlights (11/19/14)
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