Updated Creighton Semifinal
Saturday, March 9,
2013 – 1:35 pm Central
Creighton (25-7) vs.
Indiana State (18-13)
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McDermott (Northern Iowa, 1988) is in his third season as head coach at Creighton.
He led CU to a 29-6 mark last year, and is now 77-29 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 357-224 in 19 seasons and is 226-160 in 12 Division I campaigns.
McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries, Steve Lutz and Steve Merfeld.
Series History vs. the Sycamores
Creighton is 53-25 all-time against Indiana State. The home
team dominated both meetings this year, with Creighton winning 79-66 in Omaha
on Jan. 5th, and Indiana State holding serve in Terre Haute 76-57 on
Feb. 6th. Creighton is 6-1 all-time vs. Indiana State all-time in MVC
Tournament action. The winner of all seven tournament meetings would go on to
win the MVC Tournament.
MVC Tournament History
Creighton owns a 41-20 all-time record in MVC Tournament
play. Creighton’s 11 MVC Tournament titles are six more than any other school,
while its 41 wins and .672 winning percentage in league tourney action is also
Creighton is 19-12
in the quarterfinals, 11-7 in the semifinals and 11-1 in the championship
History As A Top Seed
Creighton is 9-1 in games all-time as the top seed,
including titles in three of its four appearances in that spot. Creighton went
1-0 for the 1978 title, 3-0 in both 1989 and 1991 to win the crown, and were
1-1 in 2001 (losing to No. 5 Indiana State), prior to Friday’s win.
The top seed has
won 13 of the 36 tournament titles all-time, which is second-most in event
history (the No. 2 seed owns 14 titles). The top seed owns a 43-16 record in
the event since the tournament moved to St. Louis in 1991, the second-best
winning percentage of any slot (No. 2 was 42-14 prior to Friday night).
No. 1 seed has won at least one game in all 37 MVC tournaments, reached the
final in five of the previous six seasons and won the title in three of the
previous five years.
not earn the automatic bid at Arch Madness in St. Louis, it’s built up a
compelling case for an at-large bid. Consider the following (games through 4 pm
a top-40 RPI and ranks tied for eighth nationally with 25
Division I wins.
-Creighton is 4-3 against the
top-50 and 10-5 against the top-100.
-Creighton is 10-5
away from home this season. Among BCS teams, only two schools (Duke and Louisville) have
more than 10 road/neutral victories this year.
seven true road wins are as many as BCS teams Marquette and Minnesota..COMBINED.
-Creighton won the
regular-season title in the nation’s ninth-best league,
11-2 in non-conference action, including double-digit wins away from home over
Wisconsin, Arizona State, California and Nebraska.
defeated current MAC leader Akron and preseason league favorites Saint Joseph’s
and North Texas, all at home.
-Creighton is second in the
nation in 3-point percentage and field goal percentage, and seventh in points
reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.
won at least one postseason game each of the last five seasons, and has won 20
or more games in 14 of the past 15 years.
Random Valley Tournament Facts
-Creighton is the only Valley school that has not appeared
in the play-in round since that format began in 1997.
won its last 10 games at the MVC Tournament decided by four points or less.
won the tournament eight of the last 12 times it has won its first game in St.
-The last four
times Creighton faced Drake in the MVC Tournament, the winner of that game won
-Creighton is 15-2 in five MVC Tournaments
with an MVC Player of the Year on its roster, including titles in four of the
last five occurrences.
With A Win
With a win on Saturday,
Creighton would improve to 26-7 on the season, just the fourth time in program
history its reached that victory milestone (also 2002-03, 2008-09, 2011-12).
-Creighton would improve to 42-20 all-time
in MVC Tournament action. Both the 42 wins and the .677 win percentage would be
tops in event history.
-Creighton would improve to 12-7 all-time in
the semifinal round of the MVC Tournament. The Jays are 11-1 all-time in the
MVC Tournament finals.
-Creighton head coach Greg McDermott would improve to
11-5 in the MVC Tournament, including a 3-2 mark in the semifinal round.
-Creighton would own 78 wins in the past
three years, the best three-year stretch in program history.
-Creighton head coach would win his 170th
game as a head coach in the MVC, 12th in league history, and one more than
legendary Kansas coach Phog Allen.
-Creighton would improve to 9-1 on neutral
courts in the past two years, with only a “neutral” third-round NCAA Tournament
game vs. North Carolina in Greensboro as the only loss.
A Sketch Of Ech
Gregory Echenique had a dominant second
half in Friday’s victory over Drake. In 14 minutes after intermission,
Echenique had 11 points, six rebounds and five blocked shots. He made all four
of his attempts from the floor, including three old-fashioned three-point
plays, and the 2012 MVC Defensive Player of the Year was a major reason that
Drake endured a seven-minute scoreless string.
Echenique’s final line of 11 points, 11
rebounds and six blocked shots hadn’t been done by a Creighton player since Kenny Lawson Jr. had 18 points, 11
rebounds and seven swats at Evansville on Jan. 3, 2010. His six rejections were
the second-most in Tournament history, trailing only the 10 rejections by
Creighton’s Benoit Benjamin in 1984.
Echenique now owns 164 career blocked shots
at Creighton, 10th-most in MVC history.
Just Another 20-Point Game
Doug McDermott’s 23-point effort
on Friday marked the 53rd time in 106 career contests that he’s
scored 20 or more points in a Creighton uniform. He has averaged 18.3 points
per game in six all-time meetings with Indiana State, including a high of 25
and three games of 20 or more.
Recent Champs Meet
semifinal will feature the last two MVC Tournament champions. Creighton won the
event last season, while Indiana State claimed the title in 2011. Both Greg McDermott and Greg Lansing are 5-1 at their current schools in MVC Tourney action, with
one title apiece.
Creighton is second in the nation in field goal percentage,
and has had a better shooting percentage in all 25 of its wins this year. The
only MVC team in history to lead the nation in field goal percentage was
Bradley in 1967-68 (.524), and the only MVC team in history to lead the nation
in three-point percentage was Illinois State in 2002-03 (.440).
18-0 this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the floor.
One Game At A Time
Creighton has won the MVCTournament eight of the last 12
times it has won its first game in St. Louis.
Seven Out Of 14 Tourney Titles
Creighton owns seven league tournament titles in the last
14 years. On a national basis, the only schools that can claim this are Duke
(10), Gonzaga (10), Winthrop (9) and Creighton (7). Creighton’s 11 all-time
Valley Tournament titles are more than twice as many as the next closest
school, Southern Illinois (5).
historical trends that indicate Creighton is a favorite to win the MVC
went 6-3 in its final nine MVC games this year. Each of the last four times the
Jays went exactly 6-3 in its last nine league games, CU won the tournament.
went 4-2 in its final six MVC games this year. Four of the last five times the
Jays went exactly 4-2 in its last six league games, CU won the tournament.
has won the MVC Tournament three of the previous four times its been the top
has won the MVC Tournament four of the last five times it’s had a player
recognized as MVC Player of the Year.
opened MVC play 6-0 this season. Each of CU’s previous two teams to start 5-0
or better in league play would go on to win the MVC Tournament.
6.) Each of the
last two calendar years in which a Conclave convened to elect a new Pope – 1978
and 2005 – the winner of the MVC Men’s Basketball Tournament was Creighton.
Defend A Title
attempting to win back-to-back MVC Tournament titles for the third time in
program history. CU won the 1999 & 2000 crowns, as well as the 2002 &
2003 titles. The only other schools to repeat were Southern Illinois (1993,
1994 & 1995), Illinois State (1997 & 1998) and Northern Iowa (2009
putting the old saying “Defense wins championships” to the test this season.
The Bluejays are leading the MVC in scoring offense this season, averaging 76.0 points per game.
Since 1997-98, seven of the 15 teams to lead
the league in scoring offense went on to win the MVC Tournament (Drake in 2008,
ILS in 1998, CU in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2012). By comparison, only two teams
that led the league in scoring defense won the MVC Tournament (SIU in 2006, UNI
Speaking of offense,
Creighton is second in the nation in field goal percentage at 51.0 percent.
Since 2005-06 there have been seven teams that finished a year
shooting 50.8 percent or better from the field. Six
of those seven teams made the NCAA’s, going 17-4 in the “Big Dance”, and two
(Kansas in 2008 and Florida in 2007) won the national title.
By comparison, 13 teams held foes to 56.0
points per game or less in the same seven-year span. Those teams combined for
just seven NCAA bids and went a combined 7-7 in the Big Dance.
McDermott could join some elite company if he were able to duplicate his Most
Outstanding Player award from last year’s MVC Tournament. In league history,
only Creighton’s Kyle Korver (in 2002 & 2003) has won multiple
MOP trophies at the MVC Tournament.
Last season McDermott joined Adam Emmenecker (2008), Kyle Korver (2002 and
2003), Chris Carr (1995) and Hersey Hawkins (1988) as players
to be named Most Outstanding Player in the same season they’ve earned MVC
Player of the Year accolades.
Doug McDermott has scored 21 or more points in 23 of the
season’s 32 games, and on Friday moved into the top spot on Creighton’s all-time
scoring list with 2,129 career points. He also ranks among the top-scoring
juniors in Creighton history with 747 points this season.
All-Time Creighton Scoring Leaders
1. Doug McDermott, 2010-Pres. 2,129
2. Rodney Buford, 1995-99 2,116
3. Bob Harstad, 1987-91 2,110
Top Junior Scorers, MVC History
978 Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati 1958-59
959 Larry Bird, Indiana State 1977-78
815 Lewis Lloyd, Drake 1979-80
788 Hersey Hawkins, Bradley 1986-87
788 Willie Biles, Tulsa 1972-73
769 Dave Stallworth, Wichita State 1963-64
747 Doug McDermott, Creighton 2012-13
Top Scorers, Creighton Single-Season History
801 Doug McDermott (So.) 2011-12
McDermott (Jr.) 2012-13
738 Bob Portman (Jr.) 1967-68
Harstad (Jr.) 1989-90
All-Time MVC Scoring Leaders
Rk. Name, School Points
1. Hersey Hawkins, Bradley 3,008
5. Mitchell Anderson, Bradley 2,341
6. Steve Harris, Tulsa 2,272
Ryan, Evansville* 2,181
8. Cleo Littleton, Wichita State 2,164
9. Xavier McDaniel, Wichita State 2,152
10. Doug McDermott, Creighton* 2,129
11. Rodney Buford, Creighton 2,116
12. Bob Harstad, Creighton 2,110
Doug McDermott is shooting a ridiculous
48.9 percent from three-point range this year, which is on pace to break his
own Creighton single-season record (.486) done last year. That being said, his
two-point accuracy last week was out of this world as well.
McDermott shot 21-of-23 from two-point range last week, making
his last 16 attempts from two-point range since a first-half miss on Feb. 27 at
Bradley. He was “held” to 5-of-10 shooting from inside the arc by Drake on
Creighton owns a
4-3 record this season against top-50 RPI teams, including double-figure wins
over Wisconsin, Akron and Cal. Doug McDermott has averaged
29.0 points in those contests, scoring 21 or more points in each game, while
shooting 61.9 percent from three-point range (26-42).
Grant Gibbs is well on his
way to leading the MVC in assists for a second-straight season, something that
hasn’t been done
since Illinois State’s Jamar Smiley topped The Valley in three straight campaigns from 1995-98.
Gibbs 190 assists are fourth-most in Creighton single-season history,
and he’s the first man in program history with multiple seasons of 170 assists
or more. When Antoine Young had 195
helpers in 2010-11, it was the most assists by a Bluejay since Randy Eccker had 205 in 1976-77. The
record is held by Ralph Bobik, who
dished 252 assists in 1973-74.
The eight assists by Gibbs on Friday vs. Drake were tied for
second-most in MVC Tournament history by a Creighton player, and hadn’t been
done since Cavel Witter had eight
helpers vs. Bradley on March 7, 2008.
The 700 Club
Creighton junior Doug McDermott leads the MVC with 724
points this season after owning a league-high 801 a year ago. He is the MVC’s
first player with consecutive seasons of 700 points or more since Hersey Hawkins (Bradley, 1986-88). McDermott’s
747 points are second-most in Creighton single-season history, trailing only
his 801 last year.
McDermott has joined Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird, Lewis Lloyd
and Hersey Hawkins as the fifth player in MVC
history with multiple 700-point seasons.
Transfers Doing Well
Two key players in Saturday’s game began their college careers at Gonzaga and
were actually teammates in 2009-10.
Gibbs was with the Bulldogs from 2008-10, where he had 52 points, 46
rebounds and 21 assists in 24 career games. Since transferring to Creighton,
Gibbs owns 521 points, 366 assists and 289 rebounds in 67 career contests. He
was a member of the MVC’s All-Newcomer Team last year and is on pace to lead
the MVC in assists for a second straight season.
Indiana State’s Manny
Arop was at Gonzaga from 2009-11, where he had 235 points, 201 rebounds and
38 assists in 59 games.
The Zags are doing just fine without Gibbs and Arop, owning
a nation-best 29 wins and a No. 1 national ranking.
Board Battle A Must Win
Creighton has posted better rebounding numbers against Indiana State than
anyone else in The Valley in recent seasons. The Sycamores have outrebounded
Creighton just three times in the last 28 meetings. Not surprisingly, the Jays
are 21-7 in those 28 games vs. the Sycamores.
teams are 22-2 this season and 63-14 at Creighton when outrebounding the
Close Games With The Sycamores
Eighteen of the last 40 games between Creighton and Indiana State have been
decided by six points or less. The teams have played a game decided by eight
points or less in 18 of the previous 19 seasons (not including 2012-13).
Before handing CU a 76-57 loss on February 6th, Indiana
State’s five victories over the Jays since 2003 had been by a combined 21
points (2, 2, 3, 6 and 8).
Indiana State coach Greg Lansing is 40-3
as a head coach when his teams hold the opposition to 63 points or less.
Creighton, which ranks 18th nationally with an average of 76.0
points per game, has been held to 63 points or less just three times all
Creighton has won its last 11 meetings with Indiana State
when scoring 65 points or more, but is 2-5 when scoring 64 or less in that
Pick Your Poison
Ethan Wragge leads Creighton with 69 three-pointers this
season, one more than teammate Doug
McDermott’s 68. This is the first time in program history that multiple
Bluejay players have made 68 or more treys in the same season. The only men in
CU history to make 70 treys in a season have been Kyle Korver (3x), Booker
Woodfox, Tad Ackerman and Rod Mason.
Pretty Good Stretch
Creighton owns 54 wins in the last two seasons, 77 wins in
the past three seasons and 95 wins during the last four years. All three totals
are among the best stretches in school history, as seen below
Most Wins, 2-Year Stretch
Most Wins, 3-Year Stretch
Most Wins, 4-Year Stretch
Game of H-O-R-S-E
McDermott led the nation last year with 307 field goals made, and his 260 buckets
this year are once again leading the country. Of
McDermott’s 307 hoops last year, he made 56 baskets with his left hand and used
the glass for 174 of his scores.
Though he’s playing away from the basket even
more this season, his numbers remain impressive, as he’s used this left hand on
24 field goals and banked in a shot 120 times. McDermott’s 260 field goals this
season lead the country, even though he’s 15th nationally with 464 field goal attempts.
No player has led the country in field goals
made in back-to-back seasons since at least 1995-96.
Doug McDermott is Creighton’s only player averaging
in double-figures, but he’s had lots of support to help lead the Jays to 25 wins
Creighton is 13-2 when Gregory Echenique (9.6 ppg.) scores in
double-figures this year.
Creighton is 9-0 when Ethan Wragge (7.7 ppg.) scores in
double-figures this year and 27-1 under Greg
McDermott when he shoots 50 percent or better from three-point range.
Creighton is 8-1 when Austin Chatman (7.7 ppg.) scores in
double-figures this year.
Creighton is 5-2 when Jahenns Manigat (5.8 ppg.) scores in double-figures this year.
Creighton is 13-0
all-time when Avery Dingman (4.2
ppg.) makes multiple three-pointers.
What A Start!
Now in his third year, Greg McDermott is 77-29 on the
Creighton sideline. The 77 wins are easily the most in Creighton history in the
first three seasons. Tom Apke is a
distant second at 60-21. According to research by MVC Associate Commissioner Mike Kern, McDermott’s 77
wins are fourth-most by a Valley coach in his first three years at a school. Ed Jucker and Denny Crum both won
national titles and are MVC Hall of Famers, while Crum is also in the Naismith
and NABC Hall of Fame.
Most Wins, 1st Three Years at an MVC School
W-L Name, School Years
Anderson, Bradley 1948-51
Jucker, Cincinnati 1959-62
Lowery, Southern Illinois 2004-07
McDermott, Creighton 2010-Pres.
Jankovich, Illinois State 2007-10
Crum, Louisville 1971-74
Reserve center Will Artino provided a huge
boost in Friday’s quarterfinal win vs. Drake, scoring a career-high 14 points
and adding six rebounds (five offensive) in 14 minutes of play. Artino has now made 37 of
his last 44 shots from the floor, good for an outstanding 84.1 percent.
Even when Artino misses, it’s not all bad. Creighton has won its
last 24 games when Artino has a missed field goal, and is 29-1 all-time when
Artino has a miss.
utilized the same starting five in every game this season, and four of their
five starters have streaks of 66 or more straight starts. Creighton is one of two teams to
start the same starting five in every game this season, joining Stephen F.
Austin. CU’s starting five has played together as a group for 355 minutes this
season, during which time its outscored the opposition by 128 points.
Consecutive Starts, Creighton (Active)
Off to a 25-7
start overall, Creighton is 10-5 away from home this season. Four of those
victories have come against two Big Ten teams (Wisconsin, Nebraska) and two
Pacific-12 teams (Arizona State, Cal). Impressively, all four BCS wins have
been by double-digits. Creighton is 8-1 in the past two years against BCS
teams, including six victories by double-digits and another triumph by eight.
Away From Home
Creighton won a
school-record 15 games away from home last season. The Jays went 10-3 in true
road games and were also 5-1 on neutral floors. Creighton’s lone neutral-site
loss came to North Carolina in a not-so “neutral” Greensboro, N.C., in the
third round of the NCAA Tournament.
This year’s team is 10-5 away from home,
with four of those victories against a BCS school (Wisconsin, Arizona State,
Nebraska, Cal) by double-digits, a 22-point win at Missouri State, a
seven-point win at Illinois State, a 30-point win at Southern Illinois, a three-point win at Evansville and an
18-point triumph at Bradley.
Each of Creighton’s last nine
NCAA Tournament teams have won 10 or more games away from home, and eight of
those teams had a winning record in true road contests.
You can make a
case that Creighton has boasted the nation’s best offensive production so far
Through games of March 8th at 5 pm, Creighton was second
in the country in field goal percentage (51.0), tops in two-point field goal
percentage (57.0), second in the nation in three-point percentage (41.7) and
sixth in three-pointers per game (8.7).
According to data from bbstate.com, no team since at least 2005-06 has
shot better than 58.7 from two-point range.
Last season Creighton ranked third
nationally in three-point percentage, making 42.4 percent from downtown.
The only team to ever lead the nation in
both 3-pointers per game and 3-point percentage was Princeton in 1987-88.
The only team to ever lead the nation in
both field goal percentage and three-point percentage was Northern Arizona
Creighton tends to play at a faster pace and have more possessions than the
average school, Bluejay coaches place significant emphasis on stats like
average points per possession, with data that can be found on a site such as bbstate.com.
Creighton’s offense is still clicking as one of the nation’s best,
but the team has made huge strides on the defensive end of the floor, jumping
from 222nd last year to 98th this season.
All but eight of Creighton’s opponents have been held under 1.03
points per possession this season.
Points Per Possession
2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
Offense 1.065 1.150 1.152
Offense Rank 46th 2nd 3rd
Defense 1.006 1.014 0.950
Defense Rank 192nd 222nd 98th
Postseason x 15
Creighton has made the postseason in 15 consecutive
seasons, the longest streak of postseason bids in MVC history.
The only eight
schools to make the postseason in each of the last 15 years are Creighton,
Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky,Michigan State and Syracuse.
Creighton’s brought some big crowds to Arch Madness in the
past, but this year’s numbers are staggering even by their lofty standards. An estimated 5,000-to-6,000
fans make the trek from Omaha to the Gateway City, including about 600-700
students. Don’t take our word for it…here’s what others tweeted during Friday’s
Emmert (Des Moines Register) - This sure feels like a Creighton
home game, but you know the Wichita fans will be rooting for #Drake
if Bulldogs keep it close.
Dannen (UNI Athletic Director) - The Creighton MBB following at
is phenomenal. Very impressive.
Reynolds (Peoria Journal Star) - Pretty amazing to see the
Creighton presence at Scottrade Center. Their blue-clad fans encompass at least
half of the lower bowl.
Pivovar (Omaha World-Herald) – Drake fans outnumbered about 500
to 1 today.
Shatel (Omaha World-Herald) – Best Creighton crowd in St.
Louis. By Far. Surround sound.