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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 78-29 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 358-224 in 19 seasons and is 227-160 in 12 Division I campaigns.
McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries,Steve LutzandSteve Merfeld.
Mac’s Title Teams
Greg McDermott won the 2004
MVC Tournament title with UNI in a double-overtime victory vs. Missouri State,
then claimed the 2012 title with Creighton in an overtime game vs. Illinois
State last season. McDermott is the only man in league history to win a Valley
Tournament title at multiple schools, and also the only man to win a pair of
overtime title tilts. This year’s Creighton team has not played an overtime
Series History vs. the Shockers
Creighton leads the all-time series with
Wichita State by a 54-45 margin. The Jays have won 30-of-41 and 37-of-51 vs.
the Shockers in recent seasons. Greg McDermott is
9-8 all-time vs. Wichita State (2-4 as Creighton coach), but has never met the
Shockers in St. Louis.
McDermott is 2-4 against Gregg Marshall. Marshall is 6-7 against Creighton, and 0-1 in St.
Louis against the Jays.
is 5-1 all-time vs. Wichita State at the MVC Tournament, including a win in the
championship game in 1981. The last time these teams met in St. Louis, MVC
Player of the Year Booker Woodfox
drained a buzzer-beating jumper from the right wing to give CU a 63-62 victory
in the 2009 quarterfinals.
More Finals Tidbits
Creighton is 11-1 all-time in the MVC
Tournament finals, including a perfect 8-0 mark in St. Louis. The only team to
defeat CU in a final was the 1984 Tulsa team, which was playing a home game.
State, on the other hand, is 2-2 all-time when playing for the championship,
including an 0-2 mark in St. Louis. WSU’s only tournament titles came in 1985
& 1987, both games contested in Tulsa, Okla.
Horseshoes &Hand Grenades
Creighton and Wichita State have played 30 games decided by 12 points or less
during the 40 matchups since 1994-95. CU has gone 24-6 in those games.
Additionally, Creighton is 13-4 since 1994-95 in games vs.
Wichita State decided by four points or less.
In his Wichita State career, Gregg Marshall is 2-4 in games decided by four points or less vs.
Creighton and 17-27 overall in such contests.
Keep The Shockers Under 70
Since 1994-95, Creighton owns a 29-11 mark against Wichita State. One common
theme for the Bluejays in those contests has been tenacious defense.
In that time, Creighton is 26-5 in the 31 match-ups when
holding the Shockers under 70 points, but just 3-6 when WSU scores 70 or more.
Creighton has overcome a double-digit deficit to beat Wichita State six times
since 2003, including last season’s meeting at Charles Koch Arena. It also
includes a 57-55 Bluejay win over the Shockers on Jan. 28, 2006 in which WSUhad led 25-6 before eventually falling on a
buzzer-beater by CU’s Anthony Tolliver.
That remains the largest comeback victory in CenturyLink Center Omaha history.
Below is a list of those comebacks, listed by by size of the margin overcome: Overcoming 10+ Point Deficits vs. WSU
DateOpponent DeficitFinal Score 01/28/06Wichita State19CU
03/09/03vs.Wichita State13CU 70-69
12/31/11at Wichita State11CU
02/16/05at Wichita State10CU
Buzzer Beaters Galore
Nine of the last 17 Creighton/Wichita State games have been decided in the
On Jan. 28, 2006 in Omaha, Creighton’s AnthonyTolliver hit a 15-foot
baseline jumper as time expired to give the Bluejays a 57-55 win, capping
a comeback from an early 25-6 deficit.
In the rematch onFeb.
14, 2006 in Wichita, Matt Braeuer
drained a three-pointer with 0.5 seconds left in overtime to give the Shockers
a 62-61 triumph.
On Jan. 15, 2007 in Wichita, Nate Funk’s game-tying trey in the final seconds was blocked by PJCouisnard as WSUwon 62-59.
On Jan. 12, 2008 in Wichita, Gal Mekel missed a three-pointer as time expired as Creighton won,
In the Feb. 2, 2008 meeting in Omaha, Creighton overcame a
54-39 deficit in the final nine minutes to win a 65-63 contest. Dane Watts scored the go-ahead tip-in
with 16.7 seconds left, then took a charge on WSUguard Gal Mekel
with 11.1 seconds remaining.
The 2009 MVCTournament might have
been the most dramatic finish of them all. Wichita State overcame a 22-point
second-half deficit to go ahead 62-61 on a Toure’
Murry three-pointer with 7.1 seconds left. Creighton would miss a shot as
the clock ran to 0.0, only to have 1.9 seconds put back on the clock after a
review of courtside monitors. Bluejay star BookerWoodfox would then catch an inbounds
pass and drain a shot as time expired, giving Creighton the one-point victory.
On Jan. 16, 2010, Creighton held a four-point lead before
WSU’s Clevin Hannah buried a
three-pointer with 13.1 seconds left. Clinging to a tenuous 57-56 lead,
Creighton played keep away as an anticipated foul from the Shockers never came.
On Feb. 23, 2011 in Wichita, Shocker senior Aaron Ellis sank a lay-up with 1.5
seconds left to give Wichita State a 67-65 lead. Doug McDermott missed a 30-footer off the rim as time expired. The
game featured 16 ties and 17 lead changes, and neither team led by more than
On Jan. 19, 2013 in Wichita, Creighton’s Ethan Wragge missed a pair of
game-tying three-point attempts in the final 10 seconds as WSU held on for a
Recapping This Season’s Meetings
The home team won both meetings this season. Wichita State
won a 67-64 decision in Wichita on Jan. 19th before the Jays
answered with a 91-79 triumph to win the regular-season title in Omaha last
Saturday. Doug McDermott scored 41
points in the most recent meeting on 15-of-18 shooting in a vintage performance
that some have called the best in school history.
MVC Tournament History
Creighton owns a 42-20 all-time record in MVC Tournament
play. Creighton’s 11 MVC Tournament titles are six more than any other school,
while its 42 wins and .677 winning percentage in league tourney action is also
Creighton is 19-12
in the quarterfinals, 12-7 in the semifinals and 11-1 in championship games
History As A Top Seed
Creighton is 10-1 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 two wins this weekend.
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 seed is 44-14).
No. 1 seed has won at least one game in all 37 MVC tournaments, reached the
final in six of the last seven seasons and won the title in three of the
previous five years.
No. 1 vs. No. 2
Seed For The Title
Sunday will mark the first time since 2010 that the top two
seeds will play for the MVC Tournament trophy. In 2010, top-seeded UNI defeated
Wichita State, 67-52. The No. 1 seed is 4-9 all-time in championship game
match-ups with the No. 2 seed.
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 5 pm
-Creighton owns a top-40 RPI and ranks tied
for fourth nationally with 26 Division I wins.
-Creighton is 3-3 against
the top-50 and 9-5 against the top-100.
-Creighton is 11-5
away from home this season. No BCS teams nationwide have more than 11
road/neutral victories this year.
seven true road wins are more than as BCS teams NC State 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.
-Creighton also defeated
current MAC leader Akron and preseason league favorites Saint Joseph’s and
North Texas, all at home.
-Creighton is fourth in the
nation in 3-point percentage, second in field goal percentage, first in 2-point
percentage and seventh in points scored.
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
improved to 7-1 al-time vs. Indiana State at the MVC Tournament with a 64-43
win yesterday. Each of the seven previous meetings, the CU-ISU winner would go
on to win the tournament.
-Creighton is 16-2 in five MVC Tournaments
with an MVC Player of the Year on its roster, including titles in four of the
last five occurrences.
-Creighton and Wichita State have met six
times previously in the MVC Tournament. The Jays scored exactly 70 points in
five of them.
With A Win
With a win on Sunday,
Creighton would improve to 27-7 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 43-20 all-time
in MVC Tournament action. Both the 43 wins, 12 titles and the .683 win
percentage would be tops in event history.
-Creighton would improve to 12-7 all-time in
the final round of the MVC Tournament, including 10 straight title game
-Creighton head coach Greg McDermottwould improve to
12-5 in the MVC Tournament, including a 3-0 mark in the final round.
-A third MVC Tournament title by Greg
McDermott would tie him with Rich Herrin
(SIU) for second-most in tourney history. Only McDermott’s predecessor at
Creighton, Dana Altman, has more
-Creighton would own 79 wins in the past
three years, the best three-year stretch in program history.
-Creighton would improve to 10-1 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.
Title Sweep Possible?
defeated Wichita State last Saturday to win the outright MVC regular-season
title. With a win on Sunday, the Jays would become the fourth team in program
history with an outright title and the tournament title, joining the 1991, 1989
and 1978 squads. The last time Creighton shared a regular-season title and won
Arch Madness was in 2002.
Repeat After Me
join some elite company on Sunday as the seventh team in MVC history to repeat
as Arch Madness champions. Creighton also did it in 1999 & 2000 and 2002
& 2003. The last time any league school did it was UNI in 2009 & 10.
What A Year!
In addition to
winning the men’s basketball regular-season title, Creighton’s men’s soccer and
women’s volleyball teams also claimed the MVC regular-season and Tournament
titles this academic year. On Saturday, Creighton’s women’s basketball team
defeated Southern Illinois to clinch a share of its Valley regular-season women’s
basketball title with Wichita State.
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 owns 165 career blocked
shots at Creighton, 10th-most in MVC history.
Nearing 1,000 Points & 1,000
Gregory Echenique had his
second-straight double-figure scoring game on Saturday, and now owns 975 career
points at Creighton. He also scored 358 points at Rutgers before transferring
to CU in 2009. Echenique also owns 967 career rebounds (645 at Creighton) and
has a chance to be a rare 1,000 – 1,000 point/rebound guy.
Just Another 20-Point Game
Doug McDermott’s 23-point effort on Friday and
25 more on Saturday give him 54 career games with 20 or more points in 107
career contests. 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.
McDermott averages 20.13 points per game in 107 career outings.
That figure ranks fourth in Bluejay history, just behind Valley Hall of Famers Bob Portman (24.68), Paul Silas (20.51) and Bob Gibson (20.19). Gibson played a
year on the Harlem Globetrotters after leaving Creighton before enjoying a
standout professional baseball with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Wooden Award Finalist
Doug McDermott was named one of 15 finalists for the John R.
Wooden Award on Saturday, which is bestowed to the nation’s best player. McDermott
is the only man who was also a finalist last season that is up for this year’s
award, as well.
Doug McDermott averages 23.4 points per game while also
shooting 56.5 percent from the floor. He is the nation’s only player shooting
50 percent or better while scoring at a clip of 19.5 points per game or better.
McDermott was the only player last year to shoot 52.0 percent or better and
average 19.5 points per game last season, as well.
Creighton won its first MVC
Tournament game 65-53 and its second game by a 64-43 margin. Only seven teams
have previously won a title with every game by 10 or more points, most recently
UNI in 2010. Creighton has done that once, with that coming in 2005.
Creighton is second in the nation in field goal percentage,
and has had a better shooting percentage in all 26 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).
Creighton is 19-0
this season when shooting 50 percent or better from the floor.
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 75.6 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.
McDermottcould 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 24 of the
season’s 33 games, and on Friday moved into the top spot on Creighton’s all-time
scoring list with 2,129 career points (he now owns 2,154 points). He also ranks
among the top-scoring juniors in Creighton and MVC history with 772 points this
season, and can break his single-season scoring record with 29 or more points
Doug McDermott is shooting a ridiculous 50.7
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’s been held to 7-for-13 shooting from two-point range at Arch
McDermott made 6-of-7 three-point shots in Saturday’s win vs.
Indiana State, missing only a wide open shot from the corner in his sixth
attempt. McDermott’s six treys were the most by any Valley player in a
Tournament contest since Champ Oguchi
had six vs. Creighton in 2009.
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 195 assists are tied for third-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 (and nation) with
772 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
772 points are second-most in Creighton single-season history, trailing only
his 801 last year.
McDermott has joined Oscar Robertson, Larry Bird and Hersey Hawkins as the fourth player in MVC history with multiple
770-point seasons. With 28 points or more on Sunday, McDermott can join Bird
and Robertson as the only players in MVC history with multiple 800-point
Pretty Good Stretch
Creighton owns 55 wins in the last two seasons, 78 wins in
the past three seasons and 96 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 268 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 121 times. McDermott’s 268 field goals this season lead
the country, even though he’s 14th nationally with 474 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 26 wins already.
Creighton is 14-2 when Gregory Echenique(9.6 ppg.) scores in
double-figures this year.
Creighton is 9-0 when Ethan Wragge (7.5 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 (7.6 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 (4.1 ppg.) makes multiple
Pick Your Poison
Doug McDermottleads Creighton with 74 three-pointers this
season, five more than teammate Ethan
Wragge’s 69. This is the first time in program history that multiple
Bluejay players have made 69 or more treys in the same season. The only previous
men in CU history to make 70 treys in a season have been Kyle Korver (3x), Booker
Woodfox, TadAckerman and Rod Mason.
What A Start!
Now in his third year, Greg McDermott is 78-29 on the
Creighton sideline. The 78 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 78
wins are tied for third-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. A
victory on Sunday would give McDermott 79 victories, most by any MVC coach in
his first three years at a school in more than 50 years.
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 39 of
his last 51 shots from the floor, good for an outstanding 76.5 percent.
Even when Artino misses, it’s not all bad. Creighton has won its last
25 games when Artino has a missed field goal, and is 30-1 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 68 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 371 minutes this season,
during which time its outscored the opposition by 148 points.
Off to a 26-7 start
overall, Creighton is 11-5 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 11-5 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, prior to posting two double-digit wins at Arch
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 9th at 5 pm, Creighton was second
in the country in field goal percentage (51.0), tops in two-point field goal
percentage (57.0), fourth in the nation in three-point percentage (42.0) 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 94th this season.
All but eight of Creighton’s opponents have been held under 1.03
points per possession this season.
Points Per Possession
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
quarterfinal win vs. Drake:
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.
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