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Men's Basketball Faces Tough Test at BIG EAST Favorite Marquette

February 19, 2014
INDIANA SPORTS PAGE



CREIGHTON SPORTS RELEASE

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”, hosted by Josh Peterson and former Bluejay Josh Dotzler, begins at 6 p.m.
    Following the game, Tim Krueger and Heath Gunderson will host “Overtime” for approximately one hour, while also taking calls from listeners.

Broadcast Information
Wednesday’s game will be broadcast nationwide on FOX Sports 1, with Wayne Larrivee and Bill Raftery on the call.

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 #11/12 Creighton
Creighton owns a 21-4 record, including double-digit wins over top-60 RPI teams in Nebraska, Arizona State, Cal, Xavier, Butler, Georgetown and Villanova (twice).
    The Bluejays are in first place in their first BIG EAST campaign with a 11-2 league mark, one-half game ahead of No. 9 Villanova. The Bluejays own wins by 28 and 21 points over the Wildcats this season.
    Seven-time BIG EAST Player of the Week Doug McDermott (25.9 ppg., 7.0 rpg., 44.4 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, has scored 19 or more points in all but two games this year, and owns nine games of 30 or more points. He’s also hit game-winning shots in two of CU’s last four wins, and three victories overall this year.
    Austin Chatman (7.5 ppg., 3.6 rpg., 4.4 apg.) and Jahenns Manigat (7.7 ppg., 44.1 3FG%) help man the Bluejay backcourt and have combined for 186 assists against just 61 turnovers this year. Grant Gibbs (6.6 ppg., 4.4 apg., 3.8 rpg.) suffered a dislocated kneecap on Jan. 7 at DePaul, but returned to the line-up one month later and has averaged 8.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists in four games since then.
    Helping to replace Gregory Echenique at the “5” spot have been the duo of Ethan Wragge (11.0 ppg., 48.3 3FG%) and Will Artino (6.4 ppg., 68.4 FG%). Wragge ranks in the top-10 nationally in three-point percentage and three-pointers made per game, while Artino had his first career double-double last Thursday at Butler.

Scouting Marquette
The preseason favorite to win the BIG EAST Conference, Marquette brings a 15-10 record into Wednesday, including a 7-5 league mark featuring a season-best three-game win streak.
    Davante Gardner (14.7 ppg., 5.9 rpg.) leads the team in scoring and rebounding while Jamil Wilson (12.2 ppg., 5.4 rpg.) and Todd Mayo (9.7 ppg.) are close behind.
    As a team, Marquette averages 71.1 points per game while yielding just 65.4 per contest. The Golden Eagles shoot 44.3 percent from the field, 30.8 percent from deep and 69.8 percent at the line.

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 100-34 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 380-220 in his 20th season and is 249-165 in his 13th Division I?campaign. McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries, Steve Lutz and Patrick Sellers.
    Buzz Williams (Oklahoma City, 1994) owns a 137-64 mark in his sixth season at Marquette, part of an impressive run that has seen the Golden Eagles reach the NCAA Tournament each season and three straight trips to the Sweet 16 or beyond. Williams was also head coach at New Orleans from 2006-07, giving him a 151-81 mark in seven seasons as a head coach. He is assisted by Brad Autry, Isaac Chew and Jerry Wainwright.

The Series With?Marquette
Marquette leads the series with Creighton by a 48-29 margin, including a 29-10 edge in Milwaukee. CU’s last win in Milwaukee came in 1988.
    The teams met 42 times between 1950 and 1988, but the series was discontinued once Marquette dropped its indepedent status and joined the Midwestern Collegiate Conference in 1988.
    Greg McDermott is 1-0 against Buzz Williams and Marquette, while Williams is 0-1 when facing Creighton.

Milestone Watch
-Doug McDermott (2,863 points) is 10 points shy of passing Tyler Hansbrough (2,872) for 12th in NCAA history and 22 ahead of Elvin Hayes (2,884) away for 11th place.
• Austin Chatman (327 assists) is six helpers shy of 332 assists, which could move him into a in 10th in Creighton history.
-Ethan Wragge’s next attempt from three-point range will be his 700th. Wragge is also seven rebounds from 400 in his career.
-Grant Gibbs’ next three-pointer will be the 50th of his Creighton career.
-Will Artino is 15 points shy of 400 in his career.

Top Scorers, Nationally
Doug McDermott enters Wednesday’s game ranked first nationally in scoring at 25.9 points per game after passing Niagara’s Antoine Mason, son of former NBA big man Anthony Mason Jr.
    McDermott ranked third nationally as a sophomore (22.9 ppg.) before moving up to second place as a junior (23.2 ppg.).
    Below is a list of the nation’s five top scorers:
Rank    Name, School    PPG    Next Game
    1.    Doug McDermott, Creighton    25.9    2/19
    2.    Antoine Mason, Niagara    25.6    2/20
    3.    Billy Baron, Canisius    24.6    2/20
    4.    Tyler Haws, BYU    24.1    2/20
    5.    Aaric Murray, Texas Southern    23.5    2/22

McDermott’s Quest For The Top 10
Creighton senior Doug McDermott enters Wednesday’s game 13th in NCAA history with 2,863 career points.
    McDermott, who passed Otis Birdsong (2,832) and Larry Bird (2,850) vs. Villanova on Feb. 16th, can pass Tyler Hansbrough (2,872) with 10 points and Elvin Hayes (2,884) with 22 points to move up to 11th place.
    McDermott is already 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 J.J. Redick, Elgin Baylor, Bill Bradley, Sean Elliott, Jimmer Fredette, Joe Dumars, Calbert Cheaney, Don MacLean, Keith Van Horn, Stephen Curry, David Robinson, Hank Gathers and Wayman Tisdale 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.

Player of the Week x 7
Doug McDermott’s awards haul continued on Monday when he was named BIG EAST Player of the Week as well as National Player of the Week from NBCSports.com, CBSSports.com the Naismith Trophy and the USBWA.
    It’s the seventh time this season McDermott’s been named BIG EAST Player of the Year. That’s a league record.
    This is the third time in seven weeks CBSSports.com named McDermott the National Player of the Week.
    This is the second time this season McDermott’s been named National Player of the Week by NBCSports.com and the USBWA.
    Keep in mind, there’s also been two other weeks that McDermott has been named ESPN.com National Player of the Week.
    McDermott averaged 32.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in wins last week at Butler and at home over No. 6 Villanova.


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