#11/12 Men's Basketball Hosts Seton Hall on Sunday
February 23, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
CREIGHTON SPORTS RELEASE
2013-14 Creighton Men’s Basketball
Game #27 • Seton Hall at #11/12 Creighton • Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014 • 4:02 pm
Seton Hall Pirates at #11/12 Creighton Bluejays
CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,390) • Omaha, Neb.
Radio:?KOZN 1620 AM, www.1620thezone.com
TV: FOX Sports Midwest
Series History: Seton Hall leads, 6-2
Last Meeting: ?Creighton 79, Seton Hall 66 on 1/4/14 in Newark, N.J.
Winners of seven of its last eight, #11/12 Creighton (22-4, 12-2 BIG EAST) enters the home stretch of its conference schedule with a Sunday afternoon home game vs. Seton Hall (14-12, 5-8 BIG EAST).
Tip-off at CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,390) in Omaha, Neb., is set for 4:02 pm.
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 2 p.m.
Following the game, Tim Krueger and Heath Gunderson will host “Overtime” for approximately one hour, while also taking calls from listeners.
Sunday’s game will be broadcast on FOX Sports Midwest (Nebraska only), with Jason Benetti and Greg Kelser on the call.
In addition to Fox Sports Midwest in Nebraska, Sunday’s game also airs live on Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports Detroit, Fox Sports North, Fox Sports Oklahoma, Fox Sports South (Kentucky only), Fox Sports Southwest, Fox Sports West, Fox Sports Wisconsin, Sports Time Ohio, Sportsouth, Sun Sports, MSG Network, Root Sports (Northwest, Pittsburgh and Rocky Mountain Regions), Cox Sports Northeast, WPWR MyNet (Chicago), WDCA MyNet (Washington) and WTXF Fox (Philadelphia).
The game will also air on DirecTV channel 680 (680-1 in HD), Dish Network channel 445 (HD 9515) and AT&T U-Verse channel 692 (HD 1692).
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.
McDermott Bobble Heads on Sunday
Early-arriving fans arriving to CenturyLink Center Omaha for Sunday’s game vs. Seton Hall could end up with a one-of-a-kind collectable.
A limited number of Doug McDermott bobble heads will be given to fans upon arrival at three CenturyLink Center Omaha entrances – the main entrance off of 10th Street, the attached-garage entrance adjacent to the Mutual of Omaha display and the Lot A entrance – until the supply is exhausted.
Tip-off is set for 4 pm. Doors open at 2:30 pm.
Scouting #11/12 Creighton
Creighton owns a 22-4 record, including double-digit wins over top-65 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 12-2 league mark, one-half game ahead of No. 9 Villanova. The Bluejays own wins by 28 and 21 points over the Wildcats, and victories over preseason league favorite Marquette by 18 and 15, as well.
Seven-time BIG EAST Player of the Week Doug McDermott (25.8 ppg., 7.1 rpg., 44.8 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 five wins, and three victories overall this year.
Austin Chatman (7.6 ppg., 3.4 rpg., 4.3 apg.) and Jahenns Manigat (7.7 ppg., 44.4 3FG%) help man the Bluejay backcourt and have combined for 193 assists against just 63 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 8.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists in five games since then.
Helping to replace Gregory Echenique at the “5” spot have been the duo of Ethan Wragge (11.4 ppg., 49.4 3FG%) and Will Artino (6.3 ppg., 68.0 FG%). Wragge ranks in the top-seven nationally in three-point percentage and three-pointers made per game, while Artino had his first career double-double on Feb. 13 at Butler.
Scouting Seton Hall
Seton Hall is 14-12 on the season, including a 5-8 mark in BIG EAST action.
Thie Pirates own a 4-4 road record this season, including victories at Xavier, Providence, Rutgers and Georgetown.
Senior swingman Fuquan Edwin led the Pirates in scoring last year and is first again this season at 14.5 points per contest. He also owns a league-high 64 steals.
Texas transfer Sterling Gibbs has made an immediate impact, scoring 14.3 per game while also dishing a club-best 111 assists.
Brian Oliver leads the team with 72 three-point baskets and is third on the team with 11.6 points per game.
As a team, Seton Hall averages 74.2 points per game while allowing 70.7 per contest. The Pirates shoot 45.8 percent from the field, 36.6 percent from three-point land and 72.5 percent at the line.
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 102-34 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 382-220 in his 20th season and is 251-165 in his 13th Division I?campaign. McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries, Steve Lutz and Patrick Sellers.
Kevin Willard (Pittsburgh, 1997) owns a 63-61 record in his fourth season at Seton Hall, which moves his career mark to 108-110 in seven years. He came to Seton Hall after a three-year stint as Iona head coach. Willard is assisted by Shaheen Holloway, Fred Hill and Oliver Antigua.
The Series With?Seton Hall
Seton Hall leads the all-time series with Creighton, 6-2, though the teams have never played in Omaha.
Before Creighton’s win last month, the teams had met just once in the last 62 years, a 1991 NCAA Tournament contest in Salt Lake City won by the Pirates.
Greg McDermott is 1-0 against Seton Hall and coach Kevin Willard. Willard is 1-1 all-time against Creighton, leading his 2009-10 Iona team to a 63-55 win over the Bluejays at the Old Spice Classic near Orlando, Fla.
-Doug McDermott (2,888 points) is 26 points away from tying Alfredrick Hughes (2,914) for 10th on the NCAA’s all-time scoring list.
• Austin Chatman (329 assists) is three helpers shy of 332 assists, which could move him into a tie for 10th in Creighton history.
-Ethan Wragge is four rebounds shy of 400 in his career.
-Creighton can set a CenturyLink Center Omaha record with its 17th straight home win.
When Creighton hosts Seton Hall this weekend, Bluejay guard Devin Brooks will recognize a familiar face on the Seton Hall sideline.
Seton Hall assistant coach Oliver Antigua coached Brooks in high school at St. Raymond’s in the Bronx.
One other face that Creighton fans might recognize is that of Seton Hall big man Eugene Teague who began his college career (as Gene Teague) by playing in 48 games at Creighton’s former MVC rival Southern Illinois from 2009-11.
As a Saluki, Teague averaged 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds in three meetings against the Bluejays, all Creighton wins. He missed the first meeting this season due to injury.
Doug McDermott continues his chase to become the eighth man in NCAA Division I history to reach 3,000 career points.
He enters Sunday’s game just 112 points shy and has four BIG EAST games, at least one BIG EAST Tournament game, and likely at least one postseason game to go, as well.
It’s worth noting that McDermott has scored 19 points or more in 24-of-26 games this season, and has accumulated 115 points over the course of his last four games.
Top Scorers, Nationally
Doug McDermott enters Sunday’s game ranked first nationally in scoring at 25.8 points per game after passing Niagara’s Antoine Mason, son of former NBA big man Anthony Mason Jr. Mason, coincidentally, opened his season vs. Seton Hall and had 34 points against the Pirates.
McDermott has had 25 or more points in each of his last six games, an incredible streak even by the lofty expectations bestowed on him.
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 25.8 2/23
2. Antoine Mason, Niagara 25.5 2/22
3. Billy Baron, Canisius 24.9 2/22
4. Tyler Haws, BYU 23.6 2/22
5. Aaric Murray, Texas Southern 23.5 2/22
McDermott’s Quest For The Top 10
Creighton senior Doug McDermott enters Sunday’s game 11th in NCAA history with 2,888 career points.
By comparison, when McDermott faced Seton Hall on January 4th, he entered that day 51st in NCAA history with 2,532 career points.
McDermott, who passed Otis Birdsong (2,832) and Larry Bird (2,850) vs. Villanova on Feb. 16th, can pass Alfredrick Hughes (2,914) with 27 points to move up to 10th 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.
Wragge Shoots Lights Out, Again
Ethan Wragge scored 22 points on just eight shots Wednesday night. He sank six shots from three-point range and was also perfect in four free throw attempts.
It was the third 20-point game of the season and sixth of his career, but first time he’s done it on fewer than 10 shots.
Wednesday also marked the seventh time in his career that he’s made six or more three-pointers in the same contest.
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.
“Off” Weeks Are Still Pretty Good
Doug McDermott has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week seven of the first 14 weeks of the seson.
In the seven weeks he has NOT been named league player of the week, his numbers are still worthy of All-American consideration. In those seven weeks, spanning 12 games, he’s averaged 23.0 points and 7.1 rebounds per game while shooting 47.1 percent from the field and 92.0 percent at the line.
McDermott Fan Club President?
You can’t be much more effusive with praise about a player than Villanova coach Jay Wright was after last Sunday’s game when asked about Doug McDermott passing Larry Bird.
“I think he’s as complete a player, and I do not use that term loosely, with size, as I’ve ever seen. With 6-8, 6-9, there’s nothing he can’t do. He can take you off the dribble. He guards, he’s tough as hell guarding. He defends. He rebounds. He moves without the ball. He seals. He’s the best post player that we’ve played against and he’s the best perimeter player, and maybe one of the best passers, and he’s 6-8, 6-9. I think he’s as good a basketball player as I’ve seen.”
Sponsored By The Letter Z
With starting guards Jahenns Manigat and Grant Gibbs sidelined by foul trouble, Isaiah Zierden made the most of some extended playing time last Sunday vs. No. 6 Villanova.
Playing a career-high 24 minutes, Zierden added a career-best 13 points on 4-of-5 shooting from the floor and 4-for-5 accuracy at the line.
Making the day all the more special was the fact that his father, was watching his son play a college game in person for just the second time. His father, Don Zierden, is a Washington Wizards assistant coach who had a break from work due to the NBA’s All-Star break.
Big Win At Marquette
Creighton’s victory on Wednesday at Marquette was a rare lopsided home loss for the Golden Eagles.
The 85-70 setback was the largest home conference loss for Marquette in its BIG EAST history, and biggest margin of defeat in a conference home loss since February of 2005 when it fell to UAB.
The Golden Eagles had been 23-1 in its previous 24 BIG EAST home games.
Creighton has shot better than 60 percent from the field and 50 percent from three-point land in each of its last two games, wins over defensive-minded teams from Villanova and Marquette.
It’s the first time the Bluejays have shot over 60 percent overall and 50 percent from deep in back-to-back contests, ever.
Creighton has shot 60 percent or better in 13 of 136 games under Greg McDermott, nearly 10 percent of its games