CREIGHTON: Men's Basketball Visits Georgetown on Tuesday Night
March 4, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
CREIGHTON SPORTS RELEASE
2013-14 Creighton Men’s Basketball
Game #29 • #9/10 Creighton at Georgetown • Tuesday, March 4, 2014 • 6:02 pm CST
#9/10 Creighton Bluejays at Georgetown Hoyas
Verizon Center (20,600) • Washington, D.C.
Radio:?KOZN 1620 AM, www.1620thezone.com
TV: FOX Sports 1
Series History: Creighton leads, 2-0
Last Meeting: ?Creighton 76, Georgetown 63 on 1/25/14 in Omaha, Neb.
No. 9/10 Creighton (23-5, 13-3 BIG EAST) continues its quest for the school’s first BIG EAST Conference title in any sport with a road test at Georgetown (16-12, 7-9 BIG EAST) on Tuesday night.
Tip-off at Verizon Center (20,600) in Washington D.C., is set for 6:02 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”, hosted by Josh Peterson and former Bluejay Josh Dotzler, will not air on Tuesday.
Following the game, Tim Krueger and Heath Gunderson will host “Overtime” for approximately one hour, while also taking calls.
Tuesday’s game will be televised by FOX Sports 1 and announced by Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery.
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 #9/10 Creighton
Creighton owns a 23-5 record, including double-digit wins over top-68 RPI teams in Nebraska, Arizona State, Cal, Xavier, Butler, Georgetown and Villanova (twice).
The Bluejays are one game out of first place in their first BIG EAST campaign with a 13-3 league mark. The Bluejays own wins by 28 and 21 points over first-place Villanova, and victories over preseason league favorite Marquette by 18 and 15, as well.
Seven-time BIG EAST Player of the Week Doug McDermott (26.0 ppg., 7.0 rpg., 44.1 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 three game-winning shots this year.
Austin Chatman (7.3 ppg., 3.4 rpg., 4.3 apg.) and Jahenns Manigat (7.4 ppg., 42.7 3FG%) help man the Bluejay backcourt and have combined for 28 assists against just 69 turnovers this year. Grant Gibbs (7.1 ppg., 4.1 apg., 3.5 rpg.) suffered a dislocated kneecap on Jan. 7 at DePaul, but returned to the line-up one month later and has averaged 9.3 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists in seven games since then.
Creighton’s starting ‘5’ is Ethan Wragge (11.3 ppg., 3.9 rpg.), a 6-foot-7 sharpshooter who has made only two two-point baskets all season while shooting 49.2 percent from three-point range in 191 attempts.
Georgetown is 16-12 on the season, including a 7-9 mark in BIG EAST play. The Hoyas are 11-3 at home, where they average 8,892 fans per game.
Markel Starks (17.0 ppg.) leads the team in scoring and also tops the club with 108 assists on the year. His backcourt mate, D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera is another high scorer (16.9 ppg.) and leads the club in steals (34), three-pointers (53) and free throws (132).
Jabril Trawick, who missed the first Creighton meeting with a broken jaw, averages 8.6 points and 3.0 rebounds per game inside.
As a team, the Hoyas average 71.0 points per game while shooting 45.8 percent from the field, 32.3 percent from downtown and 72.3 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 103-35 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 383-221 in his 20th season and is 252-166 in his 13th Division I?campaign. McDermott is assisted by Darian DeVries, Steve Lutz and Patrick Sellers.
John Thompson III (Princeton, 1988) is 225-101 in his 10th season at Georgetown, moving his career mark to 293-143 in 14 seasons overall. He is the son of legendary Hoyas head coach John Thompson, and is assisted by Kevin Broadus, Tavaras Hardy and Kevin Sutton.
The Series With?Georgetown
Creighton has won both previous meetings with Georgetown, an 80-79 victory on Dec. 30, 1970 in West Palm Beach, Fla., as part of the Gold Coast Classic, and a 76-63 win in Omaha in January.
Greg McDermott is 1-1 all-time against Georgetown and coach John Thompson III, losing 54-49 in a first round game that took place in the 2006 NCAA Tournament before getting revenge in January. Thompson is 0-1 against Creighton.
-Will Artino is one point shy of 400 in his career.
-Ethan Wragge is two free throws made of 100 in his career.
-Jahenns Manigat is four three-pointers shy of 200 in his career and one free throw shy of 100 in his career.
-Grant Gibbs is two assists shy of 500 in his college career (including Gonzaga).
-Doug McDermott (2,944 career points) is eight points away from passing Danny Manning (2,951) for ninth on the NCAA’s all-time scoring list, and 30 shy of passing Oscar Robertson (2,973) for eighth place all-time.
-Doug McDermott’s next three-pointer will be the 250th of his career.
-Doug McDermott is one three-pointer shy of 250 in his career.
Zierden Sidelined By Knee Injury
Redshirt freshman guard Isaiah Zierden will not play on Tuesday after suffering a dislocated patellar tendon in his right knee during Saturday’s game at Xavier. He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday, which will reveal if additional surgery is necessary.
Zierden had been looking forward to Tuesday’s game at Verizon Center, where his dad Don Zierden is an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards.
Creighton owns 289 three-pointers this season, tied for third-most in school history. Creighton’s 2004-05 team made 293 (in 34 games), while last year’s club set the school standard with 307 in 36 games a year ago.
In addition, Creighton’s 42.1 percent marksmanship from three-point range would rank second-best in school history, trailing only the 2001-12 squad that shot 42.4 percent from downtown.
This year’s Creighton team owns 153 three-pointers in BIG EAST play alone, two shy of the conference record (in league play) set by the 2004-05 Notre Dame team.
Creighton’s 40.8 percent marksmanship from three-point range in BIG EAST play would be the best since Marquette shot 41.5 percent in 2005-06.
BIG EAST Record Watch
In addition to being two three-pointers shy of the team record for one season of BIG EAST play, Creighton has numerous individuals who can etch their name in the recordbook.
Doug McDermott is averaging 26.9 points per game in BIG EAST play. The ‘career’ record for a one-year player is 22.3 per game by Villanova’s Michael Bradley in 2000-01. Even if McDermott were held scoreless in the next two games, he’d still set the mark.
McDermott owns 431 points with two BIG EAST games left. The BIG EAST record for points in a conference season is 468 by Providence’s Marshon Brooks in 2010-11.
McDermott’s 26.9 points per game would be the highest in league play since Rutgers’ Quincy Douby averaged 27.0 points per game in 2005-06.
Ethan Wragge is shooting 48.0 percent from three-point range in league play. That, too, could set the ‘career’ record for a one-year player that is currently owned by Marquette’s Steve Novak (.473) in 2005-06.
Creighton is shooting 49.7 percent from the field in league play. That mark would be the best by any BIG EAST club since Georgetown shot 50.5 percent in 2006-07.
Creighton’s 17.4 assists per league game would be the best by a BIG EAST team since Pittsburgh (18.1) in 2008-09.
Big Time Arena For A Big Time Offense
Creighton has played some of its best offense of the season when visiting NBA arenas, as it will on Tuesday at Verizon Center (home of the Washington Wizards) to take on Georgetown.
In games at Villanova (76ers), St. John’s (Knicks), Marquette (Bucks) and Seton Hall (former Nets home), the Bluejays are 3-1 and have averaged 81.2 points per game. Creighton has shot 50.9 percent from the floor and a red-hot 44.9 percent from three-point range in those contests while also owning a spectacular 76/34 assist/turnover ratio.
Individually, Doug McDermott averages 25.8 points per game and 59.1 percent shooting, just ahead of fellow seniors Ethan Wragge (15.5 ppg., 56.3 3FG%) and Jahenns Manigat (11.3 ppg., 50.0 3FG%, 17/1 assist/turnover ratio).
Doug McDermott continues his chase to become the eighth man in NCAA Division I history to reach 3,000 career points.
He enters Tuesday’s game just 56 points shy and has two 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 26-of-28 games this season, and has accumulated 25 points or more in eight straight games.
Top Scorers, Nationally
Doug McDermott enters Tuesday’s game ranked first nationally in scoring at 26.0 points per game just ahead of Niagara’s Antoine Mason, son of former NBA big man Anthony Mason Jr.
McDermott has had 25 or more points in each of his last eight 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 26.0 3/4
2. Antoine Mason, Niagara 25.1 3/6
3. Billy Baron, Canisius 24.4 3/6
4. T.J. Warren, NC State 23.6 3/3
5. Patrick Miller, Tennessee State 23.7 Done
Scoring Leader in Postseason?
Doug McDermott is a rare player who is leading the country in scoring while also playing for a team that is in contention for an NCAA Tournament bid.
The last time the eventual NCAA scoring champ played in the NCAA’s came in 2011, when Jimmer Fredette did so with BYU.
Besides Fredette, the only other players in the last 15 years to lead the country in scoring and play in the NCAA’s were Houston’s Aubrey Coleman (2010), Gonzaga’s Adam Morrison (2006) and Fresno State’s Courtney Alexander (2000).
The only player in the last 40 years from a “BCS” conference to lead the nation in scoring and make the NCAA Tournament was Purdue’s Glenn Robinson in 1993-94.
McDermott’s In The Top 10
Creighton senior Doug McDermott enters Tuesday’s game 10th in NCAA history with 2,944 career points.
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 Larry Bird, J.J. Redick, Elgin Baylor, Bill Bradley, Sean Elliott, Jimmer Fredette, Joe Dumars, Calbert Cheaney, Byron Larkin, 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 the top-50 scorers in NCAA history.
Curry & McDermott
Doug McDermott enters Tuesday’s game with 728 points this season. Since 1997-98, he’s one of two college men’s players to have three seasons of 725 or more points, joining Davidson standout Stephen Curry.
Curry had seasons of 730, 931 and 974 at Davidson before turning pro after his junior year in 2009.
McDermott had 801 points as a sophomore and 834 points as a junior before his 728 (and counting) point effort this season.
Creighton was ranked ninth in the Feb. 24th Associated Press poll. This was the 64th different week all-time the Bluejays have been ranked in the AP poll, but the best ranking ever.
Creighton’s Best AP Rankings, Ever
Rank Date Coach
9 Feb. 24, 2014 McDermott
10 Jan. 20, 2003 Altman
11 Nov. 26, 2012 McDermott
11 Feb. 17, 2014 McDermott
12 Feb. 10, 2003 Altman
12 Jan. 14, 2013 McDermott
12 Feb. 3, 2014 McDermott
13 Feb. 25, 1975 Apke
13 March 4, 1975 Apke
13 Jan. 13, 2003 Altman
13 Feb. 3, 2003 Altman
13 Jan. 30, 2012 McDermott
13 Jan. 7, 2013 McDermott
This year’s Creighton team has clinched no worse than a second-place finish. Including this year, 12 of Creighton’s last 17 teams have finished either first or second the regular-season race of league play. 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.
This year’s team can do no worse than second place.
Creighton’s League Finishes, Last 17 Years
1st Place 2000-01, 2012-13 (won MVC?Tourn.)
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
Toughest Thing In Sports
Creighton is 24-11 in true road games the past three years, and 36-14 when you also include neutral site games.
This year’s team is 7-3 in true road games and 1-2 at neutral sites. Each of Creighton’s last 10 NCAA Tournament qualifiers have had 10 or more road/neutral wins.
Monthly Loss Quota Reached?
Creighton has lost once in each month of the season so far, falling on Nov. 29, Dec. 1, Jan. 18, Feb. 9 and March 1st.
If the pattern holds, Creighton’s next loss won’t taken place until the Final Four at the earliest.
McDermotts Up For USBWA Honors
Both Greg and Doug McDermott are up for some pretty major awards that will be doled out by the US Basketball Writers Association.
Greg McDermott is one of 10 coaches on the ballot for the Henry Iba Coach of the Year Award. He’s joined by John Beilein, Tony Bennett, Larry Brown, Jim Crews, Mick Cronin, Billy Donovan, Steve Fisher, Gregg Marshall and Jay Wright.
Doug McDermott is one of 15 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, given to the nation’s best player. It’s the third straight year he’s been a finalist for the award.
The Henry Iba Award will be announced on March 24th, while the Oscar Robertson Trophy is announced on April 4th. Both will be presented at an April 14 banquet in Oklahoma City, Okla.
Wragge Shoots Lights Out, Again
Ethan Wragge scored 22 points on just eight shots vs. Marquette on Feb. 19th. 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.
It 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 Feb. 17th 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.
It was the third time in seven weeks CBSSports.com named McDermott the National Player of the Week.
It was also the second time this season McDermott’s was 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 at Butler and at home over No. 6 Villanova to merit the honor.
“Off” Weeks Are Still Pretty Good
Doug McDermott has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week seven of the first 15 weeks of the season.
In the eight weeks he has NOT been named league player of the week, his numbers are still worthy of All-American consideration. In those eight weeks, spanning 14 games, he’s averaged 23.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while shooting 49.5 percent from the field and 88.7 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 the Feb. 16th 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.”
Big Win At Marquette
Creighton’s victory on Feb. 19 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.
Quantity & Quality
Not only is Doug McDermott a prolific scorer, but he’s an efficient one, as well. As seen in the list below, McDermott is one of nine men in NCAA history to score at least 2,800 career points and make more than 50 percent of his shots from the field. On that list, only Danny Manning has shot more accurately than McDermott from the field.
2,800 Points & 50% FG, All-Time
(Sorted by FG%)
Rk. Name, School FG% Points
1. Danny Manning, Kansas .593 2,951
2. Doug McDermott, Creighton .550 2,944
3. Otis Birdsong, Houston .547 2,832
4. Hersey Hawkins, Bradley .539 3,008
5. Elvin Hayes, Houston .5364 2,884
6. Tyler Hansbrough, N. Carolina .5360 2,872
7. Oscar Robertson, Cincinnati .535 2,973
8. Larry Bird, Indiana State .533 2,850
9. Lionel Simmons, La Salle .501 3,217
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
Doug McDermott, Creighton 2,944 Greg
Allan Houston, Tennessee 2,801 Wade
Tony Bennett, UWGB 2,285 Dick
Bryce Drew, Valparaio 2,142 Homer
Points & Buckets
Doug McDermott averages 26.0 points per game and is shooting 52.0 percent from the field.
Since 1997-98, the only other college men to average 26.0 points or more and shoot 52.0 percent or better for an entire season have been VMI’s Reggie Williams (twice) and Kansas State’s Michael Beasley (once).
Though his scoring gets much of the attention, Doug McDermott remains the Creighton leader in rebounding, as well.
McDermott averages 7.0 rebounds per game and has corralled at least five rebounds in 25-of-28 contests overall this year.
McDermott is in position to be the first player to ever lead the Bluejays in rebounding in four straight years in records that date to 1955-56.
Like A Scene Out Of A Movie
Greg McDermott picked up his 100th victory on the Creighton sideline at legendary Hinkle Fieldhouse on Feb. 13th as his son hit a game-winning shot in the final minute.
McDermott was the second-quickest in CU history to 100 wins, needing 134 games.
McDermott followed up his 100th win at Creighton with his 250th career victory as a Division I head coach three days later in the triumph over Villanova on Feb. 16th.
Games Coach 100th Win Date
133 Arthur Schabinger 2/17/30 vs. Marquette
134 Greg McDermott 2/13/14 at Butler
144 Tom Apke 1/3/80 at Southern Illinois
165 Eddie Hickey 1/16/42 vs. Oklahoma St.
171 “Red” McManus 2/2/66 vs. Memphis
178 Dana Altman 11/20/01 vs. Western Illinois
181 Tony Barone 3/3/91 vs. Southern Illinois
Speaking of 39
Doug McDermott has a pair of 39 point games in BIG EAST play this season, doing it vs. St. John’s (Jan. 28) and again vs. No. 6 Villanova (Feb. 16).
McDermott’s 39 points are the most by any player in one game in the BIG EAST this season.
McDermott’s 39 were the third-most ever vs. Villanova in BIG EAST play, and most since Da’Sean Butler had 43 for West Virginia in 2009.
The only other players in BIG EAST history with multiple conference games of 39+ points in the same season have been Marshon Brooks (Providence in 2010-11), Mark Tillmon (Georgetown, 1989-90), Allen Iverson (Georgetown, 1995-96), Eric Murdock (Providence, 1990-91).
No player has ever had three league games of 39+ points in BIG EAST action during the same season.
Key Number From 3-Point Range
Creighton’s key number from three-point range seems to be 40 percent.
In the last three years under Greg McDermott, Creighton is 28-15 (.651) when shooting 40.00 percent or worse from three-point range.
While respectable, that pales in comparison to CU’s 52-4 (.929) mark the last three years when shooting better than 40.00 percent from downtown.
Lower the standards to 30%, and it’s still impressive. Creighton is 70-8 in the last three years when shooting 30 percent or better from deep, compared to 10-11 when shooting 29.99 percent or less.
For the season, Creighton leads the nation with 42.1 percent shooting from deep, a figure that ranks ahead of 93 teams overall field goal percentage nationally.
Against Ranked Teams
All sorts of interesting numbers surround Creighton’s 96-68 win over No. 4 Villanova on Jan. 20 in Miwaukee and its 101-80 victory over No. 6 Villanova on Feb. 16 in Omaha.
Creighton improved to 20-118 all-time against teams that are nationally-ranked in the Associated Press poll with the two wins.
No. 6 Villanova was the highest-ranked team to play Creighton in Omaha since No. 4 DePaul on Dec. 31, 1983.
Creighton had last beaten a top-six team at home on Jan. 29, 1970, when it toppled No. 5 New Mexico State 72-68 at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.
On Feb. 16th, Creighton improved to 2-6 all-time vs. ranked teams while ranked itself, with the first such win coming on March 16, 1974 vs. No. 16 Louisville in the NCAA Tournament.
Greg McDermott improved to 2-3 at Creighton and 9-25 overall as a Division I head coach against teams in the AP’s top-25.
Creighton improved to 12-33 all-time at home against ranked teams.
Creighton improved to 7-53 all-time against top-10 foes.
Creighton has worn its new alternate gray uniforms four times this year, double-digit home wins over Nebraska, Marquette, Butler and No. 6 Villanova.
Even more impressively, Creighton never trailed at any point in the first three games, and for all of 18 seconds against ‘Nova, while outscoring the opposition 191-110 in the first half.
In those three games, the Bluejays led 38-8 early (and 51-25 at half) over Nebraska, 53-24 at half over Butler, 37-24 at half over Marquette and 50-37 at half vs. No. 6 Villanova.
Big Margins vs. Top 5
According to ESPN.com, Creighton’s 96-68 win over No. 4 Villanova on Jan. 20 was a victory for the ages.
The chart below signifies the largest margin of victory by an unranked team over a top-five team in the last 20 seasons.
Year Winner Upset Victim Won By
2011-12 Florida State #3 North Carolina 33
2008-09 Notre Dame #5 Louisville 33
2013-14 Creighton #4 Villanova 28
Creighton set a BIG EAST and school-record with 21 three-point baskets on Jan. 20 in a 28-point win at No. 4 Villanova.
Creighton’s previous mark was 20, done vs. Chattanooga in 2005.
The previous BIG EAST mark was 20, done by Notre Dame vs. Villanova in 2011 and by West Virginia vs. Marquette in 2006.
The 21 three-pointers were the most by any college team since 2010, and according to Athlon Sports, the most in a game between major conference teams since Kentucky made 21 vs. North Carolina on Dec. 27, 1989.
Creighton’s 35 three-point attempts tied the school record, done three times previously.
Creighton broke the Wells Fargo Center record for three-pointers by a Villanova opponent late in the first half (the old mark was 12), and also set a mark for most points against ‘Nova at the Wells Fargo Center with 96, passing the old mark of 90.
Doug McDermott entered the season having never hit a game-winning shot in his life. He’s now done it three times this season, including two of Creighton’s last six victories.
At Saint Joseph’s on Nov. 16th, McDermott’s traditional three-point play with 4.9 seconds left helped Creighton overcome a one-point deficit in an eventual 68-64 win.
Against St. John’s on Jan. 28th, McDermott’s three-pointer with 2.8 seconds left broke a game that was deadlocked at 60-all in CU’s eventual 63-60 win.
Most recently on Feb. 13th, McDermott’s three-pointer with 47.8 seconds left helped Creighton overcome a 63-61 deficit and started a game-ending 7-0 run in a 68-63 win at Butler.
In the last five minutes of games during the past two seasons, McDermott is 43-for-73 (58.9 percent) from the field, including 8-of-19 from three-point range, and is also 56-for-66 at the free throw line. He also owns 46 rebounds and eight assists in that time.
Step it up to the last minute of games and McDermott is 9-for-13 from the field, including 2-of-3 from three-point range, and also 20-for-26 at the line. In those games, he’s grabbed 11 last-minute rebounds, as well.
BCS Busters at Home
Creighton has won 23 straight regular-season home games against teams from BCS leagues (at time of game) since the start of the 1996-97 season.
Those 23 wins have been by an average of 11.74 points, with 14 coming by double-digits, and just two decided by fewer than six points.
BCS?Schools at Creighton, Last 16 Years*
02/23/14 Creighton 72, Seton Hall 71
02/16/14 Creghton 101, #6 Villanova 80
02/07/14 Creighton 78, DePaul 66
01/28/14 Creighton 63, St. John’s 60
01/25/14 Creighton 79, Georgetown 66
01/14/14 Creighton 88, Butler 60
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
Playing in a city where “Rocky” was filmed, Creighton senior Ethan Wragge put one of the most impressive shooting displays in recent college basketball history on Jan. 20th.
Wragge shot 7-for-7 from three-point range in the first seven minutes at No. 4 Villanova, and would finish the first half with a career-best 24 points.
He finished the game with 27 points, and his nine three-pointers tied the previous Creighton record held by Kyle Korver.
Wragge’s nine trifectas were one shy of the BIG EAST single-game record.
During the game, Wragge’s name and #WraggeBombs were both trending nationally on Twitter.
In Creighton’s previous trip to Philadelphia on Nov. 16 to play Saint Joseph’s, Wragge drained a then-best seven three-pointers and scored 21 points.
McDermott Rewrites Weekly History
Doug McDermott has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week seven times this season. The seven honors are most in one season in conference history, one more than the six honors won by John Wallace from Syracuse in 1995-96 and later matched by Troy Murphy of Notre Dame in 1999-2000.
Top 25 Win, And More
Creighton’s 96-68 win over No. 4 Villanova on Jan. 20 rewrote the record book in numerous ways. Consider...
-The win over the No. 4 team matched the highest ranked team CU has ever beaten, previously No. 4 Arizona State on Dec. 13, 1963.
-Creighton had lost 22 straight games against top-10 teams dating to 1974.
-Creighton had lost 11 straight games against ranked teams since 2007.
-Creighton had lost 25 straight true road games against ranked teams since a 1978 win over a Larry Bird-led Indiana State team.
-It was Creighton’s first win over a top-five team since Jan. 29, 1970. Creighton had been 2-25 all-time against top-five foes.
-It was the highest-ranked team ever beaten by Greg McDermott at the Division I level.
-It was Creighton’s largest margin of victory in 137 games against a ranked team. The previous high was 12, done in a 53-41 win vs. No. 17 Illinois State in 1983.
-The 28-point loss was Villanova’s largest in 13 years under Jay Wright, the largest by ‘Nova since 2000-01 (93-65 at UCLA), and largest at home since the 1980-81 season when it lost to Notre Dame by a 94-65 count.
-The 96 points (and later 101) were the most allowed by Villanova since the 2009-10 season, when the Wildcats surrendered 103 points to Georgetown.