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Doug McDermott Named Conference/National Player of Week

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Courtesy: Creighton Athletics

OMAHA - Senior forward Doug McDermott has been named BIG EAST Player of the Week for the sixth time this season after leading Creighton to a 63-60 win over St. John's last Tuesday.

In addition, McDermott was named ESPN.com National Player of the Week for the second time this year (also Nov. 18). McDermott had already been named CBSSports.com National Player of the Week earlier this season on Jan. 6 and 13, NBCSports.com National Player of the Week on Jan. 13 and USBWA National Player of the Week on Jan. 14.

McDermott had 39 points, six rebounds and two assists, including a game-winning three-pointer with 2.8 seconds left, in Creighton's only game of the week.

McDermott sank 15-of-26 shots from the floor, including 5-of-9 three-point shots, and was also 4-for-5 at the line. McDermott had 12 early points as Creighton bolted to a 17-8 lead on the Red Storm and never trailed all night. He had 20 of CU's 29 points in the first half, then added his team's first eight of the second half to momentarily take a 28-27 lead on St. John's all by himself.

After St. John's rallied from an 18-point deficit to tie the game, McDermott gave CU a lead with 1:03 left with a left-handed floater. Following two tying free throws from the Red Storm with 11.1 left, McDermott drained an open three-pointer from the top of the key to provide the game's final points.

During the night, McDermott moved from 21st to 18th in NCAA history and now owns 2,741 career points.

The 39 points was a season-high for the nation's second-leading scorer, the most by any BIG EAST player in two seasons, and the most by a BIG EAST opponent against St. John's since Allen Iverson in 1996.

Including his six honors this season, McDermott has now been named BIG EAST or Missouri Valley Conference Freshman or Player of the Week 26 times in 61 weeks as a collegian.

Creighton (18-3, 8-1 BIG EAST) plays a pair of games this week, beginning with Friday's 8:07 p.m. home contest vs. DePaul.

The Creighton Men's Basketball team earned season-best rankings in both the Associated Press and USA Today coaches polls released on Monday. The Bluejays are 12th in both polls, up eight spots in both polls.

Creighton (18-3, 8-1 BIG EAST) made the second-largest leap in this week's AP poll, trailing only the 10-spot improvement for current No. 15, Texas. The No. 12 ranking is the highest Creighton has been in the AP poll since being tabbed No. 12 on January 14, 2013

In the USA Today Coaches poll, Creighton tied No. 7 Cincinnati for the nation's biggest jump. It is the seventh week this season (and fifth straight) that Bluejays have been ranked by the coaches, and No. 12 is the best mark for the Bluejays since being 12th on January 21st, 2013.

With today's inclusion, Creighton has now been ranked in the top-25 of the AP poll in 33 of Greg McDermott's 71 weeks at the helm over the past four seasons.

Both polls had heavy upheaval after a week filled with upsets. Sixteen of the Top-25 teams from a week ago lost at least once, and four of those teams lost twice.

Creighton also jumped two spots to No. 8 in the official NCAA RPI that was released on Monday.

Creighton plays a pair of games this week, beginning with Friday's 8:07 pm home contest vs. DePaul that will air on FOX Sports 1.



Associated Press Poll
Released Feb. 3, 2014
Rk School W-L Pts. LW
1. Syracuse (65) 21-0 1625 2
2. Arizona 21-1 1517 1
3. Florida 19-2 1482 3
4. Wichita State 23-0 1447 4
5. San Diego State 19-1 1370 5
6. Villanova 19-2 1252 9
7. Cincinnati 21-2 1182 13
8. Kansas 16-5 1141 6
9. Michigan State 19-3 1136 7
10. Michigan 16-5 949 10
11. Duke 17-5 940 11
12. Creighton 18-3 790 20
13. Saint Louis 20-2 728 19
14. Louisville 18-4 723 12
15. Texas 17-4 719 25
16. Iowa State 16-4 717 16
17. Iowa 17-5 669 15
18. Kentucky 16-5 653 11
19. Oklahoma State 16-5 420 8
20. Virginia 17-5 364 NR
21. Oklahoma 17-5 361 23
22. Connecticut 17-4 252 NR
23. Gonzaga 20-3 237 NR
24. Memphis 16-5 114 22
25. Pittsburgh 18-4 110 18
Others Receiving Votes: Wisconsin 79, Ohio State 45, VCU 44, SMU 15, New Mexico 12, California 9, UCLA 9, Harvard 4, George Washington 3, LSU 3, Tennessee 2, American 1, Southern Miss 1.

USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll
Released Feb. 3, 2014
Rk School W-L Pts. LW
1. Syracuse (32) 21-0 800 2
2. Wichita State 23-0 745 3
3. Arizona 21-1 725 1
4. Florida 19-2 720 4
5. San Diego State 19-1 680 5
6. Villanova 19-2 596 9
7. Cincinnati 21-2 570 15
8. Michigan State 19-3 546 6
9. Kansas 16-5 498 7
10. Louisville 18-4 474 7
11. Duke 17-5 409 16
12. Creighton 18-3 404 20
13. Iowa 17-5 377 12
14. Kentucky 16-5 372 11
15. Saint Louis 20-2 362 21
16. Michigan 16-5 328 14
17. Iowa State 16-4 290 18
18. Texas 17-4 287 NR
19. Oklahoma State 16-5 227 10
20. Gonzaga 20-3 214 24
21. Virginia 17-5 197 NR
22. Pittsburgh 18-4 99 17
23. Oklahoma 17-5 94 25
24. Wisconsin 17-5 72 13
25. Ohio State 17-5 67 23
Others Receiving Votes: Memphis 58, Connecticut 47, VCU 26, Southern Miss 25, Massachusetts 24, UCLA 20, New Mexico 16, SMU 10, Baylor 7, California 5, Harvard 4, George Washington 2, Saint Joseph's 1, Toledo 1, Stephen F. Austin 1.
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