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No. 9 Creighton Men's Basketball Earns Highest AP Rank Ever

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The first-place Creighton Men's Basketball has earned its highest ranking in school history, coming in at No. 9 in this week's Associated Press poll. The Bluejays are also 10th in the USA Today Coaches poll and seventh in this week's RPI released by the NCAA.

Off to a 23-4 start and a 13-2 league record during its inaugural BIG EAST campaign, Creighton has won eight of nine games to move into the top-10.

Creighton's No. 9 ranking in the AP poll is the best in program history, surpassing the No. 10 mark that had been reached on Jan. 20, 2003. This is the 36th different week in 74 polls that a Greg McDermott-led Creighton team has been in the the AP Top 25.

The USA Today coaches poll placed Creighton 10th, a feat last done on Jan. 14, 2013. Creighton's highest coaches poll ranking ever is believed to be ninth, done Jan. 20, 2003.

The RPI has Creighton ranked seventh, up one spot from last Monday.

Statistically, Creighton remains the national leader in assist/turnover ratio (1.82) and three-point field goal percentage (.428). CU is second in assists per game (18.0), three-pointers per game (10.3) and three-pointers made (279), third in assists (487), fifth in field goal percentage (.499), eighth in scoring margin (14.1) and 10th in win-loss percentage (.852).

Individually, Doug McDermott leads the nation in scoring for a second straight week and averages 26.0 points per game. McDermott also ranks second in field goals made (241) and is third in points (701).

Fellow senior Ethan Wragge is second in the nation in three-point percentage (.500), while also ranking ninth with 91 three-pointers made and 10th with 3.37 three-pointers per game. In addition, Jahenns Manigat's assist/turnover ratio of 3.82 is fifth-best in the country.

Creighton returns to action on Saturday with a 4:07 pm game at Xavier.

Associated Press Poll
Released Feb. 24, 2014
Rk School W-L Pts. LW
1 Florida (47) 25-2 1,606
2 Wichita State (14) 29-0 1,549
3 Arizona (4) 25-2 1,494
4 Syracuse 25-2 1,410
5 Kansas 21-6 1,310
6 Duke 22-6 1,286
7 Louisville 23-4 1,152
8 Villanova 24-3 1,113
9 Creighton 23-4 1,103
10 Saint Louis 25-2 1,047
11 Cincinnati 24-4 921
12 Virginia 23-5 909
13 San Diego State 23-3 886
14 Wisconsin 22-5 818
15 Iowa State 21-5 709
16 Michigan 19-7 653
17 Kentucky 21-6 629
18 Michigan State 22-6 552
19 North Carolina 20-7 440
20 Iowa 19-7 418
21 Memphis 21-6 288
22 Ohio State 22-6 253
23 Southern Methodist 22-6 155
24 Texas 20-7 129
25 New Mexico 21-5 113
Others Receiving Votes: Connecticut 81, UCLA 41, Oklahoma 35, Stephen F. Austin 11, Massachusetts 9, Gonzaga 2, Green Bay 2, North Carolina Central 1.

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