Creighton Men’s Basketball To Face Alabama In NCAA’s
The Creighton men's basketball team will head to Greensboro,
N.C., to play Alabama on Friday, March 16th in second-round action of the
2012 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.
Creighton (28-5) earned a No. 8 seed in the tournament, while Alabama
(21-11) is the No. 9 seed. The winner of the Creighton-Alabama game will
play on Sunday against the winner of the game between North Carolina and
either Lamar or Vermont.
Creighton guaranteed itself a 17th all-time NCAA Tournament bid by winning
the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on March 4th. This is
Creighton's eighth appearance in the last 14 years, and 15th straight
Creighton leads the nation in field goal percentage (.509) and also ranks
third in three-point percentage (.425) and assists per game (17.9).
Sophomore forward Doug McDermott ranks third nationally in scoring (23.2)
and has been named MVC Player of the Year, MVC Tournament Most Outstanding
Player and an All-American after setting a school-record for points in a
season (765). He's joined in double-figures by senior point guard Antoine
Young (12.5 ppg., 4.4 apg.). The Bluejays also boast the MVC Defensive
Player of the Year, Gregory Echenique, who averages 9.8 points. 7.4 rebounds
and 1.6 blocks per game. The Bluejays are coached by Greg McDermott.
Elsewhere around the MVC, Wichita State earned a No. 5 seed and will take on
No. 12-seeded VCU.
Omaha will also host four games on Friday and two on Sunday. CenturyLink
Center Omaha hosts Missouri vs. Norfolk State and Florida vs. Virginia;
while Kansas vs. Detroit and St. Mary's vs. Purdue is also on the docket.
Game times and television coverage for the tournament will be announced in
the next 24 hours.
Creighton Bluejays Pre-NCAA Tournament Notes
-Creighton will be making its 17th all-time NCAA Tournament appearance, and
first since 2007.
-This will be Creighton¹s eighth trip to ³The Big Dance² in the past 14
years. No other MVC team owns more than eight postseason bids in that span.
-Creighton is 9-17 all-time in NCAA Tournament action. Creighton¹s last win
in the NCAA¹s cme on March 15, 2002, when the Jays topped Florida in
– Creighton is one of nine schools to have appeared in 14 straight
postseasons, a streak it will extend to 15 this spring. Joining the Jays on
the list of teams with streaks of 14 or more straight postseason bids
(entering this season) are Duke, Florida, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky,
Michigan State, Oklahoma State and Syracuse.
-Creighton will enter the NCAA Tournament with a 28-5 record. Only the
2002-03 team that finished 29-5 has had more wins in school history. The
only programs with more than 28 Division I wins this season are Syracuse
(30) and Kentucky (30).
-With last Sunday¹s win vs. Illinois State, Greg McDermott became the first
coach in league history to win the MVC Tournament at multiple schools. He
also won a title in 2004 as Northern Iowa¹s coach.
-Creighton owns 11 MVC Tournament titles all-time, including seven of the
last 14. No other MVC school has won more than five in its history.
-Greg McDermott¹s 51 wins at Creighton are the most by any coach in his
first two seasons at an MVC school since Cincinnati¹s Ed Jucker. Jucker won
56 games from 1960-62 while starting his Bearcats career with consecutive
-Since the NCAA began seeding the entire tournament in 1979, Creighton¹s
best seed has been a No. 6 seed in 2003. Creighton was also eighth once
(1981), 10th five times (1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007), 11th once (1991),
12th once (2002) and 14th once (1989).
-The MVC has sent eight (of 34) teams to the Sweet 16 since 1994. Most
recently, Northern Iowa defeated UNLV and top-seeded Kansas in 2010 to reach
the Regional semifinal.
-Creighton boasts one of the nation¹s most experienced teams when it comes
to postseason play. The Jays have played 12 postseason games in the past
four years, including six last season and four in 2011.
-Creighton was ranked 19th in Monday's Associated Press poll and 22nd in the
USA Today/ESPN coaches poll. It¹s the first time all season that the Jays
have been ranked higher in the AP poll.
-Creighton leads the country in field goal percentage and is third
nationally in three-point percentage and assists per game.
-Creighton¹s 2,641 points this year are 48 shy of a school-record for one
season. Creighton¹s 2002-03 team scored 2,688 points in 34 games, while last
year¹s team scored 2,684 points in 39 contests.
-Creighton is one of five schools with the same starting five in every game
this season, joining Missouri, Nevada, Wisconsin and Youngstown State.
-Creighton is one of two teams nationally (with Murray State) with 10 or
more true road wins and three top-50 RPI victories. -Creighton¹s Doug
McDermott was named Larry Bird MVC Player of the Year and also MVC
Tournament Most Outstanding Player. He¹s just the fifth player in league
history to sweep both accolades in the same season. McDermott was joined on
the MVC¹s All-Tournament Team by Bluejay teammates Antoine Young and Gregory
-Doug McDermott ranks third nationally in scoring average (23.2 ppg.). His
765 points this season are a Creighton record, and trail only Oscar
Robertson & Larry Bird for most in MVC history by a sophomore.
-In the past week, Doug McDermott has been named a finalist for the Naismith
and Wooden Awards, a second-team All-American by Sporting News, and a
first-team All-American by ESPN.com¹s Jason King.
-The 33 points scored by Doug McDermott in the MVC Tournament title game
tied the most in an MVC Tournament game by a Creighton player (Nate Funk).
It also tied the most in a championship game by any player since the event
moved to St. Louis in 1991.
-Gregory Echenique will enter the NCAA Tournament with 997 career points in
his college career, including 639 at Creighton.
-Grant Gibbs had a career-high 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and
no turnovers in Sunday¹s MVC Tournament title game. He¹s the only Creighton
player to post a 20-7-5 game without a turnover in the past 25 years.
-The only player on the Creighton roster with experience playing in an NCAA
Tournament game is Grant Gibbs, who played at Gonzaga in 2010.
-Antoine Young has averaged 15.9 points and 4.4 assists in his last 10
games. He ranks 17th in school history with 1,330 points and third with 496