Game #14: Providence Friars at #11 Creighton Bluejays
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021 • 8:00 p.m.
CHI Health Center Omaha • Omaha, Neb.
Radio: KOZN 1620 AM; www.1620thezone.com; KOOO 101.9 FM
SiriusXM: Sirius 146; XM 202; App 965
Television: FS1 (Adam Alexander, Bill Raftery)
Series History: Providence leads, 16-12
Last Meeting: #11 Creighton 67, Providence 65 on Jan. 2, 2021 in Providence, R.I.
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No. 11 Creighton (10-3, 6-2 BIG EAST) returns home on Wednesday, Jan. 20 to meet Providence (7-6, 3-4 BIG EAST) for the second time in 18 days.
The Bluejays and Friars will tip at 8:00 p.m. on First National Bank Court inside CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, Neb.
Radio Broadcast Information
KOZN (1620 AM) will broadcast all Creighton men’s basketball games during the 2020-21 season. KOOO (101.9 FM) will also broadcast all home games that start after 5 p.m. The game can also be heard on Sirius channel 146 or XM 202 or channel 965 on the SiriusXM app.
John Bishop will call the action with Taylor Stormberg. The audio is also webcast live at www.1620thezone.com.
Television Broadcast Information
Wednesday’s game will be televised nationally by FS1, with Adam Alexander and Bill Raftery on the call. Of Creighton’s last 144 games, all but the three contests at the 2018 Cayman Islands Classic have been televised. CU is 97-47 in those contests.
Video Webcast Information
Live streaming video will be available via FOXSportsGO.com for desktop users, and via the FOX Sports GO app for mobile devices (iOS, Android, Kindle Fire tablets and Fire phones and select Window devices). A cable authorization may be required.
The FOX Sports GO mobile app can be downloaded for free from the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store or the Windows Store, and the games are now available internationally.
Live Stats Information
All of Creighton’s games this season will have free live stats. Visit www.gocreighton.com and click on the small bar graph icon on the scoreboard at the top of the page for the event of your choosing.
Home games can also be followed by those who have mobile devices with internet capability at www.gocreightonstats.com.
Scouting No. 11 Creighton
Creighton is ranked 11th nationally in the AP poll after a 10-3 start that includes victories vs. Nebraska (98-74), St. John’s (94-76), UConn (76-74, OT), No. 22 Xavier (66-61), Providence (67-65), Seton Hall (89-53) and St. John’s (97-79). CU’s only three losses have come by a combined 10 points.
The Bluejays return four starters and five of its top six scorers from last season’s team that finished 24-7 and won a share of its first BIG EAST regular-season title. CU’s 2019-20 team was ranked No. 7 in the year-end Associated Press poll, while this year’s club was 11th in the preseason AP poll. Both were program bests for a preseason or postseason poll.
Senior wing Denzel Mahoney (15.9 ppg.) won the BIG EAST’s Sixth Man Award last season, while junior forward Christian Bishop (11.5 ppg., 5.5 rpg.) has shot 68.2 percent from the field to lead the league. Bishop had the game-winning dunk with 0.8 seconds left to help Creighton win at Providence on Jan. 2nd.
Point guard Marcus Zegarowski (14.1 ppg., 4.8 apg.) was named Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year and is a Preseason All-American by nearly every outlet after averaging 16.1 points and 5.1 assists per game last season. He has missed the past two games with a sore hamstring.
Perhaps CU’s best player in recent weeks has been Damien Jefferson (12.0 ppg., 5.0 rpg., 2.8 apg.), who forced overtime with a jumper in the final second of regulation at UConn. He is second in the BIG EAST with 2.00 steals in conference play.
Creighton leads the BIG EAST with 81.9 points per game and is also tops in field goal percentage (.494), three-point percentage (.380) and field goal percentage defense (.396).
Providence is 7-6 this season, and 3-4 in BIG EAST action. After a 5-1 stretch that spanned most of December, the Friars are winless in three contests in 2021. That streak started with a 67-65 loss in the final second at home to Creighton on Jan. 2, a 74-73 loss with 0.2 seconds left at Xavier on Jan. 10th and a 79-69 setback at Marquette on Jan. 12
David Duke (19.9 ppg., 5.8 rpg., 4.8 apg.) and Nate Watson (18.3 ppg., 7.2 rpg.) rank as one of the outside/inside combinations in the country, while A.J. Reeves (9.2 ppg.) has twice hit three-pointers to force overtime this winter. Saint Joseph’s transfer Jared Bynum was averaging 4.5 assists per game before suffering a groin injury vs. Creighton. He has not played since.
The Friars average 74.2 points per game and yield 71.8 points per contest. PC shoots 45.2 percent from the field, 32.8 percent from downtown and 72.5 percent at the line while outrebounding foes by 0.5 caroms per contest.
The Series With Providence
Providence owns a 16-12 lead in a series that dates back to 1961, but Creighton has won four of the past five meetings.
Creighton is 4-3 against PC in Omaha in BIG EAST play, including three straight victories.
Two of the last six meetings at all sites have gone to overtime.
Greg McDermott is 8-10 against Providence and Ed Cooley. Cooley is 10-9 against the Bluejays, as his Fairfield team fell on March 22, 2010 in a CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament game that was the last Bluejay game ever played at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.
The Creighton Coaches
Greg McDermott (Northern Iowa, 1988) owns a 241-119 record in his 11th season with the Bluejays. He owns a career mark of 521-314 in 27 seasons, and is 390-250 in his 20th Division I campaign.
McDermott led Creighton to its first BIG EAST regular-season title last season, taking a Bluejay team that was picked seventh in the league’s preseason poll and ending the year ranked seventh nationally. For those efforts, he was recognized as the BIG EAST Coach of the Year as well as the USBWA District VI Coach of the Year, NABC District 5 Coach of the Year and Basketball Times Midlands District Coach of the Year.
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 is assisted by Alan Huss, Paul Lusk and Terrence Rencher.
With A Win…
– Creighton would improve to 11-3 on the season.
– Creighton would start 11-3 (or better) for the seventh time in the past 10 seasons.
– Creighton would improve to 7-0 since Jan. 10, 2020 in games following a loss.
– Creighton would improve to 131-49 all-time (97-37 under Greg McDermott) as a nationally-ranked team.
– Creighton would improve to 30-2 in its last 32 home games.
– Creighton would improve to 8-1 all-time when ranked exactly 11th.
– Creighton would defeat Providence for the fifth time in the past six meetings, and sweep the Friars for the second time in the last three seasons.
– Creighton would improve to 6-1 on days where a United States President is inaugurated.
Let’s Get It Started
Providence heads into Wednesday having won 32 of its last 33 jump balls to start the game. PC has also won the tip in all four overtime sessions in that span. The Friars are 20-12 in those contests.
The only jump ball that Providence has lost in that 33-game stretch came on Jan. 2nd vs. Creighton, when Christian Bishop won the tip vs. Nate Watson.
Creighton is 6-0 this season when Christian Bishop wins the opening tip, and 4-3 when he doesn’t. In his 44 career starts, Creighton is 14-4 when Bishop wins the tip, and 20-6 when he doesn’t. Creighton is also 2-1 in overtime games when Bishop jumps in the extra session, with the team to win the tip winning the game each time.
Last Time They Met in Omaha
The last time that Creighton squared off with Providence in Omaha was January 18, 2020, a 78-74 Bluejay victory.
Creighton trailed 74-69 with 1:41 left in that one before a game-ending 9-0 run stunned the visitors, The late-game heroics started when Denzel Mahoney stole the ball from David Duke with 10.8 seconds left and the score tied, a rare miscue for Duke, who had scored a career-high 36 points to that point.
On the ensuing possession Marcus Zegarowski’s game-winning three-pointer with 3.2 seconds left proved to be the difference. Zegarowski’s shot remains Creighton’s lone game-winner in the final 10 seconds of a home game since 2014.
Jays Ranked For the Friars
Wednesday marks Creighton’s 10th meeting against Providence as a ranked team, more than any foe in program history.
The Bluejays are 5-4 in the first nine meetings when ranked against PC, including a 3-1 mark in Omaha.
Behind the nine prior meetings with Providence, the opponent Creighton has played the most while the Bluejays have been ranked is Illinois State (6-1), Xavier (3-4) and Butler (6-1).
Creighton’s five wins as a ranked team vs. Providence trail only its win totals vs. Butler (6-1), and Illinois State (6-1) and equal to DePaul (5-0), Drake (5-1), Indiana State (5-1), Missouri State (5-1). Seton Hall (5-2) and St. John’s (5-2).
As you may have heard, Joe Biden will take over as President of the United States on Wednesday after going through an inauguration ceremony on the steps of the US Capitol.
There have been 30 previous inauguration ceremonies since the Bluejays started playing basketball in 1916. Creighton won its first nine games played in the contest immediately following an inauguration, and stands at 18-12 all-time in those scenarios. That includes a 12-3 mark in home games and 6-9 road record.
CU has gone 5-1 when playing on the same day as an inauguration, as seen below:
Date President Result Opponent
03/04/1921 Harding W 31-23 at John Carroll
01/20/1973 Nixon L 68-51 at #5 Long Beach St.
01/20/1977 Carter W 79-62 Rockhurst
01/20/1997 Clinton W 60-49 Southern Utah
01/20/2001 G.W. Bush W 56-52 at Wichita State
01/20/2009 Obama W 79-57 at Evansville
Up, Up, And Away
Since Feb. 19, 2019, Creighton owns a 24-7 mark in regular-season BIG EAST games. That figure is the best mark in the league by three games.
Not only that, but Creighton owned the most wins to close the 2018-19 season after Feb. 19th, tied for the most wins in 2019-20, and is tied for the most wins in 2020-21 as well.
Conference Records Since Feb. 19, 2019
Team After 2/19/19 ’19-20 ’20-21 Total
Creighton 5-0 13-5 6-2 24-7
Seton Hall 2-3 13-5 6-2 21-10
Villanova 2-3 13-5 3-0 18-8
Providence 3-2 12-6 3-4 18-12
UConn 2-4# 10-8# 4-1 16-13
Xavier 4-1 8-10 3-2 15-13
Butler 1-4 10-8 3-5 14-17
Marquette 2-4 8-10 4-4 14-18
Georgetown 4-2 5-13 1-5 10-20
St. John’s 1-4 5-13 2-6 8-23
DePaul 2-3 3-15 0-4 5-22
#includes 2018-19 and 2019-20 in the AAC
Among teams in the leagues considered the “Power Five”, plus the BIG EAST, Creighton has enjoyed almost more success than anyone else recently.
Creighton’s 34 victories since the start of the 2019-20 season trail only Kansas and Baylor.
Best Records Since 2019-20 (through 1/17)
(Power 5 Conferences + BIG EAST)
Team 2019-20 2020-21 Total
Baylor 26-4 12-0 38-4
Kansas 28-3 10-3 38-6
Creighton 24-7 10-3 34-10
Florida State 26-5 7-2 33-7
Louisville 24-7 9-2 33-9
Oregon 24-7 9-2 33-9
USC 22-9 11-2 33-11
Auburn 25-6 8-6 33-12
Saturday’s loss at Butler dropped Creighton to 59-50 all-time in overtime games, including a 45-44 mark in single-overtime contests.
Creighton fell to 9-6 under Greg McDermott in overtime contests.
It was Creighton’s second overtime game of the season, as the Bluejays won at UConn, 76-74, on Dec. 20th.
Each of Creighton’s last six overtime games have been won by the team to control the jump ball in the extra session.
Creighton has played back-to-back overtime games on five occasions, most recently in December of 2014.
Mahoney Heats Up
Denzel Mahoney scored 29 points on Saturday at Butler after scoring 24 the previous Saturday vs. St. John’s. Those rank as his two highest-scoring games as a Bluejay.
At Butler, Mahoney had six points at halftime before an electric second half that saw him produce 23 points, six rebounds, two assists and two steals. Mahoney spearheaded a 26-3 Bluejay run with 18 points, in a span of 7:13, making seven straight shots at one point.
Mahoney became the first Creighton player with 23 points or more in a half since Doug McDermott set a (since broken) BIG EAST Tournament record with 27 points in the first half vs. DePaul on March 13, 2014.
With 20 or more points on Wednesday, Mahoney can become the first Bluejay with three straight games of at least 20 points since Marcus Zegarowski from Dec. 9-19, 2019.
Mahoney is also the first Bluejay with 53 points or more over a two-game span since Marcus Foster had consecutive 29-point efforts on Feb. 7 and Feb. 10 in 2018.
On This Day (Jan. 20)
Wednesday is the anniversary of the following moments…
– In 2000, then-freshman Kyle Korver hit 6-of-7 three-pointers to lead Creighton past MVC rival Southwest Missouri State 63-49 in Springfield. It was the first of 26 times in Korver’s career that he made five or more three-points in a game.
-In 2014, Creighton shot 9-for-9 from three-point range on its first nine possessions in a 96-68 rout at No. 4 Villanova. Ethan Wragge made nine trifectas overall and finished the night with a career-high 27 points. That night was the last time (before tonight) that Bill Raftery broadcast a Creighton game on January 20th.
They Scored How Many?
Creighton put up 56 points in the first half on Jan. 9 vs. St. John’s, its highest output before intermission in a league game since joining the BIG EAST.
After a total of eight halves of 52 points or more in its first seven years in the league, Creighton has already scored 52 points or more in three different halves this BIG EAST season.
Creighton’s Highest Scoring BIG EAST Halves
Points Opponent (Half) Date
56 Xavier (2nd) 01/12/14
56 St. John’s (1st) 01/09/21
54 at #4 Villanova (1st) 01/20/14
54 Marquette (2nd) 01/21/17
54 at DePaul (2nd) 02/11/17
53 Butler (1st) 01/14/14
53 St. John’s (1st) 02/28/16
53 #23 Seton Hall (1st) 12/28/17
53 Marquette (1st) 02/17/18
53 at St. John’s (2nd) 12/17/20
52 Seton Hall (2nd) 01/09/21
51 #6 Villanova (1st) 02/16/14
51 DePaul (2nd) 02/15/20
50 #6 Villanova (1st) 02/16/14
50 Seton Hall (1st) 12/28/16
50 at Georgetown (2nd) 01/21/19
50 DePaul (2nd) 03/09/19
Ballock Over 1,100; Zegarowski Close To 1,000
Mitch Ballock owns 1,122 career points after surpassing the 1,000 point mark on Nov. 29 vs. North Dakota State in CU’s season-opener, which was also his 100th career game.
Ballock entered last season’s BIG EAST Tournament with 996 points and scored nine points in the first half vs. St. John’s on March 12th, but those points were erased when the game was abandoned at halftime.
Marcus Zegarowski is also closing in on 1,000 career points. He enters the Providence rematch with 989 career points (45th in CU history) in 74 games as a Bluejay.
Games To 1,000 Points, Last 18 Bluejays
Name CU Games to 1,000 pts. Date
Mitch Ballock 100 11/29/20
Ty-Shon Alexander 85 01/15/20
Khyri Thomas 94 02/10/18
Marcus Foster 54 01/17/18
Austin Chatman 138 03/11/15
Ethan Wragge 132 01/18/14
Gregory Echenique 101 03/24/13
Doug McDermott 57 01/15/12
Antoine Young 115 12/10/11
Kenny Lawson Jr. 108 11/21/10
P’Allen Stinnett 86 01/16/10
Dane Watts 115 01/22/08
Anthony Tolliver 124 03/16/07
Johnny Mathies 91 03/03/06
Nate Funk 92 02/28/05
Kyle Korver 81 01/30/02
Ben Walker 105 01/06/01
Ryan Sears 97 12/01/00
Rodney Buford 59 03/01/97
Most Career Points, Creighton History
Rank Pts. Name Years
1. 3,150 Doug McDermott 2010-14
2. 2,116 Rodney Buford 1995-99
3. 2,110 Bob Harstad 1987-91
4. 1,983 Chad Gallagher 1987-91
5. 1,876 Bob Portman 1966-69
6. 1,801 Kyle Korver 1999-03
7. 1,754 Nate Funk 2002-07
8. 1,682 Rick Apke 1974-78
9. 1,661 Paul Silas 1961-64
10. 1,654 Vernon Moore 1981-85
11. 1,575 Benoit Benjamin 1982-85
12. 1,526 John C. Johnson 1975-79
13. 1,500 Kevin McKenna 1977-81
14. 1,437 Eddie Cole 1951-55
15. 1,369 Gene Harmon 1971-74
16. 1,361 Duan Cole 1987-92
17. 1,342 Antoine Young 2008-12
18. 1,313 Kenny Lawson Jr. 2006-11
19. 1,309 Ryan Sears 1997-01
20. 1,303 Elton Tuttle 1951-54
21. 1,292 Marcus Foster 2016-18
22. 1,272 Bob Gibson 1954-57
23. 1,267 Wally Anderzunas 1965-67, 1968-69
24. 1,254 Gary Swain 1983-87
25. 1,241 Ty-Shon Alexander 2017-20
25. 1,238 Ben Walker 1997-01
27. 1,196 Ray Yost 1951-54
28. 1,172 Dick Harvey 1956-59
29. 1,155 Ethan Wragge 2009-14
30. 1,152 Dane Watts 2004-08
31. 1,140 Khyri Thomas 2015-18
32. 1,122 Mitch Ballock 2017-Pres.
33. 1,116 Kenny Evans 1982-87
34. 1,115 Doug Brookins 1972-75
1,115 Daryl Stovall 1978-82
36. 1,093 Tim Powers 1964-67
37. 1,050 Reggie Morris 1982-86
38. 1,031 Johnny Mathies 2003-06
39. 1,024 P’Allen Stinnett 2007-10
40. 1,023 Rod Mason 1986-88
41. 1,013 Austin Chatman 2011-15
42. 1,006 Gregory Echenique 2010-13
43. 1,004 Anthony Tolliver 2003-07
44. 994 Chuck Officer 1960-62, 1963-64
45. 989 Marcus Zegarowski 2018-Pres.
46. 979 Terrell Taylor 1999-02
47. 967 David Wesely 1975-79
48. 965 Fritz Pointer 1963-66
49. 939 Cyril Baptiste 1969-71
50. 931 Cornell Smith 1973-77
Big Wins In The BIG EAST
Creighton never trailed in its 89-53 win over Seton Hall on Jan. 6th. The 36-point win was Creighton’s second-largest ever in BIG EAST action.
The 36-point loss tied for Seton Hall’s third-largest ever in league play for the charter member of the BIG EAST, and was its largest league setback since falling 99-57 vs. UConn on Feb. 11, 2006.
Creighton’s Largest BIG EAST Winning Margins
Margin Score Date
41 at Creighton 100, St. John’s 59 02/28/16
36 at Creighton 89, Seton Hall 53 01/06/21
35 Creighton 93, at DePaul 58 02/11/17
29 at Creighton 93, DePaul 64 02/15/20
28 at Creighton 88, Butler 60 01/14/14
28 Creighton 68, at #4 Villanova 68 01/20/14
25 at Creighton 82, DePaul 57 02/27/18
Are You Experienced?
Year after year, one common theme to success in college basketball is to have veteran players. This year’s Creighton team is full of experienced players.
CU’s starting five features two juniors and three seniors who have combined for 20 years of college experience.
Off the bench, Alex O’Connell and Jacob Epperson are in their fourth college campaign, Antwann Jones in his third year and Shereef Mitchell in his second season. Of the regular Bluejay rotation, only Ryan Kalkbrenner is a freshman.
On January 20th, Creighton’s potential starting five (Mitch Ballock, Christian Bishop, Damien Jefferson, Denzel Mahoney and Marcus Zegarowski) will be a collective 40,841 days old. By comparison, the starting line-up used by the Chicago Bulls in its first four games this season (Wendell Carter Jr., Zach Lavine, Lauri Markkanen, Coby White and Patrick Williams) will be a combined 40,792 days old on January 20th.
Creighton has gotten 47.8 percent of its scoring from its four seniors (Mahoney, Jefferson, Ballock and Alex O’Connell).
Category Points Pct. of Team’s Pts.
Freshmen 93 8.7%
Sophomores 145 13.6%
Juniors 318 29.9%
Seniors 509 47.8%
No. 11 Bluejays
After starting the year ranked 11th in both the AP and Coaches polls, Creighton ascended into the top 10 for three weeks in the AP edition. CU is currently 11th in the AP poll and 11th in the Coaches poll.
The No. 11 AP ranking is four spots behind the best mark in program history, which was done on Jan. 16, 2017, March 9, 2020, March 16, 2020 and Jan. 4, 2021.
Creighton is one of eight teams that have been ranked in all 16 AP polls since Feb. 3, 2020, joining Baylor, Gonzaga, Houston, Iowa, Kansas, Tennessee and Villanova. The 16 straight weeks in the rankings is tied for the second-longest stretch in program history and one shy of the record of 17 straight weeks, done from Feb. 27, 2012 – Feb. 4, 2013.
After being ranked 30th in the inaugural NET rankings that were released on Jan. 4th, Creighton has is 23rd in Monday morning’s (Jan. 18th) latest update.
New Kid On The Block
Freshman Ryan Kalkbrenner has had four blocked shots in two of Creighton’s last four games. He’s just the second Bluejay in Greg McDermott‘s 11 years to have multiple games with four or more blocks in the same season, as Olympian Gregory Echenique did it three different seasons.
Those were the most rejections by a Bluejay in one game since Christian Bishop had four on Feb. 23, 2020 vs. Butler.
No Bluejay has had five blocked shots in a game since Jacob Epperson had five swats on March 8, 2018 in the BIG EAST Tournament vs. Providence.
Kalkbrenner’s four blocked shots are the most by a CU freshman since Epperson’s five blocks in the game mentioned in the above paragraph.
A Good Start
Here’s a look at how Creighton has done statistically after 13 games under Greg McDermott.
Creighton has started 9-4 or better after 13 games in all 11 seasons, and this year is the seventh time that Creighton is 10-3 (or better) after 13 games in that span.
Creighton Stats Through 13 Games, Since 1994-95
Year W-L FG% 3FG% FT% PPG Opp PPG
2020-21 10-3 .494 .380 .662 81.9 69.0
2019-20 11-2 .471 .374 .702 78.9 67.9
2018-19 9-4 .525 .448 .621 85.2 74.4
2017-18 10-3 .518 .383 .734 91.7 73.0
2016-17 13-0 .539 .446 .672 89.8 72.0
2015-16 9-4 .506 .402 .670 87.4 75.2
2014-15 9-4 .432 .348 .748 72.2 64.5
2013-14 11-2 .485 .431 .762 81.7 63.7
2012-13 12-1 .508 .425 .755 79.5 61.4
2011-12 11-2 .501 .451 .692 83.1 69.1
2010-11 9-4 .431 .316 .752 67.1 62.2
The Bigger, The Better?
Creighton has had 131 different players attempt a three-point field goal since the start of the 1994-95 season.
Oddly, the three men with the best three-point percentage in that time are/were all centers.
Creighton’s Best 3FG% Since 1994-95
3FG% Name, Years 3FG-3FGA Height
1.000 Kenton Walker, 2007-09 1-1 6-9
.600 Jacob Epperson, 2017-21 6-10 6-11
.533 Justin Patton, 2016-17 8-15 7-0
Jefferson Swipes Six
Damien Jefferson had six steals in Creighton’s win at Providence on Jan. 2nd, matching the most by any Bluejay under Greg McDermott. He then had four more thefts on Jan. 6 vs. Seton Hall.
He was the first Bluejay with 10 steals over a two-game stretch since Josh Dotzler also had 10 from Dec. 13-Dec. 15, 2008.
Jefferson joined Ty-Shon Alexander (Jan. 1, 2020 vs. Marquette) and Davion Mintz (March 3, 2019 at. Marquette) in that elite group. CU hasn’t had a player with seven steals in a game since 2008.
After tying for sixth on the team with 19 steals in 30 games last season, Jefferson paces Creighton with 19 steals so far this winter. His 2.00 steals per league games is second in the BIG EAST, and his 16 steals are one outside of the lead.
Jefferson was the first Bluejay with four or more steals in consecutive games since two-time BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year Khyri Thomas had a three game streak from Feb. 27-March 8, 2018.
Numbers Never Lie (Unless they Do)
Need some other random figures to watch?
Creighton is 14-1 all-time when Marcus Zegarowski has 19 or more points, 7-0 when he has eight or more assists and 23-4 when he makes three or more three-pointers.
Creighton is 13-2 all-time when Mitch Ballock scores 17 or more points, 10-0 when he has six or more assists and 12-0 when he makes three or more free throws.
Creighton is 14-3 all-time when Christian Bishop has seven or more rebounds.
Finally, Creighton is also 17-2 when Shereef Mitchell grabs two or more rebounds, and also 17-2 when he dishes multiple assists.
Big Deficits, No Big Deal
Creighton owns 21 victories under Greg McDermott after trailing by double-figures at some point, none larger than the 18-point deficit the Bluejays overcame against then-No.18 Oklahoma on Nov. 19, 2014. Ten of those 21 comebacks have come away from home.
Creighton’s comeback on Dec. 23rd was its largest since trailing by 18 vs. No. 18 Oklahoma on Nov. 19, 2014. That same rally vs. the Sooners was also the last time CU had rallied from 13 points or more down against a ranked team.
If you’re curious, CU’s largest comeback win since 2000 came on Jan. 28, 2006, when the Jays trailed 25-6 early before rallying to beat Wichita State.
CU’s Double-Digit Comebacks Under McDermott
Deficit Opponent Date
18 #18 Oklahoma 11/19/14
17 at San Diego State 11/30/11
16 at Evansville 02/16/13
14 Evansville 02/21/12
13 at Saint Joseph’s 11/16/13
13 Xavier 01/12/14
13 #22 Xavier 12/23/20
12 Saint Joseph’s 12/11/10
12 at DePaul 01/17/16
12 East Tennessee State 11/11/18
11 at Wichita State 12/31/11
11 Northern Iowa 01/10/12
11 vs. Alabama 03/16/12
11 vs. Ole Miss 11/21/16
10 UAB 11/14/12
10 vs. Drake 03/02/12
10 at Nebraska 12/07/14
10 South Dakota 12/09/14
10 St. John’s 01/03/18
10 at DePaul 02/07/18
10 Bemidji State 02/13/18
Creighton leads the BIG EAST and ranks 26th nationally with 81.9 points per game.
The Bluejays have pumped in 93 or more points in five games this season, one of eight teams in the country (with Iowa, Gonzaga, Baylor, Bryant, The Citadel, Sam Houston State and McNeese State) who can say that. Last year’s BIG EAST champion squad only cracked the 93-point barrier three times all season.
Creighton is 47-3 in 11 seasons under Greg McDermott when scoring 93 points or more. The nation’s only teams to score 93+ more than 50 times since 2010-11 are North Carolina (67) and Gonzaga (67).
By comparison, McDermott’s teams scored 93+ points just once in his four seasons at Iowa State (96 on 11/22/09 vs. Mississippi Valley State), and also just once in five years at Northern Iowa (99 on 12/1/04 vs. Iowa State).
The Chase For .500
Currently 6-2 in the BIG EAST, Creighton will own a winning percentage of .500 or better at the midway point in league play for the 23rd time in the past 25 seasons.
Creighton hasn’t started 7-2 or better after nine league games since 2013-14, its first season in the BIG EAST.
Here’s how Creighton’s teams have fared in the various halves of the MVC/BIG EAST season since 1995-96.
Year First 9 League Games League
2020-21 6-2 so far BIG EAST
2019-20 6-3 BIG EAST
2018-19 4-5 BIG EAST
2017-18 6-3 BIG EAST
2016-17 6-3 BIG EAST
2015-16 5-4 BIG EAST
2014-15 1-8 BIG EAST
2013-14 8-1 BIG EAST
2012-13 7-2 Missouri Valley
2011-12 8-1 Missouri Valley
2010-11 5-4 Missouri Valley
2009-10 5-4 Missouri Valley
2008-09 5-4 Missouri Valley
2007-08 5-4 Missouri Valley
2006-07 6-3 Missouri Valley
2005-06 7-2 Missouri Valley
2004-05 5-4 Missouri Valley
2003-04 7-2 Missouri Valley
2002-03 8-1 Missouri Valley
2001-02 8-1 Missouri Valley
2000-01 5-4 Missouri Valley
1999-00 5-4 Missouri Valley
1998-99 6-3 Missouri Valley
1997-98 5-4 Missouri Valley
1996-97 5-4 Missouri Valley
1995-96 4-5 Missouri Valley
Total 148-85 (.629)
Limited Fan Attendance Allowed at Home
Creighton University has begun allowing a number of fans to attend men’s basketball home games at CHI Health Center Omaha – currently up to 10% of maximum capacity – starting with the Xavier game on Dec. 23, under a plan approved by the Douglas County Health Department and the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA).
Limited tickets will be offered to season-ticket holders on a rotating basis utilizing the Creighton Athletics Priority Seating Point System and will be made available (subject to availability) on a game-by-game basis.
At this time, only select seats and suites (in limited capacity) have been approved for usage. All tickets will be sold digitally on a single-game basis with seat locations that allow for physical distancing.
CHI Health Center Omaha Success
Creighton has played 302 regular and postseason contests at CHI Health Center Omaha all-time in the 18-year-old facility.
The Bluejays own a 250-52 (.827) record all-time at the facility, and have never lost there on a Friday (21-0).
Creighton’s Nov. 25, 2017 win over SIU Edwardsville was the program’s 200th at the facility, coming in its 242nd home game. CU’s 100th win came on Nov. 17, 2010, a 63-58 win over Louisiana.
Creighton has outscored its opponents 23,705-19,822 in games at CHI Health Center Omaha, an average margin of 12.86 points per game. Creighton has not trailed 85 different times.
Creighton is also 29-31 all-time in the 60 games at the arena in which it’s fallen behind by double-figures at any point, 7-11 when down by 10+ points at halftime in the facility, and 35-25 when trailing at halftime at CHI Health Center Omaha.
Creighton is 153-34 (.818) at CHI Health Center Omaha under Greg McDermott, including an 87-6 record vs. non-conference teams.
Factor in a 17-0 home mark at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in 2002-03 and two wins at the Civic in the 2010 CIT, and the Bluejays are 269-52 (.838) at home since the start of the 2002-03 campaign.
Big Ryan’s Big Night
Freshman center Ryan Kalkbrenner had a season-high 15 points in just 16 minutes of work on Dec. 17 at St. John’s, including four baskets in a three-minute span during the decisive 22-4 second half run.
For the season, Kalkbrenner has averaged 7.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots while playing just 13.2 minutes per game. Kalkbrenner ranks fourth nationally among freshmen with 23 blocked shots, and first in the BIG EAST among classmates.
Kalkbrenner became CU’s first true freshman since Benoit Benjamin (1982-83) to have a blocked shot in each of CU’s first three games of the season.
Creighton is 10-1 this year when he makes a field goal, and 0-2 when he does not. The Bluejays are also 9-1 when he blocks a shot, and 1-2 when he does not.
Balance Is Big
All five Creighton starters are averaging 9.7 points or more this season, and the Bluejays have had at least five men score in double-digits in 6-of-13 contests overall.
Creighton has won 19 games in a row when five or more players score 10 or more points.
Nine different players have scored 10 or more points in a game this season, a list that doesn’t include Jacob Epperson. Epperson’s done it four times as a Bluejay in 2017-18 or 2018-19.
In the last 5:01 of play at UConn, Creighton had 12 points, with each starter scoring either two or three points.
In league play, all five Bluejay starters are averaging 10.1 points per game or more.
Damien Jefferson came two assists shy of producing Creighton’s first traditional triple-double when he posted 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists on Thursday at St. John’s.
His performance made him the only Creighton player in the last 34 seasons with at least 10 points, 10 rebounds and eight or more assists in the same game.
Creighton has had only three triple-doubles in program history, but all three were of the points/rebounds/blocks variety by Benoit Benjamin.
Jefferson is just the second Bluejay player with a game of at least eight points, rebounds and assists in 11 seasons under Greg McDermott. Khyri Thomas had 16 points, eight rebounds and eight assists vs. DePaul on Feb. 27, 2018.
Here’s a list of Creighton players with at least 7+ points, 7+ rebounds and 7+ assists in the same game since 1987-88.
7+ Point, 7+ Rebound, 7+ Assist Games, Since 1987-88
Pts. Reb. Ast. Name Date
16 9 7 Mike Amos 1/30/1993
24 11 7 Rodney Buford 11/18/1998
25 8 8 Ryan Sears 1/8/2000
9 7 10 Grant Gibbs 12/19/2011
12 10 7 Grant Gibbs 1/13/2012
12 7 9 Austin Chatman 11/11/2013
9 7 7 Austin Chatman 1/25/2014
7 9 7 Khyri Thomas 12/9/2015
16 8 7 Maurice Watson Jr. 1/26/2016
14 12 7 Khyri Thomas 2/28/2017
16 8 8 Khyri Thomas 2/27/2018
10 10 8 Damien Jefferson 12/17/2020
O’Connell Makes Creighton Debut
A vote by the NCAA Division I Council on Dec. 16 made Alex O’Connell immediately eligible. He made his debut one day later at St. John’s with six points, two rebounds a steal, and an assist in 12 minutes of action.
A senior guard from Roswell, Ga., O’Connell had not played in Creighton’s first six games this season while sitting out after an off-season transfer from Duke University. He had been awaiting a ruling on a waiver that Creighton had filed on his behalf with the NCAA.
While at Duke, O’Connell appeared in 101 games, including 14 starts. He contributed 431 points and 182 rebounds for the Blue Devils with single-game highs of 20 points, seven rebounds and four steals.
Though a senior, O’Connell will also be eligible to return to Creighton for the 2021-22 season as a result of a previous NCAA decision that indicated winter sport student-athletes who compete during 2020-21 in Division I will receive both an additional season of competition and an additional year in which to complete it.
Creighton is 6-1 since O’Connell became eligible.
Denzel A Leading Man
Creighton trailed 70-65 with 84 seconds left at Kansas before Denzel Mahoney embarked on a personal 5-0 run to tie the game just 21 seconds later.
Mahoney led Creighton with 19 points at Kansas. He upped that to 20 points on Dec. 11 vs. Nebraska before matching his Bluejay best with 21 points vs. Marquette last Dec. 14. He pumped in 16 more at St. John’s in a win on Dec. 17.
In four career games as a Bluejay against a top-10 opponent, Mahoney has averaged 18.7 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game to help CU to a 3-1 mark. Mahoney has made 53.1 percent (26-49) of his shots from the floor, 45.5 percent (10-22) from three-point range and 100 percent (12-12) at the charity stripe.
Four of his top 12 single-game scoring efforts at CU have come in those four games against top-10 competition.
Denzel Mahoney’s Top Scoring Games at Creighton
Points Opponent Date
29 at Butler 01/16/21
24 St. John’s 01/09/21
21 at #8 Villanova 02/01/20
21 Marquette 12/14/20
20 Nebraska 12/11/20
19 at Georgetown 01/15/20
19 at #5 Kansas 12/08/20
18 St. John’s 02/08/20
18 at #10 Seton Hall 02/12/20
17 Nebraska-Omaha 12/01/20
16 #8 Seton Hall 03/08/20
16 at St. John’s 12/17/20
Don’t Forget DJ
Damien Jefferson had scored in double-figures in a career-long seven straight games, averaging 12.1 ppg., in that period, before scoring five in the Dec. 23 win vs. Xavier.
His biggest basket as a Bluejay came on Dec. 20th, when he connected on a jumper with 0.2 seconds left in regulation to force overtime at UConn.
Jefferson owns 37 assists compared to 26 turnovers this year after owning 64 assists and 61 turnovers his first two years as a Bluejay.
Ballock Surpasses 250 Treys
Mitch Ballock owns 265 three-pointers in his Bluejay career, including a season-high eight on Dec. 14 vs. Marquette. That puts him in fourth place in program history in that category, nine behind Doug McDermott (274) for third place.
His 232 career treys entering the year were third-most in school history after a junior season, trailing only Kyle Korver (242) and Ethan Wragge (234).
Ballock ranked 19th nationally with 93 three-pointers made and 11th in three-point percentage (.435) last season.
Most Career 3FG, Creighton History
Rank 3FG Name Years
1. 371 Kyle Korver 1999-03
2. 334 Ethan Wragge 2009-14
3. 274 Doug McDermott 2010-14
4. 265 Mitch Ballock 2017-Pres.
5. 245 Ryan Sears 1997-01
6. 212 Rodney Buford 1995-99
7. 210 Ty-Shon Alexander 2017-20
8. 206 Jahenns Manigat 2010-14
9. 200 Nate Funk 2002-07
10. 185 Matt Roggenburk 1986-90
11. 177 Duan Cole 1987-92
12. 171 Isaiah Zierden 2013-17
13. 168 Marcus Foster 2016-18
14. 167 Marcus Zegarowski 2018-Pres.
The Great Eight
Mitch Ballock made nine three-pointers in Creighton’s first five games of the season before erupting on Dec. 14 vs. Marquette. The senior guard from Eudora, Kan., made 8-of-14 three-pointers en route to a season-high 26 points.
His eight trifectas were tied for fourth-most in a game in Bluejay history, but three behind his record 11 vs. DePaul on March 9, 2019.
Ballock joined Kyle Korver as the only players in school history with multiple games of eight or more triples.
In addition, Ballock’s 14 three-point attempts were also tied for fourth-most in program history and one behind the program record.
Ballock owns 147 career three-pointers in BIG EAST play, which ranks tied for 21st all-time.
Ballock’s 26 points were the most by a Bluejay in any conference opener since 2012, when Doug McDermott scored 29 points vs. Evansville. That came when CU belonged to the Missouri Valley Conference.
3-Pointers Made, Game, Creighton History
3FG Name, Opponent Date
11 Mitch Ballock vs. DePaul 03/09/19
9 Kyle Korver vs. Evansville 01/15/03
Ethan Wragge at Villanova 01/20/14
8 Tad Ackerman at Drake 01/23/95
Kyle Korver at Xavier 12/31/02
Terrell Taylor vs. Florida 03/15/02
Isaiah Zierden at DePaul 01/17/16
Mitch Ballock vs. Marquette 12/14/20
Most Career 3FG Made, BIG EAST Games Only
Rank 3FG Name, School
1. 245 Markus Howard, Marquette
2. 201 Jeremy Hazell, Seton Hall
3. 189 Colin Falls, Notre Dame
4. 183 Gerry McNamara, Syracuse
5. 180 Myles Powell, Seton Hall
6. 178 Steve Edwards, Miami (Fla.)
7. 172 Deonta Vaughn, Cincinnati
8. 168 Allan Ray, Villanova
9. 167 Gary Buchanan, Villanova
10. 166 Kerry Kittles, Villanova
166 Terry Dehere, Seton Hall
12. 165 Troy Bell, Boston College
13. 159 Matt Carroll, Notre Dame
159 Scottie Reynolds, Villanova
15. 156 Bryce Cotton, Providence
16. 155 Darius Lane, Seton Hall
17. 154 Geoff Billett, Rutgers
18. 153 D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s
19. 149 Chris Thomas, Notre Dame
149 Kris Jenkins, Villanova
21. 147 Trevon Bluiett, Xavier
147 Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova
147 D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera
147 Darius Rice, Miami (Fla.)
147 Mitch Ballock, Creighton
Win The Turnover Battle
Creighton forced Nebraska into 25 turnovers on Dec. 11, picking up 16 steals in the process.
The 25 turnovers tied the most in any of Greg McDermott‘s 351 games on the Creighton sideline along with a 2012 game vs. Tulsa.
Creighton’s 38 points off Nebraska’s 25 turnovers included 11 points in transition.
The team’s 38 points off turnovers were the most since Creighton began tracking points off turnovers for every game starting in 2004-05.
3’s Are Falling
Creighton is tied for fifth in the country with five different games of 13 three-pointers this year. Among power conference teams, no one has done it as often.
Creighton has three of the six players in the BIG EAST with 32 or more three-pointers made, with Mitch Ballock and Denzel Mahoney leading the league with 33 and Marcus Zegarowski not far behind with 32 treys.
Playing With The Lead
For the season (all games), Creighton has trailed for just 119:34 of 530 minutes of play (22.6%). At home, CU has trailed for just 44:49 of 320 minutes (14.0%).
In 302 games at CHI Health Center Omaha all-time, Creighton has not trailed in 85 of those contests, a staggering 28.2 percent of the time.
Under Greg McDermott at home, Creighton is 153-34 and hasn’t trailed in 60 of those games.
Junior guard Marcus Zegarowski was named Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year on Oct. 28th. In addition, senior guard Mitch Ballock was also voted as a Preseason Second Team All-BIG EAST performer in the annual survey of league coaches.
The Bluejays, along with Kansas, are one of six schools with a Watch List candidate for both the Bob Cousy and Jerry West Awards, joining Baylor (MaCio Teague & Jared Butler), Florida State (MJ Walker & Scottie Barnes), Gonzaga (Joel Ayayi & Jalen Suggs), Kansas (Ochai Agbaji & Marcus Garrett) and Villanova (Justin Moore & Collin Gillespie).
Zegarowski is Creighton’s second player ever named Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year, joining Doug McDermott (2013-14). McDermott would go on to win BIG EAST Player of the Year honors, as well as 14 National Player of the Year accolades, at season’s end.
In addition, both men have been recognized among the best in the nation at their position. Zegarowski is one of 20 players on the Preseason Watch List for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award, and Ballock one of 20 players on the Preseason Watch List for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year Award.
Since Greg McDermott took over in 2010, Creighton is averaging 81.34 points per home game (15,211 points in 187 home games), a figure that climbs to 85.14 points in non-conference home games (7,918 points in 93 home games).
Creighton is 120-6 all-time at CHI Health Center Omaha when scoring 80 or points.
Firing On All Cylinders
Creighton continues to be highly regarded by KenPom.com, and is currently 12th. That includes the nation’s No. 10 offense, and No. 35 defense.
Creighton has not finished with a top-35 defense since 2006-07, and has not finished better than 30th since 2001-02.
Last season was the fourth different time in Greg McDermott‘s first 10 seasons that Creighton has had a top-10 offense per KenPom.
Year Off. Rating Def. Rating Team W-L
2010-11 66 174 23-16
011-12 5 166 29-6
2012-13 5 66 28-8
2013-14 2 124 27-8
2014-15 59 138 14-19
2015-16 43 76 20-15
2016-17 32 46 25-10
2017-18 25 58 21-12
2018-19 47 83 20-15
2019-20 3 78 24-7
2020-21 10 35 10-3 so far
Torn ACL’s End Two Seasons Early
Creighton will be without Rati Andronikashvili and Modestas Kancleris during the 2020-21 season after both men tore the anterior cruciate ligaments in their left knee three days apart during practices in early November.
Andronikashvili was injured on Nov. 1, with Kancleris three days last on Nov. 4. The two men, who are roommates, hail from the countries of Georgia and Lithuania, respectively.
Jays Mourn Loss Of Two Greats
Two prominent members of the Creighton Basketball family passed away in the off-season, as Eddie Sutton died on May 23rd and Bob Gibson lost his battle with pancreatic cancer a few months later on October 2nd. Both men were 84.
Sutton went 82-50 as Creighton’s head coach and athletic director between 1969-74. His 806-329 overall mark in 37 years of coaching ranks 11th on the all-time Division I wins list. In April he was announced as part of the Class of 2020 that will be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame — part of a group that also contains Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Kobe Bryant. However, COVID-19 has pushed that induction ceremony back to 2021.
Gibson starred in both baseball and basketball with the Bluejays from 1954-57, finishing his college career third with 1,272 career points (he’s currently 22nd). He remains in the top-five in CU history in free throws made (418), free throw attempts (575) and scoring average (20.19 ppg.), and his No. 45 basketball jersey is retired. He would play a year with the Harlem Globetrotters before joining the St. Louis Cardinals organization full-time. Gibson is a member of the Hall of Fame’s for Creighton Athletics (1968 induction), Missouri Valley Conference (2005) and St. Louis Cardinals (2014), and was honored with a spot on Major League Baseball’s All-Century Team in 1999. Gibson was named the best athlete in state history by the Omaha World-Herald in both 2005 and 2015, one spot ahead of Gale Sayers. Tragically, Sayers died nine days before Gibson.
Preseason BIG EAST Poll
Creighton was picked second in the preseason BIG EAST Conference poll that was selected via a vote of league coaches.
Villanova earned 9-of-11 first place votes to top the poll with 99 points, just ahead of Creighton’s two first place votes and 91 overall points. Third in the poll was Providence (79), who was just ahead of UConn (69), Seton Hall (67) and Marquette (50).
Rounding out the bottom half of the poll were Xavier (47) in seventh place, Butler (37), St. John’s (33), DePaul (20) and Georgetown (13).
Seton Hall edged Villanova by one point to be named league favorites for the first time since 1992-93, as both the Pirates and Wildcats garnered five first place votes.
Xavier was third, with Marquette and Providence tying for fourth place. Georgetown was tabbed sixth, just ahead of Creighton, while Butler, St. John’s and DePaul round out the poll.
Creighton’s Marcus Zegarowski was tabbed Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year, and was joined on the Preseason All-BIG EAST team by Charlie Moore (DePaul), David Duke (Providence), Sandro Mamukelashvili (Seton Hall), Collin Gillespie (Villanova) and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Villanova).
Creighton has met or exceeded its preseason BIG EAST prognostication every year since joining the league, as seen below:
Creighton’s BIG EAST Preseason Poll History
Year Preseason Actual Preseason All-BIG EAST
2013-14 3rd 2nd Doug McDermott (1st)
2014-15 9th T-9th –
2015-16 9th 6th –
2016-17 3rd T-3rd Maurice Watson Jr. (1st); Marcus Foster (HM)
2017-18 5th T-3rd Marcus Foster (1st); Khyri Thomas (HM)
2018-19 9th T-3rd Martin Krampelj (HM)
2019-20 7th T-1st Ty-Shon Alexander (1st)
2020-21 2nd TBD Marcus Zegarowski (1st); Mitch Ballock (2nd)
In Search of 20
Creighton has won 20 or more games in 20 of the last 22 seasons (entering 2020-21), a feat that puts the Jays among an exclusive group, nationally.
Just three schools nationally have had 20 or more wins each of the previous 22 years: Duke, Gonzaga and Kansas.
Kentucky has done it 21 times. Creighton and Florida have done it 20 times.
Most 20-Win Seasons, Last 22 Years
Team 20-Win Seasons 2019-20 W-L
Gonzaga 22 31-2
Kansas 22 28-3
Duke 22 25-6
Kentucky 21 25-6
Creighton 20 24-7
Florida 20 19-12
Guess Who’s Back? Back Again
Creighton brings back nearly 70-80 percent of last year’s statistical contributions in virtually every category:
Category Last Year Returning Pct. Back
Dunks 60 52 86.7%
Assists 489 400 81.8%
Starts 155 124 80.0%
Points Per Game 78.3 62 79.2%
Minutes 6,225 4,687 75.3%
Field Goals Made 866 646 74.6%
Points 2,428 1,768 72.8%
Rebounds 1,004 729 72.6%
Blocked Shots 79 57 72.2%
Steals 203 143 70.4%
3-Point Field Goals Made 302 212 70.2%
Free Throws Made 394 264 67.0%
Charges Taken 39 19 48.7%
McDermott Ranks Second On CU Wins List
Greg McDermott currently has 241 victories at Creighton, good for second place on CU’s all-time wins list.
McDermott’s .669 winning percentage is Creighton’s best since Arthur A. Schabinger’s .714 win rate more 80 years ago.
Below is a list of the most victorious Creighton coaches in program history.
Most Coaching Wins, Creighton History
Rk. W-L Name Years
1. 327-176 Dana Altman 1994-2010
2. 241-119 Greg McDermott 2010-Pres.
3. 165-66 Arthur A. Schabinger 1922-1935
4. 138-118 John J. “Red” McManus 1959-1969
5. 130-64 Tom Apke 1974-1981
Creighton has two players in the NBA this season, Doug McDermott (Indiana Pacers) and Ty-Shon Alexander (Phoenix Suns).
Including 2020-21, Creighton has now had an NBA player in 37 of the last 38 years.
McDermott is in his seventh season in the NBA, and third with the Indiana Pacers. He averaged a career-high 10.3 points per game last season and is the only player in the NBA to rank in the top-20 in three-point percentage each of the previous three seasons. This year he’s averaging 11.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.
Alexander bypassed his senior season to turn pro. After going undrafted, he signed a two-way contract with the Phoenix Suns. He made his NBA debut on December 27th.
In addition, four other Bluejays played in the NBA last season but are currently without teams…Kyle Korver, Anthony Tolliver, Khyri Thomas and Justin Patton.
During Creighton’s current streak of 895 straight games with a three-pointer, the Jays have drained 7,064 trifectas, an average of 7.89 treys per game.
That’s not surprising since during the streak, Creighton has made exactly 7 three-pointers 136 times, more than any figure.
Only four times in the streak has Creighton made just one three-pointer, but on 252 occasions the Bluejays have made 10 or more trifectas, including three games of 20 or more.
Creighton has also made at least one three-pointer before halftime in 266 consecutive contests (since 0-7 at Drake on 1/23/13).
Since the start of the 2019-20 season, the Bluejays are 31-3 when making eight or more three-pointers, compared to a 3-7 mark when making seven treys or fewer.
Team 3FG Made During Creighton’s 3-Point Streak
1: 4 times 2: 15 times 3: 31 times
4: 70 times 5: 95 times 6: 91 times
7: 136 times 8: 115 times 9: 85 times
10: 73 times 11: 51 times 12: 47 times
13: 43 times 14: 18 times 15: 7 times
16: 7 times 17: 2 times 19: 1 time
20: 1 time 21: 1 time 22: 1 time
Release, Rotation, Splash, Repeat
Creighton has made at least one three-pointer in 895 straight games since a 59-53 loss at Illinois State on Feb. 20, 1993. The streak is the nation’s 15th-longest active streak.
Creighton’s last win without making a three-point basket came on March 3, 1991 when the Jays went 0-for-2 from three-point range in a 71-66 win over Southern Illinois in the championship game of the MVC Tournament.
Below is a list of the nation’s longest active three-point streaks.
Longest Active 3-Point Streaks (1/17)
Rk. Streak School Next
1. 1,111 UNLV 1/18
2. 1,097 Duke 1/19
3. 1,057 Arkansas 1/20
4. 1,048 Western Kentucky 1/23
5. 1,038 East Tennessee State 1/18
6. 1,019 Pacific 1/21
7. 1,018 Oakland 1/22
8. 1,009 Texas 1/20
9. 958 Princeton Season Canceled
958 Marshall 1/22
11. 944 Baylor 1/18
12. 932 Gonzaga 1/23
13. 914 Long Island 1/21
14. 897 Mount St. Mary’s 1/21
15. 895 Creighton 1/20
16. 885 Tennessee State 1/19
885 Cornell Season Canceled
18. 880 East Carolina 1/24
Among The Nation’s Best
Below is where Creighton ranks nationally since Greg McDermott was hired in 2010, per Basketball-Reference.com.
2010-11 through Jan. 17, 2021
Category CU Stat CU Rank
3FG Percentage .385 2nd
3FG Made 3,232 2nd
Assists 5,855 3rd
FG Percentage .481 3rd
FG Made 9,863 8th
Wins 241 29th
Winning Percentage .669 32nd
Getting Votes A Good Sign
Creighton was ranked 11th in the Associated Press preseason poll.
It’s the sixth time that Creighton has picked up votes in the preseason poll under Greg McDermott. Each of the first four times that happened, the Bluejays would finish top three in the league, reach the finals of the conference tournament, and play in the NCAA Tournament. Last year’s team shared the BIG EAST title before the Conference and NCAA Tournaments were canceled.
Preseason Poll Votes Under Greg McDermott
Year Preseason Rank League Finish NCAA’s?
2011-12 34th 2nd, MVC Yes
2012-13 16th 1st, MVC Yes
2013-14 27th 2nd, BIG EAST Yes
2016-17 22nd T-3rd, BIG EAST Yes
2019-20 40th T-1st; BIG EAST No Tourney
2020-21 11th TBD TBD