October 25, 2014

Big East coaches pick Creighton for 9th

Villanova picked as Big East champ.

Villanova picked as Big East champ.

The Creighton men’s basketball team has been picked to finish ninth in a preseason poll of BIG EAST coaches.

Defending league champion Villanova was a unanimous favorite with 81 points, as coaches are not able to vote for their own team in the poll. Georgetown (67) picked up the other first place vote and was tabbed second, just two points ahead of St. John’s (65). Rounding out the top half of the poll were Xavier (52) and defending Tournament champion Providence (49).

The bottom half of the poll features Seton Hall (43) in sixth, Butler and Marquette (28) in a tie for seventh, Creighton (25) ninth and DePaul (12) in 10th.

Creighton’s ninth place prognostication is the program’s lowest mark since being tabbed 10th of 11 Missouri Valley Conference teams in 1995-96. That Creighton team exceed expectations, tying for fifth place in The Valley.

It also snaps the program’s streak of 14 straight years being picked fourth or higher in the preseason poll of its conference, a remarkable testament to CU’s consistency and ability to live up to lofty expectations that is evidenced by the team’s streak of 17 straight top-four finishes in the year-end standings.

Georgetown guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera was selected as the 2014-15 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year. He was joined on the preseason first team by Butler’s Kellen Dunham, St. John’s D’Angelo Harrison, Villanova’s JayVaughn Pinkston and Xavier’s Matt Stainbrook.

Seton Hall’s Isaiah Whitehead earned the nod as the Preseason Rookie of the Year.

Creighton did not have any representatives on the preseason all-conference team for the first time since 2007-08. It’s just the sixth time in the last 20 years CU did not have a first team all-conference honoree in the presason, and will mark the first time in Greg McDermott’s five seasons at Creighton that his team did not have the Preseason Player of the Year. Four of the five previous Bluejay teams in the last 20 years without a preseason all-league honoree would reach either the NCAA or NIT.

Creighton will open the exhibition season on Nov. 7 vs. Sioux Falls before starting the regular season one week later against Central Arkansas.

Story courtesy: GoCreighton.com

Theriot named to women’s basketball All-Big Ten preseason team. Huskers picked third by the media

Maryland was selected as the preseason conference favorite in the Terrapins’ inaugural Big Ten women’s basketball season by the coaches and media, the conference office announced on Thursday. Minnesota’s Rachel Banham garnered Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year accolades.

Iowa’s Samantha Logic, Minnesota’s Banham and Nebraska’s Rachel Theriot earned nods as Preseason All-Big Ten honorees from both the coaches and the media. Michigan State’s Aerial Powers and Northwestern’s Nia Coffey were voted to the coaches’ preseason squad, while Maryland’s Lexie Brown, Minnesota’s Amanda Zahui B. and Ohio State’s Ameryst Alston were voted to the media’s list.

Nebraska was chosen third by the media voting panel. The Huskers, who won the Big Ten Tournament and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, will return four starters to this year’s squad.

The 2014 Preseason All-Big Ten Teams and preseason polls can be found below.

2014-15 Preseason All-Big Ten Teams and Preseason Polls


1.       Maryland
2.       Michigan State
3.       Iowa


Samantha Logic, Sr., G, IOWA
Aerial Powers, So., G, MSU
Rachel Banham, Sr., G, MINN
Rachel Theriot, Jr., G, NEB
Nia Coffey, So., F, NU


Rachel Banham, Sr., G, MINN



1.       Maryland
2.       Michigan State
3.       Nebraska


Samantha Logic, Sr., G, IOWA
Lexie Brown, So., G, MD
Rachel Banham, Sr., G, MINN
Amanda Zahui B., So., C, MINN
Rachel Theriot, Jr., G, NEB
Ameryst Alston, Jr., G, OSU

*Six players recognized due to a tie


Rachel Banham, Sr., G, MINN

Nebraska’s Petteway named to All-Big Ten preseason team

Nebraska junior guard/forward Terran Petteway was honored Thursday morning, as he was chosen for the preseason All-Big Ten team.

The five-member team, which is selected from media members from around the Big Ten region, were announced prior to the opening session of Big Ten Media Day in Chicago. Petteway is a returning first-team All-Big Ten pick after averaging a conference-high 18.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game in 2013-14.

He is the first Husker chosen to a preseason all-conference team since Aleks Maric in 2007.

In 2013-14, Petteway became the first Husker to lead the conference in scoring in over 60 years en route to earning first-team all-district accolades by the NABC (coaches) and U.S. Basketball Writers Association (writers). He was a consistent scorer for the Big Red, reaching double figures 30 times in 32 games, including a pair of 30-point outings. He had a career-high 35 point game – the most by a Husker since 2008 – against Minnesota. Petteway had many of his best games against NU’s toughest opponents, averaging 20.8 points and 4.9 rebounds in 12 games against top-50 RPI teams last season.

Petteway is joined on first team by Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Caris LeVert of Michigan and the Wisconsin duo of Sam Dekker and Frank Kaminsky. In addition, the conference released the top three teams in the preseason poll. Wisconsin was a unanimous choice to win the league with Michigan State and Ohio State picked second and third, respectively.

Husker basketball loses freshman Day for the season

Nebraska men’s basketball freshman forward B.J. Day suffered a season-ending injury, when he tore his ACL during practice this week. Day will miss this season and apply for a medical redshirt to have four years of eligibility remaining. Day, who is the son of former Husker standout Bernard Day, played at Lincoln Southeast High School, averaging 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game last season to earn second-team Class A all-state honors.

McDermott scores eight as Bulls begin preseason schedule

The Chicago Bulls played their first exhibition game of the 14-15 season, and of course it was the debut of former Creighton great, Doug McDermott. He played 26 minutes scored eight points on 2 of 4 shooting, including 1 for 2 from three point range. He was 3 of 5 at the line, had a rebound and turned the ball over twice in the Bulls 85-81 loss to the Washington Wizards. McDermott and the Bulls are in Detroit tonight.