Creighton brings a 23-14 record into Wednesday’s night’s game, the program’s 12th 20-win season in the past 13 years. The Bluejays have posted four straight victories in the CBI thus far, an 85-74 victory over San Jose State on March 15, a 102-92 win over Davidson on March 21, an 82-64 triumph over UCF last Wednesday and an 84-76 win over Oregon on Monday. All four of those games took place at Qwest Center Omaha.
The Bluejays tied for fourth in the MVC after finishing with a 10-8 league record.
Freshman Doug McDermott, son of first-year head coach Greg McDermott, leads Creighton in scoring (15.2 ppg.) and in rebounding (7.5 rpg.). He’s been in double-figures in 31 of 37 games and paces the MVC with nine double-doubles. He is the first MVC freshman to be named first-team all-MVC since 1951-52, and on Monday became the MVC’s top scoring freshman in league history. McDermott has averaged 23.5 points and 6.5 rebounds in four CBI games.
Second on the team in scoring is junior point guard Antoine Young. Young averages 13.2 points per game and leads the MVC in assists (186), assists per game (5.0), assist/turnover ratio (2.58) and minutes (1,324). He owns 35 assists and just four turnovers in four CBI games.
Giving the Jays a big tandem inside is sophomore Gregory Echenique (10.5 ppg., 5.5 rpg., 1.8 bpg.) and senior Kenny Lawson Jr. (9.2 ppg., 5.5 rpg.). Lawson was voted preseason MVC Player of the Year and has paced the league in blocked shots each of the previous two seasons, while Echenique is second in overall rejections this season. Echenique leads the MVC in blocked shots per game and field goal percentage.
Creighton owns an impressive 541/436 assist/turnover ratio and has made almost as many free throws (509) than the opposition has attempted (556).
Led by former Creighton coach Dana Altman, Oregon is 19-18 on the season, including five wins in the last seven games. The Ducks finished 7-11 in conference play, then advanced to the Pacific-10 Conference Tournament semifinals with wins over Arizona State and UCLA.
Second-team all-conference pick Joevan Catron leads the Ducks in scoring (15.5 ppg.) and rebounding (6.7 rpg.). E.J. Singler, brother of Duke standout Kyle Singler, is second on the team with 11.7 points per game and 5.8 rebounds per contest. He’s shooting 39.8 percent from three-point range and is second on the club with 53 three-point baskets. Malcolm Armstead paces the Ducks with 81 steals and 158 assists while chipping in 8.6 points per game.
Oregon averages 70.1 points per game and allows 69.6 per contest. They are outrebounded by 1.9 caroms per contest, but force 15.3 turnovers per game.
Stats courtesy of gocreighton.com