The key tonight for the Creighton men’s basketball team is to take care of the basketball as they face Oregon in the third and decisive game of the CBI postseason tournament.
Creighton’s 20 turnovers on Wednesday night were a season-high and the most in the program’s last 66 games dating to 21 miscues vs. Iona on Nov. 29, 2009. Oregon converted Creighton’s 20 turnovers into a 35-9 advantage in points off turnovers. Before Wednesday, the Jays hadn’t allowed more than 19 points off turnovers in a game this year.
The other key is the Bluejays “Doug” themselves into a big hole in Wednesday’s loss. Plagued by two early fouls, Doug McDermott was limited to six points and two rebounds in a season-low 15 minutes on Wednesday. His six points were tied for his second-fewest output of the season, and his two rebounds matched his career low. In McDermott’s previous six games in which he’s been in double-figures, he’s come out the following game and averaged 18.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Creighton has outscored Oregon by four points with McDermott on the floor this series, but have been outscored by the Ducks by nine points without him,
This will be the fourth straight season that the Missouri Valley Conference will have a men’s basketball team playing for a postseason national title, the longest active streak of any league. In 2008, Bradley faced Tulsa in the CBI final, while the Braves faced Pacific in the 2009 CIT championship game. In 2010, Missouri State won the CIT over Pacific. This season, Creighton is playing for the CBI title, and Wichita State won the NIT crown vs. Alabama.