The Creighton men’s basketball team have fallen out of the national rankings after a 12-week run being recognized as one of the nation’s top-25 teams in either the Associated Press or USA Today/ESPN Coaches Polls.
The Bluejays have lost three straight since a 21-2 start, and next play at Southern Illinois on Tuesday night at 7 pm.
Despite missing the top-25 this week, Creighton has still been in the Associated Press poll nine of the last 11 weeks. Its¹ No. 13 ranking on Jan.30th was Creighton¹s highest ranking since being 12th on Feb. 10, 2003.
Creighton’s had been in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll 12 straight weeks since debuting at No. 25 on Nov. 21, before this week. The Jays¹ No. 12 rank on Jan. 30th was the program’s highest ranking since being 12th on Feb. 10, 2003. Creighton is 28th in both polls, ranking third among those “also receiving votes” this week.
Statistically, Creighton maintains the top spot in field goal percentage at 50.4 percent. The Bluejays are also third in three-point field goal percentage (.426). In NCAA history, the only team to ever finish the year atop both categories was Northern Arizona in 1998-99. In addition, the Bluejays are also third in assists per game (18.3), sixth in assist/turnover ratio (1.46) and 10th in scoring offense (79.5).
In terms of attendance, Creighton’s season average to 16,692. That figure ranks eighth-best nationally, and is on pace to shatter a Missouri Valley Conference record of 15,930 it set in 2008-09.
Individually, Doug McDermott ranks third in the country in scoring average at 22.9 points per game. He is also seventh in the nation with his 60.6 percent accuracy from the field, 64th in free-throw percentage (.840) and 72nd in rebounds per game (8.3). Grant Gibbs is 33rd in assists per game(5.7) and 30th in assist/turnover ratio (2.37). Antoine Young is 20th in assist/turnover ratio (2.53) and 109th in assists per game (4.4). Inside, Gregory Echenique is 84th in blocked shots per game (1.7) and 142nd with 7.3 rebounds per game.