What a way to open up the Big East basketball slate for the Creighton Bluejays. Tonight, they host Marquette, the preseason favorite to win the conference. Creighton comes into this game with a 10-2 record and will be playing their fifth straight game at home. The Jays have yet to trail on this homestand. Marquette enters the game 8-5.
Marquette leads the series with Creighton by a 48-28 margin, including a 19-18 edge in Omaha. The teams have not met since a 1998 NIT game in Milwaukee, and Creighton has not beaten Marquette since its teams were known as the Warriors way back in 1988. The teams met 42 times between 1950 and 1988, but the series was discontinued once Marquette dropped its independent status and joined the Midwestern Collegiate Conference in 1988.
Creighton will honor five former coaches at halftime of Tuesday night’s game in recognition of their work to help the program over the years. The honorees:
-Mary Jean McManus, wife of the late coach John J. “Red” McManus, who coached Creighton from 1959-69 and a pair of NCAA bids.
-Eddie Sutton, coach at Creighton from 1969-74. First coach to take four teams to the NCAA Tournament got his Division I start at Creighton.
-Tom Apke, coach at Creighton from 1974-81. Led the Jays into the MVC and promptly won a MVC Tournament in his first attempt.
-Tony Barone, coach at Creighton from 1985-91. Led Creighton to a pair of NCAA Tournament bids.
-Reva Altman, wife of former Creighton coach Dana Altman, who is currently coaching at Oregon. Program’s all-time wins leader led the team to seven NCAA Tournaments and 13 straight postseason bids and was coach when the team moved to CenturyLink Center Omaha. Dana Altman will be unable to attend while on the road with his nationally-ranked Oregon squad.