Creighton coach Greg McDermott says the Bluejays are a different team without star guard Maurice Watson but that does not mean they can’t be successful. Now at number-22 in the AP Poll the Jays get set to visit 16th ranked Butler in BIG EAST action Tuesday night.
Creighton is coming off an 83-66 win over DePaul, its first victory since Watson was ruled out for the season with a knee injury.
“It is almost February first and we are halfway through the league schedule and a game out of first place”, said McDermott. “All of our hopes and dreams and aspirations are still right in front of us but our margin for error is slimmer.”
Creighton is 6-3 in the league race and while they can’t change their personality they do need to emphasize different areas.
“Transition offense is a big part of what we do but defense and rebounding is where we are going to have to hang our hat”, added McDermott. “If you are not good in those areas then you are putting too much pressure on an offense that is different than it used to be. We have to have a better balance.”
Butler is 7-3 in conference play after an 85-81 home loss to Georgetown.