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NCAA Tournament Preview: Creighton Bluejays

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The Basics

  • Record: 28-5 (14-4 Missouri Valley)
  • Best Wins: San Diego State, Wichita State, Long Beach State
  • Worst Losses: Missouri State, Northern Iowa, Evansville
  • Admirable Losses: Wichita State

Statistically Speaking (national ranking)

  • The good: 42.5 3P% (3rd), 119.5 Off. Efficiency (5th), 63.9 A/FGM (9th)
  • The bad: 15.5 Def. TO% (343rd), 5.7 Def. Blk% (319th), Non-con schedule (150th)
  • The interesting: There's a serious red flag here defensively, where Creighton grades out in the bottom half of the country (183rd in Def. Efficiency). They have yielded 75 points on 11 occasions this season, which equates to 33% of the time. This. Is. Not. Good.
What to Expect

Real life aspirations. A star scorer/rebounder like Doug McDermott makes things easier, but is there really enough on the back end to keep the game close during those stretches when the shots aren't falling? That's the question. The Bluejays are downright awful at forcing turnovers, and rarely allow opponents to end offensive possessions with anything other than a non-altered shot attempt. We know McDermott will dazzle, no doubt, but stepping on the court against an elite team (for the first time all year) might just be a tad overwhelming.