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Creighton Bluejays

General Information

Conference: Big East

NCAA Division: Division I

City: Omaha, NE

Stadium: CHI Health Center Omaha

Championships

  • National Championships: None
  • Conference Titles: 12
  • NCAA Tournaments: 1941, 1962, 1964, 1974, 1975, 1978, 1981, 1989, 1991, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022

Past Conferences:

  • Missouri Valley
  • Independent

Creighton Bluejays Standings & Analysis

If you’re a college sports fan, you’re likely interested in keeping up-to-date with the latest news and standings for your favorite teams. The Creighton Bluejays is a perennial powerhouse in college sports, and as such, many fans are always on the lookout for the latest information on this team.

All-Time Creighton Bluejays Stats & Records

Points Scored

  • Doug McDermott: 3,150
  • Rodney Buford: 2,116
  • Bob Harstad: 2,110

Rebounds

  • Paul Silas: 1,751
  • Elton Tuttle: 1,435
  • Bob Harstad: 1,126

Assists

  • Ryan Sears: 570
  • Ralph Bobik: 549
  • Antoine Young: 505

Wins

  • Dana Altman: 327
  • Greg McDermott: 276
  • Arthur Schabinger: 163

Overview of the Creighton Bluejays Standings

Last-Season Standings

The Creighton Bluejays basketball team had a strong 2021-2022 NCAAB season, finishing with an overall record of 23-10 and earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The team was led by senior guard Marcus Zegarowski, who was named to the All-Big East First Team. Zegarowski averaged 15.8 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game throughout the season.

The Bluejays had a challenging non-conference schedule, which included losses to Arizona State and BYU. However, they were able to bounce back and finished with an 11-7 record in the Big East Conference. The team also had notable wins over conference rivals, including a win over top-seeded Villanova.

In addition to Zegarowski, the Bluejays received strong contributions from junior guard Denzel Mahoney and freshman forward Ryan Nembhard. Mahoney averaged 12.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, while Nembhard added 7.4 points and 2.6 rebounds per game.

The Bluejays were able to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament as a seventh seed. In the first round, they faced UC Santa Barbara and won in a thrilling finish, with a score of 63-62. However, their tournament run came to an end in the second round, as they lost to second-seeded Iowa by a score of 75-62.

Overall, the Creighton Bluejays had a solid 2021-2022 season, with notable achievements and strong performances from key players like Marcus Zegarowski, Denzel Mahoney, and Ryan Nembhard. With the start of the 2022-2023 season, the team is now coached by Greg McDermott and will be playing their home games at the CHI Health Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska as members of the Big East Conference.

Before Betting on Creighton Bluejays, Check Out These Tips:

Monitor injuries and absences

Injuries and absences can significantly impact a team’s performance, so be sure to stay up-to-date on any injuries or absences among the Bluejays players. Consider how the absence of a key player could impact the team’s performance.

Keep an eye on key players

Pay attention to the team’s key players, such as Marcus Zegarowski, Denzel Mahoney, and Ryan Nembhard. These players have been instrumental to the team’s success in the past and are likely to have a significant impact on the outcome of the game.

Analyze the team’s performance

Before placing any bets on the Bluejays, analyze their performance throughout the season, including their record, their performances against top-ranked teams, and their stats both on offense and defense. This will help you make more informed betting decisions.

Consider the opponent

When betting on the Bluejays, be sure to consider their opponents’ strengths and weaknesses. Analyze their recent performances, their record, and any significant injuries or absences that could affect their performance. This will help you make more informed betting decisions.

Creighton Bluejays Basketball History

Although now a contender in the Big East, Creighton is still just as synonymous – if not, more so – with the Missouri Valley Conference, the program’s home from 1927 through 1948 and again from 1976 through 2013. It won the conference’s regular season title 15 times and its tournament 12 times, posting just 11 losing conference records in those 56 years.

Arthur Schabinger was the first head coach to take the Bluejays into the MVC and he’d win multiple league crowns before giving way to Eddie Hickey in 1935. Hickey, who engineered a high-energy attack that featured an early fast-break style of basketball, guided Creighton to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1941, and two years later led the Blue Jays to a 19-2 mark.

World War II caused an interruption to the program and then there were many mediocre years until the early 1960s, when future Boston Celtics star Paul Silas would lead the squad to the NCAA Tournament in both 1962 and 1964.Silas averaged over 20 rebounds per game in each of his three seasons, leading the nation in 1963 with 20.6.

There would be another NCAA Tournament appearance under future Arkansas, Kentucky, and Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton in 1974, and then three in Tom Apke’s seven seasons at the helm. Apke was on board when the program returned to the MVC in 1976.

Four-year standout Chad Gallagher helped take the 1990-91 team to a then-program record 24 wins, the last of which was an upset of New Mexico State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It was the program’s first win in the event in 17 years.

The Bluejays wouldn’t have another winning season until they went 18-7 in 1997-98, which was Dana Altman’s fourth year with the school. Altman, who had coached previously at Marshall and Kansas State, was slowly building Creighton into a perennial contender in the MVC and nearly an annual entrant in the NCAA Tournament.

His 1998-99 team, with future NBAer Rodney Buford as the star, scored early wins over Iowa, Baylor and Oklahoma State and carried a six-game winning streak into the tourney before it upset Louisville in the first round.

That was the first of five straight trips to the Big Dance, with the Bluejays pulling off a 12-seed over a 5-seed upset in 2002 against a Florida team boasting five future NBA players.

Creighton has one of its own that year in Kyle Korver, a sharpshooter who ranks 10th all-time in 3-point percentage (45.3) at both the college level and the NBA level (42.9).

Korver hit a school-record 129 triples the following season, as the Bluejays piled up 29 wins before a disappointing first-round exit in the NCAA Tournament as the No. 6 seed. Altman left for Oregon after the 2009-10 campaign and Greg McDermott took over after a somewhat unsuccessful stint at Iowa State.

Once McDermott joined Creighton, his son Doug McDermott was able to back out of a commitment to Northern Iowa and join his father for what would be the best years of the program. As a freshman, Doug averaged a team-high 14.9 points as the Bluejays were runners-up in the College Basketball Invitational, losing to Altman’s Oregon Ducks.

Doug McDermott bumped that scoring average to 22.9 the following season when Creighton returned to the NCAA Tournament and knocked off Alabama in the opening round. The Bluejays began the 2012-13 season ranked in the top 25 and stayed there until the middle of February.

That team rebounded from the February lull to roll through the MVC conference tournament in its final season with the league. It then knocked off Cincinnati in the NCAA Tournament, only to lose to Duke in the next round.

The move to the newly formed Big East the following season did nothing to slow down Doug McDermott, who averaged 26.7 points and won conference player of the year honors for a team that finished second in its new conference. The Bluejays, for the third straight year, won one game in the NCAA Tournament before bowing out.

Overall, Greg McDermott’s first four teams -all with his son- were 107-38 and went to three NCAA Tournaments and the finals of another postseason event. They’d plummet to below .500 after the younger McDermott left, but rebounded quickly. Each of the last seven Creighton squads has been at .500 or better in the Big East, with the last three going a combined 39-18 in the league.

The 2020-21 team reached the Sweet 16, becoming the first in school history to win multiple games in the NCAA Tournament before being eliminated. Last season’s edition finished fourth in the Big East and won another NCAA Tournament game before nearly upsetting eventual champ Kansas.

Betting tips suggest that McDermott’s squad could be the team to beat in the Big East in 2022-23. Creighton Bluejays team stats from the past season show a dominant defensive squad that held opponents to 39.6% shooting, and this season’s squad returns plenty. It also adds a key transfer in Baylor Scheierman, a sharpshooter from South Dakota State who should fit right in.

NCAAB odds are great for a conference crown and a long postseason run for the Bluejays.

Creighton Bluejays Basketball FAQs

What is the highest win total in Creighton Bluejays history?

The Bluejays have twice won 29 games, first doing so in 2002-03 and then again in 2011-12.

What was the worst season in Creighton Bluejays history?

The 1993-94 edition won seven games and lost a program-high 22. It tied for last in the Missouri Valley Conference at 3-15.

Who is the greatest player in Creighton Bluejays history?

Doug McDermott scored 1,034 points more than any other player in Creighton history. He won three conference player of the year awards, two in the MVC and another in the Big East. He was a Naismith Award winner and a Wooden Award winner and was the AP Player of the Year in 2014.

Nobody comes close to McDermott’s impact on the court in Omaha. He has played for six teams in eight years in the NBA, ranking among the top 15 in 3-point percentage five times.

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