Creighton mania, the Jays take center stage in New York City.
It’s been a story book season for Creighton heading into Saturday night’s Big East championship game. To be the newbie in the Conference, the Jays faced extra pressure this year; yet fans say the team deserves a marquee status, especially in the “Big Apple” after earning a spot to battle for a conference title.
All eyes fixed on the big screens inside DJ’s Dugout at Aksarben Village, fans hoping for big cheers for the Bluejays as the team contended for a conference championship. "Especially since it's their first season in the Big East and Doug has been doing so well, I mean he is breaking records, he was just on the cover of Sports Illustrated, so I mean they are really saying, I'm here, we're here to play hard and we are here to win it," Parker Choate said.
Doug and Greg are the father-son duo that captivated this Creighton fan base over four years and the McDermott name now in bright lights in Madison Square Garden. Jessica Wilbanks is a Creighton senior and knows how special Doug's final season will end up becoming. "It's just funny to know that he is graduating with us, he will walk with our graduation and he will signed to play for the NBA so that is really cool,” she said.
For Phyllis Watkins and Addie Innes it's bitter sweet because each game means one less for Doug and his dad. But knowing the two carry Omaha into the national spotlight is an honor. "I can't say enough about the family, I mean they are totally awesome. And we couldn't be more proud of the Bluejays and the family,” Watkins said.
In the end, win, lose or draw fans say this season will be one to remember, and they'll be there the next to cheer on their Jays. "Absolutely we will be there next year, through thick and thin,” Innes said.
Despite Friday’s loss, there's more basketball for the Jays, “Selection Sunday.” That’s when they will find out where and when they will play in the NCAA basketball tournament.