The Creighton men’s basketball team is all set to head to its first Big East Tournament in New York City. Officially, Madison Square Garden is a neutral venue, but the Bluejays are enjoying the news that their fans have purchased more than 3,000 tickets.
Junior Austin Chatman said, “That means a lot. I mean, in St. Louis we traveled well. In New York we're obviously traveling well. It will mean a lot, it will mean a lot." Teammate Doug McDermott agrees, “We're bringing more fans than any other school, so right there is an advantage for us. They're going to be loud. This will be their first, a lot for them their first trip to New York, so they'll be fired up.”
Head coach Greg McDermott reflected on crowd expectations between this year and previous years when Creighton played in the Missouri Valley tournament. “In St. Louis we were in one big section together. Now my understanding is that it's kind of a ribbon seating format, so we'll be all over the building, so my point to our fans is that we've got an opportunity to annoy more people that way because we'll be surrounded by the other fans,” said McDermott.
The Bluejays will make their Big East Tournament debut Thursday night against the winner of Wednesday night’s game between DePaul and Georgetown. Earlier this season, Creighton beat DePaul twice and was 1-1 against Georgetown.