Jays Remain In Top 25 Coaches Poll

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By: WOWT - Email

The Creighton men's basketball team moved to 23rd in this
week’s USA Today Coaches poll, but fell out of the Associated Press top-25
poll after a pair of losses last week, dropping to 30th.

It snaps Creighton’s program-record streak of 17 straight weeks in the AP’s
top-25 that had broken the mark of 15 weeks in a row held by the 2002-03
squad.

Statistically, Creighton ranks among the nation’s top-20 in nine different
categories through games of Feb. 10th. The Jays lead the nation in field
goal percentage (.120) and three-point percentage (.432). CU is third in
three-pointers per game (9.4), fourth with 17.7 assists per game, fifth in
assist/turnover ratio (1.48), sixth in points (1945), 12th in scoring margin
(+14.0), 14th in scoring offense (77.8) and 19th in free-throw percentage
(.751). The only team to ever finish a season leading the nation in both
3-pointers per game and 3-point percentage was Princeton in 1987-88, while
the only team to ever lead the nation in both field goal percentage and
three-point percentage was Northern Arizona 1998-99.

Individually, Doug McDermott is second in points per game (23.3), 34th in
field goal percentage (.552), 42nd in free-throw percentage (.864), 92nd in
double-doubles (6) and 148th in rebounds per game (7.5). Grant Gibbs is 12th
in assist/turnover ratio (2.8) and 28th in assists per game (5.8). In
addition, Gregory Echenique ranks 95th in blocked shots per game (1.68),
116th in double-doubles (5) and 181st in rebounds per game (7.1). Also in
the top-100 are Ethan Wragge, who is 85th with 2.40 three-pointers per game,
and Austin Chatman who ranks 95th with 4.5 assists per game and 82nd with a
2.07 assist/turnover ratio.

Creighton (20-5, 9-4 MVC) returns to the court with a pair of road games
this week. The Jays play Northern Iowa (14-11, 7-6 MVC) on Wednesday at 7 pm
before visiting Evansville (14-11, 7-6 MVC) on Saturday at 2 pm.


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