Creighton Returns to Top 20

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By: WOWT - Email

On the heels of double-digit wins over No. 4 Villanova and Georgetown, the Creighton men's basketball team made a big surge in the national rankings unveiled on Monday.

Creighton (17-3, 7-1 BIG EAST) is ranked 20th in this week's Associated Press poll, the fourth time this season the Bluejays have been in the top-25. Last week the team was tops among those 'also receiving votes" and were on the cusp of the top 25. The ranking matches this year's best ranking, also done November 25th and January 13th.

Including today's poll result, Creighton has been ranked 32 times in 70 weeks of AP polls under Greg McDermott, and ranked between 26th-to-28th in nine other AP polls. The 32 weeks in the top-25 under McDermott is more than any coach in Bluejay history.

In the USA Today coaches poll, Creighton jumped four spots from its No. 24 placement a week ago and currently ranks 20. This is the sixth week this season that the Jays have been in the top 25, and fourth straight week.

Creighton also moved up five spots to the No. 10 spot in the NCAA's official RPI, a five-spot increase over last week. It's Creighton's best mark in the four-year tenure of McDermott, just ahead of the No. 13 spot done on January 7, 2013.

In the latest NCAA statistics released on Monday, Creighton continues to rank highly across the board. The Bluejays lead the nation in three-point percentage, three-pointers per game, three-pointers made, assists per game and assist/turnover ratio. The Jays are also second in assists, eighth in scoring margin and 11th in field goal percentage.

Individually, Ethan Wragge leads the nation in three-point field goal percentage at 50 percent. Doug McDermott ranks second in points per game, third in field goals made, fourth in total points and 13th in free-throw percentage.. Jahenns Manigat is third in assist/turnover ratio, as well.

The Bluejays return to the court on Tuesday at 8:02 pm when it hosts St. John's.

Associated Press Poll
Released Jan. 27, 2014
Rk School W-L Pts. LW
1. Arizona (63) 20-0 1623 1
2. Syracuse (2) 19-0 1561 2
3. Florida 17-2 1436 6
4. Wichita State 21-0 1435 5
5. San Diego State 18-1 1337 7
6. Kansas 15-4 1272 8
7. Michigan State 18-2 1251 3
8. Oklahoma State 16-3 1,067 11
9. Villanova 17-2 1,063 4
10. Michigan 15-4 1,050 21
11. Kentucky 15-4 896 14
12. Louisville 17-3 891 12
13. Cincinnati 19-2 793 15
14. Wisconsin 17-3 763 9
15. Iowa 16-4 722 10
16. Iowa State 15-3 684 16
17. Duke 16-4 549 18
18. Pittsburgh 18-2 517 20
19. Saint Louis 18-2 464 19
20. Creighton 17-3 445 NR
21. Massachusetts 17-2 353 13
22. Memphis 15-4 262 23
23. Oklahoma 16-4 203 25
24. Ohio State 16-4 143 17
25. Texas 16-4 142 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Connecticut 67, Gonzaga 51, UCLA 39, Virginia 18, Minnesota 5, George Washington 5, Kansas State 5, Green Bay 5, Southern Methodist 3, Southern Miss 1, Louisiana Tech 1, Harvard 1, American 1, New Mexico 1.

USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll
Released Jan. 27, 2014
Rk School W-L Pts. LW
1. Arizona (31) 20-0 799 1
2. Syracuse (1) 19-0 769 2
3. Wichita State 21-0 724 4
4. Florida 17-2 694 6
5. San Diego State 18-1 653 7
6. Michigan State 18-2 621 3
7. Louisville 17-3 552 9
Kansas 15-4 552 11
9. Villanova 17-2 509 5
10. Oklahoma State 16-3 497 12
11. Kentucky 15-4 433 14
12. Iowa 16-4 386 10
13. Wisconsin 17-3 368 8
14. Michigan 15-4 346 25
15. Cincinnati 19-2 323 16
16. Duke 16-4 298 18
17. Pittsburgh 18-2 279 19
18. Iow State 15-3 268 17
19. Massachusetts 17-2 265 12
20. Creighton 17-3 229 24
21. Saint Louis 18-2 218 20
22. Memphis 15-4 155 22
23. Ohio State 16-4 118 15
24. Gonzaga 18-3 114 21
25. Oklahoma 16-4 85 25
Others Receiving Votes: Texas 41, Virginia 26, UCLA 22, Connecticut 18, George Washington 8, Baylor 6, Kansas State 6, Southern Miss 6, Colorado 5, Toledo 5, SMU 1, Stephen F. Austin 1.


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