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Creighton lost a friendly bet with Gonzaga in NCAA Tournament

Published: Mar. 29, 2021 at 3:25 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Creighton and Gonzaga faced off in the NCAA Tournament over the weekend and it was an important game for the two teams as the winner would secure a spot in the “Elite Eight.”

In the stands, there was another competition.

Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, President of Creighton University, and Thayne McCulloh, President of Gonzaga University, had a wager going.

“President McCulloh from Gonzaga and I were in conversation, and as soon as we learned we’d be matched up for the Sweet 16 we agreed pretty immediately that a wager was necessary,” said Rev. Hendrickson.

Rev. Hendrickson posted on his Twitter that if Gonzaga won, Creighton would send them Omaha Steaks and Sonoran hot dogs, and give a donation to a charity in Spokane where Gonzaga is located.

“We turned to our local favorite, so to speak, what we’re known for, so Omaha Steaks stepped up immediately as a great partner.”

If Creighton won, Gonzaga would send them Washington apples and Washington wine. They would also make a donation to an Omaha charity.

It was a hard-fought battle but Creighton was knocked out of the tournament by the undefeated Bulldogs.

“They’re superstars, they were great. But it was also fun to watch a lot of talent on the floor with our students. I’ll be rooting for them, Jesuit basketball all the way, if it can’t be us, I’ll root for them!” said Rev. Hendrickson.

Staying true to his word, Rev. Hendrickson says Omaha Steaks will send a package to President McCulloh’s office whenever he gets back from the tournament. And in line with Creighton’s mission of service, the university is working with Gonzaga to identify a charity in Spokane which will receive a donation.

“We’ll see if there’s a consolation prize of apples and wine.”

Rev. Hendrickson says he is proud of the Creighton Bluejays men’s basketball team for their performance in the tournament and congratulated them on a great season.

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