Sunday, December 8, 2013

B1G vs. Big East: Nebraska (6-2) at Creighton (6-2) at CenturyLink Center Omaha at 5 p.m. on FS1

GoCreighton.comOmaha, NE -- Creighton is 6-2 on the young season, with victories over Alcorn State (107-61), UMKC (96-70), Saint Joseph’s (83-79), Tulsa (82-72)  and Arizona State (88-60) to open the year before losses to San Diego State (86-80) and George Washington (60-53) to close out play at the Wooden Legacy. The Jays wrapped up an eight-day road trip on Tuesday with a 78-61 win at Long Beach State.

The Bluejays returned 11 lettermen and four starters from last year’s 28-8 team that reached the third round of the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive season.   
Austin Chatman
Creighton junior PG Austin Chatman is one of four returning starters
for Jays in 2014
Senior Doug McDermott (24.4 ppg., 6.8 rpg., 44.2 3FG%) is the nation’s only returning consensus First Team All-American, as well as the nation’s leading returning scorer. He’s led the Jays in scoring and rebounding each of the past three seasons, and named Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year by league coaches.
The other three returning starters include guards Grant Gibbs (5.6 ppg., 4.3 apg.), Jahenns Manigat (5.6 ppg.) and Austin Chatman (8.6 ppg., 4.5 apg., 4.9 rpg.). Gibbs led the MVC in assists each of the last two years and was awarded a sixth year of eligibility in early July. Devin Brooks (9.9 ppg.) has given CU a spark off the bench, as well.
Junior center Will Artino (6.6 ppg., 2.9 rpg.) and reigning MVC Sixth Man of the Year Ethan Wragge(12.1 ppg., 50.8 3FG%) see time on the front line to help replace starting center Gregory Echenique(9.7 ppg., 6.6 rpg., 1.7 bpg.).
Creighton was picked to finish third in the 10-team BIG EAST Conference this winter.
Nebraska has won three straight games and enters Sunday’s showdown with a 6-2 mark on the season. The game will be NU’s initial true road game of the season, though the Cornhuskers did go 1-2 in three neutral-site games at the Charleston Classic late last month.

Five of Nebraska’s top six scorers are newcomers, a group headed by Terran Petteway (15.8 ppg., 4.9 rpg.), Deverell Biggs (10.7 ppg.) and Walter Pitchford (9.0 ppg., 4.4 rpg.).

Sophomore Shavon Shields (12.0 ppg., 5.4 rpg.) heads the list of returners, which also includes the team’s top three-pointer shooter, Ray Gallegos (8.0 ppg.).

Nebraska shoots 43.9 percent from the floor, 34.9 percent from three-point range and 71.4 percent at the line while being out-rebounded by 1.3 caroms per contest. The Cornhuskers also average 73.0 points per game while allowing just 64.2 per outing.

Series History
This is the 47th meeting all-time between Nebraska and Creighton in men's basketball, which began in the 1922-23 season.  Nebraska leads the all-time series 25-21.  Creighton's win last season snapped a seven-year streak that saw the home team win each game.  Creighton leads 15-9 all-time in games played in Omaha and the Huskers are looking for their first win at the CenturyLink Center since the 2004 NIT Tournament.  Nebraska's last regular season win against Creighton in Omaha came in 1995.  Creighton has won 11 of the last 14 regular-season games against Nebraska.  

Recent Meetings

2012 - Creighton 64, Nebraska 42 (Lincoln)
2011 - Creighton 76, Nebraska 66 (Omaha)
2010 - Nebraska 59, Creighton 54 (Lincoln)
2009 - Creighton 67, Nebraska 61 (Omaha)
2008 - Nebraska 54, Creighton 52 (Lincoln)
2007 - Creighton 74, Nebraska 62 (Omaha)
2006 - Nebraska 73, Creighton 61 (Lincoln)
2005 - Creighton 70, Nebraska 44 (Omaha)
2004 - Creighton 50, Nebraska 48 (Lincoln)
2004 - Nebraska 71, Creighton 70 (NIT Tournament) (Omaha)
2003 - Creighton 61, Nebraska 54 (Omaha)
2002 - Creighton 81, Nebraska 73 (Lincoln)
2001 - Creighton 76, Nebraska 70 (Omaha)
2000 - Creighton 62, Nebraska 51 (Lincoln)

Tim Miles vs. Greg McDermott

These two coaches have known each other for quite some time and have been coaching against each other for more than 15 years.  Greg McDermott is 9-0 all-time in games he has coached against Tim Miles.

1997-98 - Wayne State 79, Southwest Minnesota State 65
1997-98 - Wayne State 72, Southwest Minnesota State 69
1998-99 - Wayne State 84, Southwest Minnesota State 67
1998-99 - Wayne State 65, Southwest Minnesota State 62
1999-00 - Wayne State 77, Southwest Minnesota State 53
1999-00 - Wayne State 67, Southwest Minnesota State 65
1999-00 - Wayne State 84, Southwest Minnesota State 72
2006-07 - Iowa State 67, North Dakota State 54
2012-13 - Creighton 64, Nebraska 42

Nebraska Schedule (6-2)Florida Gulf Coast (W 79-55)
Western Illinois (W 62-47)
South Carolina State (W 83-57)
-----Charleston Classic-----
vs. UMass (L 90-96)
vs. UAB (L 74-87)
vs. Georgia (W 73-65)
Northern Illinois (W 63-58)
Miami (FL) (W 60-49)

Creighton Schedule (6-2)Alcorn State (W 107-61)
Missouri-Kansas City (W 96-70)
at St. Joseph's (W 83-79)
Tulsa (W 82-72)
-----Wooden Legacy-----
vs. Arizona State (W 88-60)
vs. San Diego State (L 80-86)
vs. George Washington (L 53-60)
at Long Beach State (W 78-61)

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