Wichita State at Creighton

  • Will this be Creighton’s Doug McDermott’s final home game? He told the Omaha World-Herald that isn’t on his mind. “My honest answer is I have no idea what I’m going to do,’’ he said.  “I’ve always been taught to stay in the moment, and that’s exactly what I’m doing.   I’m sure I’ll discuss that after the season, but right now I’m a college basketball player, and that’s all I can think about.’’

Wichita State at Creighton
P Wichita St. Ht Yr Pts Reb
F Carl Hall 6-8 Sr. 12.3 7.0
C Ehimen Orukpe 7-0 Sr. 3.1 4.7
G Demetric Williams 6-3 Sr. 8.5 x-2.4
G Tekele Cotton 6-3 So. 6.1 3.9
G Malcolm Armstead 6-0 Sr. 10.0 x-4.0
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Wichita State (24-6,12-5): WSU has won five of the past seven meetings and two in a row in Omaha, its best stretch of success since the late 1980s. “Last time we were in Omaha, it was really a very nice outcome for us,” WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. “We’ve got enough guys that walked out of there feeling that feeling.” Armstead scored 15 points, making 2 of 8 threes, and handed out five assists in WSU’s 67-64 win over then-No. 12 Creighton in January. WSU committed a season-low seven turnovers.The Shockers lost at Missouri State in the most recent winner-take-all game for the MVC title, the final game of the 2011 regular season. They also lost to Tulsa in 1985, the only times for that scenario in the past 30 seasons.
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P Creighton Ht Yr Pts Reb
F Doug McDermott 6-8 Jr. 22.8 7.7
C Gregory Echenique 6-9 Sr. 9.6 6.6
G Grant Gibbs 6-5 Sr. 8.6 x-5.8
G Jahenns Manigat 6-1 Jr. 6.1 1.8
G Austin Chatman 6-0 So. 7.6 x-4.3

 

Creighton (23-7, 12-5): Creighton is 16-1 in home finales, including 5-0 against the Shockers, in the last 17 seasons. Creighton is 21 of 58 (36.2 percent) from three-point range against WSU the past three games. It made 8 of 20 in this season’s first meeting. Making 10 of 17 free throws (58.5 percent) hurt the Bluejays. They make 74.8 percent for the season. WSU won the first meeting despite shooting 38 percent from the field and 17.4 percent (4-23) from three-point range. The Bluejays will take a similar defensive effort. “We have to get them to take the shots we want them to take, instead of the attacking baskets at the rim,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. Doug McDermott averages 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds in five games against WSU, with a high of 25 in this season’s first meeting. WSU did a good job keeping him off the foul line. He made 1 of 2.
RPIs as of Friday: WSU 42, CU 41