Creighton finally outgrew its conference in 2013, making the leap from the Missouri Valley to the Big East. The transition was seamless as the Bluejays continued their sustained success in the McDermott era. They went 27-8 (14-4 Big East) on the season but didn’t lose a game at home. Doug McDermott (26.7 PPG) led the highest-scoring team in the conference to new heights again during the regular season, but unfortunately came up short in the his last college postseason. Creighton was demolished in their second game of the Tournament against Baylor. McDermott and three other starters from last year’s squad have graduated; just Austin Chatman (8.1 PPG) returns. It will be nearly impossible to repeat last season’s performance this year, but Bluejay fans are already excited for 2015 when transfers Cole Huff, Ricky Kreklow and Maurice Watson will all be eligible to play.
The Creighton Bluejays operate under coach Greg McDermott at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The Doug McDermott era may be over but it turned plenty of heads towards the little-known program, winning the 2013 MVC Tournament. The teams will always be questioned based on the fact that in three Tournament years the Bluejays failed to make their first Sweet 16 since 1974, but there’s no doubt the school is better off for what happened. Even before McDermott Creighton made the Tournament seven out of nine years between 1999 and 2007, adding to their now-19 all time NCAA Tournament appearances. 13 NBA players have come out of Creighton including McDermott debuting for the Chicago Bulls this winter. Other notable players include Kyle Korver, Anthony Tolliver, Benoit Benjamin, and Paul Silas. Get your Creighton basketball tickets from Gold Coast Tickets!