Creighton Basketball: Keys to Bluejays' 2012 NCAA Tournament Run

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Creighton Basketball: Keys to Bluejays' 2012 NCAA Tournament Run
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While most of the college basketball world was busy slogging it out during Championship Week, the Creighton Bluejays were maxin' and relaxin' back in Omaha, savoring the sweet flavor of their Missouri Valley Conference Tournament title and awaiting their seeding fate for the NCAA Tournament at the hands of the almighty Selection Committee.

Well, the time for takin' it easy has come and gone, now that Creighton, armed with an eight seed in the Midwest Region, has a clearer picture of the path it must travel if it's to shoehorn its collective foot into Cinderella's glass slipper.

In just his second season on the job, head coach Greg McDermott has the Bluejays back in the Big Dance for the first time since 2007, when they lost in the first round to Nevada.

McDermott and the Jays can thank Doug McDermott, the coach's son and MVC Player of the Year, for fueling the team's rapid rise back into March Madness. The sophomore from Ames ranked third in the nation in scoring and carried Creighton on the boards.

And lest you think their 28-5 record is simply the byproduct of playing in a mid-major league, consider that the Jays notched key nonconference wins against San Diego State, Northwestern and Long Beach State, all of whom could make the 68-team field as at-large participants.

So what does Creighton have in store for the rest of the month? Read on to find out!

 

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