Creighton vs. Drake: Full Game Preview

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Creighton vs. Drake: Full Game Preview
Creighton
(17-2, 6-1 away)
Drake
(8-10, 6-4 home)
Venue: Knapp Center
8:05PM ET / 5:05PM PT, January 23, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Creighton D McDermott 24.1 G Echenique 7.4 G Gibbs 5.9
Drake B Simons 14.2 J Clarke 8.1 R Carter 3.8

On Wednesday, No. 17 Creighton heads to Knapp Center to take on Drake. The game gets underway at 8:05 EST and it can be seen on FSN-MW. The Bluejays defeated the Bulldogs 91-61 on January 8th and are 7-3 against them over the past four years.

Creighton is 1st in the Missouri Valley and Drake is in 8th. Both teams continue to jockey for position.

In their last game, Doug McDermott put up 25 points and 6 rebounds in the Bluejays 67-64 loss to Wichita State on January 19th. He leads the team with 24.1 points per game. For the Bulldogs, Jordan Clarke finished with 10 points and 8 rebounds in the 85-55 loss to Northern Iowa on January 20th. He leads the team in rebounds with 8.1 per game and steals with 1.4 per game.

Drake StatSmack

  • Creighton can actually jump, with more rebounds (36.1 per game vs 31.3 per game) than Drake this season.
  • The Creighton blocks leader (Gregory Echenique) has more blocks than the Drake blocks leader (Seth VanDeest).
  • We have a history of cultivating talent. Over the past 10 years, Creighton has had more players drafted by the NBA than Drake (1 vs 0).
  • Creighton does a better job contesting shots (39.6% allowed vs 43.7% allowed) than Drake this season.
  • Avery Dingman is ranked 8th in the Missouri Valley in three-pointers.
  • Even computers respect Creighton more. We have a better RPI this season than Drake (RPI: #18 vs #202).
  • Creighton takes less vacation, with more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Drake (4 vs 1).
  • Be afraid. Creighton has blown out more teams than Drake this season (5 blowouts vs 1).
  • People just expect us to beat you. Creighton has been the favorite 32 out of the last 36 times.
CREI Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A+ Doug McDermott 31 24 7 2 0 0 3
B+ G. Echenique 23 10 7 1 1 2 1
B Grant Gibbs 29 7 4 6 1 0 2
B Austin Chatman 31 8 3 5 1 0 2
B- Ethan Wragge 18 9 3 0 0 0 0
C+ Jahenns Manigat 25 6 1 2 1 0 1
C+ Avery Dingman 16 6 3 1 0 0 1
C Josh Jones 20 7 2 1 1 0 1
C Nevin Johnson 5 2 0 0 0 0 0
C- Will Artino 7 3 2 0 0 0 1
C- Geoff Groselle 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Andre Yates 5 1 0 1 0 0 1
D+ M. Oginni 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Joe Kelling 2 1 0 1 0 0 0
D+ T. Stormberg 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Alex Olsen 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
DRAKE Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Ben Simons 34 14 4 2 1 0 2
C+ Jordan Clarke 26 8 8 1 1 0 1
C Seth VanDeest 22 10 4 1 0 1 2
C- Chris Hines 26 10 2 1 1 0 1
C- Richard Carter 24 9 2 4 1 0 2
C- Joey King 20 8 3 1 0 0 1
D+ Micah Mason 17 6 1 2 1 0 2
D Gary Ricks Jr. 15 4 1 1 0 0 1
D Daddy Ugbede 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D Jeremy Jeffers 11 3 1 0 0 0 1
D- Matt Bowie 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
F M. McLaughlin 3 0 1 0 0 0 1
F Kori Babineaux 8 1 1 1 0 0 2
F Robert Puleikis 6 4 2 0 0 0 0
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