Drake vs. Creighton: Full Game Preview

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Drake vs. Creighton: Full Game Preview
Drake
(15-16, 5-9 away)
Creighton
(24-7, 15-2 home)
Venue: Scottrade Center
1:05PM ET / 10:05AM PT, March 08, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Drake B Simons 14.3 J Clarke 8.5 R Carter 3.4
Creighton D McDermott 23.4 D McDermott 7.6 G Gibbs 5.9

Creighton takes on Drake in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Tournament at Scottrade Center on Friday. Tipoff is at 1:05 p.m. EST and it can be seen on MVC Network. The Bluejays lost to the Bulldogs 74-69 on Jan. 23 and are 7-4 against them over the last four years.

The 41 points and six rebounds by Doug McDermott helped the Bluejays to a 91-79 victory over Wichita State on Mar. 2. He leads the team with 23.4 points per game and 7.6 rebounds per game. In an 81-66 victory over Bradley on Mar. 7, Richard Carter put up nine points for the Bulldogs. He averages 9.0 points per game in addition to a team-best 3.4 assists per game. A key area of strength for Drake is effective field goal percentage at 53.3, which ranks second in their conference (and 30th nationally).

Drake StatSmack

  • Creighton has a much better overall winning percentage over the last five years (69.5 percent to 47.2 percent).
  • Creighton players are more experienced than Drake players (17,590 minutes played vs. 13,941 minutes played).
  • Austin Chatman is ranked 3rd in the Missouri Valley in assists.
  • Creighton allows fewer rebounds (30.1 allowed per game vs. 34.0 allowed per game) than Drake this season.
  • Be afraid. Creighton has blown out more teams than Drake this season (eight blowouts vs. one).
  • Creighton has more wins against the RPI Top 50 than Drake this season (four vs. one).
  • Over the past 10 years, Creighton has had more players drafted by the NBA than Drake (one vs. zero).
  • Creighton is a better shooting team (51.1 percent vs. 44.9 percent) than Drake this season.
  • Creighton has come back to win after being down at half against Drake four times since 2000.
  • Gregory Echenique is ranked 7th in the Missouri Valley in rebounds and 3rd in the Missouri Valley in blocks.
DRAKE Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Jordan Clarke 28 9 9 1 1 0 2
C+ Ben Simons 0 14 4 2 1 0 2
C Seth VanDeest 22 9 5 1 0 1 2
C Richard Carter 25 9 2 3 1 0 2
C Chris Hines 27 10 2 1 1 0 2
C- Joey King 19 7 3 1 0 0 1
C- Micah Mason 16 5 1 2 1 0 1
D Gary Ricks Jr. 14 3 1 1 0 0 1
D Jeremy Jeffers 12 3 1 1 0 0 1
D Daddy Ugbede 7 3 2 0 0 0 0
D- Kori Babineaux 8 2 1 1 0 0 1
F Robert Puleikis 6 4 2 0 0 0 0
CREI Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Doug McDermott 32 23 8 2 0 0 2
B Grant Gibbs 30 9 4 6 1 0 2
B G. Echenique 22 10 6 0 1 1 1
B- Austin Chatman 32 8 3 4 1 0 2
C+ Ethan Wragge 17 8 3 0 0 0 0
C Josh Jones 20 7 2 1 1 0 1
C Jahenns Manigat 27 6 2 2 1 0 1
C Avery Dingman 14 4 2 1 0 0 1
C- Will Artino 8 4 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Nevin Johnson 7 2 1 0 0 0 0
D+ Andre Yates 5 1 1 1 0 0 1
D+ Geoff Groselle 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
D+ M. Oginni 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Joe Kelling 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
D+ Alex Olsen 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
D T. Stormberg 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
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