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Ripter Scale: 2.7/10
Even if Creighton had won the national championship, we were eventually going to have to come to grips with losing Doug McDermott.
But not like this.
Not in a 30-point blowout in which he had four first-half points in a game that was over at halftime. Not in a game in which the most efficient offense in the country struggled to avoid its season low in points scored, despite playing against a team that just barely entered the game in the top 100 in defensive efficiency.
Baylor didn't much care about the fact that we all wanted at least one more weekend of Dougie McBuckets.
The Bears were on fire. After 11 field-goal attempts and just over 10 minutes, they already held a 26-9 lead. They made seven of their first eight three-point attempts, finishing the night shooting 63.8 percent from the field and 61.1 percent from three-point range.
Basically, Creighton got Creighton'd.
The Bluejays spent the entire game playing from behind, and never even had a chance to make it close. Early in the second half, they scored on four out of five possessions, but merely cut the lead from 22 to 19 as Baylor went punch for punch with them.
The margin of victory was a pretty huge surprise.
The upset itself, though? Not so much. Baylor has been dominating the month of March, and—McDermott's senior night notwithstanding—Creighton had been sputtering for a little while. Since the Bluejays' big wins over Villanova and Marquette, they were 5-3 with a few too many close wins and not nearly enough defense.
Did I pick Creighton to beat Baylor in my bracket? Absolutely. But I was picking with my heart.
To a certain degree, we all were.