Five is greater than one.
The biggest one-man show in the 2014 NCAA tournament is out, as the No. 3 Creighton Bluejays were upset, 85-55, by the No. 6 Baylor Bears.
This is the school's fifth trip to the Sweet 16 and third in the last four years. Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com admired the job that head coach Scott Drew has done in building the Baylor basketball program:
Scott Drew is in the Sweet 16 for the third time in five years … at Baylor. That’s amazing given the history of Baylor. Seriously. AMAZING.— Gary Parrish (@GaryParrishCBS) March 24, 2014
The Bears were downright scary in this game with the way they dominated at both ends of the floor. They allowed Creighton little room to breathe as the Bluejays were unable to string together any sort of scoring run.
ESPN's Rece Davis summarized the game:
they should stop Creighton-Baylor on cuts.— Rece Davis (@ESPN_ReceDavis) March 24, 2014
"We knew we had them on their heels," Baylor center Isaiah Austin told reporters after the game. "We wanted to step on their throat."
As a team, Baylor shot 63.8 percent from the field, including 61.1 percent from behind the arc. Austin and Brady Heslip finished with 17 points apiece to lead the way. The Bears also outrebounded Creighton, 32-22, and blocked three shots.
The Bluejays were expected to feast on Baylor's zone, but they shot only 5-of-24 from three-point range.
College basketball fans everywhere knew this day would come sooner or later. Doug McDermott is one of the best scorers in NCAA history, but he doesn't have the best supporting cast. Facing a strong offensive and organized team, McDermott and Creighton ran into trouble.
The two strategies to approach a phenomenal scorer are to either marginalize his teammates and make him win the game—as Providence did in the Big East tournament final—or to simply hound him at every opportunity and cut off his supply lines.
Baylor went with the latter. Using their size, the Bears limited the amount of touches McDermott could get, and when he did have the ball, he never had any space to get off a jumper.
Drew said after the game, "We did a good job making it tough on him."
McDermott took only four shots in the first half, making one of them, and scored four points, per ESPN Stats and Info:
Doug McDermott was a non-factor in the 1st half due to foul trouble for Creighton, which trails Baylor by 20 pic.twitter.com/SuIoS7sGpr— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 24, 2014
He finished the game 7-of-14 for 15 points, missing all three of his three-point attempts. He leaves having scored 3,150 points for his career, the fifth-most all time:
Doug McDermott had 15 points in defeat for Creighton. he finishes with 3,150 points for his college career (5th-most all-time)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 24, 2014
McDermott was disappointed with his performance.
"This is the worst we've played all season, and it just stinks that it's the last one. But that doesn't take away from all my memories here. It's tough to go out this way," he said.
The good news for McDermott is that his NBA draft prospects don't appear to have been hurt in any way. Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated reported that the NCAA tournament "will have little to no impact" on guys like McDermott, Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins:
NBA execs aren't overreacting to clunkers submitted by Wiggins, Parker, McDermott. Texts I'm getting say they will have little to no impact— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) March 24, 2014
This was no doubt an ignominious end to a historic college career. Kami Mattioli of Sporting News thought that this one loss shouldn't cloud McDermott's overall body of work:
Doug McDermott did practically everything in his college career besides stand on his head & people are complaining about his last game? #SMH— Kami Mattioli (@kmattio) March 24, 2014
He exited the game with 2:31 left, closing the curtain on his collegiate career. As you'd expect, the moment he left the court was an emotional one, per Bleacher Report:
Doug McDermott hugs his coach/dad Greg as he checks out of his last game. He ends his college career with 3,150 pts pic.twitter.com/O5IiNjGBdL— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 24, 2014
On a side note, it's surprising how none of the high-volume scorers in this year's NCAA tournament had much luck, per Chris Dokish of Panther's Prey:
Assuming Creighton goes on to lose, the top 10 highest individual regular season scorers to be in the tourney will fail to make the Sweet 16— Chris Dokish (@ChrisDokish) March 24, 2014
Baylor's size advantage played a large role in this game, especially on the defensive end. As soon as the Bears transitioned back down the floor after an offensive possession, Creighton was in trouble. The Bluejays couldn't move the ball quickly enough around the perimeter to get open shots, and when they tried to go inside, Austin was there standing in the way.
USA Today's Dan Wolken thought Creighton couldn't have picked a worse opponent if it tried:
Baylor was the worst matchup imaginable for Creighton. Just the worst.— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) March 24, 2014
Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com was particularly impressed with Austin's performance on a possession in the second half in which he prevented three layups:
Isaiah Austin single-handedly prevented three layups on that last Creighton possession.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 24, 2014
Baylor will play Wisconsin in the Sweet 16. The Badgers are coming off a nice win over Oregon on Saturday. Bo Ryan has become famous—or infamous—for his methodical, slow-paced teams, but this year's Wisconsin is more than capable of opening things up if the pace of the game increases.
The Bears and Badgers will definitely be one of the more interesting chess matches since their styles are pretty similar.
And where Arizona once looked a lock for the Final Four, the Wildcats will have some major competition in the Elite Eight, if they get that far.