Creighton moves up in coaches poll

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton men's basketball team moved up one spot to 11th
in the USA Today coaches poll while remaining 16th in the Associated Press
rankings that were released on Monday.

Creighton has now been ranked in the top 17 by both groups in each of the
first nine polls of the season. The No. 11 rank in the coaches poll matches
the program's highest ranking this season, also done the week of Nov. 26th.
The Jays played just once last week, an 87-70 victory over Evansville, to
open MVC play and improved to 12-1 overall.

Statistically, Creighton ranks among the nation's top-20 in nine different
categories. The Jays are second in three-point percentage (.425), seventh in
win percentage (.923), eighth in three-pointers per game (9.2), ninth in
field goal percentage (.508), 10th in assist/turnover ratio (1.49), 11th in
assists per game (17.4), 13th in scoring margin (18.2), 19th in total points
(1,034) and 20th in scoring offense (79.5).

Individually, Grant Gibbs is second in assist/turnover ratio (5.43) and 25th
in assists per game (5.8), Doug McDermott is third in points per game
(23.5), 35th in free-throw percentage (.878) and 47th in field goal
percentage (.553). In addition, Gregory Echenique ranks 43rd in
double-doubles (4) and 90th in blocked shots per game (1.69) and 99th in
rebounds per game.

Creighton (12-1, 1-0 MVC) continues Missouri Valley Conference play on
Wednesday when it plays at Illinois State (9-4, 0-1 MVC) at 7:05 pm.

Associated Press Poll
Released Dec. 31, 2012
Rk School W-L Pts. LW
1. Duke (63) 12-0 1623 1
2. Michigan (2) 13-0 1547 2
3. Arizona 12-0 1474 3
4. Louisville 12-1 1434 4
5. Indiana 12-1 1378 5
6. Kansas 11-1 1313 6
7. Syracuse 11-1 1197 9
8. Ohio State 10-2 1079 10
9. Minnesota 12-1 978 11
10. Gonzaga 12-1 946 13
11. Illinois 13-1 929 12
12. Missouri 10-2 912 7
13. Florida 9-2 810 14
14. Cincinnati 12-1 761 8
15. Georgetown 10-1 718 15
16. Creighton 12-1 629 16
17. Butler 10-2 591 18
18. Michigan State 11-2 447 19
19. San Diego State 11-2 437 17
20. New Mexico 13-1 389 NR
21. Notre Dame 12-1 361 21
22. Oklahoma State 10-1 333 22
23. North Carolina State 10-2 270 23
24. Pittsburgh 12-1 219 24
25. Kansas State 10-2 149 25
Others Receiving Votes:  UNLV 52, North Carolina 38, Wyoming 28, Temple
21, Virginia Commonwealth 15, Kentucky 13, Wichita State 11, Connecticut 9,
UCLA 6, Maryland 5, Oregon 3.

USA Today Top 25 Poll
Released Dec. 31, 2012
Rk School W-L Pts. LW
1. Duke (30) 12-0 774 1
2. Michigan (1) 13-0 744 2
3. Arizona 12-0 692 T3
4. Louisville 12-1 678 T3
5. Indiana 12-1 654 5
6. Kansas 11-1 643 6
7. Syracuse 11-1 575 7
8. Ohio State 10-2 530 10
9. Florida 9-2 451 11
10. Gonzaga 12-1 439 13
11. Creighton 12-1 436 12
12. Missouri 10-2 420 9
13. Minnesota 12-1 417 14
14. Illinois 13-1 358 15
15. Cincinnati 12-1 352 8
16. Georgetown 10-1 281 18
17. San Diego State 11-2 242 16
18. Michigan State 11-2 228 19
19. Notre Dame 12-1 201 20
20. Butler 10-2 194 21
21. Oklahoma State 10-1 146 22
22. Pittsburgh 12-1 124 24
23. New Mexico 13-1 109 NR
24. UNLV 11-2 100 17
25. North Carolina State 10-2 95 25
Others Receiving Votes: Virginia Commonwealth 36; Kansas State 35; North
Carolina 34; Kentucky 31; Wyoming 30; Wichita State 7; Colorado 6; Maryland
5; Connecticut 3; UCLA 2; Bucknell 1; Colorado State 1; Temple 1.

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