Creighton shoots up in the polls

OMAHA, Neb. -- Three straight double-figure wins have helped the Creighton
men's basketball team make a big jump in the national basketball rankings
released on Monday. In addition, the Jays continue to lead the nation in
field goal percentage, three-point percentage and three-pointers per game in
the latest statistical rankings released on Monday.

Creighton is ranked 13th nationally in the USA Today Top 25 Coaches poll and
16th in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Jays jumped four spots in the
coaches poll and five slots in the AP rankings after beating Missouri State
(91-77) and Bradley (75-58) last week. Dating to the final three polls of
last season, Creighton has now been ranked in a school-record 17 straight
Associated Press polls.

Creighton has now been ranked in the AP poll during 26 of Greg McDermott's
51 weeks at the helm, not to mention five other weeks where it's been 26th,
27th or 28th. The 26 weeks in the poll are most of any Creighton basketball
coach in history.

Statistically, Creighton ranks among the nation's top-13 in nine different
categories through games of Feb. 3rd. The Jays lead the nation in field goal
percentage (.520), three-point percentage (.449) and three-pointers per game
(9.8). The Jays are second with 18.3 assists per game, fifth in
assist/turnover ratio (1.53), sixth in points (1816), seventh in scoring
offense (79.0) and ninth in both scoring margin (+16.2) and in winning
percentage (.870).

The only team to ever finish a season leading the nation in both 3-pointers
per game and 3-point percentage was Princeton in 1987-88, while the only
team to ever lead the nation in both field goal percentage and three-point
percentage was Northern Arizona 1998-99.

Individually, Doug McDermott is second in points per game (24.0), 23rd in
field goal percentage (.565), 38th in free-throw percentage (.867), 102nd in
double-doubles (5) and 157th in rebounds per game (7.3). Grant Gibbs is
fifth in assist/turnover ratio (3.05) and 27th in assists per game (5.83).
In addition, Gregory Echenique ranks 80th in blocked shots per game (1.78),
102nd in double-doubles (5) and 178th in rebounds per game (7.1). Also in
the top-100 are Ethan Wragge, who is 10th in three-point percentage (.450)
and 53rd with 2.57 three-pointers per game, and Austin Chatman who ranks
79th with 4.74 assists per game and 88th with a 2.06 assist/turnover ratio.

Creighton (20-3, 9-2 MVC) returns to the court on Wednesday when it visits
Indiana State (14-8, 7-4 MVC) in a contest slated for a 6:05 pm Central
start.


Associated Press Poll
Released February 4, 2013
Rk School W-L Pts. LW
1. Indiana (58) 20-2 1615 3
2. Florida (7) 18-2 1536 4
3. Michigan 20-2 1490 1
4. Duke 19-2 1413 5
5. Kansas 19-2 1350 2
6. Gonzaga 21-2 1249 7
7. Arizona 19-2 1248 8
8. Miami (Fla.) 17-3 1132 14
9. Syracuse 18-3 1091 6
10. Ohio State 17-4 1033 11
11. Louisville 18-4 1018 12
12. Michigan State 18-4 994 13
13. Kansas State 17-4 782 18
14. Butler 18-4 774 9
15. New Mexico 19-3 660 20
16. Creighton 20-3 578 21
17. Cincinnati 18-4 552 24
18. Minnesota 17-5 454 23
19. Oregon 18-4 390 10
20. Georgetown 16-4 364 NR
21. Missouri 16-5 245 17
22. Oklahoma State 15-5 235 NR
23. Pittsburgh 18-5 207 NR
24. Marquette 15-5 137 25
25. Notre Dame 18-4 132 NR
Others Receiving Votes:  Ole Miss 75, North Carolina State 64, Colorado
State 49, Wichita State 49, Memphis 44, Wisconsin 28, Saint Mary's 27,
Louisiana Tech 24, Kentucky 21, San Diego State 17, UNLV 13, UCLA 8, Saint
Louis 8, Virginia Commonwealth 8, Virginia 4, Akron 4, Connecticut 2,
Belmont 1.

USA Today Top 25 Poll
Released February 4, 2013
Rk School W-L Pts. LW
1. Indiana (25) 20-2 766 3
2. Florida (6) 18-2 742 4
3. Michigan 20-2 690 2
4. Duke 19-2 683 5
5. Kansas 19-2 654 1
6. Gonzaga 21-2 614 7
7. Arizona 20-2 601 8
8. Michigan State 18-4 518 9
9. Syracuse 18-3 514 6
10. Ohio State 17-4 502 11
11. Miami (Fla.) 17-3 485 15
12. Louisville 18-4 470 13
13. Creighton 20-3 369 17
14. Butler 18-4 325 10
15. Kansas State 17-4 314 21
16. New Mexico 19-3 295 22
17. Cincinnati 18-4 265 23
18. Minnesota 17-5 194 24
19. Oregon 18-4 179 12
20. Missouri 16-5 143 18
21. Georgetown 16-4 138 NR
22. Wichita State 19-4 83 14
23. Mississippi 17-4 69 16
24. Pittsburgh 18-5 54 NR
25. San Diego State 16-5 54 20
Others Receiving Votes:  Notre Dame 47; Colorado State 38; Marquette 38;
Virginia Commonwealth 33; Wisconsin 25; North Carolina State 24; Memphis 19;
Saint Marys 18; Southern Mississippi 13; UNLV 12; Belmont 7; Louisiana Tech
6; Kentucky 4; Middle Tennessee 4; UCLA 4; Akron 2; Oklahoma 2; Saint Louis
1.

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