banner

College Basketball

more stats

66
Final 12Score
Louisiana333366
Creighton393776
Preview | Lineup | Wrap | Box
76


Louisiana (23-11) vs. Creighton (26-7)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Friday, March 21st, 3:10 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: AT&T Center (17,731) -- San Antonio, Texas. Television: truTV. NCAA Tournament Record: Louisiana 1-5, Creighton 11-19. Series Record: Series is tied, 2-2.

GAME NOTES: The legacy of Doug McDermott hangs in the balance, as the Creighton star leads his Bluejays into battle against the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The first player in NCAA history to be named the player of the year in two different conferences, the Missouri Valley and Big East, McDermott has served his father and head coach Greg McDermott faithfully over the course of four years. This season, Creighton made the transition from the MVC to the Big East and did so almost seamlessly. Currently ranked 16th in the AP Poll, the Jays finished second in the league standings behind only Villanova, but many might argue Creighton was the superior team given that the only two conference setbacks by the Wildcats came against the Jays.

Creighton, the third seed in the West Region this year, did stumble a few times in the month of March however, losing to both Xavier and Georgetown on the road, but still made it to the conference tournament finals after defeating both DePaul (84-62) and the aforementioned Musketeers (86-78). However, the Jays were stunned by Providence in the championship round, 65-58, with the 58 points being the second-lowest output of the season behind the 53 tallied against George Washington in a surprising loss at the start of December.

The Bluejays are enjoying a run of six straight years with at least one postseason victory as they make their 19th appearance in the NCAA Tournament overall and the 10th in the last 16 years. The squad has a record of 11-19 in the event all-time, thanks to a win against Cincinnati (67-63) in Philadelphia last year, before bowing to Duke (66-50).

As for the 14th-seeded Ragin' Cajuns, representatives from the Sun Belt Conference, they reached the 20-win plateau in 2013-14 for the first time in more than a decade, with their 23 victories being the most since the squad put up a 25-9 mark in 1999-2000. The squad finished third in the regular-season standings with 11 wins in 18 chances, but they were the last ones standing once the conference tournament concluded on Sunday.

Louisiana took out Texas-Arlington in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament a week ago, 91-85, followed that up with a narrow 73-72 triumph over Western Kentucky a day later, and then finished the run with an 82-81 overtime affair versus top-seeded Georgia State.

According to official NCAA records, the Ragin' Cajuns have a record of just 1-5 in this tournament over the years, after having appearances in 1972-1973, 2004-2005 all vacated. As a result, the last time the team officially appeared in the tournament was in 2000.

In terms of the all-time series between the programs, the squads have split four previous encounters, the most recent of those coming three seasons ago in Omaha where the Jays held on for a 63-58 victory. In that game, McDermott was playing just his third game for Creighton and finished with 12 points and six rebounds.

The winner this time around will head to the third round of regional action on Sunday to take on the survivor of the Nebraska/Baylor meeting.

As the only player to have started all 34 games for the Ragin' Cajuns this season, it only makes sense that Elfrid Payton, a member of the All-Sun Belt First Team, leads the program in scoring with 19.1 ppg. While he is shooting a strong 51.1 percent from the field, his 26.0 percent behind the 3-point line and mere 61.1 percent accuracy at the free-throw line means Payton has left quite a few points unrealized. However, he's probably forgiven for those missteps since he leads the program in assists (2-5) and steals (77) and is second on the glass with 5.9 rpg.

Shawn Long, who joins Payton as an all-conference performer, is one of only a handful of players nationally who is averaging a double-double, putting up 18.7 ppg and pulling down 10.5 rpg. Unfortunately, once Long gets the ball into his hands, teammates rarely expect to see him set them up for scoring opportunities, as he's logged a mere 19 assists, against 72 turnovers. Although, he does counter that aspect of his game by registering an impressive 89 blocked shots.

One of then most decorated players in the history of college basketball, it is nearly impossible to list all of the accomplishments of McDermott, but it should be noted that the All-America standout was recognized as the top player in the Big East this season as he led the nation in scoring with 26.9 ppg. A clutch player who has knocked down three game-winning shots on the campaign, McDermott now ranks fifth on the NCAA's all-time scoring list with 3,105 points, needing just 11 more points to put him 1,000 ahead of his closest competition in the history of Creighton basketball (Rodney Buford).

As if being a scoring machine were not enough McDermott, who has a career average of 21.7 ppg while starting every single one of the 143 games in which he has appeared, is also leading the Jays in rebounding this season with 7.0 rpg, which is actually below his career mark of 7.5 rpg. On a team that is generating 79.5 ppg and outscoring the competition by 12.1 ppg, McDermott may be the focal point of every foe's defensive game plan, but Ethan Wragge (10.5 ppg) is someone who should not be overlooked, given that he is the top 3-point producer (104-of-220) who has created mismatches for more than a few teams.

It might be understandable to see the Bluejays allow Long and Payton to get their points in this meeting, but at the other end of the floor this version of Louisiana basketball has never really faced a superstar of McDermott's level and that will most certainly cause far more problems for the Ragin' Cajuns.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Creighton 83, Louisiana 65

03/21 10:35:39 ET

Other Stories

Scoreboard
Local
Final
CREI 65
NCCU 45
 
Final
NCSU 68
SFLA 65
Final
MIA 94
CHA 93
12:00pm Today
UWGB
ECU
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
LAC
 
Final
MIA 94
CHA 93
Final
MEM 107
LAC 91
Final
BOS 88
POR 94
Final
OKC 86
GSW 91
4th
LAL 86
DEN 86
 
7:00pm Tonight
CHA
LAC
 
7:00pm Tonight
CLE
ORL
 
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
POR
 
7:30pm Tonight
TOR
PHO
 
8:00pm Tonight
HOU
NYK
 
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
IND
 
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
CHI
 
Final
GMAS 60
COC 61
Final
FSU 69
UMASS 75
Final
SHSU 53
WOFF 64
Final
UNCG 67
YOUNG 76
Final
CMICH 75
ARKPB 43
 
Final
ILLCH 60
SILL 67
Final
MORE 46
AMER 51
Final
CORN 59
DREX 61
Final
CCST 60
COOK 65
Final
ARKLR 94
CSNO 88
Final
LEH 44
CLMB 54
 
Final
USB 89
MERMAR 54
 
Final
NMU 51
TEXAM 64
Final
STLU 56
TAMCC 62
 
Final
FAIR 80
SD 72
Final
EMICH 79
LONG 48
Final
ND 74
PROV 75
Final
RAD 88
CATAWBA 52
 
Final
DEN 80
COPST 54
 
Final
UAB 58
JST 50
 
Final
WICHS 105
NWM 57
Final
OKLA 90
NWST 68
Final
KSU 59
YALE 66
Final
CREI 65
NCCU 45
 
Final
NCSU 68
SFLA 65
Final
UCR 102
STKAT 49
 
Final
PSU 63
USC 61
Final
HC 101
NICHOLSCOL 70
 
Final
BC 53
DAY 65
Final
MON 75
TOWS 79
Final
HOF 93
WAGN 71
 
Final
CIN 54
EILL 49
Final
UGA 74
FATL 61
Final
BRAD 58
NCAT 50
 
Final
LATU 76
PBY 48
Final
RUTG 76
Terriers 73
 
Final
SAMF 64
UMKC 55
Final
NAVY 70
BING 68
Final
SHU 85
GWEBB 67
Final
UNT 58
IONA 78
Final
KENT 86
MNTST 28
Final
FORD 57
MLOWELL 64
 
Final
UCF 76
USCU 69
 
Final
SCAR 63
AKR 68
Final
WVU 78
UCONN 68
Final
CALST 70
DEL 52
 
Final
HOW 78
HOOD 51
 
Final
OSU 106
SHU 48
Final
VANDY 78
TENST 46
Final
NE 65
MAN 51
Final
COLST 75
MERC 62
Final
MISS 80
NARZ 74
Final
WASH 76
PAC 69
 
Final
LMU 82
SDCHR 60
 
Final
CHAR 58
MIAMI 77
Final
GAELS 72
UCI 69
Final
ILLST 64
ODU 45
2nd
UCLA 75
LBSU 63
 
2nd
SEAT 47
MONT 39
 
12:00pm Today
UWGB
ECU
 
1:30pm Today
WEBER
NEV
 
2:30pm Today
FRES
EVAN
 
2:30pm Today
KYST
PURD
 
4:00pm Today
LSU
CLEM
 
4:00pm Today
ALCOR
DILL
 
4:30pm Today
CHIST
UGST
 
4:30pm Today
DET
MDES
 
5:00pm Tonight
ARZ
MIZZ
 
5:30pm Tonight
INDST
PEAY
 
6:00pm Tonight
FLGC
MAR
 
6:00pm Tonight
LALAF
UWMIL
 
6:30pm Tonight
ODU
GWEBB
 
7:00pm Tonight
MD
ARST
 
7:00pm Tonight
TOL
BUCK
 
7:00pm Tonight
JMU
COL
 
7:00pm Tonight
WINT
ETST
 
7:00pm Tonight
GSOUT
FIU
 
7:00pm Tonight
BST
GRAM
 
7:00pm Tonight
APP
HAMP
 
7:00pm Tonight
MAST
JVU
 
7:00pm Tonight
XAV
MURST
 
7:00pm Tonight
WAKE
NICST
 
7:00pm Tonight
MSU
SCU
 
7:00pm Tonight
LOU
SAV
 
7:00pm Tonight
TENT
SELA
 
7:00pm Tonight
VCU
VILL
 
7:00pm Tonight
OU
WCU
 
7:30pm Tonight
IND
EWASH
 
8:00pm Tonight
ILL
BRO
 
8:00pm Tonight
MSST
CLAYST
 
8:00pm Tonight
BEL
LIP
 
8:00pm Tonight
TCU
MVSU
 
8:00pm Tonight
IOWA
PEPP
 
8:00pm Tonight
MEM
PVU
 
8:00pm Tonight
KU
RIDE
 
8:00pm Tonight
BAY
STEPH
 
8:00pm Tonight
INCWORD
A
 
8:30pm Tonight
USF
HAW
 
8:30pm Tonight
OKST
ORST
 
9:00pm Tonight
WYO
FAM
 
9:00pm Tonight
MARQ
YALE
 
9:00pm Tonight
CHAM
PITT
 
9:00pm Tonight
ILLST
SHU
 
9:00pm Tonight
NMST
STET
 
9:30pm Tonight
ISU
ALA
 
9:30pm Tonight
SDKST
CHADRON
 
9:30pm Tonight
NCOL
CCHR
 
9:30pm Tonight
OREG
MICH
 
10:00pm Tonight
SDU
WMICH
 
10:05pm Tonight
PORST
SIUE
 
11:00pm Tonight
AUB
TULSA
 
11:30pm Tonight
SDST
BYU
 
Final
WIN 2
STL 4
Final
NYR 5
MON 0
Final
ANA 2
ARI 1
3rd
VAN 3
CHI 1
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYI
PHI
 
7:00pm Tonight
BOS
PIT
 
7:30pm Tonight
FLA
MIN
 
7:30pm Tonight
DET
OTT
 
Final
HOU 13
CIN 22
Final
ATL 24
CLE 26
Final
NEP 34
DET 9
Final
MIN 21
GBP 24
Final
IND 23
JAC 3
Final
CHI 21
TAM 13
Final
PHI 43
TEN 24
Final
SEA 19
ARI 3
Final
SDC 27
STL 24
Final
DEN 39
MIA 36
Final
SFX 17
WAS 13
Final
NYG 28
DAL 31
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF
NYJ
8:30pm Tonight
NOS
BAL