McDermott wins again; Jays stay ranked

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton men's basketball team remained 13th in the USA
Today coaches poll and dropped one spot to 17th in the Associated Press
rankings that were released on Monday. In addition, Doug McDermott was named
MVC Player of the Week and Seth Davis' National Player of the Week.

Creighton has now been ranked in the top 17 by both groups in each of the
first seven polls of the season, reaching as high as No. 11 three weeks ago
in both. The Jays dropped despite a 74-64 win at Cal on Saturday. New Mexico
leapfrogged Creighton after a 73-58 home win vs. New Mexico State.

McDermott had 34 points and nine rebounds in a 74-64 road win at Cal in
Creighton's only game last week. He made 10-of-17 field goal attempts,
including 4-of-7 shooting from three-point range, and was also perfect at
the free-throw line in 10 attempts.

McDermott had six early points as Creighton bolted to an 8-0 lead after
three minutes and the Jays would maintain the lead the rest of the evening.
He had 18 of Creighton's 34 points in the first half, then added 16 more
points in the second half.

McDermott is Creighton's first player since Bob Harstad in 1990 to have 30
or more points in consecutive games. His 34 points give him 1,643 in his
career, moving him from 54th to 51st in MVC history on the all-time scoring
chart.

This is the fourth MVC Player of the Week honor of the season for McDermott,
and third in four weeks. His nine career Player of the Week accolades are
second-most in league history, trailing only Bradley great Hersey Hawkins
(14). Since enrolling at Creighton, McDermott has been named the league's
Newcomer or Player of the Week 16 times in 38 weeks.

Statistically, Creighton ranks among the nation's top-12 in eight different
categories. The Jays are sixth in three-point field goal percentage (.415),
seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.55) and field goal percentage (.508),
eighth in points scored (876), ninth in three-pointers per game (8.9), 10th
in win/loss percentage (.909) and 12th in assists per game (17.2) and
scoring margin (+18.4).

Individually, Grant Gibbs is second in assist/turnover ratio (6.90) and 17th
in assists per game (6.3), McDermott is third in points per game (23.7) and
59th in field goal percentage. In addition, Gregory Echenique ranks 52nd in
double-doubles (3).

Creighton has just one game scheduled this week, hosting Tulsa (6-4) on
Wednesday.

Associated Press Poll
Released Dec. 17, 2012
Rk School W-L Pts. LW
1. Duke (62) 9-0 1622 2
2. Michigan (3) 11-0 1543 3
3. Syracuse 9-0 1465 4
4. Arizona 8-0 1371 8
5. Louisville 9-1 1362 6
6. Indiana 9-1 1321 1
7. Ohio State 8-1 1249 7
8. Florida 7-1 1163 5
9. Kansas 8-1 1110 9
10. Illinois 12-0 1044 10
11. Cincinnati 10-0 967 11
12. Missouri 8-1 886 12
13. Minnesota 11-1 730 13
14. Gonzaga 10-1 710 14
15. Georgetown 9-1 579 15
16. New Mexico 11-0 548 17
17. Creighton 10-1 530 16
18. San Diego State 8-1 493 18
19. Butler 8-2 361 NR
20. Michigan State 9-2 343 19
21. UNLV 8-1 315 20
22. Notre Dame 9-1 291 22
23. North Carolina 8-2 256 21
24. Oklahoma State 8-1 244 24
25. North Carolina State 7-2 198 25
Others Receiving Votes: Oregon 176, Pittsburgh 158, Kentucky 41, Wyoming
14, Marquette 8, Virginia Commonwealth 7, Wichita State 6, Connecticut 4,
Murray State 4, Miami (Fla.) 3, Maryland 2, Bucknell 1.

USA Today Top 25 Poll
Released Dec. 17, 2012
Rk School W-L Pts. LW
1. Duke (30) 9-0 774 2
2. Michigan (1) 11-0 743 3
3. Syracuse 11-0 695 4
4. Louisville 9-1 640 6
5. Arizona 8-0 632 8
6. Indiana 9-1 627 1
7. Ohio State 8-1 595 7
8. Kansas 8-1 552 9
9. Florida 7-1 532 5
10. Illinois 12-0 482 10
11. Cincinnati 10-0 460 12
12. Missouri 8-1 451 11
13. Creighton 10-1 351 13
14. Gonzaga 10-1 339 14
15. San Diego State 8-1 296 15
16. Minnesota 11-1 273 16
17. New Mexico 11-0 219 20
18. UNLV 8-1 216 17
19. Michigan State 9-2 187 19
North Carolina 8-2 187 18
21. Georgetown 9-1 180 21
22. Notre Dame 9-1 125 24
23. Kentucky 7-3 98 22
24. Oklahoma State 8-1 94 23
25. Butler 8-2 89 NR
Others Receiving Votes: North Carolina State 84; Pittsburgh 74; Oregon
45; Virginia Commonwealth 11; Wyoming 8; Connecticut 6; Wichita State 5;
Murray State 3; Oklahoma 2.

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