Despite tough week Creighton stays in the polls

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton men's basketball continues to lead the nation
in field goal percentage and three-point percentage in the latest
statistical rankings released on Monday.

In addition, Creighton is ranked 17th nationally in the USA Today Top 25
Coaches poll and 21st in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. The Jays dropped
five spots in the coaches poll and four slots in the AP rankings after a
five-point loss at Drake on Wednesday and 30-point road win on Sunday at
Southern Illinois. Dating to the final three polls of last season, Creighton
has now been ranked in a school-record 16 straight Associated Press polls,
one more than a 15-week stretch in the 2002-03 campaign.

Creighton has now been ranked in the AP poll during half (25) of Greg
McDermott's 50 weeks at the helm, not to mention five other weeks where it's
been 26th, 27th or 28th. The 25 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 Jan. 27th. The Jays lead the nation in field
goal percentage (.519) and three-point percentage (.448) while also ranking
third in three-pointers per game (9.5). The Jays are fourth with 17.9
assists per game, sixth in points (1650), seven in assist/turnover ratio
(1.47), 11th in scoring offense (78.6) and scoring margin (+16.2) and 13th
in winning percentage (.857). 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 (23.7), 25th in
field goal percentage (.564), 46th in free-throw percentage (.863) and and
176th in rebounds per game (7.2). Grant Gibbs is ninth in assist/turnover
ratio (3.18) and 23rd in assists per game (6.05). In addition, Gregory
Echenique ranks 90th in blocked shots per game (1.71), 90th in
double-doubles (5) and 144th in rebounds per game (7.5). Also in the top-100
are Ethan Wragge, who is 68th with 2.48 three-pointers per game, and Austin
Chatman who ranks 84th with 4.6 assists per game and 107th with a 1.94
assist/turnover ratio.

Creighton (18-3, 7-2 MVC) begins the second half of Missouri Valley
Conference play on Wednesday when it hosts Missouri State (6-15, 4-5 MVC) in
a 7:05 pm game at CenturyLink Center Omaha.

Associated Press Poll
Released January 28, 2013
Rk School W-L Pts. LW
1. Michigan (51) 19-1 1611 2
2. Kansas (13) 18-1 1572 3
3. Indiana 18-2 1457 7
4. Florida (1) 16-2 1420 8
5. Duke 17-2 1328 1
6. Syracuse 18-2 1322 3
7. Gonzaga 19-2 1177 10
8. Arizona 17-2 1160 6
9. Butler 17-3 1023 9
10. Oregon 18-2 969 16
11. Ohio State 15-4 945 14
12. Louisville 16-4 905 5
13. Michigan State 17-4 897 13
14. Miami (Fla.) 15-3 894 25
15. Wichita State 19-2 621 20
16. Mississippi 17-2 473 23
17. Missouri 15-4 464 22
18. Kansas State 15-4 463 11
19. North Carolina State 16-4 431 18
20. New Mexico 17-3 333 15
21. Creighton 18-3 312 17
22. San Diego State 16-4 302 NR
23. Minnesota 15-5 281 12
24. Cincinnati 16-4 220 21
25. Marquette 14-4 216 NR
Others Receiving Votes:  Georgetown 121, UNLV 56, Wisconsin 45, UCLA 34,
Arizona State 14, Notre Dame 12, Pittsburgh 10, Louisiana Tech 8, Villanova
6, Baylor 5, Iowa State 4, Memphis 4, VCU 4, La Salle 3, Saint Mary's
(Calif.) 2, Colorado State 1.

USA Today Top 25 Poll
Released January 28, 2013
Rk School W-L Pts. LW
1. Kansas (16) 18-1 760 2
2. Michigan (14) 19-1 757 3
3. Indiana 18-2 686 8
4. Florida (1) 16-2 685 7
5. Duke 17-2 644 1
6. Syracuse 18-2 624 4
7. Gonzaga 19-2 580 10
8. Arizona 17-2 557 6
9. Michigan State 17-4 459 11
10. Butler 17-3 447 9
11. Ohio State 15-4 438 15
12. Oregon 18-2 435 19
13. Louisville 16-4 422 5
14. Wichita State 19-2 340 21
15. Miami (Fla.) 15-3 326 NR
16. Mississippi 17-2 252 24
17. Creighton 18-3 249 12
18. Missouri 15-4 234 22
19. North Carolina State 16-4 194 18
20. San Diego State 16-4 171 25
21. Kansas State 15-4 166 13
22. New Mexico 17-3 159 17
23. Cincinnati 16-4 134 20
24. Minnesota 15-5 87 14
25. Marquette 14-4 75 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Georgetown 33; UNLV 32; Virginia Commonwealth
27; Wisconsin 25; Pittsburgh 18; Notre Dame 13; UCLA 10; Baylor 7; Southern
Mississippi 7; Colorado State 6; Saint Mary's (Calif.) 5; La Salle 3;
Oklahoma State 3; Arizona State 2; Middle Tennessee 2; Louisiana Tech 1.

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