March Preview: Creighton Bluejays

Creighton has been to the big dance 19 times (three times in the last five years) but have never broken into the Final Four. The Bluejays were one of the last teams to lose the title of ‘undefeated’ this season until they lost to Villanova on New Year’s Eve. Regardless, this Creighton is a capable bunch, and should not be overlooked.

 

Strengths:

 

Creighton is a team that can shoot the lights out. On the season, they shoot well over 40% from three point land, and have four individual players that shoot over 45% from deep, including 7’ big man Justin Patton. In one of their best wins of the season (@ #16 Butler) the Bluejays made 13 long balls and shot a combined 62% from the three point line. If a team can’t find and stop Creighton’s shooters, they are going to have a long night.

 

Creighton is straight up solid on the offensive end of the floor. They are ranked 14th overall in team offensive efficiency and make 52% of their shots on the season. They have scored over 90 points seven times this season. Creighton’s tournament games are likely to be a shootout.

 

Weaknesses:

 

Creighton suffered a devastating injury to their point guard and team leader Mo Watson Jr. in mid-January that put him out for the remainder of the season. Up until that point, the Bluejays had only lost one game all season. Since Watson went down, Creighton has been working to rediscover themselves. They still look to be one of the best teams in the Big East, but are definitely are not as good as when they had their point guard. (Watson averaged 12 PPG and over 8.5 assist- still would lead all of college basketball).
Creighton’s high powered offense covers up their defensive flaws. The Bluejays rank 169th in opponents PPG and frequently have won games by simply outscoring opponents. If their shooting is off come tournament time, Creighton could go down in a big way.

 

 

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Jackson Borman

I am from St. Louis, Missouri, and Butler University’s Class of 2020.
I played Basketball at Lindbergh High School, but because of my 5’10” wingspan and even lower shooting percentage, I’ve decided to stick to writing.

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