Along with McDermott’s obvious accolade, the Bluejays also won four of their last five games overall to claim the outright Missouri Valley Conference regular season title over Wichita State.
Ah yes, it appears all is right in the world of the MVC. At least from a Creighton-perspective that is.
In this his junior season, McDermott was once again amongst the leading scorers in the nation this year. The 6-foot-8 Iowa-native averaged 23.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. The focal point of a Creighton team that found itself ranked for most of the season prior to a mid-season meltdown, appears to be returning to form as of late. With that, it’s only obvious that so too are the Bluejays.
Over the weekend, McDermott scored 41 points to lead Creighton past Wichita State, a monster game that virtually summed up why he is the best player on the best team in the league. Creighton’s win over the weekend represented a virtual title bout victory for the regular season crown.
While the Shockers will look for their revenge in the conference tournament, McDermott and the Bluejays are out to ready themselves even more so for March. Despite their lackluster mid-season performance, Creighton should still be considered a dark horse threat within the bracket.
And McDermott, the two-time Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, is the main reason why.
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