The Creighton Bluejays have done just about everything that you can ask for from a mid-major program to get a decent NCAA Tournament seed. The Bluejays aren’t asking for a three or four seed, nor do they serve one, but they did earn their way into getting a first round match-up against another mid-major — not the mid-major vs power-conference games that the Selection Committee loves to set-up.
In the early parts of the season, Creighton played a better than average non-conference schedule. Not only did they face-off against some good teams, but they beat them. Three NCAA Tournament quality teams fell at the hands of the Bluejays. The Wisconsin Badgers, California Bears (Bubble team) and the Arizona State Sun Devils (Bubble) lost to Creighton. More impressively, Wisconsin and ASU were beaten in consecutive days in the month of November.
The team also had to overcome the loss of Josh Jones. Jones was lost in February to a life-threatening heart condition, because of which he will never play hoops again, right before the team started to struggle. Creighton could have attributed the struggles to losing their sixth man and the mental hardship it must have placed on his teammates to see their friend in such a tragic situation. But they didn’t, they found a way to right the ship and ended up winning the MVC regular season title.
Then it was off to the MVC Tournament. Most expected the Bluejays to end up meeting the Wichita State Shockers in final, which is what happened. Creighton was able to outlast the Shockers and win the MVC Tournament title.
Now Creighton is waiting for Sunday. Just sitting around, watching other team’s play in their conference tournaments. They know that they’re already in the NCAA Tournament and are just awaiting to find out where and who they play.
In a perfect world, the Bluejays would get an easier team in the first around, almost guaranteeing a trip to the second.But this world is not easy and the Selection Committee does whatever it is that they do.
Although, I doubt Creighton will have a hard time overcoming even more obstacles.