It does feel rather redundant to say something as obvious as the fact that the Creighton Bluejays are going to need Doug McDermott to go bonkers to have success.
Well, I say that because it’s true. However, that also means opposing coaches know this as well and will be game-planning their brains out to come up with new ways to stop a potential NCAA Tournament superstar from being born.
This isn’t about one certain team being able to stop McDermott either. While their first game is against the Cincinnati Bearcats, the Bluejays know they will need to ride their scoring sensation in every game to have a shot in advancing — regardless of the opponent.
The obviousness continues. Creighton, while ranked for portions of the season, is not as good as you have previously been led to believe. They only have one true scoring option, McDermott, and have fallen to iffy opponents all season long. Creighton also has the unfortunate national spotlight that their early rankings brought them.
Meaning, unlike some other mid-majors, the Bluejays and their players are not going to sneak up on anyone.
Creighton has relied on McDermott all season for any form of success they have had. Sure, it is like punching you in the face a second time, but the Bluejays will go as McDermott will goes. And let us not kid ourselves, McDermott is not the greatest basketball player to ever put on a pair of shorts. He is human, and humans have a bad game from time to time.
Can the Bluejays go far in the NCAA Tournament? Sure. But they are going to need McDermott to have the game of his life in every game they play. One night off, or even an off half, and it is bye-bye to the Bluejays and hello to NBA mediocrity for McDermott.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone