The No. 20 Creighton Bluejays moved to 5-0 in Big East play with a dominating performance over the Butler Bulldogs. Butler has a decent record, but needed a marquee win in order to make a push for the 2014 NCAA Tournament. The Bluejays would not be that win as they led by 29 at the half and finished the game leading by 18 in an 88-60 win.
The biggest news was not that Creighton won yet another game, but the play of their star player Doug McDermott. McDermott had 28 points, which is ironically the number of points that the team won by, and five rebounds. In a game that saw him hit three 3-pointers, he shot 11-of-19 from the field.
With 13 games to go in the regular season for the Blue Jays, McDermott is averaging 25 points and a little over seven rebounds per game. Those stats are astounding for a player who hasn’t been getting those points against weak teams most of the time. McDermott has had an outstanding year, putting up dominating performances against every team that Creighton has played, and doesn’t look like he’s slowing down anytime soon.
McDermott is the type of player that can put a team on his back and carry them against far superior opposition. He’s the type of player that can put up 35 points in an upset over a top seed in the NCAA Tournament. There aren’t many teams in all of college basketball with that type of player, and Creighton will benefit from that in the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
Expect big things, if you weren’t already, from both the Bluejays and McDermott moving forward.