There are always teams that just tread water in the middle of the pack, and the Creighton Bluejays have to be considered to be in that class. The Bluejays are a team that will sneak up on those that sleep on them, but will not be able to beat teams at the top of the heap.
Usually, it is a good thing to have a Wooden watch candidate, but it has actually become a detriment in Creighton’s case. Creighton relies too heavily on Doug McDermott, and that will hurt the Bluejays in both the conference tournament and NCAA tournament.
Creighton showed its propensity for having a letdown game when the team lost to the St. John’s Red Storm. McDermott matched his nation-leading average of 25 points in the loss, but failed to receive help from the rest of the team. D’Angelo Harrison was the hero for St. Johns, scoring 18 points and recording five rebounds in the 70-65 win over the Blue Jays. As Creighton suffers another bad loss, the signs are starting to point towards an early-round exit in the big dance.
This year’s Creighton team is very similar to the BYU Cougars team that featured Jimmer Fredette. Both teams featured a national star who seemed to be a one-man band surrounded by a few role players who are unreliable at times. The BYU Cougars suffered quiet exits in the NCAA tournament with Fredette, but will the Bluejays suffer the same fate?
The Bluejays’ lack of consistent role players will force McDermott to carry the team in the tournament, which will inevitably doom the team in the long run.
Greg Douglas is a College Basketball writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on twitter @thegpd93 or add him to your Google Network.