The Big East conference is a far cry from what it once was, as the transition has proven to be more than just a shuffling of teams. The “new look” Big East has suffered a culture shock in addition to the new members added this year, and that is not at all a good thing for basketball purists. The conference that was once heralded for its toughness and grit has seen its physicality all but disappear this season in favor of a more finesse game that has led to more high scoring affairs.
One of the teams leading the charge in this movement is the Creighton BlueJays. Creighton has grabbed the reins of the Big East thanks to its superb shooting and offensive efficiency. The BlueJays are currently 9th in the country in field goal percentage and 2nd in assists, but the team has been vulnerable all year when it comes to rebounding. As Doug McDermott continues to climb the all-time points ladder, the BlueJays have continued to win the big games.
The BlueJays continued their winning ways on Wednesday when they beat the Marquette Golden Eagles 85-70. McDermott scored 25 points in the game that saw the BlueJays shoot more than 62 percent from the field. Three-point specialist Ethan Wragge also chipped in with 22 points off of six three-pointers in the win. With the win, the BlueJays move to 12-2 in conference play and the the team’s easy schedule down the stretch makes them the favorite to win the conference.
Creighton has the ability to make shots all over the court, which makes the team dangerous in the tournaments at the end of the year, but their lack of inside game could come back to haunt the team if they have a bad shooting night.
Creighton could be dangerous in the tournament if the team is hitting outside shots, but the “live by the three, die by the three” fails more often than not.
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