It may not have been in dominant fashion, but the Creighton Bluejays silenced some critics Friday afternoon as they defeated the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns 76-67.
It was a big second-round win for Creighton, who joined the restructured Big East last offseason. Many thought the integrity and strength of the Big East had dissipated after many of its major members left, but with four members in this year’s NCAA tournament, the old conference still has something left.
Creighton showed that as the Bluejays advanced to the round of 32 for the third straight year to face the Baylor Bears on Sunday. The Bluejays are seeking their first Sweet 16 appearance since 1974, but under the current format, Creighton has never made it passed the Round of 32.
I believe Creighton has a decent shot at a Sweet 16 appearance, but Baylor is a team that is underappreciated and much better than many take them for. The Bears made rather quick work of Nebraska, and the tournament has already proven anything can happen. Heck, both 16th-seeded Albany and Weber State gave No. 1s Florida and Arizona a run for their money, so who knows what could happen.
If you have Creighton making it further than I predict, don’t be worried — the Bluejays played rather well today and stand a chance against Baylor. My only concern is that the Big East is not what it once was, so Creighton is a bit overrated. Knowing my luck, the Bluejays will probably prove me wrong. However, based on their recent history, the round of 32 is as far as this team goes.