After helping Creighton climb into the Top 25, Doug McDermott will try his best to make sure the Bluejays stay there.
Creighton figures to be well rested Saturday as it goes for a fourth consecutive victory over winless Tulsa in Omaha.The No. 23 Bluejays (3-0) have certainly played like one of the country's top teams, averaging 95.3 points with McDermott leading the way. The preseason All-American, who was second in the nation with 23.2 points per game last season and third with 22.9 in 2011-12, is averaging 25.7 on 55.8 percent shooting.Creighton is set to take the court for the first time since McDermott converted a go-ahead three-point play with 4.9 seconds left in last Saturday's 83-79 win at Saint Joseph's. McDermott, who was fouled on a 20-foot jumper, finished with 20 points despite getting double-teamed throughout the game."Doug has played a lot of basketball, this was his first game-winner, so it's about time," coach Greg McDermott said of his son. "I was proud of the way he stayed patient and still found a way to get 20."Fellow senior Ethan Wragge had 21 points while going 7 of 11 from 3-point range, and he figures to take some of the defensive attention off McDermott if he can stay hot. The Bluejays made 11 of 22 from beyond the arc against the Hawks."It's really frustrating," McDermott said of getting double-teamed. "We had some guys step up really big tonight. We have a lot of shooters, so that makes it tough to double-team me every time. Guys are gonna make you pay from the perimeter."I'm just going to stay patient. I'm sure I'll see it a lot this year, but getting a win is all that matters."The Bluejays extended their winning streak against the Golden Hurricane (0-3) with an easy 71-54 victory last Dec. 19. While McDermott had just 16 points on 4-of-9 shooting, Avery Dingman scored a career-high 21 in 23 minutes off the bench.McDermott, though, shot 16 of 23 and had 35 points in an 83-64 win at Tulsa on Dec, 19, 2011.The Golden Hurricane are coming off Wednesday's 77-54 loss to No. 14 Wichita State, getting outscored 46-23 in the second half."We're disappointed and upset but we need to find a way," said coach Danny Manning, whose team shot 39.5 percent. "We need to get better. There are no moral victories. Moral victories don't make you better. We want to have a second half similar to our first half. That is the message to our guys. We have to continue to fight and get better and execute."Pat Swilling Jr. was the only player to score in double figures with 12 points off the bench.While things haven't gone its way, Tulsa knows it has a chance to make a big statement Saturday."This is what basketball players play for," Swilling said. "Did we expect to be here at 0-3? No, but this is what we play for. We are going to go to Creighton and try to make those adjustments that we didn't make (Wednesday)."The Golden Hurricane have been outscored by an average of 16.4 points during a 22-game losing streak against ranked foes dating to 2003.