Creighton Bluejays vs Missouri State Bears
Tip-off: Friday, January 11, 2013 – 8:05 PM ET
JQH Arena, Springfield, MO
The Creighton Bluejays are off to their best start in 10 seasons and YouWager experts believe it’s largely due to a collectively unselfish attitude
The No. 13 Bluejays are looking to remain undefeated in the Missouri Valley Conference and tonight could use another strong team effort as they try for a 10th straight win against host Missouri State Bears.
Even when preseason All-American Doug McDermott (22.6 points per game) ranks among the national scoring leaders, senior Gregory Echenique (10.8 ppg) is the only other Bluejays player averaging in double figures. Six other Creighton averages between 5.6 and 9.8 points, while eight are playing at least 15 minutes per contest.
Six college basketball players have made at least 10 3-pointers for a team that is shooting a Division I-best 44.9 percent from beyond the arc. The Bluejays (15-1, 4-0) also rank among the best in the country averaging 18.4 assists and has three players with at least 2.2 per contest.
It’s evident that the Bluejays are off to the school’s best start since the 2002-03 team started 16-1, and tied with No. 23 Wichita State Shockers atop the MVC standings. The Bluejays are also trying to win 10 straight for a second consecutive season.
Senior Gregory Echenique had 16 points and Doug McDermott added 15 as Creighton shot 55.6 percent and held Missouri Sta. to 39.1 to snap a six-game series skid with a 66-65 road win in the previous college basketball season.
Creighton will try to contain the Bears’ guard Anthony Downing (14.6 ppg), who averaged 20.0 points on 16-of-25 shooting in two games against them last season. The senior has scored 24 points and shot 7 of 10 in each of Missouri State’s last two wins over the Drake Bulldogs and the Illinois State Redbirds.
Coming off Tuesday’s 62-55 victory over Illinois St, Missouri St is in position to win three straight at home for the first time since Dec. 17-31, 2011.