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CBB : First Half Matchup
Friday 3/21/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore
 First Half Results



LA-LAFAYETTE (23 - 11) vs. CREIGHTON (26 - 7)
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Friday, 3/21/2014 3:10 PM
NCAA Tournament - Second Round - AT&T Center - San Antonio, TX
Board First Half
LA-LAFAYETTE - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games23-11+15.314-1311-1481.438.446.7%
Road Games10-9+108-108-777.136.643.6%37.480.036.547.7%36.5
Last 5 Games4-1+4.62-32-379.038.444.4%41.877.837.446.4%32.2
LA-LAFAYETTE Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)81.438.428-6146.7%7-1937.0%18-2667.1%381214217144
vs opponents surrendering73.434.525-5744.4%7-2034.6%16-2269.6%361013196134
Team Stats (Road Games)77.136.626-6043.6%8-2136.8%17-2566.8%371213226153
Stats Against (All Games)75.133.926-5844.5%6-1733.2%18-2569.9%351012216145
vs opponents averaging71.933.325-5742.9%7-2034.0%16-2369.4%351013196134
Stats Against (Road Games)80.036.528-5847.7%6-1733.0%19-2769.1%371013217136

CREIGHTON - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
 W-LUnitsW-LO-UScoreHalfFG PctReb.ScoreHalfFG PctReb.
All Games26-7+3.418-1312-1879.539.949.9%34.467.432.542.2%31.6
Road Games10-7-5.59-87-975.537.748.2%32.769.535.443.7%32.2
Last 5 Games3-2-2.93-22-375.836.852.3%30.870.630.445.2%30.4
CREIGHTON Team Statistics
 Shooting    3pt ShootingFree Throws Rebounding 
Team Stats (All Games)79.539.927-5549.9%10-2542.2%14-1975.2%34718184101
vs opponents surrendering6931.924-5543.2%6-1834.2%15-2269.2%34913206134
Team Stats (Road Games)75.537.727-5548.2%11-2541.8%12-1675.3%33716194101
Stats Against (All Games)67.432.524-5742.2%7-2033.6%13-1969.5%32912195103
vs opponents averaging71.332.925-5644.2%6-1834.2%16-2369.4%35913196124
Stats Against (Road Games)69.535.424-5543.7%7-1934.6%15-2171.0%3291117593
Average power rating of opponents played: LA-LAFAYETTE 68.6,  CREIGHTON 75.2
LA-LAFAYETTE - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
1/30/2014@ ARK-LITTLE ROCK69-80L-1.5L154U20-5337.7%311125-5347.2%3812
2/6/2014@ TX-ARLINGTON92-89W1W154O32-6251.6%411831-6349.2%4015
2/8/2014@ TEXAS ST67-66W-2L137.5U22-5937.3%341224-4751.1%2915
2/13/2014ARK-LITTLE ROCK93-85W-8T149.5O26-5547.3%361531-7640.8%4415
2/15/2014ARKANSAS ST85-67W-3W152.5U31-5952.5%401821-5141.2%2316
2/22/2014@ GEORGIA ST77-80L9W152O24-5543.6%351427-5549.1%3011
3/2/2014S ALABAMA102-76W-9W145O37-6061.7%471422-5837.9%2711
3/6/2014@ W KENTUCKY72-75L1.5L147.5U25-6936.2%471323-5541.8%358
3/8/2014@ ARKANSAS ST77-76W3W157.5U28-6145.9%401625-5743.9%3512
3/15/2014*W KENTUCKY73-72W-3.5L145.5U29-5552.7%331525-4753.2%2716
3/16/2014*GEORGIA ST82-81W7W148.5O32-7542.7%46828-5848.3%307

CREIGHTON - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
2/9/2014@ ST JOHNS65-70L-3L143U23-5641.1%411125-5942.4%387
2/13/2014@ BUTLER68-63W-8L137U24-4850.0%30922-5738.6%326
2/19/2014@ MARQUETTE85-70W-3W142.5O28-4562.2%291124-5246.2%299
2/23/2014SETON HALL72-71W-14L146.5U22-4351.2%20625-5248.1%3311
3/1/2014@ XAVIER69-75L-2.5L143.5O23-5939.0%321527-5450.0%3413
3/4/2014@ GEORGETOWN63-75L-3.5L142U23-5839.7%30827-5054.0%337
CREIGHTON: Four starters are back from last season's Creighton team that lost to Duke in the NCAA Tournament in the Round of 32, but the biggest returner is preseason All-American PF Doug McDermott. One of the best players in the nation, he was the team's only double-digit scorer last season with 23.2 PPG, also pacing the team with 7.7 RPG. He made 55% of his field goals and 49% of his attempts from deep, so he was a big reason why this Bluejays squad led the nation in shooting at 51% FG. The only big loss from last season is center Gregory Echenique, and he'll be replaced by 6-foot-11 C Will Artino (3.9 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 65% FG), who showed talent in his limited 7.9 MPG last season. The entire perimeter of F/G Grant Gibbs (8.5 PPG, 5.8 APG, 4.1 RPG, 53% FG, 40% 3-pt FG), PG Austin Chatman (7.4 PPG, 4.2 APG, 42% 3-pt FG) and SG Jahenns Manigat (5.9 PPG, 36% 3-pt FG) are also back, giving this team quality distributors on the wing who should get better over time. Gibbs and Chatman are both great passers and benefit from McDermott's ability to score from anywhere.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW (UL LAFAYETTE-CREIGHTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~


*La-Lafayette-Creighton Preview* ================================

By JIM VERTUNO AP Sports Writer

Louisiana (23-11) at Creighton (26-7), 3:10 p.m. EDT

SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Four years ago, Louisiana-Lafayette coach Bob Marlin walked off the floor after a close loss at Creighton and reviewed the box score.

There in black and white was Doug McDermott's stat line: 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting to go with six rebounds in the freshman's third career game.

"A coach's son," Marlin said to an assistant. "He's going to be a nice player."

What an understatement.

When No. 3-seed Creighton (26-7) and No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette (23-11) meet again Friday in the second round of the West Regional, Marlin will see up close how that "nice player" has grown into a one of the country's most prolific scorers and a top contender for just about every national player of the year award as a senior.

McDermott's scoring average of 26.9 points leads the country and his 3,105 career points rank fifth in NCAA history. Just this season, he has scored at least 22 points in 13 straight games and has topped 30 12 times. Three victories came on his game-winning shots.

That's pretty much all Marlin has to know.

"I'm scared to look at the scouting report. The numbers are piling up in my head," Marlin said. "But the things he's accomplished and coming back to school for his senior year, being the player that he's become, it's a good story for college basketball."

The McDermott family journey at Creighton has become one of THE stories of the tournament. For coach Greg McDermott and his son, the tournament is their last chance to win a championship.

Greg McDermott expected their partnership to end last season, but Doug surprised his dad returning for his senior season instead of jumping to the NBA.

"We made a pact we would enjoy this (season)," Greg McDermott said. "I've really forced myself to step back and really enjoy the opportunity I have as a parent, coaching aside, to watch what he's done."

Greg McDermott said he knows the duo will break up sometime in the next three weeks, whether it's an early-round loss or not until after the championship game. The coach and father said he's ready for that moment.

"I don't think I'll shed a tear when that happens. I've been blessed to have the opportunity to coach him this year," Greg McDermott said. "It's been an experience that I wish every parent could experience. It's been an incredible ride."

Here are five things to know about Louisiana-Lafayette vs. Creighton

BIG GAME JITTERS: Louisiana-Lafayette's players have no experience with the NCAA tournament but their coach does. Marlin spent 12 seasons at Sam Houston State and led the Bearkats to the tournament in 2003 and 2010. Both trips were quick one-and-done experiences for him.

Ragin' Cajun players say their regular season, which included games at Arkansas, Baylor and Louisville (all double-digit losses), prepared them for this. Junior guard Elfrid Payton also noted his experience last summer as a starter for the Team USA that won the Under-19 world championship. While Marlin said McDermott's stat line keeps him away at night, his players said they've had no trouble getting comfortable in whirlwind environment of the tournament.

"Yeah, we were excited when we first got on the plane," senior guard Bryant Mbamalu said. "But it's a plane ride, so we were going to naturally fall asleep."

LONG-RANGE SPECIALIST: Doug McDermott is the focus of attention at Creighton, but Ethan Wragge is the player who can put a game away with the right shot - and almost all of them came from way outside. Wragge is a 6-foot-7 3-point specialist who averages 10.5 points on 47 percent shooting on 220 attempts from beyond from the arc. The Bluejays' second-leading scorer, Wragge rarely even bothers to step inside to shoot. He's attempted only seven two point baskets all season, making two. His last 57 baskets have been 3-pointers.

"We thought we played some teams that could shoot the basketball," Marlin said. "And now we get Creighton."

ALL EYES ON MCDERMOTT: A challenge for Louisiana-Lafayette will be to not get caught up watching McDermott shoot and score. Marlin acknowledged it would be easy for his team to spend 40 minutes ball watching instead of playing the game.

"We've got to stay in the moment," Marlin said. "We know Doug's a great player ... but it's five-on-five and we're going to go out and try to do the best we can to shut down their entire team."

SPECIAL SENIORS: Creighton has an experienced lineup looking for a deep tournament run. The Bluejays start four seniors and bring the kind of maturity most teams would love to have in March. "We grind and don't take things for granted," Wragge said. "It's helped us win a lot of close games this year."

LOOKING FOR PERFECTION: So how exactly does a No. 14 seed beat a No. 3 seed with the top scorer in the country? Louisiana-Lafayette senior guard Elridge Moore has an answer.

"We make all our shots," Moore said. For the record, the Ragin' Cajuns' topped 60 percent shooting twice this season in wins over Centenary and South Alabama.

Last Updated: 5/30/2020 6:16:08 AM EST

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