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2016–17 Creighton Bluejays men's basketball team

The 2016–17 Creighton Bluejays men's basketball team represented Creighton University in the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bluejays, led by seventh-year head coach Greg McDermott, played their home games at the CenturyLink Center Omaha, as members of the Big East Conference. They finished the season 25–10, 10–8 in Big East play to finish in a four-way tie for third place. In the Big East Tournament, they defeated Providence and Xavier before losing to Villanova in the championship game. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as a No. 6 seed in the Midwest region. There they lost in the First Round to No. 11-seeded Rhode Island.

2016–17 Creighton Bluejays men's basketball
Creighton Bluejays wordmark.svg
Paradise Jam champions
NCAA Tournament, First Round
ConferenceBig East Conference
2016–17 record25–10 (10–8 Big East)
Head coachGreg McDermott (7th year)
Assistant coachDarian DeVries (19th year)
Assistant coachSteve Lutz (7th year)
Assistant coachPreston Murphy (2nd year)
Home arenaCenturyLink Center Omaha
Seasons
2016–17 Big East men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 1 Villanova 15 3   .833     32 4   .889
No. 21 Butler 12 6   .667     25 9   .735
Creighton 10 8   .556     25 10   .714
Seton Hall 10 8   .556     21 12   .636
Providence 10 8   .556     20 13   .606
Marquette 10 8   .556     19 13   .594
Xavier 9 9   .500     24 14   .632
Saint John's 7 11   .389     14 19   .424
Georgetown 5 13   .278     14 18   .438
DePaul 2 16   .111     9 23   .281
2017 Big East Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Previous seasonEdit

The Bluejays finished the 2015–16 season 20–15, 9–9 in Big East play to finish in sixth place in conference. They lost to Seton Hall in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament. They received an invitation to the National Invitation Tournament where they beat Alabama in the first round and Wagner in the second round before losing to BYU in the quarterfinals.

PreseasonEdit

Prior to the season, Creighton was picked to finish third in a poll of Big East coaches.[1] Maurice Watson Jr. was selected to the preseason All-Big East first team.[1] Marcus Foster received an Honorable Mention.[1]

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Malik Albert 12 G 6'2" 165 Junior Detroit, MI Transferred to Texas A&M–Commerce[2]
Drew Cayce 5 G 6'2" 175 Freshman Libertyville, IL Transferred to Illinois[3]
Geoffrey Groselle 41 C 7'0" 240 Senior Plano, TX Graduated
James Milliken 23 G 6'2" 180 Senior Siler City, NC Graduated
Alex O'Neill 20 F 6'9" 225 Freshman Peoria, IL Transferred to St. Cloud State[4]
Marlon Stewart 1 G 6'3" 190 Freshman Eldridge, IA Transferred to North Dakota[5]

Incoming TransfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Kaleb Joseph 14 G 6'3" 165 Junior Nashua, NH Transferred from Syracuse. Under NCAA transfer rules, Joseph will have to redshirt for the 2016–17 season. Will have two years of remaining eligibility.
Sam Dunkum 31 F 6'10" 215 Sophomore North Little Rock, AR Transferred from Lafayette. Under NCAA transfer rules, Dunkum will not be eligible until the spring semester of the 2017–18 season.

Incoming recruitsEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Davion Mintz
G
Charlotte, NC North Mecklenburg High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Oct 4, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN grade: N/A
Kobe Paras
SG
Quezon City, Philippines Cathedral High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jul 18, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2016 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2015-06-30.

Future recruitsEdit

2017–18 team recruitsEdit

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Ty-Shon Alexander
SG
Mouth of Wilson, VA Oak Hill Academy 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Oct 31, 2015 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Mitchell Ballock
SG
Eudora, KS Eudora High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Feb 7, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

RosterEdit

2016–17 Creighton Bluejays men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 Marcus Foster 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 210 lb (95 kg) RS Jr Hirschi HS
Kansas State
Wichita Falls, TX
G 1 Davion Mintz 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr North Mecklenburg HS Charlotte, NC
G 2 Khyri Thomas 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Fork Union Omaha, NE
G 4 Ronnie Harrell, Jr. 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS So East HS Denver, CO
G 5 Jordan Scurry (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr St. Mark's Chestnut Hill, MA
G 10 Maurice Watson   5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Sr Boys' Latin
Boston University
Philadelphia, PA
G 11 Tyler Clement (W) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr St. Thomas Aquinas HS Overland Park, KS
F 13 Cole Huff 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Campbell Hall
Nevada
Altadena, CA
G 14 Kaleb Joseph   6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Jr Cushing Academy
Syracuse
Nashua, NH
F 15 Martin Krampelj 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS Fr Impact Academy Grosuplje, Slovenia
G 21 Isaiah Zierden 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS Sr Benilde-St. Margaret's St. Louis Park, MN
C 23 Justin Patton 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 225 lb (102 kg) RS Fr Omaha North HS Omaha, NE
G 24 Kobe Paras 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Fr Cathedral HS Quezon City, Philippines
F 31 Sam Dunkum   6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So North Little Rock High School
Lafayette
North Little Rock, AR
F 32 Toby Hegner 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 225 lb (102 kg) RS Jr Berlin HS Berlin, WI
F 40 Zach Hanson   6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Sr T. F. Riggs Pierre, SD
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster


Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Justin Patton Zach Hanson Martin Krampelj
PF Cole Huff Toby Hegner Ronnie Harrell Jr.
SF Khyri Thomas Kobe Paras
SG Marcus Foster Isaiah Zierden Jordan Scurry
PG Davion Mintz Tyler Clement

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 4, 2016*
7:00 pm
No. 22 Wayne State W 93–46 
 13  Foster   7  2 tied   7  Watson Jr.  CenturyLink Center (15,128)
Omaha, NE
Regular season
Nov 11, 2016*
7:00 pm, FS2
No. 22 UMKC W 89–82  1–0
 17  Watson Jr.   8  Patton   9  Watson Jr.  CenturyLink Center (16,686)
Omaha, NE
Nov 15, 2016*
7:30 pm, FS1
No. 22 No. 9 Wisconsin
Gavitt Tipoff Games
W 79–67  2–0
 18  Thomas   7  Patton   10  Watson Jr.  CenturyLink Center (17,879)
Omaha, NE
Nov 18, 2016*
7:30 pm
No. 22 vs. Washington State
Paradise Jam quarterfinals
W 103–77  3–0
 19  Huff   6  Huff   13  Watson Jr.  Sports and Fitness Center (2,223)
St. Thomas, VI
Nov 20, 2016*
7:30 pm, CBSSN
No. 22 vs. NC State
Paradise Jam semifinals
W 112–94  4–0
 20  Huff   10  Huff   7  Watson Jr.  Sports and Fitness Center (2,755)
St. Thomas, VI
Nov 21, 2016*
7:30 pm, CBSSN
No. 12 vs. Ole Miss
Paradise Jam finals
W 86–77  5–0
 25  Foster   6  Foster   7  Watson Jr.  Sports and Fitness Center (2,699)
St. Thomas, VI
Nov 26, 2016*
3:30 pm, FS2
No. 12 Loyola (MD) W 82–52  6–0
 17  Patton   6  Patton   4  Watson Jr.  CenturyLink Center (16,907)
Omaha, NE
Nov 29, 2016*
7:30 pm, FS1
No. 10 Buffalo W 93–72  7–0
 22  Foster   12  Thomas   8  Watson Jr.  CenturyLink Center (16,434)
Omaha, NE
Dec 3, 2016*
7:00 pm, FS2
No. 10 Akron W 82–70  8–0
 27  Foster   7  Patton   13  Watson Jr.  CenturyLink Center (16,852)
Omaha, NE
Dec 7, 2016*
8:00 pm, BTN
No. 10 at Nebraska
Rivalry
W 77–62  9–0
 25  Watson Jr.   10  2 tied   8  Watson Jr.  Pinnacle Bank Arena (15,902)
Lincoln, NE
Dec 9, 2016*
6:30 pm, FS1
No. 10 Longwood W 113–58  10–0
 16  2 tied   9  2 tied   11  Watson Jr.  CenturyLink Center (16,697)
Omaha, NE
Dec 17, 2016*
7:00 pm, FS2
No. 10 Oral Roberts W 66–65  11–0
 22  Foster   6  Foster/Patton   10  Watson Jr.  CenturyLink Center (16,489)
Omaha, NE
Dec 20, 2016*
8:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 9 at Arizona State W 96–85  12–0
 29  Foster   9  Hegner   7  Watson Jr.  Wells Fargo Arena (14,198)
Tempe, AZ
Dec 28, 2016
7:00 pm, FS2
No. 10 Seton Hall W 89–75  13–0
(1–0)
 21  Watson Jr.   9  Patton   10  Watson Jr.  CenturyLink Center (18,084)
Omaha, NE
Dec 31, 2016
12:00 pm, FS1
No. 10 No. 1 Villanova L 70–80  13–1
(1–1)
 22  Foster   8  Patton   9  Watson Jr.  CenturyLink Center (18,831)
Omaha, NE
Jan 4, 2017
7:30 pm, FS1
No. 10 at St. John's W 85–72  14–1
(2–1)
 25  Patton   9  Patton   2  Watson Jr.  Carnesecca Arena (4,928)
Queens, NY
Jan 7, 2017
1:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 10 at Providence W 78–64  15–1
(3–1)
 20  Patton   6  Patton   14  Watson Jr.  Dunkin' Donuts Center (8,176)
Providence, RI
Jan 11, 2017
8:00 pm, FS1
No. 8 No. 12 Butler W 75–64  16–1
(4–1)
 21  Watson Jr.   12  Thomas   7  Watson Jr.  CenturyLink Center (18,032)
Omaha, NE
Jan 14, 2017*
12:00 pm, FS2
No. 8 Truman State W 101–69  17–1
 21  Foster   10  Patton   6  Watson Jr.  CenturyLink Center (17,466)
Omaha, NE
Jan 16, 2017
1:00 pm, FS1
No. 7 at No. 22 Xavier
MLK Day Marathon
W 72–57  18–1
(5–1)
 15  Foster   9  Patton   4  Thomas  Cintas Center (10,348)
Cincinnati, OH
Jan 21, 2017
1:30 pm, FOX
No. 7 Marquette L 94–102  18–2
(5–2)
 30  Foster   5  Zierden   8  Mintz  CenturyLink Center (18,145)
Omaha, NE
Jan 25, 2017
6:00 pm, FSN/MASN2
No. 16 at Georgetown L 51–71  18–3
(5–3)
 20  Patton   8  Thomas   3  Huff  Verizon Center (8,185)
Washington, D.C.
Jan 28, 2017
1:30 pm, FS1
No. 16 DePaul W 83–66  19–3
(6–3)
 18  Thomas   7  Thomas   6  Thomas  CenturyLink Center (17,611)
Omaha, NE
Jan 31, 2017
6:00 pm, FS1
No. 22 at No. 16 Butler W 76–67  20–3
(7–3)
 15  3 tied   7  Patton   6  Clement  Hinkle Fieldhouse (9,100)
Indianapolis, IN
Feb 4, 2017
2:00 pm, FOX
No. 22 Xavier L 80–82  20–4
(7–4)
 17  Foster   7  Huff   5  Thomas  CenturyLink Center (17,886)
Omaha, NE
Feb 11, 2017
1:00 pm, FS1
No. 23 at DePaul W 93–58  21–4
(8–4)
 14  Hegner   11  Patton   7  Thomas  Allstate Arena (6,409)
Rosemont, IL
Feb 15, 2017
7:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 20 at Seton Hall L 81–87  21–5
(8–5)
 23  Foster   6  Foster   6  Foster  Prudential Center (6,637)
Newark, NJ
Feb 19, 2017
2:35 pm, FS1
No. 20 Georgetown W 87–70  22–5
(9–5)
 35  Foster   6  2 tied   6  Foster  CenturyLink Center (17,626)
Omaha, NE
Feb 22, 2017
8:00 pm, FSN
No. 23 Providence L 66–68  22–6
(9–6)
 18  Foster   9  Thomas   4  Mintz  CenturyLink Center (17,382)
Omaha, NE
Feb 25, 2017
2:00 pm, FOX
No. 23 at No. 2 Villanova L 63–79  22–7
(9–7)
 25  Foster   5  2 tied   8  Foster  The Pavilion (6,500)
Villanova, PA
Feb 28, 2017
7:00 pm, CBSSN
St. John's W 82–68  23–7
(10–7)
 18  Foster   12  Thomas   7  Thomas  CenturyLink Center (17,006)
Omaha, NE
Mar 4, 2017
1:30 pm, FS2
at Marquette L 83–91  23–8
(10–8)
 23  Thomas   7  Thomas   7  Mintz  BMO Harris Bradley Center (17,630)
Milwaukee, WI
Big East Tournament
Mar 9, 2017
8:30 pm, FS1
(6) vs. (3) Providence
Quarterfinals
W 70–58  24–8
 19  Thomas   8  Patton   2  3 tied  Madison Square Garden (16,003)
New York City, NY
Mar 10, 2017
8:00 pm, FS1
(6) vs. (7) Xavier
Semifinals
W 75–72  25–8
 21  2 tied   4  Thomas   8  Thomas  Madison Square Garden (19,812)
New York City
Mar 11, 2017
4:30 pm, FS1
(6) vs. (1) Villanova
Finals
L 60–74  25–9
 13  2 tied   7  Harrell Jr.   3  Harrell Jr.  Madison Square Garden (19,812)
New York City
2017 NCAA Tournament
Mar 16, 2017*
3:30 pm, TBS
(6 MW) vs. (11 MW) Rhode Island
First Round
L 72–84  25–10
 15  2 tied   7  2 tied   4  Harrell Jr.  Golden 1 Center (15,833)
Sacramento, CA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP 22 22 12 10 10 10 9 10 10 8 7 16 22 23 20 23 RV RV RV Not released 
Coaches 23 20 18 12 12 10 9 9 10 8 7 16 22 23 22 23 RV RV RV

*AP does not release post-NCAA tournament rankings

ReferencesEdit