An important offense can carry you far on this sport. In some circumstances, it may well carry a staff all the way in which to a Massive East championship, because it did for Creighton final season. However in the event you’re not additionally ok on protection, you will all the time be vulnerable. And the Bluejays have been reminded of this late Monday after they misplaced 89-84 to Marquette regardless of capturing 48.3% from the sphere and 43.8% from 3-point vary.
How did Creighton lose with these numbers?
Nicely, simply have a look at Marquette’s numbers.
The Golden Eagles shot 53.6% from the sphere and 57.1% from 3-point vary in a efficiency that pushed the Bluejays’ defensive effectivity rating right down to 68th nationally. That is really 10 spots higher than they have been final season after they secured the No. 1 seed within the Massive East Match. But it surely’s nonetheless not the kind of defensive effectivity rating that sometimes permits a staff to advance to the Remaining 4, which is among the many issues Creighton is attempting to do (for what can be the primary time at school historical past) this season.
“Disappointing — that goes with out saying,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott stated following the loss at house. “Offensively, we performed lots ok to win the sport. However there wasn’t quite a lot of resistance.”
The win was super for Marquette, which obtained 20 factors, 5 assists and 5 rebounds from Ohio State switch D.J. Carton, and 14 factors and 10 rebounds from McDonald’s All-American Dawson Garcia. The Golden Eagles at the moment are 5-2 with wins over two ranked groups (Wisconsin, Creighton) and losses to 2 unranked groups (UCLA, Oklahoma State). It is not fairly sufficient to get them into Tuesday morning’s up to date CBS Sports activities Prime 25 And 1 each day school basketball rankings, however they’re undoubtedly on the radar and undeniably constructing a pleasant resume for the NCAA Match choice committee.
As for Creighton, the Bluejays have been hit with the long-established 10-spot auto-drop that I exploit to punish clearly good groups for unhealthy losses with out overreacting. So Creighton will stay within the Prime 25 And 1 — for a similar cause Virginia and Wisconsin are nonetheless within the Prime 25 And 1 — regardless of having a resume that’s, on a floor degree, unworthy. But when the Bluejays take one other disappointing loss earlier than they’ve high quality wins to offset it, then, completely, it’s going to be time for them to go.
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