Creighton was once one of the toasts of the mid-majors. The little team with the kind of scorer that could be extremely dangerous come Tournament time in Doug McDermott.
This was a team to be reckoned with. A team to watch out for. A team not to overlook.
Once upon a time, this Bluejays team was a sure-fire tournament team. That “once upon a time” was a mere two weeks ago. Creighton has lost three in a row in the Missouri Valley Conference and are experiencing a pure free fall.
It started last Saturday with a three-point loss at Northern Iowa (RPI No. 54). Then Creighton dropped a road game at Evansville (RPI No. 149) by eight. The bottom completely fell out Saturday as RPI No. 17 Wichita State came to Omaha and walked out with an 89-68 win.
It was a loss so bad that coach Greg McDermott was seen in a heated argument with his son on the sideline after the scoring phenom and Player of the Year candidate struggled in a 13-point, 5-for-14 performance. It was one of his worst scoring performances of the year.
The Bluejays have fallen out of the human polls, but have actually risen to No. 27 in the RPI. That might change when the latest calculations come out. This, of course, represents one of the quirks in RPI. The teams Creighton has played have obviously done well.
The Bluejays have done well for themselves too. Wichita State may have shocked Creighton on the road with that blowout win this weekend, but Wichita State is also a top-25 RPI team. The Bluejays are still 18-3 against teams with an RPI of 51 or higher and 16-1 against teams with an RPI greater than 100.