Creighton climbed back up the national polls Monday while remaining the nation’s top shooting team.
The Bluejays continue to lead Division I in field-goal percentage (.520), 3-point percentage (.449) and 3-point field goals per game (9.8). Creighton is trying to become the second team ever to finish No. 1 in field-goal and 3-point percentages — Northern Arizona did it in 1999.
The Bluejays moved up from 17th to 13th in the coaches poll and improved from 21st to 16th in the Associated Press rankings announced Monday. Creighton has won its last three games and will take a 20-3 record into Wednesday’s game at Indiana State.
Creighton also moved to 28th in the NCAA’s RPI rankings. Wichita State, at 26th, is the highest ranked Missouri Valley team in the RPI.
Creighton’s Doug McDermott remains second nationally in scoring with a 24.0 average. The junior forward ranks fourth on Creighton’s all-time scoring chart with 1,933 points. If he continues scoring at his current pace, McDermott would break Rodney Buford’s school record of 2,116 points in the final regular-season game against Wichita State on March 2.
McDermott already is the top three-season scorer in Creighton history, having recently passed Bob Portman. He scored 1,876 points in playing from 1966 to ’69 at a time when freshmen were ineligible to play.
McDermott also ranks 23rd nationally in field-goal percentage (.565) and is 38th in free-throw percentage (.867).
Ethan Wragge is 10th in 3-point percentage (.450) and is 53rd in 3-point baskets per game (2.57).
Grant Gibbs and Austin Chatman continue to rank in the top 100 in assists and assists-to-turnover ratio. Gibbs is fifth in assists-to-turnovers ratio (3.05 to 1) and 27th in assists per game (5.83), while Chatman is 71st in assists per game (4.74) and 88th in assists-to-turnovers ratio (2.06 to 1).
Creighton center Gregory Echenique is 80th in blocked shots (1.78 per game).
In team statistics, Creighton also ranks in the top 10 in assists per game (second, 18.3), assists-to-turnovers ratio (fifth, 1.53 to 1), points (sixth, 1,816) and scoring offense (seventh, 79.0).