Creighton 21st in final coaches poll

OMAHA, Neb. -- The Creighton men's basketball team was ranked 21st
nationally in the final USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll that was released on
Tuesday. The ranking is identical to the final slotting of the 2011-12
Creighton team that also won the MVC Tournament and reached the third round
of the NCAA Tournament.

Creighton went 3-2 against teams that finished in the top-25, including a
pair of victories over No. 4 Wichita State. The Bluejays join Louisville,
Kansas, Ohio State, Syracuse, Michigan State, Florida, Marquette, Indiana,
Duke, Georgetown, Michigan, New Mexico and Wisconsin as teams in the top-25
of the final coaches poll each of the past two seasons.

Statistically, the Creighton team finished in the top-25 of nine different
categories, including second in both field goal percentage and three-point
field goal percentage. CU was also fourth in assists per game, ninth in
free-throw percentage, 10th in three-pointers per game, 13th in
assist/turnover ratio, 16th in scoring margin and 23rd in both winning
percentage and points scored. One area of great improvement came in field
goal percentage defense, where Creighton soared from 222nd a year ago all
the way up to 77th this season.

Unofficially, the Jays also finished sixth nationally in average home
attendance (17,155), though those figures likely won't be released for
several more weeks by the NCAA.

Individually, Doug McDermott led the country in points scored (834) and
field goals made (284). The junior forward was also second in points per
game, 18th in free-throw percentage and 37th in field goal percentage.
Senior guard Grant Gibbs ranked 13th in assist/turnover ratio and 22nd in
assists per game.

USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll
Released April 9, 2013
Rk School W-L Pts. LW
1. Louisville (31) 35-5 775 2
2. Michigan 31-8 744 11
3. Syracuse 30-10 696 18
4. Wichita State 30-9 643 NR
5. Duke 30-6 607 7
6. Ohio State 29-8 594 6
7. Indiana 29-7 568 4
8. Kansas 31-6 533 3
9. Florida 29-8 530 12
10. Miami (Fla.) 29-7 487 4
11. Marquette 26-9 475 16
12. Gonzaga 32-3 444 1
13. Michigan State 27-9 440 9
14. Arizona 27-8 359 20
15. Oregon 28-9 320 24
16. Saint Louis 28-7 265 13
17. Georgetown 25-7 253 8
18. Memphis 31-5 185 15
19. New Mexico 29-6 165 10
20. Kansas State 27-8 147 14
21. Creighton 28-8 134 21
22. Wisconsin 23-12 101 17
23. VCU 27-9 99 23
24. La Salle 24-10 97 NR
25. Florida Gulf Coast 26-11 91 NR
Others Receiving Votes:  Butler 76; Oklahoma State 63; Mississippi 27;
North Carolina 26; Baylor 23; California 23; Iowa State 16; Saint Mary's 15;
Illinois 13; Colorado State 11; Pittsburgh 8; Temple 8; Iowa 7; UCLA 3;
Belmont 1; Minnesota 1; Notre Dame 1; Weber State 1.

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