Bluenotes Short Riff – 7 March 2018

On to the Postseason

 

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The regular season has concluded and the Jays took a share of 3rd place, 21-10/10-8 on the year.  The Jays were robbed at home in a 1 point loss to Xavier, beat Villanova at home, and were swept by Marquette.

Creighton played well enough to win the Xavier game and both Marquette games but it was not to be.  I’ve been pissed and in a funk since the Xavier mugging, but thanks to Hilltop Alum posting several Recruiting updates and lots of discussion surrounding those recruiting candidates I’m back in my optimistic operating zone.  Thanks Hilltop Alum and the gang on the BJU recruiting board (you too TrueBlueJay – thanks).

 

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The 2nd Half…  

“Most of our local board prognosticators have mapped the remaining season to get their predicted 10 or 11 conference wins.  Bluejayundeground posters JayPak and Ictjay have confidently asserted their revised predictions to 9-9 in conference play.  Ever optimistic Section202jay chips in for 10-8:  “I think we’ll be 10-8 in Big East play when it’s all said and done and get something like a 10 seed in the NCAAT. It is what it is. I would have taken that pre-season.””

They were correct as our guys regressed to the mean, and I was overly optimistic as usual.

 

BET: 

Our Jays are the #4 seed and will face #5 Providence in the Quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon.  They will face the winner of #1 Xavier v StJ/Gtwn in the Semifinals.  Yahoo/ Pat Forde picks Xavier to win it.  https://sports.yahoo.com/5-pressing-ncaa-tournament-questions-conference-tourney-predictions-230933481.html

 

FROSH:

Ty-Shon Alexander and Mitch Ballock are still playing good minutes and are productive.  Both have come out of their “hitting the Frosh wall” and have returned to playing well.  Jacob has tweaked his knee (the one that was cleaned up) and we have not been told his status.   He has played very well and has steadily increased his minutes on the court.  I hope and expect him to be ready for the BET Quarterfinals on Thursday.

 

Awards:   

http://gocreighton.com/news/2018/3/5/mens-basketball-marcus-foster-named-one-of-five-finalists-for-jerry-west-award.aspx

http://gocreighton.com/news/2018/3/4/mens-basketball-big-east-honors-foster-thomas-and-ballock.aspx  

http://gocreighton.com/news/2018/3/5/mens-basketball-guard-marcus-foster-named-all-district-by-usbwa.aspx?path=mbb

All Big East:  Marcus 1st Team (1st Jay to be ABE twice),  All District VI (twice)

Khyri 2nd Team ABE

BE DPoY:  Khyri repeats as Defensive PoY – 2nd straight year.

Mitch made the BE All Frosh Team.

Both Khyri and Marcus have eclipsed the 1000 point threshold while performing as Bluejays.  Congratulations.

Senior Day (DePaul) was special.  See GoCreighton.

 

Other:

Jordan Scurry was awarded a scholarship for 2017-18.  Congrats Jordan.

 

Recruiting:

3 or so recruits visited the Villanova game, including 2019 SG Zach Harvey along with (his teammate) CU 2018 commits PG Jett Canfield and SF Chris Bishop.

Canfield and Harvey both went over 1000 points recently at Hayden HS (Topeka, KS).

Several new recruiting names on the BJU recruiting board, thanks to Hilltop Alum.  Check it out.

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl has a new Jr year highlight vid.  Check it out.  https://kansas.247sports.com/Bolt/Junior-Season-Highlights-of-2019-PF-Jeremiah-Robinson-Earl-115924896

2018 Commit, 6-8 SF Chris and the Bishop family did make the Georgetown game.  Always a pleasure to have the Bishops in attendance.

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Had a great visit at Creighton this weekend. Thank you Bluejays for being so welcoming. @BluejayMBB@chris_bishop13@dukeblue1972@cucoachmac

 

Georgetown game was the Pinkout Game for Cancer.  9th largest crowd in CU History on hand – 18,518 fans.  Go Jays!

 

PS:  Friendly reminder – I went 25-6/13-5 Big East for the Jays this regular season.  The Jays finished 21-10/10-8.

 

All our Bluejay sites are busy with articles, previews, postgame video, podcasts, etc.  Check them frequently.

See Jon Nyatawa as he’s doing a bangup job.   www.Omaha.com

see both website and Twitter as the Bluejay staff is great.  www.Gocreighton.com

Tom Nemitz & Company  (Polyfro)  www.whiteandbluereview.com

The Bluejay Banter Crew… Tim, Ravi, Alex, and the gang.  http:creighton.rivals.com

 

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