15th Annual – gtmo’s Ridiculously Predictable, (not so) Preposterous, Preseason Predictions – 2022/23 Edition

Creighton Bluejay & Big East Outlook for the 2022-23 Season.

ALL-IN!

Hey. It’s August 15th again. Time for gtmo to once again put the envelope to his forehead and look into the college basketball future.

git’s going Carnak on the Jays this season.

Question: What can we look forward to, for the Bluejays, this 2022-23 college basketball season?

Carnak: Much good fortune, health, winning basketball, and a long and prosperous post-season…Instant Karma!

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I am ALL-IN on the Creighton Bluejays. Our Jays have the talent, consistency, drive, heart, will-to-win, and determination to contend for the NCAA Championship this season. This season Creighton has sufficient depth to weather unforeseen injuries. They have a great mix of youth and veterans. They know that their system allows them to compete and win against anyone. Creighton also plays good defense. They will meet the majority of their intermediate milestones, achieve their major milestones, and make a big run in the NCAA Dance in March 2023. Get your bets in now, while the odds are good (+2500).”

Jim Harvey, a.k.a. gtmoBlue, http://bluenotes2.com

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Team Makeup

Ryan Nembhard (R2), So.

Nation’s No. 62 recruit per ESPN and No. 72 per Rivals was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week six times (Nov. 15, Nov. 22, Nov. 29, Dec. 20, Jan. 17, Feb. 21) to be CU’s most-honored freshman since seven-time winner (in the MVC) Doug McDermott in 2010-11. Averaged 11.3 ppg, 3.1 rbg, 4.4 asg. Shot 40.0% FG, 31.1% 3pt, 73.2% FT.
• BIG EAST Freshman of the Year. • BIG EAST ranks: 3rd in minutes/game, 3rd in assists/game; 14th in steals/game; 26th in points/game.
• NCAA rank: 79th in assists per game (eighth among freshmen).
• Suffered a season-ending injury to his right wrist at St. John’s (Feb. 23), undergoing surgery on Feb. 25.
• Was a unanimous selection to BIG EAST’s All-Freshman Team, Creighton’s first since Marcus Zegarowski in 2018-19.

Trey Alexander (Tricky Trey) So.

• Named the No. 55 prospect in ESPN’s rankings.
• Named Oklahoma’s Gatorade Player of the Year after averaging 23.6 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.
• All-time leading scorer and rebounder in Heritage Hall HS history.
• Named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Jan. 24, Feb. 7 and Feb. 28. On the season he averaged 7.4 ppg, 3.7 rbg, 2.5 asg. Shot 42.2% FG, 28.1% 3pt, 81.8% FT. One of three Bluejays named to the BIG EAST’s All-Freshman Team
• Ranked sixth among all players with 7.0 assists per NCAA Tournament  game.
• Averaged 11.6 points, 4.3 assists and 4.0 assists in 34.2 minutes per game in eight full games without Ryan Nembhard.
• Made first career start on Feb. 12 at Georgetown, finishing with seven points and six assists in 37 minutes. Scored a career-high 18 points in his NCAA Tournament debut vs. San Diego State (March 17), including the game-tying basket in the final 15 seconds of regulation and the go-ahead bucket with 1:08 left in overtime.
• Owned 14 points and career-high nine assists in NCAA Tournament game vs. No. 3 Kansas (March 19), playing all 40 minutes.
• Poised freshman has already gained notice for his defensive abilities and taken over starting point guard role with Ryan Nembhard injured.

Baylor Scheierman Sr. (Transfer fm SDSU-2 yrs eligibility)

A 6-foot-6 native of Aurora, Neb., a former 2 sport athlete (Ftbl/Hoops) Summit League player of the year (2021-22). He averaged 16.2 points per game. Led the Summit League in rebounding (7.8 per game) and assists (4.5). Shot 51 percent from the floor, 47 percent from 3-point land and 80 percent at the FT line. Led the Jackrabbits to a school-record 30 wins and a perfect 21-0 record in Summit League play. He had 18 points and 10 rebounds in SDSU’s NCAA tournament loss to Providence.

Arthur Kaluma (Art) So.

• The No. 48 prospect in the 247Sports composite recruiting rankings. The highest-ranked recruit at CU of the Greg McDermott era. Overall averaged 10.4 ppg, 5.4 rbg, 1.3 apg. Shot 44.4% FG, 26.5% 3pt, and 67.1% FT. • One of three Bluejays named to BIG EAST’s All-Freshman Team.
• Also named to All-BIG EAST Tournament Team.
• Named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Feb. 14 and March 6.
• Missed four straight games with an injury (Feb. 12-20) before returning with 12 points and six rebounds in 19 minutes at St. John’s. Also had go-ahead basket with 2:01 left in the road win.
• Averaged 13.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game in nine contests after returning from a knee injury (Feb. 23-March 19).
• Made his regular-season debut with 15 points, eight rebounds and four blocked shots vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Nov. 9), joining Doug McDermott as only Bluejays since 1973 with 15 & 5 in their freshman debut. Had 12 points and six rebounds in 44 minutes of NCAA Tournament win vs. his brother Adam Seiko’s San Diego State team (March 17).
• Produced career-highs with 24 points and 12 rebounds while playing all 40 minutes of NCAA Tournament loss to No. 3 Kansas (March 19).

Ryan Kalkbrenner (Big Ryan) Jr.

• A former No. 69 recruit per Rivals, he had five triple-doubles as a prep senior and had seven games with 10 or more blocks (with a high of 15). • Honorable Mention All-BIG EAST choice, BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and named to All-BIG EAST Tournament Team. Averaged 13.1 ppg, 7.7 rbg, 0.9apg. Shot 64.6% FG, 25.0 3pt, 73.6% FT
• BIG EAST ranks: 1st in FG percentage;  1st in offensive rebounds/game; 2nd in blocked shots/game; 6th in rebounds/game; 12th in FT percentage; 19th in points/game.
• NCAA ranks: 4th in field goal percentage, 4th in offensive rebounds per game, 12th in total blocks, 17th in blocked shots per game, 71st in total rebounds.
• His 134 offensive rebounds were the most by a Bluejay in more than 35 years.
• Also ranks among national leaders with CU-best 69 dunks, including six slams at Georgetown (Feb. 12).
• Set CHI Health Center Omaha records for blocked shots (38) and offensive rebounds (58) in a season.
• Had a blocked shot in 26 straight games (Nov. 16, 2021-Feb. 26, 2022), CU’s longest streak since Benoit Benjamin did it in 28 games in a row in 1984-85.
• Notched 100th career block vs. Butler (Feb. 8) in his 53rd career game, CU’s third-fastest to that milestone ever.
• Became first Bluejay with 5 blocks in consecutive games (Nov. 22 & 27) since Benoit Benjamin in 1985, he also had five swats in a win vs. No. 24 BYU (Dec. 11) and vs. No. 9 Villanova (Dec. 17).
• First Bluejay with five straight games of 9+ rebounds since 2011 (Doug McDermott). • Finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds in NCAA Tournament win vs. San Diego State (March 17) before leaving with a knee injury that forced him to miss the Second Round game vs. No. 3 Kansas two days later.

Maui Invitational photo

Shereef Mitchell (Reef) Sr.

• Nebraska’s Gatorade Player of the Year in 2017-18. • Team’s only remaining player who was on the roster for CU’s BIG EAST champion team in 2019-20, he has played just six games all season due to injury and was out for the rest of the 2021-22 season.
• Made season debut with four points vs. Nebraska (Nov. 16).
• Owned nine points, two assists and two steals in win vs. North Dakota State (Nov. 30).
• One of the nation’s best defenders, he played a key role in helping CU reach the Sweet 16 in March of 2021.
• Averaged 3.3 points an 1.5 assists in 30 games last season (2020-21), including two starts.

Rati Andronikashvili (Rati) RS So.

• Tabbed the nation’s No. 64 recruit in 2020 per 247Sports.
• Redshirt freshman who sat out lthe 2020-21 season after tearing his the ACL in his left knee on Nov. 1, 2020. Overall average of 1,8 Ppg, 1 Rbg, 1.1Apg, on 14 mpg. Shot 22.4% FG, 20.7% 3pt, 62.1% FT. However, Rati plays excellent defense and had 19 steals last season. Capable of hitting timely shots and he changed games with his defense and steals. Played well in the postseason, both the BET and NCAA Tourneys. Will be better offensively this season (2022-23) after sterling FIBA Euro play this summer.

Mason Miller (Mayo) RS Frosh

• Ranked as the No. 63 prospect by Rivals and No. 73 in the 247Sports composite rankings.
• Averaged 19.1 points per game as a senior to help Houston to its first state title.
• Was named Tennessee’s Class AAA Mr. Basketball. Redshirted last season. Reportedly the Best shooter on the team.

Fredrick King (Fredrick) Frosh

Ranked as the No. 67 by On3, #109 On3 Composite, #133 recruit by 247Sports rankings of 2022, 4-star by Rivals (NR). True frosh from the Bahamas. Recruited from the NBA Academy Latin America (Mexico). (former Louisville commit) Mobile big man who is quick off his feet and plays with an exceptionally high intensity level. Possessing intriguing skill, poise and maturity. Converted 77% of his field goal attempts at the Academy Games and 74% of his free throws.

Francisco Farabello Sr (Transfer fm TCU-2yr eligibility)

The 6-foot-3 guard from Argentina played 73 games over three seasons at Texas Christian. Creative facilitator and ball handler who has a high basketball IQ. Impressive passer. Extensive Int’l (FIBA) experience for national team. Farabello started 18 games at TCU averaging 4.4 points, 1.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists. Career: 40% FG, 40% 3pt, 81% FT.

John Christofilis (John C/Johnny Buckets) So

Arrived as nation’s No. 139 prospect per Rivals.
• Won program’s 3-point contest at Bluejay Fan Fest, living up to reputation as an elite sharpshooter. • Underwent foot surgery on Feb. 9 that ended his season after suffering an injury in practice. Averaged 0.5 Ppg, 0.3 Rbg, 0.0 Apg. Shot 20% FG, 09.1% 3pt, 0.0 FT on 4.0 Mpg

Ben Shtolzberg (Ben) Fr

Shtolzberg is rated as a 3-star prospect #116 on 247sports, and unranked on Rivals and ESPN’s 2022 high school basketball rankings. However, it is clear to anyone that has watched him that he should be much higher on the rankings. He is a 6’4”, 195 combo guard. At Southern California Academy, Northridge, CA., Ben averaged 18.7 points this season in high school, and displayed skills in his game that will carry onto the next level. Shtolzberg is automatic from the 3-point line, and also has moves to get to the basket with ease.

Jasen Green (Jasen) Fr

Ranked 4-star (112) by ON3, 4-star (#17 PF) by ESPN, 3-star by Rivals and 247. Jasen Green is a 6-7, 220-pound Power Forward from Omaha, NE. He’s the second-highest-ranked player in Nebraska this year. PF Jasen Green is expected to redshirt.

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Walkons: All three players are 3-star rated from championship programs.

Devin Davis, (D) Jr. Chicago, Westinghouse College Prep HS. PG-6’/180

Averaged 21.0 points, 4.0 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game as a senior, as well as 22.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.9 steals per contest during his junior campaign.
• An All-Red West Conference selection who was also recognized with All-State acclaim by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association.
• Named one of the top-50 players in Chicago prior to his senior year by the Chicago Sun-Times, an honor he shared with current teammate Sami Osmani.
• Named Fourth Team All-City by the Chicago Sun-Times and to the Third Team by Get Buckets Chicago. • Coached by Rafie Fields.

Sami Osmani, (Sami Sosa) Jr. Chicago, Oak Lawn Community HS. PG-6’3”/203

• Earned four varsity letters in basketball, two in volleyball and one in track.
• Named MVP of the South Suburban Conference in 2019 as well as MVP of the Annual Thanksgiving Tournament his senior season.
• Three-time all-conference choice.
• Named one of the top-50 players in Chicago prior to his senior year by the Chicago Sun-Times, an honor he shared with current teammate Devin Davis.
• Named Third Team All-State as a senior in Class 3A and Honorable Mention in Class 4A as a junior. • Finished as Oak Lawn’s all-time career leader in three-pointers (210) and points (1,850).
• Coached by Jason Rhodes.

Zander Yates, (Z) So. Germantown, TN., Houston HS. PF-6’7”/216

• True freshman who redshirted. • Helped lead Houston High School to a Class 3A state title and a 21-3 overall record.
• Averaged 9.7 points and 6.7 rebounds during the state tournament.
• Scored 14 points in a span of 116 seconds during a state semifinal victory over Oak Ridge.
• High school teammate of current Bluejay teammate Mason Miller, as well as Jerrell Colbert (LSU) and Johnathan Lawson (Memphis).
• Coached by former NBA sharpshooter Mike Miller, who is the brother of current Creighton assistant coach Ryan Miller.

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Team Depth

Starters: Nembhard, Alexander, Scheierman, Kaluma, Kalkbrenner.

Primary subs: PG Mitchell, CG Andronikashvili, CG Farabello, Fwd Miller, Ctr King.

Other bench: SG Christofilis, CG Shtolzberg, PF Green.

W/O bench: PG Davis, CG Osmani, PF Yates

Major Media Projections

Most media talking heads have CU in their Top 25 preseason polls. Several have the Jays Top 10. A couple say the Jays are title contenders. Busting Brackets and Jon Rothstein have 3 BE teams in their Top 25. Andy Katz only 1. SI.com Has 4 incl Prov. ESPN has 3 with X 29th. CBS/Parrish has 2.

CBS’ summer podcast has been downplaying both Creighton and the Big East-supposedly in an effort to realistically curb potentially unrealistic expectations by CU Fans/fans in general. In spite of acknowledging Coach Mac’s 276 wins and the consistency in winning of the program since joining the Big East. There is still media bias as to whether the Jays are ‘real’ or not. I expect others pundits to also moderate/revise their projections downward as the season gets nearer. Coach McDermott has led Creighton to a 276-137 record through 12 seasons, ranking second in program history in victories.  Creighton is second only to Villanova in total wins in the Big East since the reconfiguration.

The AP and Coaches Polls will undoubtedly have 2-3 BE teams listed, with the Jays & Nova close together in the mid to high teens, with either UConn or Xavier in the 20’s.

Big East Projections (sans Pre-season Coaches Poll)

Current Big East projections have the Bluejays as the overwhelming favorite to win the conference. The four (4) returning starters plus SF Baylor Scheierman give the Jays a formidable lineup. Ryan Kalkbrenner is the reigning DPoY, Soph Ryan Nembhard is the current FroY, Sophs Arthur Kaluma & Trey Alexander were also on the All-Frosh team.

Add in returnees from injury Sr. Shereef Mitchell, Soph. John Christofilis, and RS Frosh Mason Miller and the Jays are back to full strength. Note: Ctr Kalkbrenner and PG Nembhard are also fully recovered from late-season injuries. Rati has shown improvement and had a helluva summer with the Georgian Nat’l Team, beating world champs Spain. Transfer wings Scheierman and Farabello will also contribute greatly to this team. Villanova is 2nd in the BE in all major polls. 3rd is X, Prov, or UConn, depending on who you ask.

The unofficial Holyland of Hoops poll has lil Creighton winning the BE (56% of votes), Nova, Providence, Xavier each tallied 13%, & The Hall tallied 6% of the votes.

HLOH Poll – 2022

It goes without saying that the BE Coaches, in their wisdom, with their penchant for underestimating / denigrating Creighton, will pick the Jays 7th…as per normal.

Jays in Maui – 2022

2022 Maui Invitational Bracket_photo

As an aside…the good folks at Maui have bracketed Creighton as the 4-seed?? in the Maui Invitational. lol. The Jays will face 5-seed Texas Tech in the 1st round. If they win they face top-seeded Arkansas in the semi’s. Seeds: Arkansas -1, Arizona -2, San Diego St.-3, Jays-4, TT-5, THE OSU-6, Cincinnati-7, & Lousiville-8.

All-time records vs: Jays are 3-1 vs TT, CU 1-1 vs ARK, CU 1-1 vs Arizona, CU 5-3 vs SDSU, CU 2-1 vs Louisville, CU 2-3 vs TOSU, CU 1-2 vs Cincinnati.

Big East Regular Season Final Standings – Pundits

Lunardi’s latest preseason bracket (Aug 9th, 2022) has 6 Big East teams, in order: Cr8n 3-seed, Nova 4-seed, UConn 7-seed, Xavier 7-seed, St Johns 11-seed, Providence (one of the last in) 11-seed. Hmmm.

Big East 2022-23 RS Final Standings
1. Creighton
Projected Starting 5:

Ryan Nembhard
Trey Alexander
Baylor Scheierman
Arthur Kaluma
Ryan Kalkbrenner
Projected Bench: Shereef Mitchell, Rati Andronikashvili, Francisco Farabello, Mason Miller, Frederick King, John Christofilis, Ben Shtolzberg, Devin Davis, Sami Osmani, Zander Yates, Jasen Green (RS) This Creighton team will exceed the expectations. Roll damn Jays!

2. Xavier
Projected Starting 5:
Adam Kunkel
Souley Boum
F Colby Jones
Zach Freemantle
Jack Nunge
Projected Bench: Desmond Claude, Kam Craft, Cesare Edwards, Jerome Hunter, Dieonte Miles, KyKy Tandy, Elijah Tucker.
NIT Champs finally started playing together late last season. I expect a carryover from their NIT campaign. Add in a great new coach in Sean Miller. Transfer Boum will be the newcomer/transfer of the Year.

3. Providence
Projected Starting 5:
Jared Bynum
Devin Carter
Noah Locke
Bryce Hopkins
Ed Croswell
Projected Bench: Quante Berry, Alyn Breed, Rafael Castro, Corey Floyd Jr., Clifton Moore, Jayden Pierre.
Opponents should hope to get them early, as this will be a very good team late season.

4. Villanova
Projected Starting 5:
Caleb Daniels
Jordan Longino
Brandon Slater
Cam Whitmore
Eric Dixon
Projected Bench: Chris Arcidiacono, Mark Armstrong, Angelo Brizzi, Brendan Hausen, Nnanna Njoku, Trey Patterson, Justin Moore (injured)
A very good, not great team. Still formidable at home, in Radnor. Neptune’s crew will miss Justin Moore.

5. UConn
Projected Starting 5:
Jordan Hawkins
Andre Jackson
G Tristen Newton
Samson Johnson
Adama Sanogo
Projected Bench: Richie Springs, Donovan Clingan, Alex Karaban, Hassan Diarra, Naheim Alleyne, Joey Calcaterra
IMO UConn is an overrated team. They went 1-1 (3-seed) in the BET, 0-1 (5-seed) in the dance. I’m from Mizzou – Show me.

6. Butler
Projected Starting 5:

G Chuck Harris
Eric Hunter
Jayden Taylor
Ali Ali 
Manny Bates 
Projected Bench: D.J. Hughes, Simas Lukosius, John-Michael Mulloy, Myles Tate, Jalen Thomas, Pierce Thomas, Connor Turnbull, Myles Wilmoth.
Great new coach in Thad Matta and picked up four excellent transfers. Matta is the best coach in the country, this side of the elder Pitino…IMHO. These Dawgs will be a tough out come late January 2023.

7. St. John’s
Projected Starting 5:

G Dylan Addae-Wusu
Posh Alexander
Andre Curbelo
David Jones
Joel Soriano 
Projected Bench: Mohamed Keita, Kolby King, Montez Mathis, Esahia Nyiwe, Rafael Pinzon, O’Mar Stanley, AJ Storr, Drissa Traore,
See the Butler notes- No new Coach, but picked up some excellent transfers. Johnnies will be a tough out come late January 2023.


8. Marquette
Projected Starting 5:
G Tyler Kolek
Kam Jones
Zach Wrightstil
Olivier Maxence-Prosper
Oso Ighodaro 
Projected Bench: Emarion Ellis, Ben Gold, Keeyan Itejere, Sean Jones, David Joplin, Stevie Mitchell, Chase Ross Hmmm. Marquette is the Jays big brother. Hmmm? No comment, other than to say that Coach Smart has his work cut out for him, in getting this team into the top tier.

9. Seton Hall
Projected Starting 5:
Al-Amir Dawes
Kadary Richmond
Tray Jackson
Alexis Yetna
Tyrese Samuel
Projected Bench: Dre Davis, Tae Davis, Jamir Harris, Jaquan Harris, KC Ndefo, Abdou Ndiaye, Femi Odukale, Jaquan Sanders. Some think this is a 4-6 or 5-7 Mid-pack team. I’m not one of those folks.

10. DePaul
Projected Starting 5:

G Umoja Gibson
Caleb Murphy
Javan Johnson
Eral Penn
Nick Ongenda 
Projected Bench: Yor Anei, Ahamad Bynum, Zion Cruz, Philmon Gebrewhit, Da’Sean Nelson, KT Raimey, Jalen Terry
A group of newbies. Can Coach Stubbs pull ’em together? Cruz is a candidate and my pick for FRoY.

11. Georgetown
Projected Starting 5:

G Dante Harris
Jay Heath
Brandon Murray
Akok Akok
Qudus Wahab
Projected Bench: Denver Anglin, D’Ante Bass, Wayne Bristol Jr., Bradley Ezewiro, Bryson Mozone, Ryan Mutombo, Jordan Riley, Amir Spears, Malcolm Wilson. I’ll believe when they prove they are a contender.

Big East Preseason First-Team
Jared Bynum, Providence
Zach Freemantle, Xavier Colby Jones, Xavier Ryan Kalkbrenner, Creighton Arthur Kaluma, Creighton , Posh Alexander, St Johns

Big East Player of the Year
Ryan Kalkbrenner, Creighton

Big East Preseason Sleeper
Butler

Big East Freshman of the Year Zion Cruz – DePaul

Impact Big East Freshman

Kam Craft, Xavier
Zion Cruz, DePaul Corey Floyd Jr., Providence
Alex Karaban, UConn
Mason Miller, Creighton
Cam Whitmore, Villanova

Impact Big East Transfers

Manny Bates, Butler (NC State)
Souley Boum, Xavier (UTEP)* Newcomer/Transfer of the Year
Andre Curbelo, St. John’s (Illinois)
Al-Amir Dawes, Seton Hall (Clemson)
David Jones, St. John’s (DePaul)
Noah Locke, Providence (Louisville)
Tristen Newton, UConn (East Carolina)
Baylor Scheierman, Creighton (South Dakota State)

Bluenotes Projections:

Kalkbrenner’s fortifying the paint, the 5 Sophs (incl Miller), and transfer SF Scheierman, are the glue of this team. Creighton will go as far as they can take the team. Mac will ride them hard, along with PGs Mitchell, Andronikashvili, and Ctr King.

Miller, the team’s best shooter will have the opportunity to shine after his RS season. He, Scheierman, Farabello, and JC will give the team much improved outside/3pt shooting. After a full season of play the starting sophomores will make the expected ‘leap’ – Kaluma, Alexander, & Nembhard will all perform better. Good to great defense, playing within the system (no hero ball), and playing for and with one another, will take this group to lofty heights.

The bench – Redshirting Mason Miller, along with early injuries to Shereef Mitchell and John Christofilis, severely limited the teams’ depth last season. PF Modestas Kancleris was recovered from injury, but little used. The team relied on PG Rati, SG Trey, and Ctr Keyshawn Feazell heavily, limited to 8 players. Trey was elevated to starter after R2’s injury in February. That left Rati and Keyshawn as the only depth. The refrain was no bench support during late-season and postseason play. That’s because there was no bench due to injuries.

This season everyone is healthy. Add in Francisco (Trans-TCU), Baylor (Trans-SDSU), and the Frosh Ben, Jason, and Fredrick. Problem solved. Expect significant bench minutes from Reef, Rati, Mason, and Fredrick-a 9 man rotation. Should the injury bug strike we can still bring in Francisco, JohnC, Ben, and Jasen to offset it. Walkons Devin Davis, Sami Osmani, and Zander Yates are also healthy. PF Jasen Green is expected to redshirt.

Jays 5 Year Trends….
Creighton photo: Arthur Kaluma #24 of Creighton

As for post-season honors:

Gonna go with Big Ryan K. as the Big East PoY. Big Ryan, Kaluma,-1st Team BE. Scheierman, Trey, R2,-2nd Team BE. No mas.

2022-23 in a snapshot:

Last year I had the Jays 1st – they finished 4th, With the stats listed above that is a surprise. The difference makers were solid Defense, the will-to-win (no quit in this group), and the knack for snatching victory from the grips of defeat (winning close games). Jays were 8-2 in close games of 5 points or less, per gocreighton.com 2021-22 Bluejay Recap.

This year the Jays fare much better. Creighton wins (1st) the BE. That good-to-great defense and ability to snatch victory in close games will serve this team well – as the Jays will get everybody’s ” best game” this season. Defense 1st! Trusting/playing within the system- no ‘hero’ ball, playing for each other, and the unquenchable will-to-win will be key for the Jays.

Non-Con: Win Maui Invite. Win @Texas. win the rest – Non-Con slate 11-0 Big East Reg. Season: Win at home., lose 4 on the road: L @ Radnor, L @ Cintas, and two others late in the season (Pick – @Butler, @Prov, @TheHall). BE RS Champs 16-4. RS Overall: 27-4

Post Season: Win the BET. 3-0. Overall: 30-4 Final Four run as the 2-seed in the Midwest Region. 4-0. Overall: 34-4

Final Four: Instant Karma?? I, for one, believe in Good Karma.

gtmoBlue: I am ALL-IN on the Bluejays. The Creighton Bluejays are a Final Four lock. Once there, who knows what can happen. With a bit of “Instant Karma”, Creighton can win the NCAA Championship this 2022-23 season.

Classic Billy

“This is our time. This is our great opportunity… Standing strong – for a great, great future.”

Fr. Timothy Lannon, SJ – 24th Creighton University President

#RollDamnJays!

Parrish/Norlander say: Curb your expectations…

CBS’ Norlander has campaigned all summer to curb expectations on Creighton. He seems to think the Jays will fold. This thought trend started last May…and continues. Parrish is a bit more even-handed and at least acknowledges the possibility that Creighton “could be” a top-tier team this season. He has ’em ranked at #11 in his latest Top 25 &1. We shall see.

Arthur Kaluma #24 of the Creighton Bluejays celebrates a win (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

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