Non-con Wrapped up – Jays sit 11-2

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Let the Big East Show begin!

 

Jays completed the non-conference portion of the seasons’ slate with an expected win over Midland Lutheran yesterday.  Midland was an late addition to the scchedule.  Most likely to avoid having a 10 day gap between games heading into Big East play.  I had expected 3 losses, but the Jays closed out both Oklahoma (home) and Arizona State (road) to exceed my expectations.

Jays vs Midland to close non.conference slate.

Jays vs Midland – OWH

The 11-2 Jays open conference play with a home date with Marquette (10-2) on Wednesday, 01Jan20.

So with the Big East opener on deck, what’s the latest?

 

 

Denzel Mahoney is finally playing.  Averaging 12.7 ppg over his 1st 3 games.  He had 14 pts vs both Oklahoma and ASU.  Denzel is one of 2 welcome potential additions – includes Davion Mintz.  However…it also appears that Kelvin Jones while playing, is also being brought into PT slowly.  He should be ready for the Marquette game.

 

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Coach Mac informed all that Davion will be redshirting this season, as his recovery from his ankle injury is not progressing as was expected.  Unfortunate for Davion, but will be a boon for the team’s depth next season.

The Preseason BE Coaches and other polls had Seton Hall and Villanova as the teams to beat this season.  However, it seems that both Butler (12-1) and DePaul (12-1) had other ideas.  Both have only 1 non-conference loss entering league play.

 

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Courtesy: Seton Hall University

 

DePaul will tangle with preseason favorite Seton Hall (8-4) and PoY pick Miles Powell on 30 Dec19-in Chicago.  Powell is recovering from a concussion and it is not yet known if he will play in the opener.  DePaul follows up with another home date vs Providence (7-6) on Sat 04Jan20.

Butler gets a matchup @St Johns (11-2) on New Year’s Eve, followed by Jays @Butler on Saturday, 04Jan20.

Current standings as we get ready for takeoff:

BE Standings as Conf Season begins

Big East Conference

2019-20 Men’s Basketball Standings

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2019-20 Men’s Basketball Standings

School Conf CPct. Overall Pct. Home Away Neutral Streak
Butler 0-0 0.000 12-1 0.923 8-0 1-1 3-0 W3
DePaul 0-0 0.000 12-1 0.923 9-1 3-0 0-0 W3
Creighton 0-0 0.000 11-2 0.846 9-0 1-1 1-1 W7
St. John’s 0-0 0.000 11-2 0.846 9-1 0-0 2-1 W7
Xavier 0-0 0.000 11-2 0.846 8-0 1-1 2-1 W2
Marquette 0-0 0.000 10-2 0.833 7-0 1-1 2-1 W5
Villanova 0-0 0.000 9-2 0.818 5-1 1-1 3-0 W5
Georgetown 0-0 0.000 10-3 0.769 7-2 2-0 1-1 W6
Seton Hall 0-0 0.000 8-4 0.667 5-1 1-2 2-1 W2
Providence 0-0 0.000 7-6 0.538 6-1 0-2 1-3 W1
I am looking forward to a fast start by the Jays to conference play and as they have 2 of their 1st 4 games at home (game 1 Marq and game 3 Nova).  Game 4 is at Xavier.  I expect CU to upset Butler and Nova and begin the Year 4-0 heading into the Gtwn game in DC on 15Jan20.
Such a fast start will push them out front and have the bulk of the league playing catch up.  Jays perform better out front.  An added bonus will be the fast start and Ws over Butler and Villanova will usher the Jays into the national top 25 polls.
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Happy New Year and a lightning start to conference play for Creighton; and for you.      All the best to both in 2020!
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Courtesy: Creighton Athletics

 

Kalkbrenner Signs for 2020

Ryan is our sole signee in the Fall 2020 signing period.

 

@RyanKalkbrenner

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7-foot @RyanKalkbrenner has committed to Creighton! One of the top defenders at Nike EYBL!

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Jays hit one out of the park to start off their 2020 recruiting efforts!  While many fans were seemingly worried that CU wouldn’t pull in a top prospect, the staff just continued to keep their nose to the grind and kept working.  Now it is still really early in the 2020 recruiting cycle, but folks were antsy when seeing no early results.  Visions of last recruiting cycle (no top HS recruits) were rampant, with fingers ready to push the panic button.  The staffs hard work bore fruit Sunday night (22 Sep 19) as 247 (composite) top #75 center Ryan Kalkbrenner committed to Creighton.  Rivals.com #69.                          Make no mistake here…           This is a Big Time get!

Young Mr. Kalkbrenner is the Real Deal.  He was the EYBL’s Defensive PoY this spring, averaging 4.5 blocks and 8.9 rebounds in 13 games for the Mac Irvin Fire.  He entered EYBL play relatively unknown…13 EYBL games and 58 blocked shots later, Ryan has become well known.

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Courtesy: EYBL/MacIrvinFire

At Trinity Catholic in St. Louis, Ryan averaged 13.9 points and 7.6 rebounds as a high school junior.  He is tapping into his potential and showing major improvement at the perfect time.

Kalkbrenner is becoming a well rounded player.  While known primarily for his defensive acumen, he is a good shooter and is developing his offensive game.  Seems his best days as a hoopster are still ahead of him.

Jerry Meyer/247 Sports:

Has NBA center length as a 7-footer. Possesses good mobility, good hands and feet. Not an explosive athlete and needs to gain strength and build up mass. Not a long-range shooter at this point, but has good shooting touch and shoots a high-free throw percentage. Offensive game is improving as strength and confidence improves. Greatest strength is shot blocking. Blocks shots at a high rate.

Coach Irvin/Mac Irvin Fire_EYBL:

“First of all, he’s 7-foot and mobile,” Irvin explained. “He can guard a pick and roll, he blocks shots, and he can guard all five positions. He’s a very smart defender.”

“He never gets in foul trouble,” said Irvin.

That notion is backed up by Kalkbrenner’s 1.6 personal fouls per game. This has allowed him to constantly be on the floor for the Fire, and their defense has proven to be amongst the league’s best when he’s manning the backline.

“(Ryan) has been unbelievable on defense,” Irvin said.  “He’s the best defender I’ve ever coached.”

https://247sports.com/Article/Creighton-Bluejays-basketball-top-75-Ryan-Kalkbrenner-commitment-136002556/

Ryan remarkably grades out higher on 247’s ratings than both Justin Patton and Jacob Epperson, although both were numerically ranked higher.  His 0.9698 score makes him the highest rated player for CU since 247.com began such player ratings.

  • Ryan Kalkbrenner
    Trinity Catholic(Saint Louis, Missouri)
  • C
  • 6-11 / 210
  • 0.9698

https://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/news/four-star-ryan-kalkbrenner-picks-creighton

Ryan had accumulated 17 offers, including GT, Illinois, Pitt, Mizzou, VT, Purdue, Stanford, KU, and Cincy, among others.  He visited many schools unofficially, the focus centered early on Illinois, and later on Purdue.  Ryan and family narrowed his official visits to the Jays, Purdue, and Stanford.  Kansas offered on 10 Sept 19, attempting one of their famous late entry swoops to snag a promising recruit.  LOL.  However, the process was too far gone by then and the Kalkbrenner family stayed the course with their final 3.

Creighton, with this committment has addressed their greatest needs, in getting a legit big with defensive chops.  Ryan will fill the holes in rim protection, rebounding, and blocked/altered shots.  He adds much needed depth in the frontcourt for the Jays.  Although not needed on a team constructed like Creighton’s, he will develop into another nice offensive weapon also as he fills in his body and gains more strength.

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Courtesy: Trinity Catholic HS

The Jays still have one scholie to give for 2020.  Perhaps a nice Euro PF?  Perhaps SG Kerwin Walton from Minnesota?  We shall see.  For now, the Jays have broken the ice for 2020 and are looking good.  Well done Creighton, well done!

Welcome home Ryan.  You done good in making your best decision.  Looking forward to seeing your exemplary play as a Bluejay!

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And so it begins: The annual quest for greatness.

The season is upon us…Let’s do it right this year!

 

 

It`s November and the college hoops season is finally here.  Time to shake off the rust and pull out the Jays gear, if you’re a seasonal type person.  Our guys begin their 2019-20 campaign on Tuesday and folks are pumped about the new season.

The State of Hoops map has been updated and is correct.

 

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CU jumps out of the gate with Kennesaw St, then on to U Michigan…see schedule.

Jays 2019-20 Schedule

 

Back in August I said –

gtmo’s Ridiculously Predictable, Preposterous Preseason Prognostications – 2019/20 Edition    Season SegmentRecordNotes

Non-Conf schedule W-10   L-3

Loss @Mich, LV Final, & @Arizona St.

Big East schedule  W-13   L-5  3rd place, No Home losses

Loss @ SH, X, Marq, DePaul, Nova

Reg Season Totals W-23   L-8

Here’s hoping I’m wrong and we do better on the season.

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Let’s go Jays…geter done!

Bluenotes Short Riff – 25OCT19

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Here we go …already.

 

 

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Latest News/  Center Jacob Epperson is out with a broken right leg (yesterday).  No timeline given yet on his return.  No idea if the staff has any options, any candidates for a mid year pickup that could help this season.  There are a few unclaimed 2019 transfer big guys, but whether they are capable of upper D1 play is the issue.  Jays down to Kelvin Jones, Chris Bishop, and walkon Nic Zeil up front.  The season has not yet started and we have a critical injury on the team.  Wow!

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New Dynamic Duo: Courtesy Creighton Athletics

Davion Mintz is still out with his ankle sprain and has not practiced the last week.  No other notable injuries reported.

Smallball will probably be our main menu item.  Hopeful that KJ, Bishop, and Zeil can manup the frontcourt.

 

Preseason Picks:  Picks for Creighton have been all over the place.  A few as high as 3rd (NBC) place to the BE Coaches poll with the Jays in 7th.  My pick had been for 3rd, barring injuries.  Now we have injuries.  Jays in the ARV section of the AP (4) & Coaches Polls (13).

 

Hoops Visits:  Recent visits by 2020 SG Kerwin Walton and 2021 SG Tamar Bates are in the books.  These were the 2nd visits by both recruits.  Jays in the hunt for both.  A few bluebloods have entered the mix on Walton.  Jays in the lead for Bates.

 

Stay tuned…

BE Media Day

All the Usual Stuff

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Courtesy:  Big East Conference

 

Big East Media Day kicked off today.  All the usual stuff in John Fanta, Coaches Poll, All-Big East lists, etc.

Much love being shown to Seton Hall this year as they are the pick to win the conference.   Villanova and surprising Xavier are picked 2nd and 3rd.  I would have guessed Marquette (4th) or Creighton (7th).    Providence also a surprise at 5th, ahead of Georgetown and Creighton.  Butler, the Johnnies, and DePaul finish the list.

https://www.app.com/story/sports/college/2019/10/10/seton-hall-basketball-big-east-media-day/3879863002/

https://www.bigeast.com/news/2019/10/9/mens-basketball-seton-halls-powell-named-big-east-preseason-player-of-the-year.aspx

https://twitter.com/hashtag/BEMediaDay?src=hashtag_click

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/college/xavier/xaviersports/2019/10/10/expectations-high-xavier-musketeers-big-east-media-day/3910254002/

Coaches Preseason Poll:

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COACHES POLL TIME!

is the preseason favorite in #BIGEASThoops, edging

by a single point.

slated third, followed by

and

tied for fourth to round out the top-five.

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Seton Hall’s SG Miles Powell as PoY

 

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Myles Powell (

) is the #BIGEASTHoops Preseason Player of the Year!

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All Big East 1st Team
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Standouts from five programs make up the #BIGEASThoops Preseason All-Conference First Team.
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Well!  This is gonna spur a lot of debate, as though that wasn’t the case already.  Powell over Howard as PoY.  IMO could have gone either way.  However, the spoils generally go to the player on the best/better team.  So with The Hall predicted to win the conference, Powell gets the nod.
No Villanova player on the First Team All-Big East?  The Wildcats are picked Second in the league, but muster only two Second Team picks at 5th (Gillespie) and ? 6th (Samuels).  I didn’t know there were 6 second team picks also.  This seems to be a hit/slight towards the defending champions.  I would have placed one of the three; 3rd place Xavier, 5th place Providence, or 7th place Creighton 1st team picks on the 2nd team.  No need to guess which one, probably Diallo.  Butler’s Baldwin is a good pick.
Villanova freshman center Jeremiah Robinson-Earl picks up the FoY.
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Creighton:
The Jays are picked low again.  The Coaches seem to habitually pick Creighton in the bottom tier.  They have done so 4 time in 7 years.  Last year 9th, now 7th this season.  Fortunately the team and staff don’t generally listen to the noise and chatter.  CU has finished 3rd (ties) the last 3 years running.  In my August predictions I have the Jays 3rd again…hedging only due to the questions regarding pivot players.  With a healthy team Creighton can win the conference.
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@JonNyatawa
Here’s the annual

chart detailing Creighton’s tendency to out-perform the preseason expectations from Big East coaches

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There are good programs, and then there’s…

Kansas puts on a Show!

 

 

Judge for yourself.

 

You hire Snoop Dogg to do a show…but expect to get:

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G – General Audiences
All ages admitted. Nothing that would offend parents for viewing by children.

yeah, right.

 

Kansas issued an apology to their fans.

https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/27770289/kansas-apologizes-snoop-dogg-show-late-night-phog

 

There are many Midnight Madness festivities across the nation.

SI.com  https://www.si.com/college/2019/10/04/midnight-madness-schedule-dates-kentucky-duke

In Lexington, it’s “Big Blue Madness”; in Lawrence, it’s “Late Night in the Phog.” Indiana is home to “Hoosier Hysteria,” while other schools opt for celebratory scrimmages or slam dunk contests to introduce their players to their fans and create hype for the upcoming season. Many schools even make the event a part of Homecoming weekend, with entertainment and extravagance at the center of the chaos.

The event has turned into a major recruiting tool as well, with programs competing to secure the attendance of top recruits and pulling out all the stops to impress them. Snoop Dogg will be making an appearance at Allen Fieldhouse this year, while John Legend will perform at Providence’s Late Night Madness and T-Pain will be at Marquette Madness.

KU’s was one-of-a-kind!

LE –  https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2857259-snoop-dogg-on-kansas-performance-they-invited-me-to-come-do-what-i-do

…And I respect them, and I wasn’t gonna put no smut on their name and say they did anything wrong because they invited me to come do what I do. … And when you pay for Snoop Dogg, you’re gonna get Snoop Dogg.”

 

 

Stacatto: Recruiting Update 23 Sep 2019

Jays Go Big in Landing 1st 2020 Recruit!

 

@RyanKalkbrenner

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Jays hit one out of the park to start off their 2020 recruiting efforts!  While many fans were seemingly worried that CU wouldn’t pull in a top prospect, the staff just continued to keep their nose to the grind and kept working.  Now it is still really early in the 2020 recruiting cycle, but folks were antsy when seeing no early results.  Visions of last recruiting cycle (no top HS recruits) were rampant, with fingers ready to push the panic button.  The staffs hard work bore fruit Sunday night (22 Sep 19) as 247 (composite) top #75 center Ryan Kalkbrenner committed to Creighton.  Rivals.com #69.                          Make no mistake here…           This is a Big Time get!

Young Mr. Kalkbrenner is the Real Deal.  He was the EYBL’s Defensive PoY this spring, averaging 4.5 blocks and 8.9 rebounds in 13 games for the Mac Irvin Fire.  He entered EYBL play relatively unknown…13 EYBL games and 58 blocked shots later, Ryan has become well known.

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Courtesy: EYBL/MacIrvinFire

At Trinity Catholic in St. Louis, Ryan averaged 13.9 points and 7.6 rebounds as a high school junior.  He is tapping into his potential and showing major improvement at the perfect time.

Kalkbrenner is becoming a well rounded player.  While known primarily for his defensive acumen, he is a good shooter and is developing his offensive game.  Seems his best days as a hoopster are still ahead of him.

Jerry Meyer/247 Sports:

Has NBA center length as a 7-footer. Possesses good mobility, good hands and feet. Not an explosive athlete and needs to gain strength and build up mass. Not a long-range shooter at this point, but has good shooting touch and shoots a high-free throw percentage. Offensive game is improving as strength and confidence improves. Greatest strength is shot blocking. Blocks shots at a high rate.

Coach Irvin/Mac Irvin Fire_EYBL:

“First of all, he’s 7-foot and mobile,” Irvin explained. “He can guard a pick and roll, he blocks shots, and he can guard all five positions. He’s a very smart defender.”

“He never gets in foul trouble,” said Irvin.

That notion is backed up by Kalkbrenner’s 1.6 personal fouls per game. This has allowed him to constantly be on the floor for the Fire, and their defense has proven to be amongst the league’s best when he’s manning the backline.

“(Ryan) has been unbelievable on defense,” Irvin said.  “He’s the best defender I’ve ever coached.”

https://247sports.com/Article/Creighton-Bluejays-basketball-top-75-Ryan-Kalkbrenner-commitment-136002556/

Ryan remarkably grades out higher on 247’s ratings than both Justin Patton and Jacob Epperson, although both were numerically ranked higher.  His 0.9698 score makes him the highest rated player for CU since 247.com began such player ratings.

  • Ryan Kalkbrenner
    Trinity Catholic(Saint Louis, Missouri)
  • C
  • 6-11 / 210
  • 0.9698

https://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/news/four-star-ryan-kalkbrenner-picks-creighton

Ryan had accumulated 17 offers, including GT, Illinois, Pitt, Mizzou, VT, Purdue, Stanford, KU, and Cincy, among others.  He visited many schools unofficially, the focus centered early on Illinois, and later on Purdue.  Ryan and family narrowed his official visits to the Jays, Purdue, and Stanford.  Kansas offered on 10 Sept 19, attempting one of their famous late entry swoops to snag a promising recruit.  LOL.  However, the process was too far gone by then and the Kalkbrenner family stayed the course with their final 3.

Creighton, with this committment has addressed their greatest needs, in getting a legit big with defensive chops.  Ryan will fill the holes in rim protection, rebounding, and blocked/altered shots.  He adds much needed depth in the frontcourt for the Jays.  Although not needed on a team constructed like Creighton’s, he will develop into another nice offensive weapon also as he fills in his body and gains more strength.

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Courtesy: Trinity Catholic HS

 

The Jays still have one scholie to give for 2020.  Perhaps a nice Euro PF?  Perhaps SG Kerwin Walton from Minnesota?  We shall see.  For now, the Jays have broken the ice for 2020 and are looking good.  Well done Creighton, well done!

Welcome home Ryan.  You done good in making your best decision.  Looking forward to seeing your exemplary play as a Bluejay!

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LE:

@JonRothstein
Creighton’s Marcus Zegarowski (hip) has been fully cleared for all basketball related activities, per Greg McDermott. Jacob Epperson (knee) has only been cleared for “non live” activities.
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C’mon Jake…need u baby boy, need u!