“Those games on Fox look extraordinary…… everything about the Creighton gameday atmosphere on TV screams big time”.
“When I watch those (Creighton) games……incredible atmosphere….court looks fabulous…….it looks big time….because it is big time….”
It really is August, already. Time again for git’s annual predictions. There’s a lot to be said for continuity and consistency, as you’ll never reach a goal if you quit. These August 15th predictions here are the official ones I’ll run with all year. The prelim April thru July stuff is just fodder for message boards and warmups.
Our guys have enough returning experience in Martin, Davion, Ty-Shon, Mitch, Kaleb, and Jake, to settle down the newbies and to make the next step up. Add to this core group the 2 transfers in Damien and Connor and we have a very experienced and capable group of 8 seasoned players. I like this group.
Denzel has to sit and will be a blessing on the scout squad, but the rest of the newbies have the potential to contribute this season. Chris has been in the weightroom, getting stronger. Marcus has been sitting out, but will be ready come practice in October. Jett is working out as well. I suspect that the frosh will surprise us all with their contributions this season, especially Chris with time at the 3 & 4. Sam just finished winning a championship with the Aussie National Team at the 2018 FIBA Under-18 Asian Championships in Thailand. He was rolling! https://pickandroll.com.au
I expect Martin to be his consistent self and breakouts from Ty-Shon, Mitch, and Jacob. I see Jacob as a potential BE PoY candidate. Davion should show both offensive and defensive maturity at the PG and run the show – more passing/less dribbling. The big wings (Damien & Connor) will bring inside-outside game to the party, as well as 3 point shooting. This should be a balanced offensive team, with any of the four positions (2-5) being able to torch the opposition. While unsure as to how much PT Marcus will get, I expect him to bring a nice “change of pace” to the PG spot as a score 1st PG.
Some think we may see some hi-low post sets with Martin/Jacob – Martin/Sam. While that may be the case, I would not expect a wholesale switch from the current 4 out & 1 under uptempo and transition pace we have come to know and expect.
Defensively, Davion, Damien, and Connor will bring intensity and grit to this team. I also see less “ole” defense from our Bigs and SGs. With the athleticism and length of our guys, this 2018-19 squad has the capability to be one of our better defensive teams. They don’t necessarily need to be a Top 20 defense…but if they are top 40-60 it should be enough to be respectable. Defensive toughness, in select spots and times, ability to stop runs, and the ability to force TOs when needed, can make this team a unit tough to beat.
Sidebar discussion: Effectiveness vs Efficiency, from Jul 2015.
Over the last 8 years the Jays avg annual record is 23-12. We have played “pretty basketball” and strived to be very efficient. For the most part we have been successful, in that CU has been top 40 in six of the last eight seasons in efficiency (kenpom). Efficiency has gotten us to, and maintains our current BE mid pack status.
However, when it fails whether from off shooting nights or great opponent defense, it fails gloriously. In physical, gritty, dirty, “muck it up” games during the same span the Jays have had the misfortune of being one of the more unlucky teams in college basketball. In “muck it up” games blowouts have been common. This 8 year span has also been capped by a string of untimely injuries.
In order to take the next step, in becoming the top team in the BEast and being a force both nationally & in the dance, becoming a much tougher & effective team is in order. My Jays need to get tougher, with more hustle, anticipation, rebounding, grit, and determination… outwork ’em. I don’t care if it takes double digit 2nd and 3rd putback shot attempts – as long as we win.
It seems this years’ personnel fit that bill. I, for one, am very optimistic for the 2018-19 Bluejay season.
Sidebar Discussion: Anonymous Eagle July Preview/ response.
Anonymous Eagle/Besay – It will be difficult to play at the same level they did last year considering the Big East is going to be a lot tighter with St. John’s and Georgetown projected to be much improved. Combine that with Marquette’s stacked roster full of potential and ‘Nova’s quick reload and you’re probably going to see a lot of close games in the Big East. I’m not so sure Creighton will be a contender this year.
It all depends on three things:
Can their young players can step up?
Can they win close games?
Can Cashaw have a major impact this season?
If all these check out, then you might see Creighton in the Tournament again. Let me be clear: they probably need to answer all three with a resounding yes.
The 4 teams you mention specifically all have a bunch of newbies to integrate, along with untested sophs and jrs. StJ, Gtwn, Marquette, and Nova all have big holes to fill and will rely on new and untested players. It’s gonna be a wide open season in the Big East!
Can Creighton get into the mix and be effective? Yes. Alexander, Ballock (sophs), and Zegarowski (frosh) step up. Cashaw and Jefferson (transfers) step up and contribute significantly on both sides of the ball. Win close games? Epperson, Krampelj are back for paint defense, Cashaw, Jefferson, and Mintz for perimeter D. Jays will reload and roll on. They’ve got a good shot to win the BE in a tumultuous season.
1) Providence Experience, depth, and strong recruiting class. Can Ed get max effort/play from returnees? Can Prov handle the pressure as a front runner also? Plus Ed Cooley remains as one of the most underrated coaches in America. Cooley rides his starters hard, little time for others. He sat MAL forever after the non-con, so MAL has little BE experience to go on. Nice incoming class, will they see the court? Read where a Holt is at 70% now and they expect him to have him 100% come conference play. 10Aug18: I had Prov as 1st for almost all of the offseason, but now have doubts…slide to 3rd place. 12Aug18: Doubts yes, but also depth…gonna roll with the Friars.
OmahaGuy: Friars fans should feel pretty optimistic for next season. Very talented recruiting class is on their way in and some good players will remain on board including Watson, MAL, Diallo, and a healthy Emmit Holt. They’ll have a stacked backcourt to go with a couple good big guys in Watson and Holt.
2) Creighton Krampelj, Mintz, Ballock, and Joseph return, with sophs who gained valuable PT last season in Epperson & Alexander. Jays p/u a good class with PG Marcus Z, Fwd Chris B, and Grad SG Conner C getting considerable PT. Transfer wing Damien Jefferson is a sterling replacement for Thomas. Frosh Samson Froling having a sensationally great international summer, can he crack the rotation? Yes, he will. Jays have enough grit to escape the 4th-6th place logjam.
3) Butler How Kamar Baldwin goes, the Bulldogs are likely to follow. Add in McDermott, Jorgenson, Fowler, Christian David, Thompson, and transfer Jordan Tucker. This is a very good squad. Recruit forwards Golden and Hastings will not see much PT. Tucker joins in at the semester break. These guys (Bulldogs) have been considered sleepers…not so Kemosabe. Butler should be a very, very good team, and when added to their home court advantage…should be a formidable squad. ESPN/247 Preseason #24. 10Aug18: Bumped up to 1st. 12Aug18: Back to 3rd.
4) Xavier Excellent young returning cast, who saw good minutes last season, in Jones, Scruggs, Harden, Gooden, & Marshall. Gates is the only true upperclassman and X has a mix n match class of transfers and recruits. Will need a couple of the frosh and transfers to step up. However, this could be a low seeding if the returnees develop into ironmen. 4-6 is a coin flip.
5) Villanova Very light on experienced returnees. One of the youngest teams, if not the youngest, in the league. Can Eric & Phil carry this young team? 3 lightly used sophs, RS Painter, transfer Joe Cremo, and a great frosh class. Next year? Top 10 in all preseason polls.
Jeff Borzello: This one will immediately raise some eyebrows. The Golden Eagles finished .500 in the Big East last season, got pummeled in the Big East tournament by Villanova, then lost in the NIT to Penn State — and then lost leading scorer Andrew Rowsey and his 20-plus points per game. However, the model (BPI) projects Marquette to have the best offense in the country … and the 90th-ranked defense. Markus Howard returns in the backcourt, and Sam Hauser could be poised for an all-Big East campaign. Steve Wojciechowski is expecting a big boost from his newcomers: Nebraska transfer Ed Morrow, Fordham graduate transfer Joseph Chartouny and freshman Brendan Bailey.
7) St Johns Ponds, Simon, & Clark are back. Picked up a top juco in LJ Figueroa. Big class including 2 transfers in Dixon and Keita, and RS Diatke. Mullin has talent on the roster. Can he coach ’em up? Is Mullin history also?
8) Georgetown Govan is back, Derrickson no. Good recruiting class. Lots of questions. Next year.
Hoyahooligan: I think starting line up looks like Akinjo, Mcclung, Pickett, Govan. PF is TBD: could be LeBlanc, or Walker, or maybe Yurt if the new rule gets in place in time. Or we could go small and start a third guard either Mosely or Blair and move Pickett to PF. Could be Mourning or Johnson too, plenty of options at PF.
9) DePaul Need PG Gage & Ctr Butz to stay healthy and the frosh to inject some life into a team that desperately needs it. Strus, Cain, and Cyrus struggled, but transfer SG Coleman-Lands should help. The frosh Deiner, Cameron, and stretch 4 Maslennikov will need to contribute. Leitao’s history as well.
10) Seton Hall Myles Powell is the big name here. Add Myles Cale, a few returning roleplayers, and 2 good transfers in Quincy McKnight and Taurean Thompson. Recruiting class was #62 with 3 200+/- recruits.
Ben Snider: The Pirates are in this basketball limbo where the reasonable expectation is an 8 or 9 seed. I don’t think that changes this year. They have enough talent to potentially reach the coveted “Second in the Big East” mark this year, but I wouldn’t count on it. Holy God above, I need college basketball to start.
Non conference slate – 11-2
2018-19 Creighton Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule
Day Date Opponent Site Time (CST)
Sat. Oct. 27 WINONA STATE (Exh.) CHI Health Center Omaha 7:00 pm
Tues. Nov. 6 WESTERN ILLINOIS CHI Health Center Omaha
Sun. Nov. 11 EAST TENNESSEE STATE CHI Health Center Omaha
Thurs. Nov. 15 OHIO STATE$ CHI Health Center Omaha
Mon. Nov. 19 vs. Boise State% George Town, Grand Cayman 6:30 pm
Tues. Nov. 20 vs. TBD% (Georgia State or St. Bonaventure) George Town, Grand Cayman
Wed. Nov. 21 vs. TBD% (Akron, Clemson, Illinois State or Georgia) George Town, Grand Cayman
Wed. Nov. 28 MONTANA CHI Health Center Omaha
Sat. Dec. 1 GONZAGA CHI Health Center Omaha
Sat. Dec. 8 at Nebraska Lincoln, Neb.
Fri. Dec. 14 GREEN BAY CHI Health Center Omaha
Tues. Dec. 18 at Oklahoma Norman, Okla.
Thurs. Dec. 20 COE CHI Health Center Omaha
Thurs. Dec. 27 UMKC CHI Health Center Omaha
We are in the Creighton University Era of sports. AD Rasmussen, with the blessing and help of four administrations, and an excellent staff, has built a model athletic program on the Hilltop. The sports corridor is completed thanks to many generous donors and fans. All that remains is to fill the new trophy cases. Ah yes…the task at hand. Championships – both conference and national.
If not now, when?
I have been spouting about the Creighton
Era for several years and predicted our 1st NCAA Championship for 8 years ago, if I remember my outrageous predictions correctly. My calculations were off. That is not to say I was in error, merely early in my homer’s analysis. The 2006 basketball recruiting class had many of the faithful pumped, myself included.
I submit that the our time is NOW!
Everything required is in place:
University Administrative support,
a top flight AD, great coaches,
facilities, top student-athletes,
and a hungry and loyal fanbase.
TheCreightonathletic program is primed with sustained successes in several sports. I submit that our time is NOW! Everything required is in place: administrative support, a great AD and staff, excellent coaching across the board, facilities and support staffing, excellent student-athletes, and a hungry and loyal fanbase.
-1st know who we are. Read Creighton’s
athletic history and see how you are part of a great chronology of achievement.
-Next, individually and collectively affirm the desire to achieve excellence in all our athletic endeavors – from Crew to Volleyball.
-Now it is time to resolve to do the work required, exceed previous performance ceilings, and exert the required determination, effort, heart, and the will to win – to indeed become Champions! Champions at the conference level and nationally.
If we are not willing to do the above, if we are willing to settle for less than conference and NCAA champions, if it is okay to settle for being less than the best (and the best we can be) – quit now. Do not waste the time, effort, and resources. They can be used elsewhere on campus.
I am absolutely confident and convinced that Creighton will attain sports greatness. I believe that we will reach the summit of collegiate sports and achieve these goals Now! Not in the sweet by and by, no doubts or fears. But with a steadfast faith, a tireless work ethic, determination, heart, and an unyielding will to win. Now!
Belief is power, belief is strength, and belief is a weapon. Empires, dynasties, kingdoms, & countries have risen and fell behind belief. In theology, politics, economics, sciences – the world as we know it has changed numerous times based on belief systems…this is merely sports.
If you have no beliefs, please use mine: I believe in you! I believe in Creighton and that her athletic teams will achieve greatness.
Courtesy: Creighton Athletics
Great goals-Worthy goals often appear difficult. Easily achieved goals mean the bar was set too low. At Creighton the bar is always set high. Bluejays are highly favored; championships are chasing us…and closing ground.
Visualize being the champions daily – breathe it, feel it, stretch it, walk around in it, live it…it’s real. Do you want it, want it bad enough, want it more than the competition? Then work like hell…to make it so.
Go forth Creighton, Fill the Championship Center’s new trophy cases. We have a legacy and a tradition as winners, it is time to take our efforts to the “next level“. Whether Men’s or Women’s Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Crew, Golf, Cross Country, Softball, Rowing, or Baseball. Now is our time – Be Champions!
Do it, Now.
“You can, if you think you can.” – Norman Vincent Peale.
Australia makes historic run in the 2018 FIBA U18 ASIA Championships!
The Australian U18 National Team made an historic undefeated run through the 2018 FIBA U18 ASIA Championship (Nonthaburi Stadium 29, Thailand) and claimed their 1st ever FAC U18 title. The Aussies, ranked 9th worldwide, faced a tough New Zealand squad in the finals. Although the Emu’s had bested the NZ team earlier in Group Phase C play to open the tourney, it was a tough game in the finals. Australia won 72-63.
Perennial favorite China took 3rd over the Phillipines 76-57 to avenge an earlier Group Phase B loss. China had won 11 previous titles. The PI had won 6 previous titles. Both Australia and New Zealand were entering their 1st U18 FAC championship game.
Creighton’s 2018 commit Samson Froling was an integral part of the Emu’s team play, having big games in several of the contests. He is listed as one of the top efficiency players of the event. Sam avg this event…
Sam has been busy this summer with the NBA Global Camp in Italy this past June, Omaha Metro Summer League play in July, and now the FIBA U18 ASIA Championships. Great work Sam and congratulations on another championship!
Congratulations to the Australian U18 National Team and Australian Basketball!
*All 4 semi-finalists: Australia, China, New Zealand and Philippines all claimed victories in the Quarter Finals to secure a ticket to the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in 2019.
M3 has a great 6-part series on Middies- The Cinderella Code. https://www.midmajormadness.com/ It is a refreshing new look on the old major/midmajor debate of the early 2000s, of which ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan thought was dead in 2014 ( http://www.espn.com/ncb/notebook/_/page/midmajors140127/so-think-mid-major ). Part 5 covers the Shockers and leans heavily on finances and the old Kyle Whelliston Red Line standard (2008) of financial competitiveness of midmajors fighting against the tide of the moneyed elite. Definitely a series to read.
Speaking of Whelliston’s Red Line, and Brennan’s 2014 assertion that the term midmajors is dead, or at least passe, I wonder? Brennan himself stated that even with all the conference upheavals of the 2011-13 period, that perhaps nothing had changed.
John Gasaway examined exactly that question, and reached something approaching that conclusion, in December. At that time, the divide between the top seven leagues (Big Ten, ACC, Big East, Big 12, Pac-12, American, SEC) and Nos. 8, 9 and 10 (A-10, WCC, Mountain West) was larger and more obvious than it had been in years. It has been six weeks since John’s post, and there has been plenty of movement within the top seven, plus some jockeying for position among the next three. The gap has narrowed here and there. But the top seven itself? Unchanged.
What’s more: Since 2000, Gasaway found, the 2013-14 membership of the top seven won 754 NCAA tournament games between them. The next three leagues? Sixty-five. That is more than tidy findings from one season; that’s a history-based wallop. Gasaway’s conclusion was definitive: “There are seven major conferences.”
Problem solved, right? Of course not! Those distinctions still don’t account for Gonzaga or Wichita State or VCU, programs whose recent performance outranks loads of “high-major” schools in the conferences above. (Word to Northwestern.) We’re also not accounting for the financial methodology that Whelliston pioneered, which is probably the most accurate way to do things; we still need to see how new conference athletics budgets shake out. Finally, if we’re going to name names based on tournament performance (rather than cold hard cash), what’s the point of the conference paradigm, anyway? Why not look at individual teams?
We currently have 6 power conferences and money still talks – BS still walks, but has the red line changed? With competition, inflation, and greed…the spending wars have increased significantly over the 10 years since Kyle created the red line standard. It would be interesting to see if the Red Line has also moved up over the last decade. I would guess that it has.
Samson, sin Delila…Having a great summer.
NBA Global Camp (Italy) in June, Omaha Summer League in July, now FIBA u18 Asia Championships. Busy, busy guy and his Emu team is kicking butts in Thailand. The Aussies have reached the Quarterfinals in impressive fashion, with Sam playing quite impressively. http://www.fiba.basketball/asia/u18/2018/team/Australia
My predictions are due out next week (15th) and I am still juggling things. Struggling with where to place Providence, Butler, and our Jays. Had the order set, then read some new, indepth pieces on the teams and moved them about…Questions as to whether these teams can handle high expectations, handle frontrunner pressures, and whether they actually have the pieces to contend over the whole season?
Injuries. Recent questions on BJU irt injuries have garnered responses that all our walking wounded are well on the mend and should be ready for fall practice sessions. No new or unforeseen mishaps and the team should be 100% entering the season.
Connor. It was previously reported that Connor would be in Texas finishing up his undergrad at Rice University this summer. He is supposed to relocate to the Hilltop this month. No word as to when he will be aboard campus.
In 1936 Jesse Owens won 4 gold medals in the Summer Olympics. It was a previously unheard of, impossible feat of athletics. No one had ever won 4 gold medals in a single Olympics. The politics of that day/year aside, this tome is not about athletics or political history, but the notion of history itself and of exceeding the ceilings imposed by constricted, skewed, and incorrect knowledge.
In the 20th Century the limits fell. In most aspects of human life – one barrier, one obstacle, one limitation after another succumbed to the persistence of human will, to determination, to changes in the social morays of the day, to scientific investigation, to the dominance of the imagination, and other modes of change. We as individuals and societies, are the culmination of what we were taught and our experiences. Much of what we were taught was passed on over the generations via family, schools, social environment, etc. Much of what we were taught has been modified by each prevailing social/political model within the country (ies) we lived in. Much of what we were taught is outdated, mundane, outmoded, edited multiple times, and flat out incorrect. It is the equivalent of the “Matrix” of the movies.
However, thankfully the limits, barriers, and obstacles have been falling like autumn leaves during the 20th Century. The world as we know it has changed several times over the last 65 years (last 50 years of the 20th C. and 1st 15 years of the 21st C.).
Our beliefs inform our opinions and viewpoints of the world in which we live. They give rise to our ideas of what is real and to our peculiar-particular point of view. They inform our views of what is and is not possible. Limitations to general progress are real – to those who choose to view them as such. Limitations are based in belief systems, also the lack of or gaps within well rounded and current knowledge, and a restricted viewpoint of “what is” and “what can be”. Habits can also contribute: “We have always done it this way” or “That’s impossible”.
Belief systems which are past oriented/past-based look at the “now” of today filtered through past and history based ideas, philosophies, and knowledge. Today becomes colored, filtered, and controlled by outdated notions which attempt to inform and explain today’s environment…but fail miserably. The “now” of today is severely shortchanged by such systems. The future is rarely if ever apprehended nor anticipated as the past-based proponents cannot ponder and look ahead whilst adhering to their rear-view beliefs.
Our beliefs inform our views of the world…our ideas of what is real…of what is and is not possible…and influences our perception of potential futures (if any):
In the 14th and 15th centuries beating diseases (Plague, Cholera, Typhoid, Smallpox) was not possible. Millions of folk died from various disease epidemics. It was not until doctors, scientists, and others later understood the roles of bacteria, viruses, disease causation (Pasteur and others), and sanitation, that progress began to be made in this fight. Other scientists began to devise health systems (Sanitation and hygiene, water filtration, immunizations, and other public health systems) and over time we began to whip the diseases which had previously dominated life and life spans. Today we benefit from vastly improved overall health and nearly double the lifespan of folks back then.
Prior to the 20th Century man could only dream of flying. Flight was not possible until the late 19th C. balloonists and wannabe aviators understood the principles of aerodynamics, lighter-than-air craft, lift, propulsion, and other flight dynamics. Today air travel and flight is as commonplace as sliced bread. Mankind has entered the space age and vehicles fly to other planets for exploration. We even have the beginnings of a space tourism sector.
Discovery/Invention are pretty words for…figuring out how to do a given thing. Sanitation, water filtration, aviation…computers, television, satellite communications, Coca Cola, rotary engines, electricity, solar power, McDonald’s, chess, basketball, and everything else that currently exists – owes its’ birth to discovery and invention.
All it takes is effort, experimentation (trial and error), and time!
Now…if a person believes in limits – there are. With limits-everything takes longer to do if he ever gets to his goal(s). He may not make it at all with his particular set of perceived limits.
If a person believes their aren’t any limits – there aren’t any. Without limits-he speeds by or around obstacles and speeds up his experimentation, reaching his goals faster. He/she will be free to make the necessary changes to figure out the “how to” to reach the goals quicker, more efficiently. He has much less baggage since he no longer has built-in limitations. His/her ideas and goals are now reachable and he has the needed tools and skills.
Okay gtmo…what’s the point?
Guys and gals. Do yourselves a favor – drop your baggage. Examine your life’s lessons learned, whether from society, education, family, religion, or other aspects. Let go of the outdated notions, beliefs, and “knowledge”. Leave them there on the ground where you just dropped them. Pick up one new notion to guide you forward: There are no limits! You can achieve most (if not all) of your goals – in every area of your life…
Maximum effort – Persistence (experimentation) – Time
Having left most of your old baggage behind the time component will be shortened.
And for my Bluejays: You have enough talent and you have enough good coaching. The missing ingredients are Desire, Hustle, Heart, Execution, and the Will-to-Win. I believe in this Creighton team. I believe you are more than “good enough”. I believe you are Champions this season. Every year I pen you Jays in as National Champs…because I believe in you guys. This year is no exception. There are no limits!
You are immortal, as you are in the record books. You will live forever via video and text that will be viewed by future fans. You are now legend. Don’t allow others to define you – make your own mark in the record books guys. Write your own Creighton History.
You are already winners and you can achieve more than any of us think you can. You have exceeded our expectations many times over the last 20 years, why should this season be any different? You can do a February “Creighton Run“…check out the record books…it’s a Jays tradition. You can win the Big East. You can make a great NCAA Run. There areno limitsto what you can achieve! You can do this.Do it now, Bluejays. Do it Now!
“You can…if you think you can”. – Norman Vincent Peale