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Mining the Transfer List Cache


Jays hit the Transfer Trail again after middling success with 4 year recruits.


Creighton returns to mine the cache of transfer players after limited success in landing 4-year recruits.  To date, the Jays have landed Ctr Ryan Kalkbrenner as their sole incoming frosh player.  It seems that the staffs’ focus has shifted with only SG Kerwin Walton and PF Dan Batcho left as primary potential frosh candidates.

There are well over 400 transfer players to date, and growing.  Creighton has their bid in with at least 10 prospective transfers, that we know of.  Most are guards, with ex-OSU PG DJ Carton as one of the primary targets.

Courtesy – OSU Athletics


Creighton has had tremendous success in the transfer market.  Transfers have played a major role for CU going as far back as Brody Deren (NW) in 2000-01, Jeffrey Day (UWash) in 2004-05, Chad Millard (Louisville) in 2006-07, and Big Gregory Echenique (Rutgers) in 2009-10.  Most of our “transfers” back in the MVC days were via the JUCO pipelines.  The 2009-10 Bluejays team is one of my all-time favs – plenty of Jucos.  Recent players such as Cole Huff, Mo Watson, Marcus Foster, Kaleb Joseph, Connor Cashaw, Kelvin Jones, Denzel Mahoney, Damien Jefferson, and Antwann Jones have all become Bluejays via transfer.  All the mentioned players have had a positive impact on the program.

The 2020-21 team is expected to be one of the best, if not the best team in Jays history.  Continued success in mining the transfer portal Creighton.  All the best to you, as the best is yet to come!

Roll Damn Jays!

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  • unlabeled photos all courtesy of Creighton Athletics.

Early Preseason 2020-21 Rankings

Several Way Too Early predictions out.


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Several Way Too Early prognostications have hit the online stream.  Jays in the mix on some of these predictions.

Rothstein has the Jays 7th…                                                                                    Jays move up to 6th (23Mar20)

Goodman has the Jays 3rd…

USA Today has Creighton at #5…

CBB_Central  Kevin Sweeney @CBB_Central has CU at #3…  @CBB_Central

NBC’s 2020-21 poll
NBC has the Jays #4.    Nova #1… Jays #4… UCONN #30… … on-top-25/


Attention:  This is a Drill, this is a drill…Let’s go Dancin’!


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TJ Budd
If we can’t watch basketball on tv then make basketball happen where you’re at. #MarchMadness
Well, the Covid 19 Virus has brought the pain, shock, and awe to the whole world.  In the US it has systematically shut down society in waves of repercussions.  The sports world was shut down last week.  There is no end in sight.
In the interim several media outlets have released their versions of a simulated NCAA Basketball Tournament, including ESPN’s #TwitterTourney2020.  ESPN uses Lunardi’s last bracket (12Mar20) and an advanced simulation algorithm.  No indication of any team criteria used.
Now has started their version.
No Youtube playback for this one.  I’ve looked but cannot find the input criteria used for this simulation.  The initial blurb put out states:
Since the 2020 NCAA Tournament has been canceled, we have decided to simulate the 2020 NCAA Tournament using advanced statistical algorithms!
And then there is also Virtual March Madness 2020 @VirtualMM2020
That said, I have been following along, between sessions of Elite Dangerous, X4 Foundations, and Rebel Galaxy Outlaw.  Gotta do sumthin’ while housebound.
-Da Jays in ESPN Twitter Tourney 2020:
1st Round:  Jays over Ark LR 77-62
2nd Round:  Jays lose to Illinois.  2 & done.

-Virtual March Madness Sim

Virtual March Madness
1st Round:   Jays over North Dakota St.
2nd Round:  Jays over Arizona State 83-80
Jays to SS.  Will matchup with surprising Belmont!
Sweet 16 Round:  Jays over Belmont 97-59
Jays will play Wiscy who upset #1 KU.
Elite 8 Round:  Jays v Wisconsin
Jays run ends 76-86 to Wisconsin in Elite Eight.
-Jays in 2020 NCAA Tournament Sim:
1st Round:  Jays over Arkansas Little Rock
2nd Round:  Jays over Illinois
Jays to the Sweet Sixteen!  Will match up with Michigan State on Tuesday.
SS Round:  Jays v Mich St.   Jays lose to MSU 76-78.   3 and out.
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A Cassius Winston drive and dish to Xavier Tillman gives Michigan State the lead 78-76! Zegarowski’s full court heave falls short and MSU advances! Michigan State will play Louisville in the Elite 8!
Creighton has put out the Best Moments of 2019-20 Season bracket

Creighton Men’s Basketball



Best Creighton moments of the 2019-20 season.

We will have polls throughout the day during the upcoming weeks to decide the top moment of our season!

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Other Sims:
Reddit Sims…  several different sims.  Incl. Virtual March Madness…
Youtube Sim

NBC’s 2020 Simulation … -champion/

Dauster/Ommen Bracket/NCAA Game Sim.
Round by round.

1st Four: Texas stops Xavier in 1st Four.

1st Round action…
1st Round W’s – Butler-5E, Jays-2MW, SH-3S, & Marquette-10W
1 & done – Villanova-2E, Providence-7S.

East – Butler over Liberty, Nova falls to N.Kentucky.
MW – Mahoney hits buzzer-beater, CU survives.
South – The Hall rolls. Rutgers stops Prov.
West – Howard & Marquette roll over Arizona.

2nd Round…
Butler and Marquette advance to SS.
2 & done – Jays and Seton Hall.

Sweet Sixteen…
Both Butler and Marquette fall in SS.

Busting Brackets’ simulation (Brian Rauf/Harkins Bracket/College Hoops 2k8)
Jays out in South Region, 1st round upset to ND State. … ournament/
CBS’ simulation (Palm Bracket/CBS Sportsline Projection Model simulator)
Jays out in Midwest Region, SS, losing to Duke.…t … ournament/
SB Nation  Jays out in SS.  Fall to Mich. St.
…and then.  Here’s my favorite from ESPN’s Kyle Soppe (Sultan of Stats).  Kyle put out his bracket with a FF of Kansas, Creighton, Gonzaga, and San Diego State.  Then he topped it by predicting a KU vs CU final.
Luv it!
Courtesy – Kyle Soppe/ESPN
Courtesy: Creighton Athletics
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Roll Damn Jays!


The No Fan “Dance”

NCAA Tourney to be played in Empty Arenas.




The NCAA announced today, via President Mark Emmert, that the 2020 NCAA Basketball Tourney will be played as scheduled, but without fans in the stands.

Even as this is a first, the NCAA Division 1 Basketball Tourney is too big an event, too prosperous, too important an event for the organization to cancel.  The “Dance” as it is commonly referred to brings in over a Billion dollars annually to the NCAA and is the associations’ primary revenue source.

Last season the tourney reportedly brought in over one Billion dollars as revealed by several media sources.  Other division tourneys and women’s tourneys are not included in these figures.  This source below reported a bit less revenue.

Viewership for the 2019 championship game surged 23% over the previous year. Last year the NCAA pulled in $933 million in revenue from media rights fees, ticket sales, corporate sponsorships, and a proliferation of television ads anchored around the three-week-long tournament.

Participating teams receive “Units” per game played, up to a maximum of 5 units.  Each unit equalled $280,300 (132 Units) in the 2019 tournament and are paid out for 6 years.  Teams are paid via the Basketball Fund, which is a portion of the annual monetary take.  In 2019 the Basketball Fund was approximately $370 Million.   The NCAA claims to keep 4% ($37.3 Million) for operating expenses and annually doles out rest to member Div. 1 institutions ($526 Million).  As it stands the NCAA cannot afford to cancel the Div 1 Basketball Tourney which is its’ primary revenue stream.

So the NCAA will do okay without fans in the stands.  CBS and Turner will still gain their Billion dollars in ad revenues.  Participating teams will get their units.  So who will get hurt by the move to a fanless tournament?  The cities who campaigned and won the right to host tournament events will take the hit.

During the 2015 NCAA tournament, Seattle was chosen as one of the host sites, and the Seattle Sports Commission developed high tech computer software to estimate the economic benefit of hosting the NCAA tournament. This software estimated “$7.8 million in economic benefit and $957,000 in tax revenue for the greater Seattle area.

As was outlined, there are many benefits to being a host city during the NCAA tournament. Although each city will see some sort of economic stimulus from hosting during the tournament, there are a multitude of factors that could impact the amount of economic benefit from hosting including the matchups that are generated, the proximity of participating schools to host sites, and the size of the fan bases of the respective participating schools. Depending on these factors, some host cities will have a greater economic impact to their area than other cities, however, most experts are in agreement that hosting the NCAA tournament will create a substantial economic stimulus for the hosting city and surrounding areas.

Fourteen US cities will play host to the rounds of 64 and 32, as well as the four play-in games which are in Dayton, OH (2016). Home to the “First Four” for the last several years, Dayton has seen nearly $66 million poured into its local economy since 2001. In Providence, it’s estimated that the local economy will generate about $3.5 million, and in Philadelphia nearly $18 million when they host the East Regional next week.

The city of Houston (2016) is expecting to generate $300 million in revenue during the Final Four, which will help taxpayers feel better about the $8 million subsidy provided to by the state of Texas. This is the third time in the tournament’s 78-year history, that the “Space City” will host the Final Four.

So even with the old figures from earlier 2015 & 2016 tournaments, it is plain to see that the Host Cities will be the ones taking a hit on the chin in an NCAA Tourney without fans in the seats.  Whatever amount(s) of predicted host revenues are now up in smoke and unless these site hosts had the foresight to get event insurance, they will lose both upfront sunk costs as well as the projected windfalls they had planned for.

The 2020 NCAA Div 1 Basketball Tournament will make history on several fronts it seems.



The Americana Tour complete, the Jays troupe to Broadway for Validation



Yes Martha…  I know that MSG and Broadway are miles apart.  (Literary license invoked.)


ChrisMachian photo_OWH

The Creighton Bluejays have barnstormed much of the US with their brand of hoops entertainment these last 4 months.  The troupe has performed before sellout crowds in Phoenix, Las Vegas, Ann Arbor, Chicago, Milwaukee, Omaha, Indianapolis, DC, Philadelphia, Providence, Cincinnati, New Jersey, and Carnesseca gym.  Unfortunately, Peoria was not on the tour itinerary this year.  Much like their Harlem Globetrotting cousins, these Jays have dazzled crowds of hoops seekers with their entertaining and energetic displays of hoops acumen.   The media has rained down accolades on the Jays all season and the caravan show has received rave reviews nationwide.  Now it is time for the bigtime and for validation, in NYC.

Comin in from the fog

Little Creighton (# 8 AP) – picked 7th in the preseason by league coaches, is the #1 seed for the Big East Tourney (BET) which begins on Wednesday .  CU will play the winner of the 9/10 play-in game on Thursday morning.  As the top seed they are expected to advance to the championship game on Saturday.  After a 2-3 start to conference play the Jays were overlooked.  By the time they re-emerged winning 9 of 10 games, they were hard to stop.


Having said that CU has both Providence and St Johns, as well as #4 seed Butler on their side of the bracket.  Both the Johnnies and Cooley’s Friars (should they beat Butler) are expected to bring their thug-like “Hack-a-Shak” style of play to the contests.  However, the Jays will just swat them down like the annoying bugs they are.   I do look forward to a possible Jays v Butler showdown in the semi-finals.  A much more palatable brand of high level basketball.  And just to secure their NCAA bid I am hoping to see Xavier in the finals, more thugball but at least they will make the dance.



Online St Johns fans have shown their disdain for our midwestern brethren more often than not this season.  Also the eastern/older rift of the conference has downplayed the importance of the regular season crown, in favor of the BET Crown –  repeatedly offering that “the BET is the real champion of the Big East”.  I say win ‘em both!

From my seat it is refreshing to see some discontent, some regional animosity, some hate emerging amongst the fold.  It enhances the glee and joy in whupping them on national tv.  Kumbaya my heiney.  Xavier is high on the BE hate list.  It is a bit late in coming – 7 years, but I imagined that my Jays would become the team everyone loves to hate.  This years BET is a good place to start.


“They say that I won’t last too long on Broadway
I’ll catch a grey hound bus for home they all say
But they’re dead wrong I know they are
‘Cause I can play this here guitar
And I won’t quit till I’m a star on Broadway”

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Barry Mann / Cynthia Weil / Jerry Leiber / Mike Stoller

On Broadway lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC


Bluejays Big East Champions

Jays earn share of Big East Crown with win over #8 Seton Hall

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Well, my official Mac-hating days are over.  The Creighton Bluejays are the 2019-20 Big East Basketball Champions!  The Jays beat #8 Seton Hall in Omaha to claim a share (3-way tie) of the regular season crown and will be the #1 seed in the BET next week.

After seven years of waiting our collective patience has paid a dividend.  There is a God and he wears Bluejay Blue!  I guess that sidetrip to Mecca (the Palestra) paid off.

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OWH photo/Chris Machian


Final 1 2 Tot
32 28 60
32 45 77
2:30 PM ET, Mar 7, 2020
CHI Health Center Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska



Yeah, yeah…The BET is the championship of the Big East!  Yes, we’ve all heard this repeatedly, but I’ll take the trophy and banner for this one too!

Roll Damn Jays!  Big East Champions!  I like the way that just rolls off my tongue…I can easily get used to saying it – annually!



One championship goal down, 2 more to go!  Roll Damn Jays!






Showdown Saturday

Big East Championship Tilt in Omaha


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Courtesy- AP Photo

Wednesday – 04 March 2020:  Big slate of Big East games setting up the final Saturday of the regular season.  Creighton dusts off a shorthanded Georgetown team.  Omer Yurtseven and superfrosh Mac McClung were out with injuries.  Jays cruised to a 15 point win, which was not as close as the score indicates.  Jays led by as much as 24 points prior to clearing the bench.  The biggest surprise was a struggling Villanova team, coming off their worst game of the season, in a home loss against Providence, hanging on to upset league leading Seton Hall by 2 points, 79-77.  The wildcats struggled to hit free throws over the last minute, missing 7 of them.

This scenario resets the possibility of either a Seton Hall outright regular season championship – their 1st since the 1992-93 season, or a 2-way title if Creighton wins.  A possible 3-way champion also emerges if Villanova beats Georgetown.  A win would give Creighton a share of its’ 1st BE Regular Season crown.  If Nova shares in it, they would claim their 6th title in 7 years.


I like the Jays in this scenario.  The team is playing well and has won 9 of their last 10 games.  Creighton is 16-1 at home this season…Jays bear down and claim their 1st Big East Regular Season Championship!

Courtesy – Reuters photo

But this isn’t a debate about whether championship-level defense can manifest in the next month. It’s whether Creighton’s winning standards on defense are good enough. The goal, however the Bluejays can achieve it, is to hold opponents to less than one point per possession in a game. That has happened 18 times. They’re 17-1 in those games.  “Our defense, as long as that stays pretty good, we’ll always have a chance to win the game.”

And sometimes all that’s required is touch that’s good and light. As “The Mop” blares through the CHI Health Center Arena loudspeakers 25 minutes before tipoff Wednesday, the Bluejays are bubbling over again, flinging bombs toward the rim from the First National Bank of Omaha logo well beyond the 3-point line and celebrating the makes. Bishop tries a between-the-legs dunk but is rejected by the rim; the sophomore holds his lower back and laughs at his own folly as he shuffles to the rebounding line on the other side of the floor. It’s as if nothing of consequence is going to happen over the next two-plus hours, when in fact there’s an abundance of consequence staring back at Creighton these days.

But then getting this far required a lot of letting go, in every sense. “Don’t even think,” Alexander says, summarizing the basketball Zen underpinning the entire operation. “Just go out and play.”

“We talked about it: We’re at our best when we’re just having fun,” Ballock says. “When we’re loose and having fun, it’s a thing of beauty.”


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Big Recruiting Saturday as well:


Roll Damn Jays!