This is NOT the same Craighton that made noise over the past decade and hence was invited to join the Big East. They have talent but not NBA talent as in past years.
They are a well balanced team that shoots about as many 3s a game as BYU,
they have a highly rated 7’1 Soph., Kalkbrenner who leads the team in blocks and rebs.
Hawkins is their 6’7 do everything guy
Namhard is their point and leads the team in 3 point %.
Reason why Craighton wins:
Closer to home
Reasons why BYU wins:
Our guards, their point is 6’ tall, Barcello would have a field day, Lucas even more.
We match up well against their strengths.
Knight and George can handle Hawkins
Vegas has this as a 7 point win. 1st on over 70 gets the victory
Lots to unpack. Creighton has played a mostly garbage schedule, but just barely lost to what looks like a really good Iowa State team (ISU undefeated with two easy wins over ranked teams). Against ISU Creighton was truly a one man team–Hawkins vs Everyone. He had 25 and the only other guy with more than 7 points was PG Nembhard with 10, and it took him 10 shots to get there.
Hawkins was one of the best players in D2 last year. His team won the national championship and in the final he went for 31 and 18. I expect him to be good, but he’s not gonna be better than Bean, and we were able to limit Bean once we got Gideon on the floor. On offense Hawkins is a perimeter guy. He has only attempted 17ft in 9 games and leads the team in 3pt attempts. He’s the perfect guy for Seneca and Gideon to shut down on the perimeter.
Still blows my mind that Goerge could play so well after losing 12 lbs from the flu last week. George would have been even more efficient covering Bean if he hadn’t lost Bean on those back doors twice. Will be watching the Knight/George matchup on Hawkins (he is the key to a win or loss)
Their point. Nembhard, is a freshman, going against two 5 yr Sr’s, very good player but Turnover prone.
“It’s a great team. Coach McDermott, I actually watch his stuff a lot,” Pope said. “Coach McDermott is one of the top coaches and he’s one of the most creative offensive coaches in the country. I’m a huge fan. I watch his clips in the summer to try to learn. He just brings new stuff all the time. I’m like, ‘I’ve never seen that before.’ I have a ton of respect for him. It’s obviously a great program and a great league. We’re super excited about that game.”
Reality starting to set in. Creighton defense and the officials who favor anyone who plays BYU not helping. How does the nose get assigned to so many of BYU’s games? Big guy for CRE just travelled and no call.
BYU sports does better at night or late night games I guess. I never like morning games because I have seen many in the past we don’t do well but what do I know.
I am sad that Gavin Baxter ACL injury bad but the outcome this far may not matter.
Hope the second half will be a good start to motiva
BYU making a strong effort, lead down to 10. We will see how the officials handle the run as they just called BYU for a ticky tack and send CRE to the line. BYU tries to negate that with a good score at the other end. CRE lead still 10 but BYU’s ball now.
Plenty of time to get back into the game. A lot will depend on the officials because BYU is gaining and this will give them good experience to know they can come back from a big deficit against a good team.