2011–12 Creighton Bluejays men's basketball team

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2011–12 Creighton Bluejays men's basketball
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Missouri Valley Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament Midwest Region #8 Seed, Third Round
Conference Missouri Valley Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 22
AP No. 19
2011–12 record 29–6 (14–4 The Valley)
Head coach Greg McDermott (2nd year)
Assistant coach Darian DeVries (14th year)
Assistant coach Steve Lutz (2nd year)
Assistant coach Steve Merfeld (2nd year)
Home arena CenturyLink Center Omaha
Seasons
« 2010–11 2012–13 »
2011–12 Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#16 Wichita State 16 2   .889     27 5   .844
#19 Creighton 14 4   .778     28 5   .848
Evansville 9 9   .500     16 16   .500
Illinois State 9 9   .500     21 14   .600
Northern Iowa 9 9   .500     20 14   .588
Missouri State 9 9   .500     16 16   .500
Drake 9 9   .500     18 16   .529
Indiana State 8 10   .444     18 15   .545
Southern Illinois 5 13   .278     8 23   .258
Bradley 2 16   .111     7 25   .219
2012 MVC Tournament winner
As of March 19, 2012; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011–12 Creighton Bluejays men's basketball team represented Creighton University during the 2011–12 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bluejays, led by second year head coach Greg McDermott, played their home games at the CenturyLink Center Omaha (renamed from Qwest Center Omaha in the 2011 offseason) and are members of the Missouri Valley Conference. The conference season ended with 14–4 record, finishing in 2nd place, behind Wichita State. They finished the season 29–6, 14–4 in MVC play to finish in second place. They were champions of the Missouri Valley Basketball Tournament to earn the conference's automatic bid into the 2012 NCAA Tournament where they defeated Alabama in the second round before falling in the third round to North Carolina.

Roster[edit]

Number Name Position Height Weight Year Hometown
0 Gregory Echenique Center 6–9 270 Junior Guatire, Venezuela
1 Austin Chatman Guard 6–0 170 Freshman The Colony, Texas
2 Taylor Stormberg Guard 6–0 190 Sophomore Omaha, Nebraska
3 Doug McDermott Forward 6–7 210 Sophomore Ames, Iowa
4 Alex Olsen Forward 6–6 180 Freshman Council Bluffs, Iowa
5 Josh Jones Guard 6–2 195 Junior Omaha, Nebraska
10 Grant Gibbs Guard 6–4 215 Junior Marion, Iowa
11 Derek Sebastian Guard/Forward 6–5 200 Senior Loveland, Colorado
12 Jahenns Manigat Guard 6–1 175 Sophomore Ottawa, Ontario
13 Ross Ferrarini Guard 6–3 195 Junior Omaha, Nebraska
20 Matthew Dorwart Forward 6–8 200 Senior Sidney, Nebraska
22 Avery Dingman Guard 6–6 190 Freshman Branson, Missouri
23 Geoffrey Groselle Center 6–11 240 Freshman Plano, Texas
24 Nevin Johnson Guard/Forward 6–5 185 Freshman Houston, Texas
30 Antoine Young Guard 6–0 180 Senior Bellevue, Nebraska
31 Will Artino Center 6–11 205 Freshman Waukee, Iowa
34 Ethan Wragge Forward 6–7 220 Sophomore Eden Prairie, Minnesota
50 Mogboluwaga Oginni Forward 6–8 215 Freshman St. Louis, Missouri

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Final
AP [1] RV RV RV RV RV 19 25 23 21 RV 23 19 15 13 17 RV RV 25
Coaches[1] RV RV RV 25 22 17 24 21 19 24 21 18 14 12 15 RV RV 24

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
11/06/2011*
2:00 PM
Rockhurst W 81–42 
CenturyLink Center Omaha (13,533)
Omaha, NE
Regular Season
11/11/2011*
7:00 PM
North Carolina A&T
Dale Howard Classic
W 97–65  1–0
CenturyLink Center Omaha (15,228)
Omaha, NE
11/13/2011*
2:00 PM
Chicago State
Dale Howard Classic
W 95–61  2–0
CenturyLink Center Omaha (13,908)
Omaha, NE
11/16/2011*
7:00 PM
at UAB W 70–60  3–0
Bartow Arena (4,417)
Birmingham, AL
11/20/2011*
3:00 PM, BTN
vs. Iowa
Dale Howard Classic
W 82–59  4–0
Wells Fargo Arena (12,746)
Des Moines, IA
11/25/2011*
7:00 PM
Campbell
Dale Howard Classic
W 104–81  5–0
CenturyLink Center Omaha (16,683)
Omaha, NE
11/30/2011*
9:30 PM, The Mtn.
at San Diego State
MWC–MVC Challenge
W 85–83  6–0
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
12/04/2011*
4:00 PM, KMTV
Nebraska W 76–66  7–0
CenturyLink Center Omaha (16,561)
Omaha, NE
12/10/2011*
11:00 AM, KMTV
No. 19 at Saint Joseph's L 71–80  7–1
Hagan Arena (4,200)
Philadelphia, PA
12/17/2011*
7:00 PM
No. 25 Houston Baptist W 97–62  8–1
CenturyLink Center Omaha (16,513)
Omaha, NE
12/19/2011*
7:00 PM
No. 23 at Tulsa W 83–64  9–1
Reynolds Center (4,228)
Tulsa, OK
12/22/2011*
7:00 PM
No. 23 Northwestern W 87–79  10–1
CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,676)
Omaha, NE
12/28/2011
7:00 PM, FSN
No. 21 Missouri State L 65–77  10–2
(0–1)
CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,665)
Omaha, NE
12/31/2011
5:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 21 at Wichita State W 68–61  11–2
(1–1)
Charles Koch Arena (10,317)
Wichita, KS
01/03/2012
7:00 PM, KMTV
Drake W 76–59  12–2
(2–1)
CenturyLink Center Omaha (15,390)
Omaha, NE
01/07/2012
7:00 PM, KMTV
at Bradley W 92–83  13–2
(3–1)
Peoria Civic Center (8,610)
Peoria, IL
01/10/2012
8:00 PM, ESPN3
No. 23 Northern Iowa W 63–60  14–2
(4–1)
CenturyLink Center Omaha (16,627)
Omaha, NE
01/13/2012
8:00 PM, ESPN3
No. 23 at Illinois State W 87–78  15–2
(5–1)
Redbird Arena (8,771)
Normal, IL
01/15/2012
7:05 PM
No. 23 at Missouri State W 66–65  16–2
(6–1)
JQH Arena (9,124)
Springfield, MO
01/18/2012
6:00 PM, NET
No. 18 Southern Illinois W 90–71  17–2
(7–1)
CenturyLink Center Omaha (15,794)
Omaha, NE
01/21/2012
2:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 18 Indiana State W 75–49  18–2
(8–1)
CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,411)
Omaha, NE
01/25/2012
7:00 PM, KMTV
No. 15 at Drake W 77–69  19–2
(9–1)
Knapp Center (6,110)
Des Moines, IA
01/28/2012
7:00 PM, KMTV
No. 15 Bradley W 73–59  20–2
(10–1)
CenturyLink Center Omaha (18,436)
Omaha, NE
02/01/2012
7:00 PM, NET
No. 13 Illinois State W 102–74  21–2
(11–1)
CenturyLink Center Omaha (17,311)
Omaha, NE
02/04/2012
4:00 PM, FSN
No. 13 at Northern Iowa L 62–65  21–3
(11–2)
McLeod Center (6,910)
Cedar Falls, IA
02/07/2012
7:00 PM
No. 17 at Evansville L 57–65  21–4
(11–3)
Ford Center (5,128)
Evansville, IN
02/11/2012
2:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 17 Wichita State L 68–89  21–5
(11–4)
CenturyLink Center Omaha (16,772)
Omaha, NE
02/14/2012
7:00 PM
at Southern Illinois W 88–69  22–5
(12–4)
SIU Arena (3,408)
Carbondale, IL
02/18/2012*
9:00 PM, ESPN2
Long Beach State
Sears BracketBusters
W 81–79  23–5
CenturyLink Center Omaha (16,503)
Omaha, NE
02/21/2012
7:00 PM, FSN
Evansville W 93–92 OT 24–5
(13–4)
CenturyLink Center Omaha (16,447)
Omaha, NE
02/25/2012
3:00 PM, ESPN2
Indiana State W 61–60  25–5
(14–4)
Hulman Center (7,911)
Terre Haute, IN
Missouri Valley Conference Basketball Tournament
03/02/2012
6:00 PM, MVCTV
No. 25 vs. Drake
Quarterfinals
W 68–61  26–5
Scottrade Center (14,412)
St. Louis, MO
03/03/2012
4:30 PM, MVCTV
No. 25 vs. Evansville
Semifinals
W 99–71  27–5
Scottrade Center (16,271)
St. Louis, MO
03/04/2012
1:00 PM, CBS
No. 25 vs. Illinois State
Championship Game
W 83–79 OT 28–5
Scottrade Center (12,380)
St.Louis, MO
2012 NCAA Tournament
03/16/2012*
1:40 pm, TBS
No. 19 (8) vs. No. (9) Alabama
Second Round
W 58–57  29–5
Greensboro Coliseum Complex (15,880)
Greensboro, North Carolina
03/18/2012*
4:30 pm, CBS
No. 19 (8) vs. No. 4 (1) North Carolina
Third Round
L 73–87  29–6
Greensboro Coliseum Complex (18,722)
Greensboro, North Carolina
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2011–12 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved October 21, 2011.