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Men’s Basketball Hosts St. John’s on Wednesday on Fan Appreciation Night


Game #20:  St. John’s Red Storm (13-7, 3-6 BIG EAST) at Creighton Bluejays (11-8, 5-3 BIG EAST)

Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023 • 8:00 p.m.  • Omaha, Neb. • CHI Health Center Omaha


Next Game

Creighton (11-8, 5-3 BIG EAST) closes the month of January with back-to-back home games this week, starting with Wednesday’s 8 p.m. game vs. St. John’s (13-7, 3-6 BIG EAST).

    CHI Health Center Omaha (17,352) in Omaha, Neb., will host the action.

Radio Broadcast Information

KOZN (1620 AM) and KOOO (101.9 FM) will carry all Creighton men’s basketball games during the 2022-23 season. John Bishop and Ravi Lulla will call the action.  

    The audio is webcast at and can be heard on SiriusXM channel 380 and on SXM app channel 970.

Telecast Information

Wednesday’s game will be called by Andrew Catalon and Steve Lappas and be televised on CBS Sports Network.

    The game will also be video webcast at Cable authorization may be required.

Live Stats Information

All of Creighton’s games this season will have free live stats. Visit and click on the small bar graph icon on the scoreboard at the top of the page for the event of your choosing.

    Home games can also be followed on mobile devices at

Scouting Creighton

Creighton started 6-0, including wins at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational over No. 21 Texas Tech and No. 9 Arkansas, then dropped its next six games before picking up BIG EAST wins by double-figures over Butler, DePaul and Seton Hall. CU is now 5-3 in BIG EAST play and 8-1 in all home games.

    All-BIG EAST center Ryan Kalkbrenner (14.9 ppg., 7.0 rpg.), who was named 2022 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, ranks third in the nation in field goal percentage (.729) this season. CU is 11-5 with him in the line-up this year.

    CU had three men named to the BIG EAST’s All-Freshman Team last winter who are now sophomores. That trio includes Ryan Nembhard (11.2 ppg., 5.3 apg.) as well as Arthur Kaluma (12.3 ppg., 6.2 rpg.) and Trey Alexander (13.1 ppg., 4.3 rpg.).

    Creighton’s highest-impact newcomer to date has been South Dakota State transfer Baylor Scheierman (13.3 ppg., 8.5 rpg.), who also owns the team lead with eight double-doubles and 48 three-pointers made.

    Creighton was picked to win the BIG EAST Conference and earned its best preseason AP poll ranking ever (No. 9), thanks to the return of 10 lettermen and three starters from last year’s team that finished 23-12.

    CU averages 76.3 points while allowing just 67.9 points per contest. CU shoots 46.6 percent from the floor, 35.0 percent from deep and 73.2 percent at the line.

Scouting St. John’s

St. John’s is 13-7 this year and 3-6 in BIG EAST play. The Red Storm posted double-digit wins over Butler and at No. 6 UConn before falling 57-49 at Madison Square Garden last Friday vs. Villanova.

    Joel Soriano (16.4 ppg., 12.3 rpg.) is one of the nation’s most improved players and has led the Red Storm in both scoring and rebounding in each of the last six games. Soriano leads the nation in double-doubles (17) and is second in rebounds grabbed (245).

    DePaul transfer David Jones (12.6 ppg., 6.7 rpg.), Illinois transfer Andre Curbelo (10.3 ppg., 4.9 apg.) and Posh Alexander (9.4 ppg., 2.3 spg.) add to SJU’s veteran core.

    The Red Storm score 77.8 points per game and allow 71.6 per contest. SJU shoots 46.0 percent from the field, 31.4 percent from three-point range and 68.5 percent at the line.

The Series With St. John’s

Creighton is 15-10 all-time against St. John’s, and 13-5 in the rivalry since joining the BIG EAST. The Bluejays are 8-1 in the BIG EAST era in home games in the series, including double-digit victories in five of the last seven meetings in Omaha.

    Creighton has scored 81+ points in each of its last five victories vs. St. John’s and are 12-0 against the Red Storm when scoring 76 points or more.

    Greg McDermott is 13-5 against St. John’s. He is 7-7 against Mike Anderson (5-1 as CU coach), with eight of those meetings coming when McDermott coached Iowa State and Anderson led Missouri. Four of those eight ISU/MU meetings were decided by six points or less, and two went to overtime.

The Creighton Coaches

Greg McDermott (Northern Iowa, 1988) owns a 287-145 record in his 13th season with the Bluejays. He owns a career mark of 567-340 in his 29th season, and is 436-276 in his 22nd Division I campaign.

    McDermott led Creighton to its first BIG EAST regular-season title in 2019-20, taking a Bluejay team that was picked seventh in the league’s preseason poll and ending the year ranked seventh nationally. The Cascade, Iowa native then coached Creighton to its first Sweet 16 since 1974 in 2020-21 and to a share of its first regular-season BIG EAST title in 2019-20.

    McDermott has previously been a head coach at Iowa State (2006-10), Northern Iowa (2001-06), North Dakota State (2000-01) and Wayne State (1994-2000).

    He is assisted by Alan Huss, Ryan Miller and Jalen Courtney-Williams.

Fan Appreciation Night

A special 90-minute beverage promotion will be available to early-arriving fans on Wednesday before the Bluejays take on St. John’s at 8 p.m. Venue doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the promotion, available from 6:30-8:00 p.m., only, includes 12-ounce beers and soft drinks for $1 each in the Bud Light Zone area.

It’s Suits And Sneakers Week

The NABC and Coaches vs. Cancer host one of their biggest initiatives of the year from Jan. 23-29 for Suits and Sneakers Week.

    It’ll see the Creighton coaching staff wear suits with sneakers to bring awareness of the importance of cancer screening and health equity.

    One-third of people in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer, but regular screening increases the chances of detecting certain cancers early before it has a chance to spread. More information about screening and saving lives can be found at

    The promotion will rise to another level on Saturday for Creighton’s annual Pink Out game.

    In 2018 Coaches vs. Cancer presented Greg McDermott with the Champion Award, which recognizes a college coach who has shown extraordinary leadership and a commitment to the American Cancer Society’s mission of saving lives, celebrating lives and leading the fight for a world without cancer.

Pink Out Auction Raises $27,432

When Creighton hosts Xavier on Saturday, January 28th in its 12th Annual Pink Out game, Bluejay players will wear pink shooting shirts and pink jerseys for the game.

    Fans had the opportunity to honor a friend or family member who has battled cancer or is currently battling cancer by purchasing the apparel via auction (the shooting shirt can be personalized – last name, nickname, etc.).

    All funds raised go to benefit Hope Lodge Omaha. The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge Nebraska provides a free home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers who must travel to Omaha to receive their lifesaving treatment. More than just a roof over their heads, it’s a nurturing community that helps patients access the care they need.

    The annual Creighton Men’s Basketball Pink Out game has raised over $385,000 (entering 2022-23) benefiting the Hope Lodge facility in Omaha and the guests it serves.

    This year’s auction ran from Jan. 12-22 and raised $27,432.

Pink Out Auction Raises $27,432

Creighton raised $27,432 for this Saturday’s “Creighton vs. Cancer Pink Out” Pink Out game vs. Xavier.

    Below is the final numbers for each jersey/item in the auction this year, though there will be additional ways to donate to the cause on Saturday.

#0    $575    #1    $735    #2    $2955

#4    $720    #5    $900    #10    $650

#11    $1975    #13    $1525    #14    $565

#15    $590    #21    $660    #22    $560

#23    $2025    #24    $1530    #33    $1702

#55    $3400    Golf:    $1700    Tickets: $540

Greg McDermott‘s Shoes    $430    Mac’s Tie: $455

Ball 1: $736  Ball 2: $630  Ball 3: $530   Ball 4: $734     Ball 5: $610

With A Win…

– Creighton would improve to 11-1 all-time against St. John’s in Omaha, and 16-10 all-time at all sites.

– Creighton would win its fifth straight meeting against St. John’s.

– Creighton would improve to 5-0 in BIG EAST home games this season.

– Creighton would win its third straight BIG EAST game.

What’s Your 20?

Wednesday’s game vs. St. John’s will be  Creighton’s 20th contest of the season.  Win or lose, Creighton will be .500 or better after 20 games for the 27th time in the last 28 seasons.

Creighton — First 20 Games, Since 1997-98

Year    First 20 W-L    Final W-L    Postseason

2022-23    11-8 so far    ? ? ?    ? ? ?

2021-22    13-7    23-12    NCAA

2020-21    15-5    22-9    NCAA

2019-20    15-5    24-7    Canceled

2018-19    12-8    20-15    NIT

2017-18    15-5    21-12    NCAA

2016-17    18-2    25-10    NCAA

2015-16    14-6    20-15    NIT

2014-15    9-11    14-19    —

2013-14    17-3    27-8    NCAA

2012-13    17-3    28-8    NCAA

2011-12    18-2    29-6    NCAA

2010-11    13-7    23-16    CBI

2009-10    10-10    18-16    CIT

2008-09    15-5    27-8    NIT

2007-08    14-6    22-11    NIT

2006-07    13-7    22-11    NCAA

2005-06    15-5     20-10    NIT

2004-05    13-7    23-11    NCAA

2003-04    17-3    20-9    NIT

2002-03    18-2    29-5    NCAA

2001-02    14-6    23-9    NCAA

2000-01    14-6    24-8    NCAA

1999-00    14-6    23-10    NCAA

1998-99    14-6    22-9    NCAA

1997-98    14-6    18-10    NIT

Filling The Gym

Creighton ranks sixth nationally this season with 16,703 fans per home game.

2022-23 NCAA Home Attendance Per Game Leaders

Through 1/22/23

    Rank    School    Average

    1.    Kentucky    19,677

    2.    North Carolina    19,277

    3.    Arkansas    18,970

    4.    Syracuse    17,555

    5.    Tennessee    17,265

    6.    Creighton    16,703

    7.    Kansas    16,300

    8.    Indiana    15,490

    9.    Purdue    14,876

    10.    Illinois    14,843

Recently On CBS Sports Network

Wednesday will be the second of three scheduled appearances on CBS Sports Network this season for Creighton.

    Creighton has won each of its last nine appearances on CBS Sports Network, and is 10-1 on CBS Sports Network the start of the 2019-20 campaign.

    Seven of those 11 games have featured just three total lead changes or less.

Creighton on CBS Sports Network in Last 4 Seasons

Date    Game    Score    Lead Changes

1/1/20    Marquette    W 92-75    0

1/15/20    at Georgetown    L 83-80    9

1/22/20    at DePaul    W 83-68    1

2/8/20    St. John’s    W 94-82    1

1/30/21    at DePaul    W 69-62    12

2/9/21    at Georgetown    W 63-48    0

2/24/21    DePaul    W 77-53    3

1/22/22    DePaul    W 60-47    3

2/8/22    Butler    W 54-52    14

2/17/22    at DePaul    W 71-59    8

11/14/22    Holy Cross    W 94-65    0

The Double-Digit Kid

Ryan Nembhard had his first points/rebounds double-double at Butler when he finished with 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.

    It was the second double-double of his career, as he had 15 points and 10 assists in his Bluejay debut in November of 2021.

    Though Creighton’s never had a traditional points/rebounds/assists triple-double, Nembhard is the first Creighton player with (different) games of 10+ points, 10+ rebounds and 10+ assists in his CU career since Austin Chatman in his career from 2011-15.

    The last Bluejay with (different) games of 10+ points, 10+ rebounds and 10+ assists in the same season was Grant Gibbs in 2011-12.

    No Creighton player has had double-doubles in points/assists and points/rebounds in the same season since at least 1981-82.

Home Court Advantage

With a pair of home games this week, it’ll be crucial for Creighton to hold serve to maintain its place in the upper division of the league standings.

    Entering Tuesday BIG EAST teams were winning conference home games at a 66.7 percent clip (34-17), tied for the third-best mark in the league’s 44 seasons, and the best figure since 1990-91.

    The league’s previous best since the 2013-14 reconfiguration has been 61.1 percent in both 2013-14 and 2018-19.

Best Home Court Win %, BIG EAST Games Only

Year    Home Wins    Home Losses    Home Win %

1980-81    40    16    0.714

1990-91    49    23    0.681

1988-89    48    24    0.667

2022-23    34    17    0.667

1995-96    77    40    0.658

1991-92    59    31    0.656

1985-86    47    25    0.653

2000-01    73    39    0.652

2006-07    83    45    0.648

1987-88    46    26    0.639

Run It Up On The Road

The last time Creighton took the floor, the Bluejays posted a 73-52 road win at Butler. It was Creighton’s  seventh road win of 21 points or larger under Greg McDermott, and fourth-biggest in BIG EAST play.

    The 52 points surrendered were also the fifth-fewest in a road game under McDermott, and second-least allowed in a BIG EAST road game.

CU’s Largest Winning Road Margins, Since 2010-11

    Margin    Score    Opponent (*BIG EAST)    Date

    35    93-58    at DePaul*    2/11/17

    30    81-51    at Southern Illinois    1/27/13

    28    96-68    at #4 Villanova*    1/20/14

    24    90-66    at Georgetown*    1/6/18

    22    64-42    at Nebraska    12/6/12

    22    74-52    at Missouri State    1/11/13

    21    73-52    at Butler*    1/17/23

Least Points Allowed in a Road Game, Since 2010-11

    Opp Pts.    Score    Opponent (*BIG EAST)    Date

    42    64-42    at Nebraska    12/6/12

    48    63-48    at Georgetown*    2/9/21

    51    81-51    at Southern Illinois    1/27/13

    52    74-52    at Missouri State    1/11/13

    52    73-52    at Butler*    1/17/23

Kalkbrenner On Watch List For An Oscar

Creighton center Ryan Kalkbrenner is one of 50 players nationally to be named to the Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List, the United States Basketball Writers Association announced.

    Kalkbrenner is one of five BIG EAST players on the list, joining Souley Boum (Xavier), Bryce Hopkins (Providence), Adama Sonogo (Connecticut) and Joel Soriano (St. John’s).

    He is just the second different Creighton player in head coach Greg McDermott‘s 13 seasons to make the Midseason Watch list for the Oscar Robertson Trophy, joining Doug McDermott in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14. McDermott became the lone Creighton recipient ever to win the Oscar Robertson Trophy when he was recognized following the 2013-14 campaign.

    Kalkbrenner leads Creighton with 14.9 points per game and leads the BIG EAST with 2.2 blocked shots per contest. He ranks third nationally in field goal percentage (.729) and is second on the Bluejays with 7.0 rebounds per game.

Butler’s Two-Point Conversions Failed

Creighton held Butler to just 27.3 percent shooting from two-point range on Jan. 18th, the seventh-best defensive mark in Greg McDermott‘s 13 years on the Bluejay sideline.

Creighton’s Best Defensive 2FG%, Since 2010-11

    2FG%    2FG-2FGA    Opponent (*BIG EAST)    Date

    .222    8-36    Maryland-Eastern Shore    12-15-17

    .259    7-27    at Georgetown*    02-09-21

    .263    5-19    Coe    12-20-18

    .273    12-44    at Butler*    01-17-23

    .282    11-39    Wagner    03-19-16

    .289    11-38    Bemidji State    02-13-18

    .292    14-48    Butler*    01-23-16

Jays Seek 26K at CHI

Creighton has scored 25,938 points all-time at CHI Health Center Omaha, as it nears 26,000 in the facility.

    Creighton has outscored the opposition 25,938-21,738 at the 20-year old facility in 332 all-time games in the building that count.

    Creighton is 24-1 all-time in games where it moves over any 1,000 point milestone at CHI Health Center Omaha, as seen below:

Date    Pts-Opp (CLCO Game #)    Who/How vs. Opp.

02/18/04    1,000-787 (14)    Lindeman FG vs. Indiana State

02/05/05    2,000-1,696 (28)    Funk FG vs. Missouri St.

01/18/06    3,000-2,504 (41)    Watts FT vs. Bradley

01/09/07    4,000-3,359 (56)    Tolliver FG vs. Drake

12/17/07    5,000-4,174 (69)    Kaleb Korver 3FG vs. Hou. Baptist

11/16/08    6,000-5,048 (82)    Dotzler FG vs. New Mexico

02/11/09    7,000-5,870 (95)    Witter 3FG vs. Bradley

01/16/10    8,000-6,750 (109)    Young FG vs. Wichita State

12/20/10    9,000-7,645 (123)    Wragge FG vs. W. Illinois

03/23/11    10,000-8,500 (136)    Lawson FG vs. UCF

01/21/12    11,000-9,310 (148)    McDermott FG vs. Ind. St.

12/19/12    12,000-10,136 (161)    Echenique FG vs. Tulsa

11/23/13    13,000-10,922 (173)    Artino FG vs. Tulsa

02/23/14    14,000-11,711 (185)    Gibbs FG vs. Seton Hall

01/28/15    15,000-12,612 (198)    Hanson FT vs. St. John’s

12/28/15    16,000-13,498 (211)    Huff FG vs. Coppin State

11/15/16    17,000-14,349 (224)    Patton FG vs. #9 Wisconsin

01/28/17    18,000-15,166 (235)    Hanson FG vs. DePaul

12/18/17    19,000-15,927 (246)    Foster 3FG vs. UT Arlington

11/06/18    20,000-16,741 (258)    Ballock 3FG vs. W. Illinois

02/03/19    21,000-17,619 (270)    Zegarowski FG vs. Xavier

12/07/19    22,000-18,463 (282)    Ballock 3FG vs. Nebraska

03/07/20    23,000-19,280 (294)    Mahoney 3FG vs. #8 Seton Hall

02/13/21    24,000-20,103 (306)    Zegarowski FG vs. #5 Villanova

02/14/22    25,000-20,950 (320)    Hawkins 3FG vs. Georgetown

Offense Under The Christmas Tree

Trey Alexander was averaging 4.5 points per game in mid-January a year ago before averaging 9.6 points in his final 20 outings for an overall 7.4 points per game average for his rookie campaign.

    This season Alexander is averaging 13.1 points per game and has scored seven points or more in all but two contests.

    Alexander is in the midst of a career-long streak of six straight double-figure scoring games, averaging 17.5 points per game in a stretch that started with his career-high 32 points on Christmas Day.

    Alexander continues to be rock solid at the free throw line, making 83.3 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe. He made 10-of-11 foul shots on Jan. 14 vs. Providence, including 6-for-6 marksmanship down the stretch.

McDermott Among The Best

A Nov. 10th article on ranked the nation’s best Top 25 And 1 coaches, with Creighton’s Greg McDermott making that list.

    McDermott and Providence’s Ed Cooley were the lone BIG EAST coaches named to the list.

    McDermott and Cooley both rank in the top-13 in league history for BIG EAST victories and are the only two active coaches with 100 regular-season BIG EAST wins. The list contains six different coaches who have won at least one national title.

    McDermott has been at his current job (13 seasons) longer than any active BIG EAST coach, but since his first three years were as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, Cooley’s 12 years in the BIG EAST lead all active league coaches.

    McDermott needed to coach in 173 BIG EAST regular-season games to earn his 100th conference win, 10th-fastest in league history.

Most League Wins, BIG EAST MBB Coaches (1/16)

    Rk.    Wins    Name, School

    1.    366    Jim Boeheim, Syracuse

    2.    274    Jim Calhoun, UConn

    3.    244    Jay Wright, Villanova

    4.    198    John Thompson Sr., Georgetown

    5.    136    Mike Brey, Notre Dame

    6.    131    John Thompson III, Georgetown

    7.    127    Lou Carnesecca, St. John’s

    8.    115    Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh

    9.    113    Ed Cooley, Providence

    10.    111    Rick Pitino, Providence/Louisville

    11.    110    Rollie Massimino, Villanova

    12.    105    Kevin Willard, Seton Hall

    13.    100    Greg McDermott, Creighton

    14.    87    Steve Lappas, Villanova

Fewest BIG EAST Games To 100 MBB League Wins

    Rk.    Wins    Name, School

    1.    136    John Thompson Sr., Georgetown

    2.    145    Jamie Dixon, Pittsburgh

    3.    152    Lou Carnesecca, St. John’s

    4.    154    Jim Boeheim, Syracuse

    5.    156    Rick Pitino, Providence/Louisville

    6.    157    John Thompson III, Georgetown

    7.    168    Jim Calhoun, UConn

    8.    169    Mike Brey, Notre Dame

    9.    172    Jay Wright, Villanova

    10.    173    Greg McDermott, Creighton

    11.    174    Rollie Massimino, Villanova

    12.    190    Ed Cooley, Providence

    13.    211    Kevin Willard, Seton Hall

What’s Luck Got To Do With It?

In the rankings through Jan. 22nd, Creighton ranks 359th of 363 teams in the site’s “Luck” category, while St. John’s is 216th.

    The site defines “Luck” as the deviation in winning percentage between a team’s actual record and their expected record using the correlated gaussian method. The luck factor has nothing to do with the rating calculation, but a team that is very lucky (positive numbers) will tend to be rated lower by his system than their record would suggest.

Turning Point, Again?

This year has some similarities to the 2019-20 season.  This year’s team is shooting 46.6 percent from the field, 35.0 percent from deep and 73.2 percent at the line while scoring 76.6 points per game and allowing 67.9 per contest.

    Through 19 games the 2019-20 squad shot 46.3 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from deep and 72.7 percent at the line while scoring 77.3 points per game and allowing 69.2 per contest.

    Creighton started the 2019-20 season with a 2-3 league record but the season flipped with a home win over Providence in mid-January. That team defeated Providence 78-74 on a go-ahead three-pointer by Marcus Zegarowski with 3.2 seconds left to start a four-game win streak. The Jays would win 11 of their final 13 games to finish 13-5 in league play and tie for the program’s lone BIG EAST title in program history.

    This year’s team started with a 3-3 league record before a 73-67 win over Providence and is now 5-3 in conference play.

Scheierman Drains 200th Trey

Baylor Scheierman enters Wednesday’s tilt vs. St. John’s having made 207 three-pointers in his college career, doing so at a 41.0 percent clip. He made a season-high four treys on Jan. 11 at Xavier to surpass the 200-trifecta milestone in his career.

    Scheierman also owns 1,367 points, 796 rebounds, 379 assists and 103 career steals.

    Per, Scheierman is the nation’s only player in the last 30 years with career totals of at least 200 three-pointers, 350 assists and 710 defensive rebounds.

The Schedule…It Is Strong

Creighton ranks 125th nationally in winning percentage, but owns an NET of 20 (through Jan. 22) thanks in part to a challenging schedule that ranks third-toughest nationally among average opponent NET rankings.

    Creighton has already played 14 teams with a top-98 NET ranking:

    NET    Opponent    CU Result

    7    at UConn    L 60-69

    9    at Texas    L 67-72

    11    vs. Arizona    L 79-81

    14    at Marquette    L 58-69

    25    at Xavier    L 87-90

    25    Xavier    Saturday

    27    vs. Arkansas    W 90-87

    40    Providence    W 73-67

    54    vs. Arizona State    L 71-73

    68    Seton Hall    W 83-61

    73    vs. Texas Tech    W 76-65

    79    St. John’s    Wednesday

    92    Nebraska    L 53-63

    97    Butler    W 78-56

    97    at Butler    W 73-52

    98    vs. BYU    L 80-83

    150    UC Riverside    W 80-51

    152    DePaul    W 80-65

    205    St. Thomas    W 72-60

    309    North Dakota    W 96-61

    328    Holy Cross    W 94-65

Kaluma Pounds The Glass

Arthur Kaluma grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds on Jan. 7 at No. 4 UConn, four more than his previous best done twice previously.

    Kaluma’s 16 rebounds were the most by a Bluejay since joining the BIG EAST 10 years ago, and last matched on Nov. 12, 2012 when Gregory Echenique also had 16 boards vs. UAB.

    After just one double-double in his first 45 career games, Kaluma posted back-to-back double-doubles vs. Seton Hall and UConn. He finished the Jan. 11 game at Xavier with 11 points and nine rebounds, coming up just one board short of joining Baylor Scheierman, Ryan Hawkins, Martin Krampelj and Doug McDermott (twice) as the only Bluejays to record three straight double-doubles since 1994-95.

Most Rebounds, Game, Since 1994-95

    Reb.    Player vs. Opponent    Date

    18    Kenny Lawson Jr. vs. St. Joseph’s    12-11-2010

    17    Doug McDermott at Bradley    02-11-2011

    16    Donald Davenport at Missouri St.    01-21-1995

    16    Kenny Lawson Jr. vs. Drake    01-01-2011

    16    Doug McDermott at Akron    02-19-2011

    16    Gregory Echenique vs. UAB    11-12-2012

    16    Arthur Kaluma at UConn    01-07-2023

    15    Ben Walker at Baylor    12-04-1999

    15    Justin Carter vs. Kentucky    03-23-2009

    15    Doug McDermott vs. Tulsa    11-23-2013

    15    Ronnie Harrell Jr. vs. #23 UCLA    11-20-2017

    15    Christian Bishop vs. Ohio    03-22-2021

    15    Ryan Kalkbrenner at Georgetown    02-12-2022

The Kalkbrenner Difference

Here’s a look at the difference with and without Ryan Kalkbrenner this season.

Stat    Kalkbrenner Plays    Kalkbrenner Out

Team W-L    11-5    0-3

Team FG%    .478    .403

Team 3FG%    .352    .338

Team FG/Game    28.6    27.0

Team Dunks/Game    3.44    5.00

Rebound Margin    +5.7    -8.6

Off. Rebounds/Game    9.3    5.7

CU Points/Game    77.6    69.7

Opp. Points/Game    66.6    75.0

Scoring Margin    +11.0    -5.3

Turnovers/Game    11.1    13.0

Opp. FG%    .418    .440


Creighton owned nine blocked shots in its Jan. 3rd victory over Seton Hall. The nine blocked shots were tied for the most in a game under 13th-year head coach Greg McDermott (also done 2/13/18 vs. Bemidji State and 11/27/21 vs. SIU Edwardsville).

    The nine rejections also tied Creighton’s CHI Health Center Omaha record for team blocked shots in a game (also done 1/9/08 vs. Evansville, 2/13/18 vs. Bemidji State and 11/27/21 vs. SIU Edwardsville).

    Combined with its 11 three-pointers made, Creighton fell just one block away from its first game with 10 blocks and 10 three-pointers for the first time since Feb. 17, 2002 vs. Wichita State when it had 10 of each.

Kalkbrenner Invites You To His Block Party

Ryan Kalkbrenner tied his career-high with six blocked shots on Jan. 3 vs. Seton Hall, giving him exactly 150 swats as a Bluejay. The six blocks are tied for the most by any BIG EAST player in a game this season, and the most in a conference game.

    Kalkbrenner ranks fourth in program history in blocked shots with 162.

Most Creighton Blocked Shots, Since 1979-80

    Blk.    Name    Years

    411    Benoit Benjamin    1982-85

    183    Chad Gallagher    1987-91

    174    Gregory Echenique    2010-13

    162    Ryan Kalkbrenner    2020-Pres.

    153    Kenny Lawson Jr.    2006-11

    138    Brody Deren    2001-04

    136    Anthony Tolliver    2003-07

    109    Doug Swenson    1997-99

    104    Joe Dabbert    2000-04

    82    Christian Bishop    2018-21

Holiday Hoops Proves Popular

Creighton’s Christmas Day victory over DePaul scored 2.99 million viewers on FOX – the network’s most-watched college hoops game ever.

    Per FOX Sports PR, it was the most-watched college basketball game on any network this season, far ahead of the Kentucky/Michigan State game on ESPN (2.03 million).

    In the last three years, the only regular-season game higher was North Carolina/Duke in Mike Krzyzewski’s final home game last March (3.98 million) on ESPN.


Creighton shoots 36.1 percent from three-point range in BIG EAST play, and it’s been a telling stat.

    In five league wins, Creighton is shooting 45-for-110 from deep (40.9 percent).

    In three league losses, Creighton is shooting 16-for-59 from deep (27.1 percent).

     Creighton is 71-4 under Greg McDermott when making at least half of its three-point attempts, including a 43-1 mark in the past 10 seasons. The lone loss as a BIG EAST member was a 106-104 overtime setback to No. 21 Marquette on Jan. 9, 2019.

    According to, since McDermott was hired in 2010, Creighton’s 75 games shooting 50 percent or better from downtown trail only Weber State (79).

Fool Me Once…But Nine Times?

Creighton has met or exceeded its preseason BIG EAST prognostication every year since joining the league, as seen below.

    Last year marked the sixth straight season that Creighton has finished in fourth place or better.

Creighton’s BIG EAST Preseason Poll History

Year     Preseason     Actual     Preseason All-BIG EAST

2013-14     3rd     2nd     Doug McDermott (1st)

2014-15     9th     T-9th     –

2015-16     9th     6th     –

2016-17     3rd     T-3rd     Maurice Watson Jr. (1st); Marcus Foster (HM)

2017-18     5th     T-3rd     Marcus Foster (1st); Khyri Thomas (HM)

2018-19     9th     T-3rd     Martin Krampelj (HM)

2019-20     7th     T-1st    Ty-Shon Alexander (1st)

2020-21     2nd     2nd    Marcus Zegarowski (1st); Mitch Ballock (2nd)

2021-22    8th    4th    None

2022-23    1st    ??    Ryan Kalkbrenner (1st); Arthur Kaluma (2nd)

            Ryan  Nembhard (2nd); Baylor Scheierman (HM)

Nationally Relevant

Through games of Jan. 22, Creighton ranked third in the country in fewest fouls per game (13.2). The Jays are also ninth in defensive rebounds per game (28.89).

    Individually, Baylor Scheierman ranks 23rd nationally with eight double-doubles and 12th with 7.58 defensive rebounds per game.

    Teammate Ryan Kalkbrenner is third in field goal percentage (74.2%) among players to make five field goals per game. Kalkbrenner is the only player in the top five who has made four or more three-pointers.

    Ryan Nembhard ranks 17th in assist/turnover ratio (2.86), 28th in assists per game (5.3) and 31st in total assists (100).


Among The Best

Since the league’s 2013 realignment, Villanova has 134 league wins to lead the BIG EAST by a wide margin, but Creighton’s 100 league victories are  second-most.

Most Men’s Basketball  BIG EAST Wins

(2013-14 to 1/23/22)

Team    W    L    Pct.

Villanova    134    36    .788

Creighton    100    73    .578

Providence    99    71    .582

Xavier    96    71    .575

Seton Hall    92    82    .529

Marquette    87    87    .500

Butler    81    95    .460

St. John’s    66    107    .382

Georgetown    58    112    .341

DePaul    39    132    .228

Connecticut    29    17    .630

On The Rebound

Baylor Scheierman gets lots of attention for his shooting and passing skills, but he did lead the Summit League in rebounding last year as well.

    Scheierman has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in nine games this season, and has eight double-doubles to date. The eight double-doubles rank 23rd nationally, while his 7.58 defensive rebounds per game are 12th-most in the country.

    Since 2012-13, the only BIG EAST player to finish a season averaging at least 8.0 defensive rebounds per game was Seton Hall’s Angel Delgado (8.03) in 2016-17, and the only BIG EAST player to average at least 8.25 defensive rebounds per game  since 2004-05 was Notre Dame’s Luke Harangody (8.29) in 2008-09.

    Since 2009-10, Scheierman is close to being the nation’s only major conference player to average at least 8.00 defensive rebounds and 2.00 three-pointers per game.

    The Aurora, Neb., product’s current 8.5 rebounds per game average is the best mark by a Bluejay since Benoit Benjamin averaged 14.1 rebounds per game in 1984-85.

    Scheierman remains on pace to become the first man in school history to average at least 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 three-pointers per game.

    Earlier this year Scheierman became the first Bluejay with four straight double-doubles since Doug McDermott from Nov. 25-Dec. 10, 2011.

    Since the 1994-95 season, Scheierman, Ryan Hawkins, Martin Krampelj and McDermott (twice) are the only four Bluejays to record three straight double-doubles.

    Here’s a list of the Creighton players with seven or more double-doubles in a season under Greg McDermott:

Most Double-Doubles, Season, Since 2010-11

    D-D    Creighton Player    Year

    11    Doug McDermott    2011-12

    11    Ryan Hawkins    2021-22

    10    Doug McDermott    2012-13

    9    Doug McDermott    2010-11

    8    Baylor Scheierman    2022-23

    7    Doug McDermott    2013-14

    7    Martin Krampelj    2018-19

Fantastic Five

Much has been written about Creighton’s starting five this season, and the success CU has had when Ryan Nembhard, Ryan Kalkbrenner, Trey Alexander, Arthur Kaluma and Baylor Scheierman are on the floor together.

    The quintet has played 293:57 (of a possible 760 minutes) together this season, outscoring the opposition 594-474 in those minutes.

    In seven games against ranked foes, the group has been paired together for 155:47 (of a possible 280 minutes), and outscored opponents 324-281.

With All 5 Regular Starters On the Floor

Opponent    CU Pts.    Opp Pts.    Diff.    Time

St. Thomas    36    34    +2    20:10

North Dakota    41    31    +10    18:42

Holy Cross    24    11    +13    9:28

UC Riverside    37    14    +23    17:31

#21 Texas Tech    58    49    +9    22:36

#9 Arkansas    33    25    +8    19:36

#14 Arizona    50    51    (-1)    21:17

#2 Texas    44    40    +4    24:49

Nebraska    17    22    (-5)    15:22

Butler    20    19    +1    13:09

DePaul    40    24    +16    14:57

Seton Hall    28    15    +13    14:51

#4 Connecticut    41    40    +1    24:51

#12 Xavier    58    55    +3    23:19

#19 Providence    40    21    +19    19:19

Butler    27    23    +4    14:00

TOTAL    594    474    +120    293:57

3-Ball Falling For Scheierman

Baylor Scheierman nation-leading streak of 22 straight games with multiple three-pointers made was snapped on Jan. 7 at UConn, when he shot 1-for-7 from distance.

    Scheierman has still drained at least one triple in each of his last 29 contests dating to last season, and has made multiple three-pointers in 25 of his past 26 performances.

Big Fred’s Big Night

Making his second career start, freshman center Fredrick King had career-highs with 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots in the Dec. 12 game vs. Arizona State.

    King was just the second Bluejay of any age in Greg McDermott‘s 13 years on the CU sideline to post a game with at least 16/11/5, joining Gregory Echenique (18 points, 14 rebounds, 5 blocks) vs. Houston Christian on Dec. 17, 2011.

    Per, King is the seventh different freshmen with 16 points, 11 rebounds, five blocks and no turnovers in the same game since 2010-11, a list that includes  Chet Holmgren, Armando Bacot, Mo Bamba, Anthony Davis (twice), Thik Bol and Chris Horton.

Freshmen With 16 Pts., 11 Reb., 5 Blk, 0 Turnovers

(Since 2010-11)

Name, School    Date    PTS    REB    BLK

Anthony Davis, Kentucky    01/17/12    27    14    7

Anthony Davis, Kentucky    03/25/12    18    11    6

Chris Horton, Austin Peay    12/05/12    21    11    5

Thik Bol, Southern Illinois    02/19/17    19    11    6

Mo Bamba, Texas    12/29/17    22    15    8

Armando Bacot, N. Carolina    11/29/19    23    12    6

Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga    03/17/22    19    17    7

Fredrick King, Creighton    12/12/22    16    11    5

King Him!

After 38 total points and 25 total rebounds in the first 10 games of his college career, Fredrick King put together back-to-back double-doubles after being pressed into a starting role when Ryan Kalkbrenner was sidelined by a non-COVID illness in mid-December. King had 16 points and 11 rebounds vs. Arizona State on Dec. 12th, then added 16 points and 10 rebounds at Marquette four days later.

    King is CU’s freshman with multiple double-doubles in a season since Justin Patton had three in 2016-17.

    King is CU’s first true freshman with multiple double-doubles in a season since Doug McDermott had nine in 2010-11. McDermott had also been the last Bluejay freshman with back-to-back double-doubles, having done it on Feb. 1 and Feb. 5, 2011.

    For his efforts, King was named BIG EAST Freshman of the Week on Dec. 19.

    After shooting 8-for-8 vs. Marquette, King was 3-for-3 from the field against Butler to move him to 11-for-11 in league play with eight dunks. He is currently 16-for-24 from the field with nine dunks in conference contests.

Simply Perfect

Below is a list of Creighton players to shoot 100 percent from the field on eight or more attempts in a game since the start of the 1991-92 campaign:

Most FGA, 100% Shooting, Since 1991-92

    FGA    Name, Opponent    Date

    11    Anthony Tolliver vs. Illinois State    01/01/07

    10    Ryan Kalkbrenner vs. Holy Cross    11/14/22

    8    Geoffrey Groselle vs. Coppin State    12/28/15

    8    Justin Patton vs. Loyola (Md.)    12/07/16

    8    Fredrick King at Marquette    12/16/22

Trèy’s Bien

Sophomore Trey Alexander scored a career-high 32 points in a Christmas Day win over DePaul, easily surpassing his previous high of 18 points.

    Alexander had 14 points in the first half and 18 more after the break. He made a career-high seven three-pointers.

    Creighton’s largest lead of the game was 17, done four times. Each came after an Alexander hoop.

    Alexander is the first Bluejay in more than 55 years to have a game with 30 or more points before finishing a game with 20-29 points.

Trèy’s Bien, Part II

Creighton made 16 three-point shots in its Christmas Day victory over DePaul, including 10 in the first half.

    It was Creighton’s most three-pointers in a game since sinking 17 trifectas at Seton Hall on Jan. 27, 2021.

    CU made 10 triples in the first half of that Seton Hall contest, which was also the last time CU made 10 treys in one half.

    Individually, Trey Alexander made a career-high seven three-pointers. That’s the most by any Bluejay since Ryan Hawkins made eight shots from downtown at Georgetown on Feb. 12, 2022.

Paul Silas Passes Away at 79

Paul Silas, Creighton’s first Academic All-American and one of the top players in Bluejay men’s basketball history, passed away at the age of 79 on Dec. 11th.

    Silas was recruited to Creighton by John J. “Red” McManus out of McClymonds High School in Oakland, Calif., the same high school that produced Bill Russell. Silas arrived on campus in 1960 when freshmen were ineligible to play for the varsity but quickly made a difference a year later when he led CU to the 1961-62 NCAA Tournament and the team closed with a 21-5 record. His 1963-64 team returned to the Big Dance and finished 22-7.

    Silas is the only player in NCAA history with three or more seasons of 557 rebounds and owns the top three single-season rebound totals in Bluejay annals, including 631 as a senior in 1963-64. That figure remains fifth-most in NCAA history and is the most by any player since 1960. He’s first in CU history with 1,751 rebounds, ninth in career points (1,661), third in career scoring average (20.51) and also in the top-10 in field goals made (8th) and free throws made (6th).

    Silas’ 21.6 career rebounds per game are third-most in NCAA history and his 1,751 rebounds are sixth in NCAA history as well as the most ever by a three-year player.  Silas, along with Bill Russell, Julius Erving, Artis Gilmore and Kermit Washington is one of five players to average at least 20 points and 20 rebounds for an NCAA career. Silas owns the top 29 single-game rebound performances in Creighton history, including a 38 rebound effort vs. Centenary on Feb. 19, 1962 that ranks tied for ninth-most in NCAA history.

    He was the first Creighton student-athlete to be named a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 1963-64, was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit Honor Society, and received the College of Business Administration’s Alumni Merit Award in 1993.

    In an old article, Silas boasted about his education, saying “I’m more proud of my academic success at Creighton than of all my athletic accomplishments. What Creighton University does for an athlete or any student is that they teach you how to think, how to deal with everyday living. What I learned at Creighton has helped me close the gap between professional sports and the business world.”

    A two-time All-Star and five-time NBA All-Defensive team member, he scored 11,782 points and grabbed 12,357 rebounds while winning three titles (Boston 1974 & 1976, Seattle 1979) during a 16-year NBA career from 1964-80. He later coached 12 seasons in the NBA for the Clippers, Hornets, Bobcats and Cavalier organizations. He was LeBron James’ first NBA head coach. His son, Stephen Silas, is the current head coach of the NBA’s Houston Rockets.

    Silas was inducted into the Creighton Athletics Hall of Fame in 1974, the Missouri Valley Conference Hall of Fame in 2012 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2017.

Deep Dive Into The Rankings

The Creighton men’s basketball team was ranked ninth in the Associated Press Preseason Top 25 poll, its highest preseason AP ranking ever.

    The Oct. 17th announcement marked just the fifth time in program history the writers have voted CU to the top-25 in the preseason, joining 2006-07 (No. 19), 2012-13 (No. 16) and 2016-17 (No. 22) and 2020-21 (No. 11). All four of those Bluejay teams would end up in the NCAA Tournament.

    Creighton was 10th in the AP poll released on Nov. 14th and Nov. 21 and was seventh last Nov. 28th. The team fell to No. 21 on Dec. 5th.

    The Nov. 28 week was the 21st time in program history that Creighton has been in the top-10 at any point, with all but one of those weeks happening under head coach Greg McDermott. Creighton’s best ranking in program history is seventh, done five times (Jan. 16, 2017, March 10, 2020, March 18, 2020, Jan. 7, 2021 and Nov. 28, 2022).

    Creighton has been ranked 118 times in program history, with 90 of those weeks under the direction of McDermott. Creighton is 148-60 all-time as a ranked team, including a 114-46 mark under McDermott. Creighton has been ranked at least one week in nine of McDermott’s 13 seasons on The Hilltop after doing it just five different seasons in program history before his 2010 arrival.

    Creighton was also ninth in the preseason USA Today Coaches poll, its best preseason mark ever in the Coaches poll. The Jays remained ninth in the Nov. 14 Coaches poll and climbed to eighth in the Nov. 21 Coaches poll and were seventh on Nov. 28. CU was 21st on Dec. 5th. The program’s best slotting ever in the Coaches poll is fifth, done on Jan. 4, 2021.

Sophomores Standing Tall

Legendary Marquette coach Al McGuire once said that the best thing about freshmen is that they become sophomores. The Bluejay trio of Arthur Kaluma, Trey Alexander and Ryan Nembhard were all part of the BIG EAST All-Freshman Team last season, and all three are off to fantastic starts as sophomores.

    This year the trio have combined to average 36.5 points per contest.

    Collectively, they shoot 42.2 percent from the field (238-564), 34.6 percent from downtown (75-217) and 77.7 percent at the line  (143-184) while also contributing 263 rebounds and 169 assists against just 104 turnovers.

    Creighton is 17-3 in the last two seasons when all three men play and they combine for 13 or more rebounds.

An Area for Improvement

One area that Creighton will look to improve in 2022-23 is its marksmanship from behind the arc, as last year’s 30.8 percent shooting from deep was its worst as a team since 1993-94.

    The Creighton staff is confident those numbers can improve as its talented freshman class is now sophomores. Thus far, Creighton is fifth in the BIG EAST with 8.2 three-pointers made per game and sixth with 35.0 percent marksmanship from deep.

    Last year’s freshmen combined to shoot 27.2 percent from deep (85-313), but they’re not the first Bluejay freshmen to struggle early on from downtown, as seen in the chart below of some other prominent marksmen.

    Even that chart is a little misleading, as Doug McDermott shot 15-of-53 (.283) from deep in his first 20 games of his freshman year before finishing 32-of-63 (.508) in his last 19 games. Likewise, Kyle Korver was shooting 11-for-41 (.268) from downtown after his first 14 contests before blistering the nets to the tune of 52-of-104 (.500).

    As a Freshman    Other College Years

Name    3FG-3FGA    3FG%    3FG-3FGA    3FG%

Ky. Korver    63-145    .434    308-674    .457

McDermott    47-116    .405    237-482    .492

Ty. Alexander     32-96    .333    178-469    .380

Ballock    44-135    .326    264-638    .414

Tr. Alexander    18-64    .281    28-68    .412

Kaluma    27-102    .265    22-69    .319

Nembhard    33-106    .311    25-80    .313

Big Fred’s World

Fredrick King had four points (on two dunks) and three blocked shots in his first career start on Saturday vs. BYU.

    King was the first Bluejay true freshman to start a game at center since Kenton Walker on Feb. 5, 2008, when the Jays topped UNI, 74-50.

    One of the other Creighton starters that night was Nick Bahe, who was on the call for FS1 for each of King’s first two starts.

    King is the first true freshman center to make multiple starts for Creighton since Joel Templeman in 1994-95.

Wooden Award Watch List

The Creighton duo of Baylor Scheierman and Ryan Kalkbrenner have been named to the Preseason Top 50 Watch List for the John R. Wooden Award® presented by Wendy’s®.

    The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the 2023 John R. Wooden Award Men’s Player of the Year presented by Wendy’s. Players not chosen to the preseason list are still eligible for the Wooden Award™ midseason list, late season list, and the National Ballot. The National Ballot consists of 15 top players who have proven to their universities that they meet or exceed the qualifications of the Wooden Award. Nearly 1,000 voters will rank in order 10 of those 15 players when voting opens prior to the NCAA Tournament and will allow voters to take into consideration performance during early round games. The Wooden Award All American Team™ will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament. The winner of the 2023 John R. Wooden Award will be presented in Los Angeles in April.

    Scheierman and Kalkbrenner give Creighton nine Preseason John R. Wooden Award Watch List recognitions in 13 seasons under Greg McDermott. Marcus Zegarowski made the list in 2020-21, one year after Ty-Shon Alexander was listed prior to the 2019-20 campaign. Others to make the list include Marcus Foster (2017-18), Maurice Watson Jr. (2016-17), Doug McDermott (2013-14, 2012-13 and 2011-12). Creighton’s lone recipient of the John R. Wooden Award®  is Doug McDermott, who was recognized following the completion of the 2013-14 campaign.

Speaking Of Assists

Ryan Nembhard’s 12 assists vs. Holy Cross were the second double-figure assist game of his Bluejay career, joining the 10 helpers he dished in his collegiate debut last November vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

    Nembhard is the seventh different Bluejay with 10 or more assists in a game under Greg McDermott, joining Maurice Watson Jr. (12 times), Grant Gibbs (4), Marcus Zegarowski (4), Austin Chatman (3), Antoine Young (2) and Malik Albert (1).

    Also worth noting regarding Nembhard’s big night? He played just 19 minutes in the win, making him the nation’s only player with 12 assists against a Division I opponent this year while playing less than 30 minutes.

Turnover Free At The Point

Ryan Nembhard’s 12 assists without a turnover vs. Holy Cross on Nov. 14 made him just the fourth player in Bluejay history to accomplish that feat. He’s the first to do it inside CHI Health Center Omaha and the first Bluejay to do it at any site since 2002.

    Here’s the single-game assist leaders at Creighton, along with their turnover statistics on that night:

 Ast.    Name, Opponent    Date    TO

 17    Ralph Bobik vs. Bradley    01/22/74    0

    Ralph Bobik at St. Francis (Pa.)    02/23/73    ??

 16    Ralph Bobik vs. BYU    12/17/73    4

 14    Maurice Watson Jr. at Providence    01/07/17    2

    Maurice Watson Jr. at Seton Hall    01/09/16    4

 13    Maurice Watson Jr. vs. Washington St.    11/18/16    4

    Maurice Watson Jr. vs. Akron    12/03/16    5

    Jason Bey vs. Southern Illinois    02/27/95    1

    Latrell Wrightsell vs. Nebraska    12/07/91    1

12    Ryan Nembhard vs. Holy Cross    11/14/22    0

    Grant Gibbs vs. Northwestern    12/22/11    4

    Tyler McKinney at Nebraska    12/21/02    0

     Ed St. Fleur at CS-Sacramento    01/13/96    0

     Latrell Wrightsell vs. N. Iowa    02/01/92    4

     Duan Cole at Iowa State    01/16/90    5

     Vernon Moore at Southern Illinois    01/17/85    2

     Randy Eckker at Gonzaga    01/14/77    2

    Randy Eckker at Bradley    01/12/77    4

Kalkbrenner Up For Naismith Award

Ryan Kalkbrenner has been named one of 50 players to watch during the season-long competition for the 2023 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy Men’s Player of the Year honor, as announced by The Atlanta Tipoff Club.

    A junior from Florissant, Mo., Kalkbrenner averaged 13.1 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per game while starting CU’s first 34 contests last season. He was an Honorable Mention All-BIG EAST choice, BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and named to the All-BIG EAST Tournament Team while ranking fourth nationally in both field goal percentage (.646) and offensive rebounds per game (3.9). He was the lone Bluejay named Preseason First Team All-BIG EAST last month for ninth-ranked team in the nation, who are predicted to win the BIG EAST.

    Kalkbrenner’s recognition makes him the fourth different Bluejay in 13-year head coach Greg McDermott‘s tenure to be on a Naismith Award watch list. Doug McDermott was on the Preseason watch list in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 and was a finalist in 2012-13 before winning the award in 2013-14. Marcus Foster was named to the Midseason watch list in 2016-17, then made the Preseason and Midseason watch list in 2017-18. More recently, Marcus Zegarowski was on the Preseason and Midseason watch list in 2020-21.

    The midseason 30 team will be announced in February, and then the competition will be narrowed down to 10 national semifinalists in early March. Following those results, four finalists will be named on March 21, 2023, and the winner of the 2023 Jersey Mike’s Naismith Trophy for Men’s Player of the Year will be announced on April 2, 2023.

Top 10 Under McDermott

Prior to Greg McDermott‘s 2010 arrival, Creighton had spent one week ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll in program history (10th on Jan. 20, 2003, when Dana Altman’s team led by Kyle Korver lost at Steve Merfeld‘s Evansville team).

    Under McDermott, Creighton has spent 21 weeks in the top 10, including at least one week in five different seasons (1 week in 2012-13; 8 weeks in 2016-17, 3 weeks in 2019-20, 5 weeks in 2020-21 and 4 weeks so far this year).

    Creighton’s best AP ranking ever is seventh, done five times (Jan. 16, 2017; March 10, 2020; March 18, 2020; Jan. 7, 2021 and Nov. 28, 2022).

CHI Health Center Omaha Success

Creighton has played 332 regular and postseason contests at CHI Health Center Omaha all-time in the 20-year-old facility.

    The Bluejays own a 273-59 (.822) record all-time at the facility, and have never lost there on a Friday (22-0).

    Creighton’s Nov. 25, 2017 win over SIU Edwardsville was the program’s 200th at the facility, coming in its 242nd home game. CU’s 100th win came on Nov. 17, 2010, a 63-58 win over Louisiana.

    Creighton has outscored its opponents 25,938-21,738 in games at CHI Health Center Omaha, an average margin of 12.65 points per game. Creighton has not trailed 88 different times, including twice this year (Holy Cross, DePaul).

    Incredibly, Creighton hasn’t trailed in its home opener in 10 of the past 23 seasons (2000-01, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10, 2011-12, 2014-15, 2016-17 and 2019-20).

    Creighton is also 32-35 all-time in the 67 games at the arena in which it’s fallen behind by double-figures at any point, 8-11 when down by 10+ points at halftime in the facility, and 40-29 when trailing at halftime at CHI Health Center Omaha.

    Creighton is 176-41 (.811) at CHI Health Center Omaha under Greg McDermott and hasn’t trailed in 63 of those games. In that same span, CU owns a 95-9 home record vs. non-conference teams.

    Factor in a 17-0 home mark at the Omaha Civic Auditorium in 2002-03 and two wins at the Civic in the 2010 CIT, and the Bluejays are 292-59 (.832) at home since the start of the 2002-03 campaign.


Home Run

Under Greg McDermott Creighton is averaging 80.39 points per home game (17,444 points in 217 home games), a figure that climbs to 83.84 points in non-conference home games (8,719 points in 104 home games).

    Creighton is 132-6 all-time at CHI Health Center Omaha when scoring 80 or points.

Who’s Back?

With Creighton returning eight of the 13 men who appeared in a game last season, it’s no surprise that a similar ratio of the production from 2021-22 is also gone. Below is a breakdown of what is back:

Stat    Returners    Departures

Blocks    118 (79.2%)    31 (20.8%)

Assists    284 (60.9%)    182 (39.1%)

Starts    104 (59.4%)    71 (40.6%)

Points    1,360 (56.2%)    1,062 (43.8%)

Minutes    3,881 (54.9%)    3,194 (45.1%)

Charges Taken    7 (53.8%)    6 (46.2%)

Rebounds    663 (53.3%)    580 (46.7%)

Steals    98 (51.0%)    94 (49.0%)

3FG Made    83 (35.3%)    152 (64.7%)

Youth Is Served

In case you’ve forgotten, Creighton had at least one freshman on the floor for every second of every game last season, and actually had a late stretch of 1:28 vs. Colorado State when all five of its players on the floor were freshmen.

    All told, 3171:36 of Creighton’s 7,075 total minutes (44.83 percent) were played by freshmen last season.

    By comparison, in 2020-21 Creighton had a freshman on the floor just 32.4 percent of the time and had multiple freshmen on the floor just 17 minutes (of 1,250) all season (1.4 percent). Only 7.5 percent (465:52 of 6250) of CU’s overall minutes were played by freshmen in 2020-21.

    Through 19 games this season, Creighton’s freshmen have played 481:17 of 3800 possible minutes (12.67 percent).

2021-22 Minute Breakdown

Freshmen    Time    Score    Margin

0 freshmen:    Never    —    —

1 freshman:    34:23    59-49    +10

2 freshmen:    962:14    1,692-1,578    +114

3 freshmen:    347:15    611-407    +4

4 freshmen:    45:54    54-85    (-31)

5 freshmen:    1:28    5-2    +3

Watch This

Creighton has four men that made a preseason watch list for their respective position.

    Ryan Nembhard is one of 20 candidates on the watch list for the 2023 Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation’s best point guard. Nembhard is the fourth different Bluejay in the last 12 years named to the Bob Cousy Award watch list, joining Antoine Young (2011-12), Maurice Watson Jr. (2016-17) and Marcus Zegarowski (2020-21).

    Baylor Scheierman is one of 20 candidates on the watch list for the 2023 Julius Erving Award, given to the nation’s best small forward. Scheierman is Creighton’s first player in the nine seasons of the Julius Erving Award to be named to the watch list at any point.

    Arthur Kaluma is one of 20 candidates on the watch list for the 2023 Karl Malone Award, given to the nation’s best power forward. Kaluma is Creighton’s first player in the nine seasons of the Karl Malone Award to be named to the watch list at any point.

    Ryan Kalkbrenner is one of 20 candidates on the watch list for the 2023 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, given to the nation’s best center. Kalkbrenner joins Justin Patton (2016-17) as Creighton’s second player in the nine seasons of the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award to be named to the watch list at any point.

    Creighton (4) is one of six schools with four or more MBB players on a watch list, joining Duke (5), Kentucky (5), Arizona (4), Gonzaga (4) and UCLA (4).

    CU’s four watch list student-athletes match the totals of the rest of the BIG EAST combined (Xavier 2, Villanova 1, UConn 1).

Preseason BIG EAST Poll

The Creighton men’s basketball team was picked to win the BIG EAST Conference in the annual survey of league coaches, which was unveiled as part of BIG EAST Media Day on Oct. 18th at Madison Square Garden.

    It’s the first time since 2012-13 that Creighton has been chosen as a preseason favorite in its league, though that recognition came in CU’s final season in the Missouri Valley Conference.

    This is the 10th time Creighton has been tabbed as the preseason favorite (also 1989-90, 1990-91, 1998-99, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2011-12 and 2012-13), though the first nine occurrences all happened in the Missouri Valley Conference. Four of those MVC teams finished first (1990-91, 2000-01, 2008-09, 2012-13), while the other five took second place. Six of those nine Bluejay squads went on to win the MVC Tournament (1990-91, 1998-99, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2011-12, 2012-13) and seven of the nine squads played in the NCAA Tournament (1990-91, 1998-99, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2011-12, 2012-13).

    The Bluejays collected eight first-place votes and earned 98 points in the poll. Xavier was picked second in the poll with 86 points, including two first-place votes. Villanova, the defending BIG EAST Tournament champion, was one point behind Xavier with 85 points and received one first-place vote from the men’s basketball head coaches, who did not vote for their own teams. Connecticut was picked fourth with 77 points and Providence was fifth with 62 points. St. John’s and Seton Hall finished sixth and seventh with 62 and 52 points, respectively. Butler was eighth with 36 points, four points ahead of ninth-place Marquette with 32 points. Georgetown was 10th with 21 points and DePaul 11th with 12 points.

    Creighton is the only school in the league that has met or exceeded its preseason BIG EAST prognostication every year since joining the league, as seen below:

Creighton’s BIG EAST Preseason Poll History

Year     Preseason     Actual     Preseason All-BIG EAST

2013-14     3rd     2nd     Doug McDermott (1st)

2014-15     9th     T-9th     –

2015-16     9th     6th     –

2016-17     3rd     T-3rd     Maurice Watson Jr. (1st); Marcus Foster (HM)

2017-18     5th     T-3rd     Marcus Foster (1st); Khyri Thomas (HM)

2018-19     9th     T-3rd     Martin Krampelj (HM)

2019-20     7th     T-1st    Ty-Shon Alexander (1st)

2020-21     2nd     2nd    Marcus Zegarowski (1st); Mitch Ballock (2nd)

2021-22    8th    4th    None

2022-23    1st    ??    Ryan Kalkbrenner (1st); Arthur Kaluma (2nd)

            Ryan  Nembhard (2nd); Baylor Scheierman (HM)

We’re Jamming!

Ryan Kalkbrenner owns 133 dunks in his career, including 69 last year. He has more career dunks than any other Bluejay player since Greg McDermott‘s arrival in 2010.

     Here’s a look at the Creighton student-athletes with 20 or more dunks in a season, and 25 or more dunks in a career, under McDermott:

Most Creighton Dunks, Season, Since 2010-11

Dunks    Name    Year

74    Martin Krampelj    2018-19

72    Justin Patton    2016-17

69    Ryan Kalkbrenner    2021-22

50    Christian Bishop    2020-21

38    Christian Bishop    2019-20

36    Gregory Echenique    2012-13

35    Ryan Kalkbrenner    2022-23

33    Martin Krampelj    2017-18

30    Gregory Echenique    2011-12

29    Marcus Foster    2017-18

29    Ryan Kalkbrenner    2020-21

24    Gregory Echenique    2010-11

23    Marcus Foster    2016-17

22    Kenny Lawson Jr.    2010-11

21    Alex O’Connell    2021-22

21    Arthur Kaluma    2021-22

20    Khyri Thomas    2017-18

Most Creighton Dunks, Career, Since 2010-11

Dunks    Name    Years

133    Ryan Kalkbrenner    2020-Pres.

121    Martin Krampelj    2015-19

103    Christian Bishop    2018-21

90    Gregory Echenique    2010-13

72    Justin Patton    2016-17

52    Marcus Foster    2016-18

51    Khyri Thomas    2015-18

38    Will Artino    2011-15

33    Zach Hanson    2013-17

32    Arthur Kaluma    2021-Pres.

25    Geoffrey Groselle    2012-16

25    Damien Jefferson    2018-21

Most Creighton Dunks, Team, Season, Since 2010-11

Dunks    Year    Team W-L

144    2016-17    25-10 (NCAA)

132    2021-22    23-12 (NCAA)

107    2017-18    21-12 (NCAA)

106    2018-19    20-15 (NIT)

90    2020-21    22-9 (NCAA)

70    2022-23    10-8 so far (Postseason TBD)

60    2019-20    24-7 (Postseason Canceled)

58    2015-16    20-15 (NIT)

56    2010-11    23-16 (CBI)

54    2012-13    28-8 (NCAA)

42    2011-12    29-6 (NCAA)

Fun Fact

Creighton is the only school in the BIG EAST with 12 or more league wins each of the previous three seasons.

    Among the other BIG EAST or “Power 5”  Conference schools, only Baylor, Illinois, Kansas, UCLA and Virginia have done so.

20 Wins, Again

Creighton had 23 wins in 2021-22, securing a seventh straight 20-win season.

    Creighton is one of six schools with 20 or more wins in each of the previous seven seasons, joining Belmont, Gonzaga, Houston, Kansas and Oregon.

22 of 24 Seasons With 20 Wins

Creighton has won 20 or more games in 22 of the last 24 seasons, a feat that puts the Jays among an exclusive group, nationally.

    Just two schools have had 20 or more wins each of the last 24 years: Gonzaga and Kansas. Duke has done it 23 times, Creighton and Kentucky 22 times.

Most 20-Win Seasons, Last 24 Seasons

Team    20-Win Seasons       2021-22 W-L

Gonzaga    24    28-4

Kansas    24    34-6

Duke    23    32-7

Creighton    22    23-12

Kentucky    22    26-8

Among The Nation’s Best

Below is where Creighton ranks nationally since the start of the 2010-11 season among teams to have played 100 or more Division I games, per

2010-11 to Jan. 21, 2023

Category    CU Stat    CU Rank

3FG Made    3,786    4th    

FG Percentage    .476    4th

Assists    6,881    6th    

3FG Percentage    .376    7th

FG Made    11,768    9th    

Points    32,902    10th    

Wins    287    30th    

Winning Percentage    .664    35th

Multiple Choices

For the first time since 1964-65, Creighton had five men average in double-figures for an entire season last season. Last year’s double-figure group included Ryan Hawkins (13.8 ppg.), Ryan Kalkbrenner (13.1), Alex O’Connell (11.8), Ryan Nembhard (11.3) and Arthur Kaluma (10.4).

    Creighton had not had five or more men finish a season averaging 10 or more points per game since the 1964-65 club had SIX men average in double- figures (Neil Johnson, 17.3; Elton McGriff, 15.0; Fritz Pointer, 14.3; Tim Powers, 12.6; Bob Miles, 11.9; Charlie Brown (11.6), though Johnson only played in 8-of-23 games.

    This year’s team has five players averaging 11.0 points per game or more, Ryan Kalkbrenner (14.9), Trey Alexander (13.1), Ryan Nembhard (11.2), Arthur Kaluma (12.3), Baylor Scheierman (13.3).

    Creighton has won 26 of its last 27 games when five or more players score in double-figures, losing only at No. 12 Xavier on Jan. 11, 2023.

Big Deficits, No Big Deal

Creighton owns 27 victories since the start of the 2010-11 season after trailing by double-figures at some point, including four such rallies last season.  In its NCAA Tournament win vs. San Diego State, Creighton trailed 35-21 late in the first half.

    Thirteen of those 27 comebacks have come away from home.

    If you’re curious, CU’s largest comeback win since 2000 came on Jan. 28, 2006, when the Jays trailed 25-6 early before rallying to beat Wichita State on a buzzer-beater by Anthony Tolliver.

CU’s Double-Digit Comebacks Under McDermott

Deficit    Opponent    Date

18    #18 Oklahoma    11/19/14

17    at San Diego State    11/30/11

16    at Evansville    02/16/13

16    at Seton Hall    01/27/21

16    SIU Edwardsville    11/27/21

15    Arkansas-Pine Bluff    11/09/21

14    Evansville    02/21/12

14    vs. San Diego State    03/17/22

13    at Saint Joseph’s    11/16/13

13    Xavier    01/12/14

13    #22 Xavier    12/23/20

12    Saint Joseph’s    12/11/10

12    at DePaul    01/17/16

12    East Tennessee State    11/11/18

11    at Wichita State    12/31/11

11    Northern Iowa    01/10/12

11    vs. Alabama    03/16/12

11    vs. Ole Miss    11/21/16

11    vs. Connecticut    03/12/21

11    DePaul    01/22/22

10    UAB    11/14/12

10    vs. Drake    03/02/12

10    at Nebraska    12/07/14

10    South Dakota    12/09/14

10    St. John’s    01/03/18

10    at DePaul    02/07/18

10    Bemidji State    02/13/18


Former Creighton All-American Doug McDermott is back for a second season with the San Antonio Spurs, giving Creighton at least one NBA player in 39 of the last 40 seasons. McDermott is in his ninth season in the NBA.

    Other famous Bluejays to play in the NBA in the past include Paul Silas, Kyle Korver, Benoit Benjamin and Anthony Tolliver.

McDermott Ranks Second On CU Wins List

Greg McDermott has 287 victories at Creighton, good for second place on CU’s all-time wins list.

    McDermott’s .664 winning percentage is Creighton’s best since Arthur A. Schabinger’s .714 win rate more than 85 years ago.

    Below is a list of the most victorious Creighton coaches in program history.

Most Coaching Wins, Creighton History

Rk.    W-L    Name    Years

1.    327-176    Dana Altman    1994-2010

2.    287-145    Greg McDermott    2010-Pres.

3.    165-66    Arthur A. Schabinger     1922-1935

4.    138-118    John J. “Red” McManus     1959-1969

5.    130-64    Tom Apke    1974-1981

Super Seven

Greg McDermott joined some select company when he directed his troops to a seventh NCAA Tournament last season. That put him in the company of some of the greatest coaches in CU Athletics history.

    McDermott is one of five head coaches in Creighton history to lead seven different NCAA Tournament teams.

Name    Sport    NCAA’s @CU

Kirsten Bernthal Booth    Volleyball    12

Bob Warming    Men’s Soccer    11

Dana Altman    Men’s Basketball    7

Brent Vigness    Softball    7

Greg McDermott    Men’s Basketball    7

McDermott’s Coaching Tree

A bunch of former Greg McDermott protégés are thriving at the Division I level.

    Eric Henderson led South Dakota State to the first 18-0 season in Summit League history. The Jackrabbits went 30-5 after winning the Summit League Tournament and clinching an NCAAA bid.

    North Dakota State’s Dave Richman went 23-10 overall and finished as the runner-up in the Summit League standings  and Summit League Tournament to Henderson’s SDSU team.

    Ben Jacobson won the MVC regular-season title while coaching Northern Iowa. The Panthers went 20-12 and reached the NIT.

    Drake’s Darian DeVries led the Bulldogs to a 25-11 mark and runner-up finish in the MVC (to Jacobson’s UNI team) in the regular-season and the league tournament. Drake played in the CBI.

    Steve Lutz led his Texas A&M-Corpus Christi team to a 24-12 record and a Southland Conference Tournament title in his first year as a head coach, with the Islanders reaching the NCAA Tournament First Four. He inherited a 5-19 team that hadn’t won 20 games or had a winning record since 2016-17.

    TJ Otzelberger turned around Iowa State in his first year in Ames. He inherited a 2-22 team (0-18 Big 12) and turned it into a team that reached the Sweet 16 and finished 22-13.

    Patrick Sellers led Central Connecticut State to an 8-24 record in his first season with the Blue Devils, including a victory in the Northeast Conference Tournament.

    Paul Sather is the head coach at North Dakota after successful tenures at Black Hills State and Northern State.

Firing On All Cylinders

Creighton finished last season ranked 50th overall by That included the nation’s No. 112 offense, and No. 19 defense. Creighton’s No. 19 defense was its best mark in the 20 seasons of the KenPom era.

    Creighton has had a top-25 offense per KenPom in six of the previous 11 seasons.

    Here’s where Creighton ranked after games of Jan. 22.

Year    Off. Rating    Def. Rating    Overall Rank

2010-11    66    174    98

2011-12    5    166    28

2012-13    5    66    15

2013-14    2    124    17

2014-15    59    138    79

2015-16    43    76    40

2016-17    32    46    28

2017-18    25    58    30

2018-19    47    83    55

2019-20    3    78    12

2020-21    25    32    22

2021-22    112    19    50

2022-23    29    22    13

CHI Health Center Omaha Dramatics

Creighton is 8-8 in contests with a game-winning go-ahead score in the final 10 seconds at CHI Health Center Omaha, which opened in 2003.

    The last time such a game happened was in 2020 when Creighton’s Marcus Zegarowski hit a shot with 3.2 seconds left to beat Providence.

Creighton’s Go-Ahead Scores in Wins at

CHI Health Center Omaha, Last 10 Seconds

Date    Opponent    Score    Player/Score    Time

11/26/05    Dayton    W 91-90*    Funk FG    :5.7

01/28/06    Wichita St.    W 57-55    Tolliver FG    :0.0

11/25/06    George Mason    W 58-56    Watts FT    :7.5

03/18/08    Rhode Island    W 74-73    Witter 3FG    :3.2

01/13/10    Southern Illinois    W 71-69    Young FG    :1.3

02/18/12    Long Beach St.    W 81-79    Young FG    :0.3

01/28/14    St. John’s    W 63-60    McDermott 3FG    :2.8

01/18/20    Providence    W 78-74    Zegarowski 3FG    :3.2


Opponent Go-Ahead Scores in CU Losses at

CHI Health Center Omaha, Last 10 Seconds

Date    Opponent    Score    Player/Score    Time

03/20/06    Miami (Fla.)    L 53-52    G. Diaz FT    :2.6

01/20/07    Southern Illinois    L 58-57    B. Mullins FG    :4.1

01/10/15    #19 Seton Hall    L 68-67    S. Gibbs 3FG    :2.2

02/16/15    #19 Butler    L 58-56    R. Jones FG    :1.9

03/07/15    Xavier    L 74-73    D. Davis FT’s    :6.3

01/12/16    #12 Providence    L 50-48    K. Dunn FG    :0.0

02/22/17    Providence    L 68-66    K. Cartwright 3FG    :2.4

02/10/18    #5 Xavier    L 71-72    Q. Goodin FT’s    :0.3

Top-20 Crowds

Here’s a look at Creighton’s top-20 home crowds all-time.

      Rank    Att.    Opponent    Date

    1.    18,868    Providence    03/08/14

    2.    18,859    Georgetown    01/25/14

    3.    18,831    #1 Villanova    12/31/16

    4.    18,797    #6 Villanova    02/16/14

    5.    18,759    #1 Gonzaga    12/01/18

    6.    18,742    Seton Hall    02/23/14

    7.    18,735    Wichita State    02/11/12

    8.    18,613    Wichita State    03/02/13

    9.    18,525    Marquette    12/31/13

    10.    18,519    #8 Seton Hall    03/07/20

    11.    18,518    Georgetown    01/27/18

    12.    18,495    Marquette    02/17/18

    13.    18,494    Illinois State    02/09/13

    14.    18,458    Evansville    12/29/12

    15.    18,436    Bradley    01/28/12

    16.    18,323    DePaul    02/07/14

    17.    18,321    #3 Villanova    02/24/18

    18.    18,294    #19 Iowa State    12/04/21

    19.    18,257    #5 Xavier    02/10/18

    20.    18,192    Marquette    02/20/22

Release, Rotation, Splash, Repeat

Creighton has made at least one three-pointer in 967 straight games. The streak is the nation’s 13th-longest active streak.

    Creighton’s last game without a three-pointer came at Illinois State on Feb. 20, 1993, when the Jays were 0-for-5. Creighton’s last win without making a three-point basket came on March 3, 1991 when the Jays went 0-for-2 from three-point range in a 71-66 win over Southern Illinois in the championship game of the MVC Tournament.

    Below is a list of the nation’s longest active three-point streaks.

Longest Active 3-Point Streaks (through 1/22)

    Rk.    Streak    School    Next Game

    1.    1,180    UNLV    1/24

    2.    1,170    Duke    1/23

    3.    1,114    Western Kentucky    1/26

    4.    1,104    East Tennessee State    1/25

    5.    1,082    Oakland    1/23

    6.    1,081    Pacific    1/28

    7.    1,076    Texas    1/24

    8.    1,024    Marshall    1/26

    9.    1,015    Baylor    1/23

    10.    1,006    Princeton    1/28

    11.    1,003    Gonzaga    1/28

    12.    975    Long Island    1/22

    13.    967    Creighton    1/25

    14.    961    Mount St. Mary’s    1/26

    15.    951    Tennessee State    1/26

Triple Trouble

During Creighton’s current streak of 967 straight games with a three-pointer, the Jays have drained 7,617 trifectas, an average of 7.88 treys per game.

    That’s not surprising since during the streak, Creighton has made exactly 7 three-pointers 144 times, more than any figure.

    Only five times in the streak has Creighton made just one three-pointer, but on 275 occasions the Bluejays have made 10 or more trifectas, including three games of 20 or more.

    Since the start of the 2019-20 season, the Bluejays are 53-14 when making eight or more three-pointers, compared to a 25-21 mark when making seven treys or fewer.

Team 3FG Made During Creighton’s 3-Point Streak

1:    5 times    2:  18 times    3:  35 times

4:    75 times    5:   101 times    6:  101 times

7:   144 times    8:   121 times    9:  92 times

10:  80 times    11:  55 times    12:  54 times

13:  44 times    14: 19 times    15:  7 times

16:  8 times    17: 3 times    19:  1 time

20: 1 time    21:  1 time    22:  1 time

Ticket Information

Single-game tickets for the 2022-32 season went on sale on October 14th. Fans can purchase single-game tickets at CHI Health Center Omaha Box Office, Ryan Athletic Center, by calling Ticketmaster or visiting

    For more information, call the Creighton Ticket Office at (402) 280-JAYS.

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