Thursday, November 20th, 7PM
Qwest Center Omaha
We are still catching our breath after that hard fought and exciting come back against New Mexico on Sunday, but we now look forward to a couple of games this week the first coming against SWAC conference and local darling Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Here is what you need to know:
- The Golden Lions start the season playing their first 11 games on the road and has served as the season opening game for both Colorado (losing 76-56) and Texas A&M (losing 76-47). In fact their first home game is not until 2009 when they open the SWAC season against another Jays opponent Mississippi Valley State.
- Part of the road trip includes a trip around the Big 12–Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska and Texas A&M
- Creighton is playing the golden lions for 4th time over the past 5 seasons. (83-58, 87-55, 74-39)
- Arkansas-Pine Bluff is projected to finish towards the bottom of the SWAC this year with only one returning starter.
- No real notable alumni unless gospel singer and piano player Smokie Norful is recognizable.
Creighton welcomes their first of three SWAC opponents to the Qwest Center Thursday evening. If you saw the game on Sunday afternoon with New Mexico, you won’t see that type of game again in this one. SWAC teams are notorious for finishing as one of the lower Division-I conferences in the nation but even more known for taking “guarantee” games for their non-conference season so they can help their school’s budgets. This article chronicling UAPB and their “fund raising” tour gives quite the information on life in the SWAC. here is just an example:
At least the Golden Lions have fun in the process. Unlike SWAC play, where the travel is strictly by bus and the hotels strictly two-star, the nonconference road games involve air travel, better locales and comfy beds.
“They go first class these first 11 games,”Perkins said. “They’ll be going around in luxury.”
Folks, lets be realistic. The game Thursday night should be a good game to get players gametime experience and to work on some things to prepare for the home game on Saturday against Oral Roberts before hitting the road for challenging games against Arkansas-Little Rock and the annual rival matchup with Nebraska in Lincoln.
This one could get ugly and everyone should have a chance to play. If the offense and defense picks up where it left off with the game against the Lobos, then this should be the makings of an enjoyable evening for the Jays fan. P’Allen Stinnett (coming of MVC Player of the Week) and Booker Woodfox will have a chance to follow up their scoring explosion, Cavel Witter can get a little more comfortable at the SG position, Justin Carter can relax a little bit, Antoine Young will get some good game experience to back up Josh Dotzler, Kenny Lawson and Kenton Walker can fight to establish themselves in the post eventually creating a platoon at the position, and Kaleb Korver, Casey Harriman (If he even plays after being sick all week), and Chad Millard (if the headaches go away) can try to separate themselves out a little bit. If Josh Jones doesn’t get in the game, I would seriously think they are going to redshirt him. If you just love basketball, this is a good chance for the fans to get warmed up for Saturday’s game against Oral Roberts.
Prediction: Jays 90, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 57