Tuesday, February 17th , 7PM
Qwest Center Omaha
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Improved Inside Play Propels Jays (OWH)
After the blowout in Southern Illinois this weekend in front of a National audience, Creighton has started to get a little more talk by the media and some have even started projecting how Creighton could get an At-Large big if necessary. But then there is a large contingent that says to just get past Evansville Tuesday night. OK. I guess if that is what they want. Here is what Evansville has been up to since the last meeting:
- Evansville has gone 3-4 since they lost to Creighton in Evansville on January 20th.
- The Aces have lost nine in a row at Omaha since beating the Bluejays in 1998-99 and that year they won the MVC regular season title.
- Evansville is now 15-10 and tied for 5th in the conference at this point.
- The Purple Aces are 0-5 against the top 4 teams ahead of them in the conference
- Shy Ely leads the league in scoring at almost 18 points a game.
This game is kind of one of those everyone is forgetting about and overlooking. In some respects that is sort of expected because of the previous meetings in Omaha over the past decade. However, check out this pattern in the games against Evansville since the Qwest Center opened:
- 2004/01/17 Creighton 72 Evansville 53
- 2005/02/22 Creighton 69 Evansville 64
- 2006/01/22 Creighton 77 Evansville 58
- 2007/02/07 Creighton 79 Evansville 74
- 2008/01/09 Creighton 77 Evansville 59
Blowout, single digit, blowout, single digit, blowout…..
So does this mean we are in for a single digit game? I hope the Jays are able to break that string and get the win and by a larger margin. I think this team is to the point that they understand the urgency and the need to win this game if they want to have a shot at the regular season championship.
Defense will be the key in this game as both teams give up about 64 points a game. Shy Ely has seemed to be a thorn in the side of the Jays the past couple of seasons and will need to be contained. With the inside play of Kenny Lawson and Kenton Walker over the Jays 6 game winning streak, this will be a great test to see how they have come along and if they can continue to show their recent dominance.
The result of this game will set the stage for UNI’s game against Drake on Wednesday and the pressure may be on the Panthers as they play their in-state Valley rival. The Jays can make a statement in this game and the drama will continue in the Valley.
Prediction: Jays 81, Evansville 69