Gametime Primer: Jays vs. Illinois St.

creighton Vs.  illinois_st

Saturday, March 7, 4PM
Missouri Valley Conference Tournament
Scottrade Center

Radio: Big Sports 590 AM or
Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 122
TV: Fox Sports Net (Cox Channel 47 in Omaha)

Creighton Game Notes | Illinois St. Game Notes (not available at post time)

The Jays have a quick turnaround and play the Redbirds for the 2nd time in a week.  Illinois St. feels like they should have won the season finale at the Qwest Center and they have been talking about payback all week.

What the Jays need to do is make sure they play a full 40 minutes and not fall victim to what they did against Wichita St. on Friday.

In all the craziness of the Wichita St. game, one player that was sort of missing was Justin Carter.  A guy who has been solid all year, Justin was pretty much taken out of the game scoring 5 points, missing 4 free throws  and getting only 2 rebounds.  I expect him to be ready after the first taste of Arch Madness.

But then the rest of the team needs to rebound and hit free throws.  They were outrebounded by 22 by the Shockers and were only 10-17 from the free throw line.  The rebounding has been the problem for most of the season and it won’t be easy against Illinois St.’s frontline who dominated last game against the Jays outrebounding them by 18 in that game.  For being the conference’s best free throw shooting team, the Jays have struggled the past two games from the line.   The Jays are 26-42 inthe past two games at the line.  50% is not going to win games.   Fix these two factors and the Jays will win.  Continued struggles like this will keep Creighton waiting for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament.

This game will be a close one as it was in the last meeting.  I think the Jays had their eyes opened against the Shockers and will fix what they need to in order to advance to the MVC Tourney finals.

Prediction:  Jays 69, Illinois St., 66

BTW–I will be courtside again for another addition of Rush the Court live.  If you are not at the Scottrade Center and either don’t have a TV to watch or want to interact while watching on TV to find out what is going on behind the scenes at the Valley Tournament, check it out.


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