Creighton isn't having any trouble getting comfortable in its new conference, winning its first two Big East games by an average of 15.5 points. The Bluejays have a star player in All-American Doug McDermott (24.7 points per game, 7.5 rebounds), but they are more than just a one-man team. That's not good news for DePaul, which has started 0-2 in league play and meets Creighton in its league home opener Tuesday.
The Bluejays have built their reputation over the years as one of the top mid-major teams in the nation because of strong team defense, and this year's team is no exception, giving up 63.9 points per contest - 38th in the nation. The Blue Demons have some offensive firepower and will be playing at home, where they are 6-2 this season. But the Bluejays, a nationally ranked squad earlier this season, are looking to get on a roll before facing top league teams such as Xavier and Villanova over the next couple weeks.
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ABOUT CREIGHTON (12-2, 2-0 Big East): Long known for their dominance of the Missouri Valley Conference, the Bluejays are winning over coaches in the Big East for their solid team play, especially on the defensive end of the floor. After defeating Seton Hall and holding the Pirates to 66 points, Pirates coach Kevin Willard had lots of praise for the Creighton defense. "For guys that aren't overly quick or fast, they play position and they play the basketball," Willard told the Omaha World-Herald. "It's hard to score on them. They show their hands and they bump you low, which the refs don't call. They don't give you anything easy."
ABOUT DEPAUL (8-7, 0-2): There isn't much that upsets a coach as much as turnovers, especially down the stretch of games. The Blue Demons average the second-most turnovers in the Big East (14.7 per game) and have the second-worst turnover margin (plus-0.2). "Turnovers absolutely killed us the last seven (or) eight minutes of the game," DePaul coach Oliver Purnell said after the Blue Demons' 66-56 loss to Marquette on Saturday. "We turned the ball over five or six times in our halfcourt offense on critical possessions. We just can't afford to do that."
1. McDermott was named the Big East Player of the Week for the fourth time this season Monday, as well as earning CBSSports.com's National Player of the Week Award as well after averaging 24.5 points and 8.5 rebounds in his first two Big East games.
2. Purnell benched freshman C Tommy Hamilton IV for the first half of the Seton Hall contest to send a message that he had to work harder and needed to be ready to start at the beginning of games.
3. The Blue Demons lead the series 15-7.
PREDICTION: Creighton 78, DePaul 66