Creighton basketball will host famend alum in NIT first round matchup with Loyola-Chicago
Creighton fell quick of its NCAA match aim, but the Bluejays will try and refocus quickly for an NIT opener against one among their renowned alums even as a possible rematch with a rival looms in a later round. It was announced Sunday that CU would host Loyola-Chicago in the NIT’s first round at the CHI Health Center. The Ramblers are coached via former Creighton player Porter Moser, who helped lead Loyola on a Final Four run closing year. The Jays (18-14), who is a No. 2 seed inside the 32-crew area, could play No. Four seed Nebraska within the quarterfinals if both squads win two times. CU might need to defeat Loyola, then beat both Memphis or San Diego. “Well, obviously, we’re dissatisfied not to be within the NCAA tournament — that changed into our remaining intention,” Creighton train Greg McDermott stated in a video statement recorded Sunday night. “Having stated that our season’s going to retain. We look ahead to playing Loyola. … I assume it’s going to be fun recreation in opposition to a completely gifted basketball team.
” McDermott stated in his statement that he has a “exceptional deal of admiring” for Moser, who played at Creighton from 1986 to 1990. Moser stated the identical approximately McDermott in a declaration released on Loyola’s website Sunday night, indicating that Tuesday’s game might be important for his software. “(Creighton has) a great fan base with a great university basketball atmosphere,” Moser stated. “They are playing extremely nicely right now. This is a first-rate opportunity for our guys to compete and enhance in a prestigious, countrywide tournament. We are excited to play.” The Ramblers (20-thirteen) are making lower back-to-again postseason appearances for the primary time since the Sixties. One season removed from a Final Four appearance, they earned a share of the Missouri Valley ordinary-season crown earlier than losing in the convention tournament — which Bradley won.
The NIT selection show befell hours after the NCAA match’s 68-group area turned into found out. Creighton had was hoping that it might be taken into consideration for one of the very last NCAA at-massive spots, even after its 5-sport winning streak changed into snapped in a 63-sixty one defeat to Xavier Thursday in the Big East event quarterfinals. The Jays’ postseason résumé featured the sixteenth-toughest schedule and didn’t include any bad losses, but CU failed to pick up enough quality wins. Creighton went 3-10 in opposition to the 2019 NCAA event subject. CU wasn’t included at the NCAA choice committee’s first 4 out. UNC Greensboro, Indiana, Alabama, and TCU — the four No. 1 seeds within the NIT — had been the 4 that simply missed the NCAA reduce. But there reputedly wasn’t a whole lot of an opening between any of the bubble groups. Bernard Muir, chair of the Division I men’s basketball committee, stated deciding on the very last NCAA berths was the hardest part of the procedure. “Just those remaining teams in, with very few spots left,” Muir said on CBS.
“There had been many groups — it’s this type of satisfactory line — that gave the impression of others.” Muir indicated that at the same time as the power of time table was important, the 10-panel individuals attempted to ask this query about the groups they evaluated: “What did they do with the possibilities of the one?” The Jays ignored lots of theirs. Now they’re NIT sure. And it can grow to be a useful enjoyment for Creighton’s younger center. Nine of the 20 teams that earned 2018 NIT at-big berths transformed themselves into NCAA groups this season — maximum significantly, a great deal-improved squad at LSU, Mississippi State, and Marquette. Creighton is considered one of 5 Big East teams in this 12 months’ NIT. Butler, Georgetown, Xavier, and Providence all received bids as nicely. CU is 7-eleven all-time inside the NIT. Its last appearance got here in 2016, whilst the Jays advanced to the quarterfinals earlier than losing at BYU.