Friday, March 7, 2008

Creighton vs. Drake Round 3

Can the Jays get to Sunday? To do that - they will have to beat nationally ranked Drake...a team they are 0-2 against this year. At least they had beaten Bradley before they played today.....but here's the thing - I think they can. Here's why:

Drake was 3-3 down the stretch and I saw something today in their game vs. ISU that surprised me a bit...they looked a touch slower to the ball. They have been fighting this image that nobody respects them for the entire season. They fit their roles so well - but everything that goes up - must come down. And I think this team is on their way down. The Bulldogs weren't quick to the ball like they normally play and they got beat on the boards...there is the key - Rebounding!

The Jays were great on the boards for the most part against Bradley. They didn't give up many easy 2nd chance looks and they hustled after every ball....they wanted it more. That has to be their game tomorrow... ALL HEART!

The Keys to winning:

1. Cavel Witter has to out play Emmenecker
2. Jays must out rebound Drake
3. Jays must hit more 3's than Drake
4. Kenny Lawson has to play the game of his young career

Stat to watch: Curse of the One Seed
Dana Altman is 5-0 against top-seeded teams in the MVC Tournament, lifting the Jays record to 6-1 overall against the top-seed. Creighton beat the top-seed in 1984, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2007 but fell in 1988.
The MVC Tournament has not been won by the top seed since 1998. Additionally, the top seed has dropped its semifinal game in three of the past four seasons



Bill Brasky said...

Haven't you been saying this about Drake since the middle of the season?

Keep doubting Drake and they'll just keep on winning.

Drake 74
Crayun 69

Red Sox Fan said...

fair point...I just can't believe this team can win 3 in one year against Dana...we'll have to see. Should be a lot of fun

Aric said...

Drake is damn good and will probably win a few in the big dance, but I think CU gets them tomorrow. Dana is just too good in this tournament and the players will be hungry to get this win. If CU can get this into an up-tempo game and not be lulled to sleep by Drake's sneaky half-court sets, they have a shot.