1. Creighton has won 20 or more games in each of the last 10 seasons, one of only seven schools to have accomplished that feat. The Jays are also one of three schools with 10 conference wins in each of the last 12 years.
2. Last year, the Jays had nine players that had never played a game for Creighton. This year, eight of those nine are back with a year of experience under their belts.
3. Games to Watch: Tough non-conference matchups will come against Dayton at home and Nebraska and St. Joseph’s on the road. In the Valley, the Jays get rival Southern Illinois at home on Jan. 14.
4. Last year, Creighton led the country in percentage of points scored by the bench. The Jays’ subs scored 36.91 points per game, 51.61 percent of the team’s total points per game. Look for more of the same this year.
5. The Jays have been ranked in the top 15 nationally in attendance each of the last two years. Last year, Creighton was 15th with an average attendance of 15,333.
6. Creighton was a near-unanimous selection by the league’s coaches and media to win the Valley. The predicted champion has only won the conference 10 times in the 24-year history of the preseason poll. It is the second time in three years Creighton has been the league favorite.
7. Sophomore guard P’Allen Stinnett was named to the preseason All-MVC first team. He is the first sophomore to receive the honor since Drake’s Luke McDonald in 2001. Stinnett averaged 12.6 points per game last year as
8. Creighton has three newcomers: freshmen guards Antoine Young and Josh Jones and junior college transfer Justin Carter. Young and Jones both went to high school in the Omaha metro area, and Carter averaged 20.4 points per game last year at Fullerton College in California.
9. Sophomores Kenny Lawson Jr. and Kenton Walker, both 6 feet 9 inches tall, are the big men in the middle for the Jays. Lawson averaged 5.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game, and Walker averaged 2.2 points and 2.1 rebounds.
10. Besides Stinnett, Lawson and Walker, also returning for the Jays are sophomores Casey Harriman and Kaleb Korver, juniors Chad Millard and Cavel Witter, and seniors Booker Woodfox, Josh Dotzler and Dustin Sitzman.