The Creighton Bluejays were expected to make in the NCAA Tournament even before the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, but there was plenty of debate about just how comfortably they were in. They squashed all of that debate and gave hope to bubble teams everywhere when they ran through the Valley tournament, winning three straight games to capture the conference's automatic bid, and subsequently, a spot in the NCAA Tournament. As the No. 8 seed in the Midwest, they'll face No. 9 Alabama in their first game.
The Jays' only questionable loss is a home defeat to Missouri State. Otherwise, their resume is excellent. They split with the Wichita State Shockers -- the team that won the MVC regular season title -- with both teams surprisingly losing at home. Creighton's other losses were on the road at Northern Iowa and Evansville. They hold quality wins over Iowa, Northwestern and San Diego State in addition to their win over WSU.
Missouri Valley Player of the Year Doug McDermott is the Jays' star, and his ability to score with his back to the basket in the post as well as from behind the arc makes him a matchup nightmare. He's complemented by senior guard Antoine Young and big center Gregory Echenique, who help to make the Jays a balanced team.
Join our 2012 NCAA Bracket pool to compete against the best and brightest from around the network.
For more on the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stay with SB Nation's Selection Sunday StoryStream, and stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub for a complete printable NCAA Tournament bracket and tons of analysis on who was snubbed, who got the best bracket, and who will make it all the way to New Orleans and the Final Four.