In what was one of the more impressive offensive performances in college basketball history, Creighton went on the road and blew out No. 4 Villanova, 96-68, on Monday night. That's right ... the Bluejays beat the fourth-ranked team in the country on the road by 28 points.
Creighton made its first nine three-point attempts, taking a 30-12 lead about seven minutes into the first half. It would lead by as many as 40 points midway through the second half. The Bluejays finished the night 21-for-35 (60 percent) from behind the arc and shot 57 percent overall. Their 21 three-pointers set a new Big East record.
Ethan Wragge tied Kyle Korver's school record with nine three-pointers, scoring all 27 of his points on the deep ball. Doug McDermott, who may just win the Wooden Award this year as the best player in college basketball, only had 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting. Jahenns Manigat dropped 19 points. And if all of this wasn't impressive enough, Creighton did it without Grant Gibbs.
Some of college basketball's national writers weighed in on the beatdown:
BTW Nova isn't a fraud. Just 1 of those nights. Jays shoot like this every game, they win natl title by 30. Nothing Nova (or anyone) can do.— Mark Titus (@clubtrillion) January 21, 2014
Creighton's about to drop 100 points on No. 5 Villanova in Philly -- w/o Grant Gibbs. I don't even know what word to use to describe that.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) January 21, 2014
By my count, the last time a team hit 21 threes in a game vs. a Division I opponent was Louisville vs. Hartford, 11/17/07. Hit 22.— Rob Dauster (@RobDauster) January 21, 2014
Villanova's a good team and all, but they were about as close to a true #4 ranking as Baylor was #7 a couple weeks ago.— Rush the Court (@rushthecourt) January 21, 2014
The win over Villanova was Creighton's first victory over a top-five team since 1970.
Creighton came into Monday with the No. 1 offense in the country, according to Kenpom.com. If its offensive outburst against the Wildcats was any indication, it would seem it does indeed have the best offense in college basketball.