While the Creighton Bluejays are favorites on a neutral floor on Saturday, they won't be too happy to see the Evansville Aces in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament semifinal. The Aces have given them all kinds of trouble this season, beating them in Evansville and pushing them to overtime in Omaha.
Somewhat surprisingly, Evansville's small and quick lineup has contained Creighton's star forward Doug McDermott in both of their games. McDermott has been solid in both contests against the Aces, but was held below his scoring and rebounding averages on both occasions. In the Jays' win in Omaha, they needed a 59 percent shooting performance from behind the arc and 13 free throws from Antoine Young to beat the Aces by one point, as Colt Ryan went off for an incredible 43 points.
If their previous contests are any indication, the Arch Madness semifinal between Creighton and Evansville is going to be a fantastic one. Creighton probably do not need to win to get into the NCAA tournament, but they are not a stone-cold lock at the moment. The Ivy League, Ohio Valley Conference and West Coast Conference are far from settled, and if the best teams from those conferences don't win auto-bids, the bubble gets bigger. The Jays should probably make sure to leave no doubt for the selection committee.
Game Date/Time: Saturday, March 3, 5:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Scottrade Center, St. Louis, Missouri
TV: ESPN3, FSN-MW, IN, KC, CSN-CHI