The No. 24 Creighton Bluejays smell blood in the water after watching the Missouri Valley Conference's top seed, the No. 14 Wichita St. Shockers, fall in the other semifinal of the conference tournament. Now the Blue Jays, the conference's second seed, have become the clear-cut favorites for the MVC's automatic NCAA tournament bid, and they're playing like it, leading the third-seeded Evansville Aces 49-30 at halftime.
The Aces have actually contained Creighton's All-American candidate, Doug McDermott. He's scored eight points on 2-3 shooting and grabbed six rebounds, but hasn't been the dominant force he normally is. Instead, the Bluejays have gotten a huge spark from Josh Jones, who hit all three deep shots he's taken off the bench, scoring nine points to tie for the game's leading scorer with his teammate, Gregory Echenique. The Bluejays are 8-11 from deep, a torrid pace that, if it continues, means the Aces won't have a shot to come back.
The Aces have also been dominated on the boards, grabbing just five rebounds all half. They're being led in scoring by guard Troy Taylor with six points.