Sunday night saw the Creighton Bluejays escape with a 72-71 victory over the upset-minded Seton Hall Pirates. But the fans who packed CenturyLink Center Omaha saw more than just the Bluejays' 23rd victory of the season.
Superstar senior Doug McDermott, who could very well run away with the National Player of the Year Award this season, moved to 10th all time on the NCAA's scoring list. With his performance against the Pirates, McDermott passed Loyola (IL) standout Alfredick Hughes, as he now stands with 2,917 points over his 136 games in Omaha to stand alone at 10th on the list, per the Omaha World-Herald.
Next on the agenda for McDermott are two of college basketball's greatest players. Kansas' Danny Manning and Cincinnati's Oscar Robertson are numbers nine and eight on the list, with 2,951 and 2,973 points respectively. With three games remaining on the season for Creighton, he must average 18.7 points over the course of that stretch to pass both Manning and Robertson on the all-time scoring list.
Should McDermott want to enter the 3,000-point threshold, the task gets somewhat larger. He must average a staggering 27.6 points over the next three games against Xavier, Georgetown, and Providence.
With that said, the superstar forward is averaging 25.8 points per game. So perhaps it will not be that unenviable of a task for McDermott, who is writing quite the finale to an historic career.