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Creighton vs. Marquette: 3-point preview

Creighton looks to avenge its last second loss it suffered to the Golden Eagles in January.

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Someone has to win

The two teams in the Big East's gutter square off Saturday in an event that would leave one team with an unfamiliar feeling. Victorious. Marquette is 3-9 in conference and in second to last, while Creighton is 2-10 in conference and in last place. Between the two teams, they are working on a combined losing record of 3-18. Marquette has dropped seven of its last eight, while Creighton has dropped 11 of its last 13. Before the Golden Eagles began its steep slide their last win came at home versus the Jays.

Matt Carlino and Creighton's game-losers

The Jays have been on the opposite end of game winning shots multiple times this year. Trailing by two with three seconds left, Sterling Gibbs lifted Seton Hall over Creighton with a three. The ensuing game, it was Matt Carlino and Marquette who found themselves in a similar situation. Trailing by two with 11 seconds remaining, Matt Carlino gave the Golden Eagles life and ultimately the victory after hitting one from deep. Had Creighton won that game it would be Marquette entering Saturday's game last in the conference.

Creighton finding offense

Creighton could not buy a basket last time these two teams met. It was not as if Marquette was playing impeccable defense either. Creighton had wide-open three after wide-open three, but they just could not convert. The Jays shot 36.4 percent from the field and 26.9 percent from three. Their leader, Austin Chapman, struggled offensively, shooting 1-of-6  from the field and 0-of-3 from beyond the arc. He did manage five assists, but will need to improve his scoring if the Jays want company in last place.