Creighton is squaring off with DePaul on this Sunday afternoon in mid-January. And for the Jays, it probably couldn't have gone any better.
Well, okay. Maybe starting in an 11-0 hole that DePaul dug them into was an auspicious start. Sure. But, since then, the Bluejays have been on a tear. They've since scored 47 points after being put in that hole, at one point down 16-4 at the 13:39 mark. And after a Maurice Watson 3-pointer at the buzzer, Creighton leads DePaul by six, 47-41.
Balanced scoring by both sides has been the big storyline of the day, besides the porous defense. Isaiah Zierden, Creighton's gifted sharpshooter, leads both sides with 14 points and is 3-for-5 from 3-point land. Tommy Hamilton IV is giving him chase as the DePaul big man has 13 points and has not missed from anywhere on the floor - including the free throw line, where he's 3-for-3.
Both teams are shooting over 50 percent from the field and over 45 percent from the perimeter. In addition, both teams have taken seven free throw attempts and converted on six of them. Offense is the name of the game today, this much is certain.
Will either team get cold? Well, the Jays ended the half shooting just 1-for-5, as did the Blue Demons. So the two squads could be coming back down to earth. For now, I think it's fair to say that this has been a very fun, well-played contest at the Rosemont Horizon.
Tune in for the second half in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, as it's sure to be a fun ride.