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Game Time: 6:00pm CT
Location: CenturyLink Center, Omaha, NE
Radio: 1620AM the Zone & 101.9FM the Keg in Omaha
Odds & Ends
There’s no available line on this game, so save your money and buy yourself something nice like a hot tub or a fidget spinner.
Alcorn State has traveled to Omaha twice, coming away with losses in both games, to put the Jays up 2-0 all time. The last time Alcorn made the jaunt up from Lorman, Mississippi, they were subjected to a pretty brutal beatdown by the hands of Doug McDermott, losing 107-61.
Doug scored 20 points in 20 minutes, with Ethan Wragge and Devin Brooks coming away with 15 a piece. Mogboluwaga Oginni even scored, finishing the game with two points!
The only other time the two came to blows was in the 2004-05 opener - the Qwest Center entering its second year in operation - which Creighton won 74-40. Those were back in the dog days of defense-first hoops. The tilt saw Kellen Miliner pour in 20 points on 6-9 shooting, noted very tall man Steve Smith saw 11 minutes of on-court action, and fresh faced sophomore Anthony Tolliver dumped in three points in 13 minutes of action.
It can now be factually stated that, yes, every time Creighton has played Alcorn State, a Bluejay on the roster ended up in the NBA. This is fact.
Congratulations Jordan Scurry on eventually being drafted!
Verba de Ludis
While Creighton was dismantling those elitist bastards from Yale on Friday, Alcorn State was getting the brakes beat off of them down in the Bayou against LSU. In a game that ended 99-59, the Braves shot 16.7% from three, making 4 of their 24 shots from beyond the arc.
As they say, if you fail to successfully do something once, do it 24 times and see if you can find minor success 16.7% of time time.
Granted, teams like Alcorn State, Mississippi Valley State, or Arkansas Pine-Bluff go on tours at the beginning of the season getting paid to get their asses handed to them. It’s how they keep the lights on in their gym. They know they’re coming in as severe underdogs, they know that they possess inferior basketball skills, they know that they’re likely going to get run out of the gym by the first media timeout. Yet in this bizarre world of college sports, a team who wants to pad their win/loss total must buy wins to look sexy.
Simultaneously, this game doesn’t have any sex appeal, lest you enjoy Matt DeMarinis of ‘White and Blue Review’ tweeting out the gif of that guy in Rocky yelling, “Throw the damn towel!” while Apollo Creed gets the life beat out him by that Soviet asshole, or if you like watch Khyri Thomas dunk basketballs, or if you just enjoy the event itself and never really pay attention to the score because you just like the squeaks of the sneaks, the bounces of the ball, the aromatic pleasures of the arena, and the timeout entertainment.
Alcorn State isn’t good, and that’s fine. Their top scorer in the loss to LSU was AJ Mosby, a 6’3 guard, who scored 15 points in 32 minutes. Reginal Johnson - a name that is very real - scored 12 in 30 minutes of action. Beyond those two, the Braves played five other players who logged 15+ minutes who combined to score 25 points.
According to Kenpom, the Braves have a 1% chance to win today, predicting a 90-63 win for the Jays.
The fact that this game, of all games, is on Fox Sports 1 is a testament to how poor sports programming is on Sunday when stacked up against professional concussion sport. Like on ESPN right now I bet you’ll probably find a poker tournament or some dogs romping around.
Thank the almighty Khyri Thomas that college basketball is back.