The Creighton Bluejays are 2-0 on the year following Tuesday’s 94-6 win over crosstown rival, Nebraska-Omaha.
The Bluejays looked much better in every facet than in Sunday’s win over North Dakota State, hitting 11 threes, and assisting 28 of 34 made field goals.
Christian Bishop finished one point short of a career-high with 18, leading all Bluejays, but Denzel Mahoney was right up there with him, finishing with 17 points on 6-9 shooting. Five of Mahoney’s six made field goals were from beyond the three-point line. Denzel Jones had 12 points, Damien Jefferson and Marcus Zegarowski both had 11 (Zegarowski also had a career-high 11 assists), and 7’0 freshman Ryan Kalkbrenner finished with 10, as the Bluejays offense looked multi-dimensional and incredibly deep.
This game was never in doubt for the Bluejays, unsurprisingly. Creighton went on a 27-5 run to flip a 7-5 UNO lead to a 32-10 Creighton lead, and from there the Bluejays just kept building.
Obviously you have to adjust for the opponent, but if Creighton can assist on 82% of baskets, hit half of their threes (11/22), and utilize their two seven-footers (Kalkbrenner had 10, Jacob Epperson finished with six points and six rebounds), it’s very hard to see how a team can start to slow the Bluejays down.
We likely won’t get an answer in Creighton’s next game, either. The Jays host Kennesaw State Friday where they will improve to 3-0. Then, Kansas looms.