Update: Watch it here
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When you lead SportsCenter, you know you’ve made it. Sure enough, I flipped on ESPN’s flagship show last night and the new Bluejay logo was displayed prominently behind anchors Steve Levy and Stuart Scott.
“We’re not gonna lie to ya,” Levy said, opening the show. “The Villanova-Creighton game was not supposed to be the first highlight in the show. And then something odd happened on the way to the studio.
“Yeah, the odd thing happened on Villanova’s home court,” Scott said. “Yes, the same Villanova that’s ranked four and came into this game, their record was 16-1. Was being the key word. Because Creighton came out Africa hot in this game.”
Then they went through the highlights, showing all those Wragge bombs. They showed a graphic with three bullet points: Doug McDermott had passed David Robinson on the career scoring list; this was Creighton’s first road win over a ranked team since 1978 (Larry Bird); that this was a Big East record for 3s.
SportsCenter moved on to Kansas-Baylor and Houston-Portland. Then it came back to Creighton, showing a graphic comparing the Bluejays and Rockets.
Creighton started 10-for-10 from 3-point range; Houston started 7 of 7.
Creighton went 14-for-22 in the first half, Houston went 10 of 13.
Creighton went 7-for-13 second; Houston was 6 of 20.
So which performance was better, Tim Legler was asked. The former Omaha Racer’s reply:
“I gotta go with Creighton. Not only do you make your first 10, you’re not supposed to go into Philly like that? Philly? No. 4 ranked team in the country, Villanova, and you go up 40 on them? No, that’s more impressive. That is a statistical anomaly.”