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Men’s basketball: Creighton to play in 2014 Emerald Coast Classic

Creighton and Cincinnati headline the field for the 2014 Emerald Coast Classic.

The teams finished Nos. 15 and 16 in this season’s final Associated Press rankings. Each participated in the NCAA tournament, as did North Carolina Central, one of the other six teams in the Emerald Coast field.

Mississippi, Middle Tennessee State, Eastern Illinois, Northern Arizona and Southern are the other teams that will play in the event, presented by Global Sports.

Creighton, Cincinnati, Mississippi and Middle Tennessee State each will play two home games against the other teams during the week of Nov. 20 to 25. The final two rounds of the tournament will be played Nov. 28 and 29 at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla.

“We look forward to playing in …

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It’s official: Boston transfer Maurice Watson is now a Bluejay

Guard Maurice Watson’s decision to transfer from Boston University and enroll at Creighton became official Tuesday when he returned a signed financial aid agreement to Creighton. Watson will sit out the 2014-15 season due to transfer requirements before having two years of eligibility in 2015-16 and 2016-17.

“We are excited to welcome Maurice Watson Jr. to the Creighton Basketball Family,” said Bluejay head coach Greg McDermott in a press release. “Maurice has proven over the course of the last two seasons at Boston University that he is an unselfish point guard who also has the ability to score the basketball. I believe he will excel in our up-tempo system. He comes from a tremendous family and possesses the core values in terms of character and …

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Video: Creighton transfer Maurice Watson on “The Bottom Line”

Following a weekend visit to Omaha, Boston University point guard Maurice Watson Jr. decided to transfer to Creighton, announcing his decision on Sunday night on Twitter.

Watson joined “The Bottom Line” to talk with host Mike’l Severe about his choice to commit to the Bluejays, his impression of Omaha on his visit and what he’ll bring to the team when he is eligible in the 2015-16 season.

CU’s Fowler is chosen as the Big East player of the week

Creighton sophomore Reagan Fowler was named the Big East player of the week.

He helped Creighton open its first Big East season with three victories over Georgetown, posting seven hits in 11 at-bats (.636) against the Hoyas.

During the four games this week, Fowler was 8 for 15 (.533) with seven runs scored and eight RBIs. He smacked four extra-base hits (three doubles and a triple) all against Georgetown.…

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Creighton’s Fitzgerald records first inside-the-park home run at TD Ameritrade Park

In a ballpark that has yet to see a home run to center field of any kind in its history, Creighton’s Ryan Fitzgerald found a way to get it done — getting to home plate before the fielders could get the ball there.

Fitzgerald’s inside-the-park grand slam in a seven-run sixth inning Saturday helped break open what was a tight 6-5 Bluejay lead heading to the bottom of the frame. The Bluejays swept Georgetown.

It was the first inside-the-park round-tripper in TD Ameritrade Park history.

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Doug McDermott leads list of college basketball season’s top 10 moments

Creighton’s Doug McDermott claimed the No. 1 spot in one list of the top moments in the 2013-14 college basketball season, beating out some pretty big moments including Wichita State’s undefeated regular season (No. 9), Mercer’s upset of Duke in the NCAA tournament (No. 7) and more.

BleacherReport.com’s national lead writer for college hoops, C.J. Moore, chimed in Thursday with his top 10 moments, and McDermott’s senior night — both his performance on the floor and the school’s celebration of the nation’s top player — led the list.

Here’s a portion of his take:

“Doug McDermott needed 34 points on his senior night to become the eighth player in NCAA history to score 3,000 points. He got 45.

“You could not have written the …

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Creighton’s McNary, Browning picked for USA Volleyball program

Creighton outside hitter Leah McNary and middle blocker Kelli Browning were among 36 athletes selected by USA Volleyball to participate in the U.S. Collegiate National Team program that will train and compete in conjunction with the USA Volleyball girls’ junior national championships from June 22 to July 1 in Minneapolis.

McNary and Browning both earned first team All-Big East accolades last fall. McNary led Creighton with 3.04 kills per set, while Browning topped the Jays in hitting percentage (.323) and blocks per set (1.53).

Creighton is one of six schools with multiple selections to the program, which is capped by a round-robin tournament considered to be a second tryout for the U.S. Women’s National Team.…

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Men’s basketball: Creighton No. 20 in final coaches poll

The Creighton Bluejay men’s basketball team placed 20th in the year-end USA Today coaches rankings, released Tuesday.

The Bluejays, previously ranked No. 16, finished the 2013-14 campaign with a 27-8 record. The Jays topped Louisiana 76-66 in the second round of the NCAA tournament before a 85-55 upset loss to Baylor.

Big East foe Villanova finished No. 13 in the poll.

The Bluejays were 10th in the NCAA’s RPI ratings, updated Monday.…

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Jays’ Janning is an honorable mention All-American

Creighton sophomore Marissa Janning became the first women’s basketball player to receive All-America recognition on Monday.

The Minnesota native was named a Women’s Basketball Coaches Association honorable mention All-American.

The Big East player of the year, Janning closed her sophomore season with a conference best 599 points (17.6 per game). She led Creighton with 132 assists, free throws (141) , free throw attempts (165) as well as free throw percentage (.855). Her 599 points in a single-season rank third in school history, while her 141 made free throws rank fifth in one season.

Janning became just the third player in Creighton history to reach the 1,000-point mark in two seasons or less during the Bluejays’ last home game of the 2013-14 season.

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CU’s Changstrom is named Big East pitcher of the week

Creighton softball senior Becca Changstrom collected her third Big East pitcher of the week award on Monday.

Changstrom (13-8) turned in one of her best performances last week, going 2-1 at No. 20 Nebraska and against Villanova, finishing with a 0.90 ERA in 23.1 innings of work.

She was dominant against VU, shutting out the Wildcats for 17.1 scoreless innings, once as a starter and once in over 10 innings of relief, while striking out 26 batters. Changstrom claimed two wins for her efforts and set a career high of 16 strikeouts in game two of the series.

Earlier in the week she started at No. 20 Nebraska and held the Huskers to just three earned runs and struck out six to give her a …

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