About Steven Pivovar

Steven Pivovar is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and primarily covers Creighton athletics and the College World Series. You can follow Steven on Twitter (@PivOWH) or email him at spivovar@owh.com.

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Point guard Maurice Watson commits to Creighton

Former Boston University point guard Maurice Watson Jr. has told Creighton coaches he will accept a scholarship offer, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to The World-Herald Sunday.

Watson visited Omaha this weekend.

A top 100 recruit coming out of high school, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Watson averaged 12.2 points in his two seasons at Boston U. He led the team in scoring, assists and steals this past season.

He decided after the season that he wanted to transfer. He will have to sit out next season and have seasons of eligibility remaining.

Georgetown outfielder cherishes Omaha homecoming

It felt a little like old-home week Friday night at TD Ameritrade Park for Georgetown outfielder Evan Ryan.

On the mound for Creighton was Ryan’s grade-school classmate, Matt Warren. The Bluejays’ two starting pitchers for Saturday’s double-header — Taylor Elman and Jeff Albrecht — were Ryan’s high-school teammates at Omaha Creighton Prep. He used to play against Creighton right fielder Brett Murray, an Omaha Westside graduate.

“It’s kind of crazy to see all those guys out there,” Ryan said.

Ryan, who has started 25 games for the Hoyas this season, cherished the opportunity to play against the Bluejays in the stadium where the College World Series in held each June.

“I’ve been dreaming about this since I was a kid,” Ryan said. ”When I found out last year that …

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Point guard Maurice Watson to visit Creighton

Former Boston University point guard Maurice Watson plans to visit Creighton this weekend, a person with knowledge of the situation told The World-Herald.

Watson led the Terriers in scoring (13.3 points per game), assists (7.1) and steals (2.1) as a sophomore. He would have to sit out next season but would have two seasons of eligibility remaining.

Watson, a 5-foot-10, 165-pounder, was a top 100 recruit coming out of Philadelphia’s Boys Latin High School. He also was a member of the 2012 Parade All-America team.

He averaged 12.2 points in his two seasons at Boston. When he announced he was transferring early this month, Watson said it was because he had a desire to play “on a bigger stage” in his final two seasons.

Other schools reportedly interested in …

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Baseball: North Dakota at Creighton

When: 2 p.m. (doubleheader) Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday
Where: TD Ameritrade Park
Probable starters: Saturday, game one: CU RHP Matt Warren (5-0, 2.52 ERA) vs. RHP Andrew Thome (1-2, 7.18 ERA). Saturday, game two: CU RHP Austin Groth (1-2, 4.44 ERA) vs. LHP Zach Muckenhirn (1-2, 3.58 ERA). Sunday: CU RHP Taylor Elman (1-3, 5.97 ERA) vs. RHP Jeff Campbell (3-2, 3.41 ERA).

Scouting North Dakota (6-12): North Dakota enters the series with a four-game winning streak, the last three victories coming in a Western Athletic Conference sweep of Northern Colorado. It marked the first time since North Dakota transitioned to Division I five seasons ago that it had swept a league series. North Dakota lost its first nine games and 12 of 14 before …

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Creighton standing pat on roster

For now, all hands are on deck as Creighton’s basketball team heads into the start of offseason conditioning and skill development.

Creighton coach Greg McDermott has met with all of his returning players, and he said he doesn’t anticipate any of the scholarship players leaving the program.   Nor does McDermott anticipate, at this point, asking anyone to leave.

“We are still evaluating,’’ McDermott said.   “The guys’ commitment to their workouts and to the weight room this spring is part of the evaluation.’’

Creighton loses four senior starters, including three-time consensus first-team All-American Doug McDermott, off this season’s 27-win team.   The Bluejays will return seven players that saw action last season plus three redshirts in junior James Milliken and freshmen Toby Hegner and Darian Harris.

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Baseball: Creighton vs. UNO

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Werner Park

Probable starters: CU RHP Tommy Strunc (0-2, 16.20 ERA) vs. LHP Steven Schoonover (0-0, 1.50 ERA)

Scouting Creighton: The Bluejays (12-10-1) are on a three-game skid and have lost four of five, having been outscored 33-12 during that span. … Creighton is hitting .241 as a team, and coach Ed Servais said after Monday’s 3-1 loss to UNLV that he expects to juggle the lineup, perhaps turning to some players who haven’t gotten much playing time this season in an attempt to find a spark for the offense. … First baseman Reagan Fowler leads the team with a .298 average, while Mike Gerber has a team-high five homers and 21 RBIs, but his .255 average is almost 80 …

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Wragge sporting new look for 3-point contest

Creighton fans might do a double-take when they tune in later this week to watch Ethan Wragge compete in the 3-point shooting contest at the Final Four.

Wragge’s “lumberjack” look is out. He shaved the full beard that he wore all season in favor a Fu Manchu mustache that makes him look like a baseball reliever out of the 1970s.

Wragge said he shaved the day after Creighton ended its season with a third-round NCAA tournament loss to Baylor. “It was time,” he said.

Wragge will leave for Dallas on Thursday and compete that night at the event, which will be held at Southern Methodist’s Moody Coliseum.

Wragge is facing mid-April knee surgery. He had surgery on his knee three years ago to repair torn cartilage. Wragge said it’s uncertain …

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Baseball: Kansas State at Creighton

Where: TD Ameritrade Park
Radio: 1180 AM KZOT

Game One
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Pitchers: CU RHP Matt Warren (4-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. KSU RHP Levi MaVorhis (3-2, 3.32 ERA)

Game Two
When: 2 p.m. Saturday
Pitchers: CU RHP Austin Groth (1-1, 3.15 ERA) vs. KSU LHP Jared Moore (4-1, 3.44 ERA)

Game Three
When: 1 p.m. Sunday
Pitchers: CU TBA vs. KSU RHP Nate Griep (2-0, 1.42 ERA)

Scouting Kansas State: The Wildcats come into the series off Wednesday’s 12-6 clubbing of Nebraska. Kansas State (15-9) has won 14 of its last 16 games, including 12 in a row, after a rough start that saw the Wildcats drop seven of their first eight games. Senior Ross Kivett became just the third KSU player since …

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Meet the Creighton Bluejays

Jahenns Manigat: Bluejays need him to be making shots from perimeter. In 26 wins, he’s shot 49.1 percent on his 3-point attempts. He’s made only 16.1 percent from beyond the arc in seven losses.

Will Artino: Early-season readjustment of role returned him to backup spot he’s excelled in the past two seasons. Bluejays hope he misses first shot: They are 51-6 all time when he does.

Austin Chatman: He heads into tournament playing best basketball of season. In three Big East tourney games, he averaged 8.7 points and 6.7 assists while shooting 56.3 percent from field.

Devin Brooks: Junior guard can give Creighton a different look with his ability to drive. Key for him is to keep mental breakdowns at minimum to maximize court time.…

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Creighton’s five best teams of all-time

2013-14: Doug McDermott and Co. earn highest tournament seed while excelling against toughest competition since Bluejays’ independent days.

2002-03: First-round tournament stumble can’t diminish brilliance of what Kyle Korver and teammates accomplished in 29-win season.

1961-62: One of three Creighton teams to reach the Sweet 16 won 21 games, four coming in a four-day span that included victory over UCLA.

1977-78: Bluejays marked return to the Missouri Valley by beating Larry Bird’s Indiana State teams three times, including in conference tournament final.

1942-43: Only Creighton team to earn a No. 1 ranking won its first 16 games against collegiate competition before getting upset in first round of NIT.…

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