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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Mad Chatter: The Masters back nine, spring game questions, Husker baseball

Did the Masters disappoint because A) Tiger was missing; B) Tiger and Phil were missing; or C) there was little back-nine drama.

Depends whom you ask. TV ratings were down, suggesting it was more A and B (don’t discount Phil’s impact on ratings). But for me, the answer was C.

The Masters doesn’t start until the back nine on Sunday, right? Dan Jenkins’ famous line rang hollow in 2014. Bubba Watson’s four closest pursuers made a combined three back-nine birdies.

Jordan Spieth made zero.

Jonas Blixt made one (on 13).

Rickie Fowler made one (14).

Matt Kuchar made (11).

I loved the way Augusta National played this weekend. It was as firm and fast as I’d ever seen it. Just as Bobby Jones …

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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.

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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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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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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Mad Chatter: SEC cheating, Tim Miles’ new assistant, Creighton hoops fan

It’s Friday! That means Ten Big stories in 10 little bites. We cover an emotional Tom Izzo and a snarky Jon Stewart, Webb Simpson’s caddy and Tim Miles’ new assistant, World Cup soccer and NBA playoffs and, of course, another quarrel between Creighton basketball fan and yours truly.

But first, the hottest sports story of the week: The Bag Men of the SEC.

“I look at this as an investment. When you ask me why I do this … let me ask you something. Who’s your favorite sports team? Most favorite. Who do you live and die with? What if I told you that if you gave me $10,000 right now I could guarantee you they’d be better? That if they were usually bad that they’d …

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