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.

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Mad Chatter: Husker high hopes, Creighton’s depressing TV ratings, Rutgers vs. UConn

Way, way, way-too-early preseason men’s basketball Top 25s are coming out and a very unusual name is appearing: Nebraska.

The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre ranks NU 18th, behind Wisconsin, Ohio State and Michigan in the Big Ten.

C.J. Moore of Bleacher Report pegs the Huskers 17th overall and third in the Big Ten, ahead of Iowa, Michigan State and Ohio State.

Gary Parrish of CBS Sports has NU 17th but second in the Big Ten.

Not all national analysts agree on the Huskers. ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan leaves them unranked, behind Michigan, Michigan State and Iowa.

The national optimism is nice, but people shouldn’t forget how much went right for NU in the last two months of the season — it resembled Nebraska football’s remarkable six-game …

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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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Softball: South Dakota State at Creighton

When: 3 p.m. Tuesday doubleheader
Where: Creighton Sports Complex

Scouting Creighton: Senior Becca Changstrom was named the Big East pitcher of the week for the third time on Monday. She leads the team and the Big East with a 1.81 ERA and 163 strikeouts. Senior Ellen Homan continues to lead the offense with a .352 batting average and 32 hits. Last weekend she hit .294 in games with Villanova and No. 20 Nebraska, posting a team-high five hits and three RBIs. The Bluejays (22-14) are on a three-game win streak and alone in third in the Big East at 5-3. CU won each game last weekend against Villanova via a home run, including a walk-off homer from senior Alexis Cantu in the 16-inning 6-4 win …

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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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Mad Chatter: College basketball’s wacky finale, Suh v. McDermott, the birth of Barkley

In our grandfathers’ sports world, teams earned glory over the long haul.

Before 1969, major-league baseball determined each league’s World Series representative by the regular-season standings alone. The league championship series didn’t exist. Most of baseball’s 20 teams were mathematically eliminated by Labor Day.

Before 1974, the final coaches poll in college football was taken before the bowl games. Those were considered exhibitions — rewards for a good season. (This is why bowl games are still a month after the regular season, one of the silliest scheduling quirks in sports.)

Before 1975, only conference champions qualified for the NCAA tournament in college basketball. After No. 3 Maryland (John Lucas and Len Elmore) missed the field in ’74, the tournament expanded to include at-large bids.

Before …

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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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The Doug Room

ARLINGTON, Texas — People have joked that Doug McDermott is going to have to have a house built just to have a place to put all of his national player of the year trophies.

McDermott has picked up three so far in two days here, and is expected to get the Naismith Trophy on Sunday night. He found out Friday he won the John Wooden Award, so that’s at least five.

No joke: Doug says he’s going to let Creighton keep them on display.

“I actually already talked to my dad, the other coaches and Ras (Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen), and I think I’m going to put these in the new facility (championship center),” McDermott said after winning the Oscar Robertson Award.

“I think that …

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