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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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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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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