Highly Anticipated Matchup With Creighton Set For Sunday
DFW's Chatman Leads Potent Bluejays Attack Into Showdown At The Super Pit
North Texas (5-4 C-USA) vs. Creighton (8-3 Big East)
DENTON - The Creighton Bluejays are coming to Denton in one of the most anticipated Super Pit matchups in years. Tipoff on Sunday is set for 1 p.m. and can be seen on Fox Sports Southwest.
Greg McDermott, a veteran of nearly 400 head coaching wins, has led Creighton back into the national spotlight. He has six NCAA Tournament appearances under his belt, including three straight trips to the Third Round with the Bluejays. In his fifth year in Omaha, McDermott led Creighton to a second place finish in their inaugural year in the Big East last season.
McDermott's son, Doug, was last year's Naismith Award winner as the best player in college basketball, and left Creighton as the fifth highest scoring player in NCAA history at 3,150 points.
This season, point guard Austin Chatman, a native of The Colony, Texas, took the reins of the Bluejays attack and has produced 5.0 assists per game, while Isaiah Zierden ranks 26th in the country in 3-point percentage at 47.0 percent.
NT and Creighton just missed being Missouri Valley Conference mates, but enjoyed a nice rivalry in the 1970s. NT was a member of the MVC from 1957-75, while Creighton joined the conference in 1977 - winning the league in its first season. The Bluejays and Mean Green met seven times between 1966 and 1977, and North Texas won four of them.
In fact, Creighton is 0-2 all-time in the Super Pit.
If it hopes to reverse that trend, Creighton will have to contend with the Mean Green attack of Jordan Williams and freshman Jeremy Combs. Williams, a senior, ranks 14th in NT history with 1,174 career points, and is coming off a 20-point, 11-rebound performance on Wednesday.
Combs is making his case as the top freshman in C-USA. The Dallas native leads all C-USA players with a field goal percentage of 63.8, and leads all freshmen in rebounds and blocks. His point total of 10.3 points per game ranks second among all C-USA freshmen.