Meet Your New Rival – The Creighton Bluejays

Creighton head coach Greg McDermott leads his team to a new conference this fall

Continuing our three day history lesson of sorts (see yesterday’s post about Butler), we check out how the Bluejays of Creighton have fared against the other schools of the new Big East. Unlike Butler, the Jays have played every school at least once, including a whopping 76 times against one conference member. More details, records and Creighton history can be found in the Bluejays Media Guide. Here’s what we found:

  • That school Creighton has faced 76 times? It’s Marquette. These two began playing each other in 1923 and, except for a handful of seasons, scheduled at least one annual game for the next 65 years. How about this tidbit: in 1930, Creighton defeated Marquette by a score of 19 to 17… in double overtime (and you thought Big 10 basketball was boring). However, once Marquette joined a conference (the Midwestern Collegiate Conference) the schools stopped playing each other on regular basis. In all Marquette leads the series 48-28, the last game occurring in the first round of the 1998 NIT, a Golden Eagle victory.
  • The Jays also have history with the DePaul Blue Demons. From 1976 to 1986 the two played at least once a season. In 1978 they played a triple OT regular season contest that DePaul won 85-82. Later that year, they played another nail-biter, this time in the First Round of the NCAA tournament (80-78, another Demon win). DePaul and legendary head coach Ray Meyer dominated that 10 year stretch against Creighton, going 10-2. This isn’t surprising since the Demons were frequently in the AP Top 10 during that time period, heights they haven’t been able to sniff since. All-time, DePaul owns a 14-7 record against Creighton, including a win in the NIT in 1990.
  • Creighton does have a winning record against two Big East teams: Butler and Georgetown (they’ve played only once but nevertheless a winning record). The only school the Bluejays have yet to defeat is Villanova (0-3).
  • In addition to Marquette and DePaul, Creighton has played a postseason game against Seton Hall. They squared off in the Second Round of the NCAA tournament in 1991, a 81-69 victory for the Pirates.

Here’s a table of the Jays’ all-time record against each Big East school:

OPPONENT WINS LOSSES DATE OF LAST GAME PLAYED
Butler 4 3 12/26/1975
DePaul 7 14 12/23/2008
Georgetown 1 0 12/30/1970
Marquette 28 48 3/11/1998 (NIT First Round)
Providence 4 6 11/25/2000
St. John’s 2 5 12/22/1971
Seton Hall 1 6 3/16/1991 (NCAA Second Round)
Villanova 0 3 1/9/1952
Xavier 6 9 11/27/2009
TOTAL 53 94

We wrap up our series tomorrow with a look at what Xavier has done against Big East competition.

Topics: Big East, Big East Basketball, Creighton Blue Jays, Creighton Bluejays, DePaul Blue Demons, Marquette Golden Eagles

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