CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two years ago, Kansas State coach Bruce Weber asked his players who was going to be his stopper on defense.
A scrawny freshman named Barry Brown immediately raised his hand. Weber blew it off at the time, but over the past three years Brown has turned into one of the best on-ball defenders in college basketball.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — No. 8 seed Creighton (21-11) vs. No. 9 seed Kansas State (22-11)
First round, South Region; Charlotte, North Carolina, Friday approximately 6:50 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Creighton is in the big dance for the second straight season and the fifth time in the last seven seasons, but has not reached the Sweet 16 since 1974. Kansas State won their First Four game against Wake Forest last year before losing to sixth-seeded Cincinnati in the first round.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton coach Greg McDermott's high-risk decision to bring in Marcus Foster as a transfer three years ago turned out to be highly rewarding for all involved.
The Bluejays (21-9, 10-7) for the second straight year are heading toward a top-three Big East finish and the NCAA Tournament. Their two-year run has been fueled by Foster, known alternately as a prolific scorer and mercurial bad boy in his past life at Kansas State.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marcus Foster had 20 points and Khyri Thomas added 16 as Creighton ran away from DePaul in the second half for an 82-57 victory on Tuesday night to clinch a top-six seed in the Big East Conference Tournament.
Foster drained three from distance for 300 career treys. Thomas, who tied his career high with eight assists, flirted with a triple-double as he also grabbed eight rebounds. Ty-Shon Alexander added 13 points for Creighton (21-9, 10-7).
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A Creighton season that was beginning to head in the wrong direction righted itself in glorious fashion for at least one afternoon.
The Bluejays came into their game against No. 3 Villanova on Saturday having lost three straight in the Big East. Starting forward Ronnie Harrell Jr. was out of the lineup because of a foot infection, and they were down eight points with 4½ minutes left in regulation.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Kelan Martin hit five of Butler's 14 3-pointers and finished with 26 points to lead the Bulldogs to a 93-70 win over Creighton on Tuesday night.
Martin was 10-of-15 shooting. Paul Jorgensen had 17 points, hitting 3 of 4 from 3-point range, and Nate Fowler scored 15 for Butler (19-9, 9-7 Big East).
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Sacar Anim scored 26 points and Marquette rallied from a 15-point, second-half deficit to beat Creighton 90-86 on Saturday night.
Marcus Foster made a 3-pointer to open the second half that stretched the Bluejays' lead to 56-41. Marquette answered with a 26-9 run to tie it 67-67 with 10:31 remaining. Neither team led by more than two points until the final 1:14 when Anim hit a jumper and Sam Hauser made two free throws to cap the scoring.
CHICAGO (AP) — Marcus Foster scored 29 points, including a step-back 3-pointer that swished through with the winning points as Creighton battled past DePaul 76-75 on Wednesday night.
The Big East battle went through 12 lead changes and six ties and neither team led by more than six after halftime.
Foster was 5 of 8 from behind the 3-point arc and Khyri Thomas added 18 points. Creighton (18-6, 8-4) is alone in third place in the Big East as Providence (16-8, 7-4) was idle.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marcus Foster buried five 3-pointers and scored 28, Khyri Thomas added 22 points and Creighton remained perfect at home with an 85-77 victory over Georgetown on Saturday night.
Toby Hegner finished with 16 points for the Bluejays (17-5, 7-3 Big East Conference), who have won 14 in a row at home dating to last season.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Alpha Diallo scored a career-best 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Providence beat Creighton 85-71 on Saturday.
Diallo was 9 of 15 from the field for the Friars (14-6, 5-2 Big East) who are on a four-game streak. Kyron Cartwright added 20 points and seven assists, Isaiah Jackson had 11 points and nine rebounds and Rodney Bullock chipped in 10 points with six rebounds.
The Friars jumped to an 18-7 start and never trailed on their way to a 36-33 lead at intermission.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The way Creighton let a road win slip away at Seton Hall last month surely provided motivation for the Bluejays for Wednesday night's rematch. If that weren't enough, the Bluejays also had redemption on their minds after an ugly 22-point loss at Xavier last weekend.
With Marcus Foster scoring 25 points and reserve Ronnie Harrell Jr. adding a career-high 18, Creighton unleashed some pent-up fury in an 80-63 win over No. 19 Seton Hall.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton's Marcus Foster went from having his worst game of the season to one of his best.
Foster scored 21 of his 23 points in the first half and then turned into a playmaker in the second as the No. 25 Bluejays beat Butler 85-74 on Tuesday night.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marcus Foster scored 25 points with five 3-pointers, Martin Krampelj added 14 points with 11 rebounds, and Creighton rallied to beat St. John's 78-71 on Monday night for the Red Storm's third straight loss.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton didn't wallow in the disappointment of letting a win in its Big East opener slip away. There was no time for that.
The No. 25 Bluejays turned in a steady performance from start to finish against cold-shooting Providence on Sunday, getting 18 points from Marcus Foster and leading by double digits most of way in an 83-64 victory. Three days earlier, Creighton squandered a double-digit second-half lead in a loss at Seton Hall.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton coach Greg McDermott was at least a little concerned going into Wednesday's game, with his team playing for the second time in three nights and probably looking forward to a three-day Christmas break.
McDermott didn't have to worry for long.
No. 25 Creighton was all business against USC Upstate, shooting nearly 70 percent in a 58-point first half on its way to a 116-62 victory.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marcus Foster and No. 25 Creighton left no doubt with UT Arlington coach Scott Cross about why the Bluejays rank among the nation's scoring leaders.
Foster helped Creighton lead by 25 points in the first half, and the Mavericks never fully recovered in the Bluejays' 90-81 victory Monday night.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marcus Foster hit three 3-pointers and scored 15 to lead five players in double figures and Creighton rolled to an 87-36 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore on Friday night.
Khyri Thomas and Ty-Shon Alexander added 12 points apiece for the Bluejays (8-2), while Martin Krampelj and Manny Suarez scored 11 and 10, respectively.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton's Marcus Foster wasn't much of a factor early against Nebraska. He sure was at the end.
Foster scored 17 of his 19 points in the second half, and Creighton beat Nebraska 75-65 Saturday for its seventh straight win over the Cornhuskers and coach Greg McDermott's sixth in a row over Nebraska's Tim Miles.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marcus Foster scored 23 points, sophomore Martin Krampelj had 15 points and a career-high 14 rebounds for his first career double-double, and Creighton beat North Dakota 111-68 on Tuesday night.
Khyri Thomas and Toby Hegner each scored 15 points and Ty-Shon Alexander added 11 for Creighton (6-2). The Bluejays have scored at least 100 points four times this season and are averaging 103.8 per game at home.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Martin Krampelj scored 20 points and Creighton rolled to a 103-66 victory over SIU-Edwardsville on Saturday night.
Krampelj made 9 of 10 field goals. Khyri Thomas added 17 points for Creighton (5-1). Marcus Foster had 15 points, Kaleb Joseph chipped in 12 and Ronnie Harrell Jr. finished with 11.
All 11 players scored for the Bluejays, who shot 58 percent from the floor to bounce back from their only loss, a 65-59 defeat to No. 22 Baylor on Nov. 21.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Mitch Ballock could have played just down the road at Kansas, close to where he grew up in the small town of Eudora, but he spurned the college hoops powerhouse to sign with Creighton.
He got a chance to put on a show for his boyhood fans anyway.
The freshman guard hit four 3-pointers and finished with 22 points, Marcus Foster overcame an early shooting slump to score 23, and the Bluejays beat No. 23 UCLA 100-89 on Monday night in the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Classic.
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Although Creighton jumped out to a big lead early, Khyri Thomas believed his team would have to overcome adversity to win Wednesday night.
He was right.
Thomas had a career-high 24 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, Martin Krampelj added a career-high 17 points and Creighton beat No. 20 Northwestern 92-88 in a Gavitt Tipoff Games matchup.
"Our guys fought," Thomas said. "That's what we preach. Just fight, be tough and be the better men."
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marcus Foster scored 23 points in just 18 minutes of action as Creighton pummeled Alcorn State, 109-72 to win their second straight game to start the season Sunday night.
The game is part of the Hall of Fame Classic tournament as are Creighton's games with UCLA and against Baylor or Wisconsin at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Marcus Foster and Khyri Thomas combined for 45 points on 19-of-25 shooting to lead Creighton to its 23rd straight home opening win Friday night, 92-76 over Yale.
Martin Krampelj had career highs of 12 points and nine rebounds in his first career start and Toby Hegner added 11 points for the Bluejays.