NCAA Men’s Basketball action will see the number-nine ranked Creighton Bluejays face off against the St. Johns Red Storm. While the Bluejays will definitely head into the game as heavy favorites, they are coming off a loss to the Marquette Golden Eagles. While Marquette is bound to jump into the rankings, Creighton is bound to lose their top-10 slot.
If they want to hold on to the top-15, a win over the St. Johns Red Storm is imperative. But they will be bolstered by Alex O’Connell. The NCAA pushed through all Division 1 to Division 1 waivers, and O’Connell can complete his transfer from the Duke University Blue Devils.
The Red Storm has been one of the most active teams this season, as they are heading into their ninth game. Currently, they are on the outside looking in to the eventual tournament. However, a win here would really bolster their chances. But can they pull it off?
If Creighton loses this game, their viability as top contenders should be put under the scanner. They have been great all season long, having dropped just two games to the Kansas Jayhawks (ranked fifth in the country), and the surprise loss to the Golden Eagles.
They are expected to line-up with Damien Jefferson, Christian Bishop, Denzel Mahoney, Marcus Zegarowski, and Mitchell Ballock. Meanwhile, the Red Storm will take the floor with Isaiah Moore, Vince Cole, Posh Alexander, Greg Williams Jr, and Julian Champagnie.
The Bluejays can not avoid losing the coveted top-10 ranking that they have right now. However, this win will establish them as consistent contenders. The Red Storm can establish themselves as a genuine dark horse for the season, but only if they pull this off the next game.
The Creighton Bluejays should get the win here. This has been a season of upsets. But, the Bluejays are well-equipped to find their consistency again.