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2015-16 College Basketball Previews: Creighton Bluejays

Boston University-transfer Maurice Watson Jr. is eligible to play for the Bluejays, after sitting out last season due to transfer regulations, and should give Creighton a much-needed boost in the back court.
Boston University-transfer Maurice Watson Jr. is eligible to play for the Bluejays, after sitting out last season due to transfer regulations, and should give Creighton a much-needed boost in the back court.

For years, the Creighton Bluejays dominated the Missouri Valley Conference, much in part to a guy you may have heard of, unless you live in a pineapple under the sea.

Doug McDermott.

In 2013-14, McDermott’s last season, the Bluejays went 27 – 8 overall, and made it to the Big East tournament finals. They would then advance to the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament, befre falling to Baylor.

Last season, their first in the post-Doug era, the Bluejays went just 14 – 19 overall, and 4 – 14 in conference play. Needless to say, Creighton missed having their star on the court.

This season, Creighton is hoping for a resurgence as they look to climb back into contention in the Big East. With a prized transfer eligible this season, and a star guard back to full health, the optimism is there for Creighton. But, will it translate into a winning record on the court?

Only time will tell.

Below, you can find what to expect from this year’s Creighton Bluejays, from who’s departed, to who’s returning, and some key dates on their schedule.
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Sterling Gibbs to Transfer from Seton Hall

Sterling Gibbs, Seton Hall's leading scorer a season ago, will transfer from the program and complete his Master's degree elsewhere. (Source: CBS Sports)
Sterling Gibbs, Seton Hall’s leading scorer a season ago, will transfer from the program and complete his Master’s degree elsewhere. (Source: CBS Sports)

As the old-age saying goes: what goes up, must come down. Seton Hall did just that in 2014-15.

The Seton Hall Pirates started off the 2014-15 season on a high, winning the Paradise Jam tournament. They finished non-conference play with a dazzling 10 – 2 record, and opened Big East play by knocking off St. John’s and Villanova in their first two games, who were both nationally-ranked at the time.

From there, the wheels fell off. They lost four of their next five games, and then it all came crashing down. The Pirates closed out the season losing nine of their last ten games, and went from a Big East contender to an afterthought in a matter of a couple of weeks.

Starting guard Jaren Sina left the program and is transferring elsewhere. On Tuesday, the program got even more bad news on the transfer front.

Leading scorer Sterling Gibbs is transferring for the second time in his career, this time it’s away from Seton Hall. Continue reading Sterling Gibbs to Transfer from Seton Hall

Kris Dunn Will Forego the NBA Draft and Return to Providence

Kris Dunn was projected as a for-sure first round selection in the NBA Draft, but he chose to return to Providence for his junior season. (Source: Rant Sports)
Kris Dunn was projected as a for-sure first round selection in the NBA Draft, but he chose to return to Providence for his junior season. (Source: Rant Sports)

The Providence Friars are going to be an undermanned team in 2015-16, without a doubt. Leading scorer LaDontae Henton is graduating, and Tyler Harris is transferring. Everyone associated with the Friars was awaiting the decision of star Kris Dunn, as to whether or not he would return to school or throw his name into the ring for the NBA Draft

On Friday, Dunn announced his future plans, and Friar fans everywhere rejoiced. Dunn decided to forego the NBA Draft, opting to return to Providence for his junior season. His decision to return makes him arguably the best player in the conference, and gives the Friars a legitimate chance to make it back to the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading Kris Dunn Will Forego the NBA Draft and Return to Providence