Doug McDermott can continue his assault on the Division I record books on Tuesday when No. 20 Creighton hosts St. John's . McDermott, the second-leading scorer in the country at 24.3 points, will pass Lehigh's Daren Queenan (2,703 points) with his first two points and move into 20th place on the all-time scoring list. The two-time All-American is also within range of catching Northeastern's Reggie Lewis (2,708) and Loyola Marymount's Hank Gathers (2,723) as well if he meets his scoring average.
Despite a rare low-scoring game in his last time out - he scored 14 in a 13-point home win over Georgetown on Saturday - McDermott and his Bluejays collected their 12th victory in 13 tries to remain atop the Big East. The Red Storm, who began Big East play with five straight losses - including the last two by a combined three points - earned their third consecutive victory with Saturday's 69-52 triumph at Butler. St. John's, which could match a season high with its fourth win in a row, has claimed consecutive road victories only once in the last three seasons.
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ABOUT ST. JOHN'S (12-8, 2-5 Big East): The Red Storm managed their first win outside New York City limits by handing Butler a 69-52 home loss - its worst home loss since the 1992-93 season. St. John's previous three league games had been decided by a total of four points, including a two-point loss at DePaul and double-overtime home setback versus Providence. "It's no secret that we've struggled to close out games. I thought our team exhibited poise and composure down the stretch (against Butler)," St. John's coach Steve Lavin told the school's official website.
ABOUT CREIGHTON (17-3, 7-1): Mostly on the strength of 12 3-pointers - including a school record-tying nine in last Monday's 96-68 rout at then-No. 5 Villanova - Ethan Wragge was named Big East Player of the Week. McDermott turned in his second-lowest scoring performance of the season, but still recorded his fourth double-double of the campaign and 34th of his career against Georgetown. "They have the best player (McDermott) and best shooter (Wragge) in the country, and they're two different people," Hoyas coach John Thompson III told reporters following the game.
1. McDermott needs 12 more rebounds to become the 11th player in Division I history with at least 2,700 points and 1,000 boards for his career.
2. St. John's owns a plus-four rebound differential during its winning streak after getting outboarded by five per game during its five-game slide.
3. Wragge, who became the second player in school history with at least 300 career 3-pointers, has knocked down at least one in 16 straight games.
PREDICTION: Creighton 78, St. John's 65