Zegarowski, Creighton beat Ohio 72-58 to reach NCAA Sweet 16
(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS – Marcus Zegarowski scored 20 points to help Creighton beat Ohio 72-58 on Monday in the NCAA Tournament, securing the program's first trip to the round of 16 in 47 years. The last time Creighton made it to the regional semifinals, it was 1974 and the tournament field had 25 teams. He also came up with some key late plays to keep Creighton in control after Ohio clawed back within 65-56. AdBIG PICTUREOhio: This was the Bobcats' first NCAA Tournament trip since 2012, when they made a surprise run to the Sweet 16 before losing to No. Creighton: The Bluejays had never won back-to-back games in the same NCAA Tournament.
Creighton players express hurt over McDermott words in video
Creighton coach Greg McDermott shouts during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Villanova, Wednesday, March 3, 2021, in Villanova, Pa. (AP Photo/Laurence Kesterson)OMAHA, Neb. – Five Creighton basketball players explained in a short pregame video Saturday why they were hurt by coach Greg McDermott's remarks in his locker room talk following a loss last weekend. AdCreighton players hadn't commented publicly about McDermott's remarks until five Black players spoke in the pregame video at CHI Health Center. Let's start the conversation.”The video ended in silence with all the Creighton players locked arm in arm on the court. “A lot of guys in that locker room were hurting from it, and I was hurting from what he said," Zegarowski said.
Villanova wins Big East title; McDermott coaches under fire
McDermott’s use of a phrase evoking slavery overshadowed what was expected to be fantastic showdown between the top two teams in the Big East. 10 Villanova capture the Big East title with a 72-60 win over 14th-ranked Creighton. “The pain I saw in their eyes was immense,” McDermott said after the game. The Big East title was a formality on the Main Line — Villanova is 114-26 with two national titles since the conference was reconfigured in 2013. BIG PICTURECreighton: McDermott isn’t off the hot seat yet.
Late dunk lifts No. 11 Creighton to win over Providence
Zegarowski, Jefferson and Ballock combined for 52 of the Bluejays’ points. Creighton led by as many as 13 with about seven minutes left in the second half. Creighton inbounded quickly, and Zegarowski pushed the ball up the floor and found the trailing Bishop for the dunk. Providence had just one turnover in the opening nine minutes of the half, but gave it away over the final 11 minutes. But it was a positive sign to see Jefferson, Zegarowski and Ballock assertive while still getting their teammates involved.