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Creighton won a thriller over Wichita State on Sunday, automatically sending Doug McDermott and Co. to the NCAA Tournament.
The Creighton Bluejays are the latest team in the country to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. They would've earned an at-large bid regardless of their result on Sunday afternoon, but Player of the Year candidate Doug McDermott and Co. can now rest easy come Selection Sunday.
Playing in front of a packed house at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, MO, Creighton won the Missouri Valley Conference by knocking off Wichita State, 68-65.
The Bluejays held a double-digit lead throughout most of the second half, but Wichita State made one final run in the closing minutes. With the score 66-65 in Creighton's favor, Jahenns Manigat made a layup to put his team up by three. Malcolm Armstead hoisted a three-pointer at the buzzer, but it clanked out, securing the win for the Jays.
McDermott did not have his best game on Sunday. The senior forward had 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting. Manigat led Creighton with 16 points. Ethan Wragge picked up the slack off the bench, scoring 15 points in limited action.
Despite the loss, Wichita State should still be a solid bet for the NCAA Tournament. A seed in the 8-12 range seems likely for the Shockers.
This is the second straight year Creighton has won the MVC. The full tournament bracket can be found here.
No. 9 Drake defeats No. 8 Bradley; No. 7 Missouri State defeats No. 10 Southern Illinois
No. 1 Creighton defeats Drake; No. 5 Indiana State defeats No. 4 Evansville; No. 2 Wichita State defeats Missouri State; No. 6 Illinois State defeats No. 3 Northern Iowa
Creighton defeats Indiana State; Wichita State defeats Illinois State
Creighton defeats Wichita State
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