Longwood will look to survive and learn tonight as they take on one of the nation’s toughest teams in Omaha, Nebraska. The Lancers play their second road game in a row of a four game stretch, Longwood’s next two games will be played at neutral site in Las Vegas. After a rough loss to Arkansas, Longwood will just look to hold on against the Blue Jays tonight before they head into some winnable games in Orleans Arena.
Creighton is, of course, lead by one of the nation’s top players and coaches’ son Doug McDermott. A year ago, the 6’8 McDermott averaged 23 points per game and 8 rebounds. Most recently McDermott dropped 24 points and 7 rebounds on Big South brethren Presbyterian on Sunday. The Blue Jays are a deep team that plays a 10 man rotation. Ethan Wragge, Austin Chapman, Gregory Echenique, and Josh Jones are all averaging over 9 points per game. Thus far Creighton has defeated North Texas, UAB, and Presbyterian. Could the Blue Jays be looking ahead to a top 25 match up against Wisconsin in Las Vegas.
For the Lancers the story continues to be freshman Michael Kessens aka the “Swiss Army Knife”. Kessens had his second double-double of his three game career on Sunday with 17 points and 11 rebounds against Arkansas. On the year he is averaging 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks. Beyond Kessens the Lancers will looking once again for TT Carey and Nik Brown to fine tune their game and shoot at a more efficient rate. Carey seemed to be snapping out of a funk for the Lancers in the second half Sunday.
Be sure to tune into this one on ESPN3. This game will be the first of four scheduled games on ESPN3 for the Lancers this year, with more games to possibly be picked up.