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The View From Section 110 - Creighton

It was a snowy Sunday evening in the big, bad City and a new friend was making it's first visit. Let's face it, many in the media were gushing about how this was Dougie McBucket's first time ever at Madison Square Garden and more than many were looking to add a story of success at the Garden to the likely NPOY storyline. One thing- this is the Big East and you better bring your big boy pants to Madison Square Garden when facing a hungry, rising Storm. Creighton did not bring their big boy pants. Before getting into the performance of the Johnnies, let me say this - Creighton likes to flop a bit. If there was one thing you never saw much of in the Big East it was the flop. You know, small bump - big fall. I recall Louisville's first year in the Big East and the Cardinals were getting pushed around a bit and Pitino said at a press conference "I told my guys, this is the Big East, it ain't needlepoint. It's a football game without pads. Learn to live with it.". Creighton was really hamming it up on the court and the refs were taking the bait laying the fouls on the Johnnies. But that will only go so far in this league and after a while the refs allowed them to play. Two players were the stand-outs on a night when a great team effort took this game especially on defense. The two were Jakarr and D'Angello. JaKarr shut down McDermott in the final 8 minutes of the game. The shut down was not only a matter of Doug not making a shot, but Jakarr was in his head and you could see it. D'Angello has simply become Mr. Clutch. He is so much fun to watch. The rest of the cast did very well too. It was a great team effort. And for all my and others questioning Lavin's coaching moves during the season, it was more than fitting that he earned his 200th victory totally out coaching Pops McDermott at the Garden. Good job by Lavs. Remember my fan post entitled "Done"? The Johnnies might just prove me wrong and I certainly hope they do. On to Newark!

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