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College Basketball Rankings: Creighton Holds Firm in Top 25 and 1 with Maui Invitational Roster Ahead

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Creighton returned five of the top seven scorers on the team that advanced to the Round of 32 in the 2022 NCAA Tournament and played tough against Kansas before ultimately falling 79-72. So the Bluejays were always going to be ranked going into this season. But the reason they were also named favorites to win the Big East isn’t solely tied to returning players. A big part of that was the addition of Baylor Scheierman, the reigning Summit League Player of the Year who averaged 16.2 points and 7.3 rebounds last season for a South Dakota State team that reached the NCAA Tournament and finished 30th. -5.

Thursday night showed why.

The 6-foot-7 forward took 10 shots, made seven of them and finished with 17 points and six rebounds in an 80-51 win over UC Riverside. It was a performance that helped Creighton improve to 4-0 heading into next week’s Maui Invitational, where the Bluejays open Monday against Texas Tech.

“Transferring to Creighton, a big reason was to play high-level games,” Scheierman said. “[The Maui Invitational is] It’s going to be on a national stage, and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

If Creighton beats Texas Tech on Monday, the Bluejays will likely play Arkansas on Tuesday in the Maui Invitational semifinals. On Wednesday, they could face Arizona, San Diego State or Ohio State, meaning Creighton’s next three games will likely be against teams ranked 26 (Texas Tech), 8 (Arkansas) and 16 (Arizona), 18 (San Diego State). ) or 21 (Ohio State) in the CBS Sports Top 25 and 1 daily college basketball rankings updated Friday morning. After that comes a game against a top-ranked Texas team in the Top 25 and 1, followed by a home game against Nebraska and then back-to-back games against BYU and Arizona State at the Jack Jones Hoopfest in Las Vegas. We are all going to learn a lot about the Bluejays over the next four weeks.

Creighton remains No. 12 in the Top 25 and 1. The Bluejays have won all four of their games, against St. Thomas, North Dakota, Holy Cross and UC Riverside, by an average of 26.3 points.

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