Friday, September 6, 2013
3-point shot: Creighton's new travel plan
By Andy Katz
1. Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall is understandably shaken by D.J. Bowles collapsing and going into cardiac arrest during a workout Tuesday. Marshall said via text he was in the gym and said he is "dealing with it.'' As of Thursday, Bowles was undergoing more tests and was listed in fair condition, according to WRCB. Wichita State had issued a statement saying Bowles was in stable condition the previous day. AD Eric Sexton thanked the team on site, notably trainer Todd Fagan. It is trainers like Fagan who have to become first responders to save lives in these situations. Marshall confirmed Bowles will be undergoing more testing. What makes this even scarier for Marshall is that he witnessed another incoming recruit collapse and tragically die when it happened to Guy Alang-Ntang while Marshall was in the stands at a New Hampshire prep school in 2007. Marshall had just taken over the Shockers from Mark Turgeon, who recruited and signed Alang-Ntang.
2. The Big East released its schedule Thursday, allowing a full view of the 10 teams and what they have to deal with this season. Creighton, the furthest most school in Omaha, Neb., has four two-game road trips, but one of them could be done without staying on the road the whole time when Creighton goes to St. John's on a Sunday and then Butler on a Thursday. The other three will have to be longer road swings with two of them flights in between the two games getting from Seton Hall to DePaul on one and Xavier to Georgetown on another. The Bluejays, who were largely in a bus league in the Missouri Valley Conference, could go by bus between Providence and Villanova. Creighton has a one-game trip to Milwaukee for Marquette. The new road slate will be the norm in the Big East, which is playing a true round-robin schedule of 18 games. Xavier is at the opposite spectrum of the Bluejays by getting three single-game road trips to Creighton, Villanova and Seton Hall. The best dates for the Big East may be Dec. 31 Marquette at Creighton; Feb. 16 Villanova at Creighton, Georgetown at St. John's; Feb. 27 Georgetown at Marquette.
3. ESPN acquired the rights to the Battle 4 Atlantis in 2014 with the tournament bookending Thanksgiving week with the Maui Invitational. That should make the competition between the two tournaments even more intense. The Maui Invitational has the history. But it has been a bear at times for teams from the East Coast. The Paradise Jam in St. Thomas should have been an alternative and has drawn some interest but hasn't ever really caught on the way it should have due to its location. The Atlantis will get even more exposure with promotion going on throughout Maui in 2014. It will be interesting to see if both tournaments can have mega fields in the same year or if there will be some seasons when one is significantly better than the other.