No question, Creighton will be major player come March

Creighton isn't a team on the rise so much as one cementing its place among country's best programs.

Updated: December 12, 2002, 12:22 PM ET
By Jeff Shelman | Special to ESPN.com

About 30 minutes had passed since Creighton University defeated Brigham Young. Bluejays coach Dana Altman holds at a sheet of college basketball scores in his left hand, points to an in-progress score from Saturday's Notre Dame-Maryland game and asks:

"Did Notre Dame hold on? That would be big?"

Ah, yes, Notre Dame, the current hoops team de jour. And for good reason. The Irish only defeated Marquette, Maryland and Texas in succession last week to vault into the national rankings ...

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