Who will be tasked with containing Creighton junior Doug McDermott on Saturday?
“All of them,” said coach Marty Simmons. “Every guy on the team. He’s a little unique.”
Part of game planning against the All-American McDermott, according to the Aces, is making sure you always have an eye on the 6-foot-8 forward.
McDermott can score his 23.1 points per game in the post or from beyond the arc, where he hits better than 50 percent of his 3-point attempts.
“With him, you have to be alert at all times,” said UE senior Colt Ryan. “He’ll be on the block just kind of lulling you to sleep, and then they’ll reverse the ball real quick – duck in, get the ball and score.”
“You just have to know where he is at all times and limit his touches,” added UE senior Ned Cox. “We do realize most of their points go through him.”
The son of Creighton coach Greg McDermott, Doug McDermott decided against entering his name into the 2012 NBA draft of last year’s All-American season. He’s since been named the preseason Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year and a preseason All-American by the Associated Press.
The Aces have beaten the McDermotts before, however, such as last season’s 65-57 win in the Ford Center. The Bluejays took the teams’ other two 2011-2012 meetings.
Other than awareness, UE’s defense won’t adjust much on Saturday.
“We have to know where he’s at on the floor, but really we don’t do anything too different other than put a little more emphasis when someone’s in the post helping on the weak side,” Ryan said. “We have that built in whenever we play someone, but it’s a little more emphasized against them.”