Here's the only silver lining Villanova can extract from its second shellacking at the hands of Creighton: If the Wildcats meet the Bluejays in the NCAA tournament, it wouldn't come any earlier than the Final Four.
There wasn't much else comforting for Villanova about a 101-80 throttling at Creighton that closely mirrored the Bluejays' 96-68 rout of the Wildcats in Philadelphia four weeks earlier.
Again, Creighton built a commanding lead by halftime. Again, Villanova was powerless to defend the Bluejays' array of perimeter shooters. And again, the Wildcats got embarrassed in a showcase game they had hoped to use to tighten their grip on first place in the Big East standings.
The one difference this time was which Creighton player did the most damage.
In the first meeting, 6-foot-10 Ethan Wragge feasted on the lack of mobility of Villanova's big men, burying a career-high nine threes en route to 27 points. This time it was national player of the year favorite Doug McDermott whoRead More »from Doug McDermott erupts for 39 as Creighton embarrasses Villanova again