16. Creighton (9-3)
Last season, Ryan Kalkbrenner missed about a month and the Bluejays really struggled right around December. He’s mostly healthy this season, but Creighton has still dealt with some interesting struggles. They lost by 21 to Colorado State and by 15 at UNLV but seemed to turn a corner with a nice win over Alabama, but they were back out of whack this past week.
In their Big East opener, Creighton lost 68-66 at home in overtime to a Villanova team that was without Justin Moore, one of their star players. The Bluejays played one of their worst offensives game of the season and also let Eric Dixon run all over them. Creighton was led by 16 points and 15 rebounds from Trey Alexander and a 16-point, 11-rebound effort from Baylor Scheierman, but drop to 0-1 to begin conference play.
There’s no shame losing to Villanova, even with what the Wildcats have done this season, but losing a shocker like this isn’t a great omen. Creighton’s offense has been among the elite in the nation at times, but has also been really dreadful at other times, especially against the Rams a month ago. This lineup has plenty of talent and will get opportunities to prove that, but face an uphill battle on the road at Marquette next weekend.