Gameday News Previews

Doug McDermott returns to Omaha for battle of Creighton greats

Chicago Bulls to play preseason finale at McDermott’s college homecourt

During his senior night game at Creighton in March 2014, Doug McDermott turned his already historic college career into an even more historic one by reaching the 3,000-point mark. He achieved the feat after burying a long 3-pointer just right of the top of the arch, giving him 3,001 points on his career. McDermott finished the night with a career-high 45 points while his Bluejays came away with the 88-73 win.

Two years and seven months after that game, McDermott will step foot on that same court, but he won’t be the only Bluejay competing.

The Bulls are closing out their preseason Thursday night at the CenturyLink Center Omaha against the Atlanta Hawks, who have their own Creighton alumnus in Kyle Korver. In an article from White & Blue Review, McDermott spoke highly of the event.

“That’s a special place to me, obviously,” McDermott said of his adopted hometown. “I’m looking forward to seeing Kyle and a lot of Bluejay fans. It will be a really fun experience, and being able to sleep at home will be great.”

McDermott’s father, Greg, is the head coach of Creighton’s men’s basketball team. He has been the coach of the program since 2010, the same year Doug started at Creighton. So the game will also give the father-son duo a chance to see each other.

“I don’t get to see Doug that often, so it’s fun for me to have him come play a home game here for a change,” the Bluejay head coach said.

Per the Chicago Tribune‘s K.C. Johnson, head coach Fred Hoiberg is considering having McDermott start, something the crowd at the C-Link would surely love. McDermott started in the Bulls’ 118-108 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers last Friday.

The Bulls also played their last year’s preseason finale in Nebraska, but it was in Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena, about an hour from Creighton. McDermott shot poorly that game, but he redeemed himself by hitting a game-winner.

Ashley is the owner/editor of The Bulls Charge. Follow her on Twitter at @wijangco12.