Preview: Creighton Bluejays

Doug McDermott, who averaged 23.2 points per game last season, enters as a likely POY candidate. Eileen Blass/USA TODAY Sports

Creighton Bluejays

2012-13: 28-8 (13-5 Missouri Valley Conference)
In-conference offense: 1.17 points per possession (1st MVC)
In-conference defense: 1.02 points allowed per possession (6th MVC)

The Creighton Bluejays didn't advance as far into the NCAA tournament as the Marquette Golden Eagles. And yes, the Golden Eagles and Georgetown Hoyas finished tied atop the final standings of the "old" Big East. And no, the Bluejays aren't used to battling major conference competition on a regular basis. But in 2013-14, Creighton will feature something the incumbent regular-season champs will not -- a bona fide All-American.