Creighton men's basketball team loses in NCAA first round, fans disappointed
OMAHA, Ne (FOX42KPTM) - For Creighton fans, Friday's NCAA tournament game against Rhode Island was tough to watch.
"It's frustrating, but this is kind of what they've been doing lately," said Paul Griego, a Creighton fan.
From the start of the game, the Jays had trouble getting any kind of momentum going. It ultimately led to an 84-72 first round loss.
"I really miss Doug McDermott," said Amber Nelson, a Creighton fan.
With little to cheer about, the Creighton faithful must now wait another season to see their team in action. That won't happen for another eight months, but some fans are looking at the bright side of things.
"I think if someone would have told me that we would have been third in the Big East and we would have went to the championship game in the Big East and we would be playing in the NCAA tournament we would have signed up for that right at the beginning of the year," said Griego.
A victory against Rhode Island Friday would have meant a showdown between Creighton and its former coach Dana Altman. That won't happen now.
"It's not a good feeling being one and done," said Griego.
Creighton finishes the season with a 25-10 overall record and there's a chance freshman star Justin Patton might not be back in a Jays uniform. He could decide to go to the NBA.