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11.16.2009 / The Jays Start Their Seson Off! From the Creighton Athletic Office, posting by Darian DeVries.

Looking back at our exhibition games, we felt like we made some progress in certain areas and in other areas we still have a long ways to go. We felt like we did a great job of creating the up-tempo style we would like to establish all year. Our full court presses created some turnovers and easy opportunities and we are counting on the development of our depth to allow us to apply that type of pressure throughout the year. It takes a real commitment from everyone on the floor to extend yourself that much, but we think we have guys that could be really good at it. We also felt like we did a good job of attacking early in transition and putting a lot of pressure on the defense.

"A couple areas we feel like we need to really continue to work on are rebounding and communication."

A couple areas we feel like we need to really continue to work on are rebounding and communication. Rebounding is really more about attitude than size or jumping ability. To be a great rebounding team, everyone needs to be willing to make contact and then go after the ball like it's a 100 dollar bill floating in the wind, and right now we treat it like it is Monopoly money. The communication aspect is so important, especially on the defensive side of the ball because it can cover up so many potential mistakes. Off the floor and out in public our guys have never had problems talking so we know they are capable of being great communicators. A lot of the communication has to do with being confident enough to know you are yelling the right things, although we tell them all the time it is better to be wrong and communicate than to be right and say nothing at all. Those two areas will be a focal point for us all year long if we want to be a consistent basketball team.

With the preseason basically behind us, we are gearing up for our first regular season game with the Dayton Flyers on Saturday. It should be a tremendous challenge for us to go on the road and open up with one of the preseason Top 25 teams in the country. Dayton returns 4 of 5 starters from a team that last year advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Dayton really excels in the open floor and using their athleticism to get to the rim and and rebound the basketball. With rebounding being an area we are hoping to improve on this year, Dayton will be a big test to see how far we've come along in fixing what was a weak area for us last year. I believe fans can watch the game in Omaha on Cox Channel 2 so I encourage you to tune in and cheer on the team! Thanks for all of your support.

It is a great time of year and can't wait to officially get the season started this Saturday!!!

What did you think of last week’s game? Are you going this weekend? Let us know what you think of the Jays.

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I am stoked for this basketball season. However with Creighton a walking M*A*S*H unit winning at Dayton will be a tall order. Let's go Jays!
Posted by Jake at 11:20 AM, Nov 13, 2009
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