The first half of their first Big East season has left an impression on the Creighton Bluejays.
Not to mention some bumps and bruises.
“It's a tough league,” forward Ethan Wragge said. “The players are strong and physical, but we've figured out what we can do and what we can't do against this league.
“I think we know what to expect out of ourselves.”
Nine Big East opponents also have learned what to expect from the Bluejays, and not all of it had been anticipated. Just about everyone knew before the season that Creighton possessed a gifted offense led by two-time All-American Doug McDermott.
What has surprised some league rivals is the Bluejays' ability to play defense and rebound with bigger, stronger opponents. Creighton is tied for the league lead in scoring defense and stands second in rebounding margin.
“They are very cohesive and play as a unit,” St. John's coach Steve Lavin said. “Their tenaciousness helps them offset their lack of size. Their defense is more pack-orien...