Published Friday, October 26, 2012 at 1:22 pm / Updated at 1:28 am
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Creighton is ranked 16th in preseason AP poll
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After 11 weeks in the AP poll last season, getting as high as 13th, CU is ranked for only the second time in the preseason.
2006-07: 19
2012-13: 16

Tickets on sale Monday

Single-game tickets for Creighton men's and women's basketball games go on sale Monday at 10 a.m.

Tickets can be obtained at the Creighton ticket office at the Ryan Center, by phone through Ticketmaster and at all Ticketmaster locations. In addition, men's tickets can be obtained at the CenturyLink Center box office.

The Bluejay men open the season at home Nov. 9 against North Texas, while the women play Oklahoma at home on Nov. 10.

Two more games on TV

Creighton's games at Indiana State (Feb. 6) and at Bradley (Feb. 27) have been picked up by KMTV, the school announced Friday.

The additions mean at least 27 Bluejay games will be broadcast this season.

Creighton earned an expected spot in the Associated Press preseason rankings. The Bluejays will start the season at No. 16.

The rankings likely earned an expected reaction from coaches and players: nice, but hardly important at this point in the season.

“One of the things we learned last season was to take things in stride,” coach Greg McDermott said. “We talked about it the first week we were ranked, because it had been awhile since Creighton had been back in the rankings.

“It was a milestone, but after that, we paid little attention to it. I'm pretty confident the guys won't pay any attention to it this year.”

The Bluejays spent 11 weeks in the AP poll last season, rising as high as 13th during the week of Jan. 30. They finished the season ranked 19th, and return nine of 10 regulars, including first-team All-American Doug McDermott.

Creighton also was ranked 15th in the coaches poll released last week.

The AP preseason ranking is only the second for Creighton. The Bluejays started 2006-07 ranked 19th. Creighton's position this season also is the highest preseason ranking for a Missouri Valley Conference team since the 1981-82 Wichita State team started the season ranked sixth.

The Bluejays are the only Valley team ranked, though Northern Iowa did receive votes. Creighton's only opponent in the Top 25 is Wisconsin, which checks in at No. 23 and is one of five Big Ten teams in the preseason poll.

Three Big Ten teams were ranked in the top five — No. 1 Indiana, No. 4 Ohio State and No. 5 Michigan. Michigan State, at No. 14, was the other Big Ten team in the poll.

Creighton and Wisconsin will play Nov. 23 at the Las Vegas Invitational.

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Contact the writer: Steven Pivovar

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Steven Pivovar is a staff writer for The Omaha World-Herald and primarily covers Creighton athletics and the College World Series.

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