Creighton’s coach didn’t think he and his players took advantage of their week of preparation before playing Xavier and Butler last weekend.

And the result? CU escaped with a narrow overtime win against Xavier and suffered a blowout loss to Butler.

Coach Jim Flanery said he hopes the Bluejays (10-9, 4-4 Big East) have learned their lesson this week. Creighton will host Providence (12-8, 4-4) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Sokol Arena.

“We’ll find out,” Flanery said. “That’s the good thing in sport. When you get kicked in the face, you find out. It’s not big things. But it’s little things that we can change.”

It starts in practice, according to Flanery. He’ll be curious to see how CU responds against the Friars, who’ve never won in Omaha and have dropped five in a row overall to Creighton. But this Providence team has won four of its last five games, a stretch that includes a victory over the same Bulldogs who handled CU on Sunday.

After Friday’s action, the Bluejays and Friars were tied for fourth in the Big East standings. It’s a matchup of the two best 3-point shooting teams in the league — Providence is first at 38.4 percent and Creighton’s second at 37.6 percent.

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