After an up-and-down start to Big East play, Creighton is going to need a strong second-half surge to keep its now-faint postseason hopes alive.

The Jays (10-10, 4-5) have fallen to No. 85 in the RPI rankings. They’re just 3-10 against the RPI top 100. They’re stuck in the middle of the league race now after dropping two conference games in a row.

It’s not the position Creighton had envisioned for itself when it began the season. Creighton had earned an at-large bid to the past two NCAA tournaments, winning a game in each of them. It returned three starters from a year ago — although injuries have delayed the progress of this group.

But now it’s February. If the Jays are going to make a run, they have to start now.

The nation’s sixth-best conference will certainly provide them with some résumé-boosting opportunities. Since joining the Big East, Creighton has had a better league winning percentage in the second half of conference action (.667) than in the first (.600).

But it’ll be up to this particular Bluejays squad to take advantage.

Creighton plays at Georgetown (9-11, 3-6, RPI No. 98) Friday. It’ll travel to Villanova (13-7, 4-5, No. 43) on Sunday.

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