Stats, Video, Kyle Korver, Gus Johnson, and Bill Raftery: Here's everything that happened to No. 4 Villanova last night vs. Creighton

Stats, Video, Kyle Korver, Gus Johnson, and Bill Raftery: Here's everything that happened to No. 4 Villanova last night vs. Creighton

They hit one three.

Two threes.

Three threes. This is turning into a Stone Cold promo.

In total, they hit 21.

The Creighton Bluejays routed your No. 4 Villanova Wildcats, 96-68, at Wells Fargo Center on Monday night. Villanova has had a spectacular season to date, but Monday night did not go its way. And it went bad enough that there are plenty of bullet points below.

I won't say enjoy. Just ... go over?

  • Creighton's first 10 field goals were all from three. Its first 30 points were all from three. The Bluejays opened 9 for 9 from behind the arc, as 6-foot-9 senior Ethan Wragge went 7 for 7 by himself in the first six minutes.
  • By game's end, the Bluejays had broken not only their program record but also the Big East record for threes in a game, with 21.
  • Wragge tied Kyle Korver's Creighton record for threes in a game, with 9.
  • He set a new record for threes vs. 'Nova, besting Delray Brooks of Providence (Jan. 10, 1987) and Jason Maile of Pittsburgh (Feb. 12, 1997), both of whom had eight.
  • The previous team record for threes in a Big East game belonged to West Virginia, which dropped 20 on Marquette in 2006, and Notre Dame, which did the same against -- go figure -- Villanova in 2011.
  • Creighton's 96 points were the most ever allowed by Villanova in 69 total games at Wells Fargo Center.
  • Villanova's 28-point loss its largest at Wells Fargo.
  • It was also, this last per the AP, the program's largest under Jay Wright.

Tough night for the 'Cats, but one of the best shooting displays college basketball has ever seen.

Creighton's Doug McDermott put it this way after the game:

"It's crazy. It hasn't hit me yet, to be honest. That's still a great team. What we did to them, we just … we played the best basketball we've ever played.

"They're going to be fine. They're going to win a lot of games. And for us, we can't dwell on this too much.

He's right, and he's not right.

Villanova is going to be fine. Are the Wildcats the fourth-best team in the country? No. But they're still plenty good.

As for that  shooting performance, that is worth dwelling on.

Happy as I was to see it in person, I was a little upset I didn't get to hear Gus Johnson and Bill Reftery go nuts on the broadcast. Thankfully, we already have this video:

Instant Replay: Braves 5, Phillies 2

Instant Replay: Braves 5, Phillies 2

BOX SCORE

ATLANTA — Jeremy Hellickson’s final start of the season — and possibly his final one with the Phillies — was cut short by a sprained right knee Thursday night (see story).

Hellickson left the game against the Atlanta Braves after 3 1/3 innings.

The Phillies ended up losing, 5-2, in their final game at Turner Field. The Braves swept the three-game series. The Phillies have lost six of their last seven and are 70-89.

The Phillies went 82-91 over 20 years of visiting Turner Field. The Braves will move into a new stadium next season.

Starting pitching report
Hellickson gave up just one hit and no runs in his 3 1/3 innings. He walked none.

The right-hander finished the season 12-10 in a career-high 32 starts. He tied a career high with 189 innings. His final ERA of 3.71 was his best since he recorded a 3.10 ERA in 31 starts for Tampa Bay in 2012.

Hellickson is eligible for free agency this winter. The Phillies would like to get draft-pick compensation if Hellickson signs elsewhere, but they must extend him a $17 million qualifying offer for 2017 and he must reject the offer in order for the club to get that pick.

Atlanta’s Josh Collmenter pitched seven innings and held the Phillies to one run. He gave up six hits, walked none and struck out four.

Bullpen report
Struggling Jeanmar Gomez entered a tie game in the bottom of the eighth inning. He gave up a walk and a tie-breaking double as the Braves took the lead. The Braves scored three more times against Gomez in the frame to put the game away.

At the plate
Odubel Herrera’s RBI single in the third inning gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead. It was the Phillies’ 600th run of the season. They were the last team in the majors to get there.

Aaron Altherr cut the Braves' lead to three with a two-out RBI single in the ninth.

Atlanta’s Dansby Swanson tied the game at 1-1 with a solo homer against Colton Murray in the sixth.

Swanson walked and scored the go-ahead run on Matt Kemp’s double against Gomez in the bottom of the eighth.

Up next
The Phillies return home Friday night for the final three-game series of the season. They will play the New York Mets, who are battling for the National League wild card. Here are the pitching matchups:

Friday night — RHP Alec Asher (2-0, 1.66) vs. RHP Robert Gsellman (3-2, 2.56)

Saturday afternoon — RHP Phil Klein (0-0, 12.15) vs. RHP Bartolo Colon (14-8, 3.42)

Sunday afternoon — RHP Jerad Eickhoff (11-14, 3.72) vs. RHP Noah Syndergaard (14-9, 2.60)

Sunday afternoon’s season finale starts at 3:05 p.m. The team will make a special on-field presentation to Ryan Howard at 2:30.

Howard did not play Thursday night. He is expected to start all three games against the Mets. The Phillies will not pick up Howard’s contract option for 2017 and he will become a free agent.

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Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Jeremy Hellickson leaves final start of season with right knee sprain

Updated: 9:15 p.m.

ATLANTA — Phillies pitcher Jeremy Hellickson left his final start of the season Thursday night with a right knee sprain.

Facing the Atlanta Braves, Hellickson had gotten one out in the fourth inning when he waved for athletic trainer Scott Sheridan to come to the mound. Hellickson left the field with Sheridan by his side.

Hellickson did not allow a run in 3 1/3 innings. He gave up just one hit, walked none and struck out four.

Hellickson finished the season 12-10 with a 3.71 ERA in 32 starts. The Phillies acquired the 29-year-old right-hander in a trade with Arizona last fall. 

Hellickson will become a free agent after the World Series. The Phillies could extend him a one-year salary offer of $17 million. If Hellickson accepts, he would return to the club in 2017. If he rejects the offer and seeks a multi-year deal elsewhere, the Phillies would get a compensatory pick between the first and second rounds of next year's draft. 

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