They hit one three.
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:
PITTSBURGH -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, who was hit on the left wrist by a pitch on Friday night, is not in the starting lineup for Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates (see lineup).
Franco was hit by a pitch from the Pirates’ Gerrit Cole in the first inning of the Phillies’ 4-0 victory then was removed after hitting a single in the third inning (see story).
“He’s still sore,” Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said Saturday. “He’s day to day. Maybe he will be back in the lineup (Sunday).
Franco suffered a fracture of the same wrist last August when he was hit by a pitch.
Andres Blanco is taking Franco’s place in the lineup after having two hits Friday night when he replaced the third baseman. Blanco is hitting .264 with three home runs in 73 games this season and is reportedly drawing some interest from contending teams looking to add bench help.
“I could see why he would be a desirable player,” Mackanin said. “We’re not going to give him away, though, if we do trade him. He’s played very well for us.”
It looks like the Flyers and Brayden Schenn are heading towards arbitration.
A source tells CSNPhilly.com Flyers Insider Tim Panaccio that the Flyers and Schenn's camp are at odds over the salary of Schenn's next contract.
Schenn turned down a two-year deal worth $4.25 million in the first year and $4.369 million in the second, according to the source, noting that Schenn is looking for a deal that would pay him $5.5 million this upcoming season.
Schenn is coming off a career year, setting career highs in goals (26) and points (59), and is now looking to cash in on his best season. Last season, Schenn earned $2.75 million.
General manager Ron Hextall has repeatedly said he believes a deal will get done, but at the moment nothing looks imminent.
Schenn's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday.
After being hit on the wrist by a pitch in Friday's win (see story), Maikel Franco will not play today. Instead, Andres Blanco will take his place, hitting third in the lineup. Blanco was 2 for 2 replacing Franco in the third inning on Friday, with an RBI and a run scored.
Blanco has been reliable when called upon this season, hitting .264 with a .317 OBP in mostly a utility role.
Other than that, the lineup remains the same as Friday.
Peter Bourjos will leadoff after going 0 for 5 last night, followed by Odubel Herrara. After an All-Star first half, Herrara has hit .211 in July, but seemed to get back on track with three hits on Friday, while scoring two runs.
After a brutal stretch of games and an extended All-Star break, Aaron Nola returned to form vs. the Marlins last week, tossing six shutout innings. Nola again looks to prove the doubters wrong again today vs. the Pirates, who he has never faced in his brief career.
Here is tonight's lineup:
1. Peter Bourjos RF
2. Odubel Herrera CF
3. Andres Blanco 3B
4. Tommy Joseph 1B
5. Cameron Rupp C
6. Cody Asche LF
7. Freddy Galvis SS
8. Cesar Hernandez 2B
9. Aaron Nola P