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New faces, same expectations for Creighton basketball

Posted: 10:01 PM, Sep 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-26 03:05:21Z

Creighton basketball officially tipped off practices for the 2018-19 season Tuesday afternoon. 

The Jays are coming off its second NCAA tournament appearance in a row but will have many new faces in 2018. 

"[We're] still trying to learn each other's names but there is a lot of youthful enthusiasm which is fun for everyone involved," said Head Coach Greg McDermott. "I really like their chemistry. They get along well and I think they'll play for each other. They've worked hard this summer and everyone has done what they're supposed to do and now we need to just put it together as quick as we can."

Losing key contributors Khyri Thomas and Marcus Foster from last season, the Jays are projected by outsiders to finish in the bottom-half of the BIG EAST this season. 

"If someone can figure out the Big East they need to go to the casino and spend a lot of time there because this is about as difficult a league as there is to call," said McDermott.

"I like to be an underdog and prove them wrong," said junior forward Martin Krampelj. "We like it. I think it's encouraging to see those guys in the gym and that's when it counts. If they're good in high school that doesn't mean that they're going to be good in college."