The Washington Times - March 6, 2009, 09:38PM

When exactly is a 16-point lead with four minutes to go not safe?

If it’s at the Missouri Valley tournament, that’s when.

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And yet after yielding a 19-2 run, Booker Woodfox still hit a jumper off an inbound play with 1.9 seconds left to give the Bluejays a 63-62 victory.

So Creighton lives to see another day. But Dana Altman’s team probably shouldn’t be inviting a spot among the bubble riffraff.

Let’s put it this way: Creighton is 2-0 against the RPI top 50, beating both Dayton and George Mason at home. The Bluejays are 8-4 on the road, but possess a strength of schedule of 108 and have lost to a pair of teams outside the top 150.

In other words, it’s tough to tell just how good they are. But a team that blows a 16-point lead with four minutes to go? No exactly sending good vibes, even it makes a winning shot at the buzzer.

So Creighton sticks around the Valley tournament for an extra day, thus avoiding the matter of trying to figure out exactly where it would land on the at-large board for another 24 hours.

Patrick Stevens