Villanova had won six straight since its loss to the Bluejays last month. The Wildcats never led after the first minute.
The start of the game wasn’t quite like it was in Philadelphia last month. That night, Wragge was 7 for 7 on 3-pointers in the first 7 minutes and Creighton ran off to a 28-point victory over then-No. 4 Villanova after making a Big East-record 21 shots from behind the arc.
McDermott scored Creighton’s first 11 points Sunday. He made two 3s, converted a three-point play after spinning to the basket for a left-handed layup and scored off Gibbs’ pass through the lane to the delight of the sellout crowd of 18,797.
Villanova was the highest-ranked team to play Creighton in Omaha since fourth-ranked DePaul visited in December 1983.
“I live for these kinds of games,” McDermott said. “These are the best, especially playing against a top-10 team here in Omaha. I don’t think any of us ever thought we’d see this day. You’ve got to get fired up for this kind of game and atmosphere. It was a great start, and that carried the momentum for our team the rest of the game.”