Omaha Collegiate Sports: CU Volleyball, UNO Basketball

Creighton Volleyball

The six-time BIG EAST champion Creighton Volleyball team will appear in the NCAA Tournament for the eighth straight season, and ninth time overall, when it takes on Iowa State (17-11) at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, in Minneapolis, Minn. The field of 64 was announced on Sunday night on ESPNU.

Creighton (24-5, 17-1 BIG EAST) earned the program’s first at-large bid since 2013, and third in program history (also 2010), after a season that saw the Bluejays defeat four top-15 teams and win a sixth consecutive regular-season BIG EAST title.

The BIG EAST had three teams make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015, as Marquette joined Creighton with an at-large bid after both teams lost to automatic qualifier St. John’s in the BIG EAST Championships over the weekend in Milwaukee.

Maverick Men’s Basketball

The Omaha men’s basketball team battled but came up short Sunday night at Saint Mary’s, falling 75-66 at McKeon Pavilion. The Mavericks are now 5-4 on the season, while the Gaels improve to 8-1 with their seventh straight win.

JT Gibson led the Mavericks with 16 points on four 3-pointers. Zach Thornhill hit 5-of-6 from the field for 13 points, and KJ Robinson tallied his fifth straight double-figure effort with 12 points on 5-of-9 shooting.

Malik Fitts had a double-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks.

Tanner Krebs led all scorers with 19 points via five triples, and Jordan Ford was close behind with another 18 points. Kristers Zoriks (11) and Aaron Menzies (10) also scored in double figures.

Omaha continues its four-game road swing on Tuesday, Dec. 3 with a trip to Arkansas State. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at First National Bank Arena in Jonesboro, Ark.