It has been a story book season for Greg McDermott, Doug McDermott, and the 13th-ranked Creighton Blue Jays, but they will have to press on for the foreseeable future without a member of their regular rotation.
Via their team Facebook page, Creighton announced that redshirt freshman guard Isiah Zierden has suffered a right knee injury that will sideline him indefinitely. Here is the text from the announcement:
X-rays done today showed no fractures or bone chips in Isaiah’s right knee, but he did suffer a medial collateral ligament injury at the time of his patellar dislocation during Saturday’s game at Xavier. He will undergo an MRI on Monday in Washington, D.C. that will determine if any other possible injuries were suffered and help determine whether or not surgery is needed. He is out indefinitely.
Zierden has appeared in all 28 games for Creighton this season, averaging 10.9 minutes per game with 3.2 points per contest. His best game of the season came in a huge spot for the Blue Jays when he scored 13 points in a blowout win over Villanova on February 16th, but his main value has been as a steadying influence off the bench to provide Creighton’s veterans with needed rest.
Without him, Creighton will likely lean even heavier on their considerable cast of veterans (Grant Gibbs, Austin Chatman, etc.), but this isn’t an insignificant loss, and it will be interesting to see how Greg McDermott responds with his playing rotation against Georgetown on Tuesday night.