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Louisiana-Lafayette will see how Creighton's McDermott grew up from 'nice player' to dominant

  • Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Bob Marlin keeps watch over the team's NCAA college basketball tournament practice, Thursday, March 20, 2014, in San Antonio. Louisiana-Lafayette will face Creighton on Friday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Bob Marlin keeps watch over the team's NCAA college basketball tournament practice, Thursday, March 20, 2014, in San Antonio. Louisiana-Lafayette will face Creighton on Friday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)  (The Associated Press)

  • Louisiana-Lafayette's Shawn Long, left, drives to the basket during a practice for the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 20, 2014, in San Antonio. Louisiana-Lafayette will face Creighton on Friday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Louisiana-Lafayette's Shawn Long, left, drives to the basket during a practice for the NCAA college basketball tournament, Thursday, March 20, 2014, in San Antonio. Louisiana-Lafayette will face Creighton on Friday. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)  (The Associated Press)

Four years ago, Louisiana-Lafayette coach Bob Marlin walked off the floor after a close loss at Creighton and reviewed the box score.

There in black and white was Doug McDermott's stat line: 12 points on 4-of-12 shooting to go with six rebounds in the freshman's third career game.

At the time, Marlin predicted McDermott would be a nice player.

What an understatement.

When No. 3-seed Creighton (26-7) and No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette (23-11) meet again Friday in the second round of the West Regional, Marlin will see up close how that "nice player" has grown into a one of the country's most prolific scorers and a top contender for just about every national player of the year award as a senior.