Doug McDermott considered himself forewarned.
Spencer Cruse, McDermott's buddy from high school, attends school at Drake. He warned McDermott that the Drake student section would have some "interesting stuff" to spring on the Creighton star during Wednesday's game in Des Moines.
For most of the game, McDermott heard a lot of the usual chants and taunts, particularly the "Daddy's Boy" one that every student section thinks it's come up with for the first time. But as McDermott stepped to the free-throw line late in the game, the Drake students hit him with a new one.
McDermott paused, then started laughing. He stepped back, composed himself and then made the free throws.
"The funny thing about it was that I saw my brother in the stands,'' Doug said Thursday. "He just shook his head, and I got a good laugh out of it, too. That was a good one.''
McDermott's older brother, Nick, is a senior at Northern Iowa and attended the game. So did his mom and sister.
Several people seated near Theresa McDermott said she laughed when she heard the chant directed at her son. Thursday, she commended the Drake students for their effort.
"I've always thought the Drake student section comes up with some pretty clever stuff,'' she said. "I couldn't help but laugh at that one. Sort of a slam at the coach and player all in one!
"No offense taken. We all have a good sense of humor and understand it's part of the game.''
Having heard just about everything in his time on the bench, Creighton coach Greg McDermott said he rarely pays attention to the noise coming from the stands during games. He said he didn't realize what the students were chanting until he went back and watched the tape after the game.
"I saw Doug smirk, and I was told that his brother was dying laughing,'' Greg said. "You have to give them (students) a point for creativity.''
Doug McDermott got the last laugh, scoring 30 points in leading the Bluejays to a 77-69 win.
"I don't let them get to my head,'' he said. "It was all kind of funny."