The true measure of Doug McDermott

"So nobody said anything, and practice broke and he brought it in after practice and we broke the huddle. And immediately, he walked over to Doug and said, 'Doug, we've got to get you to play better on defense, and you can't tell your mom I said that.'"

It was because of his dad, in part, that Doug came back for his senior season. When Doug put off the NBA for a year, Greg vowed to himself that he would stop and enjoy this last season with his son. On Saturday night, he will walk his son out after the Providence game, just like every other parent does on senior night.

"Young people change so much from the age of 18 to the age of 22," Greg said. "And as parents, when your kids go off to college, they just kind of show up at home one day and they're different. I've gotten to watch that change happen in front of my eyes on a daily basis, and that's really a blessing."

Theresa, for her part, will try to stay composed and remind herself of that old Dr. Seuss line about not crying because it's over.

She'll cry anyway. And then 18,000 people, plus some friends from Wayne to Cedar Falls, will wait for Doug to grab the microphone. He probably won't say much. He won't have to. They know this is a golden time at Creighton, one that was supposed to happen.

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