If not for a closed scrimmage against Colorado, Doug McDermott may have never built a story into a saga in Omaha.

If all had gone to plan, McDermott would be a junior right now and just another really fine player amid a really fine college basketball season. Instead, he's a senior on the verge of the historic; is the out-of-control favorite to sweep player-of-the-year awards; and is five months away from becoming the second Creighton player since 1971 selected in the first round of the NBA Draft, where he's slotted as a lottery pick.

If not for that closed scrimmage against Colorado, Doug McDermott was going to redshirt. Greg McDermott, Doug's coach and dad, saw how thin Doug was, and remembered how Greg himself could have benefited from a redshirt year when he was Doug's age, playing at Northern Iowa in the mid-1980s. So Creighton's getting ready to play this exhibition against Colorado, and turns out one guy on the team's sick. Plus, Ethan Wragge was injured with a bad foot. Needing bodies, Greg allowed Doug to play. He scored 16 points and snagged seven rebounds against a major-conference team that would go on to win 24 games that season.

That performance, seen by maybe 50 people total, put McDermott on a course to start as a freshman, and eventually carve out one of the greatest careers in college basketball history. Thanks to a dash of injury and illness back in October 2010, McDermott's now on the precipice of passing the supreme 3,000-point plateau as one of college basketball's best seniors in a generation.