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Drake Bulldogs preview

December 8, 2010

After an abysmal trip to Idaho in which the Eagles went 0-3, EMU returns to the Convocation Center, where they’ll face the Drake Bulldogs tonight. This is the third time EMU has faced Drake — they played a home-and-home series in 1996 and 1997, both games of which the Eagles won — but since it’s been quite a while, we’ll once again start with the basic know-your-foe information about the Bulldogs.

First, you can check out the Drake University athletics website here.

Team
Info
Conference Missouri Valley (MVC)
Location Des Moines, IA
Coach Mark Phelps (since 2008)
Arena (Capacity) Knapp Center (7,002)
NCAA Appearances 4
NCAA Record 5-4 (.556)
Most Recent NCAA Appearance 2008
Most Recent NCAA Win 1971
School
Info
Founded 1881
Type Private
Selectivity (US News) More selective
Students (2009) 3,286 (1,390 M, 1,896 F)

The school was founded in 1881, when most of the staff of Oskaloosa College left that college to establish what would become Drake University, founded by and named for Francis Marion Drake, later the governor of Iowa. From its founding in 1881, Drake University maintained affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) although no religious affiliation is officially recognized today. The university’s law school, the oldest law school in the country west of the Mississippi River, was established in 1865 by Chester C. Cole, who served on the Iowa Supreme Court from 1864 to 1876.

On September 17, 1969 the Drake student newspaper, The Times-Delphic, published what appears to be the first documented account of the famous Paul is dead hoax, written by Tim Harper, which provides an interesting link between the schools. It was an EMU student’s phone call to WKNR-FM (now WNIC) on October 12, 1969, suggesting that the Beatles song “Revolution 9″ contained a backward message confirming Paul’s death that sparked the explosion of the rumor across the country.

Drake University first fielded a men’s basketball team in 1906, and the very next year they joined the Missouri Valley Conference as a charter member. The program’s peak came from 1963 through 1971, during which time they only had one losing season. In 1970 and 1971 they reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, and in 1969 they reached the Final Four, losing to eventual champion UCLA 85-82 before defeating North Carolina 104-84 to take third place.

From 1987 through 2006, the Bulldogs’ men’s basketball program entered a prolonged downturn, during which they went 19 years without a winning season. In 2006-07 they broke the streak with a 17-15 record, and in 2007-08 they started 22-1 before finishing 28-5, winning the Missouri Valley Conference regular season and tournament
championships, earning a #14 national ranking, and getting their first NCAA Tournament berth in 27 years.

Head Coach Mark Phelps
Team Years Record
Drake 2008-2011 33-39 (45.8%)
Overall: 1 team, 3 seasons, 33-39 (45.8%)

After posting the team’s first winning season in nearly two decades, Dr. Tom Davis resigned as the Bulldogs’ head coach in 2007. His son and former assistant coach, Keno Davis, led the team in the successful 2007-08 season, and on the strength of that one season, Davis was hired to lead the Providence Friars in the Big East. Mark Phelps, a former assistant coach at North Carolina State (1996-2006) and Arizona State (2006-08) is now in his third season as the head coach at Drake.

Since it’s still very early in this basketball season, let’s next take a look at how the Bulldogs did in 2009-10.

Drake University 2009-2010
record:
Split W-L Pct
Total 14-19 0.424
Home 9-8 0.529
Away 4-9 0.308
Neutral 1-2 0.333
Conference 7-11 0.389
Conf Home 5-4 0.556
Conf Away 2-7 0.222
Conf Neutral 0-0
Top 25 0-1 0.0
RPI 1-50 0-4 0.0
RPI 51-100 3-4 0.429
RPI 101-150 3-3 0.5
RPI 151-200 3-2 0.6
RPI 200+ 5-5 0.5

The Bulldogs lost four seniors from the 2009-10 team, including two starters and two bench contributors. Interestingly, Bill Eaddy was born in Ypsilanti.

Name Ht. Wt. Pos. Yr. Notes
Bill Eaddy 6-7 209 F Sr. Averaged 10 minutes off the bench.
Craig Stanley 5-11 175 G Sr. Averaged 6.7 points, 1.6 rebounds, 20 minutes off the bench.
Adam Templeton 6-6 220 G/F Sr. Starter, #1 rebounder (7.4 rebounds), #3 scorer (9.8 points), best long-range shooter.
Josh Young 6-1 174 G Sr. Starter, #1 scorer (14.4 points).

Here’s the Official Eagle Totem Drake Bulldogs 2010-11 roster with notes:

Drake Bulldogs roster
Name # Pos. Wt. Ht. Yr. Comments
Kurt Alexander 3 G 190 6-0 Jr.
Jordan Clarke 1 F 253 6-8 So. Injured.
Aaron Hawley 2 F 200 6-8 So. Starter, #4 scorer, #2 (t) rebounder.
Jeremy Jeffers 14 F 205 6-6 Fr.
Rayvonte Rice 24 G 235 6-4 Fr. Starter, #1 scorer, #2 (t) rebounder.
Ben Simons 34 F 200 6-8 So.
David Smith 25 G 205 6-4 RFr.
Reece Uhlenhopp 40 F 232 6-8 So.
Seth VanDeest 45 C 244 6-11 So. Starter, #1 rebounder, #2 scorer.
Ryan Wedel 10 G 185 5-11 Sr. Starter, leading 3-point shooter, #3 scorer.
Frank Wiseler 13 G 180 6-2 Jr. Starter
Kraidon Woods 22 F 215 6-9 Jr.

Jordan Clarke started the first two games but then injured his elbow. He’s been replaced in the starting lineup by Aaron Hawley, who doesn’t rebound quite as well, but has more than doubled Clarke’s scoring, and takes better care of the ball (0.67 turnovers per game, compared to 2.5). With Clarke out, the Bulldogs have only four players accounting for nearly 75% of their scoring. After Wedel, Rice, VanDeest, and Hawley, the next scorer is Wiseler, averaging just 3.17 points per game.

Player stats:

    GP GS MPG PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG ORPG DRPG APG TPG SPG BPG FPG
#10 R. Wedel 6 6 30.0 11.5 48.0 75.0 46.2 1.67 0.0 1.67 2.0 1.0 0.83 0.0 1.83
#24 R. Rice 6 6 28.0 12.33 36.1 68.0 23.8 4.33 2.33 2.0 3.0 2.5 1.67 0.5 2.83
#45 S. VanDeest 6 6 25.33 11.83 60.0 68.8 100.0 4.5 2.0 2.5 0.83 0.83 0.5 0.83 2.17
#2 A. Hawley 6 4 23.5 9.67 38.0 78.6 36.0 4.33 1.33 3.0 0.5 0.67 0.5 0.17 2.17
#13 F. Wiseler 6 6 21.5 3.17 25.0 83.3 28.6 1.67 0.33 1.33 2.33 1.17 1.33 0.0 2.5
#3 K. Alexander 6 0 15.5 3.0 29.2 50.0 0.0 1.83 0.17 1.67 1.5 2.5 1.17 0.0 1.33
#34 B. Simons 6 0 14.5 2.67 27.8 100.0 33.3 0.83 0.17 0.67 0.67 0.5 0.0 0.17 0.67
#14 J. Jeffers 5 0 12.0 2.2 17.6 57.1 16.7 0.8 0.0 0.8 0.6 1.4 0.2 0.0 0.6
#22 K. Woods 5 0 11.8 2.4 60.0 0.0 0.0 2.2 1.2 1.0 0.2 0.8 0.2 0.8 1.8
#40 R. Uhlenhopp 6 0 8.83 1.83 30.8 0.0 42.9 2.0 1.17 0.83 0.0 0.67 0.67 0.33 1.67
#1 J. Clarke 2 2 19.5 4.5 26.7 20.0 0.0 7.0 3.5 3.5 0.5 2.5 2.0 0.0 4.0
#25 D. Smith 5 0 6.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.0 0.6 0.2 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.6

Next we compare the schedules so far this season (rankings from Ken Pomeroy).

Date Opp Rank Opponent Result Pace Location Record
Drake
Sat Nov 13 317 Texas Southern W, 60-46 64 Home 1-0
Wed Nov 17 66 Iowa St. L, 91-43 73 Away 1-1
Wed Nov 24 291 Southern Utah W, 78-59 68 Neutral 2-1
Fri Nov 26 47 St. John’s L, 82-39 65 Neutral 2-2
Sat Nov 27 167 Weber St. L, 82-81 64 Neutral 2-3
Wed Dec 1 99 Colorado St. L, 78-67 68 Away 2-4
EMU
Fri Nov 12 14 Michigan St. L, 96-66 88 Away 0-1
Wed Nov 17 NR Madonna W, 79-70 75 Home 1-1
Sat Nov 20 197 Canisius L, 71-51 73 Away 1-2
Sat Nov 27 161 James Madison L, 74-68 75 Away 1-3
Fri Dec 3 298 Monmouth L, 64-63 66 Neutral 1-4
Sat Dec 4 337 North Dakota L, 54-49 64 Neutral 1-5
Sun Dec 5 244 Idaho L, 75-60 61 Away 1-6
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