DePaul Blue Demons vs. Drake Bulldogs – Wednesday, December 9th, 7:00 p.m. Central – Knapp Center, Des Moines, Iowa
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The Blue Demons head out for their third true road game of the season at Drake on Wednesday night. DePaul is 1-1 in true road games, losing at Penn State and winning at UIC.
Drake looks to have improved since the Blue Demons dominated the Bulldogs at Allstate Arena last season. The question is how much they’ve improved. Drake is coming off a year where they finished 9-22.
This is Drake coach Ray Giacoletti’s third year in Des Moines. He is 29-42 in his three seasons at Drake. Expectations are that they will see improvement this year.
Thus far, the Bulldogs are 4-4 with wins over over UIC, Western Kentucky, Pepperdine, Simpson (Non-D1). They’ve lost to Bowling Green, Weber State, Tulane, and UMKC.
UIC is the one common opponent between the two teams. Drake defeated UIC 83-62 at home. While DePaul rolled past the Flames 82-55 in Chicago last week.
In Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings, Drake is ranked at number 210, while the Blue Demons are at number 129.
We’ve learned that DePaul’s biggest vulnerability is when a team gets on a hot streak from beyond the arc. Drake is shooting 41.6 percent on threes as a team, that’s 15th in the nation. DePaul had better be wary of their shooters. Now the Blue Demons did a good job of limiting Chicago State guard Elliott Cole in their last outing. However, this time around, the Blue Demons will face two deadeye shooters.
Leading the Bulldogs in scoring is sophomore guard Reed Timmer at 17.9 points per game who is shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc. Then there is Graham Woodward, who’s shooting at a 51.2 percent clip and averaging 13.3 ppg. Woodward is currently 18th in the nation in 3-point shooting percentage.
Drake’s second leading scorer is Kale Abrahamson at 17.8 ppg. He dropped 41 points in an overtime win over Western Kentucky, including 4 of 10 on 3-pointers.
If DePaul guards the perimeter and plays Blue Demon basketball, they will return to Chicago with a 5-3 record.
The Last Time
On November 18, 2014, the Blue Demons cruised to a 80-62 win over the Drake Bulldogs in their first game of the 2014-15 season at Allstate Arena.
DePaul had little difficulty with Drake despite leading scorer Tommy Hamilton fouling out in the second half and fellow big man Forrest Robinson in trouble with four fouls late in the contest.
DePaul had five players finish in double-figures. Sophomore guard Billy Garrett, Jr. led the way for DePaul with 15 points, 12 of which came in the second half, on four of six shooting from the field, along with three assists.
Myke Henry scored 13 points, including some spectacular dunks, and also corralled six rebounds.
Jamee Crockett added 12 points and Robinson contributed 11 points off the bench. Durrell McDonald turned in a performance of 10 points, seven rebounds, six assists, one block, and one steal.
The Blue Demons attacked the basket aggressively on the interior and shot 45% from beyond the arc in the winning effort.
Chris Caird led Drake with 19 points and Jordan Daniels added 17 points.
# FULL NAME POS. HT. WT. YR. HOMETOWN / HIGHSCHOOL
0 C.J. Rivers G 6-2 187 So. Cahokia, Ill. / Cahokia
1 Karl Madison G 5-11 174 Gr. Springfield, Ill. / Lanphier
2 Billy Wampler F 6-6 200 Fr. Eau Claire, Wis. / Regis
3 Graham Woodward G 6-0 182 R-So. Edina, Minn. / Edina
11 Jacob Enevold C 7-0 246 Jr. Lunderskov, Denmark / Falkonergardens Gymnasium
12 Reed Timmer G 6-1 185 So. New Berlin, Wis. / Eisenhower
14 A.J. Rutter G 6-1 180 R-So. Ames, Iowa / Gilbert
22 Casey Schlatter F 6-10 220 R-Fr. Iowa Falls, Iowa / Iowa Falls Alden
23 Ore Arogundade G 6-3 185 So. Chicago, Ill. / St. Viator
25 Johannes Dolven F 6-8 230 Fr. Oslo, Norway / Wang Toppidrett
31 Kale Abrahamson F 6-8 218 R-Jr. West Des Moines, Iowa / Valley
32 Kory Kuenstling F/C 6-11 234 So. Dunkerton, Iowa / Dunkerton
35 Nick McGlynn F 6-8 223 Fr. Stoughton, Wis. / Stoughton
44 Dominik Olejniczak C 7-0 249 Fr. Torun, Poland