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DePaul vs. Drake Preview

The Blue Demons return to campus on Wednesday night to face the Drake Bulldogs.  We preview the game in this report.

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DePaul Blue Demons (3-1) vs. Drake Bulldogs (1-5) – Wednesday, November 30th, 7:30 p.m. Central – McGrath-Phillips Arena, Chicago, Illinois

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Game Preview

To say that the Drake Bulldogs are off to a rough start this season would be an understatement.  Drake's lone win thus far was over Division III Simpson College.

One of their five losses came to the Division II Alaska-Anchorage Seawolves in the Great Alaska Shootout.

The Bulldogs are coming off a season where they finished 7-24 overall and 2-16 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

They aren’t expected to do much better this year and have been predicted to finish in last place in the MVC again.

That doesn’t bode well for Drake coach Ray Giacoletti, who is starting his fourth season in Des Moines.

Drake did get off to a good start against Iona in the opening game of the Great Alaska Shootout last week, and led by as many as 10 points in the second half.  It looked like they might get their first win, but the Bulldogs let Iona get off a 14-0 run late in the second half to win the game for the Gaels.  Turning the ball over 19 times proved very costly for the Bulldogs in the loss. 

The one bright spot for Drake has been the play of junior guard Reed Timmer.  You may remember that Timmer dropped 30 points on the Blue Demons last season.

Timmer has been named to the pre-season All-MVC second team.

This season, Timmer leads the Bulldogs in scoring at 16 points per game and has shot 11 of 31 from beyond the arc.

For the Blue Demons, guard Eli Cain is off to a terrific start to his sophomore year.  Cain is averaging 21.8 points per game.

Cain is the only Blue Demon in the last 30 years to score 20 or more points in the first four games of the season.

The Last Time

On December 9, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa, the Blue Demons picked up a 74-71 victory on the road at Drake.

DePaul had to survive some late foul trouble to hold on for the win.

Billy Garrett, Jr. led the Blue Demons with 19 points on seven of eight from the field before fouling out late in the contest.

Four Blue Demons finished in double figures.  Freshman guard Eli Cain scored 13 points, grabbed six rebounds and had three steals.

Tommy Hamilton IV came off the bench to contribute 13 points and nine boards.

Myke Henry added 11 points on four of six shooting.

DePaul shot 57 percent from the field overall while going 50 percent from beyond the arc.  Drake shot 41 percent from the floor.

Drake sharpshooter Reed Timmer led all scorers with 30 points, including 13 of 17 from the free throw line.  

Drake Roster

#          FULL NAME POS.    HT.      WT.     YR.     HOMETOWN / HIGHSCHOOL

0          C.J. Rivers       G         6-2       187      Jr.        Cahokia, Ill. / Cahokia

2          Billy Wampler F          6-6       200      So.       Eau Claire, Wis. / Regis

3          Graham Woodward    G         6-0       182      R-Jr.    Edina, Minn. / Edina

4          De'Antae McMurray   G         6-2       170      Jr.        Alton, Ill. / Alton

10        T.J. Thomas     F          6-8       205      Jr.        Stone Mountain, Ga. / Tucker

11        Jacob Enevold C         7-0       246      Sr.        Lunderskov, Denmark / Falkonergardens Gymnasium

12        Reed Timmer   G         6-1       185      Jr.        New Berlin, Wis. / Eisenhower

14        A.J. Rutter      G         6-1       180      R-Jr.    Ames, Iowa / Gilbert

21        Will Halfon     G         6-2       200      Fr.        Greenwood Village, Colo. / Cherry Creek

22        Casey Schlatter           F          6-10     220      R-So.   Iowa Falls, Iowa / Iowa Falls Alden

23        Ore Arogundade         G         6-3       185      Jr.        Chicago, Ill. / St. Viator

24        Nick Girardi    G         6-4       180      Fr.        Fort Collins, Colo. / Fossil Ridge

25        Johannes Dolven         F          6-8       230      R-Fr.    Oslo, Norway / Wang Toppidrett

32        Kory Kuenstling         F/C      6-11     234      R-So.   Dunkerton, Iowa / Dunkerton

35        Nick McGlynn            F          6-8       223      So.       Stoughton, Wis. / Stoughton


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