November 23, 2014

Drake faces Creighton tonight

The Drake Bulldogs will try to regain their shooting touch when they visit nationally ranked Creighton tonight in Missouri Valley Conference play. Drake is off to an 0-3 start in the league race and the Bulldogs face a Creighton team that is 3-0 in the Valley and 14-1 overall.

“They maximize their talent with tremendous basketball I.Q.,” says Drake coach Mark Phelps. “…It’s going to be a heck of a challenge. At the same time, it’ll be a great opportunity for our team.”

After spending much of the season as one of the nation’s top three-point shooting teams, the Bulldogs are only connecting on 25 percent from behind the arc in conference play.

“It’s been a combination of things,” he says. “I think we’re still the same good-shooting, good-passing, highly-skilled, pretty deep offensive team that we were earlier in the season and I think it’s just a matter of time before we get back to that team.”

Creighton coach Greg McDermott says it is only a matter of time until the Bulldogs break out of the slump. He’s just hoping it’s not against his Bluejays.

“It’s a very, very dangerous offensive team,” McDermott says. “And they certainly have our attention, with their ability to score the basketball.”