The Drake men’s basketball team will be spending much of this week in Cancun, Mexico , for the Cancun Challenge. The Bulldogs are 2-1 after Sunday’s victory over South Dakota State and coach Mark Phelps says his team is making progress.

Phelps says the offense was very ineffective in the first game, and since then, they’ve been able to put more points on the board. At the same time, he says they find their defense needs more work.

Phelps says the Bulldogs have a great attitude and believes that will be reflected in their performance. He says "there are no obstacles in the improvement path," as he says the players all want to get better and are working hard to do that. Phelps says they are making progress and the team is excited by that.

Phelps says while they will be focused on basketball they will mix in some time to enjoy the trip. He says it’s necessary to work hard, but he says it’s also nice to have some time to see the water and the sand while in Cancun. Drake plays Vanderbilt on Saturday and then either Virginia Commonwealth or New Mexico on Sunday.