Drake basketball fans can catch their first glimpse of the 2012-13 Bulldogs at ‘Primetime Preview’ on Thursday, Oct. 18 at the Knapp Center. In addition to watching both the men’s and women’s teams scrimmage, there will be a variety of other entertainment and contests with Drake students being eligible to win prizes such as an iPad, a flat-screen television and free burritos for a semester from Qdoba.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with both the men’s and women’s team signing autographs and greeting fans on the upper concourse of the Knapp Center before action on the court starts at 7 p.m. The first 200 fans through the door will receive free chips and queso from Qdoba as well. Season ticket holders can also pick up their season tickets at this time.
At 7 p.m., the attention shifts to the Knapp Center hardwood with contests and the introduction of the women’s team and first-year head coach Jennie Barancyzk. A brief 15-minute scrimmage will follow before the men’s and women’s team square off in a 3-point shootout for fans with two members of each team competing for the 3-point title.
Following the 3-point shootout, selected Drake students will have the opportunity to compete alongside the Bulldogs in the Hot Shot contest with two teams comprised of a Drake player and a student shooting from various locations with corresponding point values on the floor to determine a winner.
Prior to the men’s team scrimmaging to close out the evening, four members of fifth-year head coach Mark Phelps’ squad will get airborne in the always popular dunk contest. After the men’s 15-minute spirited scrimmage, Coach Phelps will give his thoughts on the upcoming season and draw the winner of the evening’s grand prize, an iPad.
The women’s team will return to the Knapp Center court on Nov. 2 for an exhibition contest against Quincy while the men’s squad hosts Southwest Baptist the following evening in an exhibition.
Season tickets for the upcoming season are on sale via the Drake athletic ticket office by calling 515-271-DOGS or online at www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com. Mini-packs go on sale Oct. 15 and single-game tickets will be available starting Oct. 19.