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Menís Basketball Ready To Host Wichita State

Courtesy: Drake Athletics
Release: January 01, 2013
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The Drake University men’s basketball team welcomes Wichita State to the Knapp Center Wednesday evening for the Bulldogs’ first Missouri Valley Conference home game of the season. Tipoff at the Knapp Center is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Wichita State travels to Des Moines with a 12-1 record and a 1-0 start in the MVC after a 66-41 win over UNI on Sunday to open the conference season.  Meanwhile, Drake dropped its MVC opener at Bradley, 67-57, to fall to 6-6 on the season.

Despite an off night from the field at Bradley, the Bulldogs are one of the most accurate three-point shooting teams in the nation at 41 percent to rank second in the MVC and sixth nationally. Drake has made 10 or more three-pointers in a game five times this season and twice in its last three games.

Ben Simons leads Drake with 15 points per game and has scored in double figures in all 12 games this season. In the loss at Bradley, he hauled in a career-high 10 rebounds to go along with a team-high 13 points for his first double-double. In last season’s home game against the Shockers, a 93-86 triple-overtime thriller, Simon exploded for a career-high 29 points on 11-of-22 shooting.

The Bulldogs will need Simons and every bit of offense at its disposal as Wichita State is holding opponents to just 57.2 points per game and less than 40 percent shooting. No opponent has scored 70 points against the Shockers this season, however Drake has scored at least 70 points in 11 of its 12 games.

Cleanthony Early is WSU’s top active scorer with 13.3 points per game on 44.9 percent shooting. Early had 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting with six rebounds in Saturday’s win over UNI as one of four Shockers in double figures.

Following Wednesday’s game, the Bulldogs remain home to host Missouri State on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. The Bears are currently 3-10 this season and 1-0 in the MVC. They travel to Evansville to face the Aces on Wednesday evening.


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