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Men's Basketball Announces Non-Conference Schedule

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Release: August 06, 2014
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The Drake University men’s basketball program has announced its 2014-15 men’s basketball non-conference schedule, which features 12 opponents and five home dates.

The Bulldogs, under the direction of second-year head coach Ray Giacoletti, will face five non-conference opponents that advanced to postseason play in 2013-14 including NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 participant Iowa State and Collegeinsider.com Tournament champion Murray State.

Fans can get their first look at the team during a Nov. 8 exhibition against Coe College at the Knapp Center. A week later, the 2014-15 campaign tips off at home against Bowling Green. Back-to-back road trips follow with the Bulldogs traveling to DePaul on Nov. 18 and Western Michigan on Nov. 22.

On Nov. 25, the team returns home to host IUPUI before traveling to Nashville, Tenn., to play three games in three days at the ‘Challenge in Music City.’ The event will pit the Bulldogs against three-top notch opponents on a neutral court with play opening against Valparaiso on Nov. 28 followed by contests against Portland and Murray State.

North Dakota, a Collegeinsider.com Tournament participant, visits the Knapp Center on Dec. 6 prior to the Bulldogs traveling to Green Bay on Dec. 13.

The team closes out the non-conference schedule with three straight games in Des Moines starting on Dec. 15 against Jackson State followed by the annual Big Four Classic on Dec. 20 against Iowa State at Wells Fargo Arena. The non-conference slate wraps up on Dec. 22 against nearby Simpson College.

Drake’s 12 non-conference games will combine with the Missouri Valley Conference’s always exciting 18-game schedule to give the Bulldogs an extremely challenging 2014-15 schedule. The Valley schedule will be announced in the coming weeks.

Season tickets and flex packs for the upcoming season will go on sale to the general public on Sept. 18. Current season ticket holders can renew their season tickets up through Sep. 5 by visiting the Drake Athletic Ticket Office or calling 515-271-3647. Single-game tickets will go on sale to the public on Oct. 22.

2014-15 Drake Men’s Basketball Non-Conference Schedule

Date

Opponent

Location

Nov. 8

Coe College (Exhib.)

Knapp Center

Nov. 15

Bowling Green

Knapp Center

Nov. 18

at DePaul

Chicago, Ill.

Nov. 22

at Western Michigan

Kalamazoo, Mich.

Nov. 25

IUPUI

Knapp Center

Nov. 28

vs. Valparaiso (Challenge in Music City)

Nashville, Tenn.

Nov. 29

vs. Portland (Challenge in Music City)

Nashville, Tenn.

Nov. 30

vs. Murray State (Challenge in Music City)

Nashville, Tenn.

Dec. 6

North Dakota

Knapp Center

Dec. 13

at Green Bay

Green Bay, Wis.

Dec. 15

Jackson State

Knapp Center

Dec. 20

vs. Iowa State (Big Four Classic)

Des Moines, Iowa

Dec. 22

Simpson College

Knapp Center

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