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Men’s Basketball Takes Perfect Valley Record To League Newcomer Valparaiso

first_img Live Audio Drake remains the top scoring team in the MVC at 78.4 points per game. Additionally, its defense is ranked second in field goal percentage defense at 39.8 percent in MVC games. Drake has held three of its four MVC opponents to less than 40 percent shooting. The Drake University men’s basketball team takes its perfect 4-0 Missouri Valley Conference record and five-game win streak on the road to Valparaiso for its first game against the Crusaders as conference foes. Tipoff for Wednesday’s midweek contest is set for 7 p.m. with the game being broad on The Valley on ESPN3. Drake’s offense has been fueled as of late by sharing the ball as 60 percent of the team’s baskets in the last five games have been assisted and the team has had a positive assist-to-turnover ratio in four of those games. The Bulldogs have recorded 17 or more assists in a game nine times this season and a positive assist-to-turnover ratio in 11 games this season. Currently, the team’s 16.1 assists per game rank 63rd nationally and the 1.32 assist to turnover ratio ranks 40th in the nation. Both are the top averages in the Valley this season. Drake Game Notes Individually, the Bulldogs are led by reigning MVC Player of the Week Reed Timmer (New Berlin, Wis.) who averaged 23.0 points per game in last week’s MVC victories. The Crusaders counter with Tevonn Walker’s 14.5 points per game in MVC contests. Story Links Live Stats ESPN3 Following Wednesday’s game, the Bulldogs’ return home to host Evansville Saturday at 2 p.m. Saturday’s contest will be the Bulldogs’ ‘Hometown Heroes’ game and all first responders (police, fire, EMT) and military personnel will receive up to four (4) complimentary tickets by showing a badge or applicable form of ID on game day. Print Friendly Version The Bulldogs and Crusaders meet for the seventh time in the programs’ respective histories with Valpo winning four of the previous meetings, including the last, 66-46, Nov. 28, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. The Bulldogs already have two MVC roads to their credit with wins at SIU and most recently at Indiana State for the most MVC road wins by the program since 2012-13. The Crusaders are 6-1 on their home court this season and 10-7 overall on the year in addition to their 1-3 MVC mark.last_img read more