NCAA Tournament March Madness

#39 Drake

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Projection: next four out

The resume for Drake is a mixed bag, reflecting a squad that's taken care of business against lesser competition but has shown both grit and vulnerability against higher-caliber opponents. The standout win over Nevada serves as a marquee victory that helps to overshadow a pair of losses to Indiana State. The narrow defeat at the hands of UAB could be lamented as a missed chance to boost their profile. Offensively, the team has showcased the ability to put up points in high volumes, a trait that can turn heads come March. However, defensive metrics suggest potential issues when matched up against teams that can exploit these weaknesses. The Bulldogs’ standing can swing based on how they finish the season, with the upcoming Bradley game being a critical opportunity to solidify their position. Robust performances in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament could either bolster their case or, should they falter, leave them on the shaky ground when Selection Sunday arrives.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/8Lipscomb147W85-70
11/19(N)Oakland142W85-77
11/20(N)SF Austin161L92-68
11/21(N)Akron100W79-59
11/25TX Southern266W77-71
11/29@Valparaiso284W83-65
12/2Missouri St138W74-57
12/6St Louis196W75-69
12/9(N)Nevada29W72-53
12/14Grambling238W68-56
12/19Alcorn St281W92-55
12/22@UAB108L79-78
1/2Illinois St163W88-71
1/7@Belmont117L87-65
1/10Indiana St33W89-78
1/13@S Illinois110W76-58
1/17@Illinois St163W77-56
1/20Evansville178W97-48
1/24@Missouri St138L83-80
1/27Northern Iowa106W77-63
1/31Valparaiso284W81-70
2/3@Indiana St33L75-67
2/7S Illinois110W92-88
2/10@Bradley76W74-67
2/13@Evansville178W78-75
2/18Murray St150W95-72
2/21Belmont117W84-69
2/24@Northern Iowa106L91-77
2/28@IL Chicago187W107-105
3/3Bradley7670%