Thursday, February 21, 2013

Chicago Cubs' 2013 Radio/TV Schedule

OpponentTime (CT)TVRadio
Saturday, February 23@LA Angels2:05 PM
WGN 720
Sunday, February 24vs. San Francisco2:05 PM
Monday, February 25@LA Dodgers2:05 PM
Tuesday, February 26vs. Colorado2:05 PM
Wednesday, February 27vs. LA Dodgers2:05 PM
Thursday, February 28vs. Oakland2:05 PM


Friday, March 1vs. Arizona2:05 PM
Saturday, March 2@San Francisco2:05 PM
WGN 720
Sunday, March 3@LA Angels2:05 PMMLBN (delay)
Sunday, March 3vs. Milwaukee2:05 PM
Monday, March 4vs. Cleveland2:05 PM
Tuesday, March 5@Colorado2:10 PM
Wednesday, March 6@Texas2:05 PM
Thursday, March 7vs. Chi White Sox2:05 PM
Friday, March 8@Cincinnati8:05 PM
Saturday, March 9vs. Cleveland2:05 PM
WGN 720
Sunday, March 10vs. San Diego3:05 PM
Monday, March 11@Arizona3:10 PM
Wednesday, March 13vs. Colorado3:05 PM
Thursday, March 14@LA Dodgers3:05 PM
Friday, March 15@Chi White Sox2:05 PM
Saturday, March 16vs. Kansas City3:05 PMWGN, MLBN (delay)
Saturday, March 16vs. Texas3:05 PM
WGN 720
Sunday, March 17@Oakland3:05 PMWGN
Sunday, March 17vs. Texas3:05 PM
WGN 720
Monday, March 18@San Diego3:05 PM
Tuesday, March 19vs. Texas3:05 PM
Thursday, March 21@Seattle9:05 PMMLBN (delay)WGN 720
Friday, March 22@Milwaukee3:05
Saturday, March 23vs. LA Angels3:05 PMWGNWGN 720
Sunday, March 24@Cleveland3:05 PMMLBN (delay)WGN 720
Monday, March 25vs. San Francisco3:05 PMCSN, MLBN (delay)
Tuesday, March 26vs. Cincinnati9:05 PM
Wednesday, March 27@Kansas City8:10 PMMLBN (delay)WGN 720
Thursday, March 28vs. Seattle2:05 PMCSN, MLBN (delay)
Friday, March 29@Houston7:05 PM
Saturday, March 30@Houston1:05 PM


Monday, April 1@Pittsburgh12:35 PMWGN
Wednesday, April 3@Pittsburgh6:05 PMCSN
Thursday, April 4@Pittsburgh11:35 AMWGN
Friday, April 5@Atlanta6:30 PMCSN+
Saturday, April 6@Atlanta6:10 PMWGN
Sunday, April 7@Atlanta12:35 PMCSN
Monday, April 8vs. Milwaukee1:20 PMWGN
Tuesday, April 9vs. Milwaukee7:05 PMWGN
Wednesday, April 10vs. Milwaukee7:05 PMCSN+
Thursday, April 11vs. San Francisco1:20 PMCSN
Friday, April 12vs. San Francisco1:20 PMCSN
Saturday, April 13vs. San Francisco12:05 PMFOX
Sunday, April 14vs. San Francisco1:20 PMWGN
Tuesday, April 16vs. Texas7:05 PMCSN
Wednesday, April 17vs. Texas7:05 PMWGN
Thursday, April 18vs. Texas1:20 PMWGN
Friday, April 19@Milwaukee7:10 PMWCIU
Saturday, April 20@Milwaukee6:10 PMCSN
Sunday, April 21@Milwaukee1:10 PMCSN
Monday, April 22@Cincinnati6:10 PMCSN
Tuesday, April 23@Cincinnati6:10 PMWGN
Wednesday, April 24@Cincinnati11:35 AMCSN
Thursday, April 25@Miami6:10 PMWCIU
Friday, April 26@Miami6:10 PMWGN
Saturday, April 27@Miami6:10 PMCSN+
Sunday, April 28@Miami12:10 PMCSN
Monday, April 29vs. San Diego7:05 PMCSN
Tuesday, April 30vs. San Diego7:05 PMWCIU


Wednesday, May 1vs. San Diego7:05 PMCSN
Thursday, May 2vs. San Diego1:20 PMCSN
Friday, May 3vs. Cincinnati1:20 PMCSN
Saturday, May 4vs. Cincinnati12:05 PMCSN
Sunday, May 5vs. Cincinnati1:20 PMWGN
Tuesday, May 7vs. St. Louis7:05 PMWGN
Wednesday, May 8vs. St. Louis1:20 PMCSN
Friday, May 10@Washington6:05 PMWCIU
Saturday, May 11@Washington3:05 PMCSN
Sunday, May 12@Washington12:35 PMWGN
Monday, May 13vs. Colorado7:05 PMWCIU
Tuesday, May 14vs. Colorado7:05 PMCSN
Wednesday, May 15vs. Colorado7:05 PMCSN
Friday, May 17vs. NY Mets1:20 PMWGN
Saturday, May 18vs. NY Mets12:05 PMCSN
Sunday, May 19vs. NY Mets1:20 PMWGN
Tuesday, May 21@Pittsburgh6:05 PMCSN
Wednesday, May 22@Pittsburgh6:05 PMWGN
Thursday, May 23@Pittsburgh11:35 AMCSN
Friday, May 24@Cincinnati6:10 PMWGN
Saturday, May 25@Cincinnati3:10 PMWGN
Sunday, May 26@Cincinnati12:10 PMCSN
Monday, May 27@Chi White Sox6:10 PMCSN
Tuesday, May 28@Chi White Sox7:10 PMWCIU
Wednesday, May 29vs. Chi White Sox1:20 PMCSN
Thursday, May 30vs. Chi White Sox1:20 PMWGN
Friday, May 31vs. Arizona1:20 PMCSN


Saturday, June 1vs. Arizona6:15 PMFOX
Sunday, June 2vs. Arizona1:20 PMWGN
Tuesday, June 4@LA Angels9:05 PMWGN
Wednesday, June 5@LA Angels6:05 PMCSN
Friday, June 7vs. PittsburghTBDWGN
Saturday, June 8vs. Pittsburgh3:05 PMCSN
Sunday, June 9vs. Pittsburgh1:20 PMWGN
Monday, June 10vs. Cincinnati7:05 PMCSN
Tuesday, June 11vs. Cincinnati7:05 PMWGN
Wednesday, June 12vs. Cincinnati1:20 PMCSN
Thursday, June 13vs. Cincinnati1:20 PMCSN
Friday, June 14@NY Mets6:10 PMCSN
Saturday, June 15@NY Mets12:10 PMCSN
Sunday, June 16@NY Mets12:10 PMWGN
Monday, June 17@St. Louis6:05 PMWCIU
Tuesday, June 18@St. Louis7:15 PMCSN
Wednesday, June 19@St. Louis7:15 PMCSN
Thursday, June 20@St. Louis7:15 PMWGN
Friday, June 21vs. HoustonTBDCSN
Saturday, June 22vs. Houston3:05 PMWGN
Sunday, June 23vs. Houston1:20 PMCSN
Tuesday, June 25@Milwaukee7:10 PMCSN
Wednesday, June 26@Milwaukee7:10 PMWGN
Thursday, June 27@Milwaukee1:10 PMCSN
Friday, June 28@Seattle9:10 PMWGN
Saturday, June 29@Seattle6:15 PMFOX
Sunday, June 30@Seattle3:10 PMCSN


Tuesday, July 2@Oakland9:05 PMCSN
Wednesday, July 3@Oakland9:05 PMCSN+
Thursday, July 4@Oakland3:05 PMWGN
Friday, July 5vs. PittsburghTBDCSN
Saturday, July 6vs. Pittsburgh3:05 PMWGN
Sunday, July 7vs. Pittsburgh1:20 PMWGN
Tuesday, July 9vs. LA Angels7:05 PMCSN
Wednesday, July 10vs. LA Angels7:05 PMWGN
Thursday, July 11vs. St. Louis7:05 PMCSN
Friday, July 12vs. St. LouisTBDWGN
Saturday, July 13vs. St. Louis6:15 PMFOX
Sunday, July 14vs. St. Louis7:05 PMESPN
Friday, July 19@Colorado7:40 PMWGN
Saturday, July 20@Colorado7:10 PMWGN
Sunday, July 21@Colorado3:10 PMCSN
Monday, July 22@Arizona8:40 PMCSN
Tuesday, July 23@Arizona8:40 PMWGN
Wednesday, July 24@Arizona8:40 PMCSN+
Thursday, July 25@Arizona8:40 PMWGN
Friday, July 26@San Francisco9:15 PMWGN
Saturday, July 27@San Francisco8:05 PMCSN
Sunday, July 28@San Francisco3:05 PMWGN
Monday, July 29vs. Milwaukee7:05 PMCSN
Tuesday, July 30vs. Milwaukee7:05 PMCSN
Wednesday, July 31vs. Milwaukee7:05 PMWGN


Thursday, August 1vs. LA Dodgers7:05 PMCSN
Friday, August 2vs. LA DodgersTBDWGN
Saturday, August 3vs. LA Dodgers3:05 PMFOX
Sunday, August 4vs. LA Dodgers1:20 PMWGN
Tuesday, August 6@Philadelphia6:05 PMCSN
Wednesday, August 7@Philadelphia6:05 PMWCIU
Thursday, August 8@Philadelphia12:05 PMCSN
Friday, August 9@St. Louis7:15 PMWGN
Saturday, August 10@St. Louis6:15 PMWGN
Sunday, August 11@St. Louis1:15 PMWGN
Monday, August 12vs. Cincinnati7:05 PMCSN+
Tuesday, August 13vs. Cincinnati7:05 PMCSN
Wednesday, August 14vs. Cincinnati1:20 PMWGN
Friday, August 16vs. St. LouisTBDCSN
Saturday, August 17vs. St. Louis12:05 PMCSN
Sunday, August 18vs. St. LouisTBDWGN
Monday, August 19vs. Washington7:05 PMCSN
Tuesday, August 20vs. Washington7:05 PMCSN
Wednesday, August 21vs. Washington7:05 PMWGN
Thursday, August 22vs. Washington1:20 PMWGN
Friday, August 23@San Diego9:10 PMCSN
Saturday, August 24@San Diego7:40 PMWGN
Sunday, August 25@San Diego3:10 PMWGN
Monday, August 26@LA Dodgers9:10 PMCSN
Tuesday, August 27@LA Dodgers9:10 PMWGN
Wednesday, August 28@LA Dodgers2:10 PMCSN
Friday, August 30vs. Philadelphia1:20 PMWGN
Saturday, August 31vs. Philadelphia3:05 PMCSN


Sunday, September 1vs. PhiladelphiaTBDWGN
Monday, September 2vs. Miami1:20 PMWGN
Tuesday, September 3vs. Miami7:05 PMCSN
Wednesday, September 4vs. Miami1:20 PMCSN
Friday, September 6vs. Milwaukee1:20 PMWGN
Saturday, September 7vs. Milwaukee12:05 PMFOX
Sunday, September 8vs. Milwaukee1:20 PMWGN
Monday, September 9@Cincinnati6:10 PMCSN+
Tuesday, September 10@Cincinnati6:10 PMCSN
Wednesday, September 11@Cincinnati11:35 AMWGN
Thursday, September 12@Pittsburgh6:05 PMWGN
Friday, September 13@Pittsburgh6:05 PMCSN
Saturday, September 14@Pittsburgh6:05 PMCSN
Sunday, September 15@Pittsburgh12:35 PMWGN
Monday, September 16@Milwaukee7:10 PMWGN
Tuesday, September 17@Milwaukee7:10 PMCSN+
Wednesday, September 18@Milwaukee7:10 PMCSN
Thursday, September 19@Milwaukee1:10 PMWGN
Friday, September 20vs. Atlanta1:20 PMCSN
Saturday, September 21vs. Atlanta3:05 PMWGN
Sunday, September 22vs. Atlanta1:20 PMWGN
Monday, September 23vs. Pittsburgh7:05 PMCSN
Tuesday, September 24vs. Pittsburgh7:05 PMCSN
Wednesday, September 25vs. Pittsburgh1:20 PMWGN
Friday, September 27@St. Louis7:15 PMCSN
Saturday, September 28@St. Louis6:15 PMWGN
Sunday, September 29@St. Louis1:15 PMCSN

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

It Doesn't Get Any Easier for the Bulldogs

Drake Basketball at Wichita State

Game 25 • at Wichita State • #DUvsWSU
Feb. 13, 2013 •  7 p.m. CST
Wichita, Kan. • Charles Koch Arena

Television                                                                   KS2                                                                                                                                                     

Radio                                                          KRNT 1350-AM
Play-by-play                                                     Larry Cotlar
Analyst                                                          Dolph Pulliam

Streaming Video                                   

           Drake                     Team               Wichita State
Des Moines, Iowa        Location            Wichita, Kan.
        Bulldogs               Nickname               Shockers
           11-13             2012-13 Record              20-5
             5-8            Conference Record            9-4
           NA/NA                  Ranking                   RV/RV
     Mark Phelps          Head Coach       Gregg Marshall
        73-82/5th        Record at School        129-66/6th
        73-82/5th           Career Record        322-149/16th
             72.9                Points/Game                 69.1
             74.4            Opp. Points/Game            58.9
             -1.5              Scoring Margin               +8.8
             .450                       FG%                        .447
             .454                  Opp. FG%                   .392
             .400                      3FG%                       .337
             .349                 Opp. 3FG%                  .313
             .699                       FT%                        .682
             31.7             Rebounds/Game              38.5
             34.5        Opp. Rebounds/Game         29.8
             -2.8           Rebounding Margin           +8.8
             13.8                Assists/Game                13.8
             14.2             Turnovers/Game              13.4
             -1.1             Turnover Margin              +0.2
              5.7                  Steals/Game                  7.6
                2.0           Blocks/Game         4.4

• Drake's basketball team plays at Wichita State Wednesday night in the second meeting between the teams this season.
• Wichita State won the first meeting this season, 75-63, in Des Moines.
• Drake has won five of its last nine games but has dropped two straight to sit at 11-13 overall and 5-8 in Missouri Valley Conference action.
• Wichita State recently dropped out of the top-25 poll and has lost three of its last four games. However, the Shockers are 20-5 overall and 9-4 in the Valley.
• Two of Drake’s last three games have gone to overtime with the Bulldogs prevailing in one of those. In its last game, Drake fell in overtime at Evansville, 84-78.
• The Bulldogs continue to up their three-point shooting percentage and are currently converting at a 40 percent clip, the 12th best average in the nation.
• Drake’s 9.0 three-pointers per game also ranks 10th nationally.
• Drake has made 10 or more three-pointers in a game 10 times this season, the second most in the Valley.
• Jordan Clarke is coming off four straight double-digit scoring games and two straight double-doubles after a 10-point, 14-rebound night at Evansville.
• That loss also saw Ben Simons score a season-high 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting and 5-of-7 from the three-point arc. In his last three games, he is shooting 12-of-18 from the arc.
• Richard Carter is averaging 15.5 points and 6.5 assists per game in the last two outings. His teammates have scored 32 points off his passes.

A victory would ...
• Make Drake 12-13 on the season and 6-8 in the Missouri Valley Conference.
• Be Drake’s sixth in its last 10 games.
• Snap the Shockers two-game win streak over the Bulldogs.
• Make Drake 48-95 all-time against the Shockers.
• Be head coach Mark Phelps’ 74th win at Drake, the sixth most in Drake history.
• Be the Bulldogs’ fifth road/neutral-site win of the season.
• Be the 1,161st win in program history.

A Loss would ...
• Drop Drake to 11-14 on the season and 5-9 in the Valley.
• Be Drake’s third straight loss to Wichita State.
• Make Drake 47-96 all-time against the Shockers.
• Be Drake’s first three-game losing streak since an 0-4 start to the MVC season.

[This story was written for Ron Maly by Ty Patton, Drake's assistant athletic director for communications].

Monday, February 11, 2013

Tough Week: Drake Plays Wichita State and UNI

Drake Men's Basketball Weekly Update – Feb. 10

Overall: 11-13
Missouri Valley Conference: 5-8
Last 10: 5-5
Last Three: 1-2
Home: 7-4
Away: 3-6
Neutral: 1-3

Upcoming Events This Week
Wednesday, February 13 – at Wichita State (Charles Koch Arena) – 7 p.m.
Television: KS22 (Kansas)
Radio: 1350 AM – KRNT

Saturday, February 16  – Northern Iowa (Knapp Center)  – 7:05 p.m.
Television: Mediacom MC22
Radio: 1350 AM – KRNT

Monday, February 11  – MVC Teleconference – 11 a.m. CST
The Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball coaches teleconference starts at approximately 11 a.m. CST with Drake head coach Mark Phelps scheduled to join the call at 11:06 a.m. CST. For dial-in information to the teleconference, please contact the MVC office.

Coaches Shows/Luncheons
Monday, February 11 – Drake Basketball Coaches’ Show – Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (West Des Moines) – 7 p.m. CST
The Drake Basketball Coaches’ show returns to the air on KRNT 1350-AM and originating live from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery (4508 University Avenue, West Des Moines) at 7 p.m. Women’s head coach Jennie Baranczyk leads off the program. Men’s head coach Mark Phelps joins the discussion at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 12  – Coffee With The Coaches – Smokey Row – 7:30-9 a.m. CST
Members of the men’s basketball staff – if schedules allow – and other Drake coaches will visit with fans at Smokey Row Coffee (1910 Cottage Grove Avenue  Des Moines, IA 50314) from 7:30 – 9 a.m. Free house-blend brewed coffee will be available to those in attendance.

Team Notes
- In the loss at Evansville, Drake was 10-of-21 from the three-point arc, its 10th game of the season with 10 or more three-pointers.
- Drake held a 32-18 advantage in points in the paint against Evansville, its second most points in the lane in MVC play this season. The 14-point advantage was easily its biggest in MVC play this season.
- On the week, Drake averaged 82 points per game on 46.6 percent shooting and 44.9 percent from three-point range.
- Drake moved up to 40 percent on its three-point shooting, the 11th highest average in the nation.
- Drake played its second overtime game in its last three outings and fell to 1-1 in overtime games this season.
- The Bulldogs lost back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 8.
- Drake’s bench has outscored the bench of its last nine opponents by a 196-138 margin.
- Ben Simons scored a season-high 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting and 5-of-7 shooting from behind the arc at Evansville. In his last three games, he is 12-of-18 from the three-point arc. He also moved up to 11th in career scoring at Drake.
- Jordan Clarke scored in double-figures for the fourth straight game with his second straight double-double on 10 points and 14 rebounds.

MVC Player of the Week Nominee
Ben Simons
F – 6-8 – 209
Sr. – Cadillac, Mich.

Scored a season-high 27 points in the loss at Evansville on 9-of-12 shooting and a 5-of-7 night from the three point arc … had 13 points in the loss to Illinois State … shot 63.6 percent from the field and 61.5 percent (8-of-13) from the three-point arc … has moved into 11th in career scoring at Drake … is 12-of-18 from the three-point arc in his last three games.

MVC Newcomer of the Week Nominee
Joey King
F – 6-9 – 215  
Fr. – Eagan, Minn.

The reigning MVC Newcomer of the week averaged 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds on the week while shooting 5-of-11 from the field and 4-of-6 from the three-point arc … had six points on a pair of three-pointers with six rebounds and two blocks in 23 minutes before fouling out against Evansville … in the loss to Illinois State, he added 11 points.

Player Notes
0 – Kori Babineux – Played nine minutes with two points at Evansville.
1 – Jordan Clarke – Recorded back-to-back double-doubles, his fifth and sixth of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds (5 offensive) at Evansville and 12 points and 10 board against Illinois State.
2 – Gary Ricks, Jr.  – Averaged 20 minutes on the week and was 3-of-8 from the three-point arc … averaged 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds … had six points, four rebounds and two assists at Evansville.
3 – Richard Carter – Averaged 15 points and 6.5 assists and was 13-of-14 from the free-throw line on the week … scored 13 points with seven assists at Evansville … scored 17 points with six assists against Illinois State.
4 – Chris Hines – Scored 16 points on a 4-of-7 night from the arc against Illinois State … was 5-of-8 from the arc on the week.
10 – Jeremy Jeffers – Played in 13 minutes on the week.
11 – Karl Madison  - DNP – Injury (Knee)
21 – Robert Puleikis – DNP – Coach’s Decision
22 – Micah Mason –  Averaged eight minutes a game on the week … was 1-of-2 from the three-point arc and had three assists.
23 – Mitch McLaughlin – DNP – Coach’s Decision
24 – Joey King – Averaged 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds on the week while shooting 66.7 percent from the three-point arc … had 11 points against Illinois State and six points at Evansville.
25 – Matt Bowie – DNP – Coach’s Decision
34 – Ben Simons – Exploded for a season-high 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting from the field and 5-of-7 from the three-point arc … averaged 20.0 points on the week and was 14-of-22 from the floor and 8-of-13 from the arc … moved into 11th all-time in scoring at Drake.
40  - Daddy Ugbede – DNP – Injury (Wrist)
45 – Seth VanDeest – Scored 20 points with nine rebounds (5 offensive) in a pair of games … Scored 11 points with four rebounds (3 offensive) at Evansville … was 8-of-13 from the floor.

This Week’s Opponents
Wichita State
The Shockers are 20-5 this season and 9-4 in the MVC but have dropped three of their last four games. The squad is 13-1 at home this season after defeating Missouri State, 79-50, on Saturday afternoon. Cleanthony Early leads the team with 14.7 points per game on 47.7 percent shooting while Carl Hall adds 12.2 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. As a team, WSU averages 69.1 points per game while the defense holds opponents to 10 fewer points and 39.2 percent shooting from the floor.

The Series vs. Wichita State
Drake and Wichita State meet for the 143rd time with WSU holding a 95-47 advantage in the series. The Shockers hold a 58-12 advantage in games played in Wichita. WSU has won two straight over the Bulldogs and six of the last 10. Drake’s last win in Wichita came on Dec. 29, 2007.

First Meeting, L 75-63
Freshmen Micah Mason and Joey King combined to score 29 points, but  the Drake men’s basketball team couldn't overcome a hot-shooting Wichita State squad as the Shockers downed the Bulldogs, 75-63, at the Knapp Center. Mason was 4-of-7 from the three-point arc for 14 points, 11 of them coming in the second half. King scored a late flurry of points on a 7-of-10 performance from the floor for 15 points, his most since scoring 21 against Xavier at the DirecTV Classic. Wichita State was 12-of-25 from the three-point arc and scored 29 points off Drake's 19 turnovers. The Shockers were paced by Nick Wiggins’ 18 points and four three-pointers. Drake trailed by as many as 17 with eight minutes left in the game but clawed back within eight points in the final minute thanks to back-to-back baskets by King as part of an 8-0 run.

Northern Iowa
The Panthers are currently 14-11 overall and 7-6 in the MVC heading into their Wednesday game against Creighton and have won three straight games and five of their last seven. Anthony James leads three Panthers in double-figures with 12.4 points per game. Seth Tuttle and Jake Koch average 10.4 and 10.2 points per game and more than six rebounds per game each. The Panthers average 66.2 points per game on 44.8 percent shooting.

The Series vs. Northern Iowa
The teams meet for the 62nd time with UNI holding a 37-24 advantage in the series with three straight wins over the Bulldogs. Drake is 16-13 against the Panthers in Des Moines, but 9-11 in the Knapp Center.

First Meeting, L 85-55
An early first-half deficit coupled with a 16-0 UNI run in the second half proved to be too much for the Drake University men’s basketball team to overcome as the Panthers defeated the Bulldogs, 85-55. Richard Carter scored 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting, but the previously hot-shooting Bulldogs converted on just 35.6 of their attempts in the loss. Deon Mitchell led UNI with 20 points to pace four Panthers in double-figures including Jake Koch with 16 points on near-perfect 7-of-8 shooting. As a team, UNI converted on 60 percent of their shots and were shooting above 70 percent from the field for the majority of the second half.

Last Week
Feb. 6  – Illinois State – L, 94-86
A late 16-point swing by Illinois State allowed the Redbirds to sneak past the Drake University men’s basketball team, 94-86, in a Missouri Valley Conference matchup at the Knapp Center.  A 6-0 Illinois State run that lasted 1:29 late in the second half gave the Redbirds their first lead of the game, 85-84, with 1:44 remaining in the game. Before that point, Drake had led the entire game. The Bulldogs offense was stymied in the final three minutes of the game by an effective Illinois state press that allowed only two points during that span while generating offense for the Redbirds.

Feb. 10  – at Evansville – L(OT), 84-78
The Drake University men's basketball team dropped an 84-78 overtime decision at Evansville in a back-and-forth contest that featured 16 lead changes. Ben Simons led the Bulldogs with 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting and a 5-of-7 night from the three-point arc. Senior Jordan Clarke added another solid game for the Bulldogs with his second straight double-double via 10 points and 14 rebounds. Junior Richard Carter recorded 13 points and seven assists. The Aces were paced by Colt Ryan's 33 points on a night that saw the all-MVC performer record his 2,000th career point while Ned Cox added 21 points.

[This story was written for Ron Maly by Ty Patton, Drake's assistant athletic director for communictions].

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Drake Signs 22 Football Players

The Drake University football team has received commitments from 22 student-athletes to join the defending Pioneer Football League champions for the 2013 season, head coach Chris Creighton announced Wednesday.

“We are extremely excited about our incoming freshman class,” Creighton said. “We search to find guys who are first, men of great character; secondly, are academically motivated to do something great with their life; and finally are talented and passionate about football.”

The 22 student-athletes that will continue their academic and athletic careers hail from eight states with 12 projected to line up on offense, 11 on defense and one specialist.

“We’re fortunate in that we have covered all of our position needs and we think this class has the potential to be very special,” Creighton said. “There is genuine excitement that these guys have coming into a program that is 17-5 over the past two seasons with back-to-back conference championships. Their challenge is now helping take the program to that next level.”

2013 Drake Football Commitments
High School
Nick Amren
Crystal Lake, Ill.
Crystal Lake South
Jared Chance
Yukon, Okla.
Andrew Clifford
Lake Forest, Ill.
Lake Forest
Stephen Cochran
Bartlesville, Okla.
Colby Crawford
Americus, Ga.
Schley County
Matt Denning
Wichita, Kan.
Bishop Carroll
Colby Dunn
State Center, Iowa
West Marshall
Tanner Evans
Gretna, Neb.
Connor Johnson
Eden Prairie, Minn.
Eden Prairie
Jeremy Kahen
Northbrook, Ill.
Glenbrook North
Alex Kramer
Clive, Iowa
Ryan Lemke
Germantown, Wis.
Mack Marrin
Mendota Heights, Minn.
St. Thomas Academy
Ryan McKeever
Omaha, Neb.
Omaha Skutt Catholic
Grant Menard
Whitefish Bay, Wis.
Whitefish Bay
Kyrell Newell
Lakeville, Minn.
Lakeville North
Seth Pallissard
Bourbonnais, Ill.
Bradley Bourbonnais
Tony Petta
Frankfort, Ill.
Providence Catholic
Jordan Siebert
Harlan, Iowa
Jake Stauner
Hawthorn Woods, Ill.
Lake Zurich
Payson Wick
Flossmoor, Ill.
Andrew Yarwood
South Elgin, Ill.
St. Edwards

2013 Drake Football Commitments Bios
Nick Amren (DL,  6-2, 245, Crystal Lake, Ill./Crystal Lake South)
- First Team All-Fox Valley Conference
- 1st Team All-Area
- Team Captain
- Coached by Chuck Ahsmann

Jared Chance (DT, 6-1, 250, Yukon, Okla./Mustang)
- First Team All-Conference 6A
- Team Captain
- A Three-Time Wrestling State Champion
- Owns a 4.0 GPA
- Coached by Ty Prestidge

Andrew Clifford (QB, 6-4, 190, Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest)
- First Team All-North Suburban Conference
- Team Captain
- Led Team to the Class 6A state semifinals and a 9-3 record
- Coached by Chuck Spagnoli

Stephen Cochran (QB, 6-0, 200, Bartlesville, Okla./Bartlesville)
- Team Captain
- Named an Oklahoma All-Conference quarterback
- Coached by John McKee

Colby Crawford (ATH, 5-10, 170, Americus, Ga./Schley County)
- Suffered an ACL Injury in 2012 Season
- Named a team captain
- Selected to the all-region team his junior season
- Coached by Josh Kemp

Matt Denning (WR,6-1, 188, Wichita, Kan./Bishop Carroll)
- Won the 2012 5A Kansas State Championship with a 13-0 record
- First Team All-State Wide Receiver
- Kansas State 400-Meter Champion
- Coached by Alan Schuckman

Colby Dunn (DL, 6-4, 240, State Center, Iowa/West Marshall)
- Played in the storied West Marshall program
- Named First team All-State in 2012
- Team Captain
- National Honor Society member
- Coached by Ken Winkler, President of the Iowa Football  Coaches Association

Tanner Evans (DE, 6-3, 230, Gretna, Neb./Gretna)
- Was Academic All-State in football and wrestling
- National Honor Society member
- Was an undefeated 225-pound wrestler at 38-0
- Team Captain
- Coached by Chad Jepsen

Connor Johnson (WR, 6-1, 175, Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie)
- Two-time Minnesota State Champions
- Moved to defensive back for the 2012 playoff run and recorded two interceptions
- Owns the Eden Prairie squat record in his weight class
- Competed in Drake Football Summer Camp, running in top five of all 40-yard times
- Coached by Mike Grant

Jeremy Kahen (OL, 6-6, 317, Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North)
- Played just one season of football after switching from a basketball career
- Despite lack of football experience, has tremendous potential as an offensive lineman.

Alex Kramer (DL, 6-1, 250, Clive, Iowa/(Dowling)
- Won the 2010 State Championship
- Led team to a pair of 9-3 records in 2011 and 2012 as a two-year starter
- Was a 2012 First Team All-Division 3 4A defensive lineman
- Coached by Tom Wilson

Ryan Lemke (OL, 6-3, 265, Germantown, Wis./Germantown)
- Led team to a 7-3 finish and the second round of the Wisconsin playoffs
- First Team All-North Shore Conference offensive lineman in 2011 and 2012
- Coached by Jake Davis

Mack Marrin (DT, 6-2, 275, Mendota Heights, Minn./St. Thomas Academy)
- All-Conference honoree
- Recorded 70 tackles, 14 tackles for losses, three fumble recoveries and one interception
- Ran the best 40-yard time by a defensive tackle at the Drake Summer Football Camp
- Coached by Dave Ziebarth

Ryan McKeever (RB, 5-10, 185, Omaha, Neb./Omaha Skutt Catholic)
- An All-Conference and All-District selection
- Rushed for 1,000 yards as a junior
- Academic All-Conference honoree
- National Honor Society member
- Team captain that led team to a playoff appearance.
- Coached by Matt Thurman

Grant Menard (QB, 6-1, 190, Whitefish Bay, Wis./Whitefish Bay)
- First Team All-North Shore Conference as a quarterback
- Led Whitefish Bay to the Wisconsin State Championship semifinals and a 10-2 record
- Team Captain
- Coached by Jim Tietjen

Kyrell Newell (CB, 5-10, 170, Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville North)
- Led team to the 2012 State Championship Game
- Competed in Drake Football Summer Camp
- All-Academic All State honoree
- All-Conference Honorable Mention
- Was a three sport athlete
- Coached by Brian Vossen

Seth Pallissard (LB/S, 6-0, 205, Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley Bourbonnais)
- All-Southwest Suburban Conference
- Team Captain
- All-Area
- Coached by Mike Kohl

Tony Petta (DB, 5-10, 185, Frankfort, Ill./Providence Catholic)
- All-Conference honoree
- Chicago Sun-Times Southtown All-Area Team member
- Academic All-State
- Led team to an 8-3 record
- Coached by Mark Coglianese

Jordan Siebert (OL, 6-4, 260, Harlan, Iowa/Harlan)
- Played in tradition rich Harlan program that produced former Drake and NFL Pro Bowl kicker Billy Cundiff.
- Is an Eagle Scout
- National Honor Society member
- Was a heavyweight wrestler for record setting Harlan wrestling team.
- Coached by Hall of Fame coach Curt Bladt

Jake Stauner (ATH, 6-1, 180, Hawthorn Woods, Ill./Lake Zurich)
- Team Captain
- Coached by David Proffitt

Payson Wick (OL, 6-3, 290, Flossmoor, Ill./Homewood-Flossmoor)
- IFCA All-State Team
- Chicago Sun-Times Southtown All-Area
- All-Southwest Suburban Blue League
- Anchored a line that helped Vikings average 34 points per game
- Coached by Craig Buzea

Andrew Yarwood (TE, 6-4, 195, South Elgin/St. Edwards)
- First Team All-Area in 2011
- Academic All-State in 2011
- Second Team All-Area in 2012
- Team Captain
- Coached by Mike Rolando

[This story was written for Ron Maly by Ty Patton, Drake's assistant athletic director for communications].