Men’s Basketball Announces 2016-17 Non-Conference Schedule

first_imgStory Links 2016-17 Non-Conference Schedule DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team will play six home games as part of its 12-game non-conference schedule announced Friday, July 1.The Bulldogs will potentially face a total of six teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season and three others that qualified for postseason play. The slate of non-conference opponents boasted a combined record of 297-233 (.560) in 2015-16.”I’m excited about this year’s schedule and the opportunity to play more home games,” said Drake head coach Ray Giacoletti. “It’s a competitive and challenging schedule that will test us in many ways and prepare us for the Valley season.”The Bulldogs open the season at the Knapp Center on Nov. 11 against South Dakota, marking the third-straight year the team has opened a season at home. The Bulldogs take to the road on Nov. 15  to face UMKC in Kansas City, Mo., before returning home to host nearby Simpson College on Nov. 19.Three games at the GCI Great Alaska Shootout follow on Nov. 24-26 in Anchorage, Ak. The Bulldogs open play in the tournament against NCAA Tournament participant Iona on Nov. 24. The potential second round opponent on Nov. 25 will be either Weber State or UC Davis. Weber State won 26 games last season en route to the Big Sky Conference title and an NCAA Tournament appearance. Drake’s opponent in the final game will be either Buffalo, Oakland, Nevada or Alaska Anchorage. Buffalo, Oakland and Nevada all advanced to postseason play last year. Upon their return from the 49th state, the Bulldogs head to Chicago to face DePaul on Nov. 30 for the third meeting in as many seasons against the Blue Demons. This year’s meeting will be played at McGrath-Phillips Arena on the DePaul campus.The Bulldogs will remain in Des Moines for the entire month of December, starting with a Dec. 3 game against Mountain West Conference Tournament champion Fresno State as part of the MVC/MWC Challenge. A week later, Drake hosts Jackson State on Dec. 10. The Tigers won 20 games in 2015-16 and advanced to the second round of the CIT.On Dec. 17, Drake and Iowa State meet in the annual Hy-Vee Big Four Classic at Wells Fargo Arena and two days later, South Dakota State visits the Knapp Center on Dec. 19. The Jackrabbits won 26 games last season to claim the Summit League title and advance to the NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs close the non-conference schedule at home on Dec. 22 against Mississippi Valley State. Conference play commences following the holiday break with the Bulldogs slated to face the usual slew of MVC opponents as part of the 18-game, round-robin conference schedule.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more