1968–69 Drake Bulldogs men's basketball team

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1968–69 Drake Bulldogs men's basketball
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Missouri Valley Conference Champions
Third Place vs. North Carolina, W, 104–84
Conference Missouri Valley Conference
Ranking
AP No. 3
1968–69 record 26–5 (13–3 MVC)
Head coach Maury John
Assistant coach Dan Callahan
Assistant coach Gus Guydon
Home arena Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Seasons

The 1968–69 Drake Bulldogs men's basketball team represented Drake University in the 1968–69 college basketball season. The team was led by eleventh-year head coach Maury John. In 1967–68, the Bulldogs finished 18–8 (9–7 in the Missouri Valley Conference). They were also trying to make their first NCAA tournament appearance since as well as their first postseason appearance since their National Invitation Tournament appearance in 1964.

Regular season[edit]

The Bulldogs were 12–1 at home as well as 8–3 on the road and 6–1 at neutral locations. With their third-place finish in the NCAA Tournament Drake had their best NCAA finish up to that point, and as of the start of the 2007–2008 season. On December 27–28, 1968 Drake played in the Dallas Classic in Dallas, Texas against Minnesota and Southern Methodist. Drake was ranked in the AP Top 20 Poll on several occasions during the season. Drake was ranked 18th during the week of January 7, 1969. Drake was once again ranked 11th on March 4, 1969. On March 8, 1969 Drake won a MVC playoff game 77–73 in Wichita, Kansas to determine the conference champion. A documentary on the 1968–69 Drake Basketball team was made in 2004 by filmmaker Jacob Adams of Impossible Productions and is available from his website. Most of the UCLA—Drake game was recreated with an old coach's film and radio play by play. Intercut are commentaries by Drake players and coaches.

Missouri Valley Conference standings[edit]

# Team Conference Pct. Overall Pct.
1 Drake
13–3
.813
26–5
.839
2 Louisville
13–3
.813
21–6
.778
3 Tulsa
11–5
.688
19–8
.704
4 Cincinnati
8–8
.500
17–9
.654
5 North Texas State
8–8
.500
15–10
.600
6 Bradley
7–9
.438
14–12
.539
7 Wichita State
7–9
.438
11–15
.423
8 Saint Louis
5–11
.313
6–19
.240
9 Memphis State
0–16
.000
6–19
.240

Roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

No. Position Player
5 United States F Dolph Pulliam
32 United States G Don Draper
12 United States F/G Ron Gwin
31 United States G Bob Mast
15 United States G Willie McCarter
?? United States C Jim O'Dea
?? United States C Garry Odom
?3 United States C Larry Sharp
No. Position Player
42 United States F Willie Wise
34 United States F Dale Teeter
43 United States C Rick Wanamaker
41 United States F Al Williams
22 United States G Gary Zeller
24 United States F Jim Nordrum
10 United States G Al Sakys
21 United States G Dave Wicklund


Player statistics[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; RPG = Rebounds per Game; PPG = Points per Game[1]

Player GP RPG PPG
Willie McCarter 31 3.7 20.4
Willie Wise 30 11.4 14.6
Dolph Pulliam 31 7.7 13.2
Don Draper 31 2.4 12.2
Al Williams 31 7.2 8.8
Gary Zeller 31 1.6 6.3
Rick Wanamaker 28 3.3 4.3
Gary Odom 30 4.4 3.7
Ron Gwin 25 1.3 2.6
Al Sakys 7 0.2 1.8
Larry Sharp 17 1.1 1.5
Others 31 0.6 2.7

Schedule[edit]

MVC Standing: 1st
Date Opponent* Rank* Location Time# Result Overall Conference
Regular Season Games
December 2, 1968 Cal Poly Pomona Des Moines, IA W 118–79 1–0 0–0
December 7, 1968 St. Cloud State Des Moines, IA W 92–52 2–0 0–0
December 9, 1968 #20 Marquette Des Moines, IA W 68–63 3–0 0–0
December 14, 1968 Iowa Des Moines, IA W 89–74 4–0 0–0
December 19, 1968 Iowa State State Gymnasium, Ames, IA W 81–71 4–0 0–0
December 21, 1968 Nevada-Reno Reno, NV W 90–76 6–0 0–0
December 23, 1968 Pacific Stockton, CA L 75–77 6–1 0–0
December 27, 1968 Minnesota Moody Coliseum, University Park, TX W 71–48 7–1 0–0
December 28, 1968 SMU Moody Coliseum, University Park, TX W 86–81 8–1 0–0
January 2, 1969 Memphis State Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, TN W 73–71 9–1 1–0
January 4, 1969 Saint Louis Des Moines, IA W 104–65 10–1 2–0
January 9, 1969 Wichita State #18 Des Moines, IA W 86–81 11–1 3–0
January 11, 1969 Tulsa #18 Des Moines, IA L 78–86 11–2 3–1
January 14, 1969 #19 Cincinnati Armory Fieldhouse, Cincinnati, OH W 69–64 12–2 4–1
January 23, 1969 Bradley Des Moines, IA W 93–76 13–2 5–1
January 25, 1969 Louisville Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY L 70–84 13–3 5–2
January 30, 1969 North Texas State Denton, TX L 99–118 13–4 5–3
February 1, 1969 Memphis State Des Moines, IA W 85–72 14–4 6–3
February 5, 1969 Iowa State Des Moines, IA W 94–71 15–4 6–3
February 11, 1969 North Texas State Des Moines, IA W 91–76 16–4 7–3
February 13, 1969 Bradley Peoria, IL W 91–76 17–4 8–3
February 20, 1969 Wichita State Wichita Field House, Wichita, KS W 120–94 18–4 9–3
February 22, 1969 #14 Tulsa Tulsa, OK W 87–78 19–4 10–3
February 23, 1969 Cincinnati Des Moines, IA W 85–68 20–4 11–3
March 1, 1969 #11 Louisville Des Moines, IA W 101–67 21–4 12–3
March 6, 1969 Saint Louis #11 St. Louis, MO W 93–78 22–4 13–3
March 8, 1969 #15 Louisville #11 Wichita, KS W 77–73 23–4 13–3
NCAA Tournament
March 13, 1969 Texas A&M Ahearn Field House, Manhattan, KS W 81–63 24–4 13–3
March 15, 1969 Colorado State Ahearn Field House, Manhattan, KS W 84–77 25–4 13–3
March 20, 1969 UCLA Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY L 82–85 25–5 13–3
March 22, 1969 North Carolina Freedom Hall, Louisville, KY W 104–84 26–5 13–3
*Rank according to AP Top 20 Poll. #All times are in EST. Conference games in BOLD.

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