2007–08 Drake Bulldogs men's basketball team

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2007–08 Drake Bulldogs men's basketball
MVC Regular Season Champions
MVC Tournament Champions
NCAA 1st Round vs. Western Kentucky, L, 101–99
Conference Missouri Valley Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 23
AP No. 14
2007–08 record 28–5 (15–3 MVC)
Head coach Keno Davis
Assistant coach Chris Davis
Assistant coach Rodell Davis
Assistant coach Justin Ohl
Home arena Knapp Center
Seasons

The 2007–08 Drake Bulldogs men's basketball team represents Drake University in the 2007–08 college basketball season. The team was led by first-year head coach Keno Davis. In 2006–07, the Bulldogs finished 17–15 (6–10 in the Missouri Valley Conference). Drake improved upon their first winning season since the 1986–1987 season, making their first NCAA tournament appearance since their run to the Elite Eight in 1971 and their first postseason appearance since their National Invitational Tournament appearance in 1986.

Preseason[edit]

The preseason Missouri Valley Conference Coaches' Poll picked the Bulldogs to finish ninth. No Drake players were voted to the preseason first or second teams. It is also noteworthy that Drake only returned one starter from the 2006–07 team that won 17 games, namely shooting guard Josh Young.[1]

Drake's starters were so lightly regarded on paper that ESPN.com reporter Adam Rittenberg remarked just before the 2008 NCAA tournament that they "not long ago looked better suited for the scout team than the starting lineup":[2]

  • Point guard Adam Emmenecker was a three-year walk-on who only received a scholarship two days before his senior season,[3] and had career totals of 64 assists and 57 points entering the 2007–08 season.[4]
  • Power forward Jonathan "Bucky" Cox was, like Emmenecker, a former walk-on.[2]
  • Shooting guard Leonard Houston was a three-year reserve who had 193 career points entering the season.[2]
  • Small forward Klayton Korver missed the 2005–06 season after microfracture knee surgery;[2] while he came back to be a starter at the beginning of the 2006–07 season, he had lost his starting job by season's end.[5]
  • Even returning starter Young was not highly regarded coming out of high school; all of his 30 scholarship offers were from mid-majors.[2]

Regular season[edit]

On November 9 and 10 Drake competed in the Saint Mary's Tip-Off Classic. They defeated UC San Diego and lost to Saint Mary's College in the championship game.[6] On December 1, 2007 Drake won the Iowa Realty Invitational with victories over North Carolina Central and Duquesne. On December 8, 2007 Drake won the Drake Regency Classic with victories over Chicago State and Texas-Pan American. On December 14, 2007 Drake broke a 20-year winless streak at Iowa with a 56–51 victory. With the victory Drake improved to 9–1 for the first time since the 1979–80 season.[7] On December 17, 2007 Drake received 6 points in the AP Top 25 poll. That has them ranked T-37th in the nation.[8] The last time Drake was ranked was March 16, 1971.[9] On December 24, 2007 Drake received 3 points in the AP Top 25 poll. That has them ranked T-40th. On December 30, 2007 Drake's RPI rating was 19th in the nation. On December 31, 2007 Drake received 8 points in the AP Top 25 poll. That has them ranked T-35th. On January 2, 2007 Drake won its first game against Southern Illinois since February 17, 1999. Their 11–1 record ties the best start in school history set by the 1969–70 team.[10] It is the first 2–0 start by the Bulldogs in the MVC since the 1995–96 season. With the Bulldogs 71–68 win over Evansville on January 6, 2008 they set a new Drake record for the best start in school history with a 12–1 mark. They are 3–0 in the MVC for the first time since the 1982–83 season.[11] On January 7, 2008 Drake received its first vote of the year in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll.[12] They also received season high 22 points in the AP Top 25 poll with a ranking of T-31.[13] With Drake's victory over Indiana State on January 9, 2008 Drake started 4–0 in the MVC for the first time since 1970. January 10, 2008 Drake's RPI rating was 15th in the nation. On January 12, 2008 Drake won their first game against Missouri State after losing the last 10 games. They also set a school record with a 14–1 mark for the best start in school history. As of before the days game Drake's RPI was 11th in the nation. On January 14, 2008 Drake received 17 points in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll which had them ranked 30th.[14] They also were ranked 26th in the AP Top 25 poll with 75 points.[15] On January 19, 2008 Drake improved their record to 16–1 with a victory over Illinois State in what was the first meeting between two teams with 6–0 conference records in Missouri Valley Conference play.[16] On January 21, 2008 Drake received 92 points in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll which had them ranked 23rd.[17] They also were ranked 22nd in the AP Top 25 poll with 313 points.[18] It is the first time Drake has been ranked since they were ranked 16th in the AP Top 20 poll on March 1975. On January 25, 2008 Drake was ranked 9th in RPI ratings. On January 28, 2008 Drake received 220 points in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll which had them ranked 17th.[19] They also were ranked 16th in the AP Top 25 poll with 616 points.[20] On January 30, 2008 with the Drake win over Creighton and the Kansas' loss to Kansas State, Drake now holds the 2nd longest winning streak in the nation at 18 wins in a row. They are second only to Memphis' 20 connsectutive wins. On February 2, 2008 Drake won 20 games in a season for the first time since the 1970–71 season. On February 4, 2008 Drake received 334 points in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll which had them ranked 15th.[21] They also were ranked 15th in the AP Top 25 poll with 817 points.[22] On February 9, 2008 Drake extended their winning streak to 21 games.[23] On February 11, 2008 Drake received 361 points in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll which had them ranked 15th.[24] They also were ranked 14th in the AP Top 25 poll with 863 points.[25] On February 16, 2008 Drake won the Missouri Valley Conference regular season championship for the first time since the 1970–71 season.[26] Also with the win they now hold the second most wins in Drake history with 23, with the school record being 26 by the 1968–69 team. On February 18, 2008 Drake received 243 points in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll which had them ranked 18th.[27] They also were ranked 16th in the AP Top 25 poll with 612 points.[28] On February 23, 2008 with Drake's 71–64 win over No. 8 Butler, they claimed their first win over a top-10 team since a 56–55 home victory over No. 7 Tulsa on February 15, 1982.[29] On February 25, 2008 Drake received 259 points in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll which had them ranked 20th.[30] They also were ranked 20th in the AP Top 25 poll with 621 points.[31] On March 1, 2008 with Drake's win over Wichita State, Drake won its most games ever in the Missouri Valley Conference with 15. On March 3, 2008 Drake received 116 points in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll which had them ranked 21st.[32] They also were ranked 20th in the AP Top 25 poll with 346 points.[33] The ranking marked the 7th consecutive week Drake was ranked in the AP and Coaches polls. This tied the Drake record set by the 1969–1970 team set from Jan. 27, 1970 through March 10, 1970. This is also the first time a Missouri Valley Conference team has been ranked for seven consecutive weeks since Creighton was ranked during the 2002–2003 season.[34] On March 10, 2008 Drake received 235 points in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll which had them ranked 18th.[35] They also were ranked 16th in the AP Top 25 poll with 672 points.[36] On March 18, 2008 Drake received 310 points in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll which had them ranked 14th.[37] They also were ranked 14th in the AP Top 25 poll with 794 points.[38] On April 7, 2008 Drake received 117 points in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 coaches poll which had them ranked 23rd.[39]

Postseason[edit]

On March 7, 2008 Drake tied the school record for most wins in a season, set by the 1968–1969 team, with their 26th win over Indiana State in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. On March 8, 2008 Drake set a new school record for wins in a season with its semifinal victory over 4th seeded Creighton. The victory also earned them their first Missouri Valley Conference Tournament appearance. On March 9, 2008 Drake won their first ever Missouri Valley Conference Tournament with a 79–49 victory over Illinois State. With the win they also clinched their first NCAA Tournament appearance since the 1970–1971 season.

The Bulldogs were well represented on the MVC postseason honors list:

  • Emmenecker was named the league's MVP. The official conference press release announcing him as MVP called him "perhaps the most improbable MVC Player of the Year (based on pre-season expectations) in league history." In 2007–08, he set a single-season school record with 177 assists in the regular season (since extended to 213), and his average of 6.1 per game led the MVC. He started every game for the Bulldogs after making only two starts in his previous three seasons, and his regular-season totals in assists, points (223), and rebounds (129) more than doubled his previous career totals in all three categories.[4]
  • Young also made the All-MVC first team.[4]
  • Cox and Houston made the All-MVC second team.[4]
  • Emmenecker, Cox, and Houston were all named to the MVC Most Improved Team, with Emmenecker selected as captain.[3]
  • Emmenecker, who carried a 3.97 grade point average in a four-major academic program going into his final academic term at Drake, was also named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.[40]
  • Keno Davis was named MVC Coach of the Year.[41]

In the 2008 NCAA Tournament 5th-seeded Drake took on the 12th-seeded Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. After overcoming a 16-point deficit in the last 8 minutes of the game to send the game into overtime, the Bulldogs would lose 101–99 on Ty Rogers' desperation 26-foot 3-pointer as time expired.[42]

Roster[edit]

2007–08 Drake Bulldogs men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 2 White, AlexAlex White 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Rio Grande High School
Cochise College
Albuquerque, NM
F 4 Heemskerk, BrentBrent Heemskerk 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Christian High School Grand Rapids, MI
G 5 Houston, LeonardLeonard Houston 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Sr West Ottawa High School Holland, MI
G 11 Baryenbruch, JacobJacob Baryenbruch 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr River Valley High School Spring Green, WI
G 13 Avery, KitKit Avery 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) RS Fr Southwest Christian High School Deephaven, MN
G 15 Emmenecker, AdamAdam Emmenecker 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 189 lb (86 kg) Sr Arthur Hill High School Saginaw, MI
G 20 Young, JoshJosh Young 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) So Lawton Christian High School Lawton, OK
F 22 Eaddy, BillBill Eaddy 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Massanutten Military Academy Ypsilanti, MI
G 23 Parker, JoshJosh Parker 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 165 lb (75 kg) Fr Thornton High School Harvey, IL
F 24 Korver, KlaytonKlayton Korver 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Pella High School Pella, IA
F 31 Cox, Jonathan "Bucky"Jonathan "Bucky" Cox 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Barrington High School Barrington, IL
G 32 Daniels, RyanRyan Daniels 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) So LaCueva High School
Butler Community College
Albuquerque, NM
G 34 Dirks, Tyson "Dirty"Tyson "Dirty" Dirks 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Gladbrook Reinbeck High School Reinbeck, IA
F 41 Spiker, BrettBrett Spiker 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Chariton High School
Peru State College
Chariton, IA
G/F 44 Templeton, AdamAdam Templeton 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Central High School
University of California, Irvine
Rapid City, SD
G 50 Hall, John MichaelJohn Michael Hall 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Colquitt County High School
Abraham Baldwin College
Moultrie, GA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Chris Davis (Michigan)
  • Rodell Davis (Iowa)
  • Justin Ohl (Drake)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Missouri Valley Conference standings[edit]

# Team Conference Pct. Overall Pct.
1 Drake
15–3
.833
28–5
.848
2 Illinois State
13–5
.722
25–10
.714
3 Southern Illinois
11–7
.611
18–15
.545
4 Creighton
10–8
.556
23–11
.676
5 Bradley
9–9
.500
20–17
.541
6 Northern Iowa
9–9
.500
18–14
.563
7 Missouri State
8–10
.444
17–16
.515
8 Indiana State
8–10
.444
15–16
.484
9 Wichita State
4–14
.222
11–20
.355
10 Evansville
3–15
.167
9–21
.300

Leaders[edit]

  • Minutes: Adam Emmenecker 1093
  • MPG: Adam Emmenecker 33.1
  • Points: Josh Young 477
  • PPG: Josh Young 15.9
  • Rebounds: Jonathan Cox 282
  • RPG: Jonathan Cox 8.5
  • Field Goals: Leonard Houston 156
  • FG%: Brent Heemskerk .690
  • 3FG: Josh Young 86
  • 3FG%: Bill Eaddy .750
  • Assists: Adam Emmenecker 213
  • APG: Adam Emmenecker 6.5
  • Blocks: Jonathan Cox 3
  • BPG: Jonathan Cox 1.0
  • Steals: Adam Emmenecker 53
  • SPG: Adam Emmenecker 1.6
  • Free Throws: Adam Emmenecker 125
  • FT%: Klayton Korver .860

Player statistics[edit]

Note: GP= Games played; MPG= Minutes per Game; SPG= Steals per Game; RPG = Rebounds per Game; APG. = Assists per Game; BPG = Blocks per Game; PPG = Points per Game

Player GP MPG SPG RPG APG BPG PPG
Kit Avery 8 1.6 0.0 0.5 0.3 0.0 0.0
Jacob Baryenbruch 33 10.4 0.1 0.6 0.8 0.0 2.2
Jonathan Cox 33 31.0 0.8 8.5 0.7 1.0 12.3
Tyson Dirks 8 1.3 0.0 0.1 0.0 0.0 0.0
Bill Eaddy 14 2.8 0.1 0.6 0.1 0.1 1.6
Adam Emmenecker 33 33.1 1.6 4.6 6.5 0.1 8.6
John Michael Hall 33 9.9 0.5 1.1 0.6 0.0 3.5
Brent Heemskerk 33 18.1 0.8 3.3 0.6 0.8 4.7
Leonard Houston 33 31.6 1.4 4.5 1.8 0.2 14.1
Klayton Korver 33 27.0 0.7 3.9 1.2 0.1 10.4
Josh Parker 31 7.0 0.2 1.0 0.9 0.0 2.1
Alex White 10 9.8 0.7 2.9 0.3 0.3 3.7
Josh Young 30 31.9 1.4 2.5 1.8 0.1 15.9

Schedule[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
October 31, 2007*
7:05 PM
Central College W 83–29[44]  1–0
 17  Hall   10  White   4  Emmenecker  Knapp Center (3,859)
Des Moines, IA
November 3, 2007*
2:05 PM
Southwest Minnesota State W 69–51[45]  2–0
 19  Korver   6  Young   5  Emmenecker  Knapp Center (3,669)
Des Moines, IA
Regular Season
November 9, 2007*
3:30 PM
vs. UC San Diego
Saint Mary's Tip-Off Classic First Round
W 81–63[46]  1–0
 21  Houston   10  Cox   4  Emmenecker  McKeon Pavilion (257[47])
Moraga, CA
November 10, 2007*
9:35 PM
at St. Mary's
Saint Mary's Tip-Off Classic Championship
L 66–72[48]  1–1
 18  Cox   9  Cox   4  Emmenecker  McKeon Pavilion (1,836)
Moraga, CA
November 14, 2007*
7:05 PM
Cornell W 92–55[49]  2–1
 23  Houston, Young   9  White   6  Emmenecker  Knapp Center (3,724)
Des Moines, IA
November 24, 2007*
7:05 PM
at UW-Milwaukee W 80–59[50]  3–1
 24  Young   10  Cox   6  Emmenecker, Houston  U.S. Cellular Arena (3,550)
Milwaukee, WI
November 30, 2007*
7:30 PM, Mediacom
North Carolina Central
Iowa Realty Invitational First Round
W 85–48[51]  4–1
 18  Houston   5  Cox, Heemskerk, Houston, Korver, White   7  Emmenecker  Knapp Center (4,124)
Des Moines, IA
December 1, 2007*
7:30 PM, Mediacom
Duquesne
Iowa Realty Invitational Championship
W 77–73[52]  5–1
 23  Houston   9  Cox   7  Emmenecker  Knapp Center (3,793)
Des Moines, IA
December 5, 2007*
6:05 PM, KDSM, KFXA
Iowa State W 79–44[53]  6–1
 23  Young   7  Cox   4  Emmenecker  Knapp Center (6,103)
Des Moines, IA
December 7, 2007*
7:37 PM, Mediacom
Chicago State
Drake Regency Classic First Round
W 83–53[54]  7–1
 23  Young   10  Cox   3  Emmenecker, Hall  Knapp Center (4,605)
Des Moines, IA
December 8, 2007*
7:30 PM, Mediacom
Texas-Pan American
Drake Regency Classic Championship
W 83–55[55]  8–1
 18  Heemskerk   14  Cox   5  Emmenecker  Knapp Center (4,274)
Des Moines, IA
December 14, 2007*
7:05 PM, Big Ten Network
at Iowa W 56–51[56]  9–1
 14  Young   10  Cox   3  Emmenecker, Young  Carver-Hawkeye Arena (9,619)
Iowa City, IA
December 29, 2007
7:05 PM
at Wichita State W 62–54[57]  10–1
(1–0)
 17  Young   8  Cox, Emmenecker   5  Young  Charles Koch Arena (10,478)
Wichita, KS
January 2, 2008
7:05 PM, Mediacom
Southern Illinois W 61–51[58]  11–1
(2–0)
 24  Young   7  Houston   3  Emmenecker  Knapp Center (6,821)
Des Moines, IA
January 6, 2008
2:05 PM, FSN Midwest, Fox College Sports
at Evansville W 71–68[59]  12–1
(3–0)
 19  Cox   6  Cox   10  Emmenecker  Roberts Municipal Stadium (5,356)
Evansville, IN
January 9, 2008
7:05 PM, Mediacom
Indiana State W 75–50[60]  13–1
(4–0)
 18  Cox   14  Cox   6  Emmenecker  Knapp Center (7,168)
Des Moines, IA
January 12, 2008
7:05 PM, Mediacom
Missouri State W 65–54[61]  14–1
(5–0)
 19  Korver   6  Cox   6  Emmenecker  Knapp Center (7,047)
Des Moines, IA
January 16, 2008
7:05 PM
at Bradley W 69–68[62]  15–1
(6–0)
 19  Houston   7  Cox, Houston, Korver   5  Baryenbruch, Emmenecker, Houston  Carver Arena (9,029)
Peoria, IL
January 19, 2008
7:05 PM, Mediacom
Illinois State W 79–73[63]  16–1
(7–0)
 19  Emmenecker   12  Cox   6  Emmenecker  Knapp Center (7,152)
Des Moines, IA
January 22, 2008
7:05 PM
No. 23 at Creighton W 68–60 OT[64] 17–1
(8–0)
 14  Korver   6  Cox, Emmenecker   7  Emmenecker  Qwest Center Omaha (17,053)
Omaha, NE
January 26, 2008
5:05 PM, KDSM, KFXA TV, ESPN Plus
No. 23 Northern Iowa W 68–64[65]  18–1
(9–0)
 23  Korver   12  Cox   7  Emmenecker  Knapp Center (7,152)
Des Moines, IA
January 30, 2008
7:05 PM, Mediacom
No. 17 Creighton W 75–65[66]  19–1
(10–0)
 24  Young   10  Cox   9  Emmenecker  Knapp Center (7,152)
Des Moines, IA
February 2, 2008
6:00 PM
No. 17 at Indiana State W 83–77[67]  20–1
(11–0)
 20  Emmenecker   6  Cox, Heemskerk, Houston   8  Emmenecker  Hulman Center (9,512)
Terre Haute, IN
February 5, 2008
7:05 PM
No. 15 at Illinois State W 73–70[68]  21–1
(12–0)
 22  Houston   6  Cox   8  Emmenecker  Redbird Arena (8,185)
Normal, IL
February 9, 2008
7:05 PM, Mediacom
No. 15 Evansville W 73–65[69]  22–1
(13–0)
 21  Cox   7  Houston   9  Emmenecker  Knapp Center (7,152)
Des Moines, IA
February 13, 2008
7:05 PM
No. 15 at Southern Illinois L 62–65[70]  22–2
(13–1)
 17  Young   10  Cox   4  Emmenecker  SIU Arena (5,712)
Carbondale, IL
February 16, 2008
1:05 PM, KDSM, KFXA
No. 15 at Northern Iowa W 65–55[71]  23–2
(14–1)
 13  Emmenecker   7  Cox, Emmenecker   8  Emmenecker  McLeod Center (7,293)
Cedar Falls, IA
February 19, 2008
7:35 PM, FSN Midwest, Fox College Sports
No. 18 Bradley L 71–72[72]  23–3
(14–2)
 23  Young   7  Houston   7  Emmenecker  Knapp Center (7,152)
Des Moines, IA
February 23, 2008*
4:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 18 at No. 8 Butler W 71–64[73]  24–3
 25  Young   11  Cox   7  Emmenecker  Hinkle Fieldhouse (10,000)
Indianapolis, IN
February 26, 2008
7:05 PM, Mediacom
No. 20 at Missouri State L 83–86[74]  24–4
(14–3)
 18  Young   8  Cox   7  Emmenecker  Hammons Student Center (7,507)
Springfield, MO
March 1, 2008
7:05 PM, ESPN2
No. 20 Wichita State W 73–63[75]  25–4
(15–3)
 19  Korver   7  Cox   8  Emmenecker  Knapp Center (7,152)
Des Moines, IA
Missouri Valley Conference Tournament
March 7, 2008
12:05 PM, Fox Sports
No. 21 vs. Indiana State
Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Quarterfinals
W 68–46[76]  26–4
 16  Houston   10  Emmenecker   5  Emmenecker  Scottrade Center (Unknown)
St. Louis, MO
March 8, 2008
1:35 PM, Fox Sports
No. 21 vs. Creighton
Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Semifinals
W 75–67[77]  27–4
 20  Emmenecker   11  Cox   11  Emmenecker  Scottrade Center (Unknown)
St. Louis, MO
March 9, 2008
1:05 PM, CBS
No. 21 vs. Illinois State
Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Championship
W 79–49[78]  28–4
 20  Cox   7  Cox   6  Emmenecker  Scottrade Center (11,088)
St. Louis, MO
NCAA Tournament
March 21, 2008*
11:30 AM, CBS
No. 14 vs. Western Kentucky
NCAA Tournament First Round
L 99–101 OT[79] 28–5
 29  Cox   16  Cox   14  Emmenecker  St. Pete Times Forum (Unknown)
Tampa, FL
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time..

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