2008–09 Drake Bulldogs men's basketball team
|2008–09 Drake Bulldogs men's basketball|
CIT First Round vs Idaho, L 69–67
|Conference||Missouri Valley Conference|
|2008–09 record||17–16 (7–11 MVC)|
|Head coach||Mark Phelps|
|Assistant coach||Mike Gibson|
|Assistant coach||Kareem Richardson|
|Assistant coach||Justin Ohl|
|Home arena||Knapp Center|
|2008-09 Missouri Valley Conference Men's Basketball Standings|
|Rankings from AP Poll
† MVC Tournament winner
The 2008–09 Drake Bulldogs men's basketball team represents Drake University in the 2008-09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team, which plays in the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), is led by first-year head coach Mark Phelps. In 2007–08, the Bulldogs finished 28–5 (15–3 in the MVC). Drake will try to improve upon their first NCAA tournament appearance since 1971.
On April 21, 2008 Mark Phelps was named the head men's basketball coach at Drake University, succeeding Keno Davis.
Phelps will inherit a team that loses three starters—point guard Adam Emmenecker, shooting guard Leonard Houston, and small forward Klayton Korver. Emmenecker was one of the most compelling individual stories in the 2007–08 college season, going from three-year walk-on to MVC Player of the Year. Houston was a second-team all-MVC selection.
Returning starters are shooting guard Josh Young and power forward Jonathan "Bucky" Cox. Young, the team's leading scorer in 2007–08, joined Emmenecker on the all-MVC first team. Cox was the team's leading rebounder and joined Houston on the all-MVC second team.
Drake will host the Drake Iowa Realty Tournament on December 5–7, 2008 Drake will host the Drake Invitational on December 12–13, 2008. North Dakota State, Stephen F. Austin, and Texas-Pan American will be the participating schools. The January 28, 2009 game against Evansville was reschedueld as Evansville's plane was unable to take off due to weather. The game was scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. CST.
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
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
|John Michael Hall||30||9.6||0.7||1.0||0.9||0.1||2.9|
|November 1, 2008||Truman State||Des Moines, IA||7:05 p.m.||W 77–61||1–0||0–0|
|November 9, 2008||Arkansas Tech||Des Moines, IA||2:05 p.m.||W 57–51||2–0||0–0|
|November 15, 2008||Butler||Des Moines, IA||7:05 p.m.||L 46–56||0–1||0–0|
|November 19, 2008||Morehead State||Des Moines, IA||7:05 p.m.||W 86–70||1–1||0–0|
|November 23, 2008||South Dakota State||Des Moines, IA||2:05 p.m.||W 75–65||2–1||0–0|
|November 29, 2008||Vanderbilt||Cancun, Mex.||7:30 p.m.||L 72–57||2–2||0–0|
|November 30, 2008||New Mexico||Cancun, Mex.||7:15 p.m.||W 68–62||3–2||0–0|
|December 3, 2008||Lincoln||Des Moines, IA||7:05 p.m.||W 75–50||4–2||0–0|
|December 5, 2008||Texas-Pan American||Des Moines, IA||7:30 p.m.||W 59–57||5–2||0–0|
|December 6, 2008||North Carolina Central||Des Moines, IA||7:30 p.m.||W 89–46||6–2||0–0|
|December 9, 2008||Iowa State||Ames, IA||7:05 p.m.||W 66–63||7–2||0–0|
|December 12, 2008||Georgia Southern||Des Moines, IA||7:30 p.m.||W 84–73||8–2||0–0|
|December 13, 2008||Stephen F. Austin||Des Moines, IA||7:30 p.m.||L 66–64||8–3||0–0|
|December 20, 2008||Iowa||Des Moines, IA||3:05 p.m.||W 60–43||9–3||0–0|
|December 28, 2008||Evansville||Evansville, IN||2:05 p.m.||L 76–65||9–4||0–1|
|December 31, 2008||Missouri State||Des Moines, IA||2:00 p.m.||W 67–49||10–4||1–1|
|January 4, 2009||Southern Illinois||Carbondale, IL||6:00 p.m.||W 67–60||11–4||2–1|
|January 7, 2009||Indiana State||Des Moines, IA||7:05 p.m.||W 69–50||12–4||3–1|
|January 11, 2009||Wichita State||Des Moines, IA||6:00 p.m.||W 74–69||13–4||4–1|
|January 14, 2009||Illinois State||Normal, IL||7:05 p.m.||L 65–61||13–5||4–2|
|January 17, 2009||Northern Iowa||Des Moines, IA||11:05 a.m.||L 81–59||13–6||4–3|
|January 21, 2009||Missouri State||Springfield, MO||7:05 p.m.||L 65–44||13–7||4–4|
|January 24, 2009||Creighton||Omaha, NE||1:00 p.m.||W 74–62||14–7||5–4|
|January 29, 2009||Evansville||Des Moines, IA||4:00 p.m.||L 65–62||14–8||5–5|
|January 31, 2009||Wichita State||Wichita, KS||7:05 p.m.||L 63–49||14–9||5–6|
|February 4, 2009||Creighton||Des Moines, IA||1:00 p.m.||L 79–68||14–10||5–7|
|February 7, 2009||Bradley||Des Moines, IA||7:05 p.m.||W 68–54||15–10||6–7|
|February 11, 2009||Indiana State||Terre Haute, IN||6:05 p.m.||L 69–57||15–11||6–8|
|February 15, 2009||Illinois State||Des Moines, IA||6:05 p.m.||L 67–45||15–12||6–9|
|February 18, 2009||Northern Iowa||Cedar Falls, IA||7:05 p.m.||W 47–46||16–12||7–9|
|February 21, 2009||Austin Peay||Des Moines, IA||7:05 p.m.||W 71–54||17–12||7–9|
|February 25, 2009||Southern Illinois||Des Moines, IA||7:35 p.m.||L 56–55||17–13||7–10|
|February 28, 2009||Bradley||Peoria, IL||7:05 p.m.||L 77–75||17–14||7–11|
|March 5, 2009||Indiana State||St. Louis, MO||6:05 p.m.||L 62–55||17–15||7–11|
|March 18, 2009||Idaho||Moscow, ID||10:05 p.m.||L 69–67||17–16||7–11|
|*Rank according to ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. #All times are in CST. Conference games in BOLD.|
- "Season Box Score". 2007–08 Drake Men's Basketball Statistics. Drake University Athletic Department. 2008-03-21. Archived from the original on 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2008-04-25.