Open main menu

2016–17 Drake Bulldogs men's basketball team

The 2016–17 Drake Bulldogs men's basketball team represented Drake University during the 2016–17 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Bulldogs were led by interim head coach Jeff Rutter. They played their home games at the Knapp Center in Des Moines, Iowa and were members of the Missouri Valley Conference.

2016–17 Drake Bulldogs men's basketball
Drake Bulldogs "D" logo.svg
ConferenceMissouri Valley Conference
2016–17 record7–24 (5–13 MVC)
Head coachRay Giacoletti (8 games)
Jeff Rutter (interim)
Assistant coaches
  • Dave Buchanan
  • JR Blount
Home arenaKnapp Center
Seasons
2016–17 Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Illinois State 17 1   .944     28 7   .800
No. 19 Wichita State 17 1   .944     31 5   .861
Northern Iowa 9 9   .500     14 16   .467
Southern Illinois 9 9   .500     17 16   .515
Loyola (IL) 8 10   .444     18 14   .563
Missouri State 7 11   .389     17 16   .515
Bradley 7 11   .389     13 20   .394
Evansville 6 12   .333     16 17   .485
Indiana State 5 13   .278     11 20   .355
Drake 5 13   .278     7 24   .226
2017 MVC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

Fourth-year head coach Ray Giacoletti resigned on December 6, 2016 after the first eight games of the season.[1] Assistant coach Jeff Rutter was named interim head coach.[1]

They finished the season 7–24, 5–13 to finish in a tie for ninth place in MVC play. They lost in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament to Bradley.

Following the season, the school chose not to keep Jeff Rutter as head coach and hired Niko Medved, former head coach at Furman, as the Bulldogs' new head coach.[2]

Previous seasonEdit

The Bulldogs finished the season 7–24, 2–16 in Missouri Valley play to finish in last place. They lost in the first round of the Missouri Valley Tournament to Missouri State.

PreseasonEdit

Drake was picked to finish last in the preseason MVC poll.[3]

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Karl Madison 1 G 5'11" 174 RS Senior Springfield, IL Graduated
Kale Abrahamson 31 F 6'8" 221 RS Junior West Des Moines, IA Graduate transferred to Duquesne
Dominik Olejniczak 44 C 7'0" 249 Freshman Toruń, Poland Transferred to Ole Miss

Incoming TransfersEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
De'Antae McMurray 4 G 6'1" 185 Junior Alton, IL Junior college transferred from Southwestern Illinois College
T.J. Thomas 10 F 6'8" 200 Junior Lithonia, GA Junior college transferred from Tyler JC

Incoming recruitsEdit

Drake did not have any incoming players in the 2016 recruiting class.

Recruiting class of 2017Edit

RosterEdit

2016–17 Drake Bulldogs men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 0 C. J. Rivers 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 187 lb (85 kg) Jr Cahokia Cahokia, IL
F 2 Billy Wampler 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) So Regis Eau Claire, WI
G 3 Graham Woodward 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 182 lb (83 kg) RS Jr Penn State
Edina HS
Edina, MN
G 4 De'Antae McMurray 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Jr Southwestern Illinois College
Alton HS
Alton, IL
F 10 T. J. Thomas 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Jr Tyler JC
Tucker HS
Stone Mountain, GA
C 11 Jacob Enevold 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 246 lb (112 kg) Sr Falkonergardens Gymnasium Lunderskov, Denmark
G 12 Reed Timmer 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr Eisenhower New Berlin, WI
G 14 A. J. Rutter (W) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS Jr Glibert Ames, IA
G 21 Will Halfon (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Fr Cherry Creek Greenwood Village, CO
F 22 Casey Schlatter 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 207 lb (94 kg) RS So Iowa Falls Alden Iowa Falls, IA
G 23 Ore Arogundade 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jr St. Viator Arlington Heights, IL
G 24 Nick Girardi (W) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Fossil Ridge Fort Collins, CO
F 25 Johannes Dolven 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (104 kg) RS Fr Wang Videregående Oslo, Norway
C 32 Kory Kuenstling 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 234 lb (106 kg) RS So Dunkerton Community School Dunkerton, IA
F 35 Nick McGlynn 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 223 lb (101 kg) So Stoughton Stoughton, WI
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Schedule and resultsEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
11/05/2016*
5:05 PM, ESPN3
Concordia–St. Paul W 81–75 
Knapp Center (2,224)
Des Moines, IA
Non-conference regular season
11/11/2016
8:35 PM, ESPN3
South Dakota L 74–79  0–1
Knapp Center (2,439)
Des Moines, IA
11/15/2016
6:35 PM
at UMKC L 62–68  0–2
Municipal Auditorium (1,535)
Kansas City, MO
11/19/2016
2:05 PM, ESPN3
Simpson W 76–61  1–2
Knapp Center (2,541)
Des Moines, IA
11/24/2016*
8:30 PM, CBSSN
vs. Iona
Great Alaska Shootout quarterfinals
L 53–64  1–3
Alaska Airlines Center (2,039)
Anchorange, AK
11/25/2016*
5:00 PM
vs. UC Davis
Great Alaska Shootout consolation 2nd round
L 58–64  1–4
Alaska Airlines Center (2,308)
Anchorage, AK
11/26/2016*
3:00 PM
at Alaska Anchorage
Great Alaska Shootout 7th place game
L 69–74  1–5
Alaska Airlines Center (2,030)
Anchorage, AK
11/30/2016*
7:30 PM, FSN
at DePaul L 75–77  1–6
McGrath-Phillips Arena (2,091)
Chicago, IL
12/03/2016*
2:05 PM, MC22
Fresno State
MW–MVC Challenge
L 76–78 OT 1–7
Knapp Center (2,633)
Des Moines, IA
12/10/2016*
2:05 PM, MC22
Jackson State L 63–68  1–8
Knapp Center (2,467)
Des Moines, IA
12/17/2016*
6:00 PM, MC22
vs. Iowa State
Hy-Vee Classic
L 80–97  1–9
Wells Fargo Arena (15,028)
Des Moines, IA
12/19/2016*
7:05 PM, MC22
South Dakota State L 75–83  1–10
Knapp Center (2,385)
Des Moines, IA
12/22/2016*
7:05 PM, MC22
Mississippi Valley State W 101–69  2–10
Knapp Center (2,268)
Des Moines, IA
Missouri Valley Conference regular season
12/29/2016
7:05 PM, MC22
Loyola–Chicago W 102–98  3–10
(1–0)
Knapp Center (3,007)
Des Moines, IA
01/01/2017
4:00 PM, ESPN3
at Southern Illinois L 69–83  3–11
(1–1)
SIU Arena (4,143)
Carbondale, IL
01/04/2017
7:00 PM, ESPN3
at Wichita State L 65–90  3–12
(1–2)
Charles Koch Arena (10,383)
Wichita, KS
01/08/2017
3:00 PM, ESPN3
Evansville W 88–76  4–12
(2–2)
Knapp Center (2,688)
Des Moines, IA
01/11/2017
7:05 PM, MC22
Indiana State W 87–70  5–12
(3–2)
Knapp Center (2,958)
Des Moines, IA
01/15/2017
3:00 PM, ESPN3
at Northern Iowa L 60–79  5–13
(3–3)
McLeod Center (4,652)
Cedar Falls, IA
01/18/2017
7:05 PM, MC22/ESPN3
Southern Illinois W 88–84 OT 6–13
(4–3)
Knapp Center (2,508)
Des Moines, IA
01/21/2017
7:00 PM, MVC TV
at Illinois State L 58–72  6–14
(4–4)
Redbird Arena (8,123)
Normal, IL
01/24/2017
7:05 PM, ESPN3
at Missouri State W 72–71 OT 7–14
(5–4)
JQH Arena (4,729)
Springfield, MO
01/28/2017
1:00 PM, CBSSN
Northern Iowa L 63–71  7–15
(5–5)
Knapp Center (5,237)
Des Moines, IA
02/01/2017
6:00 PM, CSNCHI
Wichita State L 69–77  7–16
(5–6)
Knapp Center (3,024)
Des Moines, IA
02/04/2017
1:00 PM, ESPN3
at Bradley L 72–79  7–17
(5–7)
Carver Arena (5,815)
Peoria, IL
02/07/2017
7:05 PM, MC22
Illinois State L 53–82  7–18
(5–8)
Knapp Center (2,812)
Des Moines, IA
02/11/2017
1:00 PM, ESPN3
at Indiana State L 60–84  7–19
(5–9)
Hulman Center (4,280)
Terre Haute, IN
02/14/2017
7:00 PM, ESPN3
at Evansville L 70–87  7–20
(5–10)
Ford Center (3,639)
Evansville, IN
02/18/2017
7:05 PM, MVC TV/ESPN3
Missouri State L 73–76  7–21
(5–11)
Knapp Center (2,818)
Des Moines, IA
02/22/2017
7:00 PM, ESPN3
at Loyola–Chicago L 65–80  7–22
(5–12)
Joseph J. Gentile Arena (2,163)
Chicago, IL
02/25/2017
1:00 PM, ESPN3
Bradley L 74–82  7–23
(5–13)
Knapp Center (2,860)
Des Moines, IA
Missouri Valley Tournament
03/02/2017
8:35 PM, ESPN3/FSMW/CSNC
(10) vs. (7) Bradley
First Round
L 58–67  7–24
Scottrade Center (5,057)
St. Louis, MO
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time Source[4][5].

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Drake's Giacoletti resigns: 'I think it's time for a new voice'". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2017-02-08.
  2. ^ "Jeff Rutter feels he was treated 'fairly and seriously' during Drake search". Des Moines Register. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
  3. ^ TN, Streamline Technologies - Nashville,. "Shockers Tabbed as MVC Men's Hoops Favorite". Missouri Valley Conference. Archived from the original on 2016-10-28. Retrieved 2016-10-28.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  4. ^ "Men's Basketball - Schedule - GoDrakeBulldogs.com Official Web site of Drake University Athletics". godrakebulldogs.com.
  5. ^ http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/team/schedule/_/id/2181