Gametime Primer: Jays vs. Drake

creighton @bulldog34

Wednesday, February 4th , 7PM
Knapp Center

Radio: Big Sports 590 AM or Bigsports590.com
Sirius Satellite Radio Ch. 130
TV: KMTV (Channel 5 on Cox in Omaha)
Mediacom in Iowa
Online Streaming Available

Creighton Game Notes | Drake Game Notes

Audio to Listen To
Bluejay coach Dana Altman (BS 590)
Steve Pivovar from OWH talks Bluejays (1620 The Zone)
Dana Altman on MVC weekly teleconference (MVC Sports)
Drake coach Phelps on MVC weekly teleconference (MVC Sports)

Other Previews
Only Henry Iba has more wins at a Valley School (OWH)
All Signs Pointing to Big Future for Young (OWH)
Creighton motivated to stop slide in series (Des Moines Register)

The Jays hit the road for a two game road trip across Iowa.  First up are the Drake Bulldogs.   Here are the storylines for Drake as of late:

  • Drake has lost 5 of their last 6 with the one win against the Jays at the Qwest Center.
  • Creighton has lost the last 4 against Drake
  • Drake has lost their last 2 games at home.
  • Drake has been victimized by cold shooting during its tailspin, shooting 40.8 percent from the floor (122-299), while averaging 56.2 points in the last six games.
  • The Bulldogs also are hitting just 25.7 percent beyond the three-point arc (35-136), averaging only 5.8 treys. Drake was ranked among the MVC leaders in three-point baskets before its slide averaging 8.4 treys per game.

Many remember the last matchup between these two a couple weeks ago at the Qwest Center. The Jays  let the Drake’s little guard Craig Stanley grab 12 rebounds, let John Michael Hall (who sounds like he needs to be in the movie Sixteen Candles) get a career high in points and the Jays were cold as ice from the field in the 2nd half.

That game is a memory that needs to go away.  After two confidence building games againt Indiana St. and Missouri St., the Jays are looking to use this stretch as an opportunity separate themselves from the what used to be a three-way tie for second (Bradley lost against UNI tonight) and secure at least the 2nd seed for the MVC tourney.

The emergence of Antoine Young,  Justin Carter and Casey Harriman over the past several games along with bigger contributions from Kenton Walker and Kenny Lawson are a solid core to support the struggles that P’Allen Stinnett (knee) and Booker Woodfox (shooting woes) to help get the Jays back on track and building some better team chemistry.

As hard of a time as fans and others have given P’Allen Stinnett lately, to me, he gets a bit of a pass after finding out the situation with his knee and that he is still able to contribute.  That is a sign of toughness and to still be confident enough for the lob dunk on Sunday, I applaud the effort.  I’m not a big Jay Bilas fan, but his article last week on Toughness in College Hoops is something everyone should read.  I’m sure some teams could be inspired to play differently and I think this Bluejay team has been playing a little differently after that last Drake game.

A nice Creighton following appears to be headed to Des Moines for this game.  They should be in for a good one.  I’ll be excited to see if the Jays can use this game as a springboard to the matchup with UNI on Saturday.   However, Drake I would think will be really fired up since they probably think they are due for a win and the last time they won, they beat this Bluejay team.

But in the end, Booker is going to break out of his shooting struggles and Justin Carter will continue to show his building confidence and the Jays are in for a “Retribution Week.”  Drakes shooting woes will continue.  They can be cold on their home court.  Karma….At least that’s what Earl says.

Prediction:  Jays 69, Drake 64

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