Illinois State vs. Drake: Full Game Preview

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Illinois State vs. Drake: Full Game Preview
Illinois State
(13-10, 3-5 away)
Drake
(11-11, 8-4 home)
Venue: Knapp Center
8:05PM ET / 5:05PM PT, February 06, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
Illinois State J Carmichael 17.9 J Carmichael 9.4 K Keane 3.8
Drake B Simons 14.4 J Clarke 8.0 R Carter 3.3

Drake plays host to Illinois State at Knapp Center on Wednesday. Tip-off is at 8:05 EST and you can catch it on MC22 or ESPN3.com. The Bulldogs defeated the Redbirds 82-77 on January 12th and are 4-5 against them over the past four years.

Drake is in 5th place in the Missouri Valley, Illinois State is in 9th place.

The Bulldogs got past Indiana State 74-71 on February 2nd with the help of 21 points and 5 rebounds from Ben Simons. At 14.4, he paces the team in points per game. For the Redbirds, Jackie Carmichael finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds in the 83-47 blowout of Southern Illinois on February 2nd. He leads the team in points with 17.9 per game, rebounds with 9.4 per game, and blocks with 2.0 per game.

Illinois State StatSmack

  • The Drake three-point leader (Ben Simons) has more three-pointers than the Illinois State three-point leader (Tyler Brown).
  • Drake is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Drake is 209 lbs compared to 200 lbs for Illinois State.
  • You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Drake currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (977 to 973) than Illinois State, per the NCAA.
  • Even computers respect Drake more. We have a better RPI this season than Illinois State (RPI: #134 vs #146).
  • Drake has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Illinois State according to Kiplinger (65% vs 42%).
  • Drake is a better three-point shooting team (39.5% vs 34.6%) than Illinois State this season.
  • Boom! Drake defeated Illinois State by 5 points the last time they played (Jan 12, 2013).
  • Richard Carter is ranked 10th in the Missouri Valley in assists.
  • How does our back look? Drake is ranked higher than Illinois State in the Missouri Valley (#5 vs #9).
  • Keep filling up on cupcakes. Drake has a stronger schedule than Illinois State this season (SOS Rank: #81 vs #135).
  • We're so much better than you, we get lazy. Drake has come back to win after being down at half against Illinois State 4 times since 2003.
IllSt Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B+ J. Carmichael 30 18 9 1 1 2 2
B Tyler Brown 28 16 4 2 1 0 3
C Bryant Allen 27 9 2 2 1 0 1
C Johnny Hill 24 7 3 3 1 0 2
C Jon Ekey 23 7 4 1 1 1 1
C John Wilkins 19 6 3 1 0 1 1
C- Nick Zeisloft 16 5 2 1 0 0 0
C- Kaza Keane 20 3 2 4 1 0 2
D+ Geoffrey Allen 8 4 3 1 1 0 1
D+ Jordan Threloff 9 3 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Zeke Upshaw 7 3 1 1 0 0 0
D Matt Stacho 3 2 0 0 1 0 1
D Anthony Cousin 9 1 1 1 0 0 1
DRAKE Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
C+ Ben Simons 35 14 4 2 1 0 2
C+ Jordan Clarke 27 9 8 1 1 0 1
C Seth VanDeest 21 9 5 1 0 1 2
C Richard Carter 24 9 2 3 1 0 2
C Chris Hines 26 9 2 1 1 0 1
C- Joey King 19 7 3 1 0 0 1
C- Micah Mason 18 6 1 2 1 0 2
D Gary Ricks Jr. 15 3 1 1 0 0 0
D Daddy Ugbede 7 3 2 0 0 0 0
D Jeremy Jeffers 12 4 1 1 0 0 1
D- Matt Bowie 2 0 0 0 0 0 1
F M. McLaughlin 3 0 1 0 0 0 1
F Kori Babineaux 8 1 1 1 0 0 1
F Robert Puleikis 6 4 2 0 0 0 0
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