The Buena Vista men's basketball team has been waiting to face some competition other than itself, and that chance comes on Thursday night when the Beavers play at Drake University in an exhibition game inside the Knapp Center at 7:00 p.m. It'll be the season-opener for the Bulldogs.
Who: Buena Vista (0-0) @ Drake (0-0)
When: Thursday, November 8 , 2018 | 7:00pm
Where: Des Moines, Iowa | Knapp Center
Radio: 97.5FM KBVU (local broadcast)
Live Video: http://www.espn.com/watch/_/id/b281d095-8ed4-433e-8643-828a5689613b/buena-vista-vs-drake
Drake - The Bulldogs are playing their season-opener after taking on Coe College in an exhibition contest on November 4, picking up a 99-58 victory over the Kohawks. It led by just 11 at the break before going on to connect on 8-of-17 attempts from long range in the second half while shooting 21-of-35 overall from the field and outscoring Coe by 30. Tremell Murphy helped lead the way with 10 points in his first outing as a Bulldog to go along with a team-leading seven rebounds. Drake is set to begin its first season under Darian DeVries, who arrived in Des Moines after nearly two decades as an assistant coach at Creighton University. The Bulldogs return just one starter from last year's team that finished 17-17, including a 10-8 mark in Missouri Valley Conference play.
2018-19 Returning Individual Leaders
Scoring: Nick McGlynn - 11.8ppg
Rebounding: Nick McGlynn – 5.7rpg
FG%: Nick McGlynn - 52.3%
Minutes: Nick McGlynn - 23.3
Buena Vista - The Beavers are playing the first of it's two exhibition games this week as they well also travel to the University of Nebraska-Omaha for a Friday afternoon tip. The team is gearing up for its first season with a new head coach for the first time in over two decades. Todd Lorensen, who captured a junior college national title two years ago as coach at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa, takes over the reins. BVU has a pair of starters back this season (Connor Winkelman and Timothy Jeffries), along with sophomore Michael Demers who came off the bench in 17 games a year ago. Jeffries is the team's top returning point scorer from a season ago. It has just four other players back that combined to play in 28 games. The Beavers averaged over 83 points per contest in 2017-18 while going 17-9 and placing third in the conference standings after a 10-6 record.
The Bulldogs play their first road contest of the season on Tuesday, November 13 at the University of Colorado at 7:00 p.m. Buena Vista will play a second exhibition game when it travels to Nebraska-Omaha for a 12:00 p.m. tip-off on November 9 before it opens the season on Thursday, November 15, hosting Bethany Lutheran College at 7:00 p.m.