Drake ball fans hung tight 13 years for this. Whatever this was.
In the NCAA Tournament interestingly since 2008, the Drake Bulldogs rose up out of the tumult with a 53-52 success over Wichita State on Thursday night in the First Four.
The Bulldogs advance to play USC in a 6 versus 11 challenge on Saturday evening.
In a matchup that would have felt more comfortable fourteen days sooner in St. Louis, the previous Missouri Valley Conference adversaries met without precedent for a very long time. In contrast to their past 11 gatherings, the Bulldogs completed it. After Joseph Yesufu missed the front finish of a 1-and-1 with 5 seconds left, Wichita State had the ball down one with an opportunity to win. Alterique Gilbert pulled up — maybe a second sooner than he expected to — and released what might have been a match dominating three. All things considered, the ball skiped off the front of the edge, sending Drake into the West Region.
Here’s the manner by which we got to that last succession:
The game was for the most part revolting
This game was ugly for around 33 minutes. Wichita State played choking out guard and Drake offered itself no courtesies, making terrible efforts and going significant length without field objectives. During one stretch in the principal a large portion of, the Bulldogs missed 10 straight shots and were stuck on only six focuses. Even after they went on a hurry to end the half and pull inside a point, they returned to their old propensities in the subsequent half, allowing Wichita State to expand the lead once more. Darnell Brodie made a jumper 30 seconds into the subsequent half yet Drake didn’t make another field objective for almost seven minutes
Tyson Etienne was a virtual non-factor on offense
The Shockers’ driving scorer and the AAC co-Player of the Year didn’t score a point until more than halfway during that time half when he split a couple of free tosses. By at that point, he was 0-6 from the field with three fouls and a turnover. He submitted his fourth only seconds after the fact and didn’t score once more.