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Men’s basketball starts offseason workouts

Head coach Mark Phelps has high expectations for next season, as his young Bulldogs have gained a year of experience under their belts. Next season will be Phelps’ fourth at Drake, and it will be the first time he has more upperclassmen than underclassmen. Drake loses fifth-year senior guard Ryan Wedel, but the returns of Frank Wiseler and Karl Madison from injury should help fill the point guard void. Freshman Rayvonte Rice, who made the MVC All-Freshman and All-Newcomer teams, will be expected to shoulder even more of the scoring load with the loss of Wedel. The Bulldogs will welcome only one freshman next year, 6-foot-5 guard Judd Welfringer from Waukee, Iowa.

Men’s golf hits the road

Drake will compete in the Branson Creek Invitational today and tomorrow at the Branson Creek Golf Club in Hollister, Mo. The tournament is hosted by Missouri State. This invite marks the last time the Bulldogs will be in action until the State Farm MVC Championship on April 25 and 26. The last competition for Drake was the Jackrabbit Invitational, in which the Bulldogs finished sixth on March 15. Senior Ben Freeman led the charge with a third-place individual finish.

NCAA title game tonight

Today is a sad day for America, as basketball fans will have to wait another year for March Madness. Tonight marks the finale of the tournament, with the national championship game between Butler and Connecticut. The eighth-seeded Butler Bulldogs are remarkably making their second-straight appearance in the title game, while the third-seeded UConn Huskies look to ride Kemba Walker to head coach Jim Calhoun’s third national title. The game in Houston is scheduled to get underway at 8:18 p.m., and Connecticut is favored by 3.5 points.

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