I mean, Good Lord, do you have any idea how bad the Drake Bulldogs have been for the past few decades?
From ESPN (Drake a blessed reminder of college hoops ecstasy):
All of America wonders how Drake has become the surprise story of the year in college hoops.According to what I've picked up in the alumni newsletter and other media, the Bulldogs started the season expected to finish dead last in the Missouri Valley Conference. They have a brand-new coach this year (the son of the previous coach) and two of the starting players are former walk-ons to the team.
Drake already has won its first Missouri Valley Conference title since 1971, and the Bulldogs are a lock for the school's first NCAA Tournament berth since '71. Before Saturday, they hadn't beaten a top-10 opponent in 26 years. They hadn't had a winning Valley record since 1986. They have finished last in the Valley 11 times since '71.
And they've managed to pull an incredible season out of seemingly thin air. A real Cinderella story.
My husband, also a Drake alum, is excited. They've even inspired me, who only has a mild interest in most sports, to jump on the bandwagon. It'll be the first time ever that I fill out a NCAA bracket, and actually care about one of the teams. (Yeah, now I've cursed them.)
Their schedule shows them playing Tuesday night against Missouri State, then Saturday against Wichita State, then on to the conference tournament next week. Saturday's game is supposed to be on ESPN 2. You know it'll be on in our household.