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BC-BKC--Drake’s Rise

January 15, 2018
AP Sports Writer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Drake hired coach Niko Medved in the offseason with the hope that he could eventually lead the Bulldogs to Missouri Valley Conference titles.

No one thought they would push for the Valley crown as early as 2018.

And yet Drake (11-8, 5-1 MVC), after an unassuming non-conference effort that included a 26-point loss to Iowa, heads to Northern Iowa on Tuesday with a one-game lead over Loyola and Missouri State.

It’s been a remarkable turnaround for the Medved and the surging Bulldogs, who’ve already won twice on the road — matching their combined total from the three previous seasons — after finishing just 7-24 last season.