first_imgThe Drake University men’s basketball team returns to action this weekend with the fourth-annual edition of the Hy-Vee Big Four Classic against Iowa. Tipoff against the Hawkeyes is scheduled 3:30 p.m. on Saturday with the contest broadcast via ESPN3 from Wells Fargo Arena.The Bulldogs have had the past week off from competition for final exams and are aiming to snap a three-game losing streak that has the team’s record at 4-6 on the season. Iowa travels to Des Moines with a 7-3 record and is receiving votes in both polls this week.Drake’s defense will face an Iowa offense that enters Saturday’s game ranked 36th nationally in scoring at 83.6 points per game. However, Drake has yet to surrender more than 80 points in a game this season.In the Bulldogs’ last outing, a 79-71 loss at Nevada, Jacob Enevold recorded his first double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. The 7-foot center has 24 total rebounds in the last two games. Those two losses have seen sophomore Reed Timmer lead Drake in scoring with 47 total points in those outings. Against DePaul, he recorded a career-high 30 points. His 30-point outing marked the fourth-time this season that Timmer has scored 20 or more points and the seventh time a Bulldog has done so this season. Last season, a Drake player scored 20 or more points just nine times all season.To add to his success on the court, Timmer has also been named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week each of the last two weeks and he owns a 3.6 GPA as a pharmacy major. His shooting from three-point range has helped the Bulldogs rank 15th nationally in three-point shooting at 42.1 percent despite no player ranking in the top 50 individually. Drake has finished in the top 15 in the nation in three-point shooting each of the last three seasons.Timmer’s backcourt mate, Graham Woodward, is coming off a career-high nine assists in the loss at Nevada. The Bulldogs scored 24 points as a result of his passing in that game. Over the last five games, Woodward has amassed 27 assists.Following Saturday’s Big Four contest, the Bulldogs will play their final non-conference game of the season on Dec. 22 when they host Abilene Christian at 7 p.m. in the Knapp Center.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more