WOODCLIFF LAKE, N.J. -- The Drake men's basketball team continues to receive more honors following its school-record 28-5 mark. But, perhaps, no award is more symbolizing than the latest accolade bestowed upon the Bulldogs.
Drake was named the CollegeHoops.net Program of the Year. Texas was runner-up, while Davidson was named recipient of the CollegeHoops.net Mid-Major Program of the Year.
"By now, Drake's surprise success has been discussed many times over," said Shawn Siegel, editor of CollegeHoops.net. "The 28-5 record, the MVC Championship, the Top 25 Ranking. The unknown players like Adam Emmenecker turning in all-star seasons, and a first year coach earning National Coach of the Year plaudits. But every time you read about the success of Keno Davis' squad, the more shocking it truly seems."
"Here at CHN, we pride ourselves on our top quality season preview and preseason rankings. Yet when it came to Drake, like everyone else, we were completely wrong. 165th place was our predictionand we were only about 140 places off. In fact, Drake was projected to be 85 places worse than the 2nd lowest team (Western Kentucky) that ended up in our Final Top 40. For shocking CHN's experts and the college basketball nation, Drake is a worthy program of the year."