CEDAR FALLS– Not long after Darian DeVries’ arrival in 2017 as Drake head guys’s basketball coach, the Bulldogs’ matches with Northern Iowa (6-12, 4-8) rapidly began to gain back status as genuine rivalry video games.

The most recent is 6 p.m. Wednesday (CBSSN) at Knapp Center.

Simply last season, fans were dealt with to two regular-season instant classics.

AJ Green scored 34 points and the Panthers outlived Drake, 83-73, in their very first meeting Feb. 8 in Cedar Falls. Then, with UNI wanting to bolster its NCAA Tournament at-large resume, it routed the Bulldogs 70-43 in the regular-season finale at Knapp Center on Feb. 29.

Ultimately, however, Drake was able to get the most significant win last season, tunning the Panthers and the rest of the Missouri Valley Conference with a 77-56 conference competition quarterfinal win.

” I don’t think the records matter at all when we play,” Drake coach Darian DeVries stated. “It’s an enjoyable rivalry, I think, and it’s certainly very competitive. I believe when you truly watch UNI right now– they needed to go through some huge adjustments throughout the course of the year– I think they’re playing really great basketball.”

This season the tables have turned as Drake enters Wednesday night’s video game 18-1 overall and 9-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference.

The Bulldogs are coming off their very first loss of the season, however, 74-57 at Valparaiso on Sunday.

Blemish aside, Drake’s introduction as perhaps the very best mid-major in college basketball this season has actually been provoked by DeVries’ switch to three-quarter and full-court pressure defenses.

” They simply toss a lot of things at you (defensively),” UNI coach Ben Jacobson stated. “That’s going to be, for us, a really vital part of the video game– is how we deal with that (defense). It’s not something that we see extremely typically in our league and it’s been really excellent for them. It really fits their roster.”

The Panthers (6-12, 4-8), on the other hand, are discovering their footing with new plans on offense and defense after having lost Green and Antwan Kimmons in early December. What’s stayed unclear, though, is Ben Jacobson’s rotation.

Most just recently the return of freshman guard Tytan Anderson has Jacobson and his personnel exploring all over once again with various lineups.

” It’s where our roster is at right now. I think it’ll continue and it’s not perfect,” Jacobson stated. “It’s hardest on the men not having a beginning lineup that’s been set the whole year. Then, the next rotations, whether it be three men or four men.”