This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
Drake's consecutive games streak of covering the spread was finally halted by Illinois State, though the Bulldogs stayed undefeated on the season. Drake then took out its frustrations the following game versus the Redbirds, shellacking Illinois State by 35. The Bulldogs are now ranked and seeking just their second NCAA Tournament berth in the last 50 years. The heyday of the Drake basketball program came between 1969-1971, when the Bulldogs went to three-straight Elite Eights, including a Final Four appearance in 1969. Since that time, though, Drake has made the big dance just once, a 2008 appearance.
This year's version of the Bulldogs looks poised to make some noise, though they will still have to contend with Cameron Krutwig and Loyola Chicago. That's right, the Fighting Sister Jean's are 15-3 on the season, including 10-1 in Missouri Valley Conference action. In other words, it is far from a guarantee that Drake ends up with the automatic bid from the MVC. These squads clash around Valentine's Day, and the Bulldogs will likely be pushed to their limits in those two contests.
Here are some names to watch as the college hoops schedule gets into the heart of conference play.
Moses Wright, F/C, Georgia Tech
The guards for the Yellow Jackets, particularly Jose Alvarado and Michael Devoe, got most of the pub prior to the season. However, Wright has been a ferocious interior force, flexing his muscle of late. He compiled a double-double last Tuesday at Duke with 12