Drake men’s basketball earns NCAA berth after winning MVC Tournament

ST. LOUIS – His Drake men’s basketball team had just polished off Indiana State in a pulsating Missouri Valley Conference Tournament championship game, but Darian DeVries wasn’t done coaching.

Freshman guard Colby Garland had some questions about the proper way to cut down the net at the Enterprise Center. He was concerned that he might inadvertently slice the entire thing down.

DeVries smiled. Just carve out a single strand, he advised Garland.

And with that, the celebration was on for a Bulldogs squad that had just secured its third NCAA Tournament berth in four years, with its second consecutive Valley title. But it was a much different team cutting the nets Sunday, starting with transfer guards Kyron Gibson and Atin Wright, but also including rookies like Garland and Kevin Overton.

First appeared on www.desmoinesregister.com

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