The conference basketball season begins on Saturday, with Drake as the first of the big four teams to hit the court.
The Bulldogs are hoping for a fresh start in the Valley, at 6-5 they have the second worst record in the conference entering the MVC season.
Missouri State is bringing up the rear at 2-10.
Drake heads to Peoria to tips things off with the 8-4 Bradley Braves.
Bradley has already surpassed its win total from a year ago and the braves will pose a tough challenge for a Drake team that's just one game over .500
Mark Phelps isn't happy with how the non-conference season went, but he’s hoping everything changes once conference play begins.