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Potentially the last game of the series for some period of time (my pure guess unless there is future games already scheduled). Home game after exams. DAC better be packed again. Should be a great environment for some entertainment.

As far as the game goes, St Joes has pretty much beaten who they should have (Toledo, Columbia, Loyola-Illinois) and lost to who they should have (Ole Miss, NC State, Temple, Nova). They were competitive in their losses minus Nova, who frankly have not been kind to anyone yet this year, which means they are battle tested for close games. History in this series says it will be a close loss. Our record against St. Joes is not good. This is definitely a different team than last year and Joes top scoring option has been Shavar Newkirk. We held him last year to 1-6 shooting and likely need to lock him down again if we wish to have much of a chance. Neither of these teams will be competing for their respective conference titles this season, but should be a fun game nonetheless. Lets hope we keep working on limiting turnovers and continue to find rotations that work. With St Joes lack of size, this game screams of a big night for Rodney, so hopefully Rodney can avoid foul trouble and be a pest on the low block

Pointless prediction:
St Joes: 75
Drexel: 70
(This post was last modified: 12-07-2016 02:59 PM by dan10.)
12-07-2016 02:57 PM
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This game should be a good game to test our backcourt. St Joes does not have size, but they are athletic and tenacious. It will be interesting to see how Iceman and Lee fare against their guards. I am expecting Miles and Rodney to have big games. Facing a less than usually talented St Joes team and coming home in front a good crowd I feel good about the boys pulling off the minor upset. Drexel 74 St Joes 71.
12-08-2016 09:58 AM
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Despite the lack of size at St. Joes, I still dont think this game leans in our favor. I think the Hawks athleticism and defense will still win out. Cant count on 7 - 3s from Iceman every time out. This team will be inconsistent, as they are learning and growing up, and this game just seems like one where we make a lot of mistakes.

I'm not convinced that this will end our annual series with them. Martelli loves the City games, and Spiker is really embracing the Drexel history (latest: bringing in Jim Rullo this week... awesome.) I think they find a way to keep it going, home and home.
12-09-2016 10:29 AM
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(12-09-2016 10:29 AM)bdragon Wrote:  Despite the lack of size at St. Joes, I still dont think this game leans in our favor. I think the Hawks athleticism and defense will still win out. Cant count on 7 - 3s from Iceman every time out. This team will be inconsistent, as they are learning and growing up, and this game just seems like one where we make a lot of mistakes.

I'm not convinced that this will end our annual series with them. Martelli loves the City games, and Spiker is really embracing the Drexel history (latest: bringing in Jim Rullo this week... awesome.) I think they find a way to keep it going, home and home.

I really do not see us winning either but I am being optimistic we can keep it close. Also, if we do continue the series I think many of us will be ecstatic and it is a nice game for both programs. I am basing my guess on history which before Bruiser showed up was not a good one. I hope I am wrong and we can keep it on the schedule as a home and home. I would even be a fan of it going back to being the day before Thanksgiving, though I understand no game should be in that time slot if you plan on having anyone actually show up.
12-09-2016 01:30 PM
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I hate to look too far ahead but with a week off, it was hard not too. They have 4 more D-I OOC games, including St. Joe. I think they can win 2 of them, maybe even 3. Quinnipiac, Penn and Rider. To be 6-6 going into the conference schedule would be a nice start. I know its a weak schedule, but I'd be thrilled sitting at 6-6 on New Year's eve. From there, I can't see why we can't go .500 in the CAA also. Other than the top 4 (UNCW, Towson, Charleston, Elon) we should be able to at least split with the others. Can't say enough how intriguing this season is/will be. 15-15 going into the Tourney in Charleston? Why not?
12-09-2016 03:42 PM
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Nice start? It would be fantastic. I have a hard time believing any drexel fans can be unhappy with the season thus far. Exciting times.
12-10-2016 11:02 AM
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When I came to Drexel in 1991, SJU was the only B5 team to play Drexel regularly. SJU even came to the DAC in 92-93. They were also the only B5 team to play Drexel during the Malik Rose era, other than when they faced Temple in the NCAA Tournament. The Battle of 33rd Street didn't begin until after Malik graduated. Also, the DAC is now much less of a crappy little gym and now more of a high quality boutique arena. The facilities are much nicer now. Also, now that the students are further away from the court, there's less of a home court advantage for Drexel. Additionally, there's basically zero travel costs for both teams with a home and home. So considering all of these factors, I can't see why they wouldn't continue to play Drexel every year.
12-10-2016 11:15 AM
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You're right Dan. 6-6 would be fantastic. I just didn't want to get too carried away, knowing the strength (weakness) of the schedule. But, yeah, these are exciting times. It's been a while since I've invested in every game like I have this year, so even if its 5-7, no unhappiness at all. Exciting times, indeed.

Granted, I haven't been to the DAC yet this year, but... "high quality boutique arena"? Really? If so, great, but, that's setting my expectations too high as I look forward to going to tomorrow's game.
12-10-2016 04:24 PM
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The one thing that I'm still waiting to see is recruiting is how Spiker recruits. Bruiser and staff did recruit well Fouch, Frantz, Samme, Lee etc.
12-10-2016 07:21 PM
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(12-10-2016 07:21 PM)Dragon For Life Wrote:  The one thing that I'm still waiting to see is recruiting is how Spiker recruits. Bruiser and staff did recruit well Fouch, Frantz, Samme, Lee etc.
Judging on his first two recruits over their first eight games, I would say he's 2 for 2. Lee's numbers are better than any of those guys over their first eight games and Kari's would match up well I think. Let's hope the numbers keep up with those guys for four years. You have to give Spiker credit for finding those two guys late-year recruitment leftovers.
12-10-2016 11:07 PM
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