College of Charleston makes the quick trip up the road from Delaware to Drexel. They have won five in a row. Earl Grant continues to do a terrific job in one of the nicest cities I have ever visited. Luckily for Charleston, his style, which defensively forces teams to play in the half court and offensively uses a myriad of pick and rolls to eventually free up a three point shooter, often leads to grind it out, low scoring, half court affairs. Those games are exactly what big name schools do not want.
Of course, his teams play with a ton of intelligence. They also win. They are a notch below both Hofstra and Northeastern, who both have strong power ratings for the Colonial. Additionally, the Cougars rarely make a mistake. They will be super tough out in the conference tournament. When these teams met a month ago, College of Charleston blew a 13 pt lead in the last eight and a half minutes, culminating in Troy Harper hitting all three foul shots with a second to go, to give Drexel a shocking 79-78 win.
Drexel enters today’s game as winners of two in a row. Spiker finally beat UNCW to get Drexel to a 6-6 record in conference play. Drexel, in my eyes, continues to overachieve. This figures to be a very tough game for the Dragons. The surprise come from behind win from earlier this year will certainly have The Cougars very motivated for this one. I can not imagine that Grant’s focus on forcing teams to face his organized half court defense is a good match up for Drexel. The trip from Delaware is short. They will have their share of fans in Philly. The home court edge is minor.
The main problem is that College of Charleston also has more talent than Drexel. Drexel may catch a break as fine point guard Marquise Pointer got hurt last game. He did not return. The injury is not serious, but he is very iffy for today’s game.
With Pointer I would say C of C wins this easily. Without, their starting point guard, I still give the edge to Charleston. Super focused favorites rarely lose. In other words, this time, Charleston will not be blowing any sort of lead.
College of Charleston 64 Drexel 57