Although they did not play a difficult schedule, Delaware had the best preconference resume of all Colonial teams. Their best win came without Ryan Allen, 81-73 at massively improved Delaware. Their best loss was a close 78-70 to Villanova.
At semester break, Delaware got Villanova transfer Dylan Painter eligible. He should be an important piece as the season goes on. Since conference play began, Delaware ran out to a 27 point lead and coasted home vs UNCW. Reality set in when perennial league favorite College Of Charleston came to town. The Cougars continued their terrific play by taking over in the last 8 minutes and pull away from The Hens 75-63. Nate Darling on the loss, “We missed some open shots and they were making some tough shots, sometimes it’s as simple as that.”
After a sloppy loss to College of Charleston, Drexel had a tougher than expected win over UNCW. Cam Wynter said, fuck this, I am taking over. That is huge for Drexel. Since Spiker took over, they have not had a true go to guy, a player that demands the ball when game is on line. Wynter will be that guy. He is real talent.
Drexel’s defensive struggles will be tested to the max in this game. Ingelsby is an excellent coach. Like his mentor Mike Brey, they will run a rather intricate offense. They do not mind using all of the shot clock and waiting for a good shot. Given that Charleston got the shots they wanted against the Dragons, I can see Delaware scoring often in this one.
With a very short trip cross the river and schools still on break, this will play more like a neutral than home game for Drexel. This will be a very focused Delaware team. With Painter getting more and more minutes and the high level they played without him, I do not see Drexel standing much of a chance here.
Delaware 74 Drexel 66