Drexel schedules a strange road game in Abilene (editors note, this is a return game from a 2019 contest at the DAC that was part of the whatever it was called Rutgers tourney). I recall a couple years ago, an equally bizarre road trip led to a blowout loss at Stephen Austin (same idea for that trip). Will the result be different this time? Abilene opens as a five point favorite. My number has it slightly higher.
The Wildcats were phenomenal under Joe Golding, They only moved to Division one in the 2013/14 season. Last year they won a game in the round of 64, beating big brother Texas. Golding’s team played nasty in your face defense. The unrelenting pressure would cause teams to crack. Blowouts became a habit. If you watched them play Texas, you could see how. They need to defend full court to compensate for a lack of size. They return all three starting guards from last year. They do not return Joe Golding, however his lead assistant Brette Tanner takes over. It has been pretty much, more of the same.
Drexel continues to surprise, with yet another strong effort at Princeton, another game they arguably should have won. They were five points ahead with 40 seconds to go in regulation. They got the first six points of overtime. Cam Wynter had only two assists but five turnovers. Many contributed offensively for the Dragons. Okros was only two of three from three-point land. I still contend that he needs to be shooting more threes, or they must run more stuff to get him open threes. This will help spread the floor and give Wynter more room to operate.
Wynter has 27 assists and 22 turnovers this year. The poor game vs Princeton is a bit surprising. However, Abilene is an entirely different animal. They pick you up at half court and never leave. They are technically super sound with rotations and help. Wynter must make better decisions. Others had better handle the ball with care. If not, this could get ugly. Sorry Dragon fans, I do not see either happening.
Abilene 80 Drexel 67