College of Charleston represented the Colonial in last year’s NCAA tournament, losing a close first round game to Auburn. Fifth year coach, Earl Grant has worked under both Brad Brownell and Greg Marshall. That means, he knows his shit. They will be a threat to win the league every year until Grant is plucked by a power school. I am surprised it has not happened yet.
The Cougars return plenty of talent from that championship season. However, the talented Marquis Pointer did not make his first start until their second conference game, a wire to wire win at Towson. He had been injured to start the year. Another player who has only been back for four games but is beginning to make an impact is Dayton transfer Sam Miller. With Jarrell Brantley and the amazing Grant Riller already wreaking havoc, a very good team has gotten better and is, I believe, the favorite to win the Colonial.
Charleston began conference with a tough win at UNCW. Grant Riller had 31. After wiring Towson to go to 2-0, the Cougars ran into a motivated James Madison bunch and lost 69-58. JMU’s joy is Drexel’s misery.
C of C runs a myriad of set plays, but can also run motion and allow Riller to find the gaps in the defense. Riller can go by his defender or hit the three at any given time. He will be a nightmare for Drexel to defend. Defensively, Drexel had better get their half-court offense in gear as Grants number one goal is to have you beat their well organized half-court defense. Teams rarely get fast break points in Charleston.
Drexel had played well in their first 3 conference games, but William and Mary, even without one of their best players, humbled the Dragons last Saturday. Now they must face an angry bunch of Cougars, and they must do it on the road. They must do it with a roster that is shrinking fast. Rumor has it that Lee may see time for Drexel, but his minutes will be limited. I doubt he will have much of an impact. Worse, red hot Troy Harper got hurt in the William and Mary game. His status is uncertain, although the lack of release about a season ending injury bodes well for him.
If they were entirely healthy, Drexel would have a tough time winning at College of Charleston. Short-handed versus a team that is now healthy and coming off a poor performance, makes this tough, next to impossible.
William and Mary bullied Drexel last Saturday. With their terrific half-court offense and defense, Earl Grant’s Cougars are even better at bullying. This is a bad match up for Drexel, really bad.
College of Charleston 72 Drexel 50