Drexel at James Madison – Pregame


Nine years and forty five days ago I met a girl from New Orleans at The New Deck Tavern at 34th and Sansom.  We hit it off, and wanted to see each other before she left town, but the only day she could do was a day in which Drexel was playing a big game at VCU.  So she offered to come over and watch it.  And so our first date was delivery italian and a bad webstream from the Siegel Center.  For our second date, I got on a plane and flew to New Orleans for Valentine’s Day.  

Tonight will be our first and only CAA game in which we won’t have someone courtside, or live tweeting of the game.  Two days ago my wife asked if there was a Drexel game we could watch this evening.  So it’s Italian and a webstream one more time tonight.  Sorry all, I have to see about a girl.

A note about the note:  Drexel Associate Athletics Director for Communications Mike Tuberosa has generously offered to help us out and get some quotes from Coach Spiker postgame in order to ensure we will have an article for you to read in the morning.  Mike, Rob Brooks, the staff and the team spend a number of days away from their loved ones during the season, including holidays.  We thank them, as always, for their support and for giving us something to cheer on.


There are a few disappointing teams in the Colonial this year. James Madison, who currently resides in last place, for sure is at the top of the list. With a roster of players that Rowe recruited, four starters returning, three of whom are sophomores who typically make a big jump from freshman year, and coming off a decent season, one where flashes of huge potential were shown, Jamed Madison looked to be a lock for the top five and possibly better. It is not happening.

In their last loss, they let Towson of all teams shoot 58% in the second half and come back and win 66-59. The Dukes poor play is inexcusable. I have watched little so I can not give reason, but the guess is the coach is in over his head.

Drexel meanwhile, continues to show resiliency. Fourteen down late to College of Charleston. Not a problem. They almost made their second freaky come back versus a very good team. The loss dropped them to six and seven in Colonial play. In the first meeting between these two, JMU jumped ahead 24-9 but could not even get to half time with the lead. They trailed 33-31. Drexel gradually increased the lead in the second half, which got to ten with five minutes to go and they were never threatened down the stretch.

JMU for sure has issues. The talent they posses is upper tier, not last place. They take too many bad shots and their defense is often lacking. Drexel on the other hand, gets the most out of what they have. If JMU continues to play moron ball, Drexel should pull this one out.


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