Northeastern returned 3 starters from last years NCAA team. They did lose elite point guard Vasa Pusica and defensive stud and glue guy Shawn Occeus. They were able to answer this by bringing in three star recruit, freshman Tyson Walker. He started game one a win over local rival, Boston University and has started every game since. Bill Coen will have four years of Tyson. I fear for The Colonial.
Northeastern had a choppy pre-conference with home losses to Old Dominion and a beat up Davidson. However when conference began, no surprise Coach Coen had them ready. They began conference with a pair of road win blowouts over Towson and James Madison. They returned home and behind 32 points from young Walker, held on to beat Elon. Red hot William and Mary then came in and surprised. Hofstra followed with another down to the wire win in Boston. Northeastern righted the ship by rallying from 15 down to win in Charleston. Walker made two big foul shots late in the game to give Northeastern the three point lead. Unfortunately for the Huskies, they had to play UNCW after the Dub canned McGrath. This time they blew a 16 point lead, ultimately losing in overtime.
Drexel continues their best season under Spiker by playing their best game of the season, destroying William and Mary, 84-57. Cam Wynter had the insanely good line of 20 points 7 assists and ZERO turnovers. This will be a great battle of two excellent young point guards. However, with Northeastern, the whole is always greater than the sum. Coen is one of the best coaches in the land. His motion offense is joyous to watch, five players constantly moving, with purpose. They do not take bad shots. Drexel has won three in a row, and although their defense has improved, teams that display patience can often find open looks versus The Dragons. Incredibly Drexel is 5-2 in the Colonial, while Northeastern is 4-3.
I think Drexel struggles to hold down Northeastern’s offense. I doubt Northeastern will blow another big lead. This is a pivotal game for both. In big games, class shows. With Northeastern coming off their worst loss of the year and Drexel their best win, I can easily see – with the help of the Huskies – a major Drexel implosion.
Northeastern 82 Drexel 61