First the good news for Drexel.
In NJIT 65-53 win over Drexel last November, their leading scorer was Reilly Walsh. Walsh got hurt vs Brown and has missed the last 4 games. He will likely miss today’s game. Then, there’s the bad news for the Dragons which is… everything else.
NJIT is deep. The Walsh loss is not a big deal. They have many talented guards at their disposal. They were very young last year. They return nearly every one that matters including a terrific point guard, Zach Cooks. Their best player is Abdul Lewis, who was hurt to start this season. In their last game, a win at Long Island University, he made his first start of the year. He had 12 pts and 8 rebounds. He will be a tough matchup for a Dragons team that can struggle with big bodies inside. Additionally, or perhaps interestingly for NJIT, their big recruit is from Mexico: Diego Willis. He was hurt in the pre-season. He is now getting more and more playing time.
The Highlanders NJIT are very well coached. They run a Princeton type offense and they do it well. They also use some full court pressure, which DU hasn’t seen much of this season. NJIT has played to a very high level this year. They are now healthier. They will continue to get better.
Drexel may be super focused for this one after being the first CAA team to lose to NJIT last season. Zach Spiker was spitting nails postgame. However, Drexel struggles to defend. NJIT runs great stuff. If Lee is not ready, Drexel will likely see full court pressure from NJIT in an effort to wear down the Dragons terrific frosh point guard, Cam Wynter.
Even if Lee is ready, how much impact will he have in his first game back? Drexel remains a team that lacks pieces. Brian Kennedy’s NJIT team is a confident bunch having won all three road games they have played. Drexel’s defensive lapses will make it 4.
NJIT 78 Drexel 74