There is always an inherent bias when I write about Wm and Mary. They have my one of my favorite coaches working at a school I have a lot of respect for.
It should come as no surprise that under Tony Shaver’s tutelage the team has improved a ton from their opening 100-66 loss at High Point. They enter the rematch with Drexel at 8-3 which is good enough for them to find themselves tied for the conference lead. After winning five in a row to start, they lost three of four, but have rebounded nicely by winning their last two, most recently, impressively, completing a season sweep of Elon.
Drexel is tied for 7th in Colonial, but they head to Williamsburg winners of 3 in a row. Can Drexel keep the winning streak going?
In their first meeting, Drexel ran out to an early 10 point lead, but from 6:05 remaining in the first half until 10:41 remained in the game, William & Mary outscored Drexel 41-11! Things will likely be better this time around. In game one, Drexel was coming off of a big win over College Of Charleston and Tramaine Isabell was just working his way back into the lineup. Also, teams that lose at home, typically play well in the road rematch.
Ultimately, this will come down to how well Drexel can defend the efficient, beautiful William & Mary offense. I am bothered by the Dragons’ 2nd half defense against JMU. After shutting them down in the first half, JMU scored almost at will and even more disturbing was that they once again could not stop Matt Lewis, who tortured Drexel in game one. William & Mary’s offense will not resemble what JMU does, but defense is where Drexel fails. Having lost game one, Drexel again will likely have some inherent edges, but that abysmal 2nd half defense vs JMU, tells me that they are not ready for Tony Shaver ball.