BOSTON – Tis the era of analytics in sports and in basketball. I love them. You probably love them if you’re reading this. But, as any coach, hip or not, will tell you, there are few things more frustrating or tougher to work around than a team that can’t make shots.
Drexel is 3-22 after a 70-60 loss to Northeastern Saturday afternoon, their 10th straight defeat, and they now stand at 1-13 in conference. But, by 3-22 standards, the Dragons are still pretty good, even if that’s the worst backhanded compliment ever. Down 15 at the half, Drexel showed what might have been in the second half, scoring 1.24 points per possession and mounting a comeback that worried Northeastern (14-13, 6-8) a bit before falling.
The Colonial can be a difficult league to cover for a site with a limited budget like ours (feel free to donate if you can) just due to its sheer geography, getting to Elon, Charleston and NC-Wilmington (sorry, UNCW) just isn’t practical. But we do our best, we’ve had as much Northeastern and Hofstra coverage as anyone, and Saturday I had the opportunity to go to the Daskalakis Athletic Center to see suddenly streaking Drexel take care of UNCW, 85-76.
We like to get very technical here, but the rise of the Dragons (7-14, 5-5) doesn’t seem to need its own CSI series. For most of the season, Drexel just couldn’t score and more specifically, couldn’t shoot in what turned out to be an embarrassing non-conference slate that included a loss to Division II Philly rival University of the Sciences.
Hofstra jumped out to an early 14-2 lead and never looked back, going wire to wire in a dominating 86-58 win over Drexel Wednesday evening at the Mack Sports Complex in Hempstead, NY. Continue reading →