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Coach Bruiser Flint is looking for Drexel to pick up its defense.YONG KIM / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Coach Bruiser Flint is looking for Drexel to pick up its defense.YONG KIM / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
Posted: February 03, 2013

* Temple and Saint Joseph's have generally played twice during the regular season, but Saturday evening's game at Hagan Arena is their only meeting this season in the expanded Atlantic 10. The Owls are the deeper team as SJU is 341st (out of 347) in bench minutes, but this game should be about the star players and whose perform better.

* The biggest difference between Villanova this season and last is defense. The 'Cats gave up .984 points per possession last season, 114th nationally. This season, it is just .922 PPP, 56th. Providence, which has lost nine of 11, is at the Pavilion on Sunday. But the

Friars do have talent and one of their two wins was against 'Nova on Jan. 19.

* La Salle can't have a great week and a terrible week back to back. If they do not win Saturday at improving George Washington, those Butler and VCU wins are going to seem like ancient history. This is a game the Explorers really need to win against a team whose calling card is defense (.910 PPP, 46th).

* Penn was a decent offensive team last season with one star, Zack Rosen. This season, Penn is not even a mediocre offensive team as Ivy play gets serious with Friday's game against Columbia, a 62-58 win, and Saturday's against Cornell, both at the Palestra. The Quakers got 1.02 PPP last season. This season, it is all the way down to .924 PPP. Fran Dougherty made his return Friday night after missing eight games with mononucleosis. He scored five points off the bench on 1-for-5 shooting, but contributed four rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block.

* It's offense south of Market Street and defense north of Market. Drexel's defense has not been close to its recent standards. Last season, the Dragons held teams to .951 PPP. The season before, it was .910, good for 61st and 20th, respectively. This season, it is .985, 147th. Might not bode well for the trip to Northeastern, which got to 8-0 in the CAA because of offense, 1.08 PPP, 47th nationally. Northeastern finally got its first league loss Wednesday, at home to Georgia State.

- Dick Jerardi

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