July 27, 2012 |
CAA PRESEASON POLL (First place votes in parentheses) 1. Towson (12) 2. ODU (7) 3. JMU (1) 4. New Hampshire (2) 5. Delaware 6. Maine 7. William & Mary 8. Villanova 9. Richmond 10. Rhode Island 11. Georgia State
April 10, 2012
GEORGIA STATE is leaving the Colonial Athletic Association for the Sun Belt Conference, school officials announced Monday. The school will begin playing a conference schedule for the 2013-14 academic year. Villanova and Delaware are in the CAA for football; Drexel and Delaware play CAA basketball. Georgia State has been a CAA member since 2005, although it did not have an active football program until 2010. The team will join CAA football for 2012, in what will turn out to be its only season.
March 4, 2012 |
Drexel will be facing a formidable task when the Dragons meet two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association Tournament champion Old Dominion in Sunday's 2 p.m. semifinal at the Richmond Coliseum in Virginia. Fourth-seeded ODU (20-12) advanced with an 88-74 quarterfinal win over fifth-seeded Delaware, which entered the tournament with a nine-game winning streak. Leading, 47-42, at halftime, ODU began the second half on a 13-4 run to take control. Kent Bazemore had 24 points to lead the Monarchs.
March 2, 2012
VILLANOVA, WHICH has just about everything back from the young team that struggled to a 2-9 record in 2011, once again will open its season against Temple in the fourth annual (and last scheduled) Mayor's Cup meeting at Lincoln Financial Field on Aug. 31. The Wildcats will play their home opener a week later against Fordham, and their first Colonial Athletic Association game on Sept. 15 against Rhode Island. Richmond (Oct. 6), Towson (Oct. 27) and James Madison (Nov. 10)
January 25, 2012 |
It is a scary combination for opponents. A balanced team with weapons inside and out, Drexel can beat you in many ways on offense. And, defensively, the lock-down Dragons boast not just the stingiest unit in the Colonial Athletic Association but one of the best defenses in the country. Drexel put it all on display on Wednesday night at the Daskalakis Athletic Center, impressively brushing aside Georgia State, 68-46, to win its eighth straight game and 12th in a row at home, including all nine this season.
January 25, 2012 |
1. Missing ingredient While his strong nucleus of guards gets all the attention, La Salle coach John Giannini is touting the improved play of his freshmen big men, Jerrell Wright and Steve Zack. "We think we have a potentially great starting forward/center combination moving ahead into future years," Giannini said. "It's hard for big young guys to make the adjustment [from high school]. They're just going to keep getting better. This is a missing ingredient for us being a high-level team, but I don't think it will be missing for long.
January 5, 2012 |
HALL OF FAME coach Red Auerbach used to light a victory cigar whenever he was certain his Boston Celtics were too far ahead to be caught. If his body language during last night's 60-27 blowout loss to Drexel is any indication, first-year Towson coach Pat Skerry performed what might be viewed as the opposite of Auerbach's stogie celebrations. When it became apparent to him, early in the second half, that his Tigers would not stage a miraculous comeback against the Dragons, the previously animated Skerry sat down in his folding chair and seemingly accepted the inevitable.
January 25, 2011 |
If you come to the DAC expecting to see aesthetically pleasing basketball, you have come to the wrong place. Drexel, under Bruiser Flint, is about defense first, last and always. Still, a few hoops never hurt anybody. Drexel and Georgia State needed a late first-half run to avoid setting a record for the fewest points in a half since 1986, the advent of the shot clock. The three-point shot came the next year. They got to 31 very late, three more than the "record" set 8 years ago by Mississippi 15-South Carolina 13 at the half.