Drexel (9-7) at UNC Wilmington (6-13)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 18, 2 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Trask Coliseum (5,100) -- Wilmington, North Carolina. Television: None. Home Record: DU 4-2, UNCW 3-5. Away Record: DU 3-4, UNCW 3-8. Neutral Record: DU 2-1, UNCW 0-0. Conference Record: DU 1-2, UNCW 0-4. Series Record: UNC Wilmington leads, 12-9.
GAME NOTES: The Drexel Dragons look to bounce back as they visit Trask Coliseum for a Colonial Athletic Association bout against the UNC Wilmington Seahawks.
Drexel began the 2013-14 season with only two losses through its first nine games. However, injuries halted the Dragons' momentum and they have since lost five of their last seven outings. Coach Bruiser Flint's squad was defeated, 80-68, at home by Towson on Tuesday, which dropped the team to a 1-2 league record. Despite the recent slump, Drexel is still outscoring its opposition by 0.1 ppg.
Coach Buzz Peterson's Seahawks are looking to snap a six-game losing streak. UNCW has not won a game in 46 days and fallen to 0-4 in the CAA standings during that span. The Seahawks were defeated, 69-64, by Hofstra at home on Wednesday. They are ranked seventh in both scoring offense and scoring defense in the conference with 64.8 ppg and an allowance of 71.9 ppg.
UNCW owns a 12-9 advantage in its 21-game series against Drexel. The Dragons have won three straight over UNCW, including a 16-point verdict in last year's season finale, and seven of the last nine meetings between the two teams.
Drexel lost to the Tigers on Tuesday evening despite a 13-2 scoring advantage in second chance points and a 43-36 edge on the boards. The Dragons were missing three starters and their sixth man, which put a tremendous amount of pressure on the duo of Chris Fouch and Frantz Massenat. Fouch clocked 38 minutes in the loss as he finished 8-of-27 from the field for a game-high 28 points. Massenat played 30 minutes and contributed 21 points while Rodney Williams pulled down 14 rebounds. Fouch and Massenat accounted for 49 of the team's 68 points and 46 of its 72 field goal tries. Drexel may have back Dartaye Ruffin and Tavon Allen for its trip to Wilmington, as both are listed as questionable.
Chris Dixon paced the Seahawks in their loss to the Pride with 15 points on 7- of-14 shooting from the field. Cedrick Williams netted 14 points and Addison Spruill chipped in 12. UNCW's inability to draw fouls hurt in the contest as Hofstra had as many points from the charity stripe (14) as the Seahawks had attempts. UNCW's offense has been really struggling as of late. It has shooting just 40.9 percent from the floor in CAA action and has averaged only 58.2 ppg over its last five contests. The Seahawks have been held under 70 points in eight consecutive games as well.
Although Drexel is missing some of its key players, it may have enough to overcome the Seahawks. The Dragons will need to be more efficient, but UNCW's lack of offensive firepower should not be too difficult to match. The hosts will be in serious trouble if Drexel activates one of its injured role players for the trip.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Drexel 65, UNC Wilmington 57
01/18 10:15:04 ET