Delaware (12-7) at Drexel (10-7)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Monday, January 20, 7 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Daskalakis Center (2,532) -- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Television: NBCSN. Home Record: Delaware 5-1, Drexel 4-2. Away Record: Delaware 6-6, Drexel 4-4. Neutral Record: Delaware 1-0, Drexel 2-1. Conference Record: Delaware 4-0, Drexel 2-2. Series Record: Delaware leads, 76-72.
GAME NOTES: The Delaware Blue Hens continue their trip down the East Coast, as they match up against the Drexel Dragons in Colonial Athletic Association action at the Daskalakis Center on Monday night.
The only team in the CAA yet to drop a league decision, the Blue Hens are a perfect 4-0 in such outings thanks to a 74-70 victory over Northeastern two days ago in Boston. The win was the sixth straight and the seventh in the last eight outings for Delaware.
With a split of four CAA bouts, the Dragons find themselves in the bottom half of the conference standings entering the week. Since losing three straight decisions, Drexel has bounced back with two wins in three tries, the latest victory coming against UNC-Wilmington at Trask Coliseum on Saturday, 79-63.
The relationship between these two programs dates back more than a century, with the Blue Hens claiming a 76-72 edge in the series. The Dragons are slated to pay a visit to Newark around this time next month to complete the regular- season series.
Carl Baptiste converted all nine of his field goal attempts, finishing with a double-double consisting of 19 points and 11 rebounds, as the Delaware Blue Hens pulled out a 74-70 win over the Northeastern Huskies in CAA action at Matthews Arena on Saturday afternoon. Coming up two assists shy of his own double-double for Delaware was Devon Saddler who accounted for a team best 22 points, followed by Davon Usher with 17 points as the Blue Hens extended their win streak to six in a row. The Hens trailed by three at the break, but then knocked down 62.5 percent from the field in the second half in order to capture the win.
Saddler now leads the team in scoring at 21.7 ppg, even though he has missed six games and started just four to this point. He is shooting 50.9 percent from the field and 41.9 percent beyond the arc, but he might have to increase his output in the wake of Jarvis Threatt's suspension. Threatt is not only second on the unit with 17.7 ppg, but he is also by far the most willing passer with 95 assists. Usher (17.6 ppg), Kyle Anderson (12.8 ppg) and Baptiste (10.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg) will also have to shoulder some of the load moving forward.
Drexel trailed by 13 points against the Seahawks on Saturday, but in the second half the Dragons erupted for a staggering 66.7 percent shooting from the floor and 16-of-18 at the free-throw line in order to steal the win on the road. Frantz Massenat, who tallied 19 points over the final 20 minutes, finished with 30 and eight assists, while Freddie Wilson tacked on 16 points and Chris Fouch 14 for the visitors in the comeback victory.
With nearly half of his field goal attempts raining down from 3-point range, where he is 32.0 percent accurate, Fouch leads the program in scoring with 18.2 ppg, but more and more the player with more of an impact for the Dragons seems to be Massenat. Aside from shooting only 39.5 percent from the floor and 29.7 percent beyond the arc, Massenat makes his presence known with 16.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 83 assists over the course of 17 starts.
Scoring more than 80 ppg, the Blue Hens appear to be moving in the right direction and finding success at just the perfect time, but the loss of Threatt will certainly hurt, but maybe not so much this evening.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Delaware 77, Drexel 72
01/20 10:32:31 ET