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Drexel 2012-2013 Season Preview: How Good Can the Dragons Be?

A year removed from shaking up the college basketball world when they were snubbed by the NCAA tournament committee, the Drexel Dragons (0-1) look to regroup and do it again in 2012-2013. Apparently 29 wins was not good enough for the Big Dance, but the Dragons are not so quick to panic. They lost just one starter in Samme Givens, who averaged 11.6 points and 7.9 rebounds in his senior year. They return the CAA Preseason Player of the year with junior guard Frantz Massenat, and senior stud Chris Fouch.

Fouch poured in 24 points in a loss to Kent State in the season opener. Signs of another year of wins in the high twenties were few during a 66-62 overtime loss to Kent State to begin the season. The Dragons were dominated down low as Chris Evans of Kent State scored 21 points in the win for the Golden Flashes. Dartaye Ruffin and Daryl McCoy combined for just 8 points and 13 rebounds for Drexel. This makes one wonder whether Drexel can compete with the big men of the CAA.

Chris Fouch goes up for a three in 2011 as the Drexel student section rises up.

While Fouch will come off the bench most of the season, Damion Lee and Derrick Thomas join Massenat as the starters at the three guard positions. Lee averaged 12 points per game and Thomas put in 8.1.

Drexel will once again be one of the best defensive team in the country this upcoming season. They held opponents to 56.1 points per game, good for 5th in the country. Massenet, Lee, Thomas, and Fouch are great perimeter players who can contest with some of the best shooters in the CAA. Whether Drexel can keep this up can will determine their success.

Like last season, the CAA is not very strong. When Drexel was not given an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament, the fans read the writing on the wall. The selection committee wants teams who challenge themselves with a tough schedule rather than a 29-win team who walked through an easy CAA. Not surprisingly, Drexel does not play a team ranked in the AP Preseason Top 25 or a team in the Big Six conferences (Big East, Big Ten, Pac-10, Big 12, SEC, ACC). Can this type of schedule be enough for a ticket to the Big Dance? I do not see it.

When it comes down to it, Drexel needs to win the CAA tournament. VCU being gone will help but the Dragons still cannot afford to lose in the CAA finals once again. If Saint Joseph’s falters in the Atlantic-10, Drexel could be the only team in the NCAA tournament from the City Six.

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Author:Sean Burke

Sean Burke is a Villanova beat writer for Khandyman Sports and also contributes to the Eagles section. Sean currently resides in Glen Mills, PA.

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2 Comments on “Drexel 2012-2013 Season Preview: How Good Can the Dragons Be?”

  1. November 12, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    I agree that they would need to win the CAA tournament. This year will be their chance; VCU, ODU and GSU are all moving to other conferences and will all be ineligible to play in the CAA. In addition I have heard rumors that they might even move the tournament to the Palestra which would be an advantage to Drexel.

    • November 13, 2012 at 9:53 pm #

      Thanks for the comment, and yes those three teams leaving will definitely help Drexel’s cause. I have also heard rumblings that the CAA tourney could come to the Palestra, but that won’t be in effect this year. Could be something to give Drexel a huge advantage in the future.

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