When Drexel players felt fatigue setting in while lifting weights or running sprints in preparation for the season, the Dragons probably had no trouble finding motivation to push through it.
They merely had to think back to last March when they were perhaps the most deserving at-large candidate left out of the NCAA tournament.
With four starters and several key reserves back from a team that won 29 games and the CAA championship last season, Drexel will have every chance to avenge that snub this March and snap an 16-year NCAA tournament drought. The Dragons enter the season as a clear-cut favorite in a CAA race watered down a bit by the departure of VCU and Old Dominion, UNC Wilmington and Georgia State being ineligible for the conference tournament.
Drexel's strength under Bruiser Flint has been rugged defense and rebounding, something that's unlikely to change this season. Opposing teams shot just 39.2 percent against the Dragons and averaged just 0.92 points per possession, both top 20 nationally.
What helped Drexel improve dramatically last season was a perimeter offense headlined by guards Frantz Massenat and Damion Lee. One of the CAA's worst shooting teams for years, Drexel led the conference from behind the arc last season and placed three players in the top 10 in 3-point percentage. Massenat ran the attack brilliantly, scoring 13.7 points and 4.8 assists.Read More »from CAA Preview: Drexel aims to avenge last year’s snub, snap 16-year NCAA drought