Drexel vs La Salle Preview and Prediction
Drexel vs La Salle Preview
In a matchup of two mid-majors, the Drexel Dragons travel to Pennsylvania to take on the La Salle Explorers.
Get to know Drexel (4-4)
The Dragons have not played as tough of a non-conference schedule as La Salle, but are winners of two straight games including a 12-point victory over a solid Rider program.
The Dragons boast five double-digit scorers, led by Tramaine Isabell who averages 22 points a game and adds in 9.1 rebounds—an astronomical number for a guard his size (6’1). Isabell is draining three-pointers at a solid clip (37 percent) and averages around three per game.
Kurk Lee is another player to watch for the Dragons–he’s a small guard at 5’10 150 pounds, but he is the little engine that could, driving the lane with elite speed and he rarely exits the game (averages 38 minutes a night). He is prone to turnovers however, averaging 3.5 a night. Look for La Salle to know this and take advantage, putting a larger-bodied guard on the smaller sophomore.
Get to know La Salle (5-4)
The Explorers are going through a difficult stretch early in their season, losing four of their last six games after starting out the season 3-0. They have played solid teams including 11th-ranked Miami, 20th-ranked Northwestern and Boston College (all losses) but they did beat a very good Temple squad by four points 87-83.
The Explorers have a two-headed attack on offense led by senior guard B.J. Johnson who is averaging 21.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. At 6’7, he is a guard who can hang down low in the post, evident by his large rebounding numbers.
Pookie Powell is another Explorer to watch–he is averaging 15.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists per night. Powell a transfer from Memphis, has scored at least 13 points in every game this year except one, so it is a good bet he will hit double figures in this contest.
La Salle may come in with a similar record as Drexel, but they have played elite competition all season, where Drexel’s non-conference slate features a load of mid-majors.
Drexel offers a more balanced offensive attack with five players averaging double-figures, but I don’t see anyone on the Dragons roster who can hang with B.J. Johnson who can utilize his elite height for his position to take advantage.
LINE: La Salle is currently favored by ten points (-10) and I expect them to not only win the game, but cover those points.
La Salle 77 Drexel 64
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