Settling In, For Drexel/Penn, Live At 10, On ESPN…

The conference has named Hofstra’s Chuckie Jenkins its POW, and Ryan Pearson of Mason its ROW. Jenkins was a horse (see below), including a career-high 31 big ones against ETSU. Pearson threw up a 13/6 in his collegiate debut against Vermont.

Here’s what strikes me. He is a wholly different player with a wholly different body and different set of skills, but for the love ham biscuits Jenkins is channeling Loren Stokes. Don’t believe me? This, from crack Hofstra flak Jeremy Kniffen, who has seen his share of CAA hoops:

“With the Pride trailing by five against East Tennessee State and just over three minutes remaining, Jenkins took over the game and willed Hofstra to the win, scoring on each of Hofstra’s final four possessions.”

How many times over Stokes’s career was Hofstra down five with three minutes to play and Stokes led the team to victory?

More from Kniffen: “Jenkins also had six of his 19 points in overtime of Hofstra’s 71-68 win over Western Michigan on Saturday.”

I’m just saying…

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Drexel is the wrong bookend, if you listen to, well, everyone. The Dragons are picked to finish either near or in last place. In 15 minutes, we’ll get our first look. Methinks Penn–returning four starters from an upper level Ivy team–has a smidgen of an advantage.

But they are playing in the DAC, and save a couple of games each season when Drexel decides to stay on the bus they always compete. The game will finish 58-55, and the winner will be…………..

Maker’s Mark Mark to Make: Drexel has to outshoot Penn from the field, from three, and from the line (in attempts and makes). The team that scores 58 hinges on this mark.

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~ by mglitos on November 18, 2008.

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