There Are Days When All I Can Do Is Shake My Head…

And you know what I mean…

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Ladies and gentlemen, you may step aboard the train. Please, no pushing. Right now there is plenty of room but we expect it to get crowded. Please also be respectful of your other passengers, especially those who have been on the train for a long time. If you plan to hop off at the first sign of trouble, please remain near the door so you don’t interfere or otherwise jostle those passengers who will remain aboard for as long as the ride allows.

Welcome to the Bruiser Express.

The Dragons dispatched Delaware last night, moving their record to 5-3 in conference. Once again, it isn’t the victory that is surprising, it is the how. Drexel shot 46% from the field and canned 22-31 free throws. They even scored 1.184 points per possession, a season high and their third straight game topping the 1.00 mark. Drexel didn’t even defend that well, comparatively, and won. That folks, is another marker.

And here’s another. Bruiser got only 24 minutes from Scott Rodgers, and Rodgers and Tra Hawthorne combined to shoot 4-16 from the field. Names like Harris, Givens, and Spencer led the way.

I’d give Delaware a hard time for fouling so much (25 fouls), but this is a case where the opponent was the aggressor and the Hens had no choice. Finally, the last time Drexel scored 79 points in a conference game was two seasons ago in a win over Hofstra.

Next up for Drexel: home date with The College and then a homer with Georgia State. Yeah, I’m thinking that, too.

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As for tonight, and yes there is no preview of George Mason at Nor’easter. I want to sit on that for a bit this morning. Stay tuned.

The Dub at Old Dominion: I cannot stand writing the words, because if my grand plan works out I’m about five years from being a UNCW season ticket holder, but the Seahawks have become the hoops equivalent of a homecoming opponent.

Blaine Taylor had to move Gerald Lee out to the perimeter on Saturday against VCU in order to get his big man room to operate. Tonight, Lee will shoot a metric ton of five-foot bank shots. Keyon Carter had better not shoot a three unless he is on the other side of halfcourt and the halftime buzzer is imminent.

As for Benny Moss, just keep fighting. Moss is trying everything but we need to remember this was a bottom four team before the injuries. His goal right now is to keep spirits as high as possible. Unfortunately, a roadie against a mad team is a tough assignment.

ODU 78, UNCW 63.

VCU at Georgia State: A 7:00 tip on CSN teevee. This game, every year, is closer than anybody expects. Two seasons ago a bevy of missed free throws allowed VCU to come back and win, sealing the regular season championship. Last season, it was 65-60 overtime thriller in which GSU led most of the game.

Not seeing that this season. For all the bluster of VCUs poor defense this year, the Rams are giving up only 58.7 ppg in conference games. Only one of its past four opponents has scored more than 60.

VCU 71, GSU 58.

The College at Hofstra: Keep an eye on Pecora’s lineup. Rico Suave’s season is done, and Dane Johnson’s chest is still sore. This didn’t slow the Pride against Nor’easter on Saturday. Pitsie will again see extended time, and a “coaching chat” with Greg Washington was, uh, helpful.

The death knell for The Tribe? Every other coach in the league talks about patience because W&M runs their system and wears you out with precision. Tony Shaver is talking about being out of synch and needing continuity.

Hofstra 58, W&M 51.

Towson at James Madison: A couple weeks ago we talked about Nor’easter and “good teams win the games they should win.” This is what MNFC faces tonight. Keep an eye on Nick at Nite to see if the JYD and Devon Moore make an appearance on M*A*S*H. Otherwise, this is the game on the slate tonight where the better team is playing at home, so carving up stats is storytelling.

It will all come down to the above injuries.

JMU 76, Towson 68.

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~ by mglitos on January 21, 2009.

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