Dragons still cruising
Drexel got a much needed win on Saturday visiting fellow mid-major, Cleveland State. Unfortunately for Drexel all of the remaining doubters will point to the fact that the Vikings had lost 3 in a row heading into the BracketBuster game. According to kenpom.com rankings, Drexel is currently behind both Temple and La Salle—despite winning 15 in a row. It seems that no matter how many games the Dragons win they continue to move backwards in the rankings. Hopefully for Drexel fans, the team will win the CAA conference tournament to take the suspense (and possible disappointment) out of Selection Sunday.
Just as the rest of the city is playing some of its best basketball the Wildcats are going in the opposite direction. Villanova has dropped two in a row at the Wells Fargo Center in which the led by double digits in both contests. Although both games went to overtime the Wildcats displayed an inability to play with the lead. Granted they were missing Maalik Wayns in both games; however, last week I predicted that Villanova might well end up finishing the season 11-19. Unless they can scrape out a win against Rutgers, that looks likely
Some other notes
--The Kentucky Wildcats are the number 1 team in the country with a 26-1 record. Despite the Wildcats youth, they are winning games in the SEC conference by sizable margins. Their one loss? A very respectable buzzer-beater defeat at Indiana in non-conference play. However, I don’t think the Wildcats should be everyone’s clear favorite to win the national championship. John Calipari’s team is young, they are playing in a relatively down SEC (I say relatively because it is not as strong as in years past with Tennessee, LSU, and South Carolina not being as good as in previous seasons), and at seasons’ end they will have only played 9 true road games. That’s right, 9. They are unproven and often that is fatal in the NCAA tournament.
--In Joe Lunardi’s most recent Bracketology he has as many teams from the Pac-12 as the A-10. The Pac has been an incredible disappointment this season, while the A-10 is as strong as it has been in years with resurgences by La Salle, St. Joe’s, and UMass. I’m growing tired of average power conference teams making the tournament over deserving teams from conferences such as the A-10, the Mountain West, and the WCC. I think it's better for college basketball to see more of teams like BYU, Iona, and Drexel than Virginia Tech's or Minnesota's of the NCAA.
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