As both the Drexel men's and women's basketball teams have completed about the first quarter of their season, the two squads seem to be going in opposite directions. After a great run in the NIT season tip-off, the Drexel men's squad toughed out a triple overtime win at home over Cleveland State, 85-82, followed by a solid 75-61 victory over Tennessee State this past week. The men now have a record of 6-2 with some quality wins over Rutgers, Alabama and Horizon League favorite Cleveland State, and the two losses coming against now the top team in the country, Arizona, and UCLA, who is #23 in the ESPN/USA Today poll this week.
After a disappointing season last year, Bruiser Flint and the Drexel Dragons seem to be starting this season off right with a solid record against a strong schedule. As of December 9th, the Dragons had a Top-40 RPI, which, if kept around that number, should bode well come NCAA Tournament selection time in March. But this Drexel team with Frantz Massenat and Chris Fouch leading the way, could certainly win the CAA title for the first time in program's history and earn the conference's automatic bid.
Meanwhile, the Drexel women's squad has lost four straight games after starting 2-1, dropping their record to 2-6 on the year. This past week, the Dragons fell twice on the road to Colgate, 65-60, then American, 47-41. With two freshmen, Alexis Smith and Sarah Curran, and two sophomores, Meghan Creighton and Rachel Pearson, in the top six of head coach Denise Dillon's rotation, it's no surprise that this team is experiencing some growing pains. But this Drexel team has talent and if they can find their groove by the time conference play rolls around in January, they'll have a chance to compete for the CAA title yet again.
With final exams this week, the men won't be back in action until Saturday at Davidson and the women head to Queens, New York this weekend for the St. John's Classic, where they will take on the host St. John's Red Storm on Saturday followed by Prairie View A&M on Sunday.