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Drexel-UCF Preview Box

Central Florida University (22-10) at Drexel (27-6)

Drexel-UCF Preview Box

Central Florida University (22-10) at Drexel (27-6)

Wednesday, 7:15 p.m.

The winner: meets the winner of No. 7 Northern Iowa and No. 2 St. Joseph’s at a date to be determined.

Coaches

UCF – Donnie Jones (5th season, 98-63 overall, 43-22 in second season at UCF).

Drexel - Bruiser Flint (16th season, 283-212 overall, 197-140 in 11 seasons at Drexel)

All-time series: Drexel leads 1-0.

Last game:

UCF – Lost to Memphis, 83-52 in the Conference USA Tournament semifinal on March 9.

Drexel – Lost to VCU, 59-56 in the Colonial Athletic Association final, March 5.

Projected Starters

UCF

G A.J. Rompza 5-9 Sr., 7.2 ppg., 4.5 apg.

G Marcus Jordan 6-3 Jr., 13.9 ppg., 2.4 apg., 36.0 mpg.

C Josh Crittle 6-9 Jr., 4.7 ppg., 3.0 rpg.

F Isaiah Sykes 6-5 So., 12.5 ppg., 6.6 rpg.

F Keith Clanton 6-9 Jr., 14.6 ppg., 8.1 rpg.

DREXEL

G Derrick Thomas 6-3 Jr., 8.0 ppg. 2.3 rpg.

G Damion Lee 6-6 Fr. 12.7 ppg., 4.5 rpg.

G Frantz Massenat 6-4 So. 13.6 ppg., 4.4 apg.

F Samme Givens 6-5 Sr., 11.4 ppg. 8.0 rpg.

F Daryl McCoy 6-9 Jr., 4.3 ppg., 6.8 rpg.

Key off the bench:

UCF – Tristan Spurlock, 6-8 So., 7.2 ppg., 4.2 rpg.

Drexel – Chris Fouch, 6-3 Jr., 10.5 ppg., (55 three-point FG).

Fast Facts

*UCF’s Jordan is the son of Michael Jordan.

* Drexel’s loss to VCU snapped a 19-game win streak. The Dragons have won 25 of their last 27.

*This is UCF’s first ever NIT appearance.

*Under Flint, Drexel is 0-4 in NIT games, the most recent in 2007.

About this blog
The college sports staff of The Inquirer covers Drexel men’s basketball, as well as other sports. Keith Pompey, who also covers Temple; Joe Juliano, beat reporter for Villanova; Marc Narducci, who writes on St. Joseph’s; and Mike Jensen, who writes Campus college sports columns, contribute their longtime expertise in Philadelphia college sports to their coverage of Drexel.

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