Thursday, February 11, 2016

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.


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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


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.


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.

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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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