Dragons Prepare For Early NIT Start

Drexel coach Bruiser Flint is happy to be playing in the second round of the NIT, even if it’s a little earlier than usual.

The Dragons (28-6) will play host to Northern Iowa in Sunday’s 11 a.m. matchup at the Daskalakis Athletic Center.

“We’ll see how it goes on Sunday morning,” Flint said laughing. “When I was in college 11 a.m. on Sunday was awful early."

Actually, Flint would play the game at midnight. This is a team that opened its season with a 6 a.m. game at Rider.

This figures to be a defensive struggle. UNI allows 61.8 points per game, while Drexel surrenders just 55.4.

“It’s one of those games that may be in the 40’s,” Flint said.

UNI had an impressive 67-65 first round win at St. Joseph’s as 6-8 Seth Tuttle, the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year, had 23 points.

Drexel is coming off an impressive 81-56 win over the University of Central Florida as point guard Frantz Massenat had 18 points and 14 assists.

“We thought we could attack with Frantz and he played really well,” Flint said.

At least now the Dragons aren’t answering questions about being excluded from the NCAA Tournament. There are 16 teams left in the NIT.

The pool of teams is dwindling down whether it’s the NCAA Tournament or NIT,” Flint said. “There are a lot of teams going home and the only goal right now is to keep being able to play games.”