Jan. 8, 2012 (Philadelphia, Pa.)
2011-12 Record:
9-5 (1-2 CAA)
2011-12 RPI:
Guy you should heckle:
Samme Givens, Sr., F (12.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg)

The skinny: The Dragons return virtually the same team, with some additions, from last year’s 21-10 squad. Voters decided that was good enough to name Drexel the CAA’s preseason favorite. However, Drexel has hardly distinguished itself as the runaway favorite after curious losses at Delaware and Norfolk State. The Dragons also lost at Georgia State, but the Panthers are looking more and more like a contender every day.

Samme Givens is a 6-foot-5 power forward who plays like a man five inches taller. Although his rebounding numbers have slipped from last season’s 10.1 average, Givens is rugged and relentless. He will challenge the Rams on the blocks. Super sub Chris Fouch has returned from injury, but hasn’t shot the ball particularly well (.347 FG, .321 3-Pt. FG) up to this point, which is troubling for a team short on gunners. Junior point guard Frantz Massenat (11.9 ppg, 3.9 apg) continues to progress and now ranks among the CAA’s best floor generals. Freshman guard Damion Lee (11.4 ppg, 27 3-Pt. FG) has been one of the league’s best rookies.

Drexel and VCU have been responsible for some for CAA’s best finishes over the last decade, including several buzzer-beaters. This will be the first meeting between the two schools since VCU’s Jamie Skeen banked home a layup as time expired to lift the Rams over the Dragons 62-60 in the CAA Tournament quarterfinals last season. I’m assuming Drexel hasn’t forgotten about that.

Fast facts: Opponents are shooting just .260 (52-of-200) from beyond the 3-point arc, which also happens to be a VCU strength… Drexel leads the CAA in rebounding margin (+6.4).