Drexel will stay in New Jersey and take on Rutgers at the RAC on November 13th. The Scarlet Knights are coming off another abysmal year (7-25 overall, 1-17 in conference). This will be an interesting test for the Dragons in an arena they’ve enjoyed a great deal of success in in recent years. The Dragons return home for their first regular season game against Hartford on November 18th. The Hawks are coming off a mediocre year where they went 10-23 overall.
The Dragons will hit the road again, travelling to take on North Texas and Niagara in back to back games. The Mean Green were 12-20 last year while the Purple Eagles went 7-25. Drexel will return home for the first of its Philadelphia contests when they take on La Salle at the DAC for the first time in… a very long time, on Sunday November 27th. Have no fear football fans, the Wentz Wagon will continue rolling on Monday Night Football the next day.
An old rivalry with Lafayette will be reignited on November 30th. The Leopards won their conference title a few years back but struggled to a 6-24 record in the Patriot League last season. The Dragons return game with High Point (a 75-66 loss) will take on December 3rd. The Panthers finished 21-11 last season, winning the Big South regular season championship before being upset by UNC Asheville in the tournament semifinals.
Phil Martelli will return to the DAC with his St. Joe’s Hawks on December 11th. The Dragons dropped a one point decision in the season opener last year on Hawk Hill before both teams had very different results the rest of the season. Drexel will return to Lawrenceville, New Jersey to take on Rider in one of the nation’s thirteenth smallest arena.
Good news, Dragon fans. There are no Division II teams on the schedule this year. That hasn’t gone so well the past few years, has it? The bad news, the Dragons will try to avoid an even bigger loss as they host DIII Kean University on December 18th. Kean finished last season at 4-20, which means, on paper, this should be one of the easiest games the Dragons have ever had on their schedule. Time will tell.
Drexel will finish off their out-of-conference schedule with a road trip to Quinnipiac. The Bobcats play in picturesque New Hampshire. It’s actually Connecticut, but like me, you probably didn’t know or care. The Dragons will head to the Palestra to take on the beloved Quakers on the 28th, a Wednesday, at 4pm. The matchup, which devolved into a real pillow fight of who wanted to win less last year, will likely take place in front of a nearly empty arena. Hopefully Spiker’s UPenn connections can get this game back into a marquee matchup timeslot in the years moving forward.
The Dragons conference is set up so they just about play two home games and then two away games all season. Of note, the conference tournament will move from Baltimore (where the Dragons enjoyed a great deal of success, winning one game total) to Charleston, South Carolina. If the results aren’t any better, at least the location will be. Start planning those roadtrips!