Philadelphia sports fans are nothing if not eternally optimistic. This calendar year has tested that optimism to the tune of one of the worst overall collective years, record-wise, in sports history. The Sixers? Well, things are finally looking up after snapping a 28 game losing streak and tying the record for worst start in NBA history. Oh and let's not forget the team's 2015 first round pick can't seem to stop hitting Boston sports fans (but really, who could blame him?). The Flyers? Not so good. The Phillies? The worst record in MLB, but at least things are looking up with a solid young core, the first overall pick in the draft, and the very best news: Ruben Amaro, Jr. is now the problem of the Red Sox.
Drexel travels to North Philly to take on the Explorers for the first time in fifteen years, a place where La Salle has been extremely difficult to beat in recent years. La Salle is led by Auburn transfer Jordan Price who is averaging 27.0 points per game, which is good for second overall in the country. For reference, Damion Lee is currently 84th overall (did we mention we miss you, Damion?). Like a bunch of the teams they've faced so far this season, the Explorers are led offensively almost exclusively by their backcourt. In addition to the 6'5" Price, the 6'6" Cleon Roberts averages 13.2 ppg, and 5'11" guard Johnnie Shuler chips in 11.0 ppg.
La Salle shoots well overall as a team (46.5% from the year, 36.1% from deep, and 76.8% from the line). They have already played a couple of games against fellow CAA members Towson and Hofstra. The Explorers beat Towson (#7 in the preseason poll) in their opener and dropped a close one to the Pride (#1 in the preseason poll) earlier this week. La Salle has also won games over reigning Patriot League champ Lafayette, Rider, and against D3 powerhouse (just kidding) Rowan. In their lone D1 away game they were run out of the Palestra against Penn.
If you can't make it out to the game, La Salle has free live video of the game through their site.