Just one game on the schedule for Thursday night with the Drexel Dragons hosting the worst team in the CAA ... and one of the worst in the nation.
Drexel (9-13, 5-5) vs. Old Dominion (2-20, 0-10)
7 p.m., Daskalakis Center
Drexel had won four of its last five before falling to CAA-leader Northeastern on Sunday, 59-52, for the second time this season. A tie game at the half, it was just a one-point game with seven minutes to play before Northeastern pulled off an 8-0 run over the next four minutes to finally create some space. Three Dragons -- Derrick Thomas, Dartaye Ruffin and Franz Massenat -- finished in double figures as Drexel out-rebounded Northeastern, 33-19. Then again, the Dragons inefficiency on offense created a lot of extra boards; they finished 19 of 54 from the floor (35.2 percent) while Northeastern went 17 of 40 and 21 of 23 from the foul line.
ODU has lost its last 10 in a row and hasn't won a game since upsetting Virginia on Dec. 22. The team's only other win came against Morgan St. on Nov. 10, ODU's second game of the year. The Monarch's 2-20 mark is tied with three other teams -- Lamar, St. Francis and Kennesaw St. -- for the second-worst record in the country. Grambling (0-20) is the only team out of the 347 who play Division I basketball that has yet to win a game.
Sophomore guard Damion Lee continues to lead Drexel with 18.6 points per game. Prior to his team's loss to Northeastern, in which he scored just seven, Lee had gone for 20, 30 and 29 points in his three prior games.
Massenat is next, scoring 13.9 a game, and is second in the conference in assists per game with 4.3.
For ODU, 6-foot-9 senior center DeShawn Painter leads the team in both points (11.9) and rebounds (8.1). He is the only Monarch averaging double figures in scoring.
No CAA for ODU
Old Dominion is leaving the CAA at season's end to join Conference USA as their football program transitions from the the FCS to the FBS. Consequently, the CAA had barred ODU from competing in this year's conference tournament. Old Dominion is four of four teams banned from the tournament, joining Georgia State, who is leaving for the Sun Belt, and UNC-Wilmington and Towson, the both of whom are academically ineligible.