Arizona Wildcats vs. Drexel Dragons Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/27/13
Drexel Dragons (3-1) at Arizona Wildcats (5-0)
College Basketball: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Madison Square Garden)
The Line: Arizona Wildcats -- -10 Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN U
The fourth-ranked Arizona Wildcats look to make it to the NIT Tip-Off championship game for a fifth time when they take on the Drexel Dragons in the semi-finals Wednesday.
The Wildcats come into the game with a record of 5-0, but haven’t taken the floor since dismantling Rhode Island 87-59 in the tournament’s second round in Tucson Nov. 19. Junior G Nick Johnson scored a team-high 20 points in the game on 58 percent from the field and grabbed 10 rebounds. Johnson also added 6 assists, made 2 of 4 from distance and hit 4 of 4 from the stripe. Sophomore F Brandon Ashley had 16 points and 6 rebounds on 62 percent shooting and made 6 of 8 from the line. Freshman F Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 13 points on 71 percent from the field and freshman F Aaron Gordon scored 12 points on 41 percent shooting and grabbed 7 boards.
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Drexel comes in at 3-1 with their only loss a 72-67 near upset of then 22nd-ranked UCLA. The Dragons took out Rutgers 70-59 in their last game behind a 16 point second half from sophomore G Tavon Allen. Allen scored 21 in the game on 47 percent from the field and made 4 of 5 from the free throw line. Junior G Damion Lee added 15 points on 50 percent shooting, made 2 of 5 from downtown and hit 5 of 7 from the free throw line. Senior G Frantz Massenat had 12 points and 7 assists. As a team, Drexel shot 45 percent from the floor, 47 percent from beyond the arc and hit 16 of 25 free throw attempts.
Arizona opened up a 10 point favorite in this one, which might be on the high side. The thriller against a solid UCLA team proved that this Drexel team shouldn’t be overlooked, particularly when a potential dream final with Duke could be up next. Arizona is the real deal, shooting 54 percent for 6th in the nation and averaging 84 points a game to Drexel’s 71 ppg and 43 percent, but unless the line drops a bit, the points look like the play here.
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