Drexel University heads south for Sunday game at USF

Matt Leon
December 11, 2019 - 3:04 pm
Drexel junior forward James Butler (#51) has seven double-doubles this season.

Courtesy of Drexel University Athletics

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Drexel Dragons will return to action this weekend as they travel down to Tampa to take on the University of South Florida.

The Dragons are 5-5 in this.

"As any coach would feel, we've done some good things, we've also got some things that are jumping out to us we need to do a little bit better," said Zach Spiker, who is now head coach for the fourth year.

"But we've shown some improvement, we've had a couple of games we've been down and out and scratched and clawed our way back in. Some for a win, the other, the La Salle game, we were down 18-4, 28-11 to start the game and we're at the free throw line with two minutes left to make it a three-point game. So we're a very competitive group and we've got to do a little better job taking care of the basketball. I like what we're capable of doing. I don't know that we've reached our potential yet, but showing some positive signs, certainly," he added.

One of the positive signs is how the Dragons are defending on the perimeter. So far this season, opponents are shooting just 28% from behind the arc.

Another positive sign has been the play of junior forward James Butler, who leads the team in scoring (14.6 ppg), rebounding (11.6 rpg), field goal percentage (58%) and blocks (15).

"He really has taken a jump up in scoring the basketball for us this year," Spiker said of Butler. "But his motor and his ability to get rebounds out of his area are very, very impressive."

USF calls the American Athletic Conference home and the Bulls will bring a 5-4 record into Sunday's game.

"They are one of the better teams defensively at turning people over," Spiker said. "So we've got to do a really good job of taking care of the basketball. They've got tremendous size and length in the low post positions where they can really, really get on the glass."

Sunday's game down in Tampa will get underway at 4:00 p.m.

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