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Drexel Preview: Two Local Matchups – Penn State And UPenn

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Terrell Allen Drexel Dragons

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Local games are on the way!

Drexel will face Penn State this Saturday, December 19. The game will take place on Penn’s home court, The Palestra. Three days after that, on December 22, Drexel will take on Penn at the Daskalakis Athletic Center for the battle of 33rd Street. These days will be the early gifts of the holiday season; two games against two in-state teams in University City. What a time to be alive!.

Drexel vs. Penn State:

A match-up at the Palestra: the Cathedral of Basketball. It will be the first time in three years that the Drexel Dragons (1-7) compete in the Palestra. The Dragons got its first mark on the win column against La Salle a couple weeks back and are looking to build upon that. It will not be an easy task since they will be facing a tough opponent in Penn State (7-3) but, they are putting pieces together and ready for the challenge.

Senior Forward Tavon Allen will be an integral part of the attack for Drexel, as he has been averaging 15.5 points per game. Freshman guard Terrell Allen will also need to have a good game. Starting as a freshman means a faster learning curve, and he has played well within his boundaries so far. Let’s hope it continues.

If the Dragons can play a more consistent game and close out, they have a great opportunity take the game from Penn State.

Drexel vs. UPenn

In the past three years, a lot of effort on Drexel’s side has been put into scheduling a game against UPenn (4-5). Penn’s Former Athletic Director Steve Bilsky had no interest playing at Drexel but as a page turns to a new chapter, Penn’s new Athletic Director, M. Grace Calhoun, saw this as a great opportunity to reignite the rivalry.

On Drexel’s student-run newspaper, The Triangle, Drexel’s Head Coach Bruiser Flint talked about the change of mindset to the rivalry.

“They knew we were wanting to play again,” Flint said. “Bilsky retired, and that just made everything easier. They actually called us and said, ‘Do you guys still want to play?’ and we said, ‘Yeah.’ They said, ‘Look, we’ll come there.’”

This will be the first time Penn makes the trip to Drexel’s Daskalakis Athletic Center since 2008.

Again, the Dragons will have a great opportunity to make forward process and add more tallies to the win column. Drexel has been competitive in past games but they must learn to be consistent and finish games. Saying this match-up is a rivalry for 33rd Street, you know you will be in for a treat.

All in all, two great games to get into the holiday spirit.

Tune in! DU Believe?

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