Team Profile: 2007 BracketBuster Preview: Drexel at Creighton

by Matthew Stevens | February 11th, 2007

Bruiser Flint brings his full-court, up-tempo, high scoring squad to Omaha’s undoubtedly sold-out Qwest Center in this marquee clash, one of the two or three best in this year’s event. A fourth marquee road win of the year (in addition to Syracuse, Villanova, and St. Joseph’s) would put Drexel on the cusp of an NCAA bid. Creighton’s non-conference profile is currently a little weak, and a second prominent win (the Bluejays also won at Xavier) would make Selection Sunday a little less stressful for Dana Altman & Co.Drexel scored 95 points against Hofstra this past week, but Creighton’s halfcourt offense is a bit more methodical than the Pride’s, and CU’s defense is ranked second in the Valley, allowing just 61.6 ppg.

Creighton is finally healthy and is finally playing like the team everyone predicted before the season began. Nate Funk leads the conference in scoring, as expected, coming off of last year’s injury-shortened season.

Key Matchup: Drexel’s Frank Elegar vs. CU’s Anthony Tolliver
This should be a down-and-dirty battle for the full 40 minutes as both 6-foot-9 post players look to establish an inside presence so their teams’ fabled perimeter shooters can find open looks. Whichever one can stay out of foul trouble will go a long way towards determining the outcome of this pivotal contest.

Prediction: Creighton 75, Drexel 73
Definitely worth staying up late into the night to see the end of this one, because it will almost certainly come down to the wire. Creighton is nearly impossible to beat in Omaha (ranked 20 th in attendance nationwide last year), and Funk and Tolliver will relish the opportunity to seal an at-large bid at home.

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