Gameday: UB vs. Drexel — 12/16/14

UB Bulls vs. Drexel Dragons, 7 p.m., Alumni Arena


By Nick Veronica

UB Bulls: 5-2 overall, 1-0 home. RPI: 21. KenPom: 98.

Drexel Dragons: 2-6 overall, 0-1 road. RPI: 184 KenPom: 168.

Vegas line: UB -9.5.

What’s at stake: UB looks to get to 6-2 for the first time since 2011-12 and improve its impressive RPI ranking Tuesday in a nonconference game against Drexel.

Last time out: Justin Moss had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead UB to a 74-56 win over Robert Morris on Dec. 7. Drexel lost to Philadelphia rival La Salle on Saturday, 66-55.

Home sweet home: Tonight marks UB’s first game on its home court since the season opener against South Dakota State on Nov. 14. The Bulls went 4-2 on their extended road trip, which included a game at No. 1 Kentucky, a game against Canisius at the First Niagara Center, and a home game against Montana State that was cancelled due to snow.

Players to watch: UB is led by forward Justin Moss, who’s averaging a double-double at 16.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Guard Shannon Evans adds 15.1 points a night and leads the team at 4.4 assists per game. Freshman point guard Lamonte Bearden is also fun to watch. The list wouldn’t be complete without including Drexel’s Damion Lee, who you’ll definitely want to keep an eye on, but more on him in the next item.

About Drexel: The Dragons are having a tough year. They’re 2-6 and they lost to the Division II school two miles down the street earlier this month. What they do have going for them is Damion Lee. The 6-foot-6 junior swingman is 19th in the country in scoring at 20.3 points per game. He hits 42.2 percent of his field goals — including 46.2 percent of three-pointers — and rarely sits, playing all 40 minutes in three of the last five games.

Drexel is led by 14th-year coach James Flint, who goes by his nickname, Bruiser. That loss to D-II University of the Sciences was only part of a rough week for him.

Wild card: A win would be Bobby Hurley’s 25th head coaching victory. He is 24-12 since taking over the program last year.

How to follow the game: Go to it / Listen on AM 1520 / Follow along on Twitter

Check back for reactions after the final buzzer.

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