Drexel Dragons men's basketball

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Drexel Dragons
2016–17 Drexel Dragons men's basketball team
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University Drexel University
First season 1894–95
All-time record 1,258–1,083 (.537)
(through 2015–16 season)
Conference CAA
Location Philadelphia, PA
Head coach Zach Spiker (1st year)
Arena Daskalakis Athletic Center
(Capacity: 2,509)
Nickname Dragons
Student section DAC Pack
Colors Navy Blue and Gold[1]
         
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Away
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1996
NCAA Tournament appearances
Div. I – 1986, 1994, 1995, 1996
Div. II – 1957, 1960, 1966, 1967
Conference tournament champions
1986, 1994, 1995, 1996
Conference regular season champions
Div. I – 1986, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1999, 2012
Div. II – 1954, 1955, 1956, 1957, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967

The Drexel Dragons men's basketball program represents intercollegiate men's basketball at Drexel University. The team currently competes in the Colonial Athletic Association in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and plays home games at the Daskalakis Athletic Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Previously, the Dragons played their home games at the 33rd Street Armory from 1969 to 1975. The Dragons are currently coached by Zach Spiker.

Rivalries[edit]

The Dragons, a member of the City 6, have rivalries with multiple institutions, these include La Salle University, Temple University, University of Pennsylvania, Saint Joseph's University, and Villanova University.

The most notable rivalry Drexel has is with Penn, nicknamed Battle of 33rd Street, one of the closest rivalries geographically.

History[edit]

According to Basketball-Reference.com, Drexel was the 5th US school to start up collegiate basketball, their first season being 1895. Drexel's first basketball game was played against Temple University in January 1895, Drexel won by a score of 26–1.[2] In 110 years, Drexel has an all-time record of 1130 wins and 959 losses. The Dragons joined Division I in 1973. Drexel has received bids to four NCAA Basketball Tournaments in 1986, 1994, 1995 and 1996. During the 1996 tournament, Malik Rose led the team to their only second round appearance after an upset of fifth-seeded Memphis.[3][4] Prior to this, Drexel had appeared in four Division II NCAA tournaments in 1957, 1960, 1966 and 1967, including the very first Division II tournament in 1957. Drexel's men's basketball team was ranked as high as 35th nationally in 2007, finishing the season with a 23–9 record while making the National Invitational Tournament for the fourth time in the prior five years.

Venues[edit]

Curtis Hall Gymnasium[edit]

Beginning in 1894, Drexel played their games and held all athletic activities in a gymnasium that was located in the 4th floor of the Main Building.[5] This gymnasium, which was at one point known as West Philadelphia College Court[6] at Drexel Main Building in Curtis Hall (Curtis Gym),[7] would later become known as Curtis Hall Gymnasium and also be nicknamed "The Band Box." The gymnasium was renovated before the 1928–1929 basketball season to expand its seating capacity to 500.[8] After moving home games to Sayer Junior High School, games were played in Curtis Hall again for one last season in 1954–1955, before they once again were relocated back to the high school.

Sayer Junior High School[edit]

As the popularity of the basketball and other sports teams grew, Curtis Hall Gym became less suitable for hosting the games. During the 1951–1952 season, Drexel decided to move 3 of its 4 remaining league games to Sayer Junior High School, located in West Philadelphia. Drexel also played 6 of its 9 home games at the high school in the following 1952–1953 season.[9] Home games were moved to Curtis Hall again for the 1954–1955 season, however they would again return to Sayer High School the following season. From that point forward, Sayer Junior High School served the home court for Drexel through the 1968–1969 season.

Drexel Armory[edit]

Beginning in the 1969–1970 basketball season, the Drexel home basketball games were moved to the 32nd Street Armory, also known as the Drexel Armory. Drexel first began holding various athletic and recreational activities in the armory in 1947, while the building was still state owned and used exclusively for National Guard and ROTC drills.[10] While home games were moved out of the Armory after the 1974–1975 season, the armory was considered for renovation in the 2010s in order to make it suitable for hosting home basketball games. Instead, renovations were make at Daskalakis Athletic Center, allowing the DAC to continue to serve as the home court.

Daskalakis Athletic Center[edit]

Since the 1975–1976 season, the Dragon's home games have been played at the Daskalakis Athletic Center, formerly known as the Physical Education and Athletic Center (PEAC). While it was considered to move the games back to the Armory at one point, Drexel instead decided to renovate the Athletic Center beginning in 2012 and keep the games there instead. Within the Daskalakis Athletic Center, games are played on Sam Cozen Court in the main gym.

Other Venues[edit]

Drexel previously held a number of home games at other local venues in Philadelphia. In the 1952–53 season when 6 of Drexel's 9 home games were played at Sayer Junior High School, 2 home games were played at Philadelphia Convention Hall (as was one game the previous season), and the final game was played at St. Joseph's Field House. In the 1950s and 1960s a number of Drexel home games were also played in The Palestra.[11] Since moving to the Armory in the 1969–1970 season, it has become rare for home games to be played at alternative venues. In the 2015–16 season Drexel played what was considered a neutral-court game against Penn State at The Palestra.

Postseason results[edit]

NCAA Division I tournament results[edit]

The Dragons have appeared in the NCAA Division I tournament four times. Their combined record is 1–4.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1986 First Round Louisville L 73–93
1994 First Round Temple L 39–61
1995 First Round Oklahoma State L 49–73
1996 First Round
Second Round
Memphis
Syracuse
W 75–63
L 58–69

NCAA Division II tournament results[edit]

The Dragons have appeared in the NCAA Division II tournament four times. Their combined record is 0–7.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1957 First Round Rider L 61–63
1960 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Fairfield
Upsala
L 44–56
L 69–74
1966 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Long Island
Albright
L 54–62
L 61–78
1967 Regional Semifinals
Regional 3rd Place Game
Cheyney
Wagner
L 53–75
L 53–61

NIT results[edit]

The Dragons have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) six times. Their combined record is 2–6.

Year Round Opponent Result/Score
1997 First Round Bradley L 53–66
2003 Opening Round Temple L 59–68
2004 First Round Villanova L 70–85
2005 Opening Round Buffalo L 76–81
2007 First Round NC State L 56–63
2012 First Round
Second Round
Quarterfinals
UCF
Northern Iowa
Massachusetts
W 81–56
W 65–63
L 70–72

Honors[edit]

Retired jerseys[edit]

Coaching awards[edit]

CAA Coach Of The Year

Player awards[edit]

ECC Player of the Year

  • Len Hatzenbeller (1980–81)
  • Richard Congo (1983–84)
  • Michael Anderson (2) (1985–86, 1987–88)

CAA Rookie of the Year

Annual record men's basketball[edit]

See also[edit]

Drexel Dragons women's basketball

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Colors for Digital Media - Drexel". Retrieved 2016-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Did You Know That" (PDF). The Triangle. January 29, 1937. p. 3. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ Friend, Tom (March 17, 1996). "NCAA Tournament: West". New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-01. 
  4. ^ "Memphis vs. Drexel Box Score, March 14, 1996 | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com". College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-04-20. 
  5. ^ "Drexel Institute Of Technology 1891–1941 A Memorial History". archive.org. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Drexel Passers Defeat Juanita" (PDF). The Triangle. March 5, 1928. p. 3. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Harnie Injured as Team Loses Close Bahle" (PDF). The Triangle. January 30, 1929. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Completion of New Gym Hoped for by Middle of December" (Newspaper). Drexel Triangle. 17 October 1928. p. 1. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "Hoopsters open Season Jan 3., against Rutgers" (PDF). The Triangle. December 2, 1952. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Tech to Use Armory for Sports Arena" (Newspaper). Drexel Triangle. 17 January 1947. p. 6. Retrieved 15 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "A Better Gym For A Better Team" (PDF). The Triangle. February 2, 1950. Retrieved July 20, 2015. 

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