UVM heads to Philly for 3 straight games

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Happy Thanksgiving, Catamount fans!

I’ve been out of town for the holidays, but I will rejoin the UVM men’s basketball team — and return to regular blog posts — this weekend in Philadelphia, just a few miles from my hometown in South Jersey.

The Catamounts are playing three straight games in the Philadelphia Subregional of the Legends Classic, which has a goofy format. The Cats beat Rutgers  on Sunday in the first round of the 12-team tournament, but instead of advancing to the championship round in Atlantic City, N.J., they — along with other mid major schools — have been funneled to Drexel University for three predetermined games.

Here’s a more detailed description of the tournament and the schedule of games.

Vermont opens against host Drexel on Friday at 4:30 p.m., plays defending Ivy League champion Cornell on Saturday and faces Toledo  on Sunday.

Drexel (1-3) is coming off a 58-49 victory over Penn. Drexel’s losses to St. Joseph’s, Niagara and Rutgers were decided by seven points or less. Junior guard Jamie Harris leads the team with 14.8 points per game while guards Gerald Colds and Derrick Thomas each average 11 points. The Dragons’ stingy defense has given up only 65 points a game; their offense, on the other hand, has produced an average of only 62.5 points.

Drexel, picked to finish seventh in the Colonial Athletic Association’s preseason poll, lost 58-56 at Rutgers, a Big East team Vermont beat 77-71 two days later.

Vermont lost 106-64 loss at Providence on Tuesday. The last time Vermont gave up more than 100 points in a game was in a 108-78 loss to Drexel in 1995.

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