We don't know a whole lot about Drury, but they are the reigning D-II champs and used to winning, which is why they are on the schedule.
They lose senior leaders Alex Hall and Brandon Lockhart from last year and also Teddy Simniok.
This year's Drury is again a smallish team, with no one taller than 6-6. Senior Ian Carter (6-6) will go at center and Drake Patterson (6-4) is a sweetshooting guard.
Like a lot of smaller schools, Drury recruits pretty regionally, with almost all its players from Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas. There's one Kansan, one Nebraskan and...one Frenchman?
He's a transfer from a Texas school, so the coaching staff didn't have to look far.
Expect Drury to run as much as possible, which is a good fit for Duke now.
Drury coach Steve Hesser is lucky to be coaching at all, let alone in Cameron: he came down with pneumonia last season and it nearly went systemic. If he appeared to be calm during last year's tournament, he said, it was because he had no choice.
That's no longer an issue but rebuilding a team is. It'll be interesting to see what they bring to the court. Worth noting: Drury's last loss was January 5th.
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