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Drexel left out of NCAA tournament

PHILADELPHIA—Drexel was left out of March Madness.

The Dragons failed to make the NCAA tournament after a regular season that saw 27 wins and the Colonial Athletic Association championship. They, perhaps, are the most notable omission in the 68-team field.

It would have been Drexel’s first tournament since 1996. Instead, it will play in the NIT.

The Dragons won 19 straight games before losing to VCU in the CAA championship game. But coach Bruiser Flint says the team will have to win 30 straight next season.

Flint says the Dragons will have to schedule tougher teams to raise their RPI. He knew the possibility of an at-large bid was over when he saw fellow bubble team Iona in the field. The Dragons are 27-6 and will play in the NIT for the first time since 2007. So, all is not lost.