Bruiser Flint will return to Philly on Wednesday morning with a win and $90,000 for his school. Oakland coach Greg Kampe and his team chartered back from Knoxville with a victory and $40,000 or $50,000.
``Your president loves that stuff,” Flint said shortly after his Drexel team knocked off Louisville in its new digs.
They are done in essence for the high-major program to virtually pay a hefty amount in order to secure a victory.
But it backfired for both Bruce Pearl and Rick Pitino on Tuesday night as both Tennessee and Louisville ended up losing their first game of the season.
Flint’s was a one-game shot while Kampe and Pearl agreed to a two-for-one in which the Vols will go to Oakland next season before playing the third year back in Knoxville.
Keith Benson scored 26 point and grabbed 10 boards as Oakland handed Pearl just the second non-conference home loss in his six seasons with the Vols.
Kampe’s team had lost road games to West Virginia, Illinois, Purdue and Michigan State in an effort to test his team and also showcase Benson – a big man who could become a first-rounder in June’s NBA Draft.
``I was devastated by the loss to Michigan State by one point the other day,” Kampe said. ``We should have won that game.”
``But to get this win, I’m so happy for the school and our program,” he added. ``To beat the No. 7 team in the country, it’s something to cheer about.”
Drexel was supposed to be down this year after Flint lost his leading scorer and point guard Jamie Harris and reserve forward Kevin Phillip in the preseason following a robbery.
``That’s what everyone thought at the league meetings,” Flint said. ``But we knew we were going to be better than people thought. We returned everyone else.”
That was clear as Drexel ran its record to 7-1 with the 52-46 win.
The Dragons don’t have a ton of margin for error as Flint plays just seven guys, but he said his guys went in knowing they could compete.
``I told them, `We’re not playing against Kentucky. We can win this game.’”
A year ago, Flint was doubled up by Kentucky and his former boss, John Calipari, 88-44.
``Louisville isn’t the biggest team in the world,” Flint said. ``Especially their guards.”
Now Kampe and Flint will both return home with smiles on their faces, upset wins and a big chunk of cash for their schools.