Lafayette (15-11, 7-8) ranked 213th
Lehigh (15-11, 9-6) ranked 186th
Lehigh wins 76-71 (70% chance)
Joe Lunardi Bracketolgy (as of 2/19)
Bucknell to face St. Francis (NY) in PIG….winner to face Virginia down in Charlotte
Real Time RPI
Practice Makes Perfect – or nearly so
Following our last win, Jesse Chuku told the WEEX radio listeners that he’s been watching Kahron Ross take more free throws than jumpers in practice of late. It seems to be paying off. Our pg is a perfect 15 for 15 over the last three games. In fact, since last seeing Lafayette – a game in which he hit 5 of 5 freebies, KR has connected on 38 of 41 (.927). His season-to-date mark stands at .827. And, that’s just third best among the guards with MS (.857), CS (.828) in the lead. AP isn’t far behind @.794. As a team, the Mountain Hawks are 39th in the nation and 2nd in the league in free throw accuracy @ 73.2%. Note: Our opponent on Sunday, Lafayette, is 13th in the nation and 1st in the PL. Speaking of Lafayette and the importance of foul shots, I quote from their game recap following our 4-point over then on January 24th: “The Leopards made it interesting late, but Lehigh continued to make its foul shots down the stretch, walking away with a 75-71 victory.” That day, we went 15 for 15.
Remaining Three Games in Race to Win the League Title and bid to the NIT
Bucknell* @ 11-4 to face: Loyola, @ Lehigh, American
Colgate** @ 10-5 to face: @ Loyola, @ Lafayette, Lehigh
Lehigh @ 9-6 to face: Lafayette, Bucknell, @ Colgate
Boston U.* @ 8-7 to face: @ Bucknell, Army, Holy Cross
*The Terriers have impressed of late, winning four of their last five. The loss was to Colgate in what was reported to be a see-saw battle. They come into Bucknell fresh of a series sweep of AU and look to even things up with The Bison @ 1-1. A win would be just what the doctor ordered for Lehigh.
**The Raiders, albeit 10-5, have not been able to put back-to-back wins together with any regularity late into the season. Their last few games have read: L-W-L-W-L-W-W-L-W. I give Loyola a shot at home on Sunday. While Colgate did win their first encounter, it was by one point.
Two Great Matchups on Sunday at Stabler
Down Low….Tim Kempton ( 6’10”, 225 lbs.) vs. Dan Trist (6’9”, 234 lbs.)
This will be their 4th head-to-head meeting with TK holding a slight edge is scoring (50 to 46 pts) and a large edge in rebounding (30 to 16). In PL play this year, Trist ranks first in scoring @ 18.3 ppg while Kempton seats in second @ 17.1ppg. Kempton leads the league in rebounding @ 8.6 per game; Trist follows in 3rd @ 7.2 per game.
Up Top….Kahron Ross (5’11”, 155 lbs.) vs. Nick Lindner ( 5’11”, 166 LBS.)
This will be their second head-to-head matchup with Lindner holding the advantage in game one scoring 19 pts to Ross’ 10. Their PL games-only numbers follow:
May the snow and ice stay away and may we all enjoy this great rivalry.