[quote quote=32717] barring an upset we should get by Marist, MSM, Siena and SF/PA. If you believe the preseason pollsters, our next best chance would be to surprise Monmouth or Pitt – both a true stretch. ![/quote]
I wouldn’t take the games with Marist, MSM, Siena, and SF (PA) for granted. Pomeroy has LU winning 2.6 of the 4. LU will likely be an underdog at SF, who is the unanimous pick for #1 in the NEC. They return all five starters from last year. Siena lost four starters – but that might not be such a bad thing since they had major chemistry/morale problems last year. They have added a strong freshman class and return a POY candidate. As for MSM, they had three starters transfer (to Miami, Texas, and UNCW) and have 12 freshmen/redshirt freshmen on the roster. Still, Jamion Christian is a really good coach and I think LU will have to play well to win. Marist should be the easiest of the four, but they will be better than last year and not an easy team to beat in their home gym. If LU wins 3 of the 4, that will be a good outcome. Four wins would be unexpected and a spectacular result.
As for Pitt, I pointed out in another thread how weak they are this year with almost every player having left. They are a Pomeroy underdog vs Navy, and an LU win in that game would not be a big upset. Finally, Monmouth will be good this year but not as good as the last two years. An LU win at home would not be a surprise.