Although my head says Baylor, there is a certain intangible about having a team virtually intact from one season to another in early games. Baylor is absolutely loaded at the guard position but Lehigh is very good defensively there. Baylor will have real talent in the frontcourt but they may not have the chemistry quite yet. Baylor will definitely be stronger as the season goes on, but my heart is going with Lehigh. That’s because no money is actually on the line.
I’ve seen Robert Morris play and they could be trouble but they are a team that is better than their parts. Lehigh may have the best 2-3 players on the court but unless they play well as a team, it could be trouble. I’m still going with Lehigh.
Pitt, IMHO, lacks a quality point guard. When pressured Woodall can make mistakes. They are also a team that lets you hang around. The trouble is that they are big and physical. The Consol is not really their home court but close enough. Although this game is winnable, I’m going with Pitt.
VCU gives us matchup nightmares. I’m not sure yet if we are athletic enough to keep up with them. This would be a remarkable upset but I don’t see it happening.
North Texas St. will be interesting. A battle Royale between CJ and Mitchell. Whoever wins that battle wins the game. If this game was in Stabler, I would go Lehigh. It will be really, really close but I’m thinking NTS and hoping I’m wrong.
Without knowing who else we may play in the NIT, the rest of the schedule should be Ws but we will probably lose one anyway. So I too am going 10-4 but see 11-3 as a real possibility.