2009-2010 OOC

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  • #517

    LU65
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    While we haven’t officially announced our out of conference schedule for the upcoming campaign, some of our opponents have. What we know for sure is that we’ll host the Quinnipiac Bobcats on 11/18 and travel to both Loretto (PA) and Dayton (OH) to first take on the Red Flash of St. Francis (PA) on 11/25 and later the Dayton Flyers on 12/5. Word has it that two other A-10 teams, St. Joe’s and Richmond, have invited us into their arenas to play this year. If true, that leaves three game yet to be announced on the 7-game away calender. As for Stabler, expect visits from: Monmouth, Stoney Brook, Dartmouth, Marist, Yale, and NJIT to round-out the 7-game home schedule. Updates and confirmations to follow on both home and away dates.

    Without a doubt, Dayton is our prize opponent. Coach Gregory is on record stating we expects the Flyers to be a Top 25 program this year, touting the return of four starters and 10 of their 11 highest scorers from last year. Second in the A-10, the 27-8 Flyers posted a year-ending RPI of "27" and reached the second round of the NCAAs a year ago.

    #518

    Wizard
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    Good work, 65. This should produce a good OOC record. Dayton, Marist, St Joes, and Richmond are probably losses but the rest should be wins. Other than Marist, there’s not much to get excited about in the home schedule. I assume the Dayton game is a payday?

    #520

    LU65
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    If Dayton wasn’t a "payday," it should have been.

    Best guess for the remaining three away games would be: Longwood, Rider, and Delaware State. In each case, we would seem to owe them a return game after hosting each school on our 2008-09 schedule. Prior to last season’s contests, the prior play dates date back to 12/2/00 (Delaware State), 2/10/90 (Rider), and "never" in the case of Longwood. That said, it’s difficult to image a Lehigh schedule absent Columbia. A quick check of our Sports Archives shows an eight year run dating back to the ’01-’02 season. The history may be deeper, I just got weary of checking.

    The PL Champion Lady Mountain Hawks are not taking a backseat to anyone when it comes to scheduling this year. I hear – soon to be confirmed, I trust – the Lady Hawks will host Villanova at Stabler this Fall. The Wildcats posted a 19-13 record in ’08-’09 and ended the year with a "37" RPI. Congrats to Coach Troyan and the University for this scheduling gem, if true.

    Updates and confirmations to follow as I come across them.

    #521
    Bison137
    Bison137
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    "LU65" wrote: If Dayton wasn’t a "payday," it should have been.

    Best guess for the remaining three away games would be: Longwood, Rider, and Delaware State. In each case, we would seem to owe them a return game after hosting each school on our 2008-09 schedule. Prior to last season’s contests, the prior play dates date back to 12/2/00 (Delaware State), 2/10/90 (Rider), and "never" in the case of Longwood. That said, it’s difficult to image a Lehigh schedule absent Columbia. A quick check of our Sports Archives shows an eight year run dating back to the ’01-’02 season. The history may be deeper, I just got weary of checking.

    Couldn’t LU be playing all four? You have room for 15 OOC games.

    #522

    LU65
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    A 15th OOC is certainly permissible and possible. Who remains the question. Columbia would seem to make the most sense. Looking back over the past eight games, Lehigh had played host to the Lions five times. Maybe it’s Columbia’s turn. Then again, maybe it’ll be Princeton. But, if it were a 4 game contract (unknown), the series begun in ’05-’06 would seem to be up. Maybe it’ll be Albany. Yet, if as expected, the deal was for two games, that series would be up, as well. All of us who follow the team were hoping the Washington Huskies would find room on their schedule to entertain us – sort of a "make good" date for the game lost to inclement weather last year. But, that wasn’t to be.

    #547

    LU65
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    True to form, official game announcements – presumably held up by contract signings – are coming in ever so slowly this year. Two more appeared in the press over the last couple of days. One, Monmouth and the other, Yale. Both squads will visit Stable – Monmouth on November 23rd and Yale on January 5th. The Bulldogs will play a 31 game schedule highlighted by appearances in both the Connecticut Classic and Pre-season NIT. The Jan 5 date raps up a five game holiday road trip for the team from New Haven. Lehigh last played Yale in 1999. As for Monmouth, the Mountain Hawks hold a 5-1 edge in a series that began back in ’87.

    Confirmed (school announced) Dates:

    HOME
    11/18 Quinnipiac
    11/23 Monmouth
    1/5 Yale

    AWAY
    11/25 St. Francis (PA)
    12/5 Dayton

    Await confirmation of road dates with Richmond, St. Joe’s, Rider and two other schools. On the home front, odds are it

    #553

    LU65
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    You can now add Delaware State (MEAC) to the list of confirmed/announced games.
    LU will visit the home of the Hornets in Dover on 12/30.

    #574

    LU65
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    At long last, the OOC schedule is starting to take shape. Nicely, I might add with the additions of two other A-10 schools: Richmond and St. Joe’s. While the universities have not announced the dates, I’m hearing a road trip to Virginia to start the season on 11/13 and pre-Christmas visit to the City of Brotherly Love on 12/20. If so, the "work in progress" schedule looks like this:

    HOME
    11/18 Quinnipiac
    11/23 Monmouth
    1/5 Yale

    AWAY
    11/13 Richmond
    11/25 St. Francis (PA)
    12/5 Dayton
    12/20 St. Joe’s
    12/30 Delaware State

    More as it becomes known………….

    #578
    ngineer
    ngineer
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    I like the schedule. Stepping into the A-10 should help down the road.

    #579

    colorless-raider
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    Colgate has UCONN, Rutgers and Syracuse among others this year.

    #583

    Mtnhwkfan
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    Lehigh has posted its 2009-10 schedule. Looking at last year’s ending RPI’s, for the OOC schedule they are playing 5 teams with lower RPI’s, 4 with RPI’s in the same range as themselves, and 6 with lower RPI’s. As can be expected, only one of the higher RPI opponents will be at Stabler (Stony Brook). In this poster’s opinion, last year’s team was hurt by playing too soft of an OOC schedule. This year’s team will be tested by Richmond and Rider on the road for their first two games. After Stony Brook at home, they will face Dayton and St Joe’s on the road. I am disappointed that the Washington game was not on the schedule this year, but it appears they have filled that spot with Seattle University (last year’s replacement game for Lehigh). Looking at the conference schedule, they face a tough stretch on the road at Bucknell on 1/27, at Holy Cross on 1/30, then at American on 2/6.

    I like the schedule and the prospects for the 09-10 Mountain Hawks. GO LEHIGH!

    #586

    LU65
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    Here’s the long awaited schedule. It was published without comment and beat last year’s release by 13 days. It appears that we’ll play 7 at home and 8 – including our four toughest tests (Richmond, St. Joe’s, Dayton, and Rider) – on the road. Each member of the quartet ended their ’08-’09 campaign with sub 130 RPI’s, Dayton the finest at "27."

    http://www.lehighsports.com/sports/mbba … /index.asp

    Additional comment and analysis to come. Yours, too.

    The Holy Cross Board has already seized the moment. Interesting reads.

    #587

    LU65
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    OOC opponent’s average 2008-09 season-ending RPI: 232. Lehigh ended the year at 253.
    OOC opponent’s average 2008-09 season-ending Pomeroy Rating: 239. Lehigh ended the year at 263.

    Upcoming season conference representation:
    NEC – 3
    IVY – 3
    A-10 – 3
    MAAC – 2
    IND – 2
    MEAC – 1
    AE – 1

    #589

    LU65
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    A "cream-puff" schedule or one that is "fitting" of our talent?

    Some will argue the former but I see it otherwise. Please consider………..

    09-10 Season ahead
    End of Yr 08-09 RPI of our opponents / Number of Opponents

    301 + / 4
    201-300 / 6
    101-200 / 4
    1 – 100 / 1

    Avg. Opponent’s RPI = 232
    LU’s 08-09 Season Ending RPI = 253

    Prior 08-09 Season
    End of Yr 07-08 RPI of our opponents / Number of Opponents

    301 + / 6
    201-300 / 6
    101-200 / 2
    1-100 / 1

    Avg. Opponent’s RPI = 244
    LU’s 07-08 Season Ending RPI = 244 (believe it or not)

    If anything, we may have stepped it up a notch – albeit a small notch.

    For those in love with American U’s 09-10 OOC Schedule, touting the likes of G’town, FLA, Penn State, and Fairfield (their top double-digit RPI foes)……………I couldn’t include the once mighty De Paul (1-19, 9-24) at RPI 206, please remember they’ve also scheduled five +300 teams. Their overall opponent’s average RPI from the prior season is "200."

    Someone may wish to run the numbers of the other PL schools once all the schedules have been released. With it, an age-old controversy will surely ensue as to what’s the "right" strength of schedule to pursue in OOC play.

    #590

    Wizard
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    Well, I’ll argue with you 65. First of all, I think using last years RPI is just that, LAST YEARS RPI. Everyone’s roster has changed and our opponets opponets have probably changed also. To me, last years numbers are worthless.

    But regardless of what they are, I believe that this years team will be as good as Carrington and Hall are. I thought last years pre-PL season’s schedule was too weak and did not challange the team to get better as the season unfolded. Result was season ending losing streak of 4 games and first round exit from the tournament.

    If you are relying on young inexperienced players I can live with a weak schedule to build confidence. But, and I’ll say it again, this years team will be as good as Carrington and Hall. Therefore, I believe that a tougher schedule is in order to challange the team to get better as the season progresses. And I just don’t see it.

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