May 9, 2010 at 6:46 pm #2078
Anyone with any news or insight on our OOC games for next year?May 10, 2010 at 5:21 am #2079
I hope they come to the West Coast, preferably CA.May 11, 2010 at 3:39 am #2080
Word is that Lehigh will indeed be playing in CA…versus USC, as well as two other schools to be named.May 11, 2010 at 10:08 am #2081
I look for USC to be one of two – possibly three – money games on tap this year. Can barely pay the electric bill with 1285 (17 game home game average) packing Stabler each night! A trip out west is a nice tribute to Michael Ojo (Santa Monica) and a treat for the rest of the team. The Trojans finished 16-14 (8-10 in the PAC 10) last year and posted a season ending 112 RPI.May 12, 2010 at 9:37 pm #2082
I hear @ Penn State is the openerMay 13, 2010 at 3:52 am #2083
"LU65" wrote: I look for USC to be one of two – possibly three – money games on tap this year. Can barely pay the electric bill with 1285 (17 game home game average) packing Stabler each night! A trip out west is a nice tribute to Michael Ojo (Santa Monica) and a treat for the rest of the team. The Trojans finished 16-14 (8-10 in the PAC 10) last year and posted a season ending 112 RPI.
I think what you’re trying to say is that we should be favored
Seriously, though, USC didn’t even make the tournament last year :lol:May 13, 2010 at 11:35 am #2084
No, I doubt seriously that we will be favored if and when we meet up this Fall.
The USC program has certainly undergone some drastic changes over the past few months, e.g., nearly its entire recruiting class from a year ago leaving in light of NCAA investigations, players opting out to play pro ball, the university’s self-imposed sanctions, the release of Coaches Arnold and Johnson, the hiring of Coach Horton and the promotions of Coaches Miller and Cantu. But despite all that, Head Coach O’Neil was named PAC 10 COY by collegeinsider.com. Oh yeah, they finished the year tied for 5th in the conference and posted a year-end RPI of 112. Their SOS was 88. Keep in mind LU’s equivalent numbers were 152 and 300, respectively. No, I don’t think we’ll be favored if given a chance to play, but I do think it’ll be one hell of a game and an opportunity for LU to gain further national recognition.May 14, 2010 at 6:19 am #2089
Overshadowed by UCLA basketball (and USC football, ha!), the USC basketball team tends to get some very good talented young players every few years and is capable of beating anyone on any given day. Let’s just hope that this will be USC’s off-year for basketball.
and, yes, it will be very good exposure for Lehigh sports.May 14, 2010 at 6:51 am #2090
Peters, well he is transferring, is from So Cal right and Adams is from Northern, CA, a plane ride for his parents. Hamilton’s parents can take the quick flight down from WA. Did I miss anyone?May 15, 2010 at 1:52 am #2095
Also from the west coast is David Safstrom (Washington). Next year’s freshmen are from NJ and Texas.
From Cleveland.com, it is reported that Kent State is contracted to play Lehigh:
Early basketball: Kent State men’s basketball coach Geno Ford said the Golden Flashes have been invited to be a part of ESPN’s College Hoops Marathon Tip-off, a daylong marathon of TV games set for Tuesday, Nov. 16.
Kent State will host a game — likely at 6 a.m. or 8 a.m. — against a team still to be determined. It could be one of KSU’s already contracted home opponents (James Madison, Lehigh, South Florida, Robert Morris) if the team agrees to play in that TV slot. Or, it could be another opponent, as KSU has one game left to fill on its schedule.
Kent State’s record last year was 23-8 overall and finished first in the MAC with a 13-3 record. Their final RPI was 47. However, they lost to Ohio in the first round of the conference tournament. They won their first game in the NIT against Tulsa, then lost badly to Illinois in the second round. The team graduated six seniors (three of whom were starters) and lose 61% of their point production. Last season’s top point producer was 6′ 8" 230 lb. sophomore Justin Green.May 15, 2010 at 3:57 am #2096
Next year’s freshmen are from NJ and Texas.
And also from Michigan (McCarthy).May 15, 2010 at 7:41 am #2097
How could I forget Safstrom? He was a nice surprise for LU.May 15, 2010 at 12:56 pm #2099
Also heard from an extremely reliable source that Kent State is, in fact, on our schedule. While the Mid-American conference is not one of the so-called "power conferences," they play a good brand of basketball. Their Conference RPI ranking was 16 and Conference SOS was a peg higher at 15. The Patriot League ranked 28th in both measurements. Was thinking that Ball State (now the home of Billy Taylor) might have been our first game with a Mid-American opponent, but no such luck.May 15, 2010 at 1:25 pm #2100
You can add PENN STATE to the list! We’re headed back (a solid source tells me) to Happy Valley to avenge our New Year’s Eve (12/31/07) 13 point setback. I expect the results may be far better this time around. Non-Conference: 8-5 with a 6-1 home record including a 76-57 win over American U.
If all comes true, our three premiere games will be: USC, KENT STATE, and PENN STATE.
Trojan Fever Basketball Blog … http://www.usctrojans.com/blog/basketball/
Official university athletic site…. http://www.usctrojans.com/sports/m-bask … -body.html
Last year: 16 – 14 (8-10 finishing tie for 5th in PAC 10 behind Cal, Arizona St., Wash., and Arizona). RPI 112. SOS 88.
Venue: Galen Center. Capacity: 10,258.
Penn State Hoops Blog…. http://pennstatehoops.com/
Official university athletic site…. http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-bas … -body.html
Last year: 11-21 (3-16 finishing 11th in the Big 10). RPI 194. SOS 77.
Venue: Bryce Jordan Center. Capacity: 15,261
Kent State Hoops Blog…. http://www.blogs.dixcdn.com/kentstatesports/
Official university athletic site…. http://www.kentstatesports.com/SportSel … PSID=47654
Last year: 24-10 (13-3 finishing 1st in the Mid-American). RPI 47. SOS 94. Non-Conference: 11-7 with a 7-1 home record.
Venue: Memorial Athletic and Convocation Center (MAC Center). Capacity: 6,327May 15, 2010 at 2:52 pm #2101
Thanks LU65 for your always informative and accurate posts! Norcalfan and I are more the gunslingers with him missing Safstrom and me Knutsen!
Is there any reason (other than money) that Lehigh and other Patriot League teams do not participate in preseason tournaments? This is a way many teams gain extra OOC games.
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