2011-2012 Schedule

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    Gabe Knutson posted on his twitter that Lehigh is definitely playing at Iowa State next year



    I had the pleasure of sitting next to Gabe and Holden at the Zell Awards Banquet back on April 23rd and heard rumblings of the same. While neither team has made it offical, I do believe it’s a done deal. I haven’t read a Gabe tweet, but assume he’s getting an early look at a few Iowa State (RPI 138) players in the Capital City (DesMoines) YMCA Summer League play. There, he plays along side Cyclone stars Royce White and Tyrus McGee.

    At the same banquet, there was talk among the players of us going up against the Spartans of Michigan State (RPI 45), as well. If the double-dip out west happens, it simply follows the long-established line of scheduling games, whenever possible, "in the backyard" of our student-athletes. In this case: Gabe Knutson (Urbandale, Iowa), Corey Schaefer (Johnston, Iowa), Holden Greiner (Traverse City, Michigan), and Kevin McCarthy (St. Clair Shores, Michigan). As for a possible "trifecta" of money games, stay tuned. I see it happening. While both the Legends Classic and 2K Sports Classic have named their 4 host teams, the field (8 teams per Classic) has yet to be finalized. You may recall, Navy was one of the 8 chosen to play in the 2K Sports Classic last year while Bucknell participated in a similar event, the O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE.

    I guess we’ll just have to keep scanning the web looking for announcements and confirmations. Hey, isn’t that the fun of summer basketball.


    "LU65" wrote: While both the Legends Classic and 2K Sports Classic have named their 4 host teams, the field (8 teams per Classic) has yet to be finalized. You may recall, Navy was one of the 8 chosen to play in the 2K Sports Classic last year while Bucknell participated in a similar event, the O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE.

    The Legends, CBE, and 2K Classic all have 12 teams in total – including four BCS-conference teams who start off the event by hosting two first-round games with the other eight teams. Then the four hosts square off in a "semi-final", "consolation", and "final" at a neutral site – giving each of them four games (which only count as two for scheduling limitations). The other eight teams square off in two four-team round robins at the home of two of the teams. That gives each of these teams four games in total – one at the BCS-type host and then three in the round robin.

    Bucknell will be hosting one of the four-team round robins this year – either the Legends or 2K Classic since a team can’t be in the same event two straight years.

    For those who are interested, this is what the BU schedule looks like thus far:


    – St. Francis (reportedly Sat. 11/19)
    – Richmond
    – Hofstra (part of Classic being hosted by BU) #
    – Morehead State (part of Classic being hosted by BU) #
    – Another mid-major (part of Classic being hosted by BU) #
    – Cornell
    – Loyola (confirmed by LU coach Patsos – should be BU’s turn to host)

    (7 home games)

    # Note: these three games at Sojka may be 11/21-23 (M-W), or possibly prior week if it is the 2K Classic which starts a week earlier.


    – At Minnesota (weekend of 11/11-13, which is opening weekend other than some special events).
    – At Binghamton
    – At Boston U
    – At LaSalle
    – At George Mason
    – At Syracuse
    – At BCS-Conference Team (host of 1st round for either 2K Classic or Legends Classic) *

    (7 road games)

    * 2K Classic 1st round hosts = St. John’s, Arizona, Texas A&M, Mississippi (sometime between 11/7-11)

    * Legends Classic 1st round hosts = Oregon State, Texas, Vanderbilt, and NC State (sometime between 11/13-17)



    After five seasons (’06-’07 to ’10-’11) of play, the PL has revamped the schedule. No longer will the Eagles of American be our first opponent followed by back-to-back dates with the service academies, Lehigh will instead begin its conference play this season against the Crusaders of Holy Cross and end the seven game rotations against Navy and Army. Game dates: Saturdays and Wednesday. One oddity: Lehigh is the only school to host three in a row at home this year and the only one to play its final two on the road.
    Conference play begins Saturday, January 7, 2012.

    As for OOC play, you can forget Yale. The Bulldogs released their schedule a few days ago and it includes only two Patriot Leagues foes, namely: Army and Holy Cross. We had gotten the best of Yale in each of the last two years – once by five and once by six.



    Hello LU65,

    It almost time to begin our banter:). Hope you are having a great summer. It should be a great season for LU, especially with the new recruits arriving. Do you have a sense of how much they will contribute this year?


    Confirmed home date against Quinnipiac on Monday Nov 28 @ 7 pm

    http://www.quinnipiacbobcats.com/sports … le_release



    Glad to see the Bobcats return. After two years "on" (2006/7 and 2007/8), a year "off," and two years "on" (2009/10 and 2010/11) it was anyone’s guess they’d be back. They hold a 3-1 series edge with our only win coming two years ago at home. The Hamden (CT) based team went 22-10 (13-5) last year, losing to St. Mary’s in the quarter-final round of NEC tournament play. They ended the year with a solid 144 RPI. May we be lucky enough to see more teams of this caliber on the 2011/12 schedule!


    St. Peter’s has also released their scedule which includes a home date against Lehigh on Dec. 28 @7.


    This brings us to:

    Quinnipiac – Nov 28
    @ St. Peters – Dec 28
    @ Iowa State – unconfirmed
    @ Michigan State – unconfirmed



    Scouting-out other PL OOC schedules, we find that AU has made it official.

    AU’s 2011-12 OOC SCHEDULE
    (2101-11 Season-ending RPI)

    Richmond (41)
    Maryland-Eastern Shore (323)
    Florida Atlantic (113)
    Columbia (185)
    Quinnipiac (144)
    Cornell (210)
    Howard (332)
    UMBC (322)
    St. Joseph’s (164)
    Hampton (153)
    St. Francis (257)
    Georgetown (13)
    Villanova (38)
    Mt. St. Mary’s (230)
    Brown (242)

    Average RPI: 184.5

    Of particular note, their schedules makes reference to a "Wed-Sat-Wed" rotation within the PL Championships with the Quarterfinals beginning on Wed., Feb. 29th.



    The Iowa State Cyclones make it official. They open their season on Nov. 12th against Lehigh.

    http://www.cyclones.com/ViewArticle.dbm … M_ID=10700



    That’s good news. Have we heard anything about Michigan?


    Cornell also makes it official in Ithaca on December 3rd. This brings us to…

    Nov. 12 – @ Iowa State
    Nov. 28 – Quinnipiac
    Dec. 3 – @ Cornell
    Dec. 28 – @ St. Peter’s



    Just as Cornell did, you might expect Bryant, Wagner, Fordham and St. Francis (PA) soon announce they’ll host the Mountain Hawks this year – paybacks, if you will, for games played at Stabler last season.

    On the home front, in addition to Quinnipiac we might see: Columbia (if ready to resume a long-standing commitment after a year off in 2010), NJIT (if we’re operating under a more than 4-year plan), Stony Brook (same reasoning as NJIT), and Marist (if operating under a more than a 2-year plan). If not these, then others from the AE, NEC, IVY, or MAAC will undoubtedly round-out our schedule.

    That said, an invite to an exempt tournament is not out of the question, e.g., Navy in last year’s 2K Classic.



    The Red Flash of St. Francis (PA) will return to Stabler this year on Dec. 7th and not, as theorized, host us out in Loretto.

    Other news……………..Stony Brook has released their schedule and we’re among the missing. The Seawolves will, however, take on some the liks of Indiana, Northwestern, BC, and Rutgers.



    S-L-O-W-L-Y but surely the schedule is taking shape. We now know that we’ll be heading to Rose Hill Gym in the Bronx to face the Fordham Rams on 12/1/11.

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