January 6, 2015 at 5:44 pm #17538
KenPom’s PL Forecast
LU (6-7, 0-2) @ Army (10-3, 1-1)
Army by 6
BU (6-7, 2-0) @ Navy (6-8, 2-0)
BU by 7
LC (9-4, 1-1) @ Bucknell (6-9, 1-1)
LC by 1
AU (8-6, 1-1) @ Loyola MD (4-9, 0-2)
AU by 5
HC (5-7, 0-2) @ CU (5-10, 2-0)
CU by 5
The “2”…….After allowing Colgate and Boston U. to shoot a combined .533 from 2-point range, the last thing we needed to see was Army on the schedule. The Black Knights are 27th in the nation when it comes to converting its 2-point shot @ 53.5% while Lehigh is ranked 249th @ 45.2%. In conference-only play, the numbers are even more divergent. Army is hitting 46.8% from in close while Lehigh is managing just 36.8% of their 2-pt. shots to fall and ranked last in the PL.
The “3”………Or, will Army go after us with a 3 pt. barrage, after seeing how we couldn’t stop either CU (10 of 20) or Boston U. ( 14 of 25)? Don’t expect it. The Black Knights are hitting just 33% of their long range shots this year.
The Offensive Rebounds”……..No surprise here, Army is pulling down 33.6% of their chances on the offensive boards while Lehigh lags at 26.6% – good for a 297th ranking.
Speed of Play………Both Army and Lehigh play an up-tempo style of offense with average offensive possession lengths 15.2 and 16.4 seconds, respectively. Nationwide, Army comes in as the 8th fastest. As you might expect, BYU and VMI are top the list.
60 Point Barrier……….Army is 3-0 this season and 36-11 when holding opponents under 60 points during Coach Spiker’s tenure. P.S. Lehigh has scored 61 and 56 points in our first two PL contests this year.
Note to LUHoop00: Stay home. I’ll attempt to turn the tide by attending this one with my wife.January 7, 2015 at 7:47 pm #17551
This looks like a one-sided affair to me. I think we lose double digits for sure in this spot. Hope I’m wrong, but this looks like a very tough spot.
If we drop to 0-3 in PL, then Saturday at home vs Loyola is an absolute must win. If we start 0-4, with 2 home losses in conference, we are done.January 7, 2015 at 9:44 pm #17553
Completely agreed. At this point, this game would be a bigger surprise (to me) than ASU was. Conference game, and we won’t surprise Army in any way.January 8, 2015 at 1:24 am #17555
This is the MOST baffling basketball team I have ever seen. Game is not over, but this is not the same team that played BU or Colgate.January 8, 2015 at 2:05 am #17556
team played some more inspired D tonight and Army did not look very sharp, TK did his best to foul out LOL, solid game from KR, some good minutes from SC tonight alsoJanuary 8, 2015 at 2:12 am #17557
Wow. This team is baffling. They must have felt backs to wall and stepped it up. Big win.January 8, 2015 at 2:25 am #17558
I thought KR was amazingly good tonight. Only early observation – I think shortening the bench helped. But I can’t begin to explain the difference. On bucky board (I think) they called us schizophrenic. About right.January 8, 2015 at 2:33 am #17560
PL is a complete fuster-cluck. I’m amazed by tonight’s results, ours included.January 8, 2015 at 3:34 am #17561
Only 502 in attendance at Army. That’s 200 less than Colgate, which at 3-0 is showing some life in the stands. Hopefully we get 1200 on Saturday at Stabler. Bucknell had a touch under 3k tonight for Lafayette.January 8, 2015 at 3:50 am #17562
Baffling apt description of LU and the PL. Intensity on D that was lacking last 2 games was remarkable. Lots of individual kudos for all. Surprisingly,I was most impressed with DC. He finally looks like the player Doc recruited.January 8, 2015 at 5:19 am #17563January 8, 2015 at 3:34 pm #17564
To Lehigh90’s point about attendace of 502. I was out-numbered 501 to 1. But, glad I made the 45 minute trip north to witness what I hope was our break-out game of the year in which Team D, which had always been preached, was finally practiced and rewarded with a “W.” The other hallmark so evident in last nigh’s game was spirit – whether coming from the bench or from on the court. I can’t recall a more excitable bunch of players who cheered for every made shot but more importantly tonight perhaps were the cheers for every stop. It were the stops – whether coming midway throught the first half when we were down by 7 and not wanting to go lower before halftime or when we were up by 12 and wishing to hold the lead and close it out – that I’ll remember. It’s not every day you’re going to hold Army’s Kyle Wilson and Tanner Plomb to a combined 9 for 32 (.281) and shut down the team to 21 made field goals on .339 shooting (.387 from in close and .290 for long range). That was the Black Knight’s worst effort of the year. So, too, were their points scored (60). And it came at home, no less!
On the other side of the ball, it was good to see our seniors contribute the way the did last year. I get it, we’re young (KR, AP, MS, BA, et al) and the future is what more often than not we seem to be playing for, but last night it was CS and SC who reminded us what they’re capable of – not just brillant one night stat lines but by their on-court spirit and hustling defense. It was infectious and could spill over to the next game and to the next. Who knows, maybe we’ll look back on this game in 7 weeks or so and say it starteed here.January 8, 2015 at 3:53 pm #17565
I wasn’t able to watch the game, but I’m loving the reports. I really think it all comes down to focus for this team, and clearly Reed and his coaches did a good job of hammering home the message about focus and that these league games matter. Sounds like a totally different team than the one that showed up against Colgate and BU.January 8, 2015 at 4:01 pm #17566
I can’t figure out this team either – the team that went on the road and a) handed Big East-leading DePaul a loss and b) handed Arizona State their only home loss of the season, but also a) squeaked by on the road at 2-11 UMBC and b) lost at home to 3-11 Colgate. Never mind the fact that they were blown out of the building vs. BU – and Colgate and BU were supposed to be the lighter side of their PL schedule.
Relying on a freshman point, you can expect some swings in performance, but really, this is ridiculous. When all the gears are working, this team can beat almost anyone, but there are still way too many breakdowns.
To most teams, Loyola would be a speed bump on the way to facing Lehigh’s biggest conference test on the road at American. But this is going to instead going to be a mental test – can they get some consistency and show some of that hustling for offensive boards, steals, fastbreaks we saw at Army?January 8, 2015 at 4:23 pm #17567
Here’s an observation, 1-1 from 3 in the 2nd half, 2-10 in the first- we’re a better team when we move the ball for good shots rather than jack up 3s.
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