February 28, 2012 at 5:03 pm #5082
LU wins 85-60 (97% chance)
Line: LU -22
Both Pomeroy and Sagarin would have you believe that it’s Lehigh in a runaway. I just don’t see it that way. Home court, CJ, and interchangeable big men who can both rebound and score the basketball should spell victory for us. But, by 22?! I don’t think so. Let’s remember we’ll be facing a strong Raider senior class of Gyawu, Venezia, Melville, and Pascale. Together, as their Game Notes point out, they accounted for 45% of the team points and 37% of the total rebounds this year And, they each know this is their last go ’round. CU’s 3’s scare me, as well. Venezia, Rolls, and Moore all shoot the long ball well, closing out the year > .400. And, wasn’t it just 17 days ago that CU’s Pat Moore hit for 23 in a game against us at Stabler – a game that CU led by 6 at the half? We eventually won the game, thanks in part to getting to the line 32 times (hitting 27). No, we can’t count on that happening again and there’s no way we should be taking this one for granted. Let’s hope there’s a big student turnout tomorrow night. It may be needed at some point.February 29, 2012 at 1:25 am #5084
I think Lehigh rolls in this one, by 20+. Colgate is pretty bad. Two wins in PL, both against winless Navy. I think Lehigh will take them seriously due to the last game and the halftime lead. I think it will be ugly for Colgate early. I really like Matt Langel as a young and upcoming coach. He was a really good player at Penn, and has a nice coaching pedigree from his time under Fran Dunphy at Penn and Temple. As a player, he always looked like the type of kid who would be a coach, someday. Smart, heady player, who could really shoot it from 3. Unfortunately, the cupboard is bare of talent on that squad. I am hoping he can bring some players to upstate NY, and put some fans in the gym and revive that program. Interesting note about him, his father has been an sports agent to some NBA talent over the years. I know he is Doug Collins’ agent, the coach of the 76ers. His son was groomed from a young age in the game. I think the biggest disappointment in the Patriot League is on the Colgate squad, John Brandenburg. I remember when Virginia signed him out of high school, they were high on him as a big man. When he transferred to the PL, I thought he could be a dominant player, but 5 points a game and 3 rebounds, and 2/2 last year is very disappointing. Scouts really missed the mark on him.February 29, 2012 at 1:53 am #5088
Yes, Brandenburg has been a huge disappointment. Does not seem to have any work ethic, at least on the court.February 29, 2012 at 2:21 am #5089
I can’t be the only person that’s worried about this game.
Lehigh always seems to get sucked into a low-scoring, sloppy game with the Raiders, who will be seeing this game as their NBA Game 7 Finals.
If C.J. is hitting his shots, Mackey’s playing smart, and Maneri and company do their job underneath, this is a blowout. But these games have been surprisingly competitive, especially at Stabler.February 29, 2012 at 3:02 am #5090
No, every game this time of year worries me, especially after the streak of first round losses to Army in the Hall/Z/Buchberger era…February 29, 2012 at 7:21 am #5091
Oh yes, I can remember the first round elimination games with Army. Personally, I think these games come down to whose cylinders are clicking on the given night. The top 4 teams have talent. So sad that Greiner is injured. Would have felt better if Reed had gotten the bench more and deeper in the rotation. Adams and Maneri are taking care of business, neither are afraid to take the shot or defend. My worry is who will come off the bench if someone gets in trouble. Starting 5 need to be careful on the fouls.
Let’s hope Willman does not fall on someone this year. He’s pretty smooth with his moves and how he plays defense. I know why coaches like him. Just watch how he plays.February 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm #5092
Cant say I am nervous about tonite’s game but I will be glued to Computer until we put them away as I do recall Army upset. Must not look ahead to AUFebruary 29, 2012 at 5:05 pm #5093
Glad to see that I’m not the only one with a long memory!
Getting everyone involved, I think, will be the key. This is the type of game where CJ shouldn’t need to bail us out, a full team effort is needed with multiple guys in double figures.February 29, 2012 at 5:11 pm #5094
Yup, Gabe seems reinvigorated. A double-double for him.February 29, 2012 at 11:18 pm #5096
Colgate has me nervous, but another thing that starts with a C has me a total wreck tonight. Chad Ford, resident nba draft guy on espn, posted the below:
• Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum isn’t a stranger to college basketball fans and NBA scouts. They’ve been watching him closely since his breakout freshman season at Lehigh. But, over the course of the past six weeks, with word coming that McCollum might declare for the draft, teams are taking a closer look and liking what they see.
McCollum is a 6-foot-3 scoring machine who can light it up from anywhere on the floor. He’s quick with the basketball, an elite rebounder for a guard and racks up steals. The biggest question for McCollum was whether he could work his magic against the elite teams in college basketball.
In the past seasons, he has struggled. This year was an improvement. Against St. John’s, Iowa State and Michigan State, McCollum got his points but didn’t shoot well from the field against relentless pressure.
Still, if he does declare for the draft, he has a shot at making the second round, even the late first round, according to a handful of NBA scouts.
Now I think it is unlikely he leaves early without a guaranteed first round selection, but I guess you never know. I would stick around, have a huge senior year, keep working on my game, get a degree and another ring with my boys gabe and holden. Point is I never even thought this was a realistic option, shame on me I suppose. I’d be heart broken if he left us man.March 1, 2012 at 2:04 am #5097
Survive and advance, that is what it is all about this time of year. Good win, MM had huge 2nd half, getting guys involved and getting his own….great outing….BJ off bench again, huge, what a difference this kid has made in the last few weeks, defense, rebounding, hitting open 3’s….wow….and I had a hunch on lafayette beating hc, got that one right…chalk held in other 3 games….american on saturday, should be entertaining..March 1, 2012 at 8:36 am #5098
Good for CJ, but let’s hope this is not true, because he will not have his focus on the games. I watched the second half of the game and it made me nervous to see the pace of that game. While they played some great defense, I am concerned that all of our guys cannot be on at the same time. Adams and Maneri have given some good minutes and contribute in many ways, BJ is coming on like a BEAST, loving it, Mackey was clicking on all cylinders. Gabe concerns me at the point. Need him to get physical and go strong to the basket. I am nervous about the game on Sat. Looks like BU will have the easiest path way to the championship. LU needs more energy. Maybe a bit larger crowd will happen this weekend. While I know no one can compete with BU, LU will take a 1000 fans any time. Good luck!March 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm #5102
Gabe’s involvement in this win against Colgate with the double-double to me was real encouraging. We’ll need him with sharp elbows against American’s linebacker-forwards.
Going to be real interesting Saturday at 2PM.
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