March 4, 2013 at 6:06 pm #9685
Expect them tomorrow
How Pomeroy sees Round One
LU over CU 79-61 (93% chance)
BU over Navy 66-46 (98% chance)
Army over AU 71-61 (84% chance)
LC over HC 69-62 (75% chance)
Sagarin sees it as…..
LU by 16
BU by 22
Army by 7
LC by 8
> Colgate Wednesday
>> No one may be happier than AD to see Colgate come to town. He averaged 9.5 ppg (.480 shooting) and 7 rpg in earlier Raider games this year.
>> Stop CU’s Main Man, #13 Murphy Burnatowski (Height: 6-7, Weight: 230, Class: Junior) and move on to Round 2. Make no doubt about it, however, the guy is good. He has eleven 20-plus point games to his credit this season with 27 double-digit efforts. One came against Lehigh when he tallied 19 pts. and 5 boards in their upset of us just 13 days ago. Of course, we nearly shut him out in our first match month earlier (1/19) holding him to 2 pts. on 1 for 13 shooting, proving the point perhaps that, “As Burnatowski goes, so goes Colgate.” In their 9 PL losses he has shot .363 from the field compared to .473 in their wins.
>> What Colgate is saying……….Following their loss to HC in the season finale, Coach Langel said, “Lehigh is defending champions in our league. They have a veteran group who know what it takes to win in the postseason. I’m sure that’s where their focus will be. They’ve battled some adversity throughout the season and aren’t at the top of the standings as they have been in the past. But they do very well at home and it will be a difficult game for us. We are going to have to play much better than we did when we found a way to beat them at home earlier in the season.”
News and Opinions
> Gabe Knutson was selected today to the Men’s Basketball Academic All-Patriot League Team. He averaged 13.4 ppg in his senior year and holds a 3.25 GPA while majoring in Accounting. He is joined on the Academic All-Patriot League Team by: Bryson Johnson, Bucknell; Mike Muscala, Bucknell; Joey Ptasinski, Lafayette; and John Schoof, American.
> Holden Greiner was named today to the 1st Team All Patriot League squad – a fitting tribute to the true workhorse on our team. Mackey McKnight was named to the 2nd Team. Others named to the First Team included: Cameron Ayers, Bucknell (Jr., G); Ella Ellis, Army (Sr., F); Tony Johnson, Lafayette (Sr., G); and Mike Muscala, Bucknell (Sr., C). Holden did it all for us (and for CJ, if you listen to his postgame interviews) this year going 4th in scoring (14.7pg), 4th in rebounding (6.9pg), 4th in steals (1.4pg), 6th in blocked shots (.9pg), 6th in minutes played (32.4mpg), 10th in FT% (.733), and 13th 3FG% (.370) among all PL players.
> To my way of thinking, three metric have keyed our wins and losses this year in PL play. They are: Assists, 3FG%, and 3FG% Defense.
>> Assists. We assisted on 146 of 241 made FGs (.606) in our wins and just 42 of 98 made FGs (.429) in our losses. Looking at just Colgate, the numbers are even more dramatic. In our 15-point win at Lehigh, we did a good job finding the open shooter and recorded 13 assists on 20 made field goals (.650) – well above an already good average of .555 in all games played. In our 4-point loss up in Hamilton, we “helped” on just 4 of 20 made field goals (.250).
>> 3FG%. As for hitting the “3,” we were 16 of 70 (.229) in our four losses and 80 of 197 (.406) in our 10 wins.
>> 3FG% Defense. When it comes to stopping the “3,” our opponents hit 35 of 89 (.393) in our 4 losses but just 53 of 215 (.247) in our 10 wins.
> You can’t score without the ball, they say. Well, 4 LU players saw to it that we had our fair opportunity to do just that by finishing in the PL Top 7 when it came to steals. They were: AD#2, MM #3, HG#4, and BJB#7.March 5, 2013 at 8:41 pm #9688
Did you know that……
> For the seventh year in a row, all games in the Patriot League Tournament will be played on the campus sites of the higher seed. Who remembers (how can you forget) our run through the tournament that began with an OT win over Navy and ended with Jose Olivero’s bucket to win it all against American in the Championship Game down in Upper Marlboro, MD? The date was March of ’04. Time to bring back the neutral site? What do you think?
> Since the Patriot League moved to its current format of having the higher seed play host to each game (beginning in 2007), home teams stand 17-7 in the quarterfinals, 11-1 in the semifinals and 5-1 in the championship game.
> No team seeded lower than second has ever won the conference tournament title, with the No. 1 seed capturing 16 championships and the No. 2 seed taking six titles.
> The top seed in the tournament has advanced to the
championship game in each of the 22 years the Patriot League Tournament has been played….The other title game appearances all belong to the No. 2 (14 times), No. 3 (7 times) and No. 6 (1 time) seeds.
On the women’s side, quarterfinal action gets underway on Thursday, March 7th with………
Colgate (8) @ Army (1)
Lehigh (5) @ Holy Cross (4)
Bucknell (6) @ American (3)
Lafayette (7) @ Navy (2)
Semifinals will be held on Monday, March 11 with the Championship Game scheduled for Saturday, March 16th.March 6, 2013 at 1:06 am #9689
The ’04 championship game was played at Stabler, even though the entire rest of the
tournament was played at the Showplace Arena. ESPN, which was then airing the PL
title game, mandated that the game be played at the higher seed’s home court so there
would be a good crowd.
By the way, the3 seed has made the title game seven times, but never won. The last 3 seed to play
for the championship was Lafayette in 2010. We all know how and where that endedMarch 6, 2013 at 3:13 am #9691
You’re right, hawktalker. The final in March of ’04 was back at Stabler. My mistake. However, I had the pleasure – along with LU2007 and friends – to witness both the quarter and semi’s in the Show Place Arena. I still remember the LU faithful (energized students – to be kind) making their presence known behind the basket was a sight one doesn’t easily forget.March 6, 2013 at 3:18 am #9692
Hopefully it’s nothing but……
http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/lehigh/index.ssf/2013/03/lehigh_university_mens_basketb_87.html#incart_river_defaultMarch 6, 2013 at 3:49 am #9693
HG held out of practice due to illness. Tougher road now.March 6, 2013 at 12:38 pm #9694March 7, 2013 at 2:46 am #9705
That was what March is all about baby, survive and advance in one n done season! Big win, and our big players lead the way in Gabe/Holden/BJ, which was good to see.
Chalk held in first round, all 4 home teams won, and we got a rematch saturday afternoon in Easton. Just avenged the ‘Gate loss, and now we got our shot at avenging 2 more PL losses in Laf.
Got to slow down Johnson, cut the head off the dragon and you got a good shot at winning this game. Mackey has to step up and tell the world he is the best guard in the league and own this game by controlling Tony. Laf is so hot man, insane, should be a good one. So fired up for this game.March 7, 2013 at 2:53 am #9706
Pretty lackluster attendance around the league for quarters. Lehigh and Army under 1500, Lafayette under 2000 and Bucknell under 3000. Hope everybody gets to see 2 good semis in front of packed houses. Can somebody give a detailed game report, as I only just saw box. Down at half, big second. Please also tell me CJ looked frisky on the bench and ready to go on Sat.March 7, 2013 at 10:52 am #9707
Decent student attendance. Modest crowd otherwise, but vocal. Colgate shot well in the first half and played tough defense entire game. We had a poor night from three but went to Gabe and inside game heavily in second half to pull away. CJ off crutches, but still walking with boat anchor-like walking cast. I don’t know how he could get in game shape in time for any action in this tournament. Good gritty win. I made a special effort to get to this game because it is the end of an era, (CJ-Gabe-HG and perhaps Doc) at Stabler. As a veteran fan its been a joy to watch compared to the pre-Billy Taylor days.March 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm #9708
Quick Observations from Last Night
> LU played the first half surprisingly tight while Colgate played, as expected, loose and with nothing to lose.
>Seniors not ready to call it quits – not just yet – scoring 73% of the points (52 of 71) and pulling down 74% of the rebounds (20 of 27).
>Corey Schaefer’s sure-handed play, dazzling soft touch around the rim converting 2 of 2 shots and a three-pointer at a key time. Nine for 13 in last three. Averaging slightly more than 20 mpg over that span. Crowd favorite.
>AD’s heart and hustle which led to 5 rebounds.
>19 assists on 25 made field goals. Yeah, my favorite yardstick. Good ball movement leading to open shots from shooters who seldom miss. At times, it’s as if you’re watching pregame warm-ups. Can’t beat it.
>Don’t remember a BJ miss but stats say he did. Only went 4 for 6 with three of those from deep. He feelin’ it and seemingly back to a comfort level that we haven’t seen for weeks. Three double-digit scoring games in a row on attempts of 6, 7, and 8 per game. Have to wonder just how high those point totals could go with more attempts. As comfortable as anyone on the team right now from beyond the arc (9 for 15) or from the FT Line (10 for 12) in the last three. Dad present again last night.
>Burnatowski was a beast from within 20 feet. Glad he missed as often as he did from deep. Reed tried an assortment of coverage from AD to HG to BJ. None proved effective. Reed called him “un-guardable” at times in his postgame interview. Thankful Brandenburg and Rolls had off nights. CU should be a force in the league next year with Roh, Moore, Johnson and Burnatowski all returning.
>With perhaps still another game to go at Stabler this year – while doubtful needing both a Lehigh and Army win on Saturday – it appears Lehigh will closes out the year averaging 1795 patrons/game. That’s third best in the PL at present with BU @ 3243 and Navy @ 2218. The 1795 number represents a near doubling of the 2010-11 season number of 931 and a 35% gain over last year’s number of 1332.
Making plans to be at Lafayette on Saturday and setting the DVR for Army/BU @ 4:30pm. No better time of the year.March 7, 2013 at 8:23 pm #9709
Colgate could be pretty good next year- although a lot will depend on whether transfer guard Austin Tillotson (Monmouth) and transfer center Ethan Jacobs (Ohio U) do a good job. Tillotson should be more than adequate to replace Rolls. Jacobs is a wild card. I haven’t seen any high-level recruits signed for next year, so the transfers may be their only help. Having Burnatowski, Moore, and Roh back will definitely help. Also Sherman-Newsome, who transferred in from a Texas juco, had a solid year. Don’t think Johnson’s return matters much, since he has had three non-descript years at CU thus far and doesn’t play much in most games.
BTW, if LC sells enough standing room tickets, they might still be able to overtake LU for third in attendance.March 7, 2013 at 8:32 pm #9710
Re: Lafayette tickets………
Good point, 137. But, then again, if we host the final on March 13 (not that far-fetched), we should hold on to #3. Point being, Lehigh has made giant strides this year in attracting fans whether we finish 3rd or 4th in overall attendance.March 7, 2013 at 8:32 pm #9711
Re: Lafayette tickets………
Good point, 137. But, then again, if we host the final on March 13 (not that far-fetched), we should hold on to #3. Point being, Lehigh has made giant strides this year in attracting fans whether we finish 3rd or 4th in overall attendance.March 7, 2013 at 9:14 pm #9712
Actually I was only posting about the attendance to indirectly point out that it could be LU fans who push LC into 3rd in attendance.
Agree, a nice improvement in the attendance numbers. What do you think attendance will look like next year?
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