December 30, 2011 at 6:57 pm #4375
I like to see how the other teams are looking going into PL play. There have been some real surprises, and most look to favor Lehigh for the upcoming regular season.
American had a really bad loss this week to a terrible Mount St. Mary’s team. They are a real yo-yo team with the MSM loss and an earlier loss to a bad St. Francis (PA) team, that Lehigh drubbed by 20+. But, American beat a really good St. Joe’s team. So, hard to know what team will show up with them.
Fordham, who Lehigh handled easily, on the road, just beat the ACC’s Georgia Tech in Rose Hill. Ga Tech is down this year, but a very surprising win for the Rams.
Bucknell lost at home to Loyola (MD) this week in a bit of a surprise. Loyola has a solid record, but really hasn’t recorded any signature wins. You don’t expect Bucknell to lose that type of game at home.
And, we know how well Wagner has been playing with their upset of Pitt, and solid wins over Hofstra, who just beat a really good Iona, and Air Force. Of course, Lehigh won a close one at Wagner.
Lafayette hasn’t shown much except for their road win at Penn State. HC hasn’t looked impressive and was almost doubled up by UConn. Army/Navy and Colgate look like celler dwellers.
At this point, Lehigh only has one "bad" loss, at Cornell, who stands at 4-7. Cornell are at Bucknell on NYE. Big Red have not been impressive. But, that loss was in OT and Lehigh did shoot 3-24 from 3, whereas Cornell had 10 made 3’s. Tough to win with those stats, and of course, Lehigh outrebounded.
Definitely would like to meet some fellow board members. I am anticipating catching the home Bucknell game on the 18th, at Lafayette on the 22nd, and one or both of Holy Cross and Army home games on 1/29 and 2/4. Then, later on, I will probably be at Colgate and Lafayette home games, and I am going to seriously try to make the pilgrimage to Lewisburg in February. That might be ambitious, but that is the plan.
Happy New Year.December 30, 2011 at 9:27 pm #4377
Most of the PL is limping to the finish line
AU, winners of 8 in a row (including a 6 point triumph over St. Joe’s) dating back to Nov. 18th, have dropped their last 4 to St. Francis (PA), Georgetown, Villanova, and Mount St. Mary’s. OK on the middle two but losing by 7 to MSM (49-42) – a game in which Hinkle scores 7 and the team is embarrassed on the boards (41 to 24) – can’t be good. The Eagles next face Brown to close out the OOC schedule on Jan. 2nd.
HC, at 5-7, have yet to win back-to-back games. They face Dartmouth tomorrow in their 5th attempt to do so. After that they head down to Yale to close out the OOC calendar on Jan. 3rd. Check their message board for rants. Seems no one is happy.
Army (5-8) can’t point to any "good" wins (95-40 over Marywood doesn’t count). In fact, three of their wins have been by 4 or fewer points – all to mediocre talent.
Navy (3-9) is doing much better. Take away their 34 point win over Penn St. – Altoona and you’re left with victories (ages ago, it seems) over Longwood and Mt. St. Mary’s. The pride of Annapolis have dropped 5 in a row and while home for their last two (Mercer and Norfolk St.), nothing is certain.
Colgate (5-7) posted wins over comparable talent and losses to teams of equal or slightly better talent. They are riding a two-game losing streak and close out the OOC calendar tomorrow in Durham (NH) and at home to Columbia on the 4th.
Lafayette (5-7) put two W’s on the board earlier in the season over the two St. Francis’ (PA & NY) yet have not been able to post back-to-back wins since. Their one bright spot is the Dec. 7th take down of Penn State. They face Columbia tonight, NJIT on Monday, and Penn on Wednesday before opening on the road at Navy.
Bucknell (8-6) has played the toughest OOC schedule and has nothing to be embarrassed about losing to Syracuse, Minnesota, Vandy, LaSalle, and George Mason. Their 6th "L" sticks in their craw a bit, I suppose, falling to Loyola (Md) out in Lewisburg 67-72. Check out their board for worrisome comments on speed and athleticism. They may have trouble with Cornell at home tomorrow night but should roll on Tuesday over Dartmouth. They begin PL play year up at The Point on Sat., Jan. 7th.December 31, 2011 at 8:46 am #4380
Bucknell (8-6) has played the toughest OOC schedule and has nothing to be embarrassed about losing to Syracuse, Minnesota, Vandy, LaSalle, and George Mason. Their 6th "L" sticks in their craw a bit, I suppose, falling to Loyola (Md) out in Lewisburg 67-72. Check out their board for worrisome comments on speed and athleticism. They may have trouble with Cornell at home tomorrow night but should roll on Tuesday over Dartmouth. They begin PL play year up at The Point on Sat., Jan. 7th.
My experience the past 5 years is when PL play starts, the teams find energy to compete. As for BU, Paulsen made some changes in the lineup, the point in particular. Maybe the players are adjusting to the change. LU must be careful because Paulsen has some talent on the bench, namely my guy Andoh, who as we know can shine when given an opportunity. He knows Adams very well as you know they were teammates. On that note, I was at a Mitty game a couple of years ago and there was a picture of Adams guarding Andoh during one of their matchups in the school program. Pretty cool. Again, I think BU is a dangerous team and LU needs to be on point while at the same time, BU needs to be on point when they play LU.
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