Lehigh PL Tournament 2015

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  • #18928
    RichH
    RichH
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    Me too. Just cant root for Pards.

    #18929

    Miller
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    Espn has Laffy playing the play in game(#16-#16) vs Tx Southern with the winner advancing to play Kentucky. That means that play in game are the weakest 2 teams in the tourney. Did not know that PL basketball was that weak this season. On to the spring seasons…………….

    #18930

    toddcudd
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    The 4 vs. 6 matchup sunk PL hopes of anything better, I think. Had bucky won the tourney, I doubt that they’d be in the PIG.
    Not looking good for AU, btw…

    #18931

    Miller
    Participant

    Lunardi had BU playing Duke as of 3/7 before they lost. A 1-16 match up in the south

    #18932

    toddcudd
    Participant

    That sounds about right for this year. But I just realized – if ‘pards go and draw Duke, I will be absolutely paralyzed. No idea who to root for. Might be the ONLY game possible where I might pull for Duke…

    #18933
    jimk72
    jimk72
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    I of course despise the Pards, but respect Franny. Hopefully now he’ll retire and they hire an incompetent.

    #18934
    RichH
    RichH
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    True jim. Normally I root for PL,even Pards,in the tournament. Cant do it this year. Still too raw.

    #18935

    toddcudd
    Participant

    hahaha! I hear that, jim!

    #18936

    lehigh90
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    I don’t think you have to worry about Lafayette putting on a good show in the NCAA’s. They will really get exposed in a game like that. This is where a lack of athleticism will really show itself. I predict a 30-40 point loss and a lot of guys getting dunked on. Their only hope would be to make 20 3’s. If they get Duke, you know Coach K not taking that game lightly. It might be a 30 point game at the half.

    #18937

    LehighGuy
    Participant

    Thats what they said about Duke vs Lehigh. #11 for LC is VERY good and quick. With the PL player of the year and shooting threes. Dont count LC out. I’m pulling for the PL!

    #18938
    StablerBum
    StablerBum
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    Lindner has been playing out of his mind the last few weeks, and Laf is one of the best 3pt shooting teams in the country (2nd nationally in %). Their D is pretty terrible, but if they get the right match-up (a team like Nova that shoots a lot of 3’s and is cold that day) and get hot from 3 that is an amazing equalizer.

    #18939

    lehigh90
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    I don’t think a Lafayette/Duke matchup is remotely close to the Lehigh/Duke matchup a few years ago. A few of us back then even predicted a Lehigh win or very close loss. That was not a vintage Duke team. This Duke team is probably the 2nd best team in the nation. Definitely top 5 in the nation, and have a ton of big wins on the road (won at #2 Wisconsin, won at #6 Louisville, won at #2 Virginia, won at UNC). Only losses were on the road to ND (#8 at time, lost by 4) and back to back losses, one at home to Miami and NC State (both bad losses). They had Rivers, Plumlees, and Curry, but CJ was the best player on the court. No Lafayette player could even get minutes for Duke in their rotation. Curry never panned out and Rivers has struggled in the NBA. I remember talking to Dell Curry at the ticket pickup will call window and telling him the game would be close. He looked at me like I was insane. Two hours later, not so much. The Plumlees were not dominant post players at Duke. Mason has been much better at the NBA level than at Duke (he is a beast now), and Miles was not big enough to dominate Gabe. Mason could have dominated at Duke, he is just huge, but he never saw the ball. This Duke team, on the other hand, has the best player in college basketball, and he is a center. Okafor will eat Trist alive. They also have no answer for Duke’s other 2 freshmen (Tyus Jones and Justice Winston) who are also great players. Duke is super quick and athletic on the perimeter this season, so I don’t see them having trouble guarding the 3 pt line. Duke also has a ton of shooters, and can get hot from 3 in their own right (Quinn Cook 40%, Winslow 39%, Jones 38%, Matt Jones 38%, Sulaimon 40%). Plus, you are not going to get a Duke team that is overlooking this game, like they obviously were when Lehigh beat them. Coach K will make this a huge game for Duke.
    Villanova on the other hand is a whole different animal. That game is winnable for Lafayette, and I would expect them to play them close. Nova is not big and not super athletic. Remember this Lafayette team (as juniors) had Nova on the ropes last season at the Pavilion, up in the last 3 minutes, before losing close. That was Lindner’s coming out party. And, Lehigh gave Nova a good run this season in the opener, close for large chunk of game. Nova has that soft press that gave Lehigh fits as they are pretty long on the wings and in that press with Hilliard and others. The only difference from then to now is the play of Daniel Ochefu. He was a stiff last season, but now has turned into a real force and he is a legit 6’10” and thick. Lafayette will have no answer for him, but he can get lost in games. Nova lives and dies by the jump shot, and if they go cold, Leopards could win. Plus, I give Lafayette a slight intangible edge in that their seniors will be playing for O’Hanlon to knock off his alma mater. At the end of his coaching career that would be super sweet for the Lafayette players and coaches.

    • This reply was modified 9 years, 4 months ago by  lehigh90.
    #18941

    pafan11
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    Lafayette gets beat by 20-30 if they play a 1,2 or 3 seed. They have zero NBA caliber players. CJ 10th pick overall, once in a lifetime (maybe) PL player. Bucknell team that upset Kansas beats this LC team by 20. IMHO. Linder playing great for sure but not a high major caliber player. Not even all PL?

    #18951

    toddcudd
    Participant

    Been meaning to weigh in on the “athletic” thing. Illusive, imo. My take:
    Quickness. First step, ability to beat your man off the bounce. I think KR and MS are among the best we’ve had on that count.
    edit: ability to stay in front of your man on D. Lateral movement. KR and MS conclusion stands.
    Pure hops/vert. JC and KR very good, MS amazing.
    Quick hops. Able to get up quickly and repeatedly. JG very good here.
    Eye-hand. Catch everything. No standouts here, imo. Hard to see, but feels like a roster weakness.
    Body control. Ability to change direction, especially in the air. Avoids charges, but draws fouls. MS very good, KR amazing.
    Vision. Hardest to quantify. Sees stuff happening everywhere and reacts well. Have heard stars describe “seeing game in slow motion”. I think KR has it.
    My conclusion: above average in PL, but not exceptional. Gotta be fundamentally sound and smart.
    Hoping Holba swings that our way a bit.

    • This reply was modified 9 years, 4 months ago by  toddcudd. Reason: defense correction
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