February 7, 2013 at 1:56 am #9350
Tom Housenick, Allentown Morning Call, authors a story entitled, “There will be a few changes to the Patriot League schedule due to the expansion” in today’s edition of the paper. When it comes to scheduling, here’s his take on what we can expect during conference play next year:
•No team will have more than five road games in any one nine-game half.
•No team will play more than two consecutive home or road games.
•Each team is guaranteed at least one home Saturday game per half.
•There will no longer by a bye date in the schedule. There will be nine midweek and nine weekend dates. TV and facilities conflicts will move games from usual Wednesday-Saturday dates.
•Longer trips are slated for weekend dates.
•Teams’ league-opening foes also will be the final regular-season matchup.
•All of the regular season will be conducted in January and February (leaking into first day or two of March).February 7, 2013 at 2:06 am #9351
Yeah saw that 65, nothing earth shattering really right, pretty much common sense. More league games means less OOC games, which may be a good or bad thing depending on what Reed can muster up! If it saves us from a D3 game, I guess it could be a good thing!February 7, 2013 at 4:37 pm #9358
Trying to figure if BU or Loyola a threat next season for a PL title. Loyola having a pretty strong season this year while BU is shuffling along at .500. Both feature guys who could be in the mix for PL player of the year next season.February 7, 2013 at 5:07 pm #9359
They will both be good. BU especially I think will be excellent for at least the next few years. They bring EVERYONE back next year aside from 1 senior who has played 4 minutes on the year. They ahve two excellent returning juniors next year, at least one of whom (Dj Irving) will be in the running for Preseason POY. #2 and #3 in minutes for them are freshman, and they have been recruiting at a very high level the past couple of years.
I don’t know as much about Loyola, but expect them to be quite good as well.February 7, 2013 at 6:03 pm #9360
I think Boston U could easily be the preseason pick for #1 next year for all of the reasons you cite. It has helped them that they were able to land players like Maurice Watson – who Bucknell and Penn had to drop due to AI issues – who they won’t be able to recruit going forward. However they should be able to stay in the top part of the PL even in 2014-15 since they have a pretty good basketball track record, an attractive location, and a coach who has experience in recruiting players under an AI.
I think Loyola will have a significant drop-off next year, even though Cormier is very good. Losing Etherly, Olson, Winbush, and Brooks is huge. Going forward, I doubt they will be a power. Most of Patsos’ recruits and transfers would never be admissible with the AI. In fact, I expect him to leave for a school with no academic standards within the next 14 months, since I doubt he will be very effective in recruiting players with good academic credentials.February 8, 2013 at 3:08 am #9363
Agreed, Boston U should be preseason favorite, they’re young and good…scary team for next few years until perhaps AI hits them over the head!
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