March 16, 2015 at 6:43 pm #18966
Does anybody know if Lehigh was offered to play in or considered playing in the CBI or CIT this year?March 17, 2015 at 12:42 am #18969
They should pass if so. CBI teams always loose money, lets move on.March 17, 2015 at 2:38 pm #18973
If losing money was the criteria, Lehigh wouldn’t offer any sports.March 17, 2015 at 2:56 pm #18974
Ha! True! I’d be kind of surprised if we were invited this year – but who knows? I think the CBI, in particular, had a hard timing filling their bracket. Lots of reports of teams turning down invites.
Depending on how much these tourneys really do cost, it may just be that the staff thinks we’ve got better places to spend that money.March 17, 2015 at 3:16 pm #18975
I have no idea if there was an invite (my bet would be no), but besides the financial cost there is the resource cost. Maybe the staff think it would serve the program better long term if they were recruiting and attending high school playoff games rather than practicing/scouting/traveling for a relatively trivial tournament. There are reports of Lehigh coaches attending multiple NJ state playoff games last week.March 17, 2015 at 5:08 pm #18976
No clue if they were invited but TK scheduled for Surgery on his thump, long season, academics, cost, and recruiting probably all factor in the decision process.March 17, 2015 at 8:56 pm #18977
One interesting tidbit: The NIT is having Arizona State, the Pac 12 team Lehigh beat, fly across the country to face UConn in Storrs. Had Lehigh been sent instead, it would have given UConn a better team to play for the cost of a bus ride.March 17, 2015 at 9:38 pm #18980
Arizona St flying is no big deal, those schools in the big 5 split $$$’s earned by each school in the bowls/playoff game etc.Those are $$$’s that FCS football schools will not see in their athletic budget. That is also why some teams can afford to lose money in a CBI. And……….if the 2 teams played again today, the better team is probably headed to UConn.March 17, 2015 at 9:51 pm #18981
Quote: One interesting tidbit: The NIT is having Arizona State, the Pac 12 team Lehigh beat, fly across the country to face UConn in Storrs. Had Lehigh been sent instead, it would have given UConn a better team to play for the cost of a bus ride.
Arizona State is far better than any PL team this year.
March 17, 2015 at 11:02 pm #18983
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Better? I’ll take that. Far better? Scoreboard.
p.s. through 5 periods of basketball.March 18, 2015 at 1:19 am #18991
Tisk. Tisk. Sun Devils don’t get to play the game over again. Nor does Depaul. During our Jekyll and Hyde season on some nights we were by far the best team in the league. And on others, the nights that counted, not even close.March 18, 2015 at 2:30 pm #18994
If you look at the fields in both CBI and CIT, there are a lot of similar teams to us playing. Many of our traditional OOC opponents, and even some academic minded schools are playing. Looks like our standard Nov/Dec schedule:
Hell, we might all sign up for that to be our non-conference schedule next year.March 19, 2015 at 1:10 am #19011
Arizona St won, and thank God Lehigh basketball is done. CBI=extending a disappointing season. We will be back………but not til next fallMarch 19, 2015 at 2:46 pm #19014
I’m with you, Miller. The CBI and CIT are money-eaters. If we were a senior-laden club it would give us one last chance for them to go out with a win, but with such a young team, best to keep them on the shelf and come back in the fall.
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