April 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm #10129
With the addition of Boston U. and Loyola (MD), there’ll be 18 regular season PL contests planned for the coming year and two fewer opportunities to book quality OOC opponents. While not official (nothing is until announce by the University), I’ll kickoff this yearly thread with a hunch that Lehigh has found one such an opponent and will head north in early November to face the Richard Pitano-led Gophers of Minnesota (see coaching change story below). How’s that for a baptism by fire? Welcome Austin, Shane, Miles, Cole, and Jesse to your new world of college basketball. As you may recall, Minnesota (KenPom 20 and RPI 34) handled both Lafayette and American with ease in route to finishing 21-13 last year. As an 11-seed in the recently completed NCAAs, they recorded a 2nd round win over UCLA before bowing out of the tournament with a 64-78 loss to 2nd-seeded Florida. Let’s hope the Gophers have their eyes and minds set on the sandy beaches of Hawaii and their upcoming play at the Maui Invitational to take place later in the month of November. Maybe we can sneak up on them.April 15, 2013 at 4:10 pm #10132
How many OOC games total can Lehigh schedule? I would be in favor of going the Gonzaga, Butler route play anyone anywhere. Not sure of financial implications but have always been in favor of playing the absolute best OOC schedule possible.April 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm #10134
With the addition of Boston U. and Loyola (MD), there’ll be 18 regular season PL contests planned for the coming year and two fewer opportunities to book quality OOC opponents.
I believe, this will actually be 4 fewer OOC games as we will play both new schools home and away. This is great news to me. We will still schedule 2-3 garauntee games a year I assume, in order to pay our expenses, which leaves a lot less room for D3 and NEC games. Would love to see some A-10 and CAA teams on the schedule.
Would absolutely love it if VCU was the start of a series.April 15, 2013 at 4:28 pm #10136
Yes, it would be 4 fewer games. Sorry, my mistake.April 16, 2013 at 11:26 pm #10150
Regular Season Games Allowed:
31 games in one season, consisting of:
27 regular schedule games
+ up to 4 games if in an MTE like the Preseason NIT, Legends Classic, etc.
29 games if not participating in such a tournaments.
[Source: NCAA 2010-11 Division 1 Manual, Section 17.3.5 Number of Contests]
With 10 PL teams, here’s the math:
18 PL games (9 x 2….home and away)
+4 Assuming LU participates in a MTE (I’m convinced we will and thinking it’ll be either “The Legends” or “Coaches vs. Cancer.” Inclined to go with the former.)
The 9 “Others” will likely be split:
2 Majors (Minnesota and ???) – both away
4 Based on last year’s schedule. They are St. Francis PA and Sacred Heart – both at Stabler. Bryant and Fordham – both on the road. Each being nothing more than my best guess.
3 “Anyone’s best guess”
Happy to say there should be little room for a D-3 to sneak in.April 18, 2013 at 9:15 pm #10163
nycbuckets.com today confirms suspicions:
LU @ Bryant
Sacred Heart @ LUApril 18, 2013 at 10:17 pm #10164
living in Boston means I am getting bu, hc, and Bryant in my back yard next year!!! all are welcome to join me!!!May 16, 2013 at 1:34 pm #10327
If Mackey is smiling more than he normally does these days it could be because he just heard that the 4th major has been added to the Legends Tournament. And, it’s Houston! So, with Pitt and Houston among the four serving as hosts (other two being Stanford and Texas Tech) and with the talk/rumor that The Legends may go to a format whereby each of the mid-majors (there’ll be 8 and I’m thinking we’re one) will get to play @ two major sites this year – not one as in the past – before resuming play at a sub-regional, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lehigh do that Texas-Pittsburgh shuffle angain this year. Hey, it’s possible.May 16, 2013 at 9:35 pm #10329
Not sure if you mentioned it yet, LU65 but my sources have us in the Pittsburgh bracket. Houston would be an interesting addition though.
I’m told that an overseas trip like Canada would have to originate with Brett and the ADs office has not had a request YET.May 17, 2013 at 2:20 pm #10333
Big Apple Buckets is reporting Rider @ Lehigh – http://nycbuckets.com/non-conference-schedule-tracker/.
I like that game if the report is accurate, as I am all in favor of RPI sub-150 mid-majors. They finished 18-14 last year with an RPI of 145. No idea who they have leaving and coming in.May 17, 2013 at 2:35 pm #10334
Here are their stats from last year
Note: Thompson and Nd-Ezuma have graduated.
They lost 3 times to Fairfield
They must have one of the worst A/T ratios in basketball (344/525)
They did however have a big recruiting year it appears
I hope this helpsMay 21, 2013 at 11:12 am #10354
All in all this schedule should be pretty good for a young team, and if we avoid a D3 team I will be excited. Also going to try to go to the at minny game as I have a buddy from lehigh who lives there.June 10, 2013 at 1:57 pm #10407
NYC Buckets has confirmed the game @ Fordham. They are also saying we are playing @ St. Francis (PA) but I assume that game is actually at Stabler since LU was in Loretto last season. If I’m not mistaken and I’m gathering my info correctly that means:
Likely games (from various internet sources): Home: St. Francis (PA), Rider, Sacred Heart; Away: Fordham, Bryant
Speculation: @ Minny, @ Pitt, @ Houston, with 3(?) mid-major games at a sub-regional siteJune 10, 2013 at 10:26 pm #10411
SB….I hear ya on the SFU game but remember we hosted SFU in back to back years (2010-11 and 2011-12). Maybe we are traveling west to Loretto this season. And, the released SFU Schedule does show us playing out there on 12/4.
While nothing has been said, I do see (Basketball Travelers) that RMU is looking to start and home and home and I know we haven’t finalized our calendar with needs on 12/7 and 12/21-22. The 12/21 date seems a “match.” Just conjecture, mind you. Stay tuned.June 12, 2013 at 11:03 pm #10427
PL has released the 18 game PL Schedule. The 9 at home are split: 4 on Saturdays, 1 on Sunday, and 4 on Wednesdays. We start at Colgate on 1/2 and end hosting Colgate on 3/1. Check it out below.
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