The Mountain Hawks have not beaten Holy Cross at the Hart Center since 1998.They could get another chance in the league semis, but as that one sentence points out, it won't be easy for Lehigh to make it to the league final after Sunday's loss, which dropped the Mountain Hawks to the No. 3 seed in the tournament.
They couldn't have scheduled patsies. Honestly, and I'm just guessing, I'd say they could have scheduled (and lost) road games against teams in the top 70 or so and moved ahead. They probably could have won home games against teams in the top 120 and made it. It is a fairlyIn other words, replacing Eastern or Muhlenberg with another Stony Brook, Sacred Heart or Ivy League team, would not have done the trick.
complicated question. The sad reality is that it's better to play non-D1s than teams in the bottom 100 if the goal is to pad the RPI.
Jon Simon, Alvin Reed and Kendall Chones each topped 20 points, and Colgate rallied to beat Navy 80-72 on Saturday.
Simon led the way with a career-high 25 points, making 6 of 10 from the field and 9 of 12 free-throw attempts. Reed scored 22 points, and Chones had 21 for the Raiders (10-18, 4-10 Patriot League), who secured a sixth-place finish in the league.
I love your blog. keep up the good work.Others are less complimentary.
"They need to win here, and again Saturday at Holy Cross, just to hold on to the No. 2 seed. They lose any ties because of 157 RPI."Have to admit, it does take a little of the sting out of being called a moron when they spell an easy word wrong in the message.
Completely wrong. They only need to win 1. Do you pay attention to anything YOU write or just point out when other people, like Andre Williams, are wrong? Instead of criticizing others maybe you ought to check your own fatcs moron.
Something needs to be said on your blog about the poor league officiating this season. Yeah, I am a Lehigh alum, but I have seen American and Bucknell games called just as poorly. It is terrible. If you watched the Lehigh v. Bucknell game on Wednesday and did not think that it was one of the most poorly called games in history, then you are blind. It was a complete travesty for the league, the game, and the two schools. You have to say something about this...it is such crap.Since when have we hesitated to comment on the officials?
One professor who wished to remain anonymous said the discussion confirmed the president's support of athletic scholarships. "Based on what [Weiss] was saying, that's going to be his recommendation [to the Board of Trustees]," she said.The story says the faculty, which have opposed scholarships in the past, were skeptical following the meeting with Weiss.
Conference tournaments were started by the big conferences to initially generate income and later as a way to get more teams from their conference into the NCAA Tourney. In our league they don't generate income, and as a one bid conference all they serve to do is possibly eliminate a team that has proven to be the best over the course of the regular season from representing our league in the NCAA Tournament. And they occur over spring break, when students are out. They also lower the RPI of the regular season champion if they do win.Given the current set-up, which generates no tournament atmosphere or buzz, Ralph might be right, though our preference would be a return to a single site tournament, not an end to the tournament.
Andrei Capusan scored 21 points and Lafayette used a late 14-4 run to beat Army 73-64 Wednesday night.The winner of Saturday's American at Lafayette game will be the No. 4 seed in the tournament. The loser gets the No. 5 spot if Navy loses one of its two remaining, tonight at American and Saturday at home against Colgate. Should the tiebreaker between Navy and either AU or Lafayette come down to RPI, Navy would lose out.
Andrew Brown scored 15 points and Everest Schmidt finished with 11 for the Leopards (11-15, 5-8 Patriot League), who beat Army for the eight straight time.
Sophomore guard Jarell Brown led Army (5-20, 1-12) with 19 points. Matt Bell added 13 points and six rebounds.
Keith Simmons scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead Holy Cross to a 62-56 win over Colgate on Wednesday night.Holy Cross hosts Lehigh Saturday. The winner gets the No. 2 seed in the league tournament and a chance to host the first two rounds.
Kevin Hamilton added 17 points and Torey Thomas contributed 10 for the Crusaders (17-11, 10-3 Patriot League).
It turns out the best Hudson Valley hopes for March Madness reside with the women. On Friday, Marist clinched the top seed in the upcoming MAAC tournament and has a free pass into the semifinal round. Army can clinch its first Patriot League regular-season title with a victory tonight at Lafayette and be assured of three home games.That little outtake alone is almost as much as the Times Herald-Record has written about the Army men since the star game loss to Navy.
The Bucknell-bound forward was instrumental in the Eagles' boys' basketball team winning two games in the Southern Section Div. III-A playoffs. Evans had 23 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots - two in the final seconds of regulation - as Chaminade (20-7) defeated Bishop Montgomery of Torrance 67-65 in overtime Friday. Evans scored 17 points with 13 rebounds and four blocks in Wednesday's 73-60 victory over Santa Ynez.
One of the most highly anticipated Patriot League men's basketball games of the season will now be televised throughout much of Central Pennsylvania, as 'Pennsylvania's WB' - WSWB TV-38 Scranton-Wilkes-Barre - will be airing Wednesday's Bucknell-Lehigh showdown live at 7 p.m.Also from Bucknell, word
The game will also air on WFMZ-TV in the Lehigh Valley and on Fox College Sports (FCS) Atlantic. Steve Degler and Nathan Jameson will call the action from Sojka Pavilion.
Lehigh (18-9, 11-1) will try to extend its winning streak to seven in a Patriot League visit to No. 24 Bucknell (21-4, 12-0) at 7 p.m. Wednesday.What is missing is that Lehigh would also need Bucknell to lose at home against Army. Otherwise, the tiebreaker would go to RPI and that is not even close.
Lehigh will move into a first-place tie if it wins, and would then need to win at Holy Cross on Saturday to secure the No. 1 seed for the Patriot League Tournament.
"It was just the kind of thing where we didn't read it well. That was a miscommunication, and they happen in the game."For those who have been hanging with Bin Laden the past coupla hours, we're talking about the play at the end of the first overtime that cost Bucknell the game. With 2.8 seconds to go, holding a 2-point lead, Bucknell failed to get the ball inbounds. As Flannery pointed out, there was a mixup. Out around midcourt, Chris McNaughton made a run towards inbounds passer Donald Brown right about the same time Brown launched a bomb, expecting McNaughton to break the other way.
The football team has claimed two conference titles the past four seasons, and the men's basketball team won its first-ever Missouri Valley Conference championship in 2004, with back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances - including the school's first-ever bid as an at-large team in 2005. UNI volleyball has won six of the past seven conference championships, and made three appearances in the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 during that span. Panther wrestling crowned its first Division I national champion in 2000, and has placed as high as 11th in the national tournament. Track and field and cross country have claimed numerous conference titles, including the last six indoor men's crowns, and baseball made its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2001, winning the rugged MVC crown. In fact, no less than 10 sports have seen teams or individuals in postseason action since Hartzell came back to the Cedar Valley.Like he did at Bucknell, Hartzell has overseen a lot of infrastructure improvements. Next season the basketball team moves into a spanking new 7,000-seat arena.
In addition, the Panthers have finished in the upper half of the Missouri Valley Conference's all-sports standings each year under Hartzell's direction, including a best-ever finish of second in the 2000-01 campaign. Prior to his arrival, UNI had finished in the upper half of the league all-sports standings just once. UNI has also consistently finished in the top 90 in the annual Director's Cup standings since Hartzell's arrival, a ranking that measures a school's success in various sports in NCAA championships during that athletic year. In 2003-04, UNI finished 80th nationally, tops among schools in the Missouri Valley Conference.
Bucknell [20-3 (12-0), RPI: 40, SOS: 187] Congrats to the ranked Bison for getting past last significant PL hurdle. Win at Northern Iowa in BracketBusters would be nice insurance in case something screwy happens in the league tournament, but it's hard to imagine the Bison would get shafted at this point. "Marquee" win at Syracuse is losing some glitz.We added the italics for emphasis.
“We threw the ball all over the place like it was a hand grenade. Twenty-five turnovers is ridiculous. It’s not like they were pressuring us. Most of the turnovers were just unforced, bad plays on our part.”Willard was particularly incensed by the way the 'Saders played in the second half, after building a 15-point lead at the break.
“I’ve been in this profession long enough to know this was a hangover game,” Willard said, “but at this point in the season you can’t afford a hangover game. You’ve got to get better. We have to go into the tournament playing our best basketball and tonight was not a step in that direction.”The problem is, between all the injuries and the lack of depth, Willard's guys have played a lot of minutes. The Crusader to come up hurting is Kevin Hamilton, who has battled nagging injuries all season, played with a pad on his back after suffering a bone contusion in the loss to Bucknell. He also has an injured toe.
"Meisterville" was set up outside the State College North building for much of the afternoon, and moved inside the gym for the evening, and most of the students wore white "Meisterville" T-shirts while chanting his name.For the rest of the story,
The Little Lion senior did not disappoint the near-capacity crowd in his final home basketball game.Meister scored 28 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked three shots as State College (18-6, 5-1) dropped rival Altoona 59-48 to clinch the program's fifth straight Mountain Athletic Conference Section 1 crown.
"This is the best possible way we could have gone out," said Meister, who is heading to Holy Cross in the fall with 1,365 career points thus far. "I couldn't imagine anything better than this. It just feels great."
That roar you heard Monday afternoon on College Hill came from the Lafayette College athletics ticket office. Inside the small room, chief ticket peddler Scott Stewart was doing cartwheels.Of course that early start time might mute the excitement a little. It is pretty tough for 9-to-5 folks to get home from work and back out the door in time to get to a game that is scheduled to compete with the local news on TV.
On Monday, Bucknell University became the first Patriot League men's basketball team to crack the Top 25. The 24th-ranked Bison's first game since reaching their lofty status will be Wednesday in Easton against the Leopards. Tipoff is 6 p.m.
Bucknell is as worthy as others. It has a solid RPI (39). It played a top 50 non-conference schedule. It's 2-2 versus teams in the RPI top 50. You may not respect the Patriot League, but the Bison are 11-0 in league play and dominating.
So I decided to reward Bucknell for being consistent. And I think come NCAA Tournament time, you'll see how competitive the Bison can be.
“This is so neat for the school and everything like that. I won’t play it down because it’s wonderful for people to have that kind of respect for our program. At the same time, we have the kind of kids who can take it in stride to be ranked among that company.”This is the first time in Patriot League history that a conference team has earned a spot in either poll.
Organizations around campus were outraged last week after discovering a recruiting flier from the AU men's basketball team that referred to Washington, D.C., as "the number one place to find babes," and reminded prospective recruits that "AU has twice as many female students as male students."Apparently the whistleblower was not some feminist group, but a dude by the name of Peter Brusoe, chairman of the Graduate Leadership Council, who complained that the university was using women to recruit players.
"I was offended as a male that someone would try to recruit people for AU in such a sexist manner," Brusoe said. "Women's issues are all of our issues. We think it is important that we be proactive and be a voice for everyone."Brusoe's response was to pull his organization's funding from an event called "Phil Bender", which we are guessing is some promotion aimed at getting a crowd bigger than the reported 1,550 that showed up for the win over Colgate. Brusoe instead donated those funds to the AU Women's Initiative.
We are playing a very talented, mentally tough, well-coached team Saturday, who have had an outstanding year. We will have to execute much better than we have in the last two games to have a chance to beat them. In light of that I am going to change my pre-game talk to my half time talk. Obviously the pre-game talk the past two games belongs in the dumpster. Should be another fun atmosphere. I am trying to get our guys to look at it that way.As we seem to say every time Ralph makes a new post, this is a must click.
Olivero is a mirror image of his father, Jose Raul Olivero, a retired U.S. Army Green Beret and former Colonel of Special Forces in Afghanistan.His father, by the way, lettered in soccer and lacrosse at Army.
"We're tired right now. I'm tired. This has been a tough trip, this last week-- three games in eight days, planes trains and automobiles."Willard rues the day the league did away with the Friday-Sunday travel partners:
"We pulled in from Lehigh at 3 o'clock in the morning on Saturday night. Then we had to leave Tuesday to go to Navy. We got back Thursday at 11:30 in the morning. We had to get up at 5 o'clock to catch the flight to make most of our classes. How do you think these guys are going to class on that Thursday. I couldn't even stay awake, and I didn't play in the basketball game. You can imagine what these guys are doing going to class on that Thursday. To me it is a total travesty."
"The Big East, the MAC, everybody does Saturday-Mondays, they do two games in three days. Why we have gone back to this is beyond me. I think it is hypocrisy, is what I think it is personally. These kids should not be put through this.The Crusaders are home for three games, then:
"I felt that way when I first got into the league and I feel that way now. To the life of me, I don't know why we changed back from the travel partners. Ity certainly was better for the student athlete. Forget about basketball coaches, it was better for the student-athlete.
"From a coaching standpoint, this is better for me in terms of preparation, probably. But it is not fair to the kids. It really isn't."
"...the week after next, we are going away to Colgate, which is a bear of a trip for us, with the snow usually, I mean when does it not snow in Hamilton. Then we've got to fly down to American on Friday. I am really dissapointed we have gone away from the travel partners."
Fannin, who is playing with a torn ACL in his left knee and left the game in the first half when his knee gave out on him, struggled all game with his shot, as he was unable to elevate with his injured leg. He had made just one of his previous nine attempts before knocking down the tough jumper off glass to give the Mids the lead for good.
When consulted, the registrar at Lafayette College came up with the same interpretation Lehigh's registrar had. The only group having a different interpretation was the governing body of the NCAA.Our suggestion: next time consult someone in the athletic department at another school. That way you might find someone familiar with the intent of the NCAA rule that govens this situation.
(Lehigh athletic director Joe) Sterrett said he does not believe an error was made, just a miscommunication.What the phrase means is the credits, whether earned there or accepted from elsewhere, must count towards a degree program if you want to count them for eligibility.
"I don't think it's an honest mistake, just a different interpretation," Sterrett said.
Sterrett has already contacted most of the athletic directors from the schools Lehigh played in non-league games and beat last year. Two of the athletic directors have replied and neither accepted his offer of a forfeit in lieu of the Knight complications because they are under the impression that Lehigh, its coaching staff, athletic department and Joe Knight did nothing illegal or immoral under the NCAA guidelines.Who are those ADs? Did you talk to them? Did they tell you that was the reason they did not accept the forfeit? And don't you think it is worth a mention that at least one non-conference opponent, Ivy League member
Knight has never been in academic difficulty in terms of GPA or lack of credit hours at any of the schools he has attended.Depends how you define "academic difficulty." Sterrett previously described Knight's GPA at High Point as being around 2.0. Knight himself is quoted in the story saying:
"If I did it right at the beginning in the classroom, I wouldn't be in this situation now."It was also nice of the Brown and White to let us know:
. . . Knight said he wanted to challenge himself more academically. His search for a more rigorous academic experience took him to Lehigh . . .Up until now, we'd been under the impression Knight's interest in Lehigh was more basketball than books. We probably got that impression because, in an interview with Sterrett, the Lehigh A.D. mentioned Knight's connection with Lehigh assistant Bret Reed, who originally recruited Knight when he was an assistant at High Point, as the catalyst of Knight's interest.
BracketBusters teams, as ESPN has dubbed them, supposedly are underrated, underappreciated, small-school, small-conference teams, walking the tightrope between the NCAA Tournament and the NIT.We are not men -- O.K., it is hard to imagine it making a difference this year, but can't hurt to have a former Patriot League coach on the NIT selection committee. That's why the
RuPaul teams. Sometimes you need an extra look to decide.
The Little Lions' 6-foot-8 senior center poured in 24 points and had 17 rebounds to go with four blocked shots in State College's convincing 63-48 victory over Hollidaysburg, a win that gave State College sole possession of first place in Section 1 of the Mountain Athletic Conference.Meister did it, by the way, despite having had a migraine earlier in the day that was bad enough to force him to leave school early
."He may as well go home blind. He's a heck of a basketball player," said Hollidaysburg coach Mick Pentoney of Meister. "Between him and (former State College player) Willie Morse, nobody will be happier to see him graduate than me. They've been a nightmare for me for the last six years."Morse, by the way, is in his sit-out year at Colgate after transferring there from St. Bonaventure.
Until this year, the Patriot League -- the conference most similar to the Ivy League in both academics and sports -- did not participate in the weekend because of a Friday/Sunday travel partner schedule similar to what the Ivies have.Of course that is not a perfect formula, which is why this evening we will be in Annapolis, the league's southernmost outpost, watching Navy host Holy Cross, the league's northernmost school.
But this season, the league returned to a Wednesday/Saturday schedule, which allowed the freedom for Bucknell to reschedule its conference commitment for that weekend.
A system like that is not without its consequences, especially in leagues so focused on academics. To combat this, the Patriot League has worked hard to schedule games between geographically close teams for Wednesday nights.