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FCS Playoffs and Some Basketball Notes

The FCS playoffs, second round, have started. My predictions are posted on the College Sporting News website, which you can check here. The big upset prediction? Southern Illinois upsetting Montana. As for TV, you can watch New Hampshire at UMass on CN8 (or watch it live here), and at 4PM on ESPN2 you can watch Montana State get hammered by Applachian State. (Well, that's what I think will happen.)

The Lehigh Women's basketball team is currently on a swing through Ohio. After losing last night to powerful Ohio University 57-40, the Lady Hawks have fallen to a disappointing 2-5 after a 2-0 start (including a surprising win over Syracuse of the Big East). Hopefully 1-5 Akron will prove to be a good chance for a win, whose only win came over Binghamton this year, but the Lady Hawks will have to overcome some woeful shooting from the past few games to get this thing turned around.

Predictably, the men dismantled D-III Swarthmore 96-33, which stopped a three-game slide to Quinnipiac (who almost upset UConn earlier this year), Harvard, and Notre Dame. The game against the Fightin' Irish was a close affair that the troops really wanted for coach Taylor, which hopefully will turn into some positive momentum into December. A win tonight against Central Conneticut State would really get some positive momentum for the 3-6 Mountain Hawks going into the "real season". Surprisingly, Bucknell has struggled somewhat at 2-6 while Army has surprised a 5-2. I'm used to Army not eclipsing the 5 win barrier all year, so it looks like a wide-open race this year. The team to beat in the early going? 6-1 Holy Cross.

Finally, Lehigh's wrestlers beat Drexel and hopefully have put their early-season struggles behind them. At 3-3, there's lots to still get excited about.


Anonymous said…
I think that Lafayette and Lehigh have played the toughest schedules of PL Mens BB this season.
Lehigh played Oregon, Portland St., CS Northridge, N. Dame and Harvard.
The N. Dame game was a quality loss, if you can call any loss quality.
Lafayette has played Indiana (leading 1/2 way through the 2nd half before getting blown away), Notre Dame, Miami (FL), St. Joes and Princeton. The Princeton game being a quality loss.

Army and Navy have not beaten or played competitvely with ANY quality teams yet. Certainly better than your typical Army or Navy teams of recent history but not a threat yet. HC played well against Syracuse and beat Harvard soundly but their other games have been against weaker teams.

The only quality win for a PL team this season was yesterday's upset of George Mason by Bucknell.
Bucknell is still the team to beat in the PL.
Anonymous said…
I agree with Bucknell being the team to beat. But, Lehigh has not played the hardest schedule. Bucknell has played the hardest schedule which includes Albany, UNI, George Mason, St Joes, Penn St, Wake Forest. Lehigh will at best finish 3rd. Holy Cross v. Bucknell will be the title again once again. I think we should keep this blog going with other Lehigh sports over the "off" season.
Anonymous said…
i'm still waiting for your all patriot-league post.
Anonymous said…
I would unequivocally state Indiana, Notre Dame, St. Joes, Miami (FL) and Princeton is a tougher schedule than Albany, UNI, George Mason, St Joes, Penn St, Wake Forest.

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