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Patriot League Championship on ESPN2

Spring sports are early in the season, and the NCAA Wrestling championships are net week. That means for Lehigh fans the most important game of the weekend is happening at 4:30 on ESPN2: the Patriot League championship in Worcester, Mass between Bucknell and Holy Cross.

It's fitting that the two teams that were head-and-shoulders better than the rest of the league should be playing in the final (though Holy Cross escaped on Sunday against feisty American, 55-53). What should be worrying Bill Simmons and the rest of the insane Holy Cross fans is that Bucknell is finally healthy, and if their inside-out game of screens, C Chris MacNaughton and F Donald Brown are clicking, it's hard to picture the Crusaders getting the win, even if Keith Simmons and Torey Thomas are doing their thing.

I did like this from Bill Simmons' Monday posting though:

• Get your TiVo ready for Bucknell at Holy Cross, Friday, 4:30 p.m. ET, ESPN2, winner advances to the NCAA Tournament! It's just too …

The New Realities: Part III

This is going to still be Part III of my "New Realities" series exploring the Academic Index (or AI) for the Patriot League and football, but I won't be making any recommendations just yet to improve the AI. But I will share with you some of the thoughts I've been having while attempting to tackle this debate that has been raging pretty much ever since the inception of the Patriot League.

Two comments on Part I and Part II really stood out to me which made me re-evaluate some of what I had written about this topic.

The first (paraphrasing) was: "Your commentary on the AI was all well and good, but what does it have to do with Georgetown?" It caused me to reread my postings on this, and he's absolutely right. On this blog I talk about issues that impact Lehigh football, so frequently I slip into a Lehigh mindset when it comes to Patriot League issues. My original posts did try to talk about a league-wide issue from Lehigh's point of view -- the tru…

Congrats to Matt Ciasulli and the Lady Hawks!

Yeah, it's way too late to be saying this, but big congratulations for Matt Ciasulli's EIWA title in the 141 lb weight class in East Stroudsburg this weekend. Although Lehigh's fourth-place finish was a bit of a disappointment, truth be told it's not too bad considering that most though this to be a "rebuilding year" for our grapplers. Next up: the NCAA championships where four other wrestlers will be joining Matt in Ann Arbor: Dave Nakasone (157), Matt Cassidy (197), David Craig (184), and Matt's brother Seth (133), who was a surprise fourth-place finisher. In addition, Matt Fisk (125) and Paul Weibel (Heavyweight) will be hoping to get wild-card spots for nationals as well.

As for the Lady Hawks, they gutted out a great game against the #2 seed and won a dandy, 57-53! Or maybe I should say senior F Adrienne Blount won the game, with an incredible 25 point performance! A see-saw affair, Blount iced the game with 2.2 seconds left with a clutch free-th…