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Weekend Hoops: Does It Get Any Closer?

Once again, Lehigh will be treated to a doubleheader against "that school in Easton" which should prove to be huge tests for the upcoming Patriot League tournament starting in less that two weeks.

The Lady Hawks (16-10, 8-3) are in a three-way tie for first place and host the sixth-place Leopards (13-13, 5-6) in a 7pm clash at Stabler. How are the Lady Hawks doing it? With balanced scoring from the talented underclass duo of freshman G Erica Prosser (9.2 PPG) and sophomore G Alex Ross (10.9 PPG), defense (holding hapless Colgate to 39 points in a 51-39 drubbing on Wednesday), a deep bench and a balanced team. A win over the hated Leopards will be crucial going into the end of the year, as sleeper Bucknell and perennial power Holy Cross loom in the upcoming week.

The men (12-13, 5-6) face a must-win at Lafayette (14-12, 5-6) at 2PM tomorrow. Forget "The Rivalry" a second - the Hawks have lost four of their last five, are stuck at sixth place in the Patriot League, and the only way Lehigh will get those precious higher seeds will be to beat the Leopards over in Easton. With a lot of youth, Lehigh looks like it has a bright future, and the outside game of sophomore G Marquis Hall (14.0 PPG, 4.4 APG) and inside game of sophomore F Zahir Carrington (13.0 PPG) and senior F Bryan White (9.8 PPG, 8.2 RPG) can beat anyone in this league - IF they put it all together on the same time. THe Leopards will be just as eager to reverse their own 5-game slide as well - and the winner could possibly get on the way to hosting a first-round home game. Games don't get much bigger for the Hawks.

Finally, the wrestling team (11-13, 6-1 EIWA) heads to Philly to tussle in their last dual meet of the year versus Penn (15-5, 4-1 EIWA) and Drexel (10-14, 4-4 CAA) on Sunday. We'll be led by 149 lb junior Trevor Chinn (No. 20 Intermat) and 174 lb freshman Alex Caruso. We'll be looking to continue our dominance over the Dragons (we've never lost to them) and enact some revenge on Penn after losing to them last year. A win over Penn would loom very large going into the EIWA Championships on March 8th and 9th.

You can check out where these weekend tussles are on TV by clicking here.

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