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The LFN Basketball Challenge

I have a lot of backlog to cover: Marist's acceptance into the Pioneer Football league, reducing by one the already thin pool of potential Patriot League schools; the football awards ceremony, which took place some weeks back; and even talk about spring football. But right here, right now, this weekend only two things matter athletically against our (second) biggest hoops rival.

The Lady Hawks face a good possibility of being the #1 seed throughout the Patriot League tournament if they beat Holy Cross tomorrow, in Worcester, at 1PM. If they win, they won't only get a great seed for the tournament but also enact some revenge on the Crusaders after they escaped Stabler with a win in January. But unless you live in Massachusetts, the best you can do is listen online or catch it on 91.3 FM in the Valley.

It's tonight, at Stabler, where Lehigh will have their best chance to host a home tournament game this Wednesday. It may as well be a playoff game against Holy Cross: the lo…

Your Guide to the Patriot League Basketball Races

It doesn't get much uglier than a 50-39 win for the Mountain Hawks, but undoubtedly we'll take it. Big-time credit goes to the defense, who allowed two-time NCAA Tournament participant Darren Mastropaolo to a team-high 8 points (!) and held Bucknell to an amazing 15-for-45 shooting night in Bucknell's worst offensive output in 9 years. As for our offense, a surprise: freshman G Rob Keefer erupted for a career-high 17 points for the victory, while senior F Bryan White added 8 rebounds and sophomore G Marquis Hall added 5 assists.

The win allowed Lehigh to stay in the hunt for a first-round home game next week in the first round of the Patriot League tournament. How do I know? I did the math, and I'll explain it to you, dear Reader, as well, below.

Start with American and Navy, both 9-4 in the Patriot League and have clinched first-round playoff games. American finishes at home versus Lafayette, while Navy travels to Hamilton to play Colgate.

Navy won the season series…

LFN Exclusive: Coach Coen On The Class Of 2012

I'm happy to bring an exclusive interview with Lehigh head football coach Andy Coen on the incoming recruiting class for this year. I managed to talk to pry him from his busy schedule to talk to him a bit about the incoming class. In the interview, he talks about some of the new players he's excited about, talks a bit about recruiting, and the new recruiting landscape.

LFN: As a fan, I was really happy about getting some good receivers and more good linemen.

Coach Coen: I'm really happy with the offensive line and the receiving corps. The linemen are all big kids, athletic kids, that's what I like and I'm excited about that group. They're all coming in here at about 280 lbs. At wide receiver we wanted to get some bigger kids as well.

LFN: There were a lot of names from Florida, a place where Lafayette has found a bunch of recruits the last three or four years.

Coach Coen: When I got here, I think Lafayette had fifteen or seventeen kids on their roster from Flo…