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Selection Sunday Thoughts

I'll share my thoughts on Selection Monday (for the women, of course) later, but I wanted to mention a few thoughts I had while anxiously pace the house waiting for the selection of the 65 team bracket later tonight.

The key, of course, is avoiding the dreaded play-in game, or PIG. (more)

Depending on who you believe - Fox's Bracketology or ESPN's bracketology - Lehigh is either a straight 16 seed or one of the final 16 seeds in the tournament - which would mean that Lehigh would have to play again on Tuesday, very likely against Arkansas-Pine Bluff out of the SWAC.

What's better for Lehigh?  Personally, I think it is a great shame that two "little fish" in the NCAA tournament ocean have to play each other - giving them less prep time, and potentially a third game in a week's time - to get the right to play the big boys.

Who might Lehigh play in the first round?  Well, I can guarantee the following themes if these are our first-round opponents:

Arkansas-Pine Bluff.  Two days of railing against the PIG, followed by kvetching about the lack of extra prep time that Lehigh will have against, say, Duke.

Duke.  Mike Krzyzewski's roots at Army - and why Lehigh will beat Duke.  (And not just academically.)

Kansas.  A two part series about how Bucknell put the Patriot League on the national map, followed by an expose on Bill Self's suits.

Syracuse.  A two and a half part series about Richmond's upset over the Orange in 1991.  A whole blog posting may be devoted to the back-door pass that sealed the deal for the Spiders.  Also: Jim Boeheim's hairline.

Kentucky.  The matchup I would like to see the least, but would most likely be the most entertaining for my six readers.  Put it this way: all John Calipari, all the time, and how he's left a trail of slime wherever he's been.


Douglas said…
No Play-In but No Shot.. At least wrestlers are used to competing in Oklahoma.... Can't even wrestle instead since Kansas doesn't have a team anymore... Only positive I guess is that that they'll show more of the game on TV since it'll be Kansas
ngineer said…
I'm glad we're playing Kansas and not some pathetic play-in game. Yes, the odds are long, but going up against the Jayhawks will give us some great exposure. While I always disdain the "moral victory" going out on national TV and putting some 'Brown Fear' into Kansas would be great..and Remember Bucknell a few years back against Kansas. If we can hang around into the second half, the Kansas throats will get dry.

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