DraftExpress Logo
     DraftExpress Facebook      DraftExpress Twitter    DraftExpress YouTube
 
Loading
DraftExpress :: The Daily Word
       
The DraftExpress Daily
       
  Sunday, October 23, 2005

BX Conf. Preview #23: Patriot League
By Drew Barnette

-I href=/profile//> must href=/profile//> apologize href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> delay href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> getting href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> preview href=/profile//> up. href=/profile//> My href=/profile//> life href=/profile//> outside href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> cyberspace href=/profile//> has href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> rather href=/profile//> busy href=/profile//> lately. href=/profile//> Expect href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> see href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> previews href=/profile//> posted href=/profile//> within href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> next href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> days href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> time.



#23 href=/profile//> PATRIOT href=/profile//> LEAGUE

-For href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> third href=/profile//> time, href=/profile//> Iíve href=/profile//> made href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> change href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> my href=/profile//> initial href=/profile//> preseason href=/profile//> bracket. href=/profile//> After href=/profile//> taking href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> closer href=/profile//> look, href=/profile//> Iím href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> going href=/profile//> with href=/profile//> Bucknell href=/profile//> rather href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> Holy href=/profile//> Cross. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> appears href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> divided href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> thirds. href=/profile//> Bucknell href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Holy href=/profile//> Cross href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> neck href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> neck href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top. href=/profile//> Colgate, href=/profile//> Lehigh, href=/profile//> American href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Lafayette href=/profile//> display href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> parity href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> middle href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Army href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Navy href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> below href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> bottom href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league. href=/profile//>



-1. href=/profile//> BUCKNELL. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> magical href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> title, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> tournament href=/profile//> championship href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> beating href=/profile//> Holy href=/profile//> Cross href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> own href=/profile//> floor. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> bison href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> went href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> upset href=/profile//> Kansas href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> advance href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> second href=/profile//> round href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> Tournament. href=/profile//> All href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> starters href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> back href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> team. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> tenacious href=/profile//> defense, href=/profile//> pass href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> ball href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> well, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> disciplined href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> coached href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Patriot, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> hoops. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> led href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> senior href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> Kevin href=/profile//> Bettincourt href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> best href=/profile//> shooters href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> weakness href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> might href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> boards, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> even href=/profile//> there href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> can href=/profile//> hold href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> own href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> well. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> names href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> schedule. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> Syracuse, href=/profile//> Duke, href=/profile//> DePaul href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Villanova. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> arenít href=/profile//> likely href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> win href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> those href=/profile//> games, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> donít href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> surprised href=/profile//> if href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> pull href=/profile//> another href=/profile//> upset href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> those href=/profile//> teams. href=/profile//> href=/profile//> href=/profile//>

-2. href=/profile//> HOLY href=/profile//> CROSS. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> absolutely href=/profile//> dominated href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> Patriot href=/profile//> League href=/profile//> regular href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> loss href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> Bucknell href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> conference href=/profile//> championship href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> kept href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> crusaders href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> tournament. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> starters href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> yearís href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> including href=/profile//> senior href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> Kevin href=/profile//> Hamilton href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> close href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> sixteen href=/profile//> points href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> game. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> position href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> around, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> donít href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> underneath href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> hurt href=/profile//> them. href=/profile//> Fundamentally, href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> excellent. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> donít href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> mistakes href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> pass href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> shoot href=/profile//> well. href=/profile//> That href=/profile//> alone href=/profile//> attributes href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> several href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> wins. href=/profile//>

-3. href=/profile//> COLGATE. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> played href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> stretch href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> Although href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> wound href=/profile//> up href=/profile//> losing href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> four, href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> took href=/profile//> Bucknell href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> wire href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> Bucknell href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> had href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> four href=/profile//> out href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> five href=/profile//> before href=/profile//> that. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> balanced href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> position. href=/profile//> Junior href=/profile//> Jon href=/profile//> Simon href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> senior href=/profile//> Alvin href=/profile//> Reed href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> position. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> low href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> radars, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> somewhat href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> sleeper. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> big href=/profile//> deficit href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> donít href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> deep href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> hurt href=/profile//> them href=/profile//> late href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> game, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> do href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> strong href=/profile//> starting href=/profile//> five.

-4. href=/profile//> LEHIGH. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> mountain href=/profile//> hawks href=/profile//> return href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> scorers href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> Joe href=/profile//> Knight href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Jose href=/profile//> Olivero. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> did href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> not href=/profile//> play href=/profile//> well href=/profile//> down href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> stretch href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> improved href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> likes href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> go href=/profile//> deep href=/profile//> into href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> bench href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> does href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> deal href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> experience href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> way href=/profile//> around. href=/profile//> Expectations href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> now href=/profile//> higher href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> mountain href=/profile//> hawk href=/profile//> after href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> NCAA href=/profile//> appearance href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> years href=/profile//> ago. href=/profile//>

-5. href=/profile//> AMERICAN. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> three href=/profile//> starters href=/profile//> from href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> yearís href=/profile//> 8-6 href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> donít href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> whole href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> experience. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> should href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> competitive href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> middle href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> wills href=/profile//> struggle href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> Holy href=/profile//> Cross href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> Bucknell. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> Eagles href=/profile//> are href=/profile//> lead href=/profile//> by href=/profile//> junior href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> Andre href=/profile//> Ingram, href=/profile//> who href=/profile//> averaged href=/profile//> over href=/profile//> 15ppg href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> He href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> good href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> anyone href=/profile//> else href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> league. href=/profile//> However, href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> rest href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> their href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> lacking href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> experience.

-6. href=/profile//> LAFAYETTE. href=/profile//> This href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> team href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> struggled href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> most href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> season, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> then href=/profile//> lost href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> what href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> had. href=/profile//> It href=/profile//> could href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> long href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> for href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> leopards. href=/profile//> Marcus href=/profile//> Harley href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> someone href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> depend href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> guard href=/profile//> positon, href=/profile//> but href=/profile//> other href=/profile//> than href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> doesnít href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> as href=/profile//> though href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> have href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> tools href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> produce href=/profile//> very href=/profile//> many href=/profile//> wins.

-7. href=/profile//> NAVY. href=/profile//> The href=/profile//> midshipmen href=/profile//> havenít href=/profile//> been href=/profile//> competitive href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> quite href=/profile//> some href=/profile//> time, href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> it href=/profile//> doesnít href=/profile//> look href=/profile//> like href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> either. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> canít href=/profile//> seem href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> get href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> athleticism href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> they href=/profile//> need href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> really href=/profile//> make href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> run href=/profile//> at href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> league href=/profile//> title. href=/profile//>

-8. href=/profile//> ARMY. href=/profile//> One href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> worst href=/profile//> teams href=/profile//> in href=/profile//> all href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> college href=/profile//> basketball href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season href=/profile//> probably href=/profile//> wonít href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> whole href=/profile//> lot href=/profile//> better href=/profile//> this href=/profile//> season. href=/profile//> They href=/profile//> won href=/profile//> just href=/profile//> one href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> div1 href=/profile//> opponent href=/profile//> last href=/profile//> year href=/profile//> and href=/profile//> that href=/profile//> was href=/profile//> a href=/profile//> home href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> against href=/profile//> Navy. href=/profile//> Things href=/profile//> once href=/profile//> again href=/profile//> appear href=/profile//> to href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> pretty href=/profile//> bleak. href=/profile//>



CONFERENCE href=/profile//> TOURNAMENT:

-March href=/profile//> 3, href=/profile//> 5, href=/profile//> 10

-The href=/profile//> quarterfinals/semi href=/profile//> final href=/profile//> rounds href=/profile//> will href=/profile//> be href=/profile//> held href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> campuses href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> top href=/profile//> two href=/profile//> seeds.
-The href=/profile//> championship href=/profile//> game href=/profile//> is href=/profile//> on href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> home href=/profile//> floor href=/profile//> of href=/profile//> the href=/profile//> highest href=/profile//> remaining href=/profile//> seed.

 
Archive
 
 
       
© 2014 DraftExpress LLC All rights reserved.