Posted on: March 14, 2010 6:00 pm
Edited on: March 15, 2010 1:21 am
Lehigh University is a private, co-educational university located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the Lehigh Valley region of the United States. It was established in 1865 by Asa Packer as a four-year technical school, but has grown to include studies in a wide variety of disciplines. As of 2009, the university comprises 4,856 undergraduate students and 2,118 graduate students. Well, at least that’s what Wikipedia says. And we all know Wikipedia never lies.
Location: Bethlehem, PA
Were you aware that Lehigh was located in Bethlehem? Of course you weren’t. I bet you didn't know Bethlehem is Hebrew for "House of Bread" either. So, next time you're nestled by the fire in your favorite Christmas sweater, singing Oh Little Town of Bethlehem , remember you're singing about bread and Lehigh University.
- Don Most - Ralph Malph from Happy Days
- Jesse W. Reno - Builder of the World's first escalator
- Bobby Weaver - Gold medal winner in wresting at 1984 Summer Olympics
The Mountain Hawks
Until 1996, Lehigh’s athletic teams were known as the Engineers. The Student Senate voted to change the name to the Mountain Hawks after exploring other possibilities like the Fighting Trust Funds.
Brett Reed, Head Coach
Brett Reed is in his third year as the Murray H. Goodman '48 Head Men's Basketball Coach at Lehigh University. Don't feel bad if that sentence confused you. That is his actual job title. Yeah, I don't get it either.
The Starting 5
CJ. McCollum, Guard, Freshman - 18.9 ppg - Patriot League Player of the Year
Marquis Hall, Guard, Senior - 11.3 ppg, 5.7 apg. - 15h in the nation in assist/TO ratio
Zahir Carrington, Forward, Senior - 10.5 ppg, 6.6 rpg
Gabe Knutson, Forward, Freshman - 9.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg
Dave Buchberger, Guard, Senior - 6.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg.
How They Got Here
Lehigh won its first Patriot League Tournament since 2004 with a 74-59 win over Lafayette. C.J. McColloum led the way with 20 points while Zahir Carrington scored 18 and pulled down 10 rebounds for the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh set a school record with 22 victories this season.
How Far Will They Go?
A 16-seed has never advanced to the second round in the NCAA Tournament. However, this is the year Goliath goes down.
You heard it here, folks. The Mountain Hawks are wearing their upsets shoes to the big dance.
Posted on: March 12, 2010 9:24 pm
I loosely follow Patriot League basketball for the same reason that everyone who loosely follows Patriot League basketball loosely follows Patriot League basketball: I read John Feinstein's The Last Amateurs and loved it. The book chronicled the '99-'00 season in the league and I read it right when it came out, but I can't imagine that it's already dated. It's the Everybody Poops of college sports literature.
Just sayin', if you're so bored that you're reading this blog...might be a better option out there.
This year's Patriot title game was fortunate enough to feature the league's two oldest and biggest rivals: Lehigh and Lafayette. The campuses of the rivals are located just 15 miles apart and they've met 213 times on the hardwood, but this was the first time they'd played with a conference title and a trip to the NCAA Tournament on the line.
In the end it was a freshman and a senior who lifted Lehigh, the league's regular season champion, to a 74-59 victory and its first trip to the big dance since 2004. C.J. McCollum (the freshman) scored a game-high 20 points while Zahir Carrington (the senior) added 18 and 10 rebounds.
In standard post-rivalry fashion, Carrington had the following to say after the game:
"There was nothing to leave out there," Carrington said. "This is such a long time coming for us. No offense to those guys, but they just didn't want it as bad as we did."
I'd say this statement might come back to haunt Carrington, but he dunked on his arch-rival - whom he'll never have to play again - approximately 75 times in a league championship game victory, so...spout away, young man. When Kentucky drills you in the first round and someone asks you in the postgame press conference how it fells, tell the world that Lafayette sucks and will never beat you again.
Evan Turner, ditto.
Posted on: March 7, 2010 11:00 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2010 7:34 pm
After wins over Holy Cross and American gave Lafayette and Lehigh berths in the Patriot League championship game, Fox News television personality and defender of the American dream, Glenn Beck, lashed out at the NCAA for “spitting in the face of freedom”. Beck’s anger apparently stems from the fact that the Patriot League will now be given to a team with a French name (Lafayette) or a team that he mistakenly believes to be French (Lehigh).
“What are we saying to our children when they watch Sportscenter and see American go down to some flimsy-whimsy Frenchy poo team?” Beck said as he fought back tears. “I mean, Lafayette and Lehigh for the Patriot - that’s right, Patriot - title? Just give ‘em some ex-lax and directions to Arlington National Cemetery.”
Beck’s tantrum, which took place on his television program, lasted only a few minutes and was cut short when a caller seemed to try to correct him and inform him that the schools were actually US-based institutions and only one had a French name.
“It’s a disgrace. A complete disgrace. It’s bad enough that this is happening,” a now sobbing Beck said, “But it’s even worse that the American people are accepting it and justifying it. Justifying it! Where are you 9-12ers? Where are you?”
Despite Beck’s pleas and outrage, the Patriot League’s NCAA bid will be up for grabs Friday and either top-seeded Lehigh or third-seeded Lafayette will go dancing.