Conference: Patriot League (26-7)
Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Famous Alums: Lee Iacocca and Roger Penske
They’re Back! Lehigh has played in four previous tournaments, most recently in 2010, and have never won a game in the NCAA tournament.
Resume: They won 2 out of 3 from Bucknell, and lost by 9 points at both Michigan State and Iowa State.
Notable Player(s): The inside/outside combination of C.J. McCollum and Gabe Knutson, both juniors, will carry this team. McCollum had 29 points and Knutson had 23 in the Patriot final against Bucknell.
Team Style/Strengths: They’ll play up tempo, and rely on McCollum and Mackey McKnight to handle the ball. Don’t get into a foul shooting contest with Lehigh. They are 2nd in the country in FT% and both guards and primary interior scorers shoot over 75%.
All-Important Rankings: 101 (RPI), 88 (Pomeroy)
Projected Outlook/Seed: The Mountain Hawks are likely heading for a 15 seed, unless there are upsets in multiple remaining conference tournaments. Their competitive performances at Michigan State and Iowa State suggest that they won’t be a pushover.
[photo via US Presswire]
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