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Inside the Patriot – Jan. 26

26 January, 2007


Game of the Week
Army at Bucknell– Saturday, January 27, 7 pm
Most of the league focus is on Holy Cross games right now, but there’s a long way to go before people should start worrying about an undefeated season. This game is important for Bucknell, who is trying to keep pace with the Crusaders and ahead of the rest of the league, to guarantee two home games in the league tournament. It’s even more important to Army in two realms: Tangibly, they are trying to stay afloat in 4th place, which would give them a home tournament game; intangibly, they’re looking for credibility and respect from a league that picked them to finish in last place. Bucknell will have a huge advantage in the paint with Donald Brown and Chris McNaughton, but Army will have the two best scorers on the floor in Jarell Brown and Matt Bell.

Line of the Week

1.20.07 at Lehigh TOT-FG 3-PT REBOUNDS
Brown, Andrew………… 9-14 6-9 6-6 0 1 1 30 1 3 0 0 30

Rivalry weekend. This year, rivalry weekend brought us a battle down to the final seconds between the service academies, a shootout that came down to the final minute in the Lehigh Valley, and an overtime showdown between Holy Cross and American.
American at home. Outside of Washington D.C., the Eagles have dropped games to Yale, Longwood, Richmond and Army. But at Bender Arena they’ve only lost one game, and that was an overtime game against Holy Cross. American ends the season with 4 of 6 games at home.
Holy Cross Magical Victory Tour, coming to a school near you. Speaking of the Crusaders, they eked out two tough ones this week away from home, first surviving overtime at American and then downing Colgate on a last-minute shot. Ralph Willard’s team probably shouldn’t have let the two games stay as close as they did, but they showed great heart in finishing the games out in hostile territory.
Lafayette shooters heating up. In the Leopards’ last 60 minutes of play, spanning the second half at Lehigh and the entire game against Army, they are 20-of-37 from the three-point arc and averaging 41.3 points per half.

Midshipman road woes. Navy wraps up a three-game road trip by going 0-3. They got run out of the building in the second half at Holy Cross, lost a winnable game at Army, and looked hideous in a loss at American. Billy Lange’s squad gets a chance to recover at home this week, with games against Colgate and Bucknell.
Missed opportunity for Colgate. The struggling Raiders nearly got a shot in the arm in the form of a win over league-leading Holy Cross, but Keith Simmons’ three-pointer sunk Colgate at the very end. The Raiders must head back out of Hamilton, with three of their next four games on the road.
Lehigh’s worrisome schedule. Tuesday night, Lehigh played the first leg of arguably the toughest three-game stretch in conference play for any Patriot League team, getting run over by Bucknell. Friday night they have to head to Holy Cross, and next weekend the Mountain Hawks go to American. It will be a very tough stretch for a team led by a freshman point guard, Marquis Hall.
Army needs a road win. The Black Knights got off to a good start in league play at home, but after losing at Lafayette, Army is 2-7 on the road and hasn’t won away from home since December 2.

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