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2014-15 Schedule

A all dates and opponents  are subject to change:

11/14 @ Robert Morris
11/16 @ West Virginia
11/19 Princeton
11/22 @ Pennsylvania
11/26 @ Yale
11/30 @ Fairleigh Dickinson
12/3 Wagner
12/8 Sacred Heart
12/16 Susquehanna
12/20 @ Kansas
12/28 NJIT
12/31 @ Army
1/3 Navy
1/7 @ Bucknell
1/10 @ Boston
1/14 Loyola
1/17 American
1/21 @ Holy Cross
1/24 Lehigh
1/28 A Colgate
1/31 @ Navy
2/4 Bucknell
2/7 Boston
2/11 @ Loyola
2/14 @ American
2/18 Holy Cross
2/21 @ Lehigh
2/25 Colgate
2/28 Army

Playoffs: 3/2, 3/4, 3/7, 3/11
carney2

I've never understood why the League doesn't end each half of the season with rivalry games.  How about Lafayette-Lehigh?  How about Army-Navy?  How about Bucknell-Holy Cross?  After that it might be something of a grab bag, but those three are a decent start.
Kpard

Because that would make sense?!

Also, not in favor of scheduling a D3 school, even if it is finals week.
bethlehempard

If they have to play a D3 team at least make it local. I saw Moravian come close once against Lafayette and scores were generally respectable in the 1980s.
The Greyhounds, Muhlenberg or DeSales would create more
local interest than Susquehanna.
No more Swarthmore please. I was at that debacle.
The Maroon

I've always hated the D3 games. What's the point?
Before you bash Swarthmore too much: REMEMBER 95!
Franks Tanks

Speculation that we will play PSU at the new PPL arena in Allentown sometime over Christmas break.
Kpard

That'll be cool!
carney2

Franks Tanks wrote:
Speculation that we will play PSU at the new PPL arena in Allentown sometime over Christmas break.


This morning's Mourning Crawl states that Penn State will definitely be playing at Allentown's PPL Center.  Probable date - December 22nd.  "No opponent has been selected."  It will apparently be a Penn State home game.
Kpard

carney2 wrote:
Franks Tanks wrote:
Speculation that we will play PSU at the new PPL arena in Allentown sometime over Christmas break.


This morning's Mourning Crawl states that Penn State will definitely be playing at Allentown's PPL Center.  Probable date - December 22nd.  "No opponent has been selected."  It will apparently be a Penn State home game.


Maybe it won't be us. They are probably afraid to schedule the Pards since we beat them last time!  Wink  Rolling Eyes  Laughing  Shocked
carney2

Kpard wrote:
carney2 wrote:
Franks Tanks wrote:
Speculation that we will play PSU at the new PPL arena in Allentown sometime over Christmas break.


This morning's Mourning Crawl states that Penn State will definitely be playing at Allentown's PPL Center.  Probable date - December 22nd.  "No opponent has been selected."  It will apparently be a Penn State home game.


Maybe it won't be us. They are probably afraid to schedule the Pards since we beat them last time!  Wink  Rolling Eyes  Laughing  Shocked


Yes, I'm sure they're quaking in their oversized basketball boots over an 11-20 team with no recognizable inside game and no known defensive skills.
bethlehempard

Penn State will play Drexel at the new arena.
Boring.
Pard4Life

Indeed, it's official:

Fri Nov 14 Robert Morris University A TBA
Sun Nov 16 West Virginia University A TBA
Wed Nov 19 PRINCETON UNIVERSITY H 7:00 PM
Sat Nov 22 University of Pennsylvania A TBA
Wed Nov 26 Yale University A 7:00 PM
Sun Nov 30 Fairleigh Dickinson University A 2:00 PM
         
Sat Dec 6 WAGNER COLLEGE H 2:00 PM
Mon Dec 8 SACRED HEART UNIVERSITY H 7:00 PM
Tues Dec 16 SUSQUEHANNA UNIVERSITY H 7:00 PM
Sat Dec 20 University of Kansas A TBA
Sun Dec 28 NJIT H 2:00 PM
Wed Dec 31 U. S. Military Academy A 3:00 PM
         
Sat Jan 3 U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY H 2:00 PM
Wed Jan 7 Bucknell University A TBA
Sat Jan 10 Boston University A TBA
Wed Jan   14 LOYOLA UNIVERSITY H 7:00 PM
Sat Jan 17 AMERICAN UNIVERSITY H 2:00 PM
Wed Jan 21 College of the Holy Cross A TBA
Sat Jan 24 LEHIGH UNIVERSITY H 2:00 PM
Wed Jan 28 Colgate University A TBA
Sat Jan 31 U.S. Naval Academy A 7:00 PM
         
Wed Feb 4 BUCKNELL UNIVERSITY H 7:00 PM
Sat Feb 7 BOSTON UNIVERSITY H 2:00 PM
Wed Feb 11 Loyola University A 7:30 PM
Sat Feb 14 American University A TBA
Wed Feb 18 COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS H 7:00 PM
Sat Feb 21 Lehigh University A TBA
Wed Feb 25 COLGATE UNIVERSITY H 7:00 PM
Sat Feb 28 U. S. MILITARY ACADEMY H 2:00 PM
Grandpa Tom

Very Happy   looking forward to the upcoming  season.  Barring injuries the Pards should be pretty good.   Like the idea of w. Virginia and Kansas.  This should be a real thrill for the boys.  What I have never understood about Coach O is why he schedules such a brutal schedule up front.  
Fran, how about a couple confidence builders to start with before you get your hat handed to you by the big boys?  Never the less,  GO PARDS!!!!
Lafalum

Grandpa Tom wrote:
Very Happy   looking forward to the upcoming  season.  Barring injuries the Pards should be pretty good.   Like the idea of w. Virginia and Kansas.  This should be a real thrill for the boys.  What I have never understood about Coach O is why he schedules such a brutal schedule up front.  
Fran, how about a couple confidence builders to start with before you get your hat handed to you by the big boys?  Never the less,  GO PARDS!!!!


I suppose it depends on the schedule of the opposing team. We get paid to play in these games and it is largely the motivation for us.
Kpard

bethlehempard wrote:
Penn State will play Drexel at the new arena.
Boring.


SEE! PSU is afraid of us!  Rolling Eyes  Wink  Laughing
bison137

Grandpa Tom wrote:
Very Happy   looking forward to the upcoming  season.  Barring injuries the Pards should be pretty good.   Like the idea of w. Virginia and Kansas.  This should be a real thrill for the boys.  What I have never understood about Coach O is why he schedules such a brutal schedule up front.  
Fran, how about a couple confidence builders to start with before you get your hat handed to you by the big boys?  Never the less,  GO PARDS!!!!



Usually a midmajor takes whatever dates they are offered and has little say in the matter.    Having said that, there is only one "brutal" game in the first month, i.e. West Virginia - and they weren't particularly good last year either.  Ranked below two MAAC teams for example.   With two of WV's top players having transferred out, LC will not be a huge underdog.    Kansas on December 20th will definitely be the tougher game of the two.
Pard4Life

Kansas game won't be close.  110-50 Kansas.  Seriously.  We do not have athleticism.  Didn't a PL team play a close game there recently?
Kpard

Grandpa Tom wrote:
Very Happy   looking forward to the upcoming  season.  Barring injuries the Pards should be pretty good.   Like the idea of w. Virginia and Kansas.  This should be a real thrill for the boys.  What I have never understood about Coach O is why he schedules such a brutal schedule up front.  
Fran, how about a couple confidence builders to start with before you get your hat handed to you by the big boys?  Never the less,  GO PARDS!!!!


"We play D-1 basketball" to quote coach O. Rather see us play a Kansas than Susquehanna
bethlehempard

Pard4Life wrote:
Kansas game won't be close.  110-50 Kansas.  Seriously.  We do not have athleticism.  Didn't a PL team play a close game there recently?


American lost to Kansas by 32 a couple years ago.
bison137

bethlehempard wrote:
Pard4Life wrote:
Kansas game won't be close.  110-50 Kansas.  Seriously.  We do not have athleticism.  Didn't a PL team play a close game there recently?


American lost to Kansas by 32 a couple years ago.



Lehigh lost to Kansas by about 15 pts in the first round of the tourney in 2010.   And of course some PL team beat Kansas back in 2005 in the tournament.    Smile
Bogus Megapardus

Kpard wrote:
"We play D-1 basketball" to quote coach O. Rather see us play a Kansas than Susquehanna


It was the DIII game vs. Immaculata last season that hobbled Seth Hinrichs, IIRC.
bethlehempard

Those of us who were there for Swarthmore will never forget their players celebrating that win.
Fair enough, I was at the Rutgers and ND wins. Winning over ranked RU on the road was memorable.
Even losing at Syracuse (first of those two games) was a good experience and a nice trip though cold.
I was at the Georgia Tech game around 1989 in their on-campus "gym in the round."
The Pard fans were in a group behind the bench for the w/m doubleheader. At one point a ball bounced over to Coach Leone. At least three of us said aloud, in concert, will he kick it or pick it up?
He picked it up.
A trip to Kansas, no.
bethlehempard

Lehigh will play Villanova at the new PPL Center on Nov. 14.
Our BB games at Lehigh should be played there as partial payback for losing home field in FB this year.
Franks Tanks

bethlehempard wrote:
Lehigh will play Villanova at the new PPL Center on Nov. 14.
Our BB games at Lehigh should be played there as partial payback for losing home field in FB this year.


I heard Bruce is working on getting us a game at the PPL center against......right he isn't working on that.  More likely he is figuring out which athletes he needs to suspend for getting a C in a spelling test.
CHIP72

It looks like based on the schedule and my personal schedule I'll probably get to the Saturday 1/31 game at Navy and definitely get to the Saturday 2/14 game at American.  Hopefully the Leopards can be more competitive than last year.
Bogus Megapardus

CHIP72 wrote:
It looks like based on the schedule and my personal schedule I'll probably get to the Saturday 1/31 game at Navy and definitely get to the Saturday 2/14 game at American.  Hopefully the Leopards can be more competitive than last year.


I think the Pards will be plenty competitive at Navy.  American?  That will be tough.  I guess the only graduation loss from last year's PL championship team was their big guy, Wroblicky. AU has some kind of a 7-foot-something freshman coming in but no one seems to know much about his talent other than being that tall.

We did knock off American at Kirby last season (once Seth Hinrichs was back and in good working order).  Pards have a couple of talented freshmen coming in but we still lack the big guy in the middle . . . Nathaniel Musters just hasn't shown he can go toe-to-toe with very athletic, elite level DI forwards.

I hope you can make one or more of those games, CHIP72.  I know you're originally from the LV area; it's great to have fans like you who didn't necessarily attend Lafayette but who really do understand the method to the madness of what the Pards do.  In consideration thereof, you are hereby bestowed the title of Honorary Pard . . . a veneration enjoyed only by a circle of few . . . and you are entitled to the enjoyment of all the privileges and immunities associated therewith.   Wink
CHIP72

Bogey - I appreciate the compliment about being an honorary Pard, notwithstanding the fact that for similar reasons as you mentioned above I also follow that other school in Bethlehem that shall go nameless on the Lafayette Sports Forum.  Shocked  Very Happy

Bender Arena has really been a house of horrors for Lafayette (and that other unnamed school alluded to above) since I moved to DC in spring 2008 and started attending games there.  I think American is like 9-1 in the games I've attended in NW DC (that includes a game against St. Joe's that American also won).  The only game where the team I was rooting for won was that Patriot League Tournament game in 2011 where the Leopards won by 1 point in either OT or double OT; that was a particularly sweet victory for me personally considering how American always seems to win at home when I'm there.  On the other hand, Navy is a much easier place to play; I don't get there as often but I was there a couple times in the 2012-2013 season and both Lafayette and the school in Bethlehem both won by 20+ points.

I've always liked Fran O'Hanlon (though I didn't attend games in the 1990s I remember the late 1990s turnaround), but it would be nice if his teams weren't always composed the same way.  For the last number of years you knew Lafayette would shoot a lot of 3-pointers, make nice plays offensively at times, normally not have a ton of presence inside, and sometimes be suspect defensively.  (To be fair, they have had more inside presence the last year or two, though as you noted Musters hasn't really panned out thus far.)  When they play better defense and/or have some inside presence, and also make shots, they win; when they don't make shots, they lose.  Hopefully the Leopards can live up to their preseason Patriot League ranking; last season was a pretty big disappointment after the promising 2012-2013 season.
Bogus Megapardus

CHIP72 wrote:
Bogey - I appreciate the compliment about being an honorary Pard, notwithstanding the fact that for similar reasons as you mentioned above I also follow that other school in Bethlehem that shall go nameless on the Lafayette Sports Forum.  Shocked  Very Happy


That's OK - RichH also is an Honorary Pard, and he's a Lehigh alum!  As an Independent/Free Agent, you can root for those self-absorbed panty-bunchers all you want . . . as long as you remember where your true loyalties lie when the two go head-to-head.  Rolling Eyes
bison137

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
 American?  That will be tough.  I guess the only graduation loss from last year's PL championship team was their big guy, Wroblicky. AU has some kind of a 7-foot-something freshman coming in but no one seems to know much about his talent other than being that tall.




I think it's safe to say that Gabe Brown, their 7-footer, is a project who will not be a contributor this year.   He didn't have any offers even in the late signing period and only committed to AU at the end of July, i.e. well after he had graduated from high school.   It is possible that he is a walk-on.

AU also graduated Austin Carroll, who played most games but not many minutes.   He was a senior but still had a year of eligibility remaining, which he opted not to use.   Originally was a scholarship player at Rutgers.  They also had a frosh scholarship player - who was never going to play - transfer out.   AU has been very successful over the years in somehow getting underperforming scholarship players to leave so they can re-use their scholarship.
bison137

CHIP72 wrote:
American always seems to win at home when I'm there.  On the other hand, Navy is a much easier place to play;.



I think Navy is an easier place to play solely because they had had far less talent than American.    But their fans are far better, and in an average year Navy draws far more people.
CHIP72

bison137 wrote:
CHIP72 wrote:
American always seems to win at home when I'm there.  On the other hand, Navy is a much easier place to play;.



I think Navy is an easier place to play solely because they had had far less talent than American.    But their fans are far better, and in an average year Navy draws far more people.


Based on the games I've attended at both American and Navy, I agree Navy probably draws at least somewhat better than American.

One thing that stinks about going to Navy basketball games is you have to park over at the football stadium and then take a school bus to and from the arena.  You also have to pay $5 to park at the football stadium, though to be fair the game ticket prices are fairly cheap.
bison137

CHIP72 wrote:
bison137 wrote:
CHIP72 wrote:
American always seems to win at home when I'm there.  On the other hand, Navy is a much easier place to play;.



I think Navy is an easier place to play solely because they had had far less talent than American.    But their fans are far better, and in an average year Navy draws far more people.


Based on the games I've attended at both American and Navy, I agree Navy probably draws at least somewhat better than American.

One thing that stinks about going to Navy basketball games is you have to park over at the football stadium and then take a school bus to and from the arena.  You also have to pay $5 to park at the football stadium, though to be fair the game ticket prices are fairly cheap.



Yes, that's a nuisance - especially given that at Army you can park right next to the arena.

As far as attendance goes, Navy has outdrawn American every year since they've been in the PL - usually by a wide margin.  This past season, AU won the league and Navy was the worst team by far - yet Navy still had a significant edge in attendance.   I doubt AU has ever averaged close to 2000 per game and many years they struggle to draw 1000 per game.
CHIP72

RE: Navy vs. American attendance

I think the thing that is deceptive to me is that 3 of the 4 basketball games I've attended in Annapolis have occurred on weeknights, whereas most of 10 American games I've attended in DC have taken place on weekends, usually Saturdays.  Additionally, Navy's Alumni Hall is bigger than American's Bender Arena, and with the Navy games I've attended they've basically closed off or mostly closed off the upper seating level/seating above the seating bowl concourse.  Finally, Navy gets a big boost attendance-wise from their annual home game against Army that usually sells out, but I never attend that game.
bethlehempard

PPL Center, 76ers vs Orlando
$6 to park there. For a day game I would park near 12th Street free but I'm not walking around downtown Allentown at night.
Beer $6 to $8.
Various restaurants. Usual fare.
Overall much better than Stabler if course. There is a lot of open space behind each basket. Not a big crowd.
One Lafayette/Lehigh game here might draw well.
Maybe.
The area displays corporate welfare at its best.

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