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#15 Lehigh vs #10 Xavier Preview

Posted by Josh on Saturday, March 17, 2012 Under: Game Recaps, Notes, Previews, etc.
If you didn't see what was one of the coolest upsets ever in the NCAA Tournament yesterday, you probably still know nothing about Lehigh.  The school is in Bethlehem, PA.  Their mascot is the Mountain Hawk and their bold choice of colors are brown and white.  With a total of about 7,000 undergrads + grads, they are very similar in size to Xavier.

Other than that they beat Duke, what do we know about them?  Well, they beat Duke.  Oh, other than that?  Nothing.  They have a respectable RPI of 91.  And they did play Fordham earlier this year and crushed them.  They beat them by 18 on the road.  If you don't recall we played at Fordham as well this year but only won by 8.  Lehigh did go to Michigan State and only lost by 90-81, not too shabby.  They also lost but played close at Iowa State and St. John's early on in the year.

If you watched the Duke game, you know that C.J. McCollum is awesome.  He's averaging over 22 points a game (top 5 in the nation) and more than 2 steals per game.  I imagine we will defend him by committee, sometimes using Tu, sometimes Lyons, and occasionally bringing Davis in to slow him down.  You may have also noticed the team didn't have many tall big guys.  Their tallest is 6'9" so hopefully Kenny and company can hold their own and more in the paint.

They are a high-scoring team who knocks down their free throws (77.1%, 5th in nation!) so it will take another great defensive effort on Sunday.


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