Those papers in the trash across the room are the discarded Patriot League scripts for the 2014-15 season. With some irony, I mentioned in my preview just before conference play started that the non-conference campaign had pretty much gone according to plan. Continue reading
It was perhaps a fitting ending for a Patriot League season that defied much logic anyway.
Colgate had just finished off a much-improved Lehigh squad at Cotterell Court, and despite going 3-10 in non-conference play, a victory by defending champion American at home over Bucknell would have given the Raiders a share of the league title for the first time in 19 years, as well as home court throughout the league tournament.
Like many Patriot League games, Wednesday’s Colgate at Boston University matchup went down to the wire. A back-and-forth second half left the visitors ahead by one point heading into the final minute, when 6’11” center Ethan Jacobs buried a decisive three-pointer. The Raiders added a few free throws for a 76-69 margin, keeping pace with Bucknell atop the league at 9-4. Continue reading
It’s always a fun exercise to predict potential breakout players who were lightly used in the early part of their career. We’ve had good success performing this exercise in the NEC, so as I venture into the Patriot League this season, allow me to highlight several players who have the potential and opportunity to morph into average to above average regulars for their particular team. Continue reading