NCAA Tournament Preview: Lehigh Mountain Hawks

Brett_reed_medium

The Basics

  • Record: 26-7 (11-3 Patriot League)
  • Best Wins: Bucknell twice (?)
  • Worst Losses: Cornell, Holy Cross, American
  • Admirable Losses: St. John's, Iowa State, Michigan State

Statistically Speaking (national ranking)

  • The good: 16.8 Off. TO% (16th), 68.6 Adj. tempo (58th), 77.4 FT% (4th)
  • The bad: 10.4 Off. Block% (264th), 0-2 vs. the RPI top 75, Non-con schedule (324th)
  • The interesting: Lehigh is one of the more balanced mid-majors you'll find, ranking 79th nationally in offensive efficiency and 102nd at the other end. Those two numbers working in tandem are underrated for a basketball team that might wind up with a No. 15 seed, and not even Creighton, Alabama, Louisville, or Florida can make a claim that they own a top-100 rank on both sides of the ball.
What to Expect

Another David vs. Goliath matchup. The Mountain Hawks drew No. 1 Kansas two years ago as a 16-seed in the dance, and turned in an admirable performance (90-74 loss) in a game where blowouts are usually the norm. Leading scorer and Mr. Do-it-all C.J. McCollum was still only a freshman back then, and has grown significantly as a player over the last two seasons. If Lehigh is seen hanging with some unsuspecting No. 2 or No. 1 seed next week, it's likely McCollum is the reason for it. Actually finding a way to pull off that upset is something else entirely, but this team certainly has the ingredients (low TO%, high FT%, star scorer) to throw another scare into a tourney favorite if things fall into place.

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Searching for Billy Edelin

You must be a member of Searching for Billy Edelin to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Searching for Billy Edelin. You should read them.

Join Searching for Billy Edelin

You must be a member of Searching for Billy Edelin to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Searching for Billy Edelin. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.