Quick Previews: Patriot League

Our conference quick previews are just quick predictions for the all-conference teams and the conference standings. If you came here looking for a deep analysis on each team, you’ve came to the wrong place. We’re too lazy to do that 🙂

Last season, Holy Cross entered the Patriot League tournament as the #9 seed. The Crusaders went on a Cinderella run to win the conference tournament and make the NCAA Tournament, where they beat Southern in the First Four before falling to Oregon. This season, they return 4 starters from that team that peaked at the end of the season. The Crusaders look like Patriot League contenders, but they’re not the favorites. That honor belongs to Lehigh, who also returns 4 starters from last season, but that team won 13 conference games as opposed to Holy Cross’ 5. The Mountain Hawks are led by Tim Kempton, who will dominate the interior of the Patriot League. Boston will also contend for the league title as they went 11-7 in conference play last year, even without Cedric Hankerson, who missed the entire season. Hankerson was last year’s preaseason player of the year and he’s back this year, making Boston a team to fear in the league this season.

Patriot League Projected Standings

(Records from 2015-2016 season)

1. Lehigh: 17-15 (13-5)

2. Boston: 19-15 (11-7)

3. Holy Cross: 15-20 (5-13)

4. Bucknell: 17-14 (14-4)

5. Colgate: 13-17 (9-9)

6. Loyola (MD): 9-21 (8-10)

7. American: 12-19 (9-9)

8. Navy: 19-14 (9-9)

9. Lafayette: 6-24 (3-15(

10. Army: 19-14 (9-9)

First Team All Patriot League

(Stats from 2015-2016 season)

Tim Kempton, Lehigh (17.7 PPG, 9.5 RPG) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Eric Fanning, Boston (15.2 PPG, 5.4 RPG)

Kahron Ross, Lehigh (11.2 PPG, 6.1 APG)

Nana Foulland, Bucknell (11.8 PPG, 6.9 RPG)

Andre Walker, Loyola (14.1 PPG, 3.9 APG)

NCAA Tournament Bid: Lehigh

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