The Patriot League Champion Lehigh men’s basketball team earned a #15 seed in the South Region and will face second-seeded Duke in an NCAA Second Round Game, Friday in Greensboro, N.C. Tipoff is set for 7:15 p.m. on CBS with Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and Tracy Wolfson on the call.
But did you know…
- The Mountain Hawks are making the school’s fifth NCAA Tournament appearance and second in the last three seasons.
- This #15 seed marks Lehigh’s highest seed in the NCAA Tournament in the Patriot League era.
- The Mountain Hawks stand at 26-7 overall, riding an eight-game winning streak into the tournament.
- Lehigh and Duke have played four times in their history, with the Blue Devils winning all four matchups. The most recent came in 1996-97, on the road.
- Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski's first-ever victory came against Lehigh on Nov. 28, 1975 when he was leading Army.
- Lehigh junior Cory Goodman played with former Duke star Gerald Henderson in high school at Episcopal Academy.
- Another one of their teammates was UNC star Wayne Ellington.
- Lehigh basketball coach Brett Reed is the only head coach in the tournament with a doctorate degree. He owns the most victories by a Lehigh head coach, winning more than 75 percent of his games at Stabler. His 60.0 career Division I winning percentage is tops among active Patriot League coaches.
- Reed’s teams have produced APR (Academic Progress Rate) scores of 1,000 every year, which is 100 percent academic progress towards a degree.
- Enterprising Lehigh economics students have gained a cult following and international media attention for their “Freakanomics”-style blog, Centives. They place the Mountain Hawks’ chances against Duke at higher than the 3.7 percent historic figure for a 15 vs. 2 seed, at 20 percent.
- In a bracket based on academics, Inside Higher Ed has Lehigh coming out of the South Region and playing Davidson in the Final Four.
In a bracket based on starting median salary, the Mountain Hawks would win the National Championship defeating Harvard in the Title Game.
- Lehigh is third in the nation in free throw percentage (77.6), 17th in scoring margin (11.1), and 24th in turnover margin (3.1).
- Forget what you know about smaller conferences: Lehigh boasts an RPI of 91 (as of Friday, Mar. 11).
- Look out for C.J. McCollum, the nation’s 5th leading scorer averaging 21.9 points per game, 2nd among players who qualified for the NCAA Tournament behind Creighton’s Doug McDermott.
If Lehigh Beats Duke…
- Lehigh would win its first-ever NCAA Tournament game.
- Lehigh would win its ninth straight, tying for the third-longest win streak in program history.
- Lehigh would win its 27th game of the season, which would tie the Patriot League record for most total wins in a season.
Team Academic and Volunteer Statistics
- Lehigh men’s basketball received the NCAA’s Public Recognition Awards in 2011 (yet to be awarded in 2012), given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in their respective sport with their Academic Progress Rate (APR). This is the 3rd straight year Lehigh has seen 12 or more of its programs honored.
- Twenty five percent of Lehigh’s student athletes maintain a GPA of 3.6 or higher. Seventeen of our Division I varsity Patriot League teams average GPAs of 3.0 or higher.
Story by Jordan Reese
Posted on Thursday, March 15, 2012