NCAA tourney: Lehigh
by Brandon Chatmon
I am helping out with the NCAA Tournament at the Ford Center and will be blogging about Lehigh and Kansas this week.
During Wednesday’s press conference I asked Lehigh freshman and Patriot League Player of the Year C.J. McCollum what portion of the game he felt like would be the most important. The start, i.e. making sure the Jayhawks don’t run away from them or the middle to late portion of the game when KU’s depth really begins to show itself.
“We have to start off well and be ready to play from the jump,” McCollum said. “We’re also going to have to close out the game well. It won’t matter if we start off good and end bad or vice versa. We have to play a well-rounded game from the start and finish strong.”
Am I the only one who thinks that sounds like: “We have to play a near perfect game to beat these guys…” ?
And he may be right, KU is deep and talented. Truthfully, they probably have guys who are on the bench and who are redshirting that would start and possibly earn all-conference honors in the Patriot League. That’s not a swipe at the Patriot League, that’s just how talented Kansas is. I’m not so sure those guys couldn’t go to a lower-tier Big 12 team like Colorado or Nebraska and do the same.
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