Day & Time: Friday, November 13, 7:00 p.m. EST
Arena: Carrier Dome, Syracuse, NY
Radio: Syracuse IMG Network, WAER 88.3, Sirius 93/XM 193
Rivalry: 3-0, Syracuse
Current Streak: 3, Syracuse (obvs.)
First Meeting: The storied rivalry began in March 1923 when Hank Greve led the Orangemen with ten points in a 28-16 victory. No #TacoTime that day.
Last Meeting: On the final day of 1931, the Orangemen used eleven points from Whitey Bock and cruised to a 34-17 victory.
Head Coach: Brett Reed enters his ninth season as head coach of the Hawks. In eight years Reed has become the winningest coach in Lehigh history and became the fastest coach to 100 wins in the history of the Patriot League. His overall record is 145-105 and he's led the Hawks to the NCAA Tournament twice, the last time in 2012.
Last Year: Lehigh finished the season 16–14, 10–8 in Patriot League good for third place. They lost in the quarterfinals of the Patriot League Tournament to American University. They lost their season-opener against Villanova 77-66.
Last Game: The third-seeded Hawks jumped out to a quick first-half lead, but American’s offense came alive in the second half as the sixth-seeded Eagles eliminated the Mountain Hawks from the Patriot League Tournament, 68-62. Tim Kempton led Lehigh with 20 points and 11 rebounds for his 14th double-double of the season.
"Fear Me, I've Killed Hundreds of Timelords": Junior Tim Kempton was named Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year and is on the watch list for the Lou Henson Award, which is presented annually to the top Mid-Major player in Division I College Basketball. Kempton led the Mountain Hawks in scoring (15.3 points per game) and rebounding (8.7) in 2014-15.
If Syracuse Wins: We'll at least have one nice thing to take away from this weekend.
If Syracuse Loses: Oh God, the football team is contagious.
Fun Fact: Lehigh has dropped six straight season openers, all on the road: at Richmond (2009), Penn State (2010), St. John’s (2011), Baylor (2012), Minnesota (2013) and Villanova (2014).