02 March 2014

2014 Patriot League Tournament Predictions

Couldn't have made a legitimate logo?
The first conference tournament to kick off is that of the Patriot League, which starts its expanded tournament tomorrow night. The Patriot League was thought to be in the safe hands of the Boston Terriers, who joined the conference from the America East Conference, but out of nowhere came the American Eagles, who were a preseason ranking in-conference of ninth. They started a school record 10-0 in conference including demolishing the Terriers in Washington by 30 in January.  However, AU finished 3-5 in their final eight games and BU won the conference title on Saturday as well as the important homecourt advantage (which traditionally leads to a tournament championship or at least a runner-up finish).

Who will win the Patriot League bid and advance to the 2014 NCAA Tournament? Here are my Patriot League tournament predictions.

For disclosure purposes, I am an undergrad at American. So there's that.

First Round - March 3rd
#10 Navy vs. #7 Colgate - Patriot League Network, 7:00
Pick: Colgate

#9 Lafayette vs. #8 Loyola (MD) - Patriot League Network, 7:30
Pick: Lafayette

Quarterfinals - March 5th 
#9 Lafayette vs. #1 Boston - Patriot League Network, 7:00
Pick: Boston

#5 Army vs. #4 Bucknell - Patriot League Network, 7:00
Pick: Bucknell

#6 Lehigh vs. #3 Holy Cross - Patriot League Network, 7:00
Pick: Holy Cross

#7 Colgate vs. #2 American - Patriot League Network, 7:30
Pick: American

Semifinals - March 8th
#4 Bucknell vs. #1 Boston - CBS Sports Network, 3:30
Pick: Boston

#3 Holy Cross vs. #2 American - CBS Sports Network, 5:30
Pick: American

Championship - March 12th
#2 American vs. #1 Boston - CBS Sports Network, 7:30
Can the Eagles go up to Boston and win? Yes they can in my opinion, in fact they almost did a couple of weeks ago. However, AU is not playing quite as well as they did when they smoked BU last month and it showed when they sputtered down the stretch. The Terriers will win their first Patriot League title.
Pick: Boston

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