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Holy Cross at Bucknell is not the only game on Saturday's schedule.

Here's an early look at the rest of the slate:

Navy at Lafayette, 1 p.m. (Gametracker)

Lehigh at American, 1 p.m.

Army at Colgate, 2 p.m. (Gametracker)

Any preview links we can find Sat. morning will be added the.

Other PL news and commentary of note:

  • Tom Housenick of the Daily Item in Sunbury makes some interesting points about Lafayette's scholarship woes inhis weekly college hoops column.

    Tom points out:
    In fact, according to The Chronicle for Higher Education, Bucknell, Holy Cross and Lehigh all have higher graduation rates among basketball players than Lafayette, which has slipped the last three seasons.
    In fairness, we must point out those graduation rate studies did not inlcude scholarship players since the most recent figures are based on kids who entered before the league started allowing them. But Stanford and Duke have not lost their academic reps with athletic scholarships and neither would Lafayette.

    Housenick says:
    Arthur Rothkopf, Lafayette’s president, has stood firm regarding his opposition to athletic scholarships and enough of the school’s board of trustees have backed him.

    Things could change in June when Rothkopf retires, but until then O’Hanlon, a great bench coach and a good guy, and Smith, who came to Easton’s College Hill with an outstanding record at the Division III level, will continue to fight with one hand tied behind their backs.
    Frannie does OK for a one-handed man. But the Leopards deserve a fairer fight.

    Also in the column, which focuses on changes in the league, Housenick considers some implications of the new scheduling format of the regular season and the four-headed conference tournament set-up and concludes it will not help the women, at least not media coverage-wise.

  • Kevin Bettencourt's hometown paper in Salem, Mass saysBettencourt, Bucknell living out a hoop dream

  • Lee Lewis, a Bucknell grad and executive sports editor of the Waterbury Republican-American shows how long it has been since he has been back in Central Pa. in his column about his alma mater and its win over Pitt:
    A shocking outcome that was certainly hailed across central Pennsylvania, up and down the mighty Susquehanna, from the Friendly Tavern to the Bull Run Inn.
    The Bull Run Inn is still a favorite Lewisburg watering hole, but the Friendly Tavern, known as much for the big yellow smiley face painted on the front of the building as it was as a convenient stop to pick up a six pack on the way to Harrisburg on Routes 11&15 (back in the days when we didn't know any better), is no more. These days it is TJ's Lasting Impressions, a private club for swingers (no, not golfers or baseball players ... that other kind of swingers).

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