Down in the valley

Corky Blake says forget about the non-con struggles of Lehigh and Lafayette. Saturday's wins show they were ready for league play.

We will remind Corky that Lehigh beat an AU team struggling to live up to the early hype and Lafayette beat a team that has lost to a D-3.

The neighbors meet Wednesday in a game that will probably tell us more about where Lafayette is at this point than it will about Lehigh. But in all reality, the jury will be out on both these teams until the end of the month, when they both face Bucknell and Holy Cross on successive weekends.

We do, by the way, continue to agree with Fran O'Hanlon's take on his Leopards. O'Hanlon told Corky:
"We're better now than we were in December, and we'll be better in February than we are in January."
DEPARTMENT OF NO DEFENSE: From Andre Williams' hoops column in today's Morning Call:
A stale offense was the main reason the Midshipmen compiled a 23-63 record the last three seasons, but they now lead the Patriot League in scoring at 70.4 points per game.

That's a drastic improvement from the next-to-last 56.2 points they averaged while going just 2-12 in league play last season. The problem is Navy surrenders a league-high 77.6 points per game, seven more points than it allowed last season.
Sometimes we get the feeling there is no need for us to comment further.

This is one of those times.

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