Preview: Army at Lehigh

The Army Black Knights (13-10, 3-6 in Patriot League) will meet the Patriot League co-leader Lehigh Mountain Hawks (15-9, 6-3 in Patriot League) on Saturday night at Stabler Arena. It is a match up of the league's best offensive team, Lehigh, against the league's best defensive team, Army

When: Saturday February 13 @ 7 PM

Where: Bethlehem, Pa. at Stabler Arena

Both teams are coming off home losses. Lehigh lost to Navy 85-78 to drop into a first place tie with the Midshipmen. Army was beaten by Holy Cross 70-56.

Lehigh handed Army its worst loss of the year when it defeated Army, 73-55, at Christl Arena on January 17. The Mountain Hawks shot 45.3 % from the field and 38.9% from three-point range.

Army led most of the first nine minutes but a 9-2 run gave Lehigh a lead and they never looked back. Army had a few chances to get back in the game but had a miserable shooting night and only converted on 33% of their shots.

The Match ups:

Lehigh is the best offensive team in the Patriot League. They average 73.8 points per game and have the most balanced scoring team with four of their five starters averaging double digits.

In their first meeting 6-foot-7 forward Zahir Carrington led the Mountain Hawks with 20 points. Carrington is a huge match up problem for Army. Marquis Hall, their senior guard, averages 10.7 per game. Lehigh has benefited from the stellar play of two freshmen, Gabe Knutson and C.J. Mc Collum. The 6-9 Knutson has provided scoring in the low blocks (10.3 ppg) while hitting 52.5% of his shots. C.J. Mc Collum, a 6-3 guard, is lanky and quick and leads the Lehigh team in scoring (16.4 ppg). The other player in the three guard offense is 6-foot-4 senior Dave Buchberger. Buchberger doesn't look to shoot (6.2 ppg) but when he does he's effective. He hits .522% of his shots and .491% of his shots from three-point range.

Army's league leading defense will be put to the test against the Mountain Hawks. Army played the first contest without last year's Patriot League Defender of the year Marcus Nelson who missed the game with an ankle injury and it showed. Nelson has been nagged by the same ankle injury and had to leave the Holy Cross game but did return. Army shooting was horrid against Holy Cross. The Black Knights rely on Cleveland Richard, Julian Simmons and Josh Miller for points and they shot a combined 9 of 30 from the field. Josh Miller is really struggling. He's hit only 1 of his last 17 shots from three-point range.

Cleveland Richard, who led Army with 15 points against Holy Cross, has been more aggressive driving to the hoop but hasn't been able to convert a lot of easy opportunities. Zach Spiker in an effort to get someone who could hit a basket on the floor gave senior Jon Sizemore fifteen minutes and he responded with a season high eight points. Army's defense continues to be terrific and they scored a lot of their points against Holy Cross off turnovers. Army fans realize that this Black Knight team doesn't shoot the ball well but it can shoot better than it has the past two weeks. The Black Knights need to shake this February shooting funk or wins will be hard to find. Top Stories