Patriot League Men's Basketball with Busy Opening Weekend

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Bucknell junior Mike Muscala
Bucknell junior Mike Muscala

Nov. 11, 2011

Center Valley, Pa. -- While one game is already in the books, the Patriot League men's basketball season gets into full swing this weekend with every team taking the court.

Seven of the eight squads will be opening their 2011-12 season this weekend after Lehigh became the first Patriot League school to tip off on Wednesday with a 78-73 loss at St. John's as part of the 2K Sports Classic in a game shown on ESPN2.

Patriot League preseason favorite Bucknell will be one of six teams to begin its season on Friday night as the Bison travel to Minnesota. Each of the teams in action start the season on the road, with Lafayette facing La Salle, Holy Cross against College of Charleston, Navy versus Longwood, American at Richmond and Army heading to Air Force as part of the All-Military Classic in a game shown on CBS Sports Network at 9:30 p.m.

The final team to open the season will be Colgate, which begins the Matt Langel era at Binghamton on Saturday. Lehigh also plays at Iowa State while Army wraps up its tournament against either VMI or The Citadel. On Sunday, a Patriot League team will play at home for the first time in the season when Navy welcomes Penn State Altoona for Head Coach Ed DeChellis' debut in Annapolis.

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With the 2011-12 season just beginning, the Patriot League has added content for its fans to get extensive coverage throughout the season. The following links can all be found at the Patriot League Men's Basketball home page

The 2011-12 composite schedule includes all of the games for the season, and also has any links to live stats, audio or video coverage for each contest as well as recaps and box scores following the conclusion of each game.

All of the recaps and releases will be posted throughout the season. There will be a recap following each night a Patriot League team is in action, with an updated release each day throughout the week as well as a weekend preview. Also updated after the conclusion of each game will be the men's basketball cumulative statistics

The team information page has links to the schedules, rosters, statistics, latest news and basketball home pages for each of the eight Patriot League members.

For media coverage, the Patriot League will have video highlights, interviews and archived League games available for free through Patriot League All-Access. Links are also available to all media clips featuring Patriot League teams and players and the Patriot League men's basketball television schedule, with additional games added as they are released. All of the preseason media coverage can be found here