Dear Lehigh students,
In my eighth year as head coach, I am proud to be leading a fine group of young men, young men who spend countless hours at their sport, all while excelling in the classroom as well. These student-athletes represent the university on both the local and national stage and work tremendously hard to represent you to the best of their abilities.
The dream of every college basketball player (and coach) is to advance to the NCAA Tournament, “March Madness.” That journey begins this Thursday night in Stabler Arena.
Our team finished in third place (out of ten teams) in the Patriot League regular season and has earned a home game in the Patriot League Quarterfinals as we host sixth-seeded and defending league champion American at 7 p.m. Our goal is to win a Patriot League Championship and advance to the NCAA Tournament. Thursday is the first step. If you’ve been to our games before, you’ve seen our exciting brand of basketball. It’s two hours of pure entertainment.
You have brought the energy to our home games and we’ll need that energy more than ever on Thursday night. Stabler Arena has been rocking and let’s keep it rocking! The Patriot League was the most competitive conference in the country, with just seven games separating the first and tenth place teams. We know we’re capable of making this March memorable, but we’ll need to bring our very best to win. In a league that’s so close top to bottom, you, our sixth man, could be the difference.
If you haven’t been to a game, there’s no better time to start than now. This is March Madness, do-or-die basketball with each school looking to survive and advance. Big-time basketball is in your backyard. Within the last three years, we’ve defeated Duke in the NCAA Tournament, produced an NBA lottery pick in C.J. McCollum and this year, defeated teams from both the Big East and Pac-12.
Even if you’re not a sports fan, there’s no better opportunity to come together as one and show your school spirit. Go to LehighTickets.com to grab your ticket. Tickets are only $7 for students and the Goodman Bus Service leaves at 6:15, 6:30, 6:45 and 7 p.m. from the Dialogue Center on Taylor Street (between Taylor Gym and Grace Hall). Come early, be loud and do your part to help our school get one step closer to the Big Dance. See you Thursday night.
Go Lehigh! Beat American!
– Brett Reed, Murray H. Goodman ‘48 Head Men’s Basketball Coach