The 2021 PenFed Credit Union Patriot League Men's Basketball Championship will tip-off Wednesday with the first-round action commencing at 6:00 p.m. Quarterfinal matchups will be on March 6th, on March 10th the two semi final games will be played and the championship will be shown at 12:00 p.m. on CBS Sports Network on March 14th.
With that being said let's take a look at the tournament draw.
March 3 First Round
10. Lehigh Vs. 7. Boston University 7:00 p.m. ESPN+
9. Loyola Maryland Vs. 8. Holy Cross 6:00 p.m. ESPN+
Quarter Finals Saturday March 6th.
1 Navy Vs. Winner of 8. Holy Cross/9. Loyola Maryland 12:00 p.m. ESPN+
2. Colgate Vs. Winner of 7. Boston University/10. Lehigh 1:00 p.m. ESPN+
6. Bucknell Vs. 3. Lafayette 2:00 p.m. ESPN+
5. American Vs. 4. Army West Point 3:00 p.m. ESPN+
For a team that started their season on January 2nd and start in a conference schedule many would believe that the team in those shoes would struggle. But not the Raiders as after splitting their first season against Army they won 11 games straight in route to the second seed of the Patriot League Tournament. Jordan Burns a senior guard from San Antonio, Tx has been a force for Colgate this year as he is averaging 17 points four rebounds and five assists in the Patriot only schedule for the Raiders. Nine out of the teams 13 games have a victory margin of 10 points or more which sets them up nicely going into the tournament. According to TeamRankings Colgate is given the best odds to win the conference title as they have a 65 percent chance to win it all. They are looking to capture their second title in three years.
The Midshipmen as their record shows have been an elite team in the Patriot league this year just like Colgate they only have one loss in conference play and that came against now four seed in the tournament Army which was an 87-78 Overtime loss in January. Other then that hiccup they had a few games postponed in the month of February and closed out the season on a five game win streak heading into the tournament. For Navy they were led by Cam Davis who averaged 17 points for the Midshipmen this year at the guard position. He also leads the team in assists (2.7) and steals (1.5) and will be a key part in the teams success in the tournament.
The only reason why Army wasn't listed as one of the favorites in the conference tournament is because of their rocky finish to the regular season as they dropped four of their last six games. Lonnie Grayson led the Black Knights with 13 points per game along with two steals per game. Watch out of Army in this tournament as they have knocked off some of the top teams in the conference including the top two seeds and like I always say anything can happen in the playoffs.