Ah, the Patriot League. A seven-team conference of fun lacrosse. The go-to weekend programming for CBS Sports Network (and a very good choice by them, too). Academic and patriotic overtones. Oh, and a very intriguing conference tournament.
This weekend on the campus of Lehigh University, four combatants will come in and one will leave with the first bid to the NCAA Tournament gripped in their hands. With three teams ranked in the top 20 and a fourth serving as an NCAA Quarterfinalist last year, the Patriot League Tournament will be arguably one of the strongest conference postseasons around. More importantly, with the bubble being as large as it is, the winner of the tournament will propel themselves from the fray while the others may have to sweat things out come Selection Sunday. THE FACEOFF is here to give you some background to the tournament:
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As usual, invite Dave Ryan's voice into your home this weekend for the action on CBS Sports Network, with the games being played this Friday evening and Sunday afternoon.