Experience Important At Colgate

By Alexander Pyles - October 18, 2007

BALTIMORE -- Colgate head coach Emmett Davis started off by lauding the improvement of talent in the Patriot League in the last several years.

"There has been a metamorphosis in talent in this league," Davis said.

That metamorphosis has led to Patriot League earning the No. 17 spot in the RPI rankings, the league's highest ranking in its 20-year history.

In order to compete this season, Colgate will be depending on the leadership which is prevalent on its roster. Nine players on the team are upperclassman, including five seniors. No doubt Lehigh coach Brett Reed wouldn't mind if Davis sent him over some of that experience, which looks to be an advantage heading into the season.

According to Davis, the return of junior guard/forward Kyle Roemer makes all the difference for his team. Roemer missed all of 2006-07 with an ankle injury, but returns to a team that he was the co-Most Valuable Player for in 2005-06.

"To sit out all last year was really difficult for [Roemer]," Davis said.

Despite all the challenges facing the Raiders this year, Davis jokingly identified the new bench decorum rules as a potential stumbling block.

"Some coaches are going to need seat belts," Davis quipped.

Posted by Alexander Pyles at 12:44 PM on October 18, 2007

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