I think the top 2 of Skidmore and SLU, are probably correct. Not sure I would have Vassar bringing up the rear. I think they might finish higher than a couple of teams listed in front of them. I watched them play Friday night against New Paltz and they could have won that game with a little luck. They gave up an 11 point lead with 16 minutes left to play when New Paltz went on a 17-2 run. The Brewers were down 68-58 with 5:30 left and ended up losing 70-68 and had a chance to win it with a 3 pointer twice in the final 30 seconds. They could surprise a few teams.
The 3rd through 7th spots are fairly interchangeable and will really depend on how well the teams come together with all the young faces in the League this year. It will be easier to sort out after we can see some non-conference results. A number of games will be played against the SUNYAC conference which is always a good indicator of how well those teams that do play YAC schools will fare in Liberty League competition. Both St Lawrence and Clarkson will play multiple games against SUNYAC schools. Hobart, Skidmore, and Vassar, will also face off against YAC schools by December 12th. A total of at least 10 games will be played between the 2 conferences. At least 6 of those games will be played against the top teams in the YAC as well.
It was good to see Clarkson toughen up their schedule a bit with the arrival of a new coach. Conversely the former Clarkson coach, now at RPI is doing just the opposite by dropping some of the better schools in favor of some lightweights. Vassar is playing an upgraded non-conference schedule as well and Union is scheduling some decent teams this year with the likes of Williams, Wesleyan, and Rochester on their slate. Hobart, St. Lawrence and RIT continue to have a fairly strong non-conference schedule as usual. Skidmore with games against Middlebury, Plattsburgh State, Wooster, UW-Stout, Ramapo and TCNJ has probably the toughest schedule in the LL and I'm guessing, the strongest one that the Thoroughbreds have ever had. I'm looking forward to the Skidmore-Plattsburgh State game on Nov. 23rd which I plan on attending. It marks the 2nd straight year we've traveled to Skidmore and we have the promise of a return visit next year. I hope that happens.
It should be another interesting year in the Liberty League, SUNYAC and Empire 8 conferences. Hopefully we can get more than the 3 teams from last year into the Big Dance this coming year.