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Villanova Basketball Opponent Capsule: Lehigh Mountain Hawks

Expect the Wildcats to pounce on the Mountain Hawks.

Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Last Season: The Lehigh Mountain Hawks are coming off a losing season, finishing 14-18 overall and 7-11 in Patriot League play.

Last Meeting: On November 27, 2005,  Villanova routed the visitors, 84-47,behind 26 points from Allan Ray on 8-16 shooting from three.  The victory was also Jay Wright's 200th career win.

All-Time Series: Villanova leads 9-3.

Head Coach: Brett Reed, since his first season in 2007-08, is the university's all-time winningest coach.  He has led his team to two NCAA Tournament appearances, including a thrilling upset of the Duke Blue Devils in 2012.

Top Returners: The team is propelled by sophomore big man Tim Kempton, who averaged 13 points per game and 7.1 rebounds per game on 51.5% shooting.  Fellow sophomore Austin Price also shined in his freshman season, averaging 8.4 points per game in 26.1 minutes per game.  They will also rely heavily on the veteran leadership and scoring of forward Jesse Chuku and guard Corey Schaefer.

Key Losses: The Mountain Hawks must find a new leaderafter losing point guard Mackey McKnight to graduation. McKnight led the team in scoring and assists.

Key Additions: One of the more intriguing additions for Lehigh is junior transfer Khalid McCaskill.  A product of Harlem, N.Y., McCaskill was a walk-on at UCLA from 2011-13 coming out of the competitive New England Prep School league with Phillips Academy Andover and Brewster Academy.

The Mountain Hawks may not be ready to take down the Wildcats this year, but look for them as an upcoming program in the Patriot League over the next few seasons.