34 Previews in 34 Days: Mount St. Mary’s

Mount St. Mary’s

Outlook: Once considered the next dynasty in the NEC, Mount St. Mary’s must pick up the pieces after three of five starters were poached by college basketball’s elite. With turnover rampant across the league, however, a young roster still has the veteran presence to reasonably defend their NEC title. Continue reading

34 Teams in 34 Days: Canisius

Canisius

Outlook: One of the league’s best offenses last season must take a step forward on the defensive end of the court in order to reach the next level. Continue reading

The Long Arc of Home-Court Advantage

In his debut column for The Fieldhouse this month, Ken Pomeroy wrote:

Teams are protecting their home court less and less these days. In conference games last season, home teams won 59.0 percent of the time. That continues a trend that has existed for at least the last 15 seasons. And I can only say ‘at least’ because I am unaware of a detailed study that goes back further. However, it’s highly likely that last season was the worst year for home teams in the history of the game.

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34 Teams in 34 Days: LIU Brooklyn

Outlook: A new era begins with Derek Kellogg now at the helm of the Blackbirds. Their strong backcourt returns but with question marks in the frontcourt and off the bench, do they have a realistic chance at making a run at the NEC title this season? Continue reading

34 Teams in 34 Days: Siena

Siena

Outlook: Fifth-year head coach Jimmy Patsos led his team to the MAAC title game last season, but must now navigate the Saints through the loss of four 1,000-point scorers. Continue reading

34 Teams in 34 Days: Hofstra

Hofstra

Outlook: After a down year which culminated in a first-round exit in the CAA tournament, Hofstra returns a powerful stable of talent in search of a return to the conference title game. Continue reading