Floors are freshly polished and brandished with their new conference logos (or spastic designs). Basketballs will soon be bouncing on them and pinpoint passes with thread the air. College basketball officially returns on Friday, and while we here at Big Apple Buckets have kept the party going all summer, we’re ecstatic to kick off our third full season of coverage of the New York City college basketball scene.
We’ve avoided the urge to do a third redesign in an many seasons. Instead we’ve revamped our coverage approach. Gone are the days that this site only covered what some deemed “mid-major” conferences. Instead we’ll be casting the new much wider during the 2013-14 season and beyond. During preview month(ish) you’ll see coverage of conferences like the NEC and MAAC from stalwarts Ryan Peters and Ryan Restivo respectively, but you’ll also find deep dives into the Big East and American Athletic Conference. That’s why Matt Giles has joined the team. He dipped his toe in the water this summer. If you play basketball around New York City we’re going to cover you. (Sorry ACC fans, Boston College, Pittsburgh and Syracuse don’t count. Plus, Patrick Stevens has you covered.)
Fans of our traditional coverage network please don’t fret. All the coverage you’ve come to expect (and potential more) will be here too. Sam Blum is back for another season and he’ll be helping out with the Atlantic 10 and Ivy League. Ryan P. is covering the Patriot League more this season too, which means he’ll be criss-crossing gyms from Maryland to Connecticut and all points in between. When the games start up in November John will still be criss-crossing gyms from Staten Island to Brooklyn Heights to Riverdale and all points in between. Those games and voices will most definitely still be heard. (We think Madison Square Garden is overrated anyways.)
It’s not just new conferences. A new season brings new promise, new opportunities and most importantly hope. It also brings new writers, new gadgets and new partnerships. We already introduced Giles. Also welcome Vincent Simone. Vincent will be helping out with our MAAC coverage, specifically around new member Quinnipiac. Vincent kicked things off with this look at how Quinnipiac’s move to the MAAC came about.
This summer John took the time to build the Tempo-Free Tip Sheet and if you check it out in the morning and evening every day you’ll probably find some new link that you think it’s particularly interesting. It’s pulling the best stuff from Twitter and giving it a new home.
We’re also improving our coverage in another way, by teaming up with the awesome group at City of Basketball Love. That site, led by Josh Verlin, is the place to go for everything Philadelphia hoops. We’ve already worked together on non-conference previews and the partnership should provide some rich rewards for Big East, Atlantic 10, Ivy League and Patriot League fans over the next few months.
It’s a new season. Welcome to Big Apple Buckets. Enjoy the words and love the game.
P.S. Interested in guest posting or writing regularly at Big Apple Buckets? You can contact us on the contact page. We’d love to hear from you.