Big Apple Buckets is a college basketball website that focuses on insightful, tempo-free analysis from conferences around the Northeast. We are grounded in the numbers, but go to the games to see and experience the game first-hand. During the 2013-14 season our writers attended more than 100 games as credentialed members of the media and spoke on multiple radio and Internet broadcasts. Big Apple Buckets is the definitive destination on the Internet for news about the Northeast Conference (NEC) and Metro Atlantic Conferences (MAAC), America East, Ivy League and Patriot League.
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About the Authors:
John Templon grew up near Princeton, New Jersey where he first fell in love with college basketball while watching the Princeton Tigers in the 1990’s. He’s covered the NCAA tournament, numerous in-season tournament and regular season games, and basketball at every level of collegiate competition including Division I, II, III and NAIA. John is the Editor In Chief and Owner of Big Apple Buckets and his tempo-free analysis with a human side approach is the basis of everything on the site. Author Page Twitter
Ryan Peters grew up near Hartford, Connecticut. His passion for NEC basketball began when his alma mater, the Sacred Heart Pioneers, almost captured their first ever NEC postseason title and NCAA tournament bid during the 2006-2007 season. Since then, he has closely followed the Pioneers and their NEC opponents, which eventually led to the creation of the Pioneer Pride Blog in November of 2011. His goal in covering the NEC on Big Apple Buckets is to provide a fan’s passionate perspective while using a statistical approach to analyze and break down the game. He currently resides in Maryland, where he’s found in front of his laptop on most winter nights watching the grainy internet feeds of various NEC games. Author Page Twitter
Ryan Restivo grew up on Long Island. His passion for MAAC basketball began when his alma mater, the Marist Red Foxes, almost captured their first ever MAAC postseason title and NCAA tournament berth during the 2006-2007 season. Since graduating, he has closely followed the MAAC by collaborating with his brother on the creation of the Siena Saints Blog in March of 2008. Ryan’s goal in covering the MAAC as well as the America East and Hofstra on Big Apple Buckets is to provide an insider’s perspective, to get the most depth and detail on every story in the league. Author Page Twitter
Vincent Simone grew up on Long Island. His passion for college hoops started during his sophomore year at Quinnipiac when the Bobcats made a run to the NEC title game in March of 2010. Vincent joined the Big Apple Buckets team prior to the 2013 season to help document Quinnipiac’s move from the NEC to the MAAC, and he will continue to write about the Bobcats and the rest of the MAAC as well as Hofstra. In addition to being a fan of college hoops, Vincent also follows horse racing in New York throughout the year. He uses the same mentality to analyze a basketball game as he does a horse race, and is a believer in the view that statistics only tell half the story. Author Page Twitter
Matt Giles works at New York Magazine as a reporter and has written about college basketball for ESPN Insider, ESPN the Magazine, the New YorkTimes, NBC Sports, Deadspin, New York Magazine, BuzzFeed, and contributed to the College Basketball Prospectus 2012-13 edition. He covers the Big East and other conferences for Big Apple Buckets. Author Page Twitter
Kevin Whitaker became hooked on Ivy League basketball while at Princeton for the dramatic 2011 championship race. He writes with an analytical lens about the Ancient Eight and Boston-area teams. Kevin also makes graphics about baseball and was published at the 2013 MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference. Author Page Twitter
Kevin Doyle grew up in Greenwich, CT, and is able to specify the exact date he fell in love with college basketball: March 15, 2001. He watched his father’s alma mater, Holy Cross, nearly defeat second-seeded Kentucky in the First Round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament. From there, he fell in love with the Patriot League and mid-major hoops. A 2011 graduate of Holy Cross, he began writing for Rush the Court, and helped in developing the “Other 26″ portion of their website, which chronicles every team outside of the power conferences. After more than a two-year stint of writing for RTC, Kevin joined the team at NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk for the 2013-14 season. He currently resides in Manhattan where he pays the bills by working for IMG Productions, but gets his college hoops fix after-hours by taking advantage of any mid-major game he is able to find streaming online. Author Page Twitter
Ray Curren is from West Haven, CT, and grew up with mid-major basketball by watching Yale live and Loyola Marymount on the television. Alas, he sold out and went to Syracuse, where he covered the Orange in the 1996 run all the way to the final when they were stopped by Rick Pitino and Kentucky at the Meadowlands. He gave up on his (not-so) promising journalism career long ago to go into education, but he still works part-time covering high school (and some college) sports for the New Haven Register. For the last three years, he wrote for the now imploded Mid-Majority. He attended 282 live mid-major basketball games over the last two seasons, including such exotic locales as Pepperdine, Utah State, Northwestern State, Alcorn State, Green Bay, Florida Gulf Coast, and Brooklyn last season and saw a game in at least one home gym of 29 of the 32 Division I conferences (and a game at NJIT). Ray is also a big soccer fan, has written about the MLS and NWSL (as well as the women’s national team) for various publications, and is looking forward to the inaugural season of NYCFC next spring. He also attempts to coach the varsity girls soccer team where he works. Author Page Twitter
Matthew Schorr grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and fell in love with the Philadelphia college basketball teams in LaSalle, Villanova, Drexel, Temple, and Pennsylvania. He was the sports editor for the nationally recognized Eastside Newspaper at Cherry Hill East High School. He later went to Hofstra University where he studied finance and marketing while attending nearly every Hofstra home game and conference tournament game in his four years there. Matthew has a great passion for college basketball and even has his own fantasy college basketball league that he and 11 friends created from scratch. Matthew will give analysis of Hofstra basketball throughout the season using in-depth statistical data. He is also currently finishing his law degree at Rutgers University. Author Page Twitter
Kevin L. Smith grew up and is currently residing in Rochester, NY. A class of 2013 graduate from St. Bonaventure University with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, Kevin is passionate for college basketball, especially Bonaventure hoops and the Atlantic 10 conference. An aspiring sports journalist, he is also a freelance sports writer for messenger post media in western New York. Kevin mainly covers the MAAC and occasionally the A-10, University at Buffalo, and Cornell Men’s Basketball. He provides his opinion and analysis on college basketball the best way he can and gives a substantial perspective on a variety of topics. Author Page Twitter
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