About the Site:
Big Apple Buckets is a college basketball blog that focuses on insightful, tempo-free analysis from conferences around the Northeast part of the United States and beyond. The site is grounded in the numbers, but also wants to get news directly from coaches and games themselves. Last season the site’s writers attended more than 80 games as credentialed members of the media and spoke on multiple radio and Internet broadcasts. Big Apple Buckets is the premiere destination on the Internet for news about the Northeast (NEC) and Metro Atlantic conferences (MAAC), America, East, Ivy League but also branches out to cover the Big East and Atlantic 10 and any other important college basketball news.
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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. From there he went on to cover MAAC basketball at a local newspaper and then Northwestern, DePaul, Loyola (Ill.), UIC and Chicago State in Chicago. 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 in the basis of everything the site does.
Ryan Peters grew up near Hartford, Connecticut, rooting for the Mets, Giants, Hartford Whalers, and Connecticut Huskies. 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. Mid-major Division I basketball has always intrigued Ryan, because of the purity of the game and the intensity of the student-athletes playing it. 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.
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. Mid-major Division I basketball has always intrigued Ryan, because of the stakes that every athlete goes through for the chance to play on the biggest stages. It also helps that Ryan blew out his ACL so a playing career was never an option, which made the decision to write that much easier. His goal in covering the MAAC as well as the America East and Hofstra on Big Apple Buckets is to provide an insiders perspective, to get the most depth and detail on every story in the league.
Vincent Simone grew up on Long Island and is an avid fan of the Mets, Giants, Knicks, and Islanders. 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.
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