NYC Buckets (née Big Apple Buckets) is a college basketball website that focuses on insightful, tempo-free analysis from conferences around the Northeast. During the 2015-16 season our writers attended nearly 200 games as credentialed members of the media. NYC Buckets is the definitive destination on the internet for news about the Northeast Conference (NEC) and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC), America East and Ivy 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 NYC 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 NYC 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

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 NYC 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

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

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

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3 thoughts on “About

    1. John Templon Post author

      Unfortunately we don’t have the staff or resources to cover DII programs, even though there are a lot of really solid ones in the area. (And some NCAA tournament level DIII teams too!)

  1. Tim McLynn

    Hey guys, awesome site. Just moved to the area and I’m trying to catch a bunch of games around here. It’d be awesome if you guys could do like a games of the week or good upcoming games post so I can pick the best games to see.

    Love the site. Looking forward to interacting more.


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