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NEC Roundup – Positive Trends and Power Rankings 2.0

With nearly a month of the 2016-17 season in the books, some interesting trends – both positive and negative – have developed for some NEC programs. I’m here to look at the positive developments and make an educated determination if they’ll continue for the duration of the season or if this is nothing more than […]

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NEC Roundup: Early Thoughts and Power Rankings

Three to five college basketball games is hardly a relevant sample size, but there have been some interesting trends, story lines and awesome individual performances from the first week and a half of the 2016-17 season.

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LIU Brooklyn in an Awkward Spot Without Joel Hernandez

LIU Brooklyn was constructed as a win-now group for the 2016-17 season, even after Martin Hermannsson decided to take his talents to the European professional leagues in July.

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Top NEC Under the Radar Players for 2016-17 Season

Throughout the offseason, I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter regarding several unknown players within the NEC. Because there’s plenty of opportunity given the graduations and transfers, coaches are desperate to prop up their guys in the preseason to see if they’ll rise to the challenge. Sometimes they will, sometimes they won’t.

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Top NEC Impact Freshmen For the 2016-17 Season

It’s that time of the year again, when I make my best educated guess as to which freshmen newcomers will provide the most impact within the NEC.

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Can Sacred Heart Overcome Low RPMs?

The turnover in Division I basketball is rampant and that extends, unfortunately, to the Northeast Conference. Due to transfers, dismissals and (lesser so these days) graduations, roster continuity among NEC programs is no longer the norm and more of an exception.

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Malik Harmon’s Injury Leaves Hole in Saint Francis Backcourt

The Saint Francis Red Flash have had a very respectable run under Rob Krimmel. After stumbling to a 5-24 record in his inaugural season, even after star forward Scott Eatherton abruptly transferred in the offseason prior, Krimmel has quietly built the program into a solid NEC contender by compiling 27 conference victories during the past three seasons.

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Observations and Notes From NEC Media Day

For the fifth straight year, I traveled to the Barclay’s Center to cover NEC Social Media Day, an event I always enjoy covering. Besides getting to catch up with a majority of the league’s coaches and SIDs, this day also signals that college basketball is right around the corner!

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Breaking Down the KenPom Rankings of the NEC

The KenPom preseason rankings for the 2016-17 season have arrived! Leaves are turning colors, the air is getting chillier and practices have been underway for several weeks now. Before you know it, November 11 will be upon us!

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Can Freshman PG Ikenna Ndugba Elevate Bryant?

When the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook is released later this off-season (you can reserve a copy here!), many might be surprised that I picked Bryant to finish fourth in the Northeast Conference.

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