Category Archives: Central Connecticut

The 2018 NEC Tournament Preview

It’s the most wonderful time of the year: NEC tournament time! With the field all set and the official awards and all-conference teams cast, allow John Templon, Nelson Castillo and I to preview the tournament and pull out some insightful nuggets that could help determine this year’s event. Continue reading

NEC Awards and All-Conference Teams for the 2017-18 Season

In a season where the NEC actually improved its overall standing in Division I compared to a year ago, there were plenty of terrific individual performances. Continue reading

The Most Dynamic Playmakers of the NEC

When Darian Anderson’s colliegiate career ended due to foot surgery on Monday, it robbed the Northeast Conference of one’s of its best guards. Anderson was instrumental, check that essential, in guiding Fairleigh Dickinson to their first NCAA tournament berth in more than a decade. His uncanny ability to create offense for himself and his teammates, as well as make clutch shot after clutch shot, was a critical reason the 2015-16 Knights made it to Dayton. Continue reading

The Best NEC Players After Non-Conference Play

Some predictions regarding the Northeast Conference this season have occurred as expected: Saint Francis looks like a favorite, Junior Robinson and Keith Braxton are currently NEC POY frontrunners and LIU Brooklyn is playing fast. For the past seven weeks, however, a majority of events have not been as predictable. Continue reading

Reassessing the NEC After the Non-Conference Slate

With the non-conference season now in the books, now is as good a time as ever to break down where each Northeast Conference team stands. If you go by Ken Pomeroy, the current projected standings versus the ones back in October have fluctuated quite a bit. Continue reading

NEC Weekly Recap – Getting Through the Guarentee Games

As difficult as it is to project the Northeast Conference (NEC) in the preseason, it’s nearly as difficult to break down a small sample of games within the first week of the season. How exactly do you decipher what is and isn’t meaningful? Continue reading

Notes/Observations from NEC Social Media Day

I’m officially six for six in attending the NEC Social Media Day at the Barclays Center. There’s a reason I’m always there in attendance – it’s a great event that’s well run by the league office and unique in that there’s exclusive access to all ten head coaches. There’s no other event that comes close to acquiring as much information in the league as this one.

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak candidly with nine of the leauge’s 10 coaches (sorry, Derek Kellogg) and get their reactions to how their respective preseasons have gone. While some coaches like to play it close to the vest, others will give you something if you ask the right questions. Continue reading

34 Teams in 34 Days: Central Connecticut

Central Connecticut

Outlook: What is perceived to be a strong recruiting class should bolster the athleticism, depth and versatility of the Blue Devils, making them a pesky opponent that has middle of the pack upside in a conference besieged by turnover. Continue reading