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
Nearly a month has been logged into the 2017-18 season and we’re starting to accumulate enough data to get a general feel as to where most NEC teams currently stand. With a lot of programs moving up in KenPom’s rankings (especially the perceived bottom tier), it most definitely will be a crap shoot come January. Let’s dive into some trends that are noteworthy within the league. Continue reading
In a matchup of two three-win teams thus far, Stony Brook traveled west on the dreaded Long Island Expressway Monday night to Downtown Brooklyn to visit the Steinberg Wellness Center for the first time ever to play LIU Brooklyn in unexpectedly just the second-ever meeting between the two area schools.
In what turned out to be a tight affair pretty much throughout, LIU Brooklyn came away with a 75-71 victory behind the combination of Joel Hernandez, Raiquan Clark and a rather surprising career-high performance from Julius van Sauers. The three players combined for 59 out of LIU’s 75 points. Continue reading
In the previous 72 hours, I embarked on a two games in three days journey following LIU Brooklyn men’s basketball as they returned back to the tri-state area after playing their previous four games in Jamaica (the Caribbean island, not Queens) and up in the New England area at UMass-Lowell and Brown where they went just 1-3 and entered the week with a bit of a disappointing 2-5 record. Continue reading
Yesterday, you saw something in college basketball you probably never seen before. In the Minnesota-Alabama game at the Barclays Center, Alabama played several minutes of the second half with just three players as their entire bench got ejected for coming on to the court during an altercation. The crazy thing was, they nearly pulled off the comebacks of all-time comebacks with just three guys!
The reason why I bring that up is that today marks the twentieth anniversary of Medgar Evers-Long Island (as they were known back then before they became better known as LIU Brooklyn) game. Another crazy game in the annals of college basketball. That was the game in which the Blackbirds won by 117 points. Yes, you read correctly, 1-1-7. Twenty years later, it is still an NCAA record for largest margin of victory.
I wrote this piece for my old blog, Blackbirds Hoops Journal, five years ago on the fifteenth anniversary of that game which I was in attendance for. In my opinion, it was probably one of the best pieces I wrote during my five-year run writing for the site. I wanted to bring it back to share it for this twentieth anniversary of that game and I hope one day this record actually gets broken by some team some day. I don’t think it will ever happen though. I think this is one LIU is going to own for a long, long time. I hope you enjoy this recollection of one of the more crazier game I ever attended and will never forget. Continue reading
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
Even though NYC Buckets often looks beyond the five boroughs, there is a lot of basketball being played right in New York City. Continue reading
For new LIU Brooklyn head coach Derek Kellogg, it is a fresh start with a new team in a new conference in a new state, a new city, a new borough. Continue reading
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
Outlook: A new era begins with Derek Kellogg now at the helm of the Blackbirds. Their strong backcourt returns but with question marks in the frontcourt and off the bench, do they have a realistic chance at making a run at the NEC title this season? Continue reading