Category Archives: NEC

Manhattan Survives Season-Opener In Overtime

The wait was worth it for Manhattan fans on Wednesday night at Draddy Gymnasium. The Jaspers survived their season-opener against St. Francis Brooklyn, 80-79, in overtime. Continue reading

Holy Cross 69, Sacred Heart 64: Three Thoughts

Good news: Sacred Heart was able to secure a home game for its opener Friday night.

Bad news: It was against Bill Carmody and Holy Cross, a veritable nightmare to prepare for in the first hurdle out of the gate, especially on the offensive end, where the Pioneers were sure to see a seemingly indefatigable variation of purple jerseys in front of them, changing with each possession.

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NYC Buckets NEC Fantasy Draft Results

Last night, prior to the start of the college basketball season today, we conducted our fifth annual NEC fantasy draft. The NEC league is a favorite of our NYC Buckets writers. Ryan Peters is the defending champion. It’s a head-to-head weekly league that this season scores players in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks, turnovers, three-pointers, and free throws. Continue reading

Ten (plus one) Burning Questions Heading Into 2017-18 NEC Season

On Friday, the new college basketball season begins. In the Northeast Conference, after an offseason filled with elite players up-transferring, preseason injuries to some key players, one coaching change, a coach getting suspended for an exhibition game for arguing with his assistant, it is finally to put all the noise aside and get to what really matters, the games!

I came up with ten (plus one) burning questions that most NEC fans including myself have been debating in our minds and across social media on the eve of the 2017-18 season and share my thoughts on the NEC as the tip-off to the new season gets set to begin. Continue reading

Top NEC Impact Freshmen for the 2017-18 Season

This is one of my favorite exercises of the preseason – the time I offer my best guess as to which freshmen will excel in a league ripe with opportunity. Not only did I have the chance to chat with the coaches over the summer and at NEC Media Day, but we’ve also seen a fair share of scrimmages as well. Continue reading

NEC and MAAC Preseason Mailbag

In both the MAAC and NEC, there are plenty of question marks going into the season given the amount of turnover each league has experienced this past offseason. With plenty of questions looming, Vincent Simone and I decided to tackle a few Twitter questions. Continue reading

Analyzing NEC Similarity Scores

For an NEC fan, a star’s potential breakout is the best thing to dream about during the offseason. Imagining a player turning into the next Julian Boyd or the next Shane Gibson can carry fans through an entire summer. But how realistic are those dreams? Continue reading