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Challenges Independent for NJIT’s Jim Engles

Staring at a second straight season as Division I’s lone independent college basketball program, head coach Jim Engles has more pressing issues to face.

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America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen on NJIT, State of League

It’s hard to forget that just one of the 351 Division I men’s basketball schools this past season had no conference affiliation. It doesn’t appear that school, NJIT – which went 13-16 under Jim Engles last season, will find a new home in the America East Conference.

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Big Apple Buckets Weekly Awards: Jan. 20

It was a mixed week in the area as teams in and around New York City battled for position in their respective league standings. Three of the MAAC teams we cover are currently tied for first place in the conference. Wagner and St. Francis Brooklyn are lurking in the NEC and all of a sudden […]

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St. Francis Brooklyn 77, NJIT 65

St. Francis Brooklyn is now 8-5 overall after defeating NJIT at home on Monday. The Terriers once again used their suffocating defense to wring the life out an opponent and earn another victory.

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KenPom Movement – The Big East Spreads Out

Well, basketball season heated up and the weekly KenPom movement rankings fell by the wayside, that changes today as we’re back with a vengeance to update you on how teams have fared over the past month.

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NEC Recap – November 26

Six NEC teams were in action two evenings away from Thanksgiving. According to KenPom, all six were registered as underdogs, with Wagner having the most “realistic” shot of beating their opponent, St. Bonaventure. Despite the low odds, tonight served as an interesting barometer for several teams heading into the holiday break. Let’s check in to see […]

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Big Apple Buckets Weekly Awards – Nov. 25

The rise of the multi-team event sure makes this time of year much more fun for college basketball fans. Many of our local teams were playing in far-flung outposts for titles that really only matter to the schools that are competing for them. (One power conference school was hanging here at home and barely beating […]

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Big Apple Buckets Weekly Awards – Nov. 18

Only one team (if that) can finish the season perfect so teams are obviously going to take a few losses along the way, but they sure came in a variety of tortuous fashions this week. There were last-second buzzer-beaters, faltering at the end against far more talented competition, silly mistakes and even the occasional missed […]

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Realignment Roulette Spins Again

Do you know where your favorite team is going to be playing this season?  The rise of the new Big East plus a bunch of West Coast realignment once again has conferences resembling a Boggle board. We aren’t done yet; even though 49 teams will play in a new conference this season it isn’t enough. […]

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NJIT: Scheduling as the Lone Independent

Scheduling is hard for all head coaches, but imagine having to do it without the safety net of a conference schedule. That’s what NJIT head coach Jim Engles faced this offseason.

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