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Army Not Offering Excuses For Injury-Fueled Slide

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Amongst the alleged crumbling of American society, there are two bastions of hope that refuse to allow excuses to infiltrate thought and slow down society: team sports and the military. Therefore it was not surprising that the first words out of Army coach Zach Spiker’s mouth after another frustrating evening that […]

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Boston U. Tops Loyola With Wild Comeback

Momentum is fickle in the Patriot League. When Boston University entered halftime of Monday’s game with an eight-point lead on Loyola (MD), it seemed to reinforce both teams’ trajectories. The Terriers were surging, having followed an 0-3 start to league play with two straight wins. The Greyhounds were slumping, dropping their last two after opening […]

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Navy Tops Boston U.; Patriot League Stays Unpredictable

Navy’s style doesn’t belong in the Patriot League. In a sea of teams that score lots of points and often give up just as many, the Midshipmen prefer wars of attrition. They entered Wednesday with the nation’s #77 defense per KenPom — 150 spots ahead of their next-best foe — and the second least-efficient offense. […]

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Fairfield 101, Bucknell 91: Tough Start For Nathan Davis And Bison

LEWISBURG, Pa. – It’s never easy for first-year head coaches, but that can be doubly true when trying to step in at a program that’s used to having success. Nathan Davis has plenty going for him at Bucknell, not the least of which is his tenure as an assistant coach on the most successful Bucknell […]

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Last Call Coming For Army’s Heralded Senior Class

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Zach Spiker had just 10 days after being hired to prepare for his first head coaching gig, but being a bit quixotic is part of how he got to be a head coach anyway just a couple of days after his 33rd birthday. Army hadn’t had a winning record since 1984-85, […]

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Three Thoughts on Why Sacred Heart Has Struggled

On Saturday, Sacred Heart played its ONLY non-conference home game of the 2015-16 season versus the struggling Lafayette Leopards. The defending Patriot League champions had lost six of seven, with two of those defeats coming at the hands of the NEC.

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Hartford head coach John Gallagher (photo courtesy: Steph Crandall)

Holy Cross 90, Hartford 68: Injuries Doom Hawks

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – Bill Carmody and turnovers don’t get along much. So much so that Carmody’s Northwestern teams – even against Big 10 competition – did a remarkable job of not giving the ball away without at least getting up a shot. How good? Here are the national turnover rate ranks for Northwestern from […]

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Harvard Outlasts Boston University’s Comeback

Though he is demonstrative on the sideline, Boston University coach Joe Jones is typically even-keeled after games, noting the good and bad from wins and losses alike. But after the Terriers’ comeback fell short in Tuesday’s 75-69 loss to Harvard, Jones was visibly frustrated, showing the wear of a tumultuous first month.

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Holy Cross 69, Sacred Heart 60 : Welcome Back, Bill Carmody

WORCESTER, Mass. – The past, of course, is an extremely poor place to live, but if you’re a mid-major fan, particularly the Ivy League, you couldn’t help but root for Bill Carmody at Northwestern. For 12 seasons, he tried mixtures of magic potions and illusions that seemed to rival the Copperfields and Blaines of the […]

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Boston University Defense Comes Alive, Edges Albany

A step forward on defense is the only thing standing between Boston University and a run at the Patriot League title. The Terriers were picked third in the preseason poll, thanks to their deep well of returning talent — but that talent ranked 317th nationally in defensive efficiency last year. In that light, it was […]

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