Big Apple Buckets Metro Area Awards

College basketball in the New York City area is quite competitive. LIU Brooklyn and Iona both won their respective league tournaments and went to the NCAA tournament and St. John’s and Stony Brook both headed off the NIT. There are talented players playing in all five boroughs – I know because I saw them. The […]

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Season In Review: Columbia Lions

This was going to be the season that Columbia competed with the Ivy League heavyweights. The Lions were expected to finish no lower than third and compete with Harvard and Princeton for a space at the table. After a middling non-conference performance that included an amazing half against Bucknell and a win on the road […]

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The Greatest Non-Conference Victories in the History of the NEC

One of the first posts I ever wrote on Pioneer Pride centered around Wagner’s upset victory over Pittsburgh three days before Christmas last season. Immediately after watching Dan Hurley’s masterpiece, I took to the keyboard to pen one of my first posts on the Northeast Conference.

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Season In Review: Manhattan

Things went wrong before Manhattan even took the court on Nov. 11 against Louisville. George Beamon was on crutches. While he would improve enough to play in four games during non-conference play, it was obvious something right. And after Dec. 2 loss to George Washington, Beamon was shut down for the season.

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Season In Review: Sacred Heart Pioneers

In what was expected to be the year Sacred Heart would compete for a NEC home playoff game, the Pioneers fell flat on their face. Injuries to Chris Evans and Evan Kelley in the preseason took away the team’s depth – not to mention two of their best players at creating off the dribble – […]

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Mo Cassara on His Time at Hofstra

In the past six months, Mo Cassara’s optimism for the future of the basketball program at Hofstra never wavered even while the obstacles confronting the program seemed insurmountable.

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Season In Review: Fordham Rams

Coming into the season we didn’t really know what Fordham was going to be like. The Rams had a bunch of newcomers and Tom Pecora is obviously still building the program on Rose Hill. Still, six months later, do we really know much more?

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The Mid-Major Podcast: Hofstra Head Coaching Situation

Ryan Restivo has another edition of the The Mid-Major Podcast by Big Apple Buckets and in this one he’s focusing on the Hofstra head coaching position. Jerry Beach from Defiantly Dutch joins Ryan to talk about Mo Cassara’s firing and where the Pride might go next. Cassara also joins the podcast to talk about how […]

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In Defense of Momo Jones

This is weird… Because earlier this season I said that I thought Juan’ya Green should be the MAAC Player of the Year. Then it went to Momo Jones of Iona. I’ve actually come around. I think if you really look at Jones the positives of his game at the collegiate level outweighed the negatives. He […]

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Season In Review: St. Francis Brooklyn

Coming into the season much was expected of the Terriers after a surprising run to the fourth seed in the conference that earned head coach Glenn Braica conference coach of the year honors in 2011-12. The offense improved, but the defense regressed heavily and the St. Francis Brooklyn was lucky to hang onto the eighth […]

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