Big East tempo-free metrics: week four

For the third time this season, St. John’s could not manage pull the upset against a highly-ranked opponent, losing to Creighton on a Doug McDermott last second three. True to form, St. John’s again competed for nearly 40 minutes before a stretch of questionable decision-making — why was Chris Obekpa sagging so far off McDermott? […]

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MAAC Coaches on Standouts in League Play

Throughout conference play, talking with players and coaches, I asked for some anonymous opinions on league play so far and received the following quotes. I have divided them up by topics that opposing coaches brought up the most.

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Ryan Oliver Helps Improving Siena Offense

Under two minutes left on Sunday, the Saints needed another crucial possession, not only to prove they can pull off their first road win of 2014, but also execute their flex offense.

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NEC Trade Value – The First Edition

Every once in a while we like to have fun here at Big Apple Buckets. It doesn’t always have to be “make fun of Jon Rothstein’s optimism until he blocks me on Twitter” kind of fun, but more like the “well this doesn’t make a ton of sense” kind of fun. This time, please allow me […]

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Big Apple Buckets Weekly Awards – Jan. 27

A number of New York City teams made positive moves forward during conference play this week. It’s great because it makes selecting these awards even more difficult. Also, with so many teams showing signs of life hopefully we’re in for some excellent basketball in the  NYC area during the next two months. Anyone who attended […]

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Fairfield’s Sydney Johnson on “The Derek Needham Effect”

While the Fairfield Stags have one of the youngest rosters in the MAAC, head coach Sydney Johnson can’t help but realize the regression from last season’s senior-laden group to this season’s group of young players. The third-year head coach said that on some level they haven’t been able to replace their face of the program […]

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Tempo-Free MAAC: The Halfway Point

After a busy weekend that saw two games go to overtime on Sunday we’re officially halfway through the 20-game MAAC regular season. A new team has climbed atop the tempo-free MAAC standings before a humongous slate to kick off the second half on Thursday and Friday.

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Tempo-Free NEC: The First Edition

Welcome to tempo-free NEC. We’re now six games into the conference schedule and a third of the way through it’s time to start taking stock of where the league stands. While most people will tell you the league is wide open right now, a few teams have definitely separated themselves in terms of efficiency margin […]

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Three Thoughts: Quinnipiac Sweeps Manhattan in OT

Quinnipiac defeated Manhattan 90-86 in overtime at Draddy Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon. We have a full recap and Vincent Simone has three thoughts from the game.

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Three Thoughts: Siena 64, Fairfield 56

This is the first time I’ve seen the Siena Saints live and in person under head coach Jimmy Patsos. While getting a look at the Saints, I also got another look at the Fairfield Stags during Siena’s 64-56 victory at Webster Bank Arena on Sunday. Instead of John’s five thoughts, I’m going with three lasting thoughts […]

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