NEC Opening Week: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

With NEC conference play finally opening up this past week, we have plenty to discuss in this week’s version of The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Let’s jump right into it, beginning with perhaps one of the biggest surprises of the country. The Good Bulldog Bullying – Never in my wildest dreams did I […]

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Big Apple Buckets’ Mid-Major Podcast #2

In our second Mid-Major Podcast we have our first guest! After Ryan Peters and I talk about the NEC and America East, Ben Miraski from Mid-Major Madness joins the podcast to talk about the Missouri Valley, Horizon League and the new transfer rules.

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Monmouth Continues to Struggle on Offense, Loses to Mount St. Mary’s

In just two and a half minutes, seven turnovers were already committed. Given Mount St. Mary’s and Monmouth’s ability to force turnovers (each team is in the top ten nationally in that category), this early development wasn’t surprisingly in the least bit. Unfortunately for Monmouth, another thing that wasn’t surprising was the Hawks’ inability to […]

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NIT Bracketology: The Way Too Early Version

It’s once again time to for NIT Bracketology. I’ll note right from the outset here that it’s way too early to do this bracket. There are way too many unknowns. It might be better if I was trying to predict a bracket, like Team Rankings is doing this season, but this bracket is as if […]

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LIU Falls At Quinnipiac and Future Is Cloudy

I wasn’t in Connecticut on Saturday, but Ray Curren (a guy who sees more mid-major Northeast basketball than most) was there. Here’s his guest post about his thoughts from the LIU-Quinnipiac game. You should follow him on Twitter at @HickoryPFences.

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KenPom Movement: Conference Play Shakes Things Up

Conference play has begun and its shaking things up in the Pomeroy rankings. Being forced to play opponents of similar strength and skill sets is exposing frauds (hello Pittsburgh) and helping some other teams get back on their feet (Missouri State is so thankful for a fresh slate). Here’s all the movement in the rankings […]

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MAAC Recap: Wins On The Road

A night after Fairfield won at Canisius, a few other teams went on the road and took home important victories. Both Iona and Manhattan won in opponents’ gyms to stay right in the thick of the conference race.

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The Mid-Range Jump Shot Around NYC

The death of the mid-range jump shot is one of the most overwrought storylines in college hoops. Purists seem to think that it left us for good at some point and is never coming back. That’s not the case at all. It just turns out that it’s pretty inefficient to take one.

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Fairleigh Dickinson Makes a Statement Over Mount St. Mary’s

If you didn’t believe there was parity in the NEC prior to Thursday’s round of conference opening games, then you surely do now. Fairleigh Dickinson (FDU) is the prime example of that, as the Knights – who had a total of five NEC victories in the past two seasons – went into Emmitsburg, Maryland and […]

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Wagner Wins NEC Opener Over Monmouth

On a night when so many things reminded fans across the NEC that conference play had started and this isn’t last year’s league, two things were stunningly familiar. Wagner played defense and Wagner won at home.

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