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About Last Night: Nov. 14, 2016

Princeton lost its season opener at BYU and the American Conference struggled with some mid-major opponents on the opening Monday of the regular season. Continue reading

Election Provides Awkward But Teachable Moment For Coaches

If you’ve been in a deep, dark cave for the last few months without a television or Wi-Fi connection, why didn’t you invite us?

In all seriousness, Tuesday night marks one of the most important and polarizing Election Days in America’s recent history, and it is also the first Presidential election most college students can vote in, three days before most of the basketball players among them begin the 2016-17 season.

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FDU 87, Wagner 79: From Worst To First, Knights Win NEC

STATEN ISLAND – In the end, maybe Fairleigh Dickinson was just too young to realize they weren’t supposed to win the NEC.

Picked ninth in the preseason conference coaches’ poll, and playing exclusively with freshmen and sophomores (the fourth youngest team in the country according to KenPom), the Knights are headed to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2005, completing an amazing run by upsetting top-seeded Wagner 87-79 in front of a sellout crowd at the Spiro Center.

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Big Apple Buckets 2015-16 NEC Awards and All-Conference Teams

Before we embark on what promises to be a fascinating conference tournament this week, we here at Big Apple Buckets would like to present our NEC awards and all-conference teams. Continue reading

NEC Power Rankings, V2: Reshuffling the Deck

With the non-conference portion of the season nearly over, now is a great time to evaluate the NEC and see where each team stands. 10-12 games isn’t the best sample set to go on, but it’s far better than evaluating just a few games, like we did for Version 1. Continue reading

St. Francis Brooklyn Clear NEC Favorite, Finally Its Time?

“Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things.” – Andy Dufresne

Hope does spring eternal and all that, but many times rather than fully being allowed to blossom, we temper it, knowing that it may be a false alarm, a mirage, a ruse designed to play to our emotions before cruelly disappearing like a Snapchat photo (is supposed to at least).

With another rather convincing 83-66 win over Staten Island rival Wagner (its second in five days), St. Francis Brooklyn has cemented itself as the clear favorite in the NEC as we head down the homestretch. The Terriers have won 17 of 21 games, now have a two-game lead on the rest of the field (with an 11-2 NEC record), currently hold the tiebreaker on the nearest competitor Bryant, and have their next three games as heavy favorites at home.

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Three Thoughts: Central Conn. 53, Wagner 50 (Plus Story Behind Brandon Peel’s Winner)

It was inevitable that Howie Dickenman would bring up Tate George and Scott Burrell after Faronte Drakeford and Brandon Peel pulled off the play of the NEC season Saturday night with a play eerily reminiscent of UConn’s winner in the 1990 Sweet 16 against Clemson to lead CCSU to a 53-50 win over Wagner at Detrick Gym.

Heck, even the time on the clock was the same (1.0 seconds), although Drakeford left Peel with a little more work to do than George had, as Peel turned and hit only his second career three-pointer from a good 25 feet out after Drakeford fired the ball down the court. Dickenman, of course, was an assistant under Jim Calhoun on that UConn squad where he would stay until taking over at CCSU in 1996.

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