In a season where the NEC actually improved its overall standing in Division I compared to a year ago, there were plenty of terrific individual performances. Continue reading “NEC Awards and All-Conference Teams for the 2017-18 Season”
Well, the 43rd annual Battle of Brooklyn game between St. Francis Brooklyn and LIU Brooklyn at the Steinberg Wellness Center Thursday night had it all.
In a game of huge importance for both teams, St. Francis Brooklyn in a three-way tie for second and LIU Brooklyn, still with hope of hosting a NEC tournament quarterfinal game on Wednesday night, each brought an intensity and a desire to win that has made this rivalry between the two Division I Brooklyn schools, one of the best in the NEC if not among one of the most underrated in the nation. Continue reading “St. Francis Brooklyn 76 LIU Brooklyn 81: Five Thoughts from the 43rd annual Battle of Brooklyn”
It happens practically every season now. As we head into February, I’ll pick up my Blue Ribbon magazine and go over my preseason picks. And then I’ll wince as one or two Northeast Conference teams end up under or overachieving my predictions by a significant margin. Continue reading “Wagner Using a Two-Way Approach to League Dominance”
When Darian Anderson’s colliegiate career ended due to foot surgery on Monday, it robbed the Northeast Conference of one’s of its best guards. Anderson was instrumental, check that essential, in guiding Fairleigh Dickinson to their first NCAA tournament berth in more than a decade. His uncanny ability to create offense for himself and his teammates, as well as make clutch shot after clutch shot, was a critical reason the 2015-16 Knights made it to Dayton. Continue reading “The Most Dynamic Playmakers of the NEC”
Yesterday, we handicapped Sacred Heart and Bryant’s chances of climbing out of the early holes they dug themselves. Today, Nelson Castillo and Ryan Peters investigate the other two 1-3 teams, LIU Brooklyn and Central Connecticut. Continue reading “Are LIU Brooklyn and Central Connecticut Still NEC Contenders?”
Nearly a quarter of the NEC season has been completed, so I’d like to go through the exercise of deciphering which 1-3 teams are in trouble and which could climb out of their early hole. With four programs off to difficult starts, I’d like to begin by assessing Sacred Heart and Bryant. Continue reading “Can Sacred Heart and Bryant Pull Themselves Out of the NEC Cellar?”
Some predictions regarding the Northeast Conference this season have occurred as expected: Saint Francis looks like a favorite, Junior Robinson and Keith Braxton are currently NEC POY frontrunners and LIU Brooklyn is playing fast. For the past seven weeks, however, a majority of events have not been as predictable. Continue reading “The Best NEC Players After Non-Conference Play”