Outlook: An overhauled roster (not necessarily by design) makes Robert Morris the biggest unknown of the NEC, although the safe bet is to call 2017-18 a rebuilding year with the goal of infiltrating the league’s middle tier should things break right. Continue reading “34 Teams in 34 Days: Robert Morris”
I revealed the entirety of my conference realignment project during the past four days. Thank you everyone for your comments and thoughts on the analysis. Continue reading “Conference Realignment: Winners and Losers”
These are the worst six conferences according to average KenPom rating based on my new realignment of college basketball. Continue reading “Realignment Conferences 32 Through 27”
Another day, another NEC up-transfer confirmed. Sophomore forward Isaiah Still is transferring from Robert Morris to Iona. He’ll sit this season and then have two more with the Gaels. Continue reading “Isaiah Still Transfers To Iona”
Last week, the NEC lost three very promising young players in sophomore guard Nisre Zouzoua (Bryant), sophomore center Josh Nebo (Saint Francis U.), and freshman forward Braden Burke (Robert Morris). Yesterday, we learned sophomore guard/forward Isaiah Still is leaving the Colonials as well.
Continue reading “The NEC Becoming The G-League of Mid-Majors”
In our NEC tournament preview, I noted that the conference had the second highest rate of close games in the regular season – 30% of them ended within 4 points or were decided in overtime. We enjoyed more of the same in the NEC quarterfinals, as the league office couldn’t have asked for better drama, both on television and on NEC Front Row when Sacred Heart made a run at history. Continue reading “Thoughts From the Crazy NEC Tourney Quarterfinals”
In what many believed was a rebuilding year for the Northeast Conference as a whole, the season played out along those lines. Graduations, transfers and unexpected defections led to a youth movement throughout the conference – a movement that was necessary for the league to move up the conference RPI charts in the near future. Continue reading “The 2017 NEC Tournament Preview”
It went by way too fast, but here we are a few days away form the start of the NEC tournament. In the meantime, John and I diligently poured through the statistics and went through our recollections to determine the best NEC players of the 2016-17 season. Continue reading “NEC Awards and All-Conference Teams for the 2016-17 Season”
Barring the biggest upset in the history of American sports, the season will come to end in some fashion or another for all NEC teams in the next month or so. For most, it will be a defeat at some stage of the upcoming NEC Tournament. However, for Central Connecticut (and St. Francis Brooklyn) it’s all over next week, a fact made official after the Blue Devils lost to Robert Morris 74-64 Saturday afternoon at Detrick Gym.
Donyell Marshall hoped for better this season, but he knew he had one of the hardest rebuilding projects in the nation on his hands, and now that the season is winding down and his team is officially eliminated, he can finally speak with some candor about his plight and what he learned as he looks a little toward the future.
Continue reading “Robert Morris 74, CCSU 64: Colonials Complete NEC Tourney Field”