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”
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?”
With the non-conference season now in the books, now is as good a time as ever to break down where each Northeast Conference team stands. If you go by Ken Pomeroy, the current projected standings versus the ones back in October have fluctuated quite a bit. Continue reading “Reassessing the NEC After the Non-Conference Slate”
Nearly a month has been logged into the 2017-18 season and we’re starting to accumulate enough data to get a general feel as to where most NEC teams currently stand. With a lot of programs moving up in KenPom’s rankings (especially the perceived bottom tier), it most definitely will be a crap shoot come January. Let’s dive into some trends that are noteworthy within the league. Continue reading “NEC Weekly Update – Parity Reigns Supreme”
As difficult as it is to project the Northeast Conference (NEC) in the preseason, it’s nearly as difficult to break down a small sample of games within the first week of the season. How exactly do you decipher what is and isn’t meaningful? Continue reading “NEC Weekly Recap – Getting Through the Guarentee Games”
Good news: Sacred Heart was able to secure a home game for its opener Friday night.
Bad news: It was against Bill Carmody and Holy Cross, a veritable nightmare to prepare for in the first hurdle out of the gate, especially on the offensive end, where the Pioneers were sure to see a seemingly indefatigable variation of purple jerseys in front of them, changing with each possession.
This is one of my favorite exercises of the preseason – the time I offer my best guess as to which freshmen will excel in a league ripe with opportunity. Not only did I have the chance to chat with the coaches over the summer and at NEC Media Day, but we’ve also seen a fair share of scrimmages as well. Continue reading “Top NEC Impact Freshmen for the 2017-18 Season”
I’m officially six for six in attending the NEC Social Media Day at the Barclays Center. There’s a reason I’m always there in attendance – it’s a great event that’s well run by the league office and unique in that there’s exclusive access to all ten head coaches. There’s no other event that comes close to acquiring as much information in the league as this one.
Yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak candidly with nine of the leauge’s 10 coaches (sorry, Derek Kellogg) and get their reactions to how their respective preseasons have gone. While some coaches like to play it close to the vest, others will give you something if you ask the right questions. Continue reading “Notes/Observations from NEC Social Media Day”
Outlook: As the best frontcourt in the league, the pieces are there, but Sacred Heart needs good health and solid backcourt play to emerge as a legitimate NEC contender. Continue reading “34 Previews in 34 Days: Sacred Heart”
For the third consecutive season, NYC Buckets has been busily attempting to track down non-conference games of all the teams and leagues we cover. Continue reading “Non-Conference Schedule Tracker Release”