That was fun. The Northeast Conference quarterfinals were everything the league had hoped they would be: competitive, riveting, and in some cases, shocking. The Battle of Brooklyn didn’t live up to the hype, but the remaining slate of games had plenty of tense moments deep in their second halves. Even Central Connecticut was a Joe Hugley three-pointer away from cutting the Wagner advantage to four points with over a minute remaining. Continue reading “Thoughts on the Unpredictable NEC Tournament Quarterfinal”
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NEC Awards and All-Conference Teams for the 2017-18 Season
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”
Wagner Using a Two-Way Approach to League Dominance
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”
34 Team in 34 Days: Wagner
Outlook: A revamped frontcourt combined with an experienced backcourt, should be enough to keep the Seahawks in the hunt in the NEC. Continue reading “34 Team in 34 Days: Wagner”
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 “About Last Night: Nov. 14, 2016”
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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Wagner’s Michael Carey Finally Arrives
“Michael Carey is a grown man,” Wagner coach Bashir Mason tells me, peppering our conversation a few weeks ago with effusive praise for the junior forward. Continue reading “Wagner’s Michael Carey Finally Arrives”
Wagner 81, LIU Brooklyn 65: Third Time The Charm In NEC Semifinals
Wagner had been here before. The Seahawks were once again hosting the semifinals of the Northeast Conference tournament. In 2013 and 2014 the Seahawks did just that and lost. Continue reading “Wagner 81, LIU Brooklyn 65: Third Time The Charm In NEC Semifinals”
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 “Big Apple Buckets 2015-16 NEC Awards and All-Conference Teams”