FAIRFIELD, Conn. – If Sacred Heart comes back to make a run at the NEC title, you can probably pinpoint the moment where things started to come together.
Thursday night in front of a packed Pitt Center with 3:30 left and the Pioneers trailing league-leading Mount St. Mary’s by two, a double-teamed Cane Broome found senior Tevin Falzon wide open at the top of the key.
Continue reading “Sacred Heart 76, The Mount 71: Pioneers Finally Break Out Of Slump”
Unpredictable. Wide open. Difficult to handicap. This was how most people described the race to the NEC championship back in October and tonight condensed the standings even further. After all of the carnage, the top nine teams are just separated by 2 games. Continue reading “NEC Recap January 21”
With half of the season in the books, now is the perfect time to announce out my NEC midseason all-conference teams. Figuring out the NEC top 15 wasn’t an easy task, especially given the youth the league possesses, yet I’m confident this group of young men have been worthy of these honors. Continue reading “NEC Midseason All-Conference Teams”
FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Greg Herenda swears the only numbers he notices on the scoreboard is the time. But even he had to be amazed to look up and see his Fairleigh Dickinson team – picked ninth by the coaches in the preseason NEC poll – leading 47-19 with two minutes left in the first half Thursday night at the Pitt Center.
“I don’t really look at the scoreboard, I look at the clock and the clock never ticks quick enough, even when you have a big lead,” Herenda said. “We have in on the board, ‘Every second of every possession for 40 minutes if not more’. We practice hard every day. Most programs keep score of everything and do competitive drills with scores in practice, but we don’t. We just play hard, and if we play hard and well, we’ll do well.”
Continue reading “FDU 80, Sacred Heart 68: Break Up The Streaking Knights”
League play is now coming fast and furious, so let’s dive right into the NEC action from Monday evening! Continue reading “NEC Recap January 4: Game Number Two”
It’s the most wonderful time of the year – NEC conference hoops time! Fans across the league will be treated to four conference showdowns in the next eight days for each program, so playing well to begin 2016 will be critical in helping to shape the final standings come March. Continue reading “NEC Recap January 2: The Season Openers”
Despite a 1-10 record in non-conference play, Sacred Heart is optimistic heading into NEC play. Continue reading “Sacred Heart Optimistic Heading Into Conference Play”
Sometimes the end justifies the means. Hofstra didn’t have the easy time anticipated when they hosted 1-9 Sacred Heart Monday evening, but in the end the Pride managed the 80-73 victory. Continue reading “Hofstra 80, Sacred Heart 73: The Pride Survive”
On Saturday, Sacred Heart played its ONLY non-conference home game of the 2015-16 season versus the struggling Lafayette Leopards. The defending Patriot League champions had lost six of seven, with two of those defeats coming at the hands of the NEC. Continue reading “Three Thoughts on Why Sacred Heart Has Struggled”
WORCESTER, Mass. – The past, of course, is an extremely poor place to live, but if you’re a mid-major fan, particularly the Ivy League, you couldn’t help but root for Bill Carmody at Northwestern. For 12 seasons, he tried mixtures of magic potions and illusions that seemed to rival the Copperfields and Blaines of the world, trying to get the Wildcats to their first ever NCAA Tournament (one of five with St. Francis Brooklyn, Army, The Citadel, and William & Mary who have been a Division I institution since the beginning in 1939 and never gone to the NCAAs).
While it was tough sledding, Carmody always had an upset or three in him, and from 2010-2012, looked to have gotten over the hump. In each of those three seasons, Northwestern ranked in the top 30 nationally in offensive efficiency, with a deliberate style that almost never turned the ball over, and seemed to miss shots even less (as he did at Princeton while going 92-25 in Ivy games from 1996-2000). He won 20 games in 2009-10 and 2010-11, but just fell short of the NCAA bubble. The Wildcats started 10-1 in 2011-12, but finished 8-10 in the Big Ten, the last two losses coming in overtime to ranked Michigan and by a pair to Ohio State, who eventually ended up in the Final Four. The verdict, once again, was NIT.
Soon after that (two seasons later), Carmody’s sleeves were out of tricks and he was fired.
Continue reading “Holy Cross 69, Sacred Heart 60 : Welcome Back, Bill Carmody”