NJIT Hanging Onto Postseason Dreams

Now, more than three months removed from the victory over then No. 17 Michigan that thrust NJIT into the national consciousness, head coach Jim Engles and the Highlanders are working towards a different goal. Continue reading “NJIT Hanging Onto Postseason Dreams”

NJIT Soldiers On; Might MEAC Be Savior?

When NJIT arrived at the WRAC in Brooklyn last Sunday, Jim Engles was greeted by an enthusiastic security guard who sauntered up to him and gave him a big handshake.

“I used to play here for LIU,” he said. “I remember what it was like to be the little guy. I played against Terry Dehere and those guys. That’s a great thing you did last week (against Michigan).”

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Three Thoughts: Holy Cross 76, NJIT 66

Out of context, it wasn’t a bad performance for NJIT in a 76-66 loss Friday night at Holy Cross. The Highlanders led for the entire first half and were within striking distance against a Crusader squad that was picked third in the Patriot League (and finished third last season), a conference that has had its share of NCAA success in the last decade, currently 19th in the KenPom ratings. That doesn’t sound like much, but, of course, NJIT is homeless, at least as far as conference affiliation is concerned, so good job, good effort. Really. Continue reading “Three Thoughts: Holy Cross 76, NJIT 66”

Big Apple Buckets Weekly Awards: Jan. 20

It was a mixed week in the area as teams in and around New York City battled for position in their respective league standings. Three of the MAAC teams we cover are currently tied for first place in the conference. Wagner and St. Francis Brooklyn are lurking in the NEC and all of a sudden Seton Hall appears to be revived. Here are our most deserving teams and players this week. Continue reading “Big Apple Buckets Weekly Awards: Jan. 20”

Big Apple Buckets Weekly Awards – Nov. 25

The rise of the multi-team event sure makes this time of year much more fun for college basketball fans. Many of our local teams were playing in far-flung outposts for titles that really only matter to the schools that are competing for them. (One power conference school was hanging here at home and barely beating Monmouth.) It was a productive week around New York City and thus we present our weekly area awards. Continue reading “Big Apple Buckets Weekly Awards – Nov. 25”

Big Apple Buckets Weekly Awards – Nov. 18

Only one team (if that) can finish the season perfect so teams are obviously going to take a few losses along the way, but they sure came in a variety of tortuous fashions this week. There were last-second buzzer-beaters, faltering at the end against far more talented competition, silly mistakes and even the occasional missed free throw or two. Continue reading “Big Apple Buckets Weekly Awards – Nov. 18”