Three Thoughts: LIU Brooklyn 71, Central Conn. 66

Among the many cliches used by basketball coaches is, “They’re going to beat somebody, we don’t want it to be us” when playing a struggling team. And as with all cliches, there is a modicum of truth in there.

For instance, as poorly as Central Connecticut has played and as undermanned as the Blue Devils are (without Kyle Vinales and Malcolm McMillan – who now appears to be lost for the season with a back injury), our buddies (or buddy) at KenPom put their odds of going winless in the NEC at a paltry 2.6% heading into Thursday’s game against LIU Brooklyn at Detrick Gym.

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Three Thoughts: FDU 75, LIU Brooklyn 69

We may never be sure this season about the talent Greg Herenda has at Fairleigh Dickinson, just two years into a majot rebuilding project, and having graduated the player who led the Knights back to the NEC Tournament last season in Sidney Sanders.

But just two games into the 2014-15 NEC campaign, we do know this: FDU is not going to lie down and accept its fate, and if you’re going to beat them, you better make sure the job is done.

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Three Thoughts: Hofstra 88, LIU Brooklyn 62

Having not seen Hofstra this season, but plenty of Niagara two years ago, it was the first chance for my eyes to adjust to Juan’ya Green and Ameen Tanksley in gold instead of purple. My memory of Green is as a pure scorer, but the numbers don’t exactly back that up. As a freshman on one of the youngest teams in the nation in 2011-12, Green scored 17.7 ppg, but he also averaged 4.5 apg and 1.9 spg.

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NEC Breakout Candidates for the 2013-14 Season

Every year, several NEC players come out of nowhere to produce for their teams, so we’re attempting to highlight those candidates. This list is all about seeing which players can increase their production at an above league average level, even if some of them underwhelmed the previous season. Continue reading “NEC Breakout Candidates for the 2013-14 Season”