Northeastern’s Offense Enhanced, But Not Invincible

The top reason Northeastern is tied for the Colonial lead at 5-1 is a resurgent offense. In conference play last season, the Huskies ranked seventh of nine teams in offensive efficiency en route to a 7-9 record. With mostly the same personnel, the Huskies have scored 1.09 points per possession to date, second-best in the CAA behind co-leader William & Mary (and ahead of Hofstra). But as Detroit proved in an 81-69 overtime victory Monday, Northeastern’s offense can be defeated by teams that protect the paint. Continue reading “Northeastern’s Offense Enhanced, But Not Invincible”

The Game Has Changed: Mid-Majors and Online Streaming

On one screen LIU Brooklyn is surviving a Telvon Falzon jumper to edge out Sacred Heart. Another has Central Connecticut keeping its playoff hopes alive with a double-overtime victory over Saint Francis (PA). A third shows Robert Morris defeating Bryant to seal its Northeast Conference regular season title. No, this isn’t an NEC fan’s dream sports bar. It’s a typical Thursday night in February on NEC Front Row. Continue reading “The Game Has Changed: Mid-Majors and Online Streaming”

Butler officially joining the A-10

Well, one part of the realignment madness will come to its inevitable and logical conclusion on Wednesday when Butler, as Andy Katz is reporting, officially decides to join the Atlantic 10. Of course the conference already has 14 members and that’s where it will stay (at least thus far) as Butler is coming in for the 2013-14 season as a replacement for Temple, which is departing for the Big East.

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Thoughts about three key CAA issues

The CAA sure knows how to stay in the news. The conference is starting a new television deal, changing up its membership, strengthening its rules and staying on the front of minds of college basketball fans all over the country. Part of that has been the conference’s decision and some of it is beyond their control, but let’s look at a few key issues the league is currently dealing with.

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Player similarities: Horizon League trio

Two Horizon League players are considered legitimate draft candidates this season – Cleveland State’s Norris Cole and Butler’s Shelvin Mack. Both are probably looking at second round selections. As my next step in the similarity score world I’m going to take a look at their closest comparables. Also, just for fun I threw in Mack’s former teammate Matt Howard. Their comparables are all after the jump. (By the way, one thing I’ve learned, Charles Jenkins is one unique player. The scores are much lower for these three players.)

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