Three Thoughts: Rider 68, Saint Peter’s 55

(photo courtesy: Rider Athletics)

Saint Peter’s coach John Dunne had tried yelling, stomping his feet, making nearly wholesale substitutions, calling time outs, giving people the silent treatment, and who knows what else I couldn’t see from the other end of the court in Saturday afternoon’s MAAC clash with Rider.

With seven minutes remaining, Rider’s Teddy Okereafor drove the lane, lost the ball, then it caromed off two different sets of legs and bounded toward teammate Jimmy Taylor in the left corner. Taylor decided to pick it up and drill a three-pointer. Why not? Everything else was going the Broncs’ way.

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Saint Peter’s Stifles Quinnipiac, Keeps Bobcats Winless

The stakes were as high as a college basketball game on the second day of January could be. Saint Peter’s visited Quinnipiac Friday afternoon, and each team was aware the winner would be left in an 0-3 hole to start MAAC play. Continue reading “Saint Peter’s Stifles Quinnipiac, Keeps Bobcats Winless”

Three Thoughts: Seton Hall 67, Saint Peter’s 52

Saint Peter’s put up a fight against Seton Hall, but late in the first half, the Pirates started to pull ahead. The Hall went on for the 67-52 victory. The Peacocks won their first game against Seton Hall in a long time last season, but a win was not in the cards in this showdown. The Peacocks are now 4-7, and are tied for ninth place in the MAAC. Continue reading “Three Thoughts: Seton Hall 67, Saint Peter’s 52”

Hartford, Saint Peter’s Struggle with Expectations Early

With great expectations comes great pressure. Or something like that.

It’s hard to call the expectations Saint Peter’s and Hartford “great” this season, but maybe “greater” might do the trick. And while Hartford escaped with a 51-50 victory at the Chase Family Center Sunday afternoon, neither team left the opening weekend brimming with confidence. Continue reading “Hartford, Saint Peter’s Struggle with Expectations Early”

Forecasting the MAAC Tournament

Today marks the start of the MAAC tournament, and we at Big Apple Buckets thought it would be worthwhile to take a closer look at each team in their quest to represent the MAAC in the NCAA Tournament.  Each team makes the trip to Springfield with a different set of pros and cons, and dealing with different sets of highs and lows that go beyond simple numbers. Continue reading “Forecasting the MAAC Tournament”

Big Apple Buckets Weekly Awards – Nov. 11

This season we’re introducing a new feature, Weekly Awards! Each Monday at noon we’ll be announcing our selections for the area’s Team, Player and Rookie of the Week. As has been discussed a bit in the Power Poll – “area” is a pretty loosely defined term. Still, we’ll try to highlight the best stories in and around New York City as much as possible. Continue reading “Big Apple Buckets Weekly Awards – Nov. 11”