NYC Power Poll: Is there really “power” here?

I think the right decision was made last week when the power poll was narrowed down to 12 teams. To be honest, at this point it’s tough to find 12 teams in the area that are worth ranking. That’s evident in this week’s power poll as 15 teams received votes, but the Top 12 is a pretty set group of teams. There’s an equivalent of a second place vote separating team No. 12 from team No. 13.

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NIT Bracket: February doesn’t mean clarity

Welcome to February. We’re in the thick of conference play, so that means that the NCAA tournament bracket is becoming more clear, right? Wrong. Unbalanced schedules are a death knell to a bracket prognosticator right now. Teams of equal quality can play completely different schedules and ::poof:: no one knows what’s up anymore. Take for instance Northwestern, the reason I started tracking this darn stuff in the first place. Two respectable bubble watch guys, Eamonn Brennan over at ESPN and Andy Glockner at SI don’t even have the Wildcats in their respective watches. Jerry Palm, another respected bracketologist has Northwestern in the NCAA tournament in his latest bracket.

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MSG Holiday Festival Live Blog!

I’m going to be live-blogging the MSG Holiday Festival that includes two of the blog’s teams (Stony Brook and Fordham) for Rush the Court starting at noon from Madison Square Garden. The Seawolves are a slight underdog against Rutgers (Ken Pomeroy’s numbers say this is a SBU home game, which it definitely isn’t). Fordham should be a big underdog against the Red Storm – around 13 points according to Vegas and Pomeroy. It’s a little surprising that the absence of Nurideen Lindsey hasn’t pushed that line down more. It should be an entertaining double-header. Feel free to chime in on the live-blog once it gets started around 11:45 a.m.

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NYC Power Poll – Early December Edition

Hey look, it’s another power poll! Some results really shook up the city over the past two weeks and it resulted in some seismic changes in the poll. Not at the top though, where, after staving off Denver, the Iona Gaels remain No. 1. The big riser this week is Columbia. That’s what happens when you start by losing four in a row and then win six in a row including three on the West Coast. The big fall in this poll is suffered by Rider. Tommy Dempsey has some trouble on his hands in Lawrenceville, but hopefully the addition of freshman Junior Fortunat can help the Broncs play a smidgen of defense. The full poll is after the jump.

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Midnight Madness around NYC

Tonight it all begins. Midnight Madness is here! Here’s a list of scheduled events around New York City.

In addition: Columbia is holding a Meet the Coaches event on Oct. 26 and Iona is holding its own version of Midnight Madness, Maroon Madness, on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.

If you’re curious about what other BCS programs are doing events check out CBS College Sports’ list. Check out the Mid-Majority’s Twitter feed for a bunch of ridiculously named events that the Other 24 schools are holding. Hilltopper Hysteria is a pretty awesome name for a season opening event!