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March “Sadness” – Bidding an Outstanding Senior Good Bye

by - Published March 6, 2011 in Conference Notes

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – This was one that hurt. Like salt on a fresh wound. Seventh-seeded Canisius dropped a quarterfinal heartbreaker to second seed Loyola on Friday in the MAAC women’s quarterfinal.

The pain was on the expression of Micayla Drysdale. The Canisius senior guard, as usual, did all she could. Drysdale canned two free throws with three seconds left to give her team a three-point lead. The joyous anticipation of a semifinal date was fleeting. Seconds later, Miriam McKenzie buried a game-tying trey for Loyola to force overtime. There were five minutes of overtime to play but the spirit was noticeably drained from Canisius. The extra session was dominated by Loyola, a 68-53 winner. … Continue Reading

CAA Tournament Quick Hitters – Quarterfinals

by - Published March 6, 2011 in Conference Notes

RICHMOND, Va. – Some quick hitters from Saturday’s quarterfinal games at the CAA Tournament:

  • A common theme thus far has revolved around the teams with byes into the quarterfinals starting slowly because they aren’t in the same rhythm as the teams who had to win on Friday to get to this point. It happened in every game on Saturday, and even the coaches felt it made a difference at first. Clearly, though, each team found their footing after a while as all four top seeds advanced to the semifinals.
  • A little related to that, all eight games thus far have either been tied or had a two-point margin at halftime. … Continue Reading

CAA Tournament Quick Hitters – First Round

by - Published March 5, 2011 in Conference Notes

RICHMOND, Va. – A few more quick hitters from the first round of the CAA Tournament:

  • Georgia State big man James Vincent didn’t have big numbers, but you couldn’t help but notice him. He scored six points on 3-3 shooting, but all came on nice post moves to get close shots. UNC Wilmington doesn’t have much size, but Vincent could have scored on a lot of post players with what he showed. It’s enough to make you wonder why he didn’t do it more often. … Continue Reading

Manley Formula Helps Highlight Great Game by Rutgers Women

by - Published March 5, 2011 in Conference Notes

LYNDHURST, N.J. — When it comes to measuring player performance, there are several methods and accompanying formulas. From the Tendex system, developed in the 1960s, to John Hollinger’s PER, the quest for an accurate player measurement has persisted through the decades.

One of the most widely used formulas is the Manley formula, named after its developer, Martin Manley. The author of “Basketball Heaven,” an NBA statistical analysis book published in the late 1980s, Manley devised a formula for player efficiency that is user-friendly and useful. … Continue Reading

The First Four Minutes: A look at URI-Fordham and WVU-Rutgers

by - Published February 28, 2011 in Conference Notes

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The first four minutes. Coaches constantly preach their importance and significance. Getting off to a good start is paramount. Getting out of the gate quickly, or poorly for that matter, is important but does not guarantee a victory, loss or what may transpire the duration of the contest.

At games covered I frequently chart the shots and possessions of both teams over the first four minutes of both halves. The “first four” can tell us a great deal. In this article we will look at two games from the past weekend and how their “first four” of the game played out. … Continue Reading

Seniors Carry Brown on Their Big Night

by - Published February 28, 2011 in Conference Notes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – On a night that was all about the seniors, the play on the court followed the pregame ceremony for Brown. It was Senior Night, and while it’s easy to look at Brown’s underclassmen and the promise and growth they have shown, the seniors were the focus for more reasons than the obvious in Brown’s 100-76 blowout of Dartmouth.


The seniors played an integral role in the win, starting with Adrian Williams. Hampered at times by a balky knee this season, he shot the lights out en route to 26 points, reminiscent of a game a couple of years ago in the same building when he was 9-11 from the field with seven three-pointers en route to scoring 29 points against Quinnipiac. He’s always had the ability to put up a game like this, and Saturday night was one of those nights. … Continue Reading

UNC Wilmington a Pleasant Surprise in Peterson’s First Year

by - Published February 27, 2011 in Conference Notes

BOSTON – Put Saturday’s 78-68 loss at Northeastern aside for a minute. UNC Wilmington has to go down as one of the pleasant surprises in the Colonial Athletic Association this season as the conference tournament beckons.

Little was expected of the Seahawks this season. From a personnel standpoint, they were already in rough shape before John Fields, one of their best players last season, transferred, and a coaching search that dragged on didn’t help as it didn’t give new head coach Buzz Peterson much time to recruit some newcomers for this season. They start two seniors, two sophomores and a freshman, and only five upperclassmen are on the roster. So it’s understandable that Peterson was preaching patience to the fan base before the season. … Continue Reading

For Harvard, History Repeats Itself at Brown

by - Published February 26, 2011 in Conference Notes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – History repeated itself on Friday night, and fortunately for Harvard, it was in a good way. Their 74-68 win at Brown looked a little like what happened less than two weeks earlier.

In the first half, Brown was unstoppable, much like less than two weeks earlier in Cambridge. The Bears got just about anything they want, especially the duo of Sean McGonagill and Tucker Halpern. They led by as many as 15 and had a double-digit lead for most of the half. As if it wasn’t enough, with about a minute left in the half, as Halpern was being guarded by former teammate Kyle Casey, he hoisted a three-pointer that was almost a set shot from the top of the key that dropped to put Brown up 41-30, which was the halftime score. … Continue Reading

Miami Follows Formula For a Key Road Win

by - Published February 24, 2011 in Conference Notes

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Miami followed a pretty simple formula for getting a good win, and one on the road, on Wednesday night. They got strong play inside, didn’t let Boston College get very close during a second-half rally, and played a good defensive game, resulting in a 73-64 win over the Eagles.

The Hurricanes have now won three straight on the road and five of seven overall. That came after losing six of eight to start 2011, including four straight by four points or less. The close games have at times been a problem for them, as they are 5-6 in games decided by five points or less, but Wednesday night was a step in the right direction even though the final margin was nine points. … Continue Reading

Maine Snaps Skid, Looks More Like Earlier in the Season

by - Published February 23, 2011 in Conference Notes

DURHAM, N.H. – At long last, Maine started to look like the team that many thought could win the America East conference. It took a trip to their nearest rival to do it, as the Black Bears took care of New Hampshire 70-53 to break a six-game losing streak, five of the games coming in conference play.

On Tuesday night, Maine looked a lot like the team they were thought to be early on, when they started off America East play with an 8-1 mark. They played like a conference favorite, showing a solid combination of size, talent, depth, experience and intangibles. Several teams in the conference have more than the Black Bears in one of those areas, but no team has the combination of them they have. … Continue Reading


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Despite a hit on the bottom line, Stony Brook’s transition continues

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Stony Brook was able to hang with Providence until the roof caved in several minutes into the second half. It’s part of a growing process this team in transition needs, and it continues despite dropping a few games along the way.

Amidst Maine’s rebuilding challenge, there is hope

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Maine has a long road ahead as they rebuild under new head coach Bob Walsh. Amidst the early struggles, the Black Bears have shown some reason for hope going forward.

Saturday Notes – December 6, 2014

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We look back at quite a day of basketball, highlighted by early upsets and then some good matchups, plus a few sneaky-good wins for some teams on a busy day.

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Recruiting Coverage

2014 Scholar Roundball Classic recap and notes

December 16, 2014 by


We look at some notes and evaluations from Sunday’s action at the Scholar Roundball Classic, where the blowouts included some noteworthy performances.

2014 Hoop Mountain Prep Classic – Sunday notes

December 9, 2014 by


We look back at Sunday’s action in the Hoop Mountain Prep Classic, which included an overtime thriller and a couple of lopsided contests, and some prospects who helped themselves out with their play.

Some notes from the National Prep Showcase

November 28, 2014 by


The busy weekend that just passed also included a few games at the National Prep Showcase. Here are a few notes from some of the action early on Friday and Saturday.

New England Prep Schools 2014-15: looking back and looking ahead

November 3, 2014 by


With a series of prep school open gym visits in the book and the season not far away, here’s a look back at open gyms and a look forward to the season in the New England prep school ranks.

Marianapolis Prep will battle in Class AA

October 20, 2014 by


Marianapolis Prep is far from loaded with talent, but they have enough perimeter talent to be dangerous. As is usually the case, they will battle and be a tough out in Class AA.

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