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The Morning Dish – Sunday, November 5, 2017

by - Published November 5, 2017 in The Morning Dish

As we move another day closer to the start of the 2017-18 season, we continue our look at several conferences to lead the way.

Until someone knocks off Kansas, the Jayhawks are the pick to win the Big 12, as they have done a phenomenal 13 years in a row. That doesn’t mean it will come easy, though, as they should be pushed by West Virginia, Baylor, and, believe it or not, TCU – yes, Jamie Dixon has made a big difference that quickly. The strength doesn’t end there, but those are the likely top contenders to unseat them.

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2016-17 Northeast Conference Post-Mortem

by - Published August 17, 2017 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Northeast Conference has a problem on its hands, and it’s a problem without any apparent solution. Or at least, without any apparent enviable solution.

The conference has players who are having too much success.

Okay, it’s not that simple, really. But in a time where more players are not only transferring, period, but transferring up – from a conference like the Northeast to schools in a bigger conference like the Power 5 or even one like the Atlantic 10 – the Northeast Conference stands out above others. No conference is being bit by this portion of the transfer bug as badly as the NEC is.

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2015-16 Northeast Conference Post-Mortem

by - Published July 20, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Northeast Conference has long made its mark as a highly competitive conference whose best teams fit the little-engine-that-could mold. While all of that held up this season, there is something else to add right now: the conference has a lot of good talent that will be returning to make it better.

While Wagner won the conference by two games, a three-way tie followed, and in all seven teams were separated by three games after the Seahawks. While Bryant and Central Connecticut didn’t make the conference tournament and were further back, the Bulldogs won road games at conference champion Fairleigh Dickinson as well as Mount St. Mary’s and LIU Brooklyn, and the Blue Devils won at Robert Morris – always a tough place to win even in a down year for the Colonials – and beat Mount St. Mary’s in New Britain.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, April 7, 2016

by - Published April 7, 2016 in The Morning Dish

With the 2015-16 season now complete, attention turns to news about college basketball players making decisions on entering the NBA Draft-some going, some thinking of going, some staying.

In the past two days, Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere and Tyler Ulis, Connecticut’s Daniel Hamilton, Marquette’s Henry Ellenson, Gonzaga’s Domantas Sabonis, Vanderbilt’s Wade Baldwin and Boise State’s James Webb all declared that not only are they in the draft, but they are signing with agents and plan to stay. On the other hand, Duke’s Grayson Allen announced yesterday that he is staying for another year, while Oakland’s Kahlil Felder plans to test the draft process but hasn’t made an official decision on staying or going. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Monday, April 4, 2016

by - Published April 4, 2016 in The Morning Dish

Back in the fall, 351 teams lined up with hopes of playing on Monday night. Well over 5,000 games and many more practices later, the end is near. Two teams remain, and their play over the past three weekends makes them deserving participants.

North Carolina and Villanova are not surprises getting this far. The Tar Heels were the preseason No. 1 of a lot of people, while most had Villanova as a top 10 team. The Wildcats’ appearance might be a mild surprise, but that they have reached this point should shock no one, not even those who could only talk about how the Wildcats had not gotten past the first weekend for several years.

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The Morning Dish – Thursday, February 18, 2016

by - Published February 18, 2016 in The Morning Dish

February can be over any day now. After all that happened on a deliciously eventful Wednesday night, we’re sufficiently primed and ready for March, and the best month on the sports calendar can’t get here soon enough.

We still have 11 days (including a leap day) before the madness of March arrives, but Wednesday night gave us a taste of what’s in store. With variety galore, it reminded us of the buffet that is the first day of the NCAA Tournament (the Thursday one, not that Tuesday lead-in), all packed into a few evening hours. And it was so much more than one showcased game, though that one was plenty good, too.

Duke won. Or perhaps North Carolina lost. It will be debated for some time just what happened Wednesday night, but the Blue Devils’ 74-73 win will be remembered for some time-for Duke essentially going with an iron five lineup after Matt Jones went out early with an ankle injury, and for the Tar Heels inexplicably seeming to forget they had the most dominant player on the floor and not feeding the ball to Brice Johnson time and again late in a game where he still finished with a staggering 29 points and 19 rebounds.
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2013-14 Northeast Conference Post-Mortem

by - Published June 30, 2014 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Northeast Conference has had a good run in recent years, from one of its best seasons in 2011-12 to seeing a new member become a contender as they become eligible for the conference tournament. The conference always has some good basketball with its top teams, and this year was no exception. Part of that was once again evident in the conference tournament, as the regular season champion once again didn’t take home the title.

Robert Morris has been a mainstay for several years now. You could argue that the Colonials are the signature program in the conference, as they have won at least 12 conference games each of the past seven seasons. The past two seasons, they have won the regular season title by two games. Yet a conference championship remains elusive, as they captured two straight in 2009 and 2010 but have yet to do it again.

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Defense has been a struggle for Central Connecticut

by - Published February 22, 2013 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Every team has at least one team that is a bad matchup for one reason or another. For Central Connecticut, one of them would seem to be Bryant, a relentless offensive team that is tough enough to beat as it is and even tougher if they get some defensive stops. That was in evidence in the Blue Devils’ 88-67 loss to the Bulldogs on Thursday night, especially in the second half as Bryant broke open what was a close game for some of the first half and showed the growing pains this Central Connecticut team has had.

Central Connecticut has just one senior to go with four freshmen and a junior college transfer. Last season’s team had three seniors, all very experienced, along with a junior, so while last year’s team also had some youth they had more veterans to carry them. Head coach Howie Dickenmann is now starting three underclassmen and is bringing the one senior, Joe Efese, off the bench. How long he will stick with that lineup remains to be seen, but to a degree Tuesday night is an aberration because they struggled against a hot offensive team. The Bulldogs shot over 53 percent from the field on the evening.

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St. Peter’s edges Central Connecticut in down to the wire act

by - Published November 14, 2012 in Columns

JERSEY CITY, N.J. – The strain and stress was not a product of a warm gym on an unseasonably mild November night. Well, part of it could be attributed to climate. The real reason for the stress, which ultimately gave way  to relief, was in the outcome. St. Peter’s survived a tough contest to defeat Central Connecticut State 64-61 at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City. The Peacocks are now 2-0. Coach John Dunne is a combination thrilled and relieved. Welcome to coaching as the cliché tells us.

“After winning five games all of last season it’s great to get the first two,” Dunne said following the contest. The Peacocks got out to an early lead before losing it and being forced to play catch-up a good part of the game. Central Connecticut is still tiring to find their inside game. The Blue Devils enjoy a good perimeter attack and when the shots were falling the offense clicked and the lead built.

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Central Connecticut has potential, but growing pains ahead

by - Published November 12, 2012 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. – In giving Fairfield all it could handle and more on Saturday night, Central Connecticut showed that they will shine at times amidst some growing pains this season.  Both teams looked like they were trying to find themselves, which is often the case in the first game of the season, but for these teams that was the case even more so.  In the Blue Devils’ case, there is a good deal of change from last season.

Central Connecticut certainly doesn’t have a bare cupboard, as they return three starters from last season.  One of them is reigning Northeast Conference Rookie of the Year Kyle Vinales, who wasted no time making an impact as a freshman last season.  They also return a solid defender in point guard Malcolm McMillan and an unsung hero in senior Joe Efese, who head coach Howie Dickenman praised endlessly for his effort on Saturday and not just for what everyone could see.  But the two starters they lost were big – all-time leading scorer Ken Horton and Robby Ptacek, who is tenth in school history in that category.

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