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Manhattan ended 2013 as the top team in the Metro Hoops Poll and begins 2014 in the same position. The Jaspers have won eight straight games, including an 83-57 thrashing of Fairfield on Jan. 4. Princeton, which has won 10 of its last 11 games, vaults two places to second.
Stony Brook stayed at third, while Seton Hall jumped to fifth. St. John’s, after dropping two straight Big East games,...Read more »
The most important part of the college basketball season in this region begins in earnest today. With the exception of St. John’s, just about every team in the New York-Metro area will need to excel during its conference season in order to make a run to the NCAA Tournament. Here’s a breakdown.
Hofstra (4-8, 0-0 CAA): The return of Dion Nesmith (knee) couldn’t have come at a better time. Hofstra’s...Read more »
Winners of six straight games, including a 61-58 win over then-No. 16 Georgia, Rutgers remains No. 1 in the latest women’s metro hoops poll. Marist is up one place to second after winning six in a row.
Seton Hall drops one spot to third, while Fordham, which has won 10 straight, stayed at fourth. St. John’s has won three in a row and moves up one place to fifth, while St. Francis fell one...Read more »
The final Metro Hoops poll of 2013 is in and the top five teams remained the same.
St. Francis, winners of four straight, surged up four places to sixth, while Quinnipiac fell one place to seventh after a second straight loss to Oregon State.
Fordham held at eight after splitting two games last week and Columbia fell two places to ninth after a loss to St. John's.
Rider, which...Read more »
We watch and cover all of the best Long Island high school basketball players every year. Many of them move up to the next level. So what are some of those players up to now?
Columbia freshman Luke Petrasek said he couldn’t wait to set foot on center court at Barclays Center. The Northport graduate did so against St. John’s and represented himself well, getting 12 points, five rebounds and...Read more »
Notre Dame’s 29-16 victory over Rutgers in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl on Saturday afternoon at Yankee Stadium was significant in that it marked the end of the road for Brian Kelly’s first recruiting class since he took over as head coach for the 2010 season. It culminated a 9-4 season that he said was good but that fell short of the Irish goal of double-digit wins every season.
Sizing up a...Read more »
While many are waiting for the BCS Bowl games to begin, here's a preview of several non-BCS Bowl matchups that are worth a look.
New Era Pinstripe Bowl Notre Dame (8-4) vs. Rutgers (6-6) (Dec. 28, Noon, ESPN): Notre Dame playing in Yankee Stadium? The Fighting Irish will be the big draw. Rutgers should have no problems with that. Just playing Notre Dame in a major venue on national TV is enough...Read more »
There’s a new boss in town as Rutgers takes over the No. 1 spot after knocking off No. 16 Georgia for its fifth straight win. Seton Hall falls one place to second, while Marist is up to third after beating Oklahoma for its sixth straight victory. Fordham has won eight straight, but still dropped one place to fourth.
St. Francis falls from fourth to fifth, while St. John’s maintains the sixth...Read more »
Notre Dame’s decision to join the ACC in all sports except football raised a lot of eye brows. The move forced the decision makers in South Bend to make some touch choices, including dropping Michigan from its schedule after 2014.
The move also prompted the Irish to stagger their rivalry with Michigan State a bit. Notre Dame won’t play Michigan State again until 2016. But that doesn’t mean...Read more »
Nothing changed among the top four in the Metro Hoops poll as Manhattan maintained its hold on the top spot after a stunning comeback win against Buffalo. St. John’s and Stony Brook each won two in a row and stayed at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, while Princeton split last week, but stayed at fourth.
Seton Hall is up two spots to fifth, while Quinnipiac held at No. 6. Columbia is jumped two...Read more »