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No. 13 Stanford (8-2, 6-1 PAC-12) @ No. 2 Oregon (10-0, 7-0) 8:00 p.m. ABC
What this game means: It means everything for Oregon. A loss knocks the Ducks out of the national championship picture (assuming the other undefeated teams and Alabama wins). A loss could also knock Oregon out of the PAC-12 title race. But the Ducks, who lead the nation in scoring (54.8 ppg) just might be too much for...Read more »
It wasn’t more than six years ago when Rutgers found themselves in a position like this. The Scarlet Knights, currently 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big East, are in control of their own destiny. They’ll play at Cincinnati (7-2, 3-1) on Saturday at noon. What’s at stake? A shot at a BCS game. Rutgers had a chance in 2006, but fell to West Virginia, 41-39 in a three-overtime thriller.
That was...Read more »
Local women’s hoops team have already gotten a jump on next season as both Hofstra and St. John’s announced NLI signings in the early recruitment period. Athletes can sign NLIs from November 14 through November 21.
Hofstra coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey announced the signings of guards Krystal Luciano and Kelly Loftus. Both guards will join the Pride for the 2013-2014 season.
In addition...Read more »
Three players who played basketball at a Long Island high schools last year have made their way on to college Division I rosters. Here’s a look at what the three players have been up to.
Chris Obekpa: Obepka, a 6-9 athletic power forward, was an unknown commodity to most Long Island hoops fans because he played for Our Savior New American. OSNA doesn’t play against traditional high schools,...Read more »
Defense is truly the name of the game for Stony Brook. Sure, the offense doesn’t exactly resemble Loyola Marymount of the 1980s and early 1990s, but Seawolves coach Steve Pikiell preaches defense.
How well has Stony Brook fared playing Pikiell’s brand of basketball? Try this on for size. The Seawolves are 19-1 when holding opponents under 60 points dating back to the start of the 2011-2012...Read more »
If there was one cautionary note about St. John’s season-opening 77-74 win over Detroit Tuesday afternoon at Carnesecca Arena, it was that the rotation looked suspiciously like last season’s undermanned edition. Coach Steve Lavin used only seven players, one more than the six scholarship players who battled the numbers game during a 13-19 slog a year ago.
The returnees included leading scorer...Read more »
Stony Brook got exactly what it wanted over the weekend: two wins. The Seawolves won a tough game at Marist and followed that with a 93-57 win over Mount Ida at Pritchard Gymnasium. No need to talk about the win over Mt. Ida. The Seawolves bolted to a 41-3 lead in that one.
The win at Marist is what needs to be discussed. Stony Brook showed some real moxie down the stretch as Marist tied the...Read more »
It was a mixed bag for St. John’s this weekend, as the squad split its first two games of the season at the WBI Tip-Off Classic in Daytona Beach. The Red Storm fell to Texas on Saturday, but was without senior guard Shenneika Smith who sat out the game due to a NCAA suspension.
Smith returned to the lineup on Sunday with a lot of fire and led the Red Storm with 23 points and 12 rebounds in...Read more »
LYNCHBURG, Va. – Stony Brook’s five-turnover day in a 28-14 loss at Liberty last Saturday might derail the Seawolves’ hopes of playing for the Football Championship Subdivision national title. The only way they can receive the Big South Conference’s automatic bid is with a Liberty loss at weak VMI on Saturday.
If that longshot doesn’t come in, then either Liberty or Coastal Carolina will get the bid based on various conference tiebreakers. In that case, it will be up to the NCAA selection committee to determine whether Stony Brook (9-2, 5-1 Big South) belongs in the 20-team field. The Seawolves dropped to No. 12 in the Sports Network poll and No. 13 in the FCS Coaches poll when new rankings came out Monday.
But even though Stony Brook remains in the top 20, it might be difficult for the selection committee to include two schools from a seven-team conference that is relatively weak compared to the larger, traditional multi-bid conferences, such as the Colonial Athletic Association, Big Sky and Missouri Valley. The Seawolves are moving to the CAA next year in football only for that reason.
“Our body of work will speak for itself,” Stony Brook athletic director Jim Fiore said after the loss at Williams Field, where Liberty has won 18 straight Big South games dating back to 2006. “We’re very much deserving of a bid. We have the [11th-highest GPI] in FCS.”
Fiore was referring to the rating system that ranks the relative strength of FCS teams based on a variety of factors. Stony Brook is helped by the fact it played two strong games against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents, including a 23-3 win at Army and a 28-17 loss at Syracuse, where the Seawolves held a 17-14 halftime lead.
“We had one bad half at Syracuse, and we got outplayed [at Liberty],” Fiore said.
Actually, the Seawolves’ defense held Liberty to a season-low 259 yards of total offense and two touchdowns. The difference was an interception return and a fumble return that went for TDs.
Over the past 21 games extending back to last season, Stony Brook is 18-3. The only losses in the span came in the second round of last year’s FCS playoffs at then-No. 1 Sam Houston State, at FBS Syracuse and at Liberty.
One development that might affect Stony Brook's chance for an at-large bid was Lehigh's loss to Colgate. Lehigh previously was undefeated and ranked higher than Stony Brook, but it lost at home to a team Stony Brook defeated. That's the good news. The bad news is that it might create a situation where the Patriot League has a shot at an at-large bid, and Lehigh won at Liberty earlier this season.
Asked if Stony Brook belongs in the 20-team tournament, wide receiver Kevin Norrell said, “Without a doubt. Just look at our schedule. Maybe they’ll let us in.”
Liberty’s athletic director is on the selection committee, and Fiore expects him to advocate for Stony Brook. “Over 11 games, we’re certainly one of the top 20 teams in the country,” Fiore said. “I’m confident we’re deserving of the opportunity to play for the national championship.”
The BCS results are in, so its time to start the debate over who should be in the national title game, who shouldn’t and why.
The case for Oregon (10-0): If you just rate the Ducks off the eye test, they are the best team in the country. Oregon has the most explosive offense in country and hasn’t scored fewer than 42 points in any game this season. Now for the but of the conversation. Oregon’s...Read more »