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Everything is in place for a strong run in the America East for the Stony Brook women: A strong non-conference record (8-5) and confidence. Stony Brook's start is its best since an 8-5 mark during the 2005-2006 season.
There are other things, like a more consistent offense and a team that can rebound well. But now the real season begins. The America East has always been a one-bid conference,...Read more »
Frustration is a fact of life for Stony Brook basketball coach Steve Pikiell. Twice in the past three seasons, he has been one win away from the NCAA tournament, and last season ended with a two-point loss at Seton Hall in a first-round NIT game.
File Friday night’s 60-59 loss to Seton Hall of the Big East under the same heading. It marked the third time this season, the Seawolves have challenged...Read more »
Tonight is a big night for several of the NYC Metro-area college basketball teams looking to validate their strong starts or just looking get back on track.
Stony Brook (8-3) @ Seton Hall (10-2) 7:00 p.m.: Stony Brook is beginning to really find its groove. With a solid frontcourt led by Jameel Warney, Tommy Brenton and Eric McAlister, the Seawolves have proven the can play with anyone, including...Read more »
Everybody loves a good big man.
Unfortunately, everybody doesn’t have a good big man.
College basketball is filled with great guards and wing players. Finding a good big man who can play both sides of the ball is a different story. That’s what separates the major conference programs from the mid majors.
Stony Brook (8-3) is one of the few mid-major programs that knows what it feels...Read more »
The record (3-7) is nothing to write home about, but you can’t deny Hofstra’s non-conference schedule was as brutal as they come for a mid-major.
In addition to playing Texas and then-No. 20 St. John’s, the Pride has faced Marist, Harvard, Princeton, Auburn, Mississippi and Northwestern. We can’t forget about St. Joseph’s or Stetson.
The combined record of those opponents: 67-40. Four...Read more »
The top five remained the same this week with Princeton and Rutgers at the top. There was some movement in the bottom five as River and Army swapped spots. Marist stayed at eight, while Fordham moved up one place to ninth. Sacred Heart is back in the poll after winning two straight. Fairfield dropped out of the poll.
1. Princeton (7-5) 2. Rutgers (8-3) 3. Quinnipiac (8-1) 4. St. John’s (5-5)...Read more »
Seton Hall moves into the top spot in this week’s Christmas Metro Poll. The Pirates, winners of five straight have been on fire this season. Unfortunately they haven’t gotten a lot of love from the national polls because of the perceived lack of punch in their schedule. But nonetheless they’re getting love from the On Campus Metro Poll.
Stony Brook held steady at No. 2, while Rutgers moved...Read more »
Remember Norman Richardson? Any sports fan that went to Hofstra in the last 15 years should.
Richardson will be part of a group of seven individuals and two teams that will be inducted into Hofstra’s 2013 Hall of Fame Class at the Hofstra University Club on April 13.
Richardson, a 6-6 guard, played for the Pride from 1997 to 2001 and was part of Hofstra’s last two NCAA Tournament teams...Read more »
Hofstra basketball coach Mo Cassara confirmed that Jamal Coombs-McDaniel is done for the season with a knee injury.
Coombs-McDaniel, a 6-foot-7 junior forward, sat out last season after transferring from the University of Connecticut. Coombs-McDaniel was part of UConn's NCAA championship team in 2010-11. He averaged 4.5 points and 2.0 rebounds in two seasons.
Coombs-McDaniel was expected...Read more »
Losing a player of Julian Boyd’s caliber would cripple many, if not most teams, in college basketball. Boyd was lost for the season after tearing his ACL in a 97-70 win against Rice on December 12.
But LIU has experience and depth on their side. The Blackbirds are the two-time defending NEC regular season and tournament champion and has a majority of its players from both of those squads back,...Read more »