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Let the real season begin

St. John's D'Angelo Harrison sets to shoot. (Dec.

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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...

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Rutgers and Marist top WBB poll

Marist guard Sydney Coffey, left, drives around Michigan

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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...

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Manhattan tops final Metro Hoops Poll of 2013

Bronx - November 21, 2012: Manhattan's George Beamon

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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...

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LI HS bball stars: Where are they now?

Northport graduate Luke Petrasek plays for Columbia against

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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...

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Brian Kelly sees bright Irish future

Yankees president Randy Levine, left, presents Notre Dame

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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...

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Gamecocks vs. Badgers highlight non-BCS Bowls

Jadeveon Clowney of the South Carolina Gamecocks prepares

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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...

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WBB Poll: Rutgers 1st, Stony Brook 7th

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...

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Notre Dame football aims to stay relevant

Notre Dame wide receiver Corey Robinson, left, makes

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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...

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Metro Hoops poll: Manhattan 1, Stony Brook 3rd

Stony Brook's Scott King (3) launches a three-pointer

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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...

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WBB Poll: Seton Hall still No.1, SJU 6th

EUGENIA MCPHERSON St. John's, North Babylon High School

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Seton Hall is still No. 1 in the women’s hoops poll this week, while a red-hot Rutgers team moved up one place to second. Fordham is off to a great start and us up one spot to third after winning two games last week. St. Francis is up three places to fourth despite being idle, while Marist made the biggest jump, vaulting four places to fifth.

St. John’s tumbled four places to sixth, Iona is...

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