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Date Posted: 07:21:55 09/09/04 Thu
Author: Moose
Subject: NEC BBall schedule

Just to let you guys know, the NEC portion of the schedule should be out in about 2 weeks. This according to the NEC comissioner. I found this out yesterday.

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[> Bracket Buster? -- J.J., 09:44:43 09/09/04 Thu

I'm disappointed the NEC hasn't got a team in ESPN's bracket buster tourney this year. Two other northeast 1-bid conferences, the MAAC (Manhattan) and the AE (Vermont), are playing in this 64-team event. I think the CAA got 3 teams. Why was the NEC left out? I know we have had a team in the PNIT for 4 years in a row, but those games have been against major programs with little chance of the NEC winning. Monmouth or CCSU would have been ideal teams for the NEC to showcase in this national event, even if it werenít a televised game.

Also, on a side note checking out URI's website for football notes, I noticed their Menís basketball team is playing at Manhattan and Iona this year. That's a good A-10 team playing 2 away games in a MAAC gym. Shouldn't CCSU be able to get them at home even if it were a 2 for 1 deal?

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[> [> MAAC article/Teams playing -- J.J., 10:07:50 09/09/04 Thu

Here is a link to the MAAC press release:
<a rel=nofollow target=_blank href="http://www.maacsports.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=16&url_article_id=1901&url_subchannel_id=&change_well_id=2">http://www.maacsports.com/index.php?s=&url_channel_id=16&url_article_id=1901&url_subchannel_id=&change_well_id=2</a>

Check out these schools:
Arkansas-Little Rock (Sun Belt)
Cal Sate Northridge (Big West)
Pacific (Big West)
Oral Roberts (Mid-Con)

Where is the NEC (and CCSU) in this?

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[> Re: NEC BBall schedule -- inside, 09:54:20 09/09/04 Thu

two MAAc teams are in the Bracket Buster - Fairfield too.

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[> [> 3 MAAC schools!!!! -- J.J., 09:59:52 09/09/04 Thu

Sorry - Manhattan, Fairfiled (home @ Harbor Yard), and Niagara are playing. CCSU is easily on par with the FU and NU. Manhattan's NCAA run last year places them in a slightly higher category of respect, but come on. Once again this says to me that even a lateral move to the AE is better than being stuck with the NEC label.

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[> Re: NEC BBall schedule -- inside, 11:27:32 09/09/04 Thu

Vermont is the only AE team that is getting into that tournament, and they have had two unbelievable years back-to-back...something no team in the NEC has done. Remember CCSU is only 1 game over .500 in the last two years.

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[> [> Monmouth? -- J.J., 12:45:57 09/09/04 Thu

Fair enough - CCSU's last 2 years have been just OK. The team salavaged last season only by making the NEC finals. However, 4 conference final apperances in 6 seasons (and 2 NCAA bids) is probably something only a few mid-major teams could match over the same period. I know CCSU has only had 2 very exceptional seasons, but they have been solid for the past 6 years overall. I'm sure CCSU's resume matches up with some of the 64 teams in this years bracket buster. So where are our friends in Bristol?

Yes, Vermont is a great team (I would love to schedule them), but explain to me the 2 teams from the Big West and Mid-Con and how about Fairfield from the MAAC.

How about this: Monmouth is 11 games over .500 in the past 2 seasons. They finsihed 2nd and 1st respectively in the NEC the last 2 seasons made the NCAA tourney last year. Also, Wagner is just one year removed from back to back post season appearances (2002 NIT/2003 NCAA). So aren't they both worthy to represent the NEC?

What this says to me is that the NEC doesn't get any respect in the mid major category. Let's face it the NEC just isn't respected as much as we'd like, otherwise we would have gotten at least 1 out of 64 mid-major teams in the Bracket Buster tourney, right?

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[> Re: NEC BBall schedule -- inside, 12:50:41 09/09/04 Thu

true. can't argue with that.

Although Fairfield has won 19 games in each of the last two seasons and have a big name in Deng Gai on their roster. And Manhattan winning helps the whole conference, whereas the NEC record in the NCAA Tournament is not good at all.

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