NEC News of Day: Northeast Conference Men’s Hoops Teams Appear 7 Times on One School’s ‘Challenging’ Schedule

By now, any holes in non-conference basketball schedules are usually filled, and the anticipation of the first official practice (teams can begin practicing at 5:00 pm on Oct. 14) is building to a near fever pitch.

Patriot League member Lafayette recently put the finishing touches on its 2011-12 men’s basketball slate and here’s what Leopards’ head coach Fran O’Hanlon had to say in a Express-Times story.

“This is as challenging a nonconference schedule as we’ve had in recent years.  It will be a good test for our team…”

In essence, O’Hanlon is complimenting the caliber of Northeast Conference basketball.  That “challenging nonconference schedule” he referred to contains seven games against NEC members.

Saint Francis (PA) will be the first NEC team Lafayette will face this season as the Flash welcome the ‘Pards to the Stokes Center on Nov. 14.

St. Francis (NY) will be the opponent for Lafayette’s home opener on Nov. 16.  Wagner (Nov. 19), which will look to knock off Lafayette for a second straight season under Danny Hurley, and Fairleigh Dickinson (Nov. 22) will also make early visits to Easton, PA.

Defending Northeast Conference champion Long Island, which defeated Lafayette in Brooklyn during the 2010-11 campaign, will visit the Leopards on Dec. 5.

Sacred Heart (Dec. 11) and Monmouth (Dec. 28) will also take on the Patriot League foe.

Due to the geographic proximity and likeness of their members, the NEC and Patriot League have clashed a lot in recent years.

Last season, NEC teams won 12 of 22 contests on the hardwood.

Continue to visit Overtime! for updates on NEC men’s basketball.  The conference media staff is currently working on the league’s basketball television schedule and is also in the process of finalizing plans for its annual men’s and women’s preseason media teleconferences.

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