National audiences will have an opportunity to see three NEC men’s basketball teams play early on in the 2011-12 campaign.
Nine of the 12 NEC men’s hoops members tip off the 2011-12 season on Friday, November 11 and two of them will play in games that will air live back-to-back on ESPN3.
Saint Francis (PA), which has made the NEC Tournament each of the past two years and is looking to take the next step as a program under Don Friday, lifts the lid off a new season against a pretty formidable opponent. The Red Flash will face 2011 NCAA Final Four participant Virginia Commonwealth at 7:15 pm on Friday. You can view the broadcast by clicking here.
That same evening, Mount St. Mary’s and second-year head coach Robert Burke, head to Milwaukee to take on Marquette. The Golden Eagles were tabbed to finish sixth by the Big East coaches in the 16-team power conference. The Mount and Marquette will tip at 9:00 pm and the broadcast can be viewed by clicking here.
Two days after opening its season against Princeton on Fios1 (available on Verizon Fios), Wagner will take the national stage against Big East preseason favorite UConn. Danny Hurley’s Seahawks, who were tabbed for a fourth-place NEC finish, will take on the Huskies on November 14 at 7:30 pm. The game will air on ESPN3.
In other news…
NCAA Signing Day is here. November 9 marks the start of the Fall signing period for men’s and women’s basketball as well as a host of other NCAA-sponsored sports. It is one this day when teams can begin inking recruits to National Letters of Intent.
In a bizarre twist, Saint Francis (PA) women’s basketball saw another starter suffered a season-ending injury. Only days after 2011 NEC Tournament MVP Brittany Lilley tour her ACL in a preseason scrimmage, the Red flash lost their starting center. Shene Fleming, who averaged 7.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest last year, suffered a similar injury to Lilley’s and will miss the entire 2011-12 campaign. Read about it here in the Altoona Mirror.
Not only does Mount St. Mary’s baseball player Vince Molesky have the Overtime! Tweet of the Day (see below), but he also has an “A” in the grade book. The right-hander hurler hit 92 on Wednesday, not on the radar gun but on an exam. The third-year Mountaineer was so proud of his accomplishment (and he should be!) that he shared the evidence in a TwitPic.
from @Vince32Molesky – Proof…
Other Top-rated Tweets
@LarryFitzgerald – The more you work for something, the easier success will follow. Motivation #FaithFocusFinish
@Samantha_Steele – My dad always told me that when someone’s decisions don’t make sense, just “follow the money” & ull understand why people do what they do.
Articles of Interest
SHU men seeded No. 1, to host NEC tournament – Connecticut Post
Weekend Sports: Blackbirds Win Championship – New York Times (Michael Randazzo)
Quinnipiac men’s hoops set to start season Friday – QU Chronicle
Sacred Heart to renovate softball field – Greenwich Time
Schmeelk: NBA Lockout – Calling A Bluff – WFAN.com (John Schmeelk)
Paterno to retire at end of season; issues statement – Altoona Mirror
Paul Posluszny reacts to the Jerry Sandusky nightmare – Yahoo! Sports (Shutdown Corner Blog)
Former assistant coaches get their shot – Yahoo! Sports (AP- Doug Feinberg)
Flanders joins Payton list; Schaetzke added to Buchanan list – Sports Network (Craig Haley)
Lavin attends first St. John’s practice – Yahoo! Sports (AP)
Mount Hoops Set to Tip off…
Preseason Interview with Wagner WBB C Kelly Clark…
– Nov. 9, 2011 –