NEC News of the Day: Will UAlbany or Duquesne Be Smiling on Selection Sunday plus MBB & WBB Article Links

One-Hundred and Twenty-Four teams, but only 20 will make the cut come Sunday.

Guaranteed to be amongst those 20 NCAA FCS playoffs teams for a second straight year is the Northeast Conference champion.

With one game to play, two teams remain in contention for the NEC’s automatic berth into the FCS championship bracket.  Either UAlbany or Duquesne will hear its name called as the NEC’s automatic qualifier when the NCAA unveils the 20-team championship field during the morning of Nov. 20 on ESPNU.


The half-hour long NCAA FCS Selection Show is set to air from 10:00 am to 10:30 am EST with ESPNU’s Dari Nowkhah serving as host while Craig Haubert and Tom Luginbill provide analysis.

UAlbany has the much easier route to the postseason, needing only to win its finale against Sacred Heart to clinch the automatic berth. Duquesne, however, does not control its own destiny and needs some sort of help to overtake UAlbany.

Robert Morris, which represented the NEC in the 2010 FCS playoffs, has been eliminated from the race, but still has a prime opportunity to affect it.  The Colonials can play “spoiler” when they take on the Dukes in the annual Steel City Showdown.

Duquesne needs to win its Week 12 matchup against Robert Morris and have UAlbany lose to Sacred Heart in order to claim the coveted postseason berth.  As always, however, there is one exception.

Should Duquesne lose to Robert Morris, there is still one way the Dukes can wind up representing the NEC in the 20-team playoff field.  Duquesne can clinch the bid if ALL of the following occur… UAlbany loses to Sacred Heart, Wagner defeats Monmouth, AND, Bryant beats Central Connecticut.

The 20-team NCAA FCS championship field will consist of 120 automatic qualifiers and 10 at-large selections.  In addition to the NEC, the following leagues receive automatic access to the bracket:  Big South, Big Sky, CAA, MEAC, MVFC, Ohio Valley, Patriot, Southern, Southland.

First Round play will take place on Saturday, November 26 with ESPN3 broadcasting all four matchups.

The National Championship Game is set for January 7, 2012 at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas and can been seen live on ESPN2.

Overtime! Tweet of the Day
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Other Top-Rated Tweets
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Articles of Interest
NEC-specific News
Despite loss, SFU youngsters will get their shotsAltoona Mirror (Cory Giger)

Wagner MBB Scores Shore Conference StandoutAsbury Park Press (Inside the Paint)

Robert Morris drives its way past St. Peter’s – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Quinnipiac beats Yale for 3rd straight timeNew Haven Register (Bill Cloutier)

MU men’s hoops bow to George Mason plus POLLAsbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

MU women’s hoops lose at Wake ForestAsbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

Flash fall to Lady PanthersAltoona Mirror


General News
Luther football player honored with courage (Brian Hendrickson)

Players file antitrust lawsuits against NBANew York Post

Duke’s Krzyzewski becomes NCAA Division I’s winningest coachNew York Post


Video Vault
Take a road trip with FDU WBB…

This Week’s Edition of the Ed Swanson Show…


– Nov. 16, 2011 –



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