NEC News of the Day: Must-See Hoops Matchups Amidst Busy Weekend of NEC Sports plus Top Tweets, News Links & MORE

Between four important Week 12 matchups on the gridiron, all of which could affect which team acquires the NEC’s automatic bid to the NCAA FCS playoffs, and the NEC Volleyball Championships, it may be easy to lose sight of what’s happening on the hardwood this weekend.

Overtime! wants to make sure that doesn’t happen.  Sure, our staff will closely follow the final week of regular season football as well as the festivities at the two-day volleyball tournament in Downtown Brooklyn.  But besides the fact that it’s our job, we’d be foolish to not keep a close eye on NEC hoops this weekend considering the number of intriguing matchups on the docket.

Two Must-see MBB Matchups
Robert Morris at Penn – Nov. 19 at 7:00 pm

Saturday night’s showdown at the Philly Hoop Group Classic will be a homecoming of sorts for Robert Morris head coach Andy Toole and starting guard Velton Jones.  The latter will be playing in his home city, while the former will be coaching against his alma mater.  Toole, who began his playing career at Elon, played two seasons with Penn, guiding the Quakers to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2002 and 2003.  Over his four-year career at Elon and Penn, Toole averaged 12.3 points per contest, finishing with 1,341 points in 109 games.

Long Island vs. Radford – Nov. 19 at 8:00 pm


The defending NEC champion Blackbirds will head to the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic in search of their first win since the 2011 NEC Championship Game.  LIU will face Big South member Radford at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Saturday night before facing either Marist or Vermont on Sunday.

Two Must-See WBB Matchups
Robert Morris vs. Central Michigan – Nov. 18 at 7:00 pm

Robert Morris will look to make it three in a row.  After opening the season with back-to-back convincing home wins, the Colonials are back at “The Chuck” on Friday night to face Central Michigan.  RMU has already handled one Mid-American Conference member this season, having defeated Kent State, 78-44.

Quinnipiac vs. Fairfield – Nov. 20 at 1:00 pm

Tricia Fabbri’s Bobcats have reached the 70-point mark in each of the season’s first two games, but have yet to break into the win column.  Quinnipiac will look to bounce back when it welcomes intrastate rival Fairfield to Hamden on Sunday.


Overtime! Tweet of the Day
@PONY_59 – Without the wind the cold is so much easier to handle

Other Top-rated Tweets
@brianmoorman – My wife says I can’t turn the Christmas lights on until after Thanksgiving. Do I listen or do I flip the switch?

@Andre_Reed83 – Despite what everyone says including me,Tebow is a winner and his teammates believe in him…..

@JennBrownESPN – Good morning peeps and happy Friday! Make it a great one!!


Articles of Interest
NEC-specific News
MU men’s soccer wins in NCAAsAsbury Park Press (Steve Edelson)

As season comes to an end, Wagner football’s Dominique Williams racing to finish lineStaten Island Advance (Jim Waggoner)

Wagner basketball notebook: Murray keeps cool when action heats upStaten Island Advance (Cormac Gordon)

Hawks seek improvement with shootingAsbury Park Press (Tony Graham)

MU football vs. Wagner Game Day plus POLL and my predictionAsbury Park Press (Hawks Nest)

General News
Okla. St. women’s coaches die in Ark. plane crashYahoo! Sports (AP – Jeff Latzke)

Statement by President Emmert on Oklahoma State plane

FCS Week 12 PreviewSports Network (Sean Shapiro)

NCAA taking up Penn State scandalYahoo! Sports (AP)

Fine: Allegations are ‘patently false’Yahoo! Sports (AP – John Kekis)



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