With #RivalryWeek in the rear-view and the regular season ticking away, all 12 Northeast Conference men’s hoops teams return to the hardwood Thursday night.
Each team has only four more games to improve its positioning for the postseason. Only eight teams will qualify for the 2012 NEC Tournament, the winner of which will receive an automatic bid to the Big Dance.
Central Connecticut (7-7), Sacred Heart (7-7), and Monmouth (7-7) would be the last three teams in if the postseason began today, but have yet to clinch. The two teams chasing the last few spots – Mount St. Mary’s and Saint Francis (PA) – have little margin for error as they hold 4-10 records.
LIU Brooklyn (13-1), Wagner (12-2), St. Francis (NY) (10-4), and Robert Morris (10-4) have all clinched but are looking to hold onto their Top 4 status. The first four finishers in the league standings will have the chance to host a NEC Tournament quarterfinal game. To that end, Quinnipiac (8-6), which could clinch a postseason berth with a win over first-place LIU on Feb. 18, hopes that it can move up one line from fifth to fourth.
Click here for NEC MBB Composite Schedule
Click here for NEC MBB Standings
Thursday Hoops ‘Tweet-view’
@BryantAthletics – Bulldogs prepping for tonight’s showdown against the Colonials! #GoBryant http://pic.twitter.com/CMhlTsvQ
@BryantAthletics – Bryant and Robert Morris have faced off four times before since 2009, and the Colonials own a perfect 4-0 record against the Bulldogs.
@MountAthletics – Game Night TONIGHT! A special message from @DaWhiteProfesi and @OliverB21 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0XmIuSOWHg #GOMOUNT!
@MilesMcQuiggan – Big game tonight between @QUAthletics and SFNY… Make Tracks! Game starts at 7. #MakeTracksIsSoFreshmanYear
@RMUCheer – Because today is the last THURSDAY men’s home game I think we should all Do a cafe dinner date followed by romos talk afterwards!!!
@SHUBigRed – Pioneers Visit NEC Leader LIU Brooklyn on Thursday http://fb.me/1er6Ajtux
@achiappazzi – Game Day:Game Day: Robert Morris begins its final homestand with a chance to grab win No. 20. http://ow.ly/96kN6 #RMU #NEC
@LIUAthletics – MBB: @LIUBasketball Goes for 23rd Straight Home Win Tonight Against @SHUBigRed. Tipoff at 7 at the WRAC. http://www.liuathletics.com/news/2012/2/15/MBB_0215121914.aspx
@WagnerAthletics – MBB: Great Article On @WagnerHoops & @dhurley15 By @nydailynews Sean Brennan http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/challenges-wagner-college-drew-dan-hurley-seahawks-northeast-conference-contenders-article-1.1023327
Overtime! Tweet(s) of the Day
@Ryantterry57 – Nothing better than game day early work, getting those 30 swings in to lock it in for bp and take that into the game! #HaveAplan #HitSmart
@WAD1980 – It’s time for the NBA to retire the Slam Dunk Contest.
Note: We very rarely go without breaking a tie, but, although completely different, both of these tweets were too good to choose one over the other.
NEC Hoops Fun Fact (as appeared on Twitter earlier today)
@LIUBasketball has not lost at home in 435 days. #22GamesAndCounting #NoPlaceLikeHome #PackTheWRAC #NECMBB
Articles of Interest
Hawks fighting for playoff life – Asbury Park Press (Tony Graham)
It’s a balancing act for Wagner College’s high-flying basketball team – Staten Island Advance (Cormac Gordon)
Central men would love to get a win tonight – New Britain Herald (Matt Straub)
Thibault lifts Hawks over Knights – Asbury Park Press (Tony Graham)
Details of West Virginia’s departure from Big East surface – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Jerry DiPaola)
NCAA TOURNAMENT: New model released for streaming games – New Haven Register (AP)
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– Feb. 16, 2012 –