Northeast Conference Campus Tour SPECIAL (#NECTipoff 2012 Edition) – A quick trip across the campuses of the NEC’s 12 member institutions

Enjoy this all-hoops edition of the NEC Campus Tour as we celebrate #NECTipoff 2012.

Bryant (Men) – The Bulldogs warmed up for the 2012-13 campaign by thumping Salve Regina in an exhibition of November 2.  Exactly one week later, Bryant will take a step up in class and open its regular season against the National No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers.  After their visit to Bloomington, the Bulldogs will return to the Ocean State where they will take on Big East foe Providence (Nov. 12). Read more.

Bryant (Women) – Mary Burke and her Bulldogs will open their first “official” season of NCAA Division I basketball at home in Smithfield.  Bryant will welcome Ivy League member Dartmouth to the Chace Center on Saturday, November 10.  The Bulldogs posted a 63-45 win over the Big Green last winter. Meredith Soper and Naana Ankoma-Mensa both produced double-doubles in that win, and both will be on the floor for Bryant on Saturday.  Read more.

Central Connecticut (Men) – Howie Dickenman’s Blue Devils will tip off the new season at the annual Connecticut 6 Classic.  Central Connecticut will take on Nutmeg State rival, and MAAC member, Fairfield on November 10.  CCSU will face a MAAC team for the second game in a row when it visits Saint Peter’s on November 12. Read more.

Central Connecticut (Women) – The last four years have accounted for the most successful span in the history of CCSU women’s hoops.  Set for her sixth season at the helm, Beryl Piper expects her Blue Devils to continue the program’s progress.  They’ll tip it off against an Atlantic-10 team whom they defeated one year ago.  CCSU will look to make it two in a row over Rhode Island when it visits URI’s Ryan Center on Friday, November 9 at 5:00 pm.  Read more


Fairleigh Dickinson (Men) – Head coach Greg Vetrone is challenging his team right from the start.  FDU will open the season at perennial A-10 power Xavier, which is coming off a Sweet 16 appearance last March.  The Knights will tip off at the Cintas Center on November 9.  Vetrone hopes his youth-infused lineup can help the Knights recover from a 3-26 record last season.  Freshmen Xavier Harris and Kyle Pearson will look to make an immediate impact against Xavier on Friday night. Read more.


Fairleigh Dickinson (Women) – A year after coming within four points of knocking off eventual Northeast Conference champion Sacred Heart in the opening round of the NEC Tournament, sixth-year Head Coach Pete Cinella has his young Knights’ squad ready for the 2012-13 season. FDU will tip off the new campaign against MAAC member Siena.  The Knights went 1-1 against MAAC teams last season, handling Saint Peter’s and dropping a one-point decision to Rider. Read more.


LIU Brooklyn (Men) – The two-time defending NEC champion Blackbirds will begin their quest for a three-peat at the Barclays Center Classic on Friday night, November 9.  LIU will play the first-ever college basketball game in the history of the brand-new arena when it faces Morehead State.  Read more.


LIU Brooklyn (Women) – Gail Striegler’s Blackbirds will take the short trip uptown to tip off the 2012-13 campaign at Ivy League member Columbia on November 9.  LIU Brooklyn, which won 21 games last season, defeated the Lions, 58-50, at home during the 2011-12 campaign.  Read more.


Monmouth (Men) – The Hawks have defeated Hofstra in four of five prior meetings.  On Friday, November 9, second-year head coach King Rice hopes his Hawks can treat the Opening Night MAC crowd to Win No. 5 over the Pride.  Monmouth will welcome the CAA member to the Jersey Shore, only days after the Hawks’ home court was serving as an evacuation shelter for victims of Hurricane Sandy.  Read more.

Monmouth (Women) – Jenny Palmateer’s Hawks will tip off their season-opening three-game road trip on Sunday, November 11 at UMBC.  Following their lid-lifter in Baltimore, the Hawks will head west to the state of Washington where they will take on Gonzaga and Washington State. Read more.

Mount St. Mary’s (Men) – The Mount will attempt to do what Wagner did last December – win at Pitt.  The Jamion Christian Era will tip off on Friday, November 9 at Big East member Pittsburgh in a game that will start at 6:00 pm and air live on  Read more.


Mount St. Mary’s (Women) – Bryan Whitten’s sixth season at the helm will open with a hard-hittin’ matchup.  Mount St. Mary’s will travel cross-state to face perennial national power Maryland on November 9.  After the opener, the Mountaineers will have a week off before visiting Rider on November 16. Read more.


Quinnipiac (Men) – Tom Moore’s sixth season at the helm will begin with a Connecticut 6 matchup at Hartford.  The Bobcats will take on the America East member Hawks on Saturday, November 10.  Two days later, they will return to Hamden for their home opener against American.  They will team up with the Salvation Army and conduct a clothing drive during that November 12 game. Read more.

Quinnipiac (Women) – The NEC preseason favorite will tip off its title hunt on November 11 at CAA member James Madison.  Tricia Fabbri’s Bobcats enter the 2012-13 campaign with high expectations, and the opener gives them a chance to add a key road win to their NCAA Tournament resume.  Read more.

Robert Morris (Men) – The Colonials have opened their past two season by defeating a MAAC member.  They’ll try to make it three in a row on November 9 when they visit Rider.  After topping Saint Peter’s in 2010 and Rider in 2011, Robert Morris will tip off the 2012-13 campaign in the Broncs’ Zoo.  Read more.

Robert Morris (Women) – The Most Valuable Player at this past summer’s European Championships will lead Robert Morris up against Niagara in its 2012-13 season opener.  Forward Artemis Spanou and the Colonials welcome the MAAC member to the Sewall Center on Friday night, November 9. Read more.

Sacred Heart (Men) – Sacred Heart and Ivy League member Yale will clash in the Connecticut 6 Classic on November 10.  The game will tip off at 5:30 pm and will air live on SNY (Sportsnet New York).  SHU senior guard Shane Gibson, a point-scoring machine, was named to the All-Connecticut 6 Team on Thursday.  Read more.


Sacred Heart (Women) – The defending NEC champions will tip off the 2012-13 campaign at Georgetown in the Preseason WNIT. Sacred Heart will travel to the nation’s capital for a November 9 matchup with the Big East member Hoyas.  Should the Pioneers prevail, Delaware will be waiting for them on November 11. Read more.


St. Francis (NY) (Men) – The Terriers tip off against a member of the rival Patriot League.  Glenn Braica’s squad will visit Lafayette on November 9.  Read more.

St. Francis (NY) (Women) – The Terriers open the John Thurston Era on November 12 with a bout at West Point.  St. Francis (NY) will take on Army in its lid-lifter before returning to Brooklyn for its home opener against Delaware State on November 16. Read more.

Saint Francis (PA) (Men) – The battle for central Pennsylvania bragging rights will unfold in State College on Friday, November 9.  There, Penn State and Saint Francis (PA) will open the 2012-13 hoops season.  The game will be the first for new Red Flash head coach Rob Krimmel.  Read more.

Saint Francis (PA) (Women) – Howard will be the first opponent for Joe Haigh.  The first-year head coach will lead the Red Flash up against the Bison, who went 24-9 last year, on Friday, November 9.  Haigh was Susan Robinson Fruchtl’s top lieutenant, and he took over the program when she departed for Providence.  Read more.

Wagner (Men) – Wagner will be the last of the 12 NEC programs to open the 2012-13 season.  Head coach Bashir Mason will have to wait until November 14 to coach his first game.  The Seahawks will open in Dover, DE against Delaware State. Read more.

Wagner (Women) – Army visit Staten Island on Friday, November 9 for what will be Lisa Cermignano’s head coaching debut.  Wagner will look to treat its first-year head coach to a season-opening win over a Patriot League member.  Read more.



– November 9, 2012 –

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