Posts Tagged Northeast Conference

Heart Broken: Mount St. Mary’s Captures NEC Championship

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The Northeast Conference tournament concluded Wednesday night with the fourth-ranked Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers putting the finishing touches on back-to-back upsets of top seed Robert Morris in the semifinals and the third-seeded Sacred Heart Pioneers in the conference title game.

The Mount was victorious over Sacred Heart despite its leading scorer, Chris Vann, finding himself in foul trouble throughout most of the game. The Mountaineers advance to the NCAA tournament for the third time in the school’s history, and for the first time since 1999.

Sacred Heart lost its second consecutive Northeast Conference Championship game, having lost to Central Connecticut State in last year’s title match.

Mount St. Mary’s, meanwhile, goes dancing.

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March Madness: Northeast Conference Tournament Projection

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Well, this is one conference I’m certainly familiar with. Indeed, part eight (yep, still keeping count) of our 30-part series projecting the conference tournaments deals with the Northeast Conference. The very same Northeast Conference that I tried to project here and here, to the general indifference of most of the Internet.

Nevertheless, the more-reliable-than-not projections of the outcomes of Northeast Conference games serve as something of a precursor to this much larger project I’ve burdened myself with. Naturally, though, it had to come full circle, what with the NEC’s automatic bid and all (Well, almost automatic. And then we hung with Villanova!). Allow me to reaffirm this: these projections are generated from a large amount of data provided by each athletic conference that is being analyzed. It’s fairly complicated, or else I’d print it here. But suffice it to say, it considers elements from all aspects of a team’s play in an effort to project likely winners. The only human element involved in this was my playing with the formula in the first place until it produced an output that I felt accurately reflected the play of these teams. Since I’m most familiar with the Northeast Conference, I started there. So, while one may be able to argue that there’s a certain amount of human element involved in making these predictions, you can rest assured that there will be no greater an amount of that element in picking these games than there is in any of the other projections, my allegiance to Monmouth notwithstanding.

So, with that out of the way, let’s see who Robert Morris will rip through after defeating my beloved Hawks on Thursday.

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Road to March Madness: Northeast Conference Projections Revisited

There’s not a heck of a lot going on today in the world of sports — the most notable thing being that there may now be visual evidence that Roger Clemens was fibbing about attending a party at Casa de Canseco in 1998. So, in my mind, there will never be a better time to revisit my post from about a week and a half ago in which I projected the remainder of the Northeast Conference men’s basketball schedule, as well as the team likely to receive the conference’s automatic bid in the 2008 NCAA tournament. Read the rest of this entry »

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Road to March Madness: Northeast Conference

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As promised, the much-anticipated preview of the remainder of the Northeast Conference schedule and conference tournament appear after the jump.

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Hewlett-Packard, They Do Good Work

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Thanks to the good people in charge of repairs at Hewlett-Packard, I have my laptop back way ahead of schedule. And, as such, I can get back to blogging after a lapse of roughly two weeks (maybe it was three).

It might seem fashionable to return with a bang, perhaps making a big deal over the fact that the New York Giants shocked the world (and crushed the arbitrary statistical amalgam’s credibility) by upsetting the then-undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Since I’m a week late to this party (metaphorically, that is — I had officially hopped the bandwagon at about the moment Brandon Jacobs fired a fastball at the play clock in Dallas), I won’t go crazy about the Super Bowl. I will note, however, a trend that I had noted in the linked article that did, in fact, pan out:

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