Predicted Order of Finish:
- Mount St. Mary’s (15-3)
- Robert Morris (14-4)
- Quinnipiac (13-5)
- Central Connecticut (12-6)
- LIU (10-7)
- FDU (9-9)
- Monmouth (8-10)
- Sacred Heart (7-11)
- St. Francis (NY) (6-12)
- Wagner (5-13)
- St. Francis (PA) (4-14)
- Jeremy Goode (G), 5’9 Sr., Mount St.Mary’s
- Jaytonah Wisseh (G), 6’1 Sr., LIU
- Rob Robinson (F), 6’8 Sr., Robert Morris
- Ken Horton (F), 6’6 Jr., Central Connecticut
- Justin Rutty (C/F), 6’7 Jr., Quinnipiac
6th Man of the Year. Julian Boyd (F), 6-1 So., LIU Newcomer of the Year. Mike Scott (G), 6-0 Jr., FDU
What you need to know.
- The Northeast Conference is composed of 12 members. Eleven compete for the championship as newest member Bryant will not be eligible for the NEC title or NCAA tournament appearances until 2013.
- The NEC is primarily a guard/small forward conference. Solid big men ruling the blocks are rare. Interestingly one who went on to a nice career hailed from the NEC. Rik Smits of Marist owned the low post in the mid-80s before heading to David Stern’s league.
- The NEC post season tournament is contested among the conference’s top eight finishers. Naturally, a good deal of scoreboard watching is in vogue past Valentine’s Day. In addition some non-qualifiers can still play the spoiler in their last regular season games so the conference schedule carries weight throughout the campaign.
- The ’Battle of Brooklyn’ is waged every year. LIU and St. Francis (NY) square off for bragging rights. The two schools are about a mile apart in distance.
- The dreaded ’Western swing’ has had an effect and separated contenders from pretenders. The Western swing is the trip to the two Western Pennsylvania schools, St.Francis (PA) and Robert Morris.