(This post originally appeared on Press Box.)
Here’s a look at the NEC on this Monday:
1. Central Connecticut State (4-1)
Central continues to roll, opening up their conference schedule with a 54-50 overtime win against Monmouth on Saturday.
2. Long Island University (4-1)
Long Island suffered their first loss of the season Saturday against Saint Peters by a 65-62 score. LIU only shot 29 percent in the second half.
3. Quinnipiac University (3-1)
Quinnipiac opens up a five-game home stand against Maine on Monday night after going into Thanksgiving break with a victory over Dartmouth. Lance Brown went from his couch to the court in a matter of hours after becoming academically eligible.
4. Robert Morris (2-2)
Robert Morris lost to No. 9 Pittsburgh in the back door rivalry last week and now enters this week with a game tonight in Cleveland against another team that’s made a NCAA tournament appearance before – Cleveland State.
5. Wagner (2-2)
Wagner fell to Hofstra last weekend and enters this week at .500 on the season. This week they have two more out of conference tests before conference play begins: Bucknell and St. Johns against new coach Steve Lavin.
6. Mount St. Mary’s (2-3)
Mount St. Mary’s beat Florida A&M last weekend in the Global Sports Main Event Tournament. Next up for them is a matchup at home against Navy.
7. St. Francis (PA) (2-4)
St. Francis has lost two straight, including a close one to Hartford and in blowout fashion to Youngstown State, shooting only 15 percent from three. This week: the conference play opener against St. Francis (NY).
8. St Francis (NY) (1-3)
NY is coming off a loss to Brown and now can prepare for the aforementioned matchup against St. Francis (PA), looking to get their conference season off to a strong start.
9. Monmouth (1-2)
Monmouth fell to Central in their NEC opener over the weekend and now goes out-of-conference for a road matchup against Davidson.
10. Sacred Heart (1-4)
Sacred Heart’s next game is on Thursday as they open conference play against Mount St. Mary’s, looking to find themselves in a season that is purely about building for the future.
11. Bryant (1-5)
The Bulldogs come off losses to Harvard and Lehigh, the latter by 20 points. They open up their NEC slate this Thursday against Farleigh Dickinson.
12. Farleigh Dickinson (0-3)
They have played the least games of any team so far in the conference and come off a ten point loss to NC State over the weekend. Their final out-of-conference tune-up before conference play begins comes against Longwood.
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