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The Barclays Center will take the college basketball world by storm in 2012-2013. The new arena is tentatively scheduled to host six events, including the Atlantic-10 Tournament, and over 20 games.
All of the major conferences as well as several local teams will be represented at the Barclays Center at some point during the season.
Kentucky, Maryland, Morehead State and Brooklyn’s own...Read more »
No Temple? No problem. Charlotte off to Conference USA? No sweat, because the Atlantic-10 will still emerge as one of college basketball’s top conferences.
Yes, the Atlantic-10 could be better than the Pac-12 and not far from the Big 12 and SEC. Getting to close to the Big East, Big Ten and ACC is a stretch, but no one can deny the Atlantic-10 has made all the right moves.
With the addition...Read more »
We know this conference realignment issue is not settled and likely won’t be for several years. The Big East, Big West, CAA, Conference USA and Mountain West are still in a bit of flux, while the Big Ten, Big 12 and ACC could still expand.
Right now we’ll just take a look at the local fallout from the latest edition of conference musical chairs.
Here’s one Hoops Scoops version of what...Read more »
It was a pretty big Tuesday for Hofstra.
The day started with the introduction of new athletic director Jeff Hathaway and ended with men's basketball coach Mo Cassara announcing the signing of 6-8 forward Darren Payen to a national letter of intent.
Payen chose Hofstra over Rhode Island, Northeastern, St. Bonaventure and Rice.
Payen, from Hamden Hall, Conn., is a long and athletic...Read more »
VCU’s move to the Atlantic 10 couldn’t have come at a worse time for the CAA.
With Towson and UNC-Wilmington facing a ban from next season’s NCAA Tournament because of low APR scores, and Georgia State bolting the conference, the CAA will have only nine NCAA-eligible teams.
Georgia State won’t be permitted to play in the CAA Tournament in 2013.
There is also the matter of Old Dominion,...Read more »
Hofstra is not UConn.
And Jeff Hathaway, newly hired director of athletics for Hofstra, understands that.
Big state schools with big athletic budgets tend afford athletic directors a little more leeway. The University of Connecticut certainly fit that bill. With a student body of nearly 30,000 and an entire state behind it, the Huskies have become a dominant name in college sports.
Even...Read more »
There will be no free rides in the Ivy League. A team still has to win the regular season championship to earn the conference’s automatic bid. So you won’t see a Cinderella squad come from out of nowhere stealing a bid.
The league announced Thursday that it has decided not to have post season tournaments to determine its men’s and women’s basketball championships.
The Ivy League is the...Read more »
With last season quickly fading into the rear-view mirror, St. John’s coach Steve Lavin is ready to hit the ground running for the 2012-2013 season.
Lavin announced the addition of six recruits for next season. Shooting guard Felix Balamou out of Our Savior New American by way of West Africa, Monroe College point guard Marco Bourgault, Texas A&M transfer Jamal Branch, Harvard transfer...Read more »
Big East Commissioner John Marinatto stepping down from the post shouldn’t a shock.
We’re not saying it was a forgone conclusion that Marinatto would quit, we’re saying it isn’t a shock when you consider how crazy things have been in the Big East has been the last couple of years.
West Virginia bolting the league, the impending defections of Syracuse and Pittsburgh and the reports of...Read more »
The America East men’s and women’s basketball tournament will have a new home, at least for next year.
The league announced Thursday that the combined 2013 tournament will be held at Albany’s SEFCU Arena, a 4,538-seat campus facility. The tournament was held in Hartford the last three years. Albany last hosted the tourney in 2009.
The league’s Athletic Directors voted for the change...Read more »