After the top five in the final rankings, there were a few schools that hovered around the .500 mark for most of the season, only to come out on the short end so to speak. But that doesn’t mean that this season was a complete failure for teams such as LIU, Fairfield and Yale. The Blackbirds finished dead even at 15-15, their first non-losing record 1997-98.
Now we come to the bottom of the poll, where there wasn’t much in the way of positives to be found this season. NJIT (0-29) completed a historically bad season, the worst winless campaign in the history of Division I basketball. With head coach Jim Casciano stepping down at season’s end the Highlanders are also in need of a head coach. Whoever steps into that opening will have a lot of work to do in terms of talent along with the confidence level of the returning players.
Robert Morris Colonials
Northeast Conference (26-7, 16-2)
Big Wins: 12/2 at Fordham (72-66), 1/7 at Boston College (57-51), 2/23 Wagner (74-52)
Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers
Northeast Conference (18-14, 11-7)
Big Wins: 12/1 Loyola MD (70-58), 12/18 Winthrop (64-59), 3/9 vs Robert Morris (83-65)
We handpick the best performances of the day, whether it be stat lines that make you drool, or clutch performances. Either way, its our way of showing the love:
Fordham, Sacred Heart and Seton Hall on tap
Robert Morris the favorite to win automatic bid
By Raphielle Johnson
Team of the Week: St. Francis-NY
Results: W 67-64 @ Long Island, W 74-70 vs. Fairleigh Dickinson