Countdown to tip-off:Preseason projections, rankings out

Robert Morris basketball opens their season Nov. 11 against Penn. Until that time, we’ll post about some things that interest us.

Last time out: Assessing the NEC transfer list

Today: What do the projections say?

BY CHRIS CAPPELLA

We are 12 days away from the games counting for real.

TWELVE DAYS.

While CTC will present our four part mega-preview next week, we’ve had some recent news to pass along: NEC projections are out.

Last week, KenPom released his complete pre-season rankings. The conference also held its annual NEC social media day in Brooklyn, where the results of the preseason polls were released. Not a whole lot of surprises here. Robert Morris was ranked middle-of-the-pack in both:

Coaches poll:

  1. Fairleigh Dickinson (6)
  2. Wagner (4)
  3. Bryant*
  4. LIU Brooklyn*
  5. Mount St. Mary’s
  6. Robert Morris
  7. Francis Brooklyn
  8. Sacred Heart
  9. Francis PA
  10. Central Connecticut State

*Tied for third

KenPom:

  1. Wagner
  2. Fairliegh Dickinson
  3. Mount St. Mary’s
  4. Robert Morris
  5. LIU Brooklyn
  6. Bryant
  7. Francis Brooklyn
  8. Francis PA
  9. Sacred Heart
  10. Central Connecticut State

KenPom has the Colonials pegged to finish 13-17 but 10-8 in conference. KenPom isn’t the end all, be all, but it is the most comprehensive deep dive into the college basketball landscape.

Some constants: Both the coaches and KenPom agree that FDU, the defending NEC champs, and Wagner are the top two teams.

This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. FDU brings back most of their team that won a NEC championship last season. They didn’t lose a single player to graduation. As I detailed two weeks ago, the Knights’ biggest loss was forward Marques Townes, who transferred out of the program.

If guard play rules in basketball, it’s easy to see why Wagner got several first place votes. I absolutely love their point guard JoJo Cooper, who is just a junior. Junior shooting guard Corey Henson might enter this season as the best three-point shooter in the NEC this year.

Poor Central Connecticut State. The bar is set low for first-year head coach Donyell Marshall. For what it’s worth, their defense almost has to be better than what it was last year. Also, Marshall is a cool Twitter follow. He played dominated the Big East (UCONN) when it was still the Big East. Pretty boss.

What does this mean? Nothing. Nothing at all. There are games to be played. Have a wonderful rest of your day.

@C_Cappella

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