Long Island 78
Mt. St. Mary's 62
Robert Morris 80
Take a seat Canisius, Quinnipiac is the new "never knew that school existed until I filled out my bracket" sensation, and the Bobcats will be seeking their first trip to the dance in school history when they battle Robert Morris Wednesday night for the league crown.
It won't be easy.
Defending champ Robert Morris (22-11. 15-3) made quick work of a Mt. St. Mary's team riding an 11 game win streak, and appear more than ready to avenge an 87-79 loss to Quinnipiac (23-8, 15-3) on their home floor last month. The Bobcats, however, are undefeated at home this year and possess the conference's best duo in guard James Feldiene and forward Justin Rutty.
Rutty, the NEC Player of the Year, blue-collared his way to 22 points and 16 boards tonight against the boys from Brooklyn, a game in which they trailed by 5 with under 6 to play. An 11-2 run secured their spot in the finals and a chance to make school history.
To the winner of course, is a trophy, and a trip to the biggest gymnasium they've ever played in to be rag-dolled by a 1-seed, taking pictures and making lasting memories allthewhile.
If you understand the essence of college basketball then you will enjoy this game.
Two teams, equally talented, in a battle of heart, balls, and desperation for a couple more weeks of relevancy and a compassionate pre-game piece featuring triumph over tragedy and narrated by either Greg Gumbel or Jim Nantz.
Northeast Conference Championship Game
Robert Morris @ Quinnipiac
Wednesday, 7 PM, ESPN2