2008-09 St. Peter’s Basketball Preview
Coach Dunne continues to build in Jersey City
Schedule (key games in bold)
November 15th Lehigh
19th @ Wagner (Seahawks are also replacing some key contributors from a year ago)
22nd @ Boston University
30th @ Rutgers
December 5th @ Fairfield (conference opener against team picked to finish second)
10th @ NJIT
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.
Here’s a quick preview of the ESPNU O’Reilly Bracket Busters games this weekend that will not be shown on television involving northeast teams. In most cases, the organizers of this event have done a better job of limiting the travel for non-television games, with the exception of UC Davis visiting Loyola (MD) among games involving northeast leagues. Bracket Busters, originally put together to provide schools in non-BCS leagues one last opportunity to add to their resume, now involves some 100 schools from sixteen conferences.
Niagara @ Appalachian State (Saturday, 1 PM)
16. St. Peter’s (2006-07 Record: 5-25, 3-15 MAAC)
Head coach: John Dunne
Returning Starters: 3- G Tim Spitler (senior): 6’3”, 200; G Raul Orta (senior): 6’5”, 215; F Todd Sowell (senior): 6’7”, 250