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Northeast Conference Standings, Breakdown and Conference Tournament Schedule

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Northeast Conference Standings

TeamConference RecordOverall RecordTournament Outlook
Merrimack14-420-11N/A
Robert Morris13-517-141 seed
St. Francis (PA)13-520-92 seed
Sacred Heart12-619-123 seed
Long Island9-914-174 seed
Fairleigh Dickinson9-911-185 seed
Mount St. Mary's7-1111-206 seed
Bryant7-1115-167 seed
St. Francis (NY)7-1113-178 seed
Wagner5-138-21N/A
Central Connecticut State3-154-27N/A

Northeast Conference Tournament Schedule

Dates: March 4, 7, 10
TV: ESPN2 (Championship), ESPN3 (Semifinals), NEC Front Row (Quarterfinals)
Site: Campus Sites (Higher Seed Hosts)
Byes: None
2019 Champion: Fairleigh Dickinson


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Completed Northeast Conference Tournament Bracket

Quarterfinals

  • (1) Robert Morris 59, (8) St. Francis (NY) 58
  • (2) St. Francis (PA) 87, (7) Bryant 61
  • (3) Sacred Heart 61, (6) Mount St. Mary’s 59
  • (4) LIU 73, (5) Fairleigh Dickinson 72

Semifinals

  • (1) Robert Morris 86, (4) LIU 66
  • (2) St. Francis (PA) 84, (3) Sacred Heart 72

Championship

  • (1) Robert Morris 77, (2) St. Francis (PA) 67

Robert Morris advances to NCAA Tournament

Northeast Conference Breakdown

Home court has proven advantageous over the last ten editions of the Northeast Conference Tournament with the top two seeds winning seven times. Out of those seven, the 2-seed line outpaces the 1-seed four to three, including Fairleigh Dickinson winning as the 2-seed a season ago. Needless to say, Robert Morris and St. Francis (PA) have the odds in their favor as this year’s top seeds. The 4-seed has emerged victorious twice in the last ten, while the 3-seed triumphed once over that same span. LIU is the 4 and Sacred Heart the 3 for this year’s NEC Tournament.

If the season statistics are any indication, the Northeast Conference Tournament could be a wild one. The only two teams that jump out are St. Francis (PA) (ranked 1st in scoring at 77.8 and scoring margin at +6.2) and Sacred Heart who ranked in the top four in both categories as well as points against. The statistical variance suggests there could be many close games throughout the NEC Tournament.

If you thought something didn’t quite lineup between the final Northeast Conference regular season standings and the tournament bracket, you would be correct. Regular season champion Merrimack is in fact not competing in the NEC Tournament. After being picked to finish dead last in the preseason poll, the Warriors shocked everyone by winning the conference in their very first transitional season from the Division II ranks. Unfortunately, they are not eligible to be in the NCAA Tournament due to NCAA rules over the course of their four transitional seasons. There was plenty of shuffling between the NEC preseason poll and the actual final results. Outside of Merrimack, 1-seed Robert Morris was the biggest overachiever after being picked to finish 5th. 4-seed LIU was the top underachiever (picked 1st).

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