[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on A Daly Dose of Hoops where I’m a staff writer.]
At the start of a new season, teams don’t necessarily forget the past’s accomplishments or failures, but they certainly do try to learn and grow from them. Depending on how they finished the year prior is how they will be fairly or unfairly judged.
As the 2016-17 season fades further away, the 2017-18 one fast approaches. Roster turnover through graduation and transfers, including the change of a coach, are what is on the minds of many who follow the Northeast Conference, and so also goes the predictions of where every team may or may not be positioned at season’s end.
Among the favorite responses to all this annual hoopla for this writer came from Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello, who tweeted the following in two weeks ago:
— Stephen Masiello (@steve_masiello) October 24, 2017
The yearly coaches’ poll is a way to sort out who could hoist the conference title at the end of it all, or be completely off and not see how good a team really is. Look no further than Saint Francis University. Rob Krimmel’s Red Flash went from being picked ninth, next-to-last in the conference last year to the predicted winner of the NEC this year, returning the bulk of a roster that reached the conference championship game last March.