About the Site:
Big Apple Buckets is a college basketball blog about 8 mid-major Division I level schools in the New York City area and the conferences they are a part of. The site strives to provide high-quality coverage of college basketball in and around NYC. The blog will at times have an analytical focus (especially when John is writing), but all of the coverage on the site is rooted in a need for understanding how the city of New York shapes the basketball around it. You can always reach the information pertaining to your specific team or conference by clicking on their category in the side bar.
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About the Authors:
John Templon grew up near Princeton, New Jersey where he first fell in love with college basketball while watching the Princeton Tigers in the 1990′s. From there he went on to cover MAAC basketball at a local newspaper and then Northwestern, DePaul, Loyola (Ill.), UIC and Chicago State in Chicago. He’s covered the NCAA tournament, numerous in-season tournament and regular season games, and basketball at every level of collegiate competition including Division I, II, III and NAIA. His coverage is rooted in the belief that you have to go to games to understand life blood of a university and its fans and that college basketball is the world’s most beautiful game.
Ryan Peters grew up near Hartford, Connecticut, rooting for the Mets, Giants, Hartford Whalers, and Connecticut Huskies. His passion for NEC basketball began when his alma mater, the Sacred Heart Pioneers, almost captured their first ever NEC postseason title and NCAA tournament birth during the 2006-2007 season. Since then, he has closely followed the Pioneers and their NEC opponents, which eventually led to the creation of the Pioneer Pride Blog in November of 2011. Mid-major Division I basketball has always intrigued Ryan, because of the purity of the game and the intensity of the student-athletes playing it. His goal in covering the NEC on Big Apple Buckets is to provide a fan’s passionate perspective while using a statistical approach to analyze and break down the game. He currently resides in Maryland, where he can be found in front of his laptop on most winter nights watching the grainy internet feeds of various NEC games.
Ryan Restivo grew up on Long Island. His passion for MAAC basketball began when his alma mater, the Marist Red Foxes, almost captured their first ever MAAC postseason title and NCAA tournament birth during the 2006-2007 season. Since graduating, he has closely followed the MAAC by collaborating with his brother on the creation of the Siena Saints Blog in March of 2008. Mid-major Division I basketball has always intrigued Ryan, because of the stakes that every athlete goes through for the chance to play on the biggest stages. It also helps that Ryan blew out his ACL so a playing career was never an option but writing about the conference was. His goal in covering the MAAC as well as Stony Brook and Hofstra on Big Apple Buckets is to provide an insiders perspective, to get the most depth and detail on every story in the league from all of his sources.
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