Saturday, June 28, 2014

Sneak Preview: Thoughts On Sporting News Preview

Just a brief program reminder here ...

Your blogger is in the process of writing the MAAC's 2014-15 season's preview that will appear in the forthcoming College Basketball Preview issue published by The Sporting News, the best of the preseason annual publications.

The magazine usually hits newsstands by early to mid September, so the hope is that you'll look for it and purchase it.

The annual previews every conference and every team at the Division 1 level. It will give considerably more space to the larger conferences, as expected, and your blogger has been waging an annual attempt to increase MAAC coverage for the 12 or 13 years I've been involved with The Sporting News.

The space allowed, though, does create the opportunity for some insight to the upcoming season. And, the hope is that your blogger's insights are as good as you can find anywhere else. Hopefully, better than you can find anywhere else.

The Sporting News is one of the few national publications of its kind that uses active writers to preview conferences that the writers regularly cover. It's no secret that some (most) of the lesser preview magazines use on-staff individuals who rarely, if ever, get out to see games to preview our conference. And, it shows.

And, I am also happy to report that, for the first time, I'll also be previewing the America East Conference for The Sporting News' preview magazine this year.

But, this is a blog about the MAAC. And, as always, The Sporting News prohibits its writer to reveal anything in detail about previews that will appear in its pages.

Still ... just a little:

The predicted order of finish for the top five spots will be Iona, Siena, Saint Peter's, Quinnipiac and Manhattan.

And, that's about all I can provide without breaking the terms of the Sporting News' contractual obligations.

Hope you'll search out and buy The Sporting News' College Basketball Preview magazine when it comes out.

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