Before the season began, the Northeastern men’s basketball team appeared to be a team with an opportunity to make a run at winning the CAA.
However, a 2-7 start to the season, which included a five-game losing streak, raised some questions about whether or not the Huskies would be able to compete come conference play.
One of their first seven losses included an early conference matchup on the road at Drexel, a game in which the Huskies lost 49-47.
With today’s victory over VCU, the Huskies improved to 8-1 within the conference, their only loss still being that game against Drexel.
Those eight consecutive conference wins are part of the team’s current 11-game winning streak, which started back on Christmas Day with a win over SMU in Hawaii.
At 13-7 overall, the Huskies know there is still a long way to go. After a hot start last season, Northeastern faltered down the stretch, finishing up with a disappointing ending to their season.
For head coach Bill Coen, his team seems to be finally heading in the right direction, and the good news for their fans is they might be peaking at just the right time.
For Northeastern, their offensive focus continues to surround their trio of double-figure scorers in Matt Janning, Chaisson Allen, and Manny Adako.
The most impressive of their 11 straight wins has to be the two victories over VCU, whose reign in the CAA might just come to a close to as March approaches.
George Mason, who sits at 7-1 in the conference entering Saturday, was embarrassed by Northeastern 71-46 back on January 7th.
The Huskies will look to avenge their only conference loss of the season when Drexel pays a visit to Matthews Arena this upcoming Wednesday, January 27th.
However, the biggest test for Northeastern will be when Old Dominion comes to Boston next Saturday, January 30th. Old Dominion, who entered the season as the favorite in the CAA, was tied with Northeastern and George Mason for first place in the conference entering Saturday.
The struggles that represent the beginning of the Huskies 2009-2010 season are virtually nonexistent to a team that has turned their season around in convincing fashion.
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