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Our Great NYC Hoops NCAA Tournament Dream Ends

This, without question, is the last time we will use this photo.

Alas! By now, you probably know there will officially be no New York City college basketball teams in the NCAA Tournament for the sixth consecutive year. (The last team to make the field of 65 was Manhattan, in 2004.) On Saturday, the Manhattan Jaspers fell to Siena 78–61 in the quarterfinals of the MAAC tournament, and yesterday, Long Island, which hung in tough all game, lost to Quinnipiac 83–78. (Keep an eye on the Q's NEC title game against Robert Morris on Wednesday; RMU's coach Mike Rice Jr. is a leading candidate for the open Fordham job.) We are so sad. We have been foisting our rather creepy fascination with the Northeast Conference on you for months now, but we promise (until November, anyway) we are done. Barring an impossible run by St. John's in the Big East tournament — which would require them to win five games in five days — today, we are all Orange.

Photo: Will Leitch