Franklin Pierce Ravens
Monday, November 17
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Queens, N.Y. (Carnesecca Arena)
Ryen Vilmont (6'5" F, Sr.); Donte Gittens (6'4" G, So.)
Ellis Cooper (6'3" F), Adriano Vourliotakis (6'8" C)
Franklin Pierce, a Division II school in New Hampshire named after New Hampshire native and ex-president Franklin Pierce (who has gone down in history as one of the worst presidents*, overseeing the first half of the decade that led to the Civil War), loses eight letter winners from a successful season, complete with a deep Division II NCAA Tournament run.
I didn't know Franklin Pierce was a school, and likely, neither did you. So in terms of exposure, this is a big win for the Ravens, who get two Division I games as part of filling out the NIT slate late in the scheduling year.
The St. John's game will be the third in three nights for the FP Ravens.
*(also research: Bleeding Kansas; research: not nominated by his own party for a second term).