There is plenty to break down off of the last week of MAAC play.
First some entertainment, here is your photo of the week: caption this shot between Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos and Marist’s Art Himmelberger.
12 – The number of votes in the USA Today coaches Poll that Monmouth received on Monday, the most in program history.
13.7 – The average margin of victory in the Hawks wins in conference play.
11 – Iona won both their games on the Buffalo swing, but A.J. English did not score more than this number of points in either game. Deyshonee Much scored a season-high 30 points in their win over Canisius and Isaiah Williams delivered 21 in the Gaels’ win at Niagara.
36.4% – Quinnipiac’s two-point field goal percentage, which ranks last in the country. Only Daniel Harris is shooting 40% on his two-pointers. Even worse, the Bobcats have only made 34.2% of their two’s in conference play. With their loss at Saint Peter’s, it might be time to rule out a top three or four finish in MAAC play.
Tweet of the Week:
Maybe they gave away too much of the scouting report on ESPNU on Friday night
Quotes of the Week:
“Whoever’s been here a while has heard me say this; the millenials, let’s just reset the old XBox and play again. I told you it doesn’t work that way.” – Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos after their road loss at Marist on Sunday
“I tried to come out as aggressive as possible. I think I took some bad shots, but I just wanted to get going early to get the momentum in our favor. I think I did that for the most part.” – Manhattan senior Shane Richards on his 28 point night against Rider
“I got it from James Harden, but originally, I got the original idea from a rapper named Lil B. He did it in a couple of music videos, where he stirs the pot and he cooks it up and so you got to give the original credit to Lil B for making the dance up.” – Monmouth junior Justin Robinson on his inspiration for the ‘stir the pot’ dance he does
“I don’t hit walls, I run through them.” – Siena freshman Nico Clareth on learning to adjust to the college game
“You go to the other places, they’re screaming at me, they’re cursing at me. They’re appalling to me. Monmouth, I was gonna punch somebody in the face sitting right behind me. I looked at the guy, guy was an idiot. I’m like, what are you talking about? We just beat your team up here. Who the hell are you? This guy sitting right over here, old guy, must’ve been about 75, I think when I stared him down, I think I made his heart, like, quiver.” – Canisius head coach Jim Baron reacting after their 67-61 loss to Rider where his brother Ed was thrown out by the referee
“We’re playing at home. If we want to be at the top of our conference, we can’t lose home games, so I think we just wanted to end the losing streak and carry on to the next game.” – Saint Peter’s freshman Antwon Portley after their 68-52 win over Quinnipiac to end a five game slide
Ryan Restivo wrote the America East conference preview for the 2015-16 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. He covers the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, the America East conference among others for Big Apple Buckets. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @ryanarestivo or contact Ryan at rrestivo[at]nycbuckets.com.