Niagara finished the regular season 19-12 overall with a 12-6 league record and enters the MAAC tournament as the #3 overall seed. The Purple Eagles will begin tournament play against #6 seed Fairfield in the quarterfinals Saturday night at 7:00. Continue reading “2018 MAAC Tournament Primer – Niagara”
A 17-4 run over the final five minutes of the first half helped Manhattan fend off Niagara and pull even at 8-8 in conference play. The Jaspers maintained a double-digit advantage through most of the second half en route to an 82-72 victory. Continue reading “Powerful First Half Close Pushes Manhattan Past Niagara”
The Niagara Purple Eagles laid claim to third place in the MAAC and remain in the hunt for the league’s top spot with a thrilling 85-84 win over Iona in New Rochelle. Continue reading “Niagara Overcomes Scott Injury To Take Down Iona”
There’s a lot to love about the MAAC as we hit the final two weeks of the regular season. Rider and Canisius have separated themselves as the top two teams in the league, and because sports are so great, we get to see the two of them square off in New Jersey on Sunday! Continue reading “MAAC Weekly Recap & Power Rankings – February 14”
The second week of MAAC play brought as many surprises as the first. We have a new top team this week (but one that’s been there before!) after winless Siena upset undefeated Canisius, proving just how wide-open the league is this year. There is plenty of movement in the middle of the rankings as well after Niagara evened its record at 2-2 and Manhattan dropped a pair.
With plenty to look into, let’s dive right in! Continue reading “MAAC Weekly Recap & Power Rankings – January 10”
The start of conference play has brought about some surprising results in the MAAC. Thanks to the unpredictable results, there is plenty of movement from last week’s rankings, including a new top team. Continue reading “MAAC Weekly Recap – Start Of League Play”
These are the final MAAC Power Rankings before the start of non-conference play this week. This season, the MAAC shifted from a 20-game schedule to an 18 game slate in which each team will forego one home and one road contest. The league has played 20 games each of the last four seasons beginning with 2013-14 when Monmouth and Quinnipiac joined the league. Continue reading “MAAC Weekly Recap – December 27”
1) Iona (6-5) – 69-59 L @ St. John’s (12/17); 82-68 W @ Holy Cross (12/19)
The Gaels retain the top spot in this week’s rankings despite a split of the week. Tim Cluess’ squad played St. John’s tight in the first half, entering the break knotted at 25, but a 19-4 run out of intermission propelled the Johnnies to victory in the teams’ first meeting since 1995. Continue reading “MAAC Weekly Recap – December 20”
As a freshman or sophomore, Matt Scott could have chalked up Niagara’s 101-76 blowout loss to UMass Sunday afternoon to growing pains for a young team. But the revolving door that had plagued Chris Casey’s first few seasons in greater Buffalo has been closed for the time being.
(The extensive list here is only partial, believe it or not.)
If you count Kahlil Dukes’ transfer year from USC, everyone that started for Niagara Sunday has been with the program for at least three seasons. The time of Joe Mihalich winning the MAAC regular season and then taking Juan’ya Green and Ameen Tanksley with him to Hofstra was five years ago. Since then, Casey – playing with a different hand every year – has gone 33-97 at Niagara. Even with sympathy points for starting in a tough spot and having seemingly everyone transfer his first two seasons, there is some pressure to succeed.
Outlook: Finally benefitting from stability in the offseason, the Purple Eagles have the pieces to make a jump into the upper echelon of the MAAC. Continue reading “34 Teams in 34 Days: Niagara”