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”
Iona (5-4) – 74-70 W @ NJIT (12/9); 83-67 W vs. Yale (12/12)
The Gaels are riding a four game winning streak into their first winning record of the year and the top spot in this week’s Power Rankings. Iona has played just two non-conference games and won them both, including a convincing victory over Yale Tuesday night. Continue reading “MAAC Weekly Recap – December 13”
Wednesday means MAAC Recap, and this week brought some solid wins and a few close calls. Manhattan represented the league in the inaugural Belfast Classic, while Monmouth traded blows with UConn, and Marist picked up its first win of the year. Continue reading “MAAC Weekly Recap – December 6”
Welcome to another weekly MAAC recap, and the debut of our league power rankings! Previous recaps were done in geographical and alphabetical order, but from now on teams will be listed in order of their standing in the (un)official NYC Buckets power rankings. Continue reading “MAAC Weekly Recap – November 29”
Mark it down as a week to forget for the MAAC, which went a combined 5-16 since our last recap. A few programs picked up their first wins of the season while others suffered some losses where “disappointing” would be an understatement. With a great deal of action – including a few tournament appearances – left to summarize this week, let’s dive right in: Continue reading “MAAC Weekly Recap – Thanksgiving Eve”
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.
Continue reading “Revolving Door Shut, Niagara Might Be MAAC Contender”
Less than a week into the season is the perfect time for overreactions, right? Continue reading “MAAC Weekly Recap – Opening Week Ups and Downs”
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”
This evening the MAAC will announce its preseason all-league teams and rankings. In advance of that announcement, here is the official NYC Buckets prediction and analysis for team rankings and all-league squads. All selections are provided in alphabetical order: Continue reading “2017-18 MAAC Preseason Predictions”
Entering the offseason after an 84-59 loss to top-ranked Monmouth in the MAAC tournament quarterfinals, Niagara now turns its focus toward continuity. Continue reading “Niagara Seeking Continuity Heading Into Offseason”