There are only four games left in the MAAC regular season for each team. This is baffling to think about. As the teams battle for final positioning down the stretch it’s time for us to start thinking about things like postseason awards.
Leading by 10 with 5:33 Quinnipiac appeared to be in perfect position to earn a season sweep of Manhattan, the team selected No. 1 in the preseason MAAC standings. The only problem was the Jaspers didn’t see it the same way. Manhattan stormed back, but the Bobcats showed excellent composure down the stretch as they pulled away in overtime for a 90-86 victory at Draddy Gymnasium on Sunday. Continue reading “Quinnipiac 90, Manhattan 86 (OT)”
Welcome back George Beamon. Continue reading “Manhattan 67, Rider 51”
For 45 minutes the script didn’t change. Mike Alvarado got the ball and he attacked the basket. As aggressively as possible. And eventually that, along with a little help from a fearless freshman, was enough for Manhattan to pull out an 86-79 overtime victory over Marist on Sunday afternoon at Draddy Gymnasium. Continue reading “Manhattan 86, Marist 79 (OT)”
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Quinnipiac will get a true test of where it stands in the MAAC this week as they play host to two of the league’s top programs in Iona and Manhattan. Picked in the preseason coach’s poll as the top two teams in the MAAC, the Gaels and Jaspers each enter their contests against Quinnipiac undefeated in league play. Continue reading “Previewing Quinnipiac’s Week Ahead”
Manhattan was down seven points with just 45 seconds remaining when everything changed for the Jaspers. A 9-2 run tied the game and Manhattan won in overtime for their fifth straight victory. Continue reading “Manhattan 84, Buffalo 81”
Undermanned Fordham didn’t care how much size or talent Manhattan has on its roster. All the Rams knew was that they had to find a win, or it was going to be a long holiday week. Continue reading “Fordham 79, Manhattan 75”
Special guest post from Andrew Koob of City of Basketball Love
La Salle threw everything they could at the Manhattan Jaspers. Blowing an eight-point lead in the final two minutes, capped off by Explorer guard Tyrone Garland’s three-pointer to tie the game with eight seconds left, kept the La Salle crowd believing a win was inevitable. Continue reading “Manhattan 99, La Salle 90 2OT”
A bunch of links that I wanted to share with you as the season wraps up. Jerry Carino released his All-Metropolitan ballot and his Haggerty Award nominees. I like some of the Ivy League players a bit better, but overall we agree throughout much of it. Also, Princeton Basketball tipped me off to this hilarious piece about what movie bad guy roles the coaches of the NCAA tournament would be cast in. LIU Brooklyn’s Jim Ferry is apparently in line to play a cop on the take (and got ranked #22).
In some other coaching moves, Bashir Mason has filled out his coaching staff at Wagner adding Mike Babul, Marquis Webb and Scott Smith according to the Staten Island Advance. Smith is the lone returnee and Babul and Webb both have high-major experience either as a player or coach, so that’s a good sign. Cormac Gordon digs into their connections with Mason in his article.
What would be an end of year post without some stats? Keepin’ Track of the MAAC looks at the national leaders from the MAAC. Here are a few more tempo-free nuggets for Iona and Manhattan courtesy of KenPom.com. Manhattan’s Rhamel Brown finished second in the nation in block percentage behind only Kansas’ Jeff Withey. Roberto Colonette finished fourth in the nation in offensive rebound percentage at 18.3%. As a team the Jaspers had the 19th best block percentage in the nation and ranked 22nd in assist per field goal made. Iona’s Scott Machado finished fourth in the nation in assist rate. Thanks entirely to his great two-point shooting Mike Glover finished 11th in the nation in effective field goal percentage and 24th in the nation in true shooting percentage. Sean Armand also finished 13th in the nation in offensive rating at 126.8.
What a year it was for college hoops in New York City. Both Iona and LIU Brooklyn qualified for the NCAA tournament and Stony Brook also won the regular season title. A number of players were named to their All-Conference teams and garnered postseason awards. In fact, those awards are still coming in. Here I’d like to name my New York Mid-Major teams for the 2011-12 season.