Tempo-Free MAAC: How Valuable Are You?

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.

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Quinnipiac 90, Manhattan 86 (OT)

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)”

Previewing Quinnipiac’s Week Ahead

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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”

Dribble Handoffs – April 5

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.

New York Mid-Major 2011-12 Teams

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.

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