Each week during the conference season I’m going to be taking a tempo-free look at the MAAC. (Here’s more about the ideas behind it.) There’s only two games in this set, but you’ll be interested in the standings nonetheless. Who is looking good through two games?
MAAC play started last night with St. Peter’s defeated Siena and Loyola (Md.) taking down Marist. It continues tonight with three games, including Manhattan at Rider and Iona at Canisius. Here are some things to watch for tonight.
The second edition of the New York City Power Poll is here. This time we had 13 people, including myself, vote on who they think is the top team in the NYC area. Not surprisingly Iona came out No. 1. The Gaels reportedly took down Rutgers in a scrimmage last week and also got the boost of Momo Jones’ eligibility. That was enough to convince a few doubters. After that things get murky. All 23 teams are after the jump.
Now that Lamont “Momo” Jones has been granted a hardship waiver and is eligible to play immediately at Iona after transferring from Arizona, the Gaels join a group of three MAAC teams that are going to be relying on majors conference transfers next season.
How Momo Jones, Rakim Sanders (Boston College to Fairfield) and Jeff Jones (Virginia to Rider) transfer their skills to a different level of basketball is going to go a long way towards determining which team earns an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Now, I hate to pick on Brian Lester after yesterday’s discussion about the NEC, but his predictions in Lindy’s for Metro Athletic Athletic Conference just left me scratching my head. Yes, Fairfield is talented, but how could anyone pick Iona third in the MAAC?