Who’s the man? Machado vs. Glover

If you look at Iona’s tempo-free profile one thing immediately stands out: The impact that juniors Scott Machado and Michael Glover had on the Gaels’ offense. The two of them used 24.4% and 26.3% of Iona’s possessions respectively when they were on the court. For the season their shot percentages were nearly identical at 22.9% and 22.0%.

But there was a big difference in how the team played when one of them got more shots than the other.

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Could one prep school build a competitive Ivy League roster?

Northfield Mount Hermon is a prep school of 630 students. It also happens to be home to a number of future Ivy League athletes. This season 11 former NMH basketball players will be playing on six different Ivy League teams. Only Penn and Princeton won’t be represented. (And the Quakers had one, but Brian Fitzpatrick transferred to Bucknell before last season.)

That group of players includes guys like Harvard’s Laurent Rivard, Dartmouth’s David Rufful and Brown’s Andrew McCarthy. Which begs the question: How competitive would a team composed entirely of NMH alumni be in the Ivy League? Continue reading

Iona featured in ESPN’s offseason coverage

Iona is getting some love in ESPN’s offseason coverage right now. The Gaels weren’t given a long write up in Fran Fraschilla’s post about breakthrough teams, but they were mentioned along with a few other teams as one that could “enjoy postseason success next season.”

Other the other hand, Iona is listed as the MAAC champion in Joe Lunardi’s latest bracket. St. Peter’s isn’t in the bracket, but interestingly it is one of the bubble teams in Lunardi’s “Also considered” list.

The Ivy League’s wide recruiting world

On one hand Ivy League schools have one of the toughest sells in Division I basketball. The schools commit a lot of money to athletics, but not always to college basketball. There are no scholarships, but there is financial aid. Then there are the academic requirements. You might not have to be Bill Gates to play basketball at Harvard, but you can’t be dumb either. They want you to stay in school for four years.

Thankfully, the Ivy League has a way to combat this problem, by offering some of the best “names” in collegiate education. There are only five Top 20 News and World Reports schools that aren’t in the Ivy League and play Division I basketball. (They are: Duke, Northwestern, Rice, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame.) The educational success of the league’s institutions thus gives them national appeal in education, and this year’s recruiting class shows how powerful it is.

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Fordham going to Loyola

Schedule details are leaking out and here’s another one. Fordham is going to be playing at Loyola (Ill.) to christen the Ramblers’ new athletic facility. The game is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 26 in Chicago. In another bit of Loyola scheduling, it appears the Ramblers won’t be coming to Jersey City to return their BracketBuster game from last season with St. Peter’s, so expect to see them in 2012-13.

Where are the recruits coming from?

While only nine of the 29 recruits currently committed to New York City mid-majors are playing high school basketball in the state, that number is pretty deceiving about how well schools are mining the talent base of the city. Take a deeper look and see just what some schools are doing to revive and build their programs.

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How does Hofstra replace Jenkins?

Last season Hofstra went 21-12 and played in the CBI in Mo Cassara’s first season. But he had some help, senior Charles Jenkins. The dynamite 6’3 guard from Queens was the driver behind the Pride’s offense for the past four seasons. He averaged 22.6 points per game last season. Now begins life after Jenkins.

How is Hofstra going to deal with that loss? It’s certainly not going to be easy.

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