In case you’re curious, I wrote a couple other things, some of which tangentially relate to the stuff you see on this site. The first is my bi-weekly America East check-in for Rush the Court. It was filed before Maine gave Notre Dame all they could handle last night, but that just goes to show how tough an out the Black Bears are going to be. Also, I watched Marquette play at MSG earlier this week and today my feature about Jae Crowder went up on College Hoops Journal. The site is getting some really good writers, so check it out.
There are eight games including New York area teams on Saturday, but just two include two city teams going head-to-head. Long Island will head to Morningside Heights to take on the surging Columbia Lions in what should be an interesting match up of offense versus defense. (The other by the way is Hofstra vs. Manhattan.)
Hey look, it’s another power poll! Some results really shook up the city over the past two weeks and it resulted in some seismic changes in the poll. Not at the top though, where, after staving off Denver, the Iona Gaels remain No. 1. The big riser this week is Columbia. That’s what happens when you start by losing four in a row and then win six in a row including three on the West Coast. The big fall in this poll is suffered by Rider. Tommy Dempsey has some trouble on his hands in Lawrenceville, but hopefully the addition of freshman Junior Fortunat can help the Broncs play a smidgen of defense. The full poll is after the jump.
Iona pulled out an overtime win at Denver on Wednesday night, 80-78. The dramatic win came from a Gaels team that played in a difficult environment against a talented team. Still, Tim Cluess’ team moves to 7-1 and (spoiler alert) will be No. 1 when the new New York City Power Poll comes out this afternoon. Here are three other thoughts from the game.
Manhattan showed just how far its come with another convincing win in the 104th edition of the Battle of the Bronx against Fordham on Wednesday at Draddy Gymnasium. The Jaspers jumped out to an early 8-0 lead with all the points by junior George Beamon and never trailed on the way to a dominating 81-47 victory.
Iona and Denver have a big game tonight as the Gaels and Pioneers battle for the title of “Hot Early Season Mid-Major Team”. Yeah, I don’t think that’s a real title either, but it’s going to be a really good game. I asked Brendan Loy of Mile High Mids (@MileHighMids on Twitter) to give us some insights into DU before the game tonight.
Tonight is a big night for college basketball in around New York City. I’ll be at the Jimmy V. Classic watching Missouri vs. Villanova and Marquette vs. Washington from Madison Square Garden, but you can catch action in Staten Island, Newark and Morningside Heights tonight. Here’s what to watch for in those three games.
The young Fordham Rams are still learning how to finish out basketball games, but, thanks to senior center Kervin Bristol, they escaped Hampton, 54-53, on Monday night at Rose Hill.
Conference play has started up and teams have begun playing games that actually count towards what will happen in March. Each week during the conference season I’m going to be taking a tempo-free look at the NEC. (Here’s more about the ideas behind it.) Early in the season the numbers are a little ridiculous, but as conference play goes on we’ll see who’s hot, who’s improving and who looks to be in line for the title in a much better way than wins and losses. Of course everyone has only played two games in this set, but there’s still some revealing stuff.