Heading into the meat of the conference season, we are beginning to see some separation in the MAAC standings. Iona and Canisius both swept the week and currently sit in a tie atop the league standing at 5-1. Meanwhile, Siena got its first taste of life without Nico Clareth and Niagara continues to win close games. Continue reading
Iona (5-4) – 74-70 W @ NJIT (12/9); 83-67 W vs. Yale (12/12)
The Gaels are riding a four game winning streak into their first winning record of the year and the top spot in this week’s Power Rankings. Iona has played just two non-conference games and won them both, including a convincing victory over Yale Tuesday night. Continue reading
Mark it down as a week to forget for the MAAC, which went a combined 5-16 since our last recap. A few programs picked up their first wins of the season while others suffered some losses where “disappointing” would be an understatement. With a great deal of action – including a few tournament appearances – left to summarize this week, let’s dive right in: Continue reading
As a freshman or sophomore, Matt Scott could have chalked up Niagara’s 101-76 blowout loss to UMass Sunday afternoon to growing pains for a young team. But the revolving door that had plagued Chris Casey’s first few seasons in greater Buffalo has been closed for the time being.
(The extensive list here is only partial, believe it or not.)
If you count Kahlil Dukes’ transfer year from USC, everyone that started for Niagara Sunday has been with the program for at least three seasons. The time of Joe Mihalich winning the MAAC regular season and then taking Juan’ya Green and Ameen Tanksley with him to Hofstra was five years ago. Since then, Casey – playing with a different hand every year – has gone 33-97 at Niagara. Even with sympathy points for starting in a tough spot and having seemingly everyone transfer his first two seasons, there is some pressure to succeed.
Outlook: Finally benefitting from stability in the offseason, the Purple Eagles have the pieces to make a jump into the upper echelon of the MAAC. Continue reading
This evening the MAAC will announce its preseason all-league teams and rankings. In advance of that announcement, here is the official NYC Buckets prediction and analysis for team rankings and all-league squads. All selections are provided in alphabetical order: Continue reading
Entering the offseason after an 84-59 loss to top-ranked Monmouth in the MAAC tournament quarterfinals, Niagara now turns its focus toward continuity. Continue reading
ALBANY, N.Y. — The Monmouth Hawks coasted to victory in their quarterfinal meeting with Niagara Friday night at the Times Union Center, but their easy win may have come at a costly price. Continue reading
The Niagara Purple Eagles own one of the strangest records you will ever see. The team finished the conference slate 6-14, but all of their wins came against the top seven teams in the final standings. Continue reading
Manhattan is officially on the board. The Jaspers earned their first conference victory with a 78-69 victory over Niagara Tuesday night at Draddy Gymnasium. Continue reading