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 →
1) Iona (6-5) –69-59 L @ St. John’s (12/17); 82-68 W @ Holy Cross (12/19)
The Gaels retain the top spot in this week’s rankings despite a split of the week. Tim Cluess’ squad played St. John’s tight in the first half, entering the break knotted at 25, but a 19-4 run out of intermission propelled the Johnnies to victory in the teams’ first meeting since 1995. Continue reading →
Wednesday means MAAC Recap, and this week brought some solid wins and a few close calls. Manhattan represented the league in the inaugural Belfast Classic, while Monmouth traded blows with UConn, and Marist picked up its first win of the year. Continue reading →
The Marist Red Foxes finished the 2016-17 season with a 5-15 record, their third consecutive year with five or fewer victories, but enter the conference tournament winners of two of their last three games. Continue reading →
At the midpoint of the MAAC season, it’s worth examining where each team in the league stands and where they might end up over the next six weeks. Here is a team-by-team analysis based on the current standings, along with mid-season all-MAAC teams: Continue reading →
It was Chuck Martin who recruited Khallid Hart to Marist, but by the time he was able to suit up for a game in Poughkeepsie, Jeff Bower was coaching the team. Now it’s Mike Maker leading the way, and constantly changing the driver means it’s been a bit of a bumpy ride for passengers like Hart.
After a 12-19 (9-11 MAAC) 2013-14 season where Hart was one of the only underclassmen on a veteran team and won MAAC Rookie of the Year, Marist has been just 14-48 the last two seasons (7-23 and 7-25), with Hart playing the role of the proverbial good player on a bad team. Injuries limited him to just 18 games in his sophomore year (2014-15), and his 14.7 point scoring average only matched his freshman season.
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – Feeling sorry for Division I head basketball coaches can be a bit overrated, they are fairly well compensated, and although most have worked extremely hard to get near the top of their chosen profession (and now hold a position that thousands of other coaches would love to hold), they are at the end of the day dealing with a game on a daily basis.
(And, yes, I understand the pressures involved, that losing too many of those basketball games could find you unemployed eventually, but still).