MAAC Hoops

December 22nd, 2008

Editor's Welcome: MAAC Basketball insight with coverage spanning from Baltimore (Loyola) to Niagara Falls (Niagara) and everywhere in between!

Edited By: Raphielle Johnson

Loyola (MD) vs. Iona: Friday Night Thoughts

February 10th, 2012
Momo Jones and Iona hit the road

Friday's schedule may be light but there's some good action to take in as direction of the Ivy and Metro Atlantic races will be determined. Iona (19-5, 11-2) and Loyola (MD) (18-5, 11-2) are tied for first place with two games separating them from the pack (Manhattan and Fairfield leading that group), and the winner would take a big step towards grabbing the regular season crown. What should viewers look forward to?

Iona's Glover Named Preseason MAAC Player of the Year

October 25th, 2011
Iona received 8 first-place votesSpringfield, Mass. - Iona College senior forward Mike Glover has been named the 2011-2012 MAAC Men's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year, as selected by the league's 10 head coaches.

Glover is joined on the first team by Fairfield University junior guard Derek Needham and senior center Ryan Olander, Iona senior guard Scott Machado and Rider University senior guard/forward Novar Gadson.

Iona Tabbed Preseason Favorite

October 25th, 2011
Iona received 8 first-place votesSpringfield, Mass. - Iona College, the runner-up in last year's title game, is the preseason favorite to win the 2012 MAAC Men's Basketball Championship, according to the MAAC Pre- season Coaches' Poll.

Iona received eight of the first-place votes and 97 points, followed by last season's preseason pick Fairfield University,which received two first-place votes and 92 points. Loyola University (Maryland) finished in third with 76 points.

Friday Afternoon Conference Tournament Happenings

March 4th, 2011
To say the least things didn't go as planned late for Chris Lowery's Salukis

You know it's March where there's midday college basketball to be discussed. Friday afternoon delivered just six games (one in progress) but there hasn't been a lack of drama. The Colonial, Missouri Valley and Southern conferences all had afternoon doubleheaders in their tournaments, with the MVC in the quarterfinals while the other two leagues are playing first round games today. 


(8) Georgia State 58, (9) UNC Wilmington 52

This Week in the MAAC: Three-team Race?

January 13th, 2011
Derek Needham's Stags have won 11 straightAfter the second week of conference play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference this is a fair question to ask given the results. Three teams have either one or no league losses with preseason favorite Fairfield (5-0) leading the way. Ed Cooley's team had an impressive week, pasting Niagara (70-48), Marist (59-44) and Saint Peter's (70-43) to move their win streak to 11 games. PG Derek Needham may still lead the Stags in scoring but they've received solid contributions from a number of players, most notably F Ryan Olander and freshman forward Maurice Barrow.

MAAC Update: Three Get Through Opening Weekend Undefeated

December 8th, 2010
One-time Seton Hall commit Glover to be a GaelIf there was one question in particular that arose from the first weekend of MAAC play in regards to individual players it was who has the ability to slow down Michael Glover. Niagara and Canisius didn't have the horses to do so, and Glover's dominance is a major reason why Tim Cluess' Iona Gaels are currently on a five-game win streak. Michael went off against Canisius, tallying 39 points and 14 rebounds in the 94-85 victory.

MAAC Weekly Update: Conference Play Beckons

November 30th, 2010
Ryan Rossiter has been the MAAC's best playerWhile conference play in the MAAC traditionally begins with a pair of games the first weekend of December, Siena and Rider had to play their league opener on Friday due to a conflict with final exams. But thanks in large part to preseason MAAC Player of the Year Ryan Rossiter the Saints struck first blood in the conference standings, winning at Rider 73-60. Rossiter has more than lived up to the preseason hype for Mitch Buonaguro's team, boasting averages of 20.2 points and 14.5 rebounds per game.

Coaches Make Fairfield Preseason MAAC Favorite

October 26th, 2010
Fairfield guard Derek Needham

The last time Fairfield reached the top of the MAAC was back in 1997, when they gave North Carolina all they wanted and then some in a first round NCAA Tournament loss. And with the release of the Preseason Coaches Poll, Ed Cooley's team is the favorite to win the conference in it's 30th year of existence. Fairfield picked up six first-place votes and totaled 96 points, beating out three-time defending champion Siena by five points. The Saints, who boast preseason Player of the Year Ryan Rossiter and fellow first-team member Clarence Jackson, received three first place votes.

2010-11 MAAC Schedules Released

September 24th, 2010

With the release of the conference slate by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Friday afternoon, member schools were able to put out their entire schedules. All teams play two league games at the start of December, and these games can have a significant impact on the direction of a team's season depending on the outcome. There are also some attractive non-conference matchups, featuring regularly scheduled games and in-season tournaments and an appearance in the ESPNU BracketBusters event come February.

Schedules for NYC Area Teams Released

September 18th, 2010
2010-11 could signal rebirth of NYC college hoops

An eventful offseason for New York metropolitan area college basketball is steadily transitioning into the 2010-11 season, with individual workouts and team lifting sessions leading into the start of practice in four weeks. That also means the official release of schedules for most of the team, and you can find them here.

Iona Lands Glover and Other Area Recruiting Links

July 16th, 2010
One-time Seton Hall commit Glover to be a Gael

The first half of the July open evaluation period ended yesterday, allowing the many recruiting analysts, coaches and players the opportunity to recharge their batteries for events in Orlando, Las Vegas and everywhere in between next week (I'll be in Vegas). But despite the emphasis on evaluating kids in the 2011 class and beyond there was still room for additions to help out area programs for the upcoming season.

Big East Schedules Announced; Scarlet Knight Drafted

June 28th, 2010
Rutgers center Hamady Ndiaye

The news was rather quiet for the area schools last week with the notable exception of the Big East releasing the home/road opponents for each of its' member schools this coming season. Hope springs eternal and the three coaching changes have injected some serious life (and buzz) into Rutgers, St. John's and Seton Hall. Mike Rice has the job that may require the most "rebuilding", but with veteran rosters (and some very good incoming recruits) the table is set for both Kevin Willard (Seton Hall) and Steve Lavin (St. John's) to make some noise.

Met Basketball Writers Association Honors Announced

April 21st, 2010
Hofstra guard Charles Jenkins

The Met Basketball Writers Association announced their annual honors on Wednesday, naming Hofstra junior guard Charles Jenkins the winner of the Haggerty Award (Player of the Year). Winning the award for the second consecutive year, Jenkins joins the following list of players to have won the Haggerty two or more times in their collegiate careers:

MAAC Review/Look Ahead to 2010-11

April 19th, 2010
Fairfield guard Derek NeedhamIt was a good year for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, and despite the fact that Siena won their third consecutive league title it did not come without challenges. Fran McCaffery and his veteran squad was unable to win an NCAA Tournament game for the third consecutive season as they were unable to make up for Clarence Jackson's absence in a loss to Purdue. Jackson and Ryan Rossiter will be the lone returning starters for new head coach Mitch Buonaguro, who takes over for the departed McCaffery (Iowa).

Metro Area Postseason Preview

March 15th, 2010
Jeremy Hazell

Seven teams get to continue their seasons in postseason play; while the New York metropolitan area goes another year without a participant in the NCAA Tournament there's value in being able to play somewhere. Three schools will take part in the NIT with Seton Hall and Stony Brook hosting games while St. John's hits the road. Three other schools will play in the CBI and CIT tournaments (Quinnipiac added in for a full article), meaning that just under a third of the twenty-four schools will play in a postseason tournament.

College Hoops Monday Recap: Gaels Have No Use for Bubble Talk

March 9th, 2010
Saint Mary's center Omar Samhan

All the talk leading up to the West Coast Conference final between Gonzaga and Saint Mary's focused on how much the Gaels would need this victory. Anywhere from "they're fine without it" to "they're in trouble with a loss" depending on which bracketologist you happened to be listening to at that particular moment. But at the end of the game at Orleans Arena there was a rather emphatic message from Randy Bennett's team: 

Save that bubble talk for someone else. 

MAAC Final Preview: Top Two Seeds Face Off for Title

March 8th, 2010
2010 MAAC Basketball Championships

The time to determine who will earn the MAAC's automatic bid is finally here and the matchup between Fairfield and Siena (7 PM, ESPN2) should not disappoint. Of course the Saints won both regular season meetings but they had to hold in in the second, winning by just two points at the Times Union Center on February 8th. Derek Needham scored 26 points in that game for the Stags but he also had five turnovers, as did Sean Crawford. That was essentially the difference (along with two more free throws for Siena): fifteen turnovers to ten for the Saints.

MAAC Semis: Preseason Top 4 Square Off

March 7th, 2010
2010 MAAC Basketball Championships

After a long and eventful day on Saturday (the Manhattan/Siena chippiness followed by the ejection of Frank Turner), the four teams pegged by the coaches in the preseason to be the best will play in today's MAAC Tournament semifinals. The first game matches a Rider squad that's playing better basketball, especially on the defensive end of the floor, and regular season champion Siena.

MAAC Quarterfinals Preview: Top Six Join the Party

March 6th, 2010
2010 MAAC Basketball Championships

The MAAC quarterfinals take center stage on Saturday with the top six teams joining the fray along with Friday night winners Manhattan (94-79 over Loyola) and Canisius (72-54 over Marist). The biggest storyline: can Siena pick up their third consecutive MAAC crown? Anything less will likely mean a trip to the NIT despite a solid RPI due to their lack of any RPI Top 50 wins.

MAAC First Round Preview: Bottom Four Look to Extend Season

March 5th, 2010
2010 MAAC Basketball Championships

"First Round Friday" is here with a pair of games to kick off the men's basketball tournament at the Times Union Center. If there was ever an opportunity to see which teams/players want to keep playing and which ones have simply "checked out" this is it. Marist is back in the tenth seed with hopes of duplicating last year's feat of winning their first game in Albany. But they'll be taking on a Canisius squad that not only has whipped them in both meetings but also should be ready to play hard for departing senior Frank Turner.

MAAC Individual Honors Announced

March 4th, 2010
2010 MAAC Basketball Championships

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced its end of season individual honors on Thursday afternoon, and they are as follows:

Rookie of the Year: G Derek Needham (Fairfield)

6th Man of the Year: F Mike Evanovich (Fairfield)

Defensive Player of the Year: F Anthony Johnson (Fairfield)

Coach of the Year: Kevin Willard (Iona)

Player of the Year: F Alex Franklin (Siena)

All-MAAC Teams Announced

March 1st, 2010

The MAAC announced its all-league honors on Monday at the beginning of its' pre-conference tournament teleconference. They are as follows:

All-Rookie Team

G Derek Needham (Fairfield)
G Kyle Smyth (Iona)
G Robert Olson (Loyola)
G Candon Rusin (Marist)
F Darius Conley (Saint Peter's) 

All-MAAC Teams

First Team

G Ronald Moore (Siena)
G Ryan Thompson (Rider)
F Alex Franklin (Siena)
F Ryan Rossiter (Iona)
C Anthony Johnson (Fairfield) 

MAAC Weekend Preview: Lots Still Left on the Table

February 26th, 2010
Fairfield guard Derek NeedhamThe final weekend of the regular season offers up much intrigue with slots two through nine still up for grabs before next weekend's MAAC Tournament. Three teams are still in the running for the two seed and with Iona visiting Fairfield tonight the first domino will fall. Kevin Willard's Gaels, who have won four of six games this month, have already beaten the Stags (68-58 on January 24th) but their 56-54 loss to Saint Peter's back on December 4th keeps the Peacocks in play for the two-seed.

NYC Metro Update: Stony Brook Can Clinch America East

February 24th, 2010
Stony Brook point guard Bryan DougherWeekly Honors (announced on Sunday or Monday)

Atlantic 10: Fordham freshman forward Chris Gaston was named to the league's Honor Roll on Sunday, averaging 23 points and 12 rebounds per game in the Rams' two contests.

Big East: A pair of Scarlet Knights were honored on Monday with Dane Miller winning his third consecutive Rookie of the Week award and Hamady Ndiaye being named to the Honor Roll. Miller averaged 12.5 points and 8.0 rebounds while Ndiaye added 14.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks in Rutgers' 1-1 week.

Fran McCaffery Interview/MAAC BracketBusters Preview

February 19th, 2010
Siena's Clarence JacksonIt's BracketBusters weekend and with all ten MAAC teams taking part it's one last respite from the rigors of conference play. Seeing a relatively unfamiliar face allows teams the opportunity to fine-tune things in advance of the upcoming MAAC Tournament. And the teams in the marquee matchups have an opportunity to bulk up their resume in regards to seeding or getting into the NCAA Tournament should they be an at-large possibility.

Wednesday NYC Preview: Pirates & Red Storm Face Off

February 17th, 2010
Jeremy HazellWeekly Honors (announced on Monday)

America East: Stony Brook senior Muhammad El-Amin was named Player of the Week thanks to averages of 27.5 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in two wins for the Seawolves.

MAAC Friday Preview: Saints Return to Niagara Falls

February 12th, 2010
Tyrone Lewis

Tonight's game between Saint Peter's and Loyola has been postponed due to the snowstorm that hit the Mid-Atlantic this week. The game has been rescheduled for February 17th at 7 PM. 

Game of the Night: Siena at Niagara (8 PM, ESPN2)

Friday MAAC Preview: Showdown in Albany

February 5th, 2010
MAACWhile this game may not have equal ramifications in regards to the standings for both teams, make no mistake about the importance of tomorrow night's matchup between Iona and Siena. The Saints have won thirteen straight games and 32 in a row at home while the Gaels haven't lost since January 4th at Canisius (eight straight wins). Both are hot and outside of Siena reserve point guard Kyle Downey both teams have all hands on deck for this one, which could be the second of three meetings should they meet in the MAAC Tournament.

This Week in the MAAC

February 3rd, 2010
Siena's Clarence JacksonIn a conference where the best race is the one for second place the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference will receive a welcome diversion (for some) in the form of the ESPNU BracketBusters event on February 19-20. The top two teams, Siena and Iona, will take part in the eleven-game event with the Gaels hosting William & Mary on the 19th while the Saints receive the headline game of the weekend.

NYC Tuesday Preview: Big East Locals in Action

February 2nd, 2010
St. John's point guard Malik Stith

Weekly Honors 

Atlantic 10: Fordham forward Chris Gaston won his third Rookie of the Week award, sharing the honor this week with La Salle's Aaric Murray. In the Rams' loss to La Salle last week Gaston scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, posting his thirteenth double-double of the season. 

Sunday MAAC Preview

January 24th, 2010
Fairfield guard Derek Needham

Four games are on the schedule today in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, with Fairfield's trip to Iona (3:30 PM) being the game of the day. The Stags have won eleven of the last fifteen in the series but the last eight games are even at four wins apiece. Both teams have been playing solid basketball of late and while it may be a stretch to expect the winner of today's game to catch frontrunning Siena, the winner takes a step towards that two-seed with eight games left in the conference season.

MAAC Thursday/Friday

January 21st, 2010
Iona head coach Kevin Willard

The MAAC slate offers up a split schedule before the weekend, with two games tonight and three more on Friday. Siena hosts a shorthanded Loyola squad and Fairfield visits Marist in tonight's games, but one of the better matchups could be the one that's being televised by ESPNU on Friday night. Iona, winners of four straight and nine of their last eleven, take on Manhattan at Draddy Gymnasium with tip time set for 9 PM.

MAAC Weekly Update

January 20th, 2010
Saint Peter's guard Wesley Jenkins

League favorite Siena established further separation between itself and the rest of the Metro Atlantic with their win at Fairfield on Saturday, opening a gap of two games between themselves and the Stags. But for the solid play of teams such as Fairfield, Iona and Saint Peter's, the bigger story may be the struggles endured by preseason contenders Niagara and Rider. What's up with these two?

Wednesday NYC Preview: Turmoil Surrounds Rutgers

January 13th, 2010
Rutgers head coach Fred Hill

Included on Wednesday's area schedule are a pair of Big East games that the home teams can't afford to perform poorly in given the the pulse of the public. St. John's hosts Cincinnati in the first game of a doubleheader at Madison Square Garden, a game that many will watch because of the return of Brooklyn native Lance Stephenson. Stephenson had a few things to say in regards to why he chose Cincinnati instead of St. John's, but the Red Storm have more important things to worry about with their offensive efficiency being the chief concern.

MAAC Players of the Decade

December 31st, 2009
Siena's Kenny Hasbrouck

With this being the final day of the decade this is a good time to pick my personal players of the decade in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The MAAC has gone through quite the transformation over the last ten years, with the balance of power shifting from the New York-area schools north to the likes of Siena and Niagara as we look forward to the next ten years. The program of the decade: Siena.

Ebanks, Mountaineers Knock Off Pirates in Overtime

December 26th, 2009
West Virginia's Devin Ebanks

If told before the game that Seton Hall would shoot 16-for-33 from the foul line and 6-for-30 from behind the arc nine out of ten people would figure that Bobby Gonzalez's team were blown out. But what happened defied wisdom, with Seton Hall scoring twelve of the last fourteen points in regulation to send the game into overtime on a Jeremy Hazell three pointer. But all that shot did was delay the inevitable; West Virginia proved to be too much in winning the Big East opener 90-84 at the Prudential Center in Newark.

Rider/Siena Highlights Wednesday Schedule

December 23rd, 2009
Siena's Edwin Ubiles

There are just three games on the MAAC schedule tonight but it's quite obvious which game is the most important. Two of the three favorites will get together at the Times Union Center at 7 PM as Rider (8-5, 1-0) visits Siena (6-4, 1-0). Unfortunately there's no TV for the game but it can be watched online for a fee at, and if you can tune in you'll be in store for a holiday treat.

Weekly MAAC Awards

December 22nd, 2009

The Week in the MAAC

December 14th, 2009
Tyrone Lewis

Iona, Niagara Pick Up Key Road Wins

Picked to finish ninth in the MAAC preseason poll, not much was expected from Kevin Willard's Gaels due to their overall lack of experience. But they've been far more competitive than that prognostication would indicate, with the Gaels' most recent success being a win at Providence on Saturday night. Kyle Smyth, who was named MAAC Rookie of the Week, led Iona with twenty-one points as they picked up their sixth victory of the season.

The Weekend in NYC

December 12th, 2009
Scott Machado

The month of December is when college basketball heats up thanks to the end of the college football season. There are also mid-season defections and transfers to account for, along with injuries. That's what teams in the New York metropolitan area have dealt with recently, beginning with Fordham firing Dereck Whittenburg following the decision of PG Jio Fontan to transfer. Assistant Jared Grasso has taken over and picked up a win in his first game as head coach, beating Stony Brook and scoring 93 points in the process.

The Week in the MAAC

December 8th, 2009
MAACThe first rotation through conference play in the Metro Atlantic is complete and there were few surprises over the weekend. Undefeated are the three favorites (Niagara, Rider and Siena) and Fairfield, who picked up wins over Marist and Saint Peter's. Canisius, Manhattan and Saint Peter's all split their two games while Iona, Loyola and Marist will head back into non-conference play with 0-2 records.
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Conference Play Begins This Week (MAAC Version)

December 2nd, 2009
Fran McCaffery - Siena

The first week of December also marks the beginning of conference play in leagues like the Metro Atlantic who play their conference tournaments the first weekend in March as opposed to the second. The conference picked up some good results in the first month of the season, with Rider opening the season by beating Mississippi State in Starkville and beating St. Joseph's earlier this week.

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NYC Metro Update: Thanksgiving Week Schedule

November 23rd, 2009
Jeremy Hazell

Weekly Honors

America East: Stony Brook F/G Tommy Brenton was named to the conference's Honor Roll due to his averages of 10.5 points and 11.5 rebounds per game last week. The Seawolves are 3-0 for the first time since 1994. 

Atlantic 10: Fordham F Chris Gaston was named to the Honor Roll due to his averages of fifteen points and ten rebounds per game in three games. The freshman has a pair of double-doubles to his credit thus far.