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2015-16 MAAC Post-Mortem

by - Published June 20, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes
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Of all the anticipated major storylines as the 2015-16 college basketball season approached, it’s safe to say not a single one of them included a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference school from West Long Branch, N.J., that lost 15 games the year before.

It has been some time since a school as small as Monmouth so thoroughly captured the nation’s attention, but the Hawks were not just the story of the MAAC but one of the biggest anywhere. It was a Gonzaga-like rise for a program that finished fourth in its conference a year earlier, but was perhaps as talked about as almost any team not named Duke or Kentucky in 2015-16.

Monmouth took on a brutal non-conference schedule and had the audacity to not just play competitively against it but win more than its share of games. Led by pocket-sized guard Justin Robinson and more talented than most anyone not around the team expected, the Hawks ran around and shot over foes, defeating a who’s who of major college athletics names: UCLA, Notre Dame, USC, Georgetown. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Tuesday, March 8, 2016

by - Published March 8, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Tthe unabashed chaos of the conference tournaments this year may have reached a climax Monday night, with a pair of teams losing-and maybe even three-who will now be talked about at length for the next week. Then again, the night was pretty much par for the course for this season, so we shouldn’t be surprised in the least if/when it continues.

Monmouth and Valparaiso both lost in their conference tourneys Monday night, and both now for the next six days are going to be subject of cheerleading for their causes and condescension from major school apologists who still do think they would’ve finished 12th in the Big Ten. The Hawks lost to red-hot Iona 79-76 in the Metro Atlantic final, while Valpo took a 99-92 loss to Wisconsin-Green Bay in the Horizon League semis.
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MAAC semifinal box score breakdown

by - Published March 7, 2016 in Columns
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On Sunday, Monmouth and Iona punched their respective tickets to the MACC championship game on Monday evening in Albany. Sunday’s doubleheader set up a much anticipated meeting among two teams that each won on the other’s home court in regular season.

Monmouth 76, Fairfield 63
In a 73-possession game, Monmouth imposed a defensive will in holding the Stags to 88 offensive efficiency. Fairfield coughed the ball up at a 21 percent turnover rate. It wasn’t just forcing errors, as King Rice’s club held Fairfield to a 42 percent eFG percentage. Monmouth did use some of those forced turnovers to generate offense with a 21-9 edge in points off turnovers.

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The Morning Dish – Monday, February 29, 2016

by - Published February 29, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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The 2015-16 season will go down as one where you didn’t want to be a highly-ranked team. Sunday was no different, capping a week in which only two teams in the AP top 10 did not lose. On the season, teams ranked in the AP top 10 have now lost a record 73 games in those positions in the poll. There is still one week to go, so that record will probably only grow.

Besides that, ESPN Stats and Info put out another great note later on Sunday, which is that every major conference team has at least four losses on the season. That means we will see just the third time since seeding began that all four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament have four or more losses, with 1990 and 2009 being the others.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, February 23, 2016

by - Published February 23, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Before Iowa State was placed in so many preseason top 10s and labeled by some as a Final Four favorite and a short-list contender for the national title, it might’ve been instructive to watch the Cyclones’ final game from the 2014-15 season.

In a stunning first-round loss to No. 14 seed UAB in the NCAA Tournament, third-seeded ISU was outrebounded 51-34. This came against a team that was just +1.5 on the season on the glass while competing in Conference USA (and, indeed, the Blazers were outrebounded 41-26 in their next game by fairly middling UCLA).
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The Morning Dish – Saturday, February 20, 2016

by - Published February 20, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Friday night in college basketball tends to be seen as ho-hum at this time of the year, especially since Saturday is such a busy day. But this one was far from that, as there were three matchups of the top two teams in their respective conferences and all of them were important.

The first one of the evening was an Ivy League showdown that saw Yale visit Princeton. On the strength of a solid first half and 46 percent shooting for the game, Princeton made it tie in the loss column with a 75-63 win over the Bulldogs. Yale never quite got going offensively, shooting 38 percent from the field, and they couldn’t take advantage of a 38-25 edge on the glass. Justin Sears had a double-double with 15 points and ten rebounds, and Makai Mason had 18 points, but the perimeter players struggled to shoot on the evening.

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The Morning Dish – Tuesday, February 16, 2016

by - Published February 16, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Neither Oakland nor Iona are likely to win the regular season championship in their respective conferences. It also should surprise just about no one if either or both are in the NCAA Tournament a month from now.

The Golden Grizzlies and Gaels are two of the prime candidates to either a) displace their league champion from the NCAA tourney field or b) turn their conferences into surprising two-bid winners. Both were in action on Monday and continued late-season surges with impressive wins reminding us of just how potent they are. … Continue Reading

The Morning Dish – Saturday, February 6, 2016

by - Published February 6, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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As always at this time of the year, the Ivy League had a full slate on Friday night, and already another big matchup was on the books. And as also often happens, round one went to the home team, with a couple of frontcourt players leading the charge.

Yale brought an eight-game winning streak into a home date with Columbia, who had won six straight of their own. Both entered the night 4-0 in early Ivy League play, and this was expected before the season as most figured they would be two of the favorites. It was a matchup with strength against strength, with Lions guards Maodo Lo (21 points, six rebounds, seven steals) and Grant Mullins (13 points) having the best nights for them and the Bulldogs being led by Justin Sears (27 points, seven rebounds) and Brandon Sherrod (25 points, eight rebounds). More on the latter two in a moment.

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The Morning Dish – Sunday, January 17, 2016

by - Published January 17, 2016 in The Morning Dish
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Prosperity is not easy to handle or sustain at every level of sports. Even in professional leagues, one regularly sees teams that win a big game or several games in a row then come crashing down to earth at the times many don’t expect it.

The college basketball season-and conference schedule in particular-is a grind, and it’s not a given that teams will always defeat opponents that they have already proven they can consistently beat. It’s not just the big games a team wins; it’s how they play in the games immediately after, as well as in games throughout the season that they aren’t expected to lose. In that regard, Saturday was not a good day for a few teams who have had some big moments this year:
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The Morning Dish – Saturday, January 16, 2016

by - Published January 16, 2016 in Columns
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Friday night was a light night in college basketball in terms of the number of games, as is typical in the months of January through March. But this one had a lot packed into the evening, and the story that stood out is an unfortunate one.

At first glance, Monmouth visiting Iona would seem like a mid-major dandy. Monmouth is one of the standard bearers thus far this season, scoring wins over UCLA, Notre Dame, USC and Georgetown. Iona is down a bit this season, with injuries playing a role, but the Gaels are dangerous with their ability to score, and especially dangerous at home, where they entered the evening having won 26 straight. They were also 6-0 in MAAC play to start the night, a sign that their non-conference struggles were firmly in the past and they had developed from them, which is what you hope for if you’re a coach.

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