Isaiah Williams and A.J. English combined for 16 of Iona’s Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament record 19 3-pointers and the top-seeded Gaels beat No. 4 seed Monmouth 95-77 on Sunday in the semifinals.
A.J. English hit six 3-pointers and finished with 32 points to help top-seeded Iona hold off No. 8 seed Siena 74-71 on Saturday in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference quarterfinals.
Desi Washington scored 19 points and Tyler Gaskins added 16 as Saint Peter’s beat conference leader Iona 68-60 on Sunday to lock up the No. 7 seed in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament.
George Beamon scored 16 points Monday night and Manhattan held off rival Iona 71-68 for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title and a berth into the NCAA tournament.
Billy Baron, the MAAC Player of the Year, played in the ACC and Atlantic-10 before coming to Canisius, giving him a better perspective than most on the quality of play across conferences.
Iona and Manhattan, two schools separated by fewer than 10 miles, will play for the MAAC championship in Springfield, MA.
Tim Cluess has been given a contract extension by Iona after leading the Gaels to two NCAA tournaments in his first four seasons.
English is averaging 17.8 points, 4.1 assists, and 3.9 rebounds for the Gaels, who are tied atop the MAAC with an 8-2 conference record after winning both games last weekend.
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins told me on Tuesday in Morgantown that junior guard Gary Browne has been the Mountaineers’ best shooter so far in preseason practice.
Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin told me this week there’s a strong chance that both Antonio Barton and freshman Darius Thompson could be on the floor in end of game situations.
Amile Jefferson will be Duke’s unsung presence next season. The 6-8 forward will likely start at center for the Blue Devils and should benefit from playing at a faster pace.
Don’t be surprised if Iona pushes Ohio State. If the Gaels make some shots early on, this one could very interesting.
This is a major opportunity for UCLA. The Bruins have yet to earn a marquee victory in the non-conference portion of their schedule and the Tigers will enter Pauley Pavilion as the seventh-ranked team in the country.
Temple is at their best with Khalif Wyatt at the point.
I’ll be heading down I-95 starting today to take in three different college hoops games in three nights.