Iona knew it wasn’t going to get a second consecutive at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. This year, the fourth-seeded Gaels (20-13) won their way in.
I was driving on the 405 yesterday in Los Angeles when I received a call that Iowa State transfer Tavon Sledge was cleared to play this season for Iona, and I immediately came to this realization — the Gaels are more talented than they were last season.
Basketball in New Rochelle just got real interesting. Again. Norvel Pelle’s decision to attend Iona makes the Gaels a national story for the second consecutive season.
Lamont Jones has played against BYU twice before. But he only remembers one player — one no longer even with the Cougars.
Call it a MAAC miracle! In a surprise – perhaps the biggest in the field – Iona got a ticket to the dance.
The Gaels senior point guard won’t be able to forget last year’s MAAC title game defeat to St. Peter’s — a loss that still haunts him almost a year to the day after it happened.
The highly anticipated showdown between arguably the nation’s two most talented rosters should come down to a battle of toughness and outside shooting.
Vin Parise recently sat down with point guard Scott Machado of the 4-1 Iona Gaels. The Gaels are one of the hottest teams around with wins vs. Maryland & St. Joe’s and their floor general Machado leads the nation in assists.
Defensively, the loss of Allen on the interior is going to be an adjustment for Temple to overcome. Offensively, we should see good guards, few mistakes, and because of that, a berth in the NCAA Tournament.
During his first three seasons at Kansas, Taylor has always been regular member of the Jayhawks rotation but was never a name in bold print on an opponent’s scouting report. That is all about to change.