It was possible that Jaspers coach Steve Masiello would end up taking on his alma mater, Kentucky, on Thursday night. But Hampton had other plans.
Maybe the Wildcats should take either team seriously. After all, each has been a part of some memorable NCAA headlines over the years.
Steve Masiello knew the Jaspers’ return to the NCAA Tournament would mean he would have to revisit what happened last year with USF and his resume scandal. And that’s OK.
Now, it’s on to bigger things. “Sweet Sixteen, Final Four, that’s what we’re about,” Ashton Pankey said as Jaspers coach Steve Masiello jokingly tried to muffle his microphone.
“It’s gonna be a fun game, it’s gonna be a battle,” the Jaspers’ RaShawn Stores said, according to the NY Post. “They’re our biggest rivals and we know what’s on the line — the NCAA Tournament.”
St. John’s junior guard D’Angelo Harrison has won the Haggerty Award, presented to the top Division I player in the New York Metropolitan area.
The episode was embarrassing and easily could have ended with Steve Masiello looking for work. But Manhattan chose to go another route, one that will allow a successful coach to stay where he is.
Steve Masiello’s status as basketball coach at Manhattan College remains in limbo.
The Jaspers are suddenly without a head coach after winning the MAAC title and nearly upsetting Louisville in the NCAA tournament, according to CBSSports.com.
The 13th-seeded Jaspers looked entirely capable of pulling off the biggest upset on the first full day of the NCAA tournament. Until Louisville’s two most reliable players took over.
Louisville coach Rick Pitino had no problem with his team’s NCAA Tournament seeding. It was the pairing that drew his ire.
Will this year’s Cinderella team hail from right here in the Big Apple? The Manhattan Jaspers sure hope so.
Andujar is a 6’6”, 205-pound point forward. He can handle the ball like a guard and draw bigger defenders out of the lane.
Syracuse University advertises itself as “New York’s College Team.” St. John’s boasts, “We Are New York’s Team.” If we’re talking about New York City, Manhattan College may have the best case.
Iona and Manhattan, two schools separated by fewer than 10 miles, will play for the MAAC championship in Springfield, MA.