The Gaels have won at least 20 games and made a postseason appearance in each of Tim Cluess’ five seasons.
Tim Cluess has been given a contract extension by Iona after leading the Gaels to two NCAA tournaments in his first four seasons.
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.
“We used last year’s game as motivation to drive us toward this year,” coach Tim Cluess said. “It gave us a chance to return. Had that not happened, I don’t think we’d be sitting here right now.”
Iona College in New Rochelle will be taking on Big Ten champions Ohio State on Friday, while a first-year coach will lead Long Island University Brooklyn against James Madison to days earlier in the First Four.
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’ll be heading down I-95 starting today to take in three different college hoops games in three nights.
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.
The Iona Gaels community was in shock late Thursday by the tragic death of incoming recruit Michael Haynes.
Steve Masiello, who was an assistant under Pitino for six years at Louisville, once told me he planned to incorporate 99.9% of what he learned from his mentor into his own program. And that’s exactly what’s happened.
Almost nothing went wrong for Iona in the first 16 minutes of its first-round game against BYU. After that, almost nothing went right.
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.
Tomorrow at the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts, the MAAC Coach of the Year will be named. I’ll be up there co-hosting the event – and here are my thoughts about the award this year.
In the spirit of the Oscars, ladies and gentlemen, here are your nominees…
If Iona is going to live up to their billing, they will have to display a renewed killer instinct.