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Saturday, January 12, 2008

A crowded pack in the MAAC

It wasn't pretty, but Rider went into the House of Horrors (aka the Hynes Athletic Center at Iona) and got a win -- something the Broncs couldn't do against an 0-22 Iona team last year. 
Harris Mansell woke up from an early shooting slump to score a game-high 18 points for the Broncs, who host Loyola tomorrow afternoon at the Broncs' Zoo. 
Here's a link to the game story in today's Trentonian. There's also a notebook in the print edition. 
Tomorrow's game is a must-win for Rider. As Tommy Dempsey put it last week, the Broncs slipped back a little from the top teams in the MAAC when they lost at home last week to Marist. If they want to get back into the mix, they need to be virtually unbeatable at home, beat teams like Iona on the road, and try to steal a road win at places like Marist, Siena and Loyola. 
Marist, which beat St. Peter's last night, is now 4-1 in the league. Fairfield, pronounced dead by many after an atrocious first month of the season, is alive and kicking at 3-2, having won at Siena and Loyola. 
And after Siena won last night at Niagara, six out of the 10 teams in the conference are within a game of first place
Tomorrow is a good opportunity for the Broncs to win a game against a top-tier MAAC team -- something they haven't yet done, despite being 3-2 in the league. 
I'm curious to know: which teams do you think are legit in the MAAC and which teams will fade by the end of January? 


Anonymous Scott Apuzzo said...

Siena beats Stanford, Fairfield beats Siena, thus Fairfield will beat Stanford in the NCAA tournament.

January 12, 2008 at 3:51 PM 
Anonymous Scott Apuzzo said...

Siena beats Stanford, Fairfield beats Siena, thus Fairfield will beat Stanford in the NCAA Tournament

January 12, 2008 at 3:52 PM 
Blogger Tom Cleary said...

Fairfield is by far the best team in the MAAC.

But seriously, it's a wide open race right now and February should be an interesting month. I doubt the Stags can win the regular season, but they will be a nuisance to every team they play and will make a run in Albany.

But in the end I think JT and Rider will pull out the NCAA bid.

January 14, 2008 at 12:38 AM 
Anonymous Welcome Class of 2025 to Fr. Von Arx is a Moron Hall said...

I am sick and tired of the sub-par results that sum up Fairfield basketball. FU always recruits kids that do not live up to their hype and become 6th team All-MAAC members. Sadly, we missed out on Bob Huggins and his energetic coaching style. Think about it, Fairfield would at the top of the MAAC standings and every Tuesday at the Grape, you can chug Gin and Tonics with the Coach. I say we change our strategy and try to persuade all ready proven stars to play for the Stags that have not completely fulfilled their eligibility. The school could entice them with an MBA or master’s degree. Larry Bird, Robert Parrish and Kevin McHale would look great in red and white. In addition, how great would it be to say, “Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, and Robert Parrish ARE walking through that door.” I don’t care if they’re old and gray; we still play in the MAAC baby!!!!

January 14, 2008 at 1:26 AM 

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