Thursday, September 10, 2015

MAAC Coaches Roundtable Recap

MAAC Mens Basketball Coaches in Orlando for the MAAC Basketball Roundtable Discussion

The MAAC coaches from all eleven teams sat down in Orlando Thursday evening for a roundtable discussion with MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor and ESPN’s Rob Kennedy and Doug Sherman, which aired on ESPN3. The discussion covered several topics from the new rule changes in the NCAA, to the new MAAC Tournament format. The hour long broadcast produced several memorable moments and an insightful look at the upcoming season through the eyes of each coach.

Below is the topic by topic recap of the discussion including each coach’s opinions on each topic:

Sunday, September 6, 2015 2015-2016 Season Predicitions

Despite being several months away from the MAAC basketball season, the feeling amongst fans, media, and coaches seems to be the same -- This year, the MAAC is Iona’s conference to lose. Although Iona was the heavy favorites and regular season champions the last two years, they were not able to overcome their archrival Manhattan College in either of the last two MAAC championship games. The two consecutive NIT appearances have left a bad taste in the Gaels' mouth. This extra motivation should have Iona poised to capture the MAAC regular season title for the third consecutive year. The question remains, how will the rest of the MAAC shake out?

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Javion Ogunyemi to transfer back to Siena

As first reported by Jeff Goodman (ESPN) earlier today, Current BU (and former Siena) forward, Javion Ogynyemi, is expected to transfer back to Siena for the upcoming fall semester.

Back on March 30th Siena announced that 6'-8" Ogunyemi, a local product out of Troy NY, would be transferring out of Siena. In a Times Union article published back in March, Siena head coach Jimmy Patsos stated that the reason for the transfer was Ogunyemi "wanted a change of scenery".

Ogunyemi who averaged 9 points and 5 rebounds per game for the Saints last year was one of the leagues most improved players. On May 5th The Troy Record reported that Ogunyemi had made his decision and would attending Boston University in the fall. Per NCAA Division 1 transfer rules, Ogunyemi was expected to sit out the upcoming 2015-2016 season for the Terriers.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Ranking the MAAC Non-Conference Strength of Schedule

[UPDATED 09/14/15]

As the MAAC schools begin to officially release their non-conference schedules we will continuously track and compare the strength of each school's schedule against the others.

We will compare each school's strength of schedule (SOS) for their road, home and overall non-conference schedules. The schools will be ranked based on the average RPI of their opponents (as they finished at the end of last season). Although this is not a completely accurate measure for how their opponents will fare this year (due to graduating seniors, transfers and offseason injuries) it is a good starting point to measure how each MAAC institution's schedule ranks.

Sunday, August 2, 2015 Proposed 'MAAC Alumni' Team for next year's TBT

As the final seconds tick off the clock at the 2015 The Basketball Tournament (TBT) championship game at Fordham University between this years finalists 'Overseas Elite' and 'Team 23' we here at started thinking, how would a MAAC Alumni team fare? More importantly who would be on it?

The Basketball Tournament (TBT) is an open application, 5-on-5, single-elimination, winner take all basketball tournament. There is no entry fee and the only qualification to enter is that you must be 18 or older and willing to forego your amateur status (which would eliminates any current MAAC players from participation).

Last years winner (Notre Dame Fighting Alumni) took home $500k and this years champion (Overseas Elite) took home $1,000,000. Not only would a MAAC Alumni team bring great publicity to the MAAC Conference but could also put a nice chunk of change in some recent Alumni's pocket.