Ray Floriani is the RTC correspondent for the MAAC and NEC conferences.
A year ago the MAAC tournament gave us a surprise with St. Peter’s coming on strong to win the title. This season Iona is the clear-cut choice. Interestingly, if Iona gets upset, the conference will be a two-bid league with the Gaels almost certain to be an at-large entry to the NCAA tournament. As it stands, Iona cutting down the nets virtually guarantees the conference one spot on Selection Sunday. Doesn’t mean there will be a lack of excitement and drama along the way.
Final Regular Season Standings
Team, MAAC record, overall record:
|1. Iona||15-3, 24-6|
|2. Loyola (MD)||13-5, 21-8|
|3. Manhattan||12-6, 20-11|
|4. Fairfield||12-6, 17-3|
|5. Rider||10-8, 13-18|
|6. Siena||8-10, 13-16|
|7. Niagra||8-10, 13-18|
|8. Marist||7-11, 13-17|
|9. St. Peter’s||4-14, 5-25|
|10. Canisius||1-17, 5-24|
Player of the Year: Scott Machado, Iona
A player that simply has a tremendous impact on the game. Machado scored 13.1 points a game while adding 5 rebounds, but his expertise lies in handing out assists. He led the nation with 10.1 assists an outing. The Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year award finalist is also dangerous in late game situations, hitting 80.5% of his free throw attempts.
Rookie of the Year: Juan’ya Green, Niagara
The 6’3″ freshman guard averaged 17.5 points per outing. Green went beyond scoring, handing out 4.4 assists per game. The leading freshman scorer and third overall scorer in the MAAC, Green recorded 27 double figure games this season.
Coach of the Year: Jimmy Patsos, Loyola
The Greyhounds finished conference runner-up and recorded a 20-win season for the first time in school history. Loyola also owns victories over every other school in the conference’s “first division.” They will be a tough out in Springfield.
First Team All-MAAC:
- Rakim Sanders, Fairfield, Forward
- Mike Glover, Iona, Forward
- Erik Etherly, Loyola, Forward
- George Beamon, Manhattan, Guard
- O.D. Anosike, Siena, Forward
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