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If this week’s poll looks identical to last week’s, there’s a good reason to think that. Manhattan changed places with Quinnipiac and St. Francis swapped positions with Columbia. The rest of the teams all remained the same.
1. St. John’s (19-11)
2. Iona (20-9)
3. Stony Brook (21-9)
4. Manhattan (22-7)
5. Quinnipiac (19-10)
6. Wagner (18-11)
7. St. Francis...Read more »
Last season, No. 1 Stony Brook’s regular-season-ending victory over Albany was a double-edged sword because it dropped the Great Danes to the No. 4 seed and set up an ill-fated meeting in the conference tournament semifinals at SEFCU Arena on the UAlbany campus. A two-point semifinals loss ended the Seawolves’ NCAA tournament hopes.
But this year, the Seawolves (21-9, 13-3 America East) are...Read more »
If you're a strict numbers person, Stony Brook's 69-53 loss at Vermont was brutal.
Seawolves’ leading scorer and rebounder Jameel Warney finished with just seven points on 3-for-10 shooting with one board. Anthony Jackson, who entered the game with 998 points, didn’t score. And Dave Coley, the Seawolves’ fourth-leading point man finished with zero points, too.
Sophomore guard Carson...Read more »
If you didn't know better, you'd think Stony Brook basketball coach Steve Pikiell was sports information director at Vermont. Pikiell can cite chapter and verse on an impressive array of Catamounts statistics.
“They’ve won games in our league by an average of 24 points a game,” Pikiell said, embellishing slightly on the actual 22-point margin in conference games that is tops in the NCAA. “They’re...Read more »
We have a new No. 1 in the poll as Iona takes over the top spot for the first time this season. The Gaels have won 24 of their last 25 games and hold a one game lead over Marist in the MAAC standings. It was a close call as Iona lost to the Red Storm 78-48 on Nov. 12. St. John’s dropped one place to second after losing its second straight at Creighton last week.
Rutgers and Marist remained...Read more »
A narrow loss at Villanova didn’t stop voters from keeping St. John’s in the top spot this week. Iona and Stony Brook just keep winning and held on to the second and third spots. Quinnipiac also held steady at No. 4 after two wins last week. Manhattan split two games last week, but stayed at No. 5.
Wagner is up one spot after winning twice last week, while Columbia, despite winning two, fell...Read more »
It’s not that Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell doesn’t enjoy having more offensive weapons at his disposal than past editions of the Seawolves have had. But when SBU suffered a 73-69 shootout loss to New Hampshire recently, breaking a 23-game home winning streak in America East play over three years, Pikiell didn’t like the team he saw in the mirror.
The Seawolves (19-8, 11-2 America East)...Read more »
It's almost crunch time for local hoops teams trying to make a run for the NCAA Tournament. Here’s a quick breakdown on which of our locals has a shot at the post season.
Hofstra (8-20, 4-9 CAA; RPI - 286): A 20-loss season is not a good thing under any circumstances. That said, Hofstra could pose a threat to one of the higher seeds in the CAA tournament. With two big scorers in Zeke...Read more »
St. John’s keeps the No. 1 spot after winning its 11th straight Big East game over Villanova on Saturday. Iona has won three straight and remains No. 2, while Rutgers, which has won five straight, held on to the third spot. Marist won twice last week and stayed at No. 4, Fordham split two games and held on to the fifth spot, while Stony Brook is up one place after three straight wins. Army...Read more »
Despite being tied for first in the America East standings going into Saturday’s game against New Hampshire, Stony Brook’s road to a third straight regular-season title lately has been filled with potholes. Over the previous two weeks, the Seawolves didn’t threaten in the second half of a 10-point loss at Albany and then struggled to beat Hartford at home by four and score a five-point road win...Read more »