Thursday, February 23, 2017

Tempo Thursday: February 23, 2017

By Ray Floriani (@rfloriani)


Into the homestretch, it has come down to two heading to the finish. Mathematically, Rhode Island and Richmond may not be out, but with three conference games left, there is a bit too much to make up. Dayton visits Davidson and George Washington while their lone home date sees them entertain VCU in a game that could wrap things up. VCU has home dates with Saint Louis and George Mason while visiting Rhode Island and Dayton, not an easy road for Will Wade and company.


All statistics reflect Atlantic 10 games through February 22, 2017, and are courtesy of KenPom:


1) Dayton (+16, 13-2)
2) VCU (+15, 12-2)
3) Rhode Island (+11, 10-5)
4) St. Bonaventure (+4, 8-6)
5) Richmond (+3, 10-5)
6) George Mason (+1, 8-7)
7) Davidson (+1, 7-8)
8) La Salle (-1, 8-7)
9) George Washington (-4, 6-8)
10) Fordham (-6, 6-8)
11) UMass (-6, 3-11)
12) Saint Joseph’s (-9, 3-11)
13) Duquesne (-10, 3-11)
14) Saint Louis (-18, 4-10)


Offensive efficiency leaders:
1) VCU (111)
2) Dayton (109)
3) Rhode Island (107)
4) George Mason (107)
5) Richmond (106)


Ten conference teams enjoy a three-figure efficiency. VCU’s outstanding efficiency is largely due to an effective field goal percentage of 53, with a good deal of those finishes inside the three-point arc.


Defensive efficiency leaders:
1) Dayton (93)
2) VCU (96)
3) Rhode Island (96)
4) St. Bonaventure (101)
5) Fordham (102)
The offense-oriented A-10 has only three members with defensive efficiencies under 100. Rhode Island (45 percent), Dayton (47) and VCU (47) lead the conference in effective field goal percentage defense. St. Bonaventure is fifth at 50 percent. Fordham allows a generous 52% eFG mark, tenth in the league. Jeff Neubauer’s Rams do force you to turn it over, though, with a conference-leading 23 percent turnover rate. Interestingly, VCU; known as the team to create havoc and force turnovers, has a modest 20 percent turnover rate. Both herds of Rams get the job done by contesting shots in more of a half court setting.  


Tempo leaders:
1) UMass (74 possessions per game)
2) Richmond (72)
3) Duquesne (71)
4) George Mason (70)
5) Saint Joseph’s (70)


Those are the only five teams playing at a 70-possession or higher pace. George Mason, a surprise this season, seems to be doing well in this tempo. This is not due to tempo alone, but among the top five in terms of pace, only the Patriots and Richmond have winning records.


Most Deliberate:
1) Saint Louis (63 possessions per game)
2) Fordham (65)
3) George Washington (66)
4) St. Bonaventure (69)
5) La Salle (69)
Fordham has found success of late with their half court, grind-it-out tempo. The high turnover rate on defense, mentioned a few times already, is problematic for opponents because at the pace Fordham plays, there are less possessions to begin with.


A closer look at VCU: The offensive (conference leading) and defensive (second in A-10) efficiency of the Rams has been noted. It was also noted how well they shoot inside the arc. One reason is an offensive rebounding percentage of 35, the best in the league. Opponents have a percentage of 28, so VCU is showing a healthy plus-seven in that category. Offensive rebounds lead to close opportunities and the chance to get opponents into foul trouble. They have had some close calls in conference, however, their consistency has been exemplary. There is only one two-game losing streak in conference play, back in mid-January. To date, the Rams are riding an eight-game win streak.  


With mention of two-point shooting, here are those most proficient inside the arc:
1) Richmond (57 percent)
2) VCU (53)
3) UMass (52)
4) Dayton (51)
5) La Salle (51)


As noted, there is usually a correlation between two-point shooting and offensive rebounding. Not so with Richmond, as the Spiders have the lowest offensive rebound percentage in the conference at 18 percent.
Games of note:
Dayton 76, St. Bonaventure 72
On Saturday, the Bonnies gave Dayton all they could handle before dropping a tough road contest. In a 75-possession contest, St. Bonaventure posted an excellent 100 efficiency against the conference’s top-ranked defense. On their end, Dayton came through with a 106 efficiency, largely on the efforts of Scoochie Smith (19 points) and Kendall Pollard (16).


Fordham 53, Rhode Island 43
Right around deadline last week, Fordham scored a road victory over Rhode Island on Wednesday evening. Fordham’s efficiency was 85, but they held Dan Hurley’s group to a 69. As has been the case consistently this season, Fordham forced the home five into a 23 percent turnover rate. Rhode Island then took to the road to defeat George Mason and La Salle, which epitomizes the type of year it has been in this conference.


Games to watch:
Saturday, February 25: VCU at Rhode Island
It goes without saying that Rhode Island desperately needs this one to stay in the race. VCU, hoping to keep pace with Dayton, has a tough road test in their own right in an interesting matchup, as both are among the conference elite on both the offensive and defensive sides of the floor.


Richmond at Fordham
Visiting Richmond could use this one on the road as time is running out. In Fordham, they will face a team playing better of late who will try to get Chris Mooney’s club out of a 70-possession pace.


Trends:
Efficiency: 104
Tempo: 69 possessions per game
Effective field goal percentage: 50
Turnover rate: 18
Offensive rebound percentage: 28
Home record: 58-43 (.574)


KenPom’s All-A-10 Team
T.J. Cline, Richmond
Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure
Marquise Moore, George Mason
Jack Gibbs, Davidson
JeQuan Lewis, VCU


Top 5 in Usage:
Here we look at the five players ahead of the conference pack in terms of what percentage of their team’s possessions are they using.


1) T.J. Cline, Richmond (32 percent)
2) Jack Gibbs, Davidson (30)
3) Tyler Cavanaugh, George Washington (29)
4) Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure (28)
5) James Demery, Saint Joseph’s (28)

Cavanaugh is not a surprise. A year ago, he used 25 percent of the Colonials’ possessions in conference play. Demery, a junior guard, has seen his usage increase from 18 percent last year, in part due to the injury bug that significantly hit the Hawks this season.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Delgado dominates as Seton Hall downs Xavier to keep hope alive

Angel Delgado signs autographs for some of his younger admirers moments after his 25-point, 13-rebound night helped Seton Hall survive Xavier. (Photo by John Fanta/Seton Hall University Athletics)

NEWARK, NJ -- As a veteran of last year's team that fought their way off the bubble and into the NCAA Tournament, Angel Delgado knew what was at stake.

The junior big man has been a vocal leader both in the locker room and on the hardwood for Seton Hall as they seek an encore of their successful late-season surge twelve months later, and with his Pirates needing another star turn to preserve their at-large hopes, he delivered.

Delgado feasted on Xavier's smaller front line, leading the way with 25 points and 13 rebounds as Seton Hall shook off a gritty Musketeer team's physical first half and drove away down the stretch for a 71-64 victory at the Prudential Center to salvage their three-game homestand with a pair of wins, the first coming a week ago Wednesday against nationally-ranked Creighton.

"We needed this win so bad, and the guys knew it," Delgado candidly intimated as the Pirates (17-10, 7-8) moved closer to the top half of the Big East standings in victory, now sitting a half-game behind Marquette and Xavier for fourth place in the conference. "We came to play today, and we played hard. That's why we got the win."

Desi Rodriguez chipped in with 22 points alongside Delgado's 25, which were supplemented with 13 rebounds for his ninth consecutive double-double as Seton Hall emerged from a rock fight in the opening minutes with a battle-hardened look that took control with a 10-2 run early in the second half and gained separation from Xavier (18-10, 8-7 Big East) with a second 10-2 spurt later in the period. J.P. Macura's 22 points led the visitors in the losing effort.

A 31-30 halftime deficit and an ensuing 7-3 Xavier run soon gave way to Delgado asserting himself out of the gates following the intermission, collecting five straight points to tie the score at 38-all, with a layup on the heels of a Myles Powell three-pointer giving the Pirates a 43-41 advantage. The Musketeers would soon tie the score shortly thereafter, but Rodriguez and Powell gave The Hall a lead it would never relinquish with back-to-back baskets in the span of 39 seconds. Then, with the Pirates clinging to a 55-53 lead with just over seven minutes to play, Delgado found his way inside off a feed from Ismael Sanogo and proceeded to lay it in and draw the foul to complete a conventional three-point play. Xavier would not get within one possession for the remainder of the contest, as Seton Hall closed out the game with only three turnovers after halftime, showing remarkable veteran resolve on both sides of the basketball en route to Chicago to meet DePaul in a Saturday matinee.

"We can't lose no games," said Delgado of the short-term objective in the Pirate locker room. "That's our goal. We've just got to play hard and play with confidence. If you play like that every game, you're going to win for sure."

"We know we're on the bubble right now," he elaborated. "And I told the guys, 'if you don't pick it up, we're going to stay outside the tournament. They know that, and that's why they played angry today. I like how the guys played."

Seton Hall 71, Xavier 64: 5 Thoughts

By Jason Guerette (@JPGuerette)

Coming into the homestand against Creighton, Villanova and Xavier, Seton Hall absolutely had to get at least two wins to save their NCAA aspirations. Despite taking a beating at the hands of the Wildcats on Saturday in front of a record-setting crowd at Prudential Center, the always-resilient Pirates bounced back and used a second half run to beat Xavier 71-64 on Wednesday night.


Here are the 5 Thoughts:

1. Frontcourt Power

For much of this game, the Pirates' backcourt (Khadeen Carrington, Madison Jones and Myles Powell) couldn't get much going offensively, but boy did Seton Hall's frontcourt leaders make up for that. Angel Delgado (25 points and 13 rebounds) and Desi Rodriguez (22 points, including several key ones down the stretch) were men among boys tonight, mowing through Xavier's front line to carry the Pirates to victory.

Also of note- Rodriguez scored his 1,000th point on a jumper tonight, joining classmates Angel Delgado and Khadeen Carrington in the active club. Per the school on Twitter, it is only the second time in school history that they have had three of those on the same team (joining Darryl Walker, Ramon Ramos and John Morton from the 1989 team). Walker, Ramos and Morton, however, were all seniors that season, while Desi, Angel and Khadeen are juniors. Impressive indeed, and all still have a lot of hoops to play.

2. Keeping Up The Pressure

Seton Hall never trailed by too many points tonight, but they also were kept at a distance for the first part of the game. They were able to tie Xavier, but never take a big or consistent lead.

That changed coming out of the under-16-minute media timeout in the second half. Down 41-38, Myles Powell sunk a three off the bench, followed in sequence by a Delgado layup (off a great feed from Jones), a Rodriguez layup, and then another three by Powell. That finally got Seton Hall a lead in the contest, forcing a Xavier timeout with the score 58-53, and it ended up being a lead that would not be relinquished. Credit the defense for really clamping down from there, forcing Xavier into turnovers and missed shots with more regularity the rest of the way.

3. Playing For Keeps

By "for keeps," I mean keeping control of the ball. Until the final minute of the game, the Pirates had only committed six turnovers in the entire contest, with just ONE after halftime (from Powell at the 10:24 mark). For all Carrington's struggles from the floor tonight(1-9), he led the way in this regard by dishing a team-best five assists against one turnover himself.

The Pirates ended up with their second-fewest turnovers this season. Coincidentally, their fewest was seven, also against the Musketeers earlier in Big East play. For the game, they forced their opponents into 14 turnovers and that led to a 14-8 edge in points off turnovers. There's your margin of victory almost exactly.

4. Resiliency

This team has it in spades. It may be their most-formidable attribute that doesn't wear jersey #31 this season. Many a team could have crumbled with such a loss as the Pirates took on Saturday in front of the best crowd ever in Newark. Heck, you could have said that after a number of close or tough losses this year. But every time you knock this team down, they pick themselves up, dust themselves off and start all over again. While last year's squad featured a bona fide superstar as well as an unmistakable leadership quality from a tremendous and well-traveled elder statesman, this team just keeps coming back for more. It's this resiliency that is surely responsible for....

5. Bubble Bobble

.... the current state of the NCAA Tournament hopes, which is once again alive and well. Now, they still have work to do- they cannot afford losses in either of their next two games at DePaul and home vs Georgetown. Their regular season finale at Butler is an expected loss (with good reason- just look at the history between the two teams), but whomever the Pirates face in the first round of the Big East Tournament in a couple weeks, if they take care of the games they're "supposed" to win, and get a win at MSG, they're likely on the right side of that oft-mentioned bubble.

So, basically, the season's far from over, but boy does the Chance to Dance look a little more tangible after taking two of three in Newark the last week. If Seton Hall does dance next month, this will have been the homestand that saved their season.

Kevin Willard quotebook: Xavier postgame

On response after tough losses:
"This team has a lot of heart. We've had some really tough losses this year. We had a really tough one obviously on Saturday, and we came in Monday -- it was good to get a day off. We haven't had a bye in February, which has been tough, so our days off have been really important. I think that's one of the reasons we've been playing better Wednesdays than we have on Saturdays, just because we've had a couple of days off. But we knew we were still...we had to win two out of three, and this was a big game."

On NCAA Tournament prospects:
"We have a long way to go. DePaul just beat Georgetown, DePaul, they're four games away from being 6-8 themselves. They're a good basketball team, we have a huge challenge, and obviously we have Georgetown and Butler, so we have a long way to go. This time of year, it's a long way."

On the junior class:
"I think they've all stepped up at different points, whether it's Khadeen (Carrington) with 41, Angel (Delgado) and Desi (Rodriguez) played terrific. No one really played well on Saturday, but I think it shows their maturity. that they understand they're able to bounce back. These guys have a lot of heart, and I thought Madison (Jones) was really good tonight again, too."

On handling Saturday's loss to Villanova:
"I'm old-school -- every once in a while, you get your a-- kicked. It just happens. They're good, they were coming off a bye, we had played a really good Creighton team on Wednesday night. Sometimes you just get beat up. The biggest thing, that's always been my message to this team, is 'how do you get back up?' When you get beat down, wake up the next morning. I went to my son's basketball game, I had breakfast, the sun came out. Let's just get ready for this game. We don't dwell on it, I don't think you should dwell on it. That's just the great thing about sports. There's always another opportunity, there's always another possession. It just gives you a chance to show your character, and I think this team has shown great character."

On whether the win at Georgetown got Seton Hall on a roll:
"I think each individual game right now is its own battle. All the talk about bubble, bubble, bubble, that wears on you a little bit, and I think these guys have done a good job of; I think because they're older, I think they understand what it's all about now. Last year, I don't think they understood all the talk and seedings and all that, and RPI and strength of schedule. They understand that a little bit more now, they look at each game with a great opportunity. Creighton was a big RPI win, even a Villanova loss doesn't hurt you. This was a great RPI win, so I think they understand that a little better."

On having three 1,000-point scorers:
"I think it shows the amount of hard work they've put in. Desi came in as a center in high school who never really shot the basketball, now he's shooting over 40 percent from three. I think Khadeen's evolved his game where even when he's struggling, he has five assists, one turnover. Angel never touched the ball in high school, so to see where he was then to where he is now, I think it just shows how much hard work they've put in."

On Angel Delgado's Haggerty Award prospects:
"If it was up to me, I think it's a no-brainer, but there's a lot of good players in this area. I know Justin Robinson's having a phenomenal year. It's probably him and Angel, but I think what Angel's doing with the rebounds, the minutes he's playing, is really impressive."

On Madison Jones:
"Madison's been phenomenal, not only being a very steady rudder, but he's really helped us defensively. He understands the game, he knows what I want from him and he's been a really strong rudder for us in the backcourt."

On defensive adjustments:
"We scored a little bit, it got us going. I think the biggest thing was Ish (Sanogo) was out there. Again, when Ish is out there; and again, he's only about 80 percent, he's able to do so much for us. He creates a lot of havoc. Again, I thought Madison did a good job on the pick-and-rolls during that time, we had struggled with that in the first half. It's just a matter of -- I think Myles (Powell) hit a couple of shots and got our juices going just a little bit and picked it up on defense."

On Myles Powell:
"It's the battle I'm having with the older guys, and not a bad battle, but just understanding when he's out there, we've got to get him some shots because he does open the floor for us. I'm also very, I would say surprised, at how much attention he gets. They don't leave him and that's something that he's got to get used to, and I think he did a good job moving it in the second half. He stood a little bit against the zone in the first half. The second half, he moved a little bit, got some shots and got in a nice flow."

Updated MAAC clinching scenarios: February 22, 2017

Updated after Rider's 93-82 victory at home over Manhattan Wednesday, here are the latest Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference clinching scenarios leading up to next week's 2017 MAAC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships at the Times Union Center in Albany:


Monmouth: Has already clinched regular season MAAC championship. Hawks will be #1 seed in MAAC Tournament, and will face winner of #8/#9 game on Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m.

Saint Peter's: Has clinched a first-round bye. Peacocks can finish anywhere from #2 to #5 seed.

Iona: Has clinched a first-round bye. Gaels can finish anywhere from #2 to #5 seed.

Siena: Has clinched a first-round bye. Saints own potential tiebreaker over Stags by virtue of their head-to-head sweep, and can finish anywhere from #2 to #5 seed.

Canisius: Can clinch a first-round bye with a win over Fairfield Friday. Golden Griffins can finish anywhere from #2 to #7 seed.

Fairfield: Has not clinched anything yet. Stags will finish as either #5, #6, or #7 seed.

Rider: Has not clinched anything yet. Broncs will finish as either #6, #7, or #8 seed.

Quinnipiac: Is assured of competing in an opening-round game on Thursday, March 2. Bobcats will finish as #7, #8, or #9 seed.

Niagara: Is assured of competing in an opening-round game on Thursday, March 2. Purple Eagles can finish no higher than #8 seed, and no lower than #11 seed.

Manhattan: Is assured of competing in an opening-round game on Thursday, March 2. Jaspers will finish as either #9, #10, or #11 seed.

Marist: Is assured of competing in an opening-round game on Thursday, March 2. Red Foxes will finish as either #9, #10, or #11 seed.

These tiebreaker scenarios will be updated frequently, both on this site and on Twitter (@DalyDoseOfHoops) in the days leading up to the opening-round games on Thursday, March 2.

Rider women fend off Monmouth for eighth in a row

By Brandon Scalea (@brandonscalea)

LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ -- With Monmouth threatening to come back, freshman guard Lexi Posset dribbled at the top of the key with the shot clock winding down and the game clock approaching the final minute.

She stepped back and knocked down a huge three to extend the lead back to double digits and push the Broncs to their eighth straight win and 21st overall Wednesday, defeating the Hawks, 75-63, to complete the season sweep of its West Long Branch rival.

Senior forward Julia Duggan said that as the Broncs keep winning, the season keeps getting more fun.

“It’s great to see the smiles on everyone’s faces,” she said. “It’s great to have a year like this because we’ve been on the other side of it.”

Freshman guard Stella Johnson opened the scoring for the Broncs with a layup. Rider then went out to an early 6-0 lead after another Johnson layup and a jumper from Duggan. Monmouth battled to tie the game at 14 after a pair of field goals in the paint, but Rider ended the first quarter on an 11-2 run to pull ahead, 25-16. In the second quarter, the Hawks did a nice job of getting the ball inside for buckets. They also took advantage of a few questionable foul calls that head coach Lynn Milligan didn’t agree with.

Despite being outshot by 10 percent, Rider led by four at halftime, 38-34. Kamila Hoskova led the team with 12 in the first half on 4-for-7 shooting. Duggan had six rebounds. For Monmouth, freshman guard Kayla Shaw dropped three three-pointers and senior guard Tyese Purvis added six points in the first half.

In the second half, the Broncs scored the first six points to extend the lead back to double digits. Hoskova had two turnaround jumpers and Duggan added a nice finger-roll layup as Rider threatened to pull away. On back-to-back possessions, freshman guard Safie Tolusso and senior guard Taylor Wentzel knocked down threes to push the lead back to 11 after a brief Monmouth run. Duggan added a putback in the final seconds of the quarter to push the lead to Rider’s largest, 59-46. However, the visiting Hawks came out flying in the final quarter. After the Broncs increased the lead to 12, Monmouth banged out eight straight. Wentzel made a nice play to put an end to that run, driving to the basket for the layup and the foul.

The win puts the Broncs back into a tie with Quinnipiac for first place in the MAAC at 15-3 in conference play. With two regular season games remaining, Rider has already clinched at least the second seed in the upcoming conference tournament, but still has a chance to win the regular-season title. Their final home game of the season will tip off Friday at 7 p.m. against Niagara.

Milligan said the Broncs are only focusing on the next game, not the bigger picture.

“We are very single-focused,” she said. “I know it’s coach-speak, but we are one game at a time, one day at a time and it works for this group. It keeps things nice and simple and helps us perform at our best.”

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Updated MAAC clinching scenarios: February 21, 2017

Updated after Monmouth's 82-62 victory at Fairfield Tuesday, here are the latest Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference clinching scenarios leading up to next week's 2017 MAAC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships at the Times Union Center in Albany:


Monmouth: Has already clinched regular season MAAC championship. Hawks will be #1 seed in MAAC Tournament, and will face winner of #8/#9 game on Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m.

Saint Peter's: Has clinched a first-round bye with Fairfield's loss to Monmouth Tuesday. Peacocks can finish anywhere from #2 to #5 seed.

Iona: Has clinched a first-round bye with Fairfield's loss to Monmouth Tuesday. Gaels can finish anywhere from #2 to #5 seed.

Siena: Has clinched a first-round bye with Fairfield's loss to Monmouth Tuesday. Saints own potential tiebreaker over Stags by virtue of their head-to-head sweep, and can finish anywhere from #2 to #5 seed.

Canisius: Can clinch a first-round bye with a win over Fairfield Friday. Golden Griffins can finish anywhere from #2 to #7 seed.

Fairfield: Has not clinched anything yet. Stags will finish as either #5, #6, or #7 seed.

Rider: Has not clinched anything yet. Broncs can finish anywhere from #5 to #9 seed.

Quinnipiac: Is assured of competing in an opening-round game on Thursday, March 2. Bobcats can finish no higher than #6 seed, and no lower than #9 seed.

Niagara: Is assured of competing in an opening-round game on Thursday, March 2. Purple Eagles can finish no higher than #8 seed, and no lower than #11 seed.

Manhattan: Is assured of competing in an opening-round game on Thursday, March 2. Jaspers will finish as either #9, #10, or #11 seed.

Marist: Is assured of competing in an opening-round game on Thursday, March 2. Red Foxes will finish as either #9, #10, or #11 seed.

These tiebreaker scenarios will be updated frequently, both on this site and on Twitter (@DalyDoseOfHoops) in the days leading up to the opening-round games on Thursday, March 2.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Fordham 66, Dayton 52: Ray Floriani's Photo Essay

BRONX, NY - Senior day brought with it some added drama. It is one thing to bid farewell among the celebration and well wishes as the seniors play their last regular season home game. It is another when the featured game has added significance. That is just what transpired as Fordham hosted Dayton on Sunday.
The historic (old is not a kind word here) Rose Hill Gym welcomed an excellent matchup on this sun-splashed day. Dayton was coming in looking for a championship. A victory over the Rams would clinch an Atlantic 10 regular season title. Fordham, hoping to reestablish momentum and bounce back after a midweek upset loss at Davidson, sought to delay the celebration.
In a 40-minute battle where both teams had to dig down and earn everything on both ends of the floor, Fordham prevailed, 66-52. Games of this nature, half court basically without transition tempo, can be very interesting to observe and study the respective offenses executing and defenses making their adjustments; many, if not all, predicated by time and score. In the final analysis, a close game often comes down to who can execute most effectively in the stretch.
In this case, that was the situation. Fordham made plays with the game in balance. Dayton will go home to host Saint Louis Wednesday with a shot at the title still on the line. Fordham finishes on the road at La Salle.
Seniors Danielle Padovano, Hannah Missry and Danielle Burns enjoyed the honors, festivities and naturally, the victory. The Ram trio recalled a win over Dayton their freshman year that gave them an A-10 title. Now as seniors, they finished their home career with another win over Dayton on a memorable afternoon of recognition, celebration and victory.

Fordham's Lauren Holden looks for room against the Dayton defense:
The Fordham dance team in action:
Dayton in a defensive stance:
Dayton coach Shauna Green confers with official Kevin Farlow:
Dayton on the attack:
Fordham doubling up their post defense:
Lauren Holden, again setting up Fordham's offense:
In the postgame huddle after a Ram win:

MAAC Monday: Seeding scenarios, stat leaders, power rankings

The next-to-last MAAC Monday of the season takes a look at scenarios for each team as they relate to seeding possibilities for next week's MAAC Tournament, then refreshes stat leaders and power rankings. Ten seeds are still to be determined, with only Monmouth having locked up their fate in Albany. Here's how everyone else shakes out:

Seeding Scenarios for MAAC Tournament

Monmouth: Has already clinched regular season MAAC championship. Hawks will be #1 seed in MAAC Tournament, and will face winner of #8/#9 game on Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m.

Saint Peter's: Can clinch a first-round bye with a win, OR a loss by either Canisius or Fairfield. Peacocks can finish anywhere from #2 to #6 seed.

Iona: Can clinch a first-round bye with a win, OR a loss by either Canisius or Fairfield. Gaels can finish anywhere from #2 to #6 seed.

Siena: Can clinch a first-round bye with a win. Saints can finish anywhere from #2 to #6 seed.

Canisius: Has not clinched anything yet. Golden Griffins can finish anywhere from #2 to #7 seed.

Fairfield: Has not clinched anything yet. Stags can finish anywhere from #3 to #8 seed.

Rider: Has not clinched anything yet. Broncs can finish anywhere from #5 to #9 seed.

Quinnipiac: Is assured of competing in an opening-round game on Thursday, March 2. Bobcats can finish no higher than #6 seed, and no lower than #9 seed.

Niagara: Is assured of competing in an opening-round game on Thursday, March 2. Purple Eagles can finish no higher than #8 seed, and no lower than #11 seed.

Manhattan: Is assured of competing in an opening-round game on Thursday, March 2. Jaspers can finish no higher than #8 seed, and no lower than #11 seed.

Marist: Is assured of competing in an opening-round game on Thursday, March 2. Red Foxes can finish no higher than #9 seed, and no lower than #11 seed.

These tiebreaker scenarios will be updated frequently, both on this site and on Twitter (@DalyDoseOfHoops) in the days leading up to the opening-round games on Thursday, March 2.

Scoring Leaders
1) Justin Robinson, Monmouth (19.9 PPG)
2) Tyler Nelson, Fairfield (19.2)
3) Matt Scott, Niagara (17.8)
4) Jordan Washington, Iona (17.7)
5) Khallid Hart, Marist (17.7)
6) Kassius Robertson, Canisius (16.8)
7) Jermaine Crumpton, Canisius (16.6)
8) Kahlil Dukes, Niagara (16.3)
9) Mikey Dixon, Quinnipiac (16.3)
10) Marquis Wright, Siena (16.2)

Rebounding Leaders
1) Amadou Sidibe, Fairfield (9.9 RPG)
2) Brett Bisping, Siena (9.3)
3) Kahlil Thomas, Rider (9.1)
4) Quadir Welton, Saint Peter's (8.1)
5) Jordan Washington, Iona (7.4)
T-6) Matt Scott, Niagara (7.0)
T-6) Zane Waterman, Manhattan (7.0)
8) Norville Carey, Rider (6.9)
9) Chris Brady, Monmouth (6.8)
10) Lavon Long, Siena (6.4)

Assist Leaders
1) Stevie Jordan, Rider (5.6 APG)
2) Rickey McGill, Iona (5.2)
3) Marquis Wright, Siena (4.9)
4) Justin Robinson, Monmouth (4.8)
5) Malik Johnson, Canisius (4.3)
6) Kahlil Dukes, Niagara (4.3)
7) Jerome Segura, Fairfield (4.2)
8) Trevis Wyche, Saint Peter's (3.7)
9) Tyler Nelson, Fairfield (3.6)
10) Zavier Turner, Manhattan (3.3)

Field Goal Percentage Leaders
1) Amadou Sidibe, Fairfield (.593)
2) Chris Brady, Monmouth (.572)
3) Jordan Washington, Iona (.565)
4) Javion Ogunyemi, Siena (.543)
5) Kiefer Douse, Canisius (.522)
6) Kahlil Thomas, Rider (.518)
7) Lavon Long, Siena (.516)
8) Chaise Daniels, Quinnipiac (.509)
9) Jermaine Crumpton, Canisius (.507)
10) Phil Valenti, Canisius (.497)

Free Throw Percentage Leaders
1) Kahlil Dukes, Niagara (.920)
2) Zavier Turner, Manhattan (.877)
3) Mikey Dixon, Quinnipiac (.862)
4) Tyler Nelson, Fairfield (.859)
5) Justin Robinson, Monmouth (.846)
6) Micah Seaborn, Monmouth (.824)
7) Kassius Robertson, Canisius (.796)
8) Rickey McGill, Iona (.784)
9) Khallid Hart, Marist (.783)
10) Trevis Wyche, Saint Peter's (.783)

Three-Point Field Goal Percentage Leaders
1) Jon Severe, Iona (.457)
2) Nick Griffin, Saint Peter's (.447)
3) Jermaine Crumpton, Canisius (.443)
4) Je'lon Hornbeak, Monmouth (.442)
5) E.J. Crawford, Iona (.439)
6) Kahlil Dukes, Niagara (.434)
7) Kassius Robertson, Canisius (.424)
8) Justin Robinson, Monmouth (.417)
9) Ryan Funk, Marist (.416)
10) Kiefer Douse, Canisius (.411)

Power Rankings
1) Monmouth (23-5, 15-2 MAAC)
Last Week:
 1
Last Game: Thursday 2/16 vs. Niagara (W 93-75)
Next Game: Tuesday 2/21 at Fairfield, 7 p.m.

2) Saint Peter's (16-12, 12-6 MAAC)
Last Week:
 3
Last Game: Sunday 2/19 vs. Fairfield (W 74-55)
Next Game: Friday 2/24 at Niagara, 7 p.m.

3) Iona (18-11, 11-7 MAAC)
Last Week:
 2
Last Game: Sunday 2/19 vs. Rider (L 103-85)
Next Game: Friday 2/24 vs. Manhattan, 9 p.m.

4) Siena (14-15, 11-7 MAAC)
Last Week:
 4
Last Game: Saturday 2/18 vs. Niagara (W 76-70)
Next Game: Friday 2/24 at Monmouth, 7 p.m.

5) Canisius (17-12, 10-8 MAAC)
Last Week:
 5
Last Game: Sunday 2/19 at Marist (L 76-74)
Next Game: Friday 2/24 vs. Fairfield, 7 p.m.

6) Fairfield (14-12, 9-8 MAAC)
Last Week:
 6
Last Game: Sunday 2/19 at Saint Peter's (L 74-55)
Next Game: Tuesday 2/21 vs. Monmouth, 7 p.m.

7) Rider (15-14, 8-10 MAAC)
Last Week: 7
Last Game: Sunday 2/19 at Iona (W 103-85)
Next Game: Wednesday 2/22 vs. Manhattan, 7 p.m.

8) Quinnipiac (10-18, 7-11 MAAC)
Last Week:
 8
Last Game: Sunday 2/19 at Manhattan (L 95-74)
Next Game: Thursday 2/23 at Marist, 7:30 p.m.

9) Manhattan (10-19, 5-13 MAAC)
Last Week:
 10
Last Game: Sunday 2/19 vs. Quinnipiac (W 95-74)
Next Game: Wednesday 2/22 at Rider, 7 p.m.

10) Niagara (9-20, 6-12 MAAC)
Last Week:
 9
Last Game: Saturday 2/18 at Siena (L 76-70)
Next Game: Friday 2/24 vs. Saint Peter's, 7 p.m.

11) Marist (7-22, 4-14 MAAC)
Last Week:
 11
Last Game: Sunday 2/19 vs. Canisius (W 76-74)
Next Game: Thursday 2/23 vs. Quinnipiac, 7:30 p.m.

Fordham 66, Dayton 52: Tempo-Free Recap

From left to right: Head coach Stephanie Gaitley, Danielle Padovano, Hannah Missry and Danielle Burns address media following Fordham's win over Dayton. (Photo by Ray Floriani/Daly Dose Of Hoops)

By Ray Floriani (@rfloriani)

BRONX, NY - The final home game and senior Day for Fordham saw the Rams, winners in three of their last four, entertain Dayton, an 11-1 team since January began. On this afternoon at Rose Hill, the Fordham faithful were rewarded as the Rams defeated Dayton, 66-52. Fordham is now 10-5 in conference while Dayton, hoping to clinch the Atlantic 10 regular season championship on this day, fell to a record of 12-3.  

First five possessions:
Dayton: Missed FG, offensive foul, FG, FG, turnover
Fordham: Missed FG, three-point FG, FG, three-point FG, FG
Missed FGA (inside)
3 pt FG
FG
3 pt FG
FG

The 10-4 Fordham lead at the 6:31 mark was a good start for the Rams, who were able to carry the momentum through the initial ten minutes. Fordham led 20-14 at the end of the quarter in a high-scoring affair given the defensive acumen of both teams. Three minutes passed in the second quarter before anyone registered on the scoreboard. A traditional three-point play by Alex Harris broke the ice. Fordham uses a great deal of ball screen action to free the guards. If perimeter shots are falling, great. If not, they look inside to the likes of G’mrice Davis. Dayton countered with some inside size of their own in Harris (6-foot-3) and Saicha Grant-Allen (6-foot-5). The duo posed a threat inside on both ends for the Rams, but the hosts led 34-29 at halftime. In a 32-possession game to that point, Fordham held an offensive efficiency edge of 104-96.

The first four minutes of the second half saw the Flyers enjoy an 8-4 edge. With just under six minutes to go in the third quarter, Fordham still led, 38-37. Dayton had to be encouraged as those first four saw some nice inside penetration from senior guard Kelley Austria. Throughout the game, easy baskets have been a difficulty for either team. Ideally, you would like a few each game, but every one has been earned, as both teams are defending in the half court. Momentum is another factor. In a game of mini-runs, Fordham had yet to relinquish the lead entering the fourth quarter, still up 44-39 with ten minutes to play.

Fordham goes deep into the shot clock on several possessions. The fourth quarter played out as a very competitive, physical affair. Dayton showed some full court pressure, and Fordham handled it. For the Rams, it is execution in the half court that is the issue. Davis came through with a few big field goals to keep Dayton at bay. In the stretch, Fordham’s lead turned the game into a free throw contest. Dayton, down three possessions, was in a fouling mode. The Rams simply had to convert from the charity stripe.
Possessions: 63
Offensive efficiency: Dayton 83, Fordham 105
Four Factors:
eFG percentage: Dayton 43, Fordham 48
Free throw rate: Dayton 17, Fordham 39
Offensive rebound percentage: Dayton 16, Fordham 31
Turnover rate: Dayton 19, Fordham 18

Leading scorers and EF:
Dayton: Kelley Austria 21 points, EF 23.
Fordham: Kate Kreslina 19 points, EF 24.

What Dayton did well: Keep answering. The Flyers got off to a slow start and responded. Throughout the game, Fordham went on short runs, but each time, Dayton would not let the Rams pull away.

What Fordham did well: Rebound, a priority in this one. Fordham hoped to neutralize the Flyers on the boards and actually outrebounded them 36-27 in raw numbers.

Fordham placed three in double figures, Dayton two. Davis pulled down a game-high nine rebounds in addition to her thirteen points. Harris led Dayton with eight boards. The Flyers led 24-18 on points in the paint, yet Fordham had the 19-4 edge on second chance points, with the offensive rebounding battle taking effect on the outcome.
Ball control index:
Dayton: 1.25
Fordham: 1.73
Fordham seniors Danielle Padovano, Hannah Missry and Danielle Burns were honored, and the trio felt they came full circle. They defeated Dayton to win the A-10 championship as freshman. On Sunday, they were victorious over the Flyers on senior day.

“Defensively, we were slower and not ready, did not have the fight. Sloppy defense, too many open looks. Give Fordham credit, they were better than us. We’ve got to regroup fast. We do not know the seedings but still in contention for a championship. This hurts. We have to be ready a battle on Wednesday (hosting Saint Louis). We had adversity, but not an excuse. We knew that coming in, they had energy. We are good defensively, but disappointed as we were sloppy on defense and all year have been good on defense. One of our goals is to be aggressive. We finally got paint touches and something good happens. So proud of our growth this year, taking over in September, tough schedule, ups and downs early but were so resilient. We lost our point guard (Jenna Burdette) and handled it well. Even tonight, we are learning to play without her. Proud of where we are. Our goals are still in reach.” - Dayton coach Shauna Green

“Dayton is a great team, Shauna has done a great job. I did not know how we would respond after the upset at Davidson. We responded so well. Keeping them off the boards was a key in the game plan. Size has been a problem, but today, our kids did a great job. To play this way...we played three great games, then to play as we did at Davidson, I said, ‘are you hungry or satisfied?’ There is a difference, and we proved it facing the top team in the conference. We realize we tried to slow the game down a bit. We had been pushing the ball without a purpose. Do not take quick shots, attack matchups. Keeping them off the block was a priority, force them for a turnaround jumper. We wanted to force the bigs to beat us on the perimeter. La Salle (next game Wednesday) is improved and athletic. They have the conference-leading scorer (Amy Griffin) and an excellent point guard (Jasmine Alston). As we often say, it’s celebrate to midnight, then prepare.” - Fordham coach Stephanie Gaitley