Monday, February 15, 2016

MAAC Monday: Assist rates, assist/TO ratios, stat leaders, power rankings

Our third-to-last "MAAC Monday" column of the season focuses on sharing the ball in its opening segment, profiling assist rates and assist-to-turnover ratios. Secondly, we'll refresh the conference's stat leaders before the latest batch of power rankings, where Monmouth looks to keep its stranglehold on the top spot. (NOTE: Due to the stats on the MAAC site being current as of February 12, only scoring, rebounding, and assist leaders will be listed this week)

Assist Rates (from highest percentage to lowest)
1) Manhattan (63.7 percent)
2) Iona (60.3)
3) Fairfield (58.5)
4) Canisius (56.7)
5) Quinnipiac (53.6)
6) Rider (53.2)
7) Siena (52.6)
8) Saint Peter's (51.4)
9) Marist (47.8)
10) Niagara (47.5)
11) Monmouth (46.4)

Assist-to-Turnover Ratios (from highest to lowest)
1) Iona (1.27:1)
2) Canisius (1.24:1)
3) Fairfield (1.17:1)
4) Monmouth (1.04:1)
5) Rider (1.002:1)
6) Manhattan (1.001:1)
7) Marist (0.92:1)
8) Saint Peter's (0.91:1)
9) Siena (0.88:1)
10) Quinnipiac (0.82:1)
11) Niagara (0.73:1)

Analysis: Tim Cluess and the Gaels are, to no surprise, in the top two when it comes to sharing the ball. Iona's fluid ball movement in their high-octane offense contributes to its perennially prolific style. The same can be said for Manhattan, who pushes the ball up the floor before maintaining the same frenetic pace on the defensive end, and the lack of depth on the Jasper roster this season has placed a greater premium on ball security for Steve Masiello's team. When it comes to assist-to-turnover ratio, Siena ranks near the bottom, but it is something Jimmy Patsos can live with as a byproduct of the Saints' offense.

Scoring Leaders
1) A.J. English, Iona (21.5 PPG)
2) Khallid Hart, Marist (21.2)
3) Justin Robinson, Monmouth (20.3)
4) Shane Richards, Manhattan (17.8)
5) Marcus Gilbert, Fairfield (17.6)
*Marquis Wright, Siena (17.3)
6) Brian Parker, Marist (16.8)
7) Matt Scott, Niagara (16.0)
8) Brett Bisping, Siena (15.7)
9) Tyler Nelson, Fairfield (15.7)
10) Jordan Washington, Iona (15.3)

Rebounding Leaders
1) Brett Bisping, Siena (9.6 RPG)
2) Kahlil Thomas, Rider (8.2)
3) Quadir Welton, Saint Peter's (8.0)
4) Matt Scott, Niagara (7.0)
T-5) Abdulai Bundu, Quinnipiac (7.0)
T-5) Isaiah Williams, Iona (7.0)
7) Deon Jones, Monmouth (6.5)
*Chaise Daniels, Quinnipiac (6.4)
8) Jordan Washington, Iona (6.3)
9) Zane Waterman, Manhattan (6.3)
10) Rich Williams, Manhattan (6.3)

Assist Leaders
1) A.J. English, Iona (6.4 APG)
2) Tyler Wilson, Manhattan (5.7)

3) Jerome Segura, Fairfield (5.4)
4) Trevis Wyche, Saint Peter's (4.8)
*Marquis Wright, Siena (4.6)
5) Teddy Okereafor, Rider (4.4)
6) Malcolm McMillan, Canisius (4.1)
7) Justin Robinson, Monmouth (3.8)
8) Lavon Long, Siena (3.4)
9) Giovanni McLean, Quinnipiac (3.2)
10) RaShawn Stores, Manhattan (3.2)

Power Rankings
1) Monmouth (21-5, 13-2 MAAC)
Last Week:
 1

Last Game: Friday 2/12 at Rider (W 79-78)
Next Game: Monday 2/15 vs. Manhattan, 8 p.m.


2) Siena (18-9, 11-5 MAAC)
Last Week:
 3

Last Game: Saturday 2/13 at Iona (W 81-78)
Next Game: Friday 2/19 at Rider, 7 p.m.

3) Iona (14-10, 11-4 MAAC)
Last Week:
 2

Last Game: Saturday 2/13 vs. Siena (L 81-78)
Next Game: Monday 2/15 vs. Quinnipiac, 7 p.m.

4) Saint Peter's (11-13, 9-6 MAAC)
Last Week:
 6

Last Game: Sunday 2/14 vs. Canisius (W 61-57)
Next Game: Wednesday 2/17 vs. Manhattan, 7 p.m.

5) Manhattan (11-12, 8-6 MAAC)
Last Week:
 5

Last Game: Saturday 2/13 at Marist (W 81-73)
Next Game: Monday 2/15 at Monmouth, 8 p.m.

6) Fairfield (14-11, 8-7 MAAC)
Last Week: 4
Last Game: Saturday 2/13 at Quinnipiac (W 84-80)
Next Game: Monday 2/15 vs. Marist, 7 p.m.

7) Rider (11-16, 7-9 MAAC)
Last Week:
 8

Last Game: Sunday 2/14 vs. Niagara (W 77-59)
Next Game: Friday 2/19 vs. Siena, 7 p.m.

8) Canisius (11-16, 6-10 MAAC)
Last Week:
 7

Last Game: Sunday 2/14 at Saint Peter's (L 61-57)
Next Game: Thursday 2/18 vs. Fairfield, 8 p.m.

9) Quinnipiac (8-16, 5-10 MAAC)
Last Week: 9
Last Game: Saturday 2/13 vs. Fairfield (L 84-80)
Next Game: Monday 2/15 at Iona, 7 p.m.

10) Niagara (6-21, 4-12 MAAC)
Last Week:
 10

Last Game: Sunday 2/14 at Rider (L 77-59)
Next Game: Thursday 2/18 vs. Marist, 7 p.m.


11) Marist (5-19, 2-13 MAAC)
Last Week:
 11

Last Game: Saturday 2/13 vs. Manhattan (L 81-73)
Next Game: Monday 2/15 vs. Fairfield, 7 p.m.

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