Monday, February 13, 2017

MAAC Monday: Strength of schedule for 2-9 seeds, stat leaders, power rankings

The third-to-last edition of MAAC Monday highlights the battle behind conference leader Monmouth in its opening segment, as less than five games separate second from ninth in the league standings. We will look at those eight teams and sort them by strength of schedule, giving a potential sense of who has the easiest path; on paper, to a first-round bye, before refreshing stat leaders and power rankings. We begin with second-place Iona, currently three games back of Monmouth for the lead:

Iona (10-5 MAAC, currently #2 seed if regular season ended today)
Remaining schedule: Tuesday, February 14 at Canisius (8-7 MAAC, W 98-75 January 8)
Friday, February 17 at Marist (3-12 MAAC, W 93-80 December 31)
Sunday, February 19 vs. Rider (7-8 MAAC, W 95-76 February 3)
Friday, February 24 vs. Manhattan (4-12 MAAC, W 82-67 January 17)
Sunday, February 26 vs. Monmouth (13-2 MAAC, L 92-74 January 6)
Total MAAC record of remaining opponents: 35-41 (.461)

Saint Peter's (10-6 MAAC, currently #3 seed)
Remaining schedule: Tuesday, February 14 vs. Marist (3-12 MAAC, W 81-65 January 26)
Sunday, February 19 vs. Fairfield (7-7 MAAC, W 69-55 January 17)
Friday, February 24 at Niagara (6-10 MAAC, L 57-55 January 21)
Sunday, February 26 at Canisius (8-7 MAAC, L 72-70 February 6)
Total MAAC record of remaining opponents: 24-36 (.400)

Siena (9-6 MAAC, currently #4 seed)
Remaining schedule: Monday, February 13 vs. Monmouth (13-2 MAAC, first meeting)
Thursday, February 16 vs. Manhattan (4-12 MAAC, W 81-68 January 22)
Saturday, February 18 vs. Niagara (6-10 MAAC, L 71-66 January 4)
Friday, February 24 at Monmouth (13-2 MAAC, have not met yet this season)
Sunday, February 26 vs. Marist (3-12 MAAC, W 84-77 February 11)
Total MAAC record of remaining opponents: 39-38 (.506)

Canisius (8-7 MAAC, currently #5 seed)
Remaining schedule: Tuesday, February 14 vs. Iona (10-5 MAAC, L 98-75 January 8)
Friday, February 17 at Rider (7-8 MAAC, L 72-66 January 30)
Sunday, February 19 at Marist (3-12 MAAC, W 91-58 January 14)
Friday, February 24 vs. Fairfield (7-7 MAAC, W 86-72 January 10)
Sunday, February 26 vs. Saint Peter's (10-6 MAAC, W 72-70 February 6)
Total MAAC record of remaining opponents: 37-38 (.493)

Fairfield (7-7 MAAC, currently #6 seed)
Remaining schedule: Monday, February 13 vs. Rider (7-8 MAAC, W 76-67 December 1)
Friday, February 17 at Quinnipiac (7-9 MAAC, L 73-71 February 6)
Sunday, February 19 at Saint Peter's (10-6 MAAC, L 69-55 January 17)
Tuesday, February 21 vs. Monmouth (13-2 MAAC, L 91-49 January 22)
Friday, February 24 at Canisius (8-7 MAAC, L 86-72 January 10)
Sunday, February 26 at Niagara (6-10 MAAC, W 81-61 February 2)
Total MAAC record of remaining opponents: 51-42 (.548)

Rider (7-8 MAAC, currently #7 seed)
Remaining schedule: Monday, February 13 at Fairfield (7-7 MAAC, L 76-67 December 1)
Friday, February 17 vs. Canisius (8-7 MAAC, W 72-66 January 30)
Sunday, February 19 at Iona (10-5 MAAC, L 95-76 February 3)
Wednesday, February 22 vs. Manhattan (4-12 MAAC, L 76-73 January 13)
Sunday, February 26 at Quinnipiac (7-9 MAAC, W 112-107 February 11)
Total MAAC record of remaining opponents: 36-40 (.474)

Quinnipiac (7-9, currently #8 seed)
Remaining schedule: Friday, February 17 vs. Fairfield (7-7 MAAC, W 73-71 February 6)
Sunday, February 19 at Manhattan (4-12 MAAC, W 81-72 January 7)
Thursday, February 23 at Marist (3-12 MAAC, W 77-63 December 4)
Sunday, February 26 vs. Rider (7-8 MAAC, L 112-107 February 11)
Total MAAC record of remaining opponents: 21-39 (.350)

Niagara (6-10, currently #9 seed)
Remaining schedule: Thursday, February 16 at Monmouth (13-2 MAAC, L 90-83 January 14)
Saturday, February 18 at Siena (9-6 MAAC, W 71-66 January 4)
Friday, February 24 vs. Saint Peter's (10-6 MAAC, W 57-55 January 21)
Sunday, February 26 vs, Fairfield (7-7 MAAC, L 81-61 February 2)
Total MAAC record of remaining opponents: 39-21 (.650)

Strengths of schedule for teams currently seeded 2-9, from lowest to highest:
Quinnipiac (.350)
Saint Peter's (.400)
Iona (.461)
Rider (.474)
Canisius (.493)
Siena (.506)
Fairfield (.548)
Niagara (.650)

Scoring Leaders
1) Tyler Nelson, Fairfield (19.3 PPG)
2) Justin Robinson, Monmouth (18.8)

3) Matt Scott, Niagara (18.1)
4) Khallid Hart, Marist (17.4)
5) Kassius Robertson, Canisius (17.3)
6) Jordan Washington, Iona (17.0)
7) Jermaine Crumpton, Canisius (17.0)
8) Mikey Dixon, Quinnipiac (16.2)
9) Kahlil Dukes, Niagara (16.0)
10) Zavier Turner, Manhattan (15.6)

Rebounding Leaders
1) Amadou Sidibe, Fairfield (10.1 RPG)
2) Brett Bisping, Siena (9.2)
3) Kahlil Thomas, Rider (9.0)
4) Quadir Welton, Saint Peter's (8.0)
5) Matt Scott, Niagara (7.1)
6) Jordan Washington, Iona (7.0)
7) Zane Waterman, Manhattan (7.0)
8) Chris Brady, Monmouth (6.9)
9) Norville Carey, Rider (6.9)
10) Dominic Robb, Niagara (6.4)

Assist Leaders
1) Stevie Jordan, Rider (5.3 APG)
2) Rickey McGill, Iona (5.3)

3) Marquis Wright, Siena (4.9)
4) Justin Robinson, Monmouth (4.9)
5) Malik Johnson, Canisius (4.4)
6) Kahlil Dukes, Niagara (4.4)
7) Jerome Segura, Fairfield (4.3)
8) Trevis Wyche, Saint Peter's (3.7)
9) Zavier Turner, Manhattan (3.3)
10) Sam Cassell Jr., Iona (3.3)

Field Goal Percentage Leaders
1) Amadou Sidibe, Fairfield (.586)
2) Chris Brady, Monmouth (.576)
3) Jordan Washington, Iona (.574)
4) Javion Ogunyemi, Siena (.537)
5) Kiefer Douse, Canisius (.524)
6) Kahlil Thomas, Rider (.522)
7) Chaise Daniels, Quinnipiac (.516)
8) Jermaine Crumpton, Canisius (.515)
9) Lavon Long, Siena (.505)
10) Matija Milin, Fairfield (.486)

Free Throw Percentage Leaders
1) Kahlil Dukes, Niagara (.929)
2) Zavier Turner, Manhattan (.891)
3) Tyler Nelson, Fairfield (.855)
4) Mikey Dixon, Quinnipiac (.852)
5) Justin Robinson, Monmouth (.839)
6) Micah Seaborn, Monmouth (.824)
7) Xavier Lundy, Rider (.809)
8) Rickey McGill, Iona (.803)
9) Kassius Robertson, Canisius (.796)
10) Trevis Wyche, Saint Peter's (.793)

Three-Point Field Goal Percentage Leaders
1) Jon Severe, Iona (.471)
2) E.J. Crawford, Iona (.440)
T-3) Kahlil Dukes, Niagara (.439)
T-3) Nick Griffin, Saint Peter's (.439)
5) Jermaine Crumpton, Canisius (.437)
6) Je'lon Hornbeak, Monmouth (.422)
7) Kassius Robertson, Canisius (.420)
8) Matt Scott, Niagara (.413)
9) Schadrac Casimir, Iona (.412)
10) Curtis Cobb, Fairfield (.405)

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

Last Game: Friday 2/10 at Manhattan (L 62-58)
Next Game: Monday 2/13 at Siena, 7 p.m.

2) Iona (17-9, 10-5 MAAC)
Last Week:
 2

Last Game: Sunday 2/12 at Niagara (W 90-76)
Next Game: Tuesday 2/14 at Canisius, 7 p.m.

3) Saint Peter's (14-12, 10-6 MAAC)
Last Week: 3
Last Game: Sunday 2/12 at Manhattan (W 69-50)
Next Game: Tuesday 2/14 vs. Marist, 7:30 p.m.

4) Siena (12-14, 9-6 MAAC)
Last Week:
 5

Last Game: Saturday 2/11 at Marist (W 84-77)
Next Game: Monday 2/13 vs. Monmouth, 7 p.m.

5) Canisius (15-11, 8-7 MAAC)
Last Week: 4
Last Game: Friday 2/10 vs. Niagara (L 94-81)
Next Game: Tuesday 2/14 vs. Iona, 7 p.m.

6) Fairfield (12-11, 7-7 MAAC)
Last Week:
 6

Last Game: Thursday 2/9 at Marist (W 73-53)
Next Game: Monday 2/13 vs. Rider, 7 p.m.

7) Rider (14-12, 7-8 MAAC)
Last Week:
 7

Last Game: Saturday 2/11 vs. Quinnipiac (W 112-107)
Next Game: Monday 2/13 at Fairfield, 7 p.m.

8) Quinnipiac (10-16, 7-9 MAAC)
Last Week:
 8

Last Game: Saturday 2/11 at Rider (L 112-107)
Next Game: Friday 2/17 vs. Fairfield, 9 p.m.

9) Niagara (9-18, 6-10 MAAC)
Last Week:
 9

Last Game: Sunday 2/12 vs. Iona (L 90-76)
Next Game: Thursday 2/16 at Monmouth, 8 p.m.

10) Manhattan (9-18, 4-12 MAAC)
Last Week:
 10

Last Game: Sunday 2/12 vs. Saint Peter's (L 69-50)
Next Game: Thursday 2/16 at Siena, 7 p.m.

11) Marist (6-20, 3-12 MAAC)
Last Week:
 11

Last Game: Saturday 2/11 vs. Siena (L 84-77)
Next Game: Tuesday 2/14 at Saint Peter's, 7:30 p.m.

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