Quick Previews: Metro Atlantic Athletics Conference

Our conference quick previews are just quick predictions for the all-conference teams and the conference standings. If you came here looking for a deep analysis on each team, you’ve came to the wrong place. We’re too lazy to do that 🙂

The MAAC last year was known for being the league home to “The Bench Mob,” the end of Monmouth’s bench that was all of over your Twitter timelines with their crazy antics. This season, the league should be known for much more than that as there should be an outstanding league title race. Monmouth was pretty dang good on the court as well as the bench. They went 28-8 (17-3) but were upset by Iona in MAAC finals, keeping a potential bracket-buster out of the tournament. The Hawks return 4 starters from that team and should be considered the favorites. Right behind them is Siena, who returns every starter from lst year’s team that won 21 games and finished 3rd in the league. They will push the Hawks hard for the title. Another contender is Saint Peter’s, who returns every starter just like Siena. The Peacocks finished 4th last season and are a legit threat to win the conference. And you can never count out Iona, who has finished first or second in the conference 5 of the last 6 years. They lost A.J. English and return just two starters, but that program is always reloading and contending, so they could play spoiler this season. The MAAC should be one of the most exciting mid-major leagues this season, one whose title race should come down to the wire.

MAAC Projected Standings

(Records for 2015-2016 season)

1. Monmouth: 28-8 (17-3)

2. Siena: 21-13 (13-7)

3. Saint Peter’s: 14-16 (12-8)

4. Iona: 22-11 (16-4)

5. Fairfield: 19-14 (12-8)

6. Manhattan: 13-18 (9-11)

7. Marist: 7-23 (4-16)

8. Canisius: 14-19 (8-12)

9. Rider: 13-20 (8-12)

10. Quinnipiac: 9-21 (6-14)

11. Niagara: 7-25 (5-15)

First Team All MAAC

(Stats from 2015-2016 season)

Justin Robinson, Monmouth (19.3 PPG, 3.8 RPG) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Brett Bisping, Siena (15.9 PPG, 10.4 RPG)

Khallid Hart, Marist (20.3 PPG, 2.6 RPG)

Javion Ogunyemi, Siena (14.9 PPG, 6.1 RPG)

Jordan Washington, Iona (14.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG)

NCAA Tournament Bid: Monmouth

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