Monday, February 19, 2018

MAAC Monday: Seeding scenarios, stat leaders, power rankings

Today's next-to-last MAAC Monday of the 2017-18 season offers a look at up-to-date scenarios regarding seeding for next week's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament, which begins March 1 in Albany. No seeds have been presently clinched. Following this opening segment, stat leaders and power rankings will again be reprised and refreshed. For the seeding scenarios, teams will be listed in order of their current MAAC record:

Rider: Has already clinched a first-round bye AND no worse than No. 2 seed. Broncs can clinch regular season MAAC championship, and automatic bid into National Invitation Tournament, with a win Thursday at Monmouth OR Sunday vs. Iona. Should Rider and Canisius finish tied at 15-3 or 14-4, Broncs will have tiebreaker and earn No. 1 seed if Niagara finishes ahead of Iona in final standings.

Canisius: Has already clinched a first-round bye and no worse than No. 3 seed. Golden Griffins can still clinch regular season MAAC championship with either of the following scenarios:
1) Win Wednesday at Niagara AND Sunday vs. Marist, plus TWO Rider losses.
2) Should Canisius and Rider finish tied at 15-3 or 14-4, Golden Griffins will have tiebreaker and earn No. 1 seed if Iona finishes ahead of Niagara in final standings.

Niagara: Has already clinched a first-round bye and can finish as either No. 2, 3, or 4 seed. Purple Eagles can clinch No. 2 seed with wins Wednesday vs. Canisius AND Friday vs. Marist, AND a Canisius loss to Marist on Sunday. Can clinch no worse than No. 3 seed with either of the following scenarios:
1) Win Wednesday vs. Canisius OR Friday vs. Marist AND with an Iona loss.
2) Should Niagara and Iona finish tied at 12-6 or 11-7, Purple Eagles will have tiebreaker and earn No. 3 seed if Canisius finishes ahead of Rider in final standings.

Iona: Has already clinched first-round bye and can finish as either No. 3 or 4 seed. Gaels will open MAAC Tournament on Saturday, March 3, either at 7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. Can clinch No. 3 seed with either of the following scenarios:
1) Win Friday vs. Manhattan AND Sunday at Rider, plus TWO Niagara losses.
2) Should Iona and Niagara finish tied at 12-6 or 11-7, Gaels will have tiebreaker and earn No. 3 seed if Rider finishes ahead of Canisius in final standings.

Should Iona and Manhattan finish tied at 10-8, Gaels will have tiebreaker and earn No. 4 seed by virtue of their 91-64 win over Rider on January 14.

Manhattan: Can finish as either No. 5, 6, or 7 seed. Jaspers can clinch No. 5 seed and first-round bye with either of the following scenarios:
1) Win Friday at Iona AND Sunday vs. Quinnipiac.
2) Win Friday at Iona AND a Quinnipiac loss Friday vs. Saint Peter's.
3) Win Sunday vs. Quinnipiac.

Should Manhattan and Iona finish tied at 10-8, Jaspers will earn No. 5 seed as Iona will have tiebreaker by virtue of their 91-64 win over Rider on January 14.

Should Manhattan and Fairfield finish tied at 9-9, Jaspers will have tiebreaker and earn No. 5 seed by virtue of their regular-season sweep.

Should Manhattan and Quinnipiac finish tied at 9-9, Bobcats will have tiebreaker and earn No. 5 seed by virtue of their regular-season sweep.

Should Manhattan, Fairfield and Quinnipiac finish tied at 9-9 or 8-10 while Monmouth finishes 7-11 or worse, Jaspers will earn No. 6 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 3-1, followed by Manhattan at 2-2 and Fairfield at 1-3.

Should Manhattan, Fairfield, Quinnipiac and Monmouth finish tied at 8-10, Jaspers will earn No. 6 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 4-1, followed by Manhattan at 3-3, Monmouth at 2-3 and Fairfield at 2-4.

Should Manhattan, Fairfield and Monmouth finish tied at 8-10 while Quinnipiac finishes 9-9, Jaspers will earn No. 6 seed with best head-to-head record among the group at 3-1, followed by Monmouth at 2-2 and Fairfield at 1-3.

Should Manhattan and Monmouth finish tied at 8-10 while Quinnipiac finishes 9-9 and Fairfield finishes 7-11, Jaspers will earn No. 7 seed as Monmouth would have tiebreaker by virtue of their win over Rider on February 22.

Should Manhattan, Monmouth and Quinnipiac finish tied at 8-10 while Fairfield finishes 7-11, Jaspers will earn No. 7 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 3-0, followed by Monmouth at 1-2 and Manhattan at 1-3.

Manhattan can also finish as No. 7 seed with 8-10 record if Fairfield and Quinnipiac finish 9-9.

Fairfield: Can finish no higher than No. 5 seed, and no lower than No. 8 seed. Stags can clinch No. 5 seed and first-round bye with either of the following scenarios:
1) Win Wednesday at Siena AND Saturday vs. Monmouth, AND TWO Manhattan losses.
2) Win Wednesday at Siena AND Saturday vs. Monmouth, AND a Quinnipiac loss Friday vs. Saint Peter's, AND two Manhattan losses.

Should Fairfield and Quinnipiac finish tied at 9-9 while Manhattan finishes 8-10, Stags will have tiebreaker and earn No. 5 seed by virtue of either their 104-85 win over Niagara on January 20 or their 103-100 win over Iona on January 29.

Should Fairfield and Manhattan finish tied at 9-9 and Quinnipiac finishes 8-10 or worse, Stags will earn No. 6 seed as Manhattan will have tiebreaker by virtue of their regular-season sweep.

Fairfield can also finish as No. 6 seed with 9-9 or 8-10 record if Manhattan wins Friday at Iona AND Sunday vs. Quinnipiac. Should Fairfield and Quinnipiac finish tied at 8-10 and Monmouth finishes 7-11 or worse while Manhattan finishes 9-9 or better, Stags will have tiebreaker and earn No. 6 seed by virtue of their wins over Niagara and Iona.

Should Fairfield, Monmouth and Quinnipiac finish tied at 8-10 or 7-11 while Manhattan finishes 9-9 or better, Stags will earn No. 7 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 2-1, followed by Fairfield at 2-2 and Monmouth at 1-2.

Should Fairfield, Manhattan and Quinnipiac finish tied at 9-9 or 8-10 while Monmouth finishes 7-11 or worse, Stags will earn No. 7 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 3-1, followed by Manhattan at 2-2 and Fairfield at 1-3.

Should Fairfield and Monmouth finish tied at 8-10 while Quinnipiac finishes 7-11, Stags will have tiebreaker and earn No. 6 seed by virtue of their win over Niagara, IF Niagara finishes ahead of Iona in final standings. If Iona finishes ahead of Niagara in final standings, Monmouth will have tiebreaker and Stags will earn No. 7 seed.

Should Fairfield and Monmouth finish tied at 7-11 while Quinnipiac finishes 8-10, Stags will have tiebreaker and earn No. 7 seed by virtue of their win over Niagara, IF Niagara finishes ahead of Iona in final standings. If Iona finishes ahead of Niagara in final standings, Monmouth will have tiebreaker and Stags will earn No. 8 seed.

Should Manhattan, Fairfield and Monmouth finish tied at 8-10 while Quinnipiac finishes 9-9, Stags will earn No. 8 seed as Manhattan will have best head-to-head record among the group at 3-1, followed by Monmouth at 2-2 and Fairfield at 1-3.

Should Fairfield, Manhattan, Quinnipiac and Monmouth finish tied at 8-10, Stags will earn No. 8 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 4-1, followed by Manhattan at 3-3, Monmouth at 2-3 and Fairfield at 2-4.

Quinnipiac: Can finish no higher than No. 5 seed, and no lower than No. 8 seed. Bobcats can clinch No. 5 seed and first-round bye with wins Friday vs. Saint Peter's AND Sunday at Manhattan.

Should Quinnipiac and Manhattan finish tied at 9-9 or 8-10 while Fairfield finishes 7-11, Bobcats will have tiebreaker and earn No. 5 seed by virtue of their regular-season sweep of Manhattan.

Should Quinnipiac, Fairfield and Manhattan finish tied at 9-9 or 8-10, Bobcats will earn No. 5 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 3-1, followed by Manhattan at 2-2 and Fairfield at 1-3.

Should Quinnipiac, Fairfield, Manhattan and Monmouth finish tied at 8-10, Bobcats will earn No. 5 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 4-1, followed by Manhattan at 3-3, Monmouth at 2-3 and Fairfield at 2-4.

Should Quinnipiac, Fairfield and Monmouth finish tied at 8-10 or 7-11 while Manhattan finishes 9-9 or better, Bobcats will earn No. 6 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 2-1, followed by Fairfield at 2-2 and Monmouth at 1-2.

Quinnipiac can also earn No. 6 seed outright with 8-10 record if Manhattan finishes 9-9 or better while Fairfield and Monmouth finish 7-11.

Should Quinnipiac and Fairfield finish tied at 8-10 and Monmouth finishes 7-11 or worse while Manhattan finishes 9-9 or better, Bobcats will earn No. 7 seed as Fairfield would have tiebreaker by virtue of their wins over Niagara and Iona.

Should Quinnipiac and Monmouth finish tied at 7-11 while Fairfield finishes 8-10 or better, Bobcats will have tiebreaker and earn No. 7 seed by virtue of their 78-76 win over Monmouth on December 28.

Quinnipiac can also earn No. 7 seed outright with 7-11 record if Manhattan finishes 9-9 or better, Fairfield finishes 8-10 or better, and Monmouth finishes 6-12.

Should Quinnipiac and Fairfield finish tied at 7-11 and Monmouth finishes 8-10 or worse while Manhattan finishes 9-9 or better, Bobcats will earn No. 8 seed as Fairfield would have tiebreaker by virtue of their wins over Niagara and Iona.

Monmouth: Is assured of competing in an opening-round game Thursday, March 1. Can finish no higher than No. 6 seed, and no lower than No. 9 seed. Hawks can clinch No. 6 seed outright with wins Thursday vs. Rider AND Saturday at Fairfield, AND two losses for both Fairfield AND Quinnipiac.

Should Monmouth and Manhattan finish tied at 8-10 while Quinnipiac finishes 9-9 and Fairfield finishes 7-11, Hawks will have tiebreaker and earn No. 6 seed by virtue of their win over Rider on February 22.

Should Monmouth, Manhattan and Quinnipiac finish tied at 8-10 while Fairfield finishes 7-11, Hawks will earn No. 6 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 3-0, followed by Monmouth at 1-2 and Manhattan at 1-3.

Should Monmouth and Fairfield finish tied at 8-10 while Quinnipiac finishes 7-11, Hawks will have tiebreaker and earn No. 6 seed by virtue of their win over Iona, IF Iona finishes ahead of Niagara in final standings. If Niagara finishes ahead of Iona in final standings, Fairfield will have tiebreaker and Hawks will earn No. 7 seed.

Should Monmouth, Fairfield, Manhattan and Quinnipiac finish tied at 8-10, Hawks will earn No. 7 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 4-1, followed by Manhattan at 3-3, Monmouth at 2-3 and Fairfield at 2-4.

Should Monmouth, Fairfield and Manhattan finish tied at 8-10 while Quinnipiac finishes 9-9, Hawks will earn No. 7 seed as Manhattan will have best head-to-head record among the group at 3-1, followed by Monmouth at 2-2 and Fairfield at 1-3.

Monmouth can also earn No. 7 seed outright with an 8-10 record if Manhattan and Quinnipiac both finish 9-9 while Fairfield finishes 7-11.

Should Fairfield and Monmouth finish tied at 7-11 while Quinnipiac finishes 8-10, Hawks will have tiebreaker and earn No. 7 seed by virtue of their win over Iona, IF Iona finishes ahead of Niagara in final standings. If Niagara finishes ahead of Iona in final standings, Fairfield will have tiebreaker and Hawks will earn No. 8 seed.

Should Monmouth, Fairfield and Quinnipiac finish tied at 8-10 or 7-11 while Manhattan finishes 9-9 or better, Hawks will earn No. 8 seed as Quinnipiac will have best head-to-head record among the group at 2-1, followed by Fairfield at 2-2 and Monmouth at 1-2.

Monmouth can also earn No. 8 seed outright with a win in either of its final two games if Fairfield, Manhattan and Quinnipiac all finish 9-9, OR with a 7-11 record if Fairfield and Quinnipiac win either of their final two games.

Should Monmouth and Marist finish tied at 6-12 while Saint Peter's and Siena finish 5-13 or worse, Hawks will have tiebreaker and earn No. 8 seed by virtue of their 91-78 win over Marist on January 27.

Should Monmouth and Siena finish tied at 6-12 while Marist and Saint Peter's finish 5-13 or worse, Hawks will have tiebreaker and earn No. 8 seed by virtue of their regular-season sweep of Siena.

Should Monmouth, Marist and Saint Peter's finish tied at 6-12 while Siena finishes 5-13 or worse, Hawks will have tiebreaker and earn No. 8 seed with best head-to-head record among the group at 2-1, followed by Saint Peter's at 2-2 and Marist at 1-2.

Should Monmouth, Marist and Siena finish tied at 6-12 while Saint Peter's finishes 5-13 or worse, Hawks will have tiebreaker and earn No. 8 seed with best head-to-head record among the group at 3-0, followed by Marist at 1-2 and Siena at 1-3.

Should Monmouth and Saint Peter's finish tied at 6-12 while Marist and Siena finish 5-13 or worse, Hawks will have tiebreaker and earn No. 8 seed by virtue of their win over Iona, IF Iona finishes ahead of Niagara in final standings. If Niagara finishes ahead of Iona in final standings, Saint Peter's will have tiebreaker and Hawks will earn No. 9 seed.

Siena: Is assured of competing in an opening-round game Thursday, March 1. Can finish as either No. 9, 10, or 11 seed.

Should Monmouth and Siena finish tied at 6-12 while Marist and Saint Peter's finish 5-13 or worse, Hawks will have tiebreaker by virtue of their regular-season sweep of Siena, and Saints will earn No. 9 seed.

Should Siena, Marist and Saint Peter's finish tied at 5-13 and Siena defeats Saint Peter's on February 25, Saints will have tiebreaker and earn No. 9 seed with best head-to-head record among the group at 3-1, followed by Marist at 2-2 and Saint Peter's at 1-3.

Siena can also earn No. 9 seed outright by winning BOTH of its final two games while Monmouth wins either of its final two games and Marist loses either of its final two games, OR by winning either of its final two games AND Marist and Saint Peter's losing BOTH of their final two games.

Should Siena and Marist finish tied at 6-12 or 5-13 while Saint Peter's finishes 4-14, Saints will have tiebreaker and earn No. 9 seed by virtue of their 65-62 win over Canisius on January 7.

Should Siena and Saint Peter's finish tied at 5-13 and Saint Peter's defeats Siena on February 25 while Marist finishes 4-14, Saints will have tiebreaker and earn No. 9 seed by virtue of their 65-62 win over Canisius on January 7, IF Canisius finishes ahead of Niagara in final standings. If Niagara finishes ahead of Canisius in final standings, Saint Peter's would have tiebreaker by virtue of their 58-52 win over Niagara on February 2, and Saints would earn No. 10 seed.

Should Siena, Marist and Saint Peter's finish tied at 5-13 and Saint Peter's defeats Siena on February 25, Saints will have tiebreaker and earn No. 9 seed by virtue of their 65-62 win over Canisius on January 7, IF Canisius finishes ahead of Niagara in final standings. If Niagara finishes ahead of Canisius in final standings, Saint Peter's would have tiebreaker by virtue of their 58-52 win over Niagara on February 2, and Saints would earn No. 10 seed by virtue of their win over Canisius. This tiebreaker is defined by Article 3, Section C of the official Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference basketball tiebreaker policy.

Should Siena, Marist and Monmouth finish tied at 6-12 while Saint Peter's finishes 5-13 or worse, Saints will earn No. 10 seed as Monmouth will have best head-to-head record among the group at 3-0, followed by Marist at 1-2 and Siena at 1-3.

Siena can also earn No. 10 seed outright by finishing 5-13 while Marist or Saint Peter's finishes either 6-12 or 4-14.

Should Siena and Marist finish tied at 5-13 or 4-14 while Saint Peter's finishes 6-12, Saints will have tiebreaker and earn No. 10 seed by virtue of their 65-62 win over Canisius on January 7.

Siena can earn No. 11 seed outright with losses in BOTH of its final two games while Marist and Saint Peter's win either of their final two games.

Marist: Is assured of competing in an opening-round game Thursday, March 1. Can finish as either No. 9, 10, or 11 seed. Can only clinch No. 9 seed with the following scenario:
Wins Friday at Niagara AND Sunday at Canisius, AND losses by Saint Peter's AND Siena in either of their two remaining games.

Should Marist and Monmouth finish tied at 6-12 while Saint Peter's and Siena finish 5-13 or worse, Red Foxes will earn No. 9 seed by virtue of Monmouth's 91-78 win over Marist on January 27.

Should Marist, Monmouth and Siena finish tied at 6-12, Red Foxes will earn No. 9 seed as Monmouth will have best head-to-head record among the group at 3-0, followed by Marist at 1-2 and Siena at 1-3.

Should Marist, Monmouth and Saint Peter's finish tied at 6-12 while Siena finishes 5-13 or worse, Red Foxes will earn No. 10 seed as Monmouth will have best head-to-head record among the group at 2-1, followed by Saint Peter's at 2-2 and Marist at 1-2.

Should Marist and Siena finish tied at 6-12 or 5-13 while Saint Peter's finishes 4-14, Red Foxes will earn No. 10 seed by virtue of Siena's 65-62 win over Canisius on January 7.

Should Marist, Saint Peter's and Siena finish tied at 5-13 and Siena defeats Saint Peter's on February 25, Red Foxes will earn No. 10 seed as Siena will have best head-to-head record among the group at 3-1, followed by Marist at 2-2 and Saint Peter's at 1-3.

Marist can also earn No. 10 seed outright by finishing 5-13 while Saint Peter's or Siena finishes either 6-12 or 4-14.

Should Marist, Saint Peter's and Siena finish tied at 5-13 and Saint Peter's defeats Siena on February 25, Red Foxes will earn No. 11 seed as both Saint Peter's and Siena will have wins against common opponents higher in final standings than Marist. This tiebreaker comes into play since each team will have a head-to-head group record of 2-2 in this scenario.

Should Marist and Saint Peter's finish tied at 5-13 or 4-14 while Siena finishes 6-12 or 5-13, Red Foxes will earn No. 11 seed by virtue of Saint Peter's 58-52 win over Niagara on February 2.

Should Marist and Siena finish tied at 5-13 or 4-14 while Saint Peter's finishes 6-12 or 5-13, Red Foxes will earn No. 11 seed by virtue of Siena's 65-62 win over Canisius on January 7.

Marist can earn No. 11 seed outright with losses in BOTH of its final two games while Saint Peter's and Siena win either of their final two games.

Saint Peter's: Is assured of competing in an opening-round game Thursday, March 1. Can finish as either No. 8, 9, 10, or 11 seed.

Should Monmouth and Saint Peter's finish tied at 6-12 while Marist and Siena finish 5-13 or worse, Peacocks will have tiebreaker and earn No. 8 seed by virtue of their win over Niagara, IF Niagara finishes ahead of Iona in final standings. If Iona finishes ahead of Niagara in final standings, Monmouth will have tiebreaker and Peacocks will earn No. 9 seed.

Should Saint Peter's, Marist and Monmouth finish tied at 6-12 while Siena finishes 5-13 or worse, Peacocks will earn No. 9 seed as Monmouth will have best head-to-head record among the group at 2-1, followed by Saint Peter's at 2-2 and Marist at 1-2.

Saint Peter's can also clinch No. 9 seed outright with wins in BOTH of their final two games, AND a Marist loss in either of its final two games, OR with a win in either of its final two games AND Marist and Siena losses in BOTH of their final two games.

Should Saint Peter's, Marist and Siena finish tied at 5-13 and Saint Peter's defeats Siena on February 25, Peacocks will have tiebreaker and earn No. 9 seed by virtue of their 58-52 win over Niagara on February 2, IF Niagara finishes ahead of Canisius in final standings. If Canisius finishes ahead of Niagara in final standings, Siena would have tiebreaker by virtue of their 65-62 win over Canisius on January 7, and Peacocks would earn No. 10 seed by virtue of their win over Niagara. This tiebreaker is defined by Article 3, Section C of the official Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference basketball tiebreaker policy.

Should Saint Peter's and Siena finish tied at 5-13 and Saint Peter's defeats Siena on February 25 while Marist finishes 4-14, Peacocks will have tiebreaker and earn No. 9 seed by virtue of their 58-52 win over Niagara on February 2, IF Niagara finishes ahead of Canisius in final standings. If Canisius finishes ahead of Niagara in final standings, Siena would have tiebreaker by virtue of their 65-62 win over Canisius on January 7, and Peacocks would earn No. 10 seed.

Saint Peter's can also earn No. 10 seed outright by finishing 5-13 while Marist or Siena finishes either 6-12 or 4-14.

Should Saint Peter's, Marist and Siena finish tied at 5-13 and Siena defeats Saint Peter's on February 25, Peacocks will earn No. 11 seed as Siena will have best head-to-head record among the group at 3-1, followed by Marist at 2-2 and Saint Peter's at 1-3.

Saint Peter's can earn No. 11 seed outright with losses in BOTH of its final two games while Marist and Siena win either of their final two games.

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 1.

Scoring Leaders
1) Tyler Nelson, Fairfield (21.9 PPG)
2) Kahlil Dukes, Niagara (20.8)

3) Matt Scott, Niagara (19.5)
4) Cameron Young, Quinnipiac (17.9)
5) Brian Parker, Marist (17.2)
6) Jermaine Crumpton, Canisius (17.1)
7) Isaiah Reese, Canisius (16.4)
8) Dimencio Vaughn, Rider (15.8)
9) Rich Williams, Manhattan (14.4)
10) Jordan Allen, Rider (13.6)

Rebounding Leaders
1) Marvin Prochet, Niagara (7.7 RPG)
2) TK Edogi, Iona (7.4)
3) Matt Scott, Niagara (7.4)
4) Frederick Scott, Rider (6.8)
5) Zane Waterman, Manhattan (6.8)
6) Pauly Paulicap, Manhattan (6.6)
7) Dimencio Vaughn, Rider (6.6)
8) Tyere Marshall, Rider (6.4)
9) Cameron Young, Quinnipiac (6.3)
10) Austin Tilghman, Monmouth (6.1)

Assist Leaders
1) Stevie Jordan, Rider (6.0 APG)
2) Rickey McGill, Iona (5.6)

3) Austin Tilghman, Monmouth (5.5)
4) Rich Kelly, Quinnipiac (4.8)
5) Isaiah Reese, Canisius (4.7)
6) Malik Johnson, Canisius (4.5)
7) Zavier Turner, Manhattan (3.8)
8) Brian Parker, Marist (3.4)
9) Kahlil Dukes, Niagara (3.3)
10) Tyler Nelson, Fairfield (3.3)

Field Goal Percentage Leaders
1) Jonathan Kasibabu, Fairfield (.667)
2) TK Edogi, Iona (.569)
3) Pauly Paulicap, Manhattan (.566)
4) Roland Griffin, Iona (.532)
5) Chaise Daniels, Quinnipiac (.532)
6) Frederick Scott, Rider (.517)
7) Dimencio Vaughn, Rider (.511)
8) Tyere Marshall, Rider (.504)
9) Jermaine Crumpton, Canisius (.487)
10) E.J. Crawford, Iona (.477)

Free Throw Percentage Leaders
1) Kahlil Dukes, Niagara (.904)
2) Tyler Nelson, Fairfield (.877)
3) Isaiah Reese, Canisius (.877)
4) Roman Penn, Siena (.833)
5) Zavier Turner, Manhattan (.811)
6) Jermaine Crumpton, Canisius (.808)
7) Isaiah Lamb, Marist (.779)
8) James Towns, Niagara (.779)
9) Rich Kelly, Quinnipiac (.778)
10) Cameron Young, Quinnipiac (.771)
11) Quinn Taylor, Saint Peter's (.767)

Three-Point Field Goal Percentage Leaders
1) Louie Pillari, Monmouth (.454)
2) Khalil Richard, Siena (.453)
3) Jacob Rigoni, Quinnipiac (.452)
4) Schadrac Casimir, Iona (.446)
5) Rich Williams, Manhattan (.442)
T-6) Spencer Foley, Canisius (.432)
T-6) Zavier Turner, Manhattan (.432)
8) Kahlil Dukes, Niagara (.423)
9) Jan Svandrlik, Iona (.420)
10) Jonathan Sanks, Canisius (.413)

Steal Leaders
1) Isaiah Reese, Canisius (2.3 SPG)
2) Dimencio Vaughn, Rider (1.8)

3) Stevie Jordan, Rider (1.6)
4) Jesus Cruz, Fairfield (1.6)
5) Elijah Gonzales, Saint Peter's (1.5)

Blocked Shot Leaders
1) Pauly Paulicap, Manhattan (2.6 BPG)
2) Dominic Robb, Niagara (1.4)

3) TK Edogi, Iona (1.2)
4) Sam Idowu, Saint Peter's (1.1)
5) Jonathan Kasibabu, Fairfield (1.1)

Power Rankings
1) Rider (21-7, 14-2 MAAC)
Last Week:
 1

Last Game: Sunday 2/18 vs. Canisius (W 83-82)
Next Game: Thursday 2/22 at Monmouth, 7 p.m.

2) Canisius (19-10, 13-3 MAAC)
Last Week:
 2

Last Game: Sunday 2/18 at Rider (L 83-82)
Next Game: Wednesday 2/21 at Niagara, 7 p.m.

3) Niagara (18-11, 11-5 MAAC)
Last Week:
 3

Last Game: Sunday 2/18 at Manhattan (L 82-72)
Next Game: Wednesday 2/21 vs. Canisius, 7 p.m.

4) Iona (16-12, 10-6 MAAC)
Last Week:
 4

Last Game: Friday 2/16 vs. Niagara (L 85-84)
Next Game: Friday 2/23 vs. Manhattan, 9 p.m.

5) Manhattan (13-15, 8-8 MAAC)
Last Week: 5
Last Game: Sunday 2/18 vs. Niagara (W 82-72)
Next Game: Friday 2/23 at Iona, 9 p.m.

6) Fairfield (12-15, 7-9 MAAC)
Last Week:
 6

Last Game: Saturday 2/17 vs. Quinnipiac (W 102-98)
Next Game: Wednesday 2/21 at Siena, 7 p.m.

7) Quinnipiac (10-18, 7-9 MAAC)
Last Week:
 7

Last Game: Saturday 2/17 at Fairfield (L 102-98)
Next Game: Friday 2/23 vs. Saint Peter's, 7 p.m.

8) Monmouth (10-18, 6-10 MAAC)
Last Week:
 8

Last Game: Sunday 2/18 at Siena (W 93-89)
Next Game: Thursday 2/22 vs. Rider, 7 p.m.

9) Siena (8-21, 4-12 MAAC)
Last Week:
 11

Last Game: Sunday 2/18 vs. Monmouth (L 93-89)
Next Game: Wednesday 2/21 vs. Fairfield, 7 p.m.

10) Marist (6-22, 4-12 MAAC)
Last Week:
 10

Last Game: Saturday 2/17 vs. Saint Peter's (W 69-51)
Next Game: Friday 2/23 at Niagara, 7 p.m.

11) Saint Peter's (10-17, 4-12 MAAC)
Last Week:
 9

Last Game: Saturday 2/17 at Marist (L 69-51)
Next Game: Friday 2/23 at Quinnipiac, 7 p.m.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

JP's 5 Thoughts: Seton Hall breaks losing skid against Blue Demons

Desi Rodriguez set career-high with 33 points as Seton Hall ended four-game schneid with win over DePaul. (Photo by Bob Dea/Daly Dose Of Hoops)

By Jason Guerette (@JPGuerette)

NEWARK, NJ -- Losers of four games in a row, the Seton Hall Pirates came back to Newark for a must-win home game against DePaul. And thanks to monster games from Desi Rodriguez and Angel Delgado, the Pirates ended up getting the job done on their home floor, coming away with an 82-77 win to get back in the win column and back to .500 in Big East play.

Here are the five thoughts:


1. Return Of The Defense?

Maybe, but not quite. In the first half, Seton Hall struggled defensively for most of the period, allowing 50 percent shooting to the Blue Demons, including 61 percent from two-point range, with many of those points coming inside.

There was a stretch of about 5-6 minutes, however, where the old Seton Hall defense showed up. Led by a burst of energy, the Pirates forced four DePaul turnovers in that span and with Rodriguez heating up from the outside, the run ended up being a 15-3 outburst that earned the Hall a standing ovation from the fans in the house. They were diving on the floor for loose balls, and showing the urgency that head coach Kevin Willard wanted heading into the game.

Still, DePaul wound up shooting 48 percent for the game (although just 5-for-19 from three, a point of emphasis according to Willard), with a 58 percent mark from inside the arc. Those are not the numbers the Hall or their fans want to see, but it was good to see the Pirates get back to defending like they know how for a stretch of time today.

2. Guardian Angel

Angel Delgado dominating DePaul is nothing new. The senior posted 16 points and 19 rebounds against a Blue Demons front line that really had no one outside of Marin Maric who could defend him at all. That lifted his career averages against the Blue Demons to 12.9 points and 13.4 rebounds over the course of eight games, with 63 percent shooting to boot. Today was also his third 19-rebound game (and second in a row) against DePaul.

But what was new was Delgado’s energetic play on defense. It was the big man who started to dive on the court for deflections and loose balls, which in turn sparked the aforementioned run in the first half. The team had a laugh or two about it in the locker room.

“I can’t even get up right now,” Delgado chuckled afterwards. “I’ve got to leave everything on the court right now. I wanted to win this game so bad.”

“That’s probably the first time I’ve seen him dive on the floor like that,” Rodriguez quipped. “We actually talked about that yesterday. I said, ‘Yo, Angel, why can’t you dive on the floor?’ He said, ‘I’m too big,” and I said, ‘You’re not too big to jump on the floor,” and so he did it today. That kind of set the tone and got our momentum going.”

In a large sense, that infectious energy that Delgado is known for was a little lacking the last few games, due in some part to a semi-banged-up knee.

“Something that’s been missing from his game a little bit is his enthusiasm and energy,” Willard said. “When you’re hurt, that’s one of the things that goes right away because you start thinking about it more than just playing. The fact that he feels really good right now, he got back to playing basketball and playing the way he always plays.”

“He’s our emotional leader,” Willard added. “He always has been since Day One when he stepped on campus.”

3. Microwaved Desi Dinner

With Myles Powell and Khadeen Carrington having off nights shooting the ball (and in the former’s case, a rare off night), points were needed to augment Delgado inside. Desi Rodriguez struggled mightily in the early going of this game, starting off 0-for-5 from the field. He then hit his first basket (a three), at the 7:09 mark of the first half, and from there proceeded to score a career-high 33 points on 12-of-16 shooting the rest of the way, including four threes (a couple of them in the Pirates’ big first-half run) and a perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line down the stretch.

He scored more than half (24 of 44) of the team’s points in the second half, and basically took over the game, scoring seven of the Hall’s first nine points out of the break and scoring all but one of Seton Hall’s field goals in the last 13-and-a-half minutes as DePaul (like a lot of teams) had no matchup for him individually.

Rodriguez has always been the most mercurial of the senior class, able to go off on anyone for 25 while also susceptible to long lapses. But when he’s on, boy, is it fun to behold.

“He’s been our best offensive player over the past five games by far,” Willard said, adding that “when he’s locked in defensively, he’s just a different basketball player and he was really locked in on (Max) Strus. He did a phenomenal job of really making it hard for him to get going.”

Strus finished with 14 points, but needed 13 shots to get there, so Willard has a point as the team getting going defensively coincided with Desi’s offense revving up. But with a scorer like Rodriguez, sometimes seeing the ball go in the first time just opens the floodgates, and it did on Sunday.

4. Devilish Demons

I don’t know about you, but it seems like whenever Seton Hall really needs to beat DePaul, the game ends up being close down the stretch like today. Going back to the 2011-12 season, when the Blue Demons walloped the Pirates in Chicago to essentially knock them off the NCAA tournament bubble, DePaul has played the Hall within five points six times over an 11-game span.

Three years ago, in the middle of their late-season fall from grace, DePaul swept the Pirates for the first time, punctuating that stretch in a way; but since then, Seton Hall has beaten the Blue Demons six straight times, including today, so they have been able to get the job done recently. Maybe it’s just a reflex that whenever the Pirates play against DePaul, I get nervous since I had to witness the blowout loss in Rosemont live back in 2012.

5. Uphill Climb

This win was necessary to stop the bleeding and maybe even more to avoid what would have been a bad loss, but Seton Hall still has work to do. They go up to Providence next on Wednesday, followed by a challenge against the force of nature that has been Shamorie Ponds and St. John’s at Madison Square Garden Satruday. They have their final two games of the regular season at home, but against national championship favorite Villanova and the always tough and well-coached Butler Bulldogs.

Honestly, the key to the rest of the year may be to regain the energy shown today by Delgado and others in that big first-half run. It’s not like the Pirates have played 40 minutes of bad hoops and never shown it in their recent down period, but it’s not been sustained for a full game.

“We have shown (that) in spurts,” Willard said. “The second half at Xavier, the second half at Georgetown, I thought our first half tonight was really good. We just have to put it all together.”

At this point in the season, good teams begin to do just that. And so the burning question remaining is, to paraphrase Denny Green, will the Pirates be who we thought they were earlier this year?

Kevin Willard quote book: DePaul

On Desi Rodriguez and his performance:
"I mean, he's been our best offensive player over the last five games, by far, and most consistent. I thought he got off to a good start, I thought he passed the ball phenomenally -- I think he started 0-for-4 or 1-for-5, or something like that -- but he was passing the ball great. He got Myles (Powell) two open shots, got a guy a layup, and so the way he was passing, I loved the way he kind of got everyone involved early, and with Des, it's only a matter of time until he gets it going."

"Again, when he's locked in defensively, he's just such a different basketball player, and he really was locked in on (Max) Strus. I thought he did a phenomenal job in the first half of really making it hard for him to get off and kind of get going, and then I thought he rebounded the ball the best he's rebounded all year."

On the win:
"It was a huge win, 7-7. Each one this time of year -- any win this time of year is a big one, and this was a big one. I was extremely happy, yes. Considering the fact that we've been on the road and we've been traveling, for the guys to give the effort that they did Friday and Saturday after the Xavier game -- we've been practicing great -- it was good to get home. We had a good shot in the first half -- I think we were up 12 in the first half -- and they had a much better final four-minute stretch than we did. But I thought we did things to win the game today instead of losing it."

On Angel Delgado's effort:
"I stopped practicing the big fella just because I really want to take care of that knee. It's fine, he feels good -- he doesn't even have to get therapy on it -- but it's one of those things in practice where I'm just worried about him bumping knees with somebody and then all of a sudden, it flares back up. I thought after really struggling on Wednesday, I thought he came out and really bounced back great."

On help defense being a point of emphasis:
"It's -- one of our weaknesses had been getting beat off the dribble -- and I thought we made a good adjustment at Xavier. (Trevon) Bluiett just killed us. And I thought tonight, when we started getting beat off the dribble again early in the first half, the guys did a much better job understanding and trying to keep guys in front of us, make them take tough twos. We wanted to chase them off the three-point line early, and I thought we did a good job of that in the first half."

On why he sat down for the majority of the game:
"I have a really bad wheel right now. My right knee is swollen like a cantaloupe, it just -- I have to exercise this year or I'll probably have a heart attack, and I won't stop -- I have to get surgery at the end of the year on it, and so -- I just -- right now, I could feel it throbbing. I was on a treadmill last July, and it stopped and started, and I tore some of my meniscus. I wasn't going to ruin my August golf season -- I was stubborn -- I thought it would go away, and it hasn't gone away, and now I'm stubborn because I need to work out this time of year to relieve stress, and it's getting worse. Once the season's over, the doctor is going to scope me and take care of it."

"I actually -- I never get to sit and talk to our guys when they come out of the game -- it's actually nice. You can have a conversation with them and it's not in the huddle, it's not -- Sha (associate head coach Shaheen Holloway) does a great job, so I'm not worried about that aspect -- but it's nice to sit down and talk to your guys in a different way while the game's going on, and I get a chance to be the guy that pumps them up a little bit. Unfortunately, it's just a bad wheel."

On Seton Hall's last four games:
"Our last four before this were really tough, too. I think we have shown in spurts, on the road -- the second half at Xavier, the second half at Georgetown -- I thought our first half tonight was really good. We've just got to put it all together. We've been struggling, and what I mean is, we've been doing things -- against Marquette, we missed a ton of free throws that just took -- every time we had momentum, we missed two free throws or missed a one-and-one that just took all our momentum away from us. At Georgetown, we missed four free throws in the last three minutes, it took all the momentum from us and we still had a chance. Xavier just played really good. I mean, friggin' Trevon Bluiett, when he plays like that, good luck."

On state of Seton Hall:
"We're not falling apart. That seems to be -- I've seen a lot of teams lose -- I go through college basketball and I see a lot of teams who have lost three out of four. It's called league play. We've lost at Villanova, we lost at Xavier, we lost at Georgetown. It's not my fault we don't have home games this time of year. We've just been on the road. You're not going to -- no one's like, perfect on the road. You've got to battle, and I love the way our guys have battled. I love our attitude. We came back after losing four in a row, we had two great days of practice, and we came out -- I thought we played pretty good today. You're not blowing anybody out on the road this time of year. It's just not happening. I mean, DePaul blew out Providence, but..."

On Delgado's energy:
"It's something that we've been -- it's something that he's been missing from his game a little bit is his enthusiasm and his energy. I think when you're hurt, that's one of the things that goes right away because you start thinking about -- you start thinking a whole lot more than just playing. I think the fact that he feels really good right now and his knee feels good, he got back to just playing basketball and playing the way he always plays. But the last two or three games -- he hurt himself in the first half of Marquette -- you start thinking about that a little bit, and when you think -- and Angel's not a thinker of a player, he's more energy, he's more emotion -- you see what you got tonight, and I think that's what you'll see going forward."

"He is our emotional leader, by far. It's not even close. He always has been, he's been since day one. Since he stepped on campus, he's been the guy that these guys feed off."

On Myles Cale:
"Myles Cale played really well in the first half, and then Desi just had it going. I wanted to slide him in there for Myles Powell, but I was hoping Myles Powell would make a shot for us and kind of get -- but Myles was passing the ball tremendous. He draws so much attention. Again, I think the freshmen have been really progressing great."

On Rodriguez's shot off an inbounds late in the second half being set up beforehand:
"We wanted -- considering the fact that Jordan (Walker) missed two free throws -- he's a freshman -- they weren't going to let Myles Powell get it. Desi's our best ball handler in that situation, so yeah, we were trying to get the ball to Desi."

On Rodriguez and his defensive effort:
"You've watched Desi now for four years. He has his Desi moments. He's 90 percent good, and I think the problem with everyone when he does have his -- what I call his moments -- is when he's playing and he's locked in, I think he's the most dominant player in the league, and there's times where he goes through a little two-minute stretch where he doesn't have it. I'm used to it, the team's used to it, and we know how to do it."

"He's a senior. I liked the way he was playing. I thought he was playing really well, and I thought he was playing extremely hard. Sometimes you've got to trust your kids, and I have great trust in Desi, and I know he's going to snap back out of it. He did within two seconds -- two minutes. Sometimes when he gets like that and you take him out, he doesn't snap out of it. You've got to let him play, and Desi, I let play."

Friday, February 16, 2018

Niagara withstands loss of Scott, picks up comeback win at Iona

James Towns came off bench to score 20 points in Niagara's come-from-behind win at Iona. (Photo by The Buffalo News)

NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- Hailed for its experience and upside before the year began, Niagara has scored one breakthrough after another in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference season rife with unlikely success stories.

Friday night may have been the Purple Eagles' defining moment.

Playing without the services of MAAC Player of the Year contender Matt Scott for the final 29 minutes of regulation after the senior stat-stuffer left the game with an apparent right ankle injury, Niagara rebounded from a 12-point deficit, hustling down the stretch to outrebound and outlast Iona, defeating the Gaels inside the Hynes Athletics Center for the second straight season in an 85-84 thriller.

"Really, all I can say is it was a really courageous performance by our guys," head coach Chris Casey remarked as the Purple Eagles (18-10, 11-4 MAAC) won their fourth consecutive contest and remained in the conversation for a regular season MAAC title. "I say that not in a way where I'm surprised, because I'm really not. I've said this over and over about this group: This group is a team, and if you go back and you look at us throughout the season, there's been different guys at different times that have stepped up and made plays for us."

In that vein, James Towns was the latest to emerge as Niagara's savior, leading all scorers with 20 points off the bench in his second clutch performance of the season.

"We just had to pick him up," Towns said of stepping up in place of Scott on a night where he set a tone reminiscent of his 31-point outburst in the Purple Eagles' commanding win over Canisius on January 27. "Obviously it hurt us, but we stayed together, and that's the most important thing."

Indeed Niagara did, not once showing they were fazed by Iona (16-12, 10-6 MAAC) and their high-octane offense, which took its largest lead of the night at 49-37 inside the first minute of the second half. The visitors got to work on the boards in the final 20 minutes, beginning with Greg King's carom off an errant Kahlil Dukes three-pointer, a play that set the stage for a 10-2 Purple Eagle run. The Gaels would trade baskets with their opposition for the next few minutes thereafter, but Niagara responded with another 10-2 spurt, tying the game at 66 on a layup by Greg Kuakumensah with 9:24 remaining in regulation. Iona scored the next five points, but Niagara would not go away, ripping off seven in a row as Towns' three and layup on back-to-back possessions swung the pendulum the way of the Purple Eagles in the form of a 73-71 lead with 7:33 to play.

The Gaels fought back one more time, pulling ahead once again as E.J. Crawford's layup with 4:58 left on the clock gave the hosts a 79-78 lead. However, it was the last advantage Iona would enjoy, as Niagara regained the edge on a dunk by King eight seconds later, and held on through a frantic final minute as the Gaels attempted in vain to extend the game.

"In the second half, we came out flat," Roland Griffin lamented. "Offensive rebounds were a big problem, and they made a run. We've got to play better to get the win."

"We keep making mental mistakes," a blunt Tim Cluess elaborated. "Credit the other team. They made plays and we didn't. We had opportunities. We turned it over, we missed a two-footer, we missed foul shots. You've got to make plays if you want to win. We've been shooting the ball poorly for quite a while."

While the loss for Iona eliminates them from a top-two seed in next month's MAAC Tournament and forces the Gaels to essentially win each of their remaining games in order to achieve a ninth consecutive 20-win season, the mood in the Niagara locker room was one of confident jubilation, a feeling forged through its character and maturation.

"They're the measuring stick." Casey said of Iona and the significance of scoring a victory on the Gaels' home floor. "But in terms of what it says about our character, it says that we're a team, what I had said previously. We talk all the time about when we push a button, you've got to be ready to go and help us, because the most important thing is the team and getting a win. I'm not surprised by what we showed."

Big East Bonanza: Strength of remaining schedules, stat leaders, power rankings

Big East Bonanza returns with a special Friday edition, covering the remaining strength of schedule for each team in the Big East Conference, before reprising stat leaders and power rankings in its last two segments. Currently, Xavier and Villanova are the only schools to have clinched byes into the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament, with several other teams still in position to capitalize on momentum entering Madison Square Garden:

Xavier (12-2 Big East, currently #1 seed if regular season ended today)
Remaining schedule: Saturday, February 17 vs. Villanova (10-3 Big East, L 89-65 January 10)
Wednesday, February 21 at Georgetown (5-9 Big East, W 96-91 February 3)
Wednesday, February 28 vs. Providence (8-5 Big East, L 81-72 January 6)
Saturday, March 3 at DePaul (3-10 Big East, W 77-72 December 30)
Total Big East record of remaining opponents: 26-27 (.491)

Villanova (10-3 Big East, currently #2 seed if regular season ended today)
Remaining schedule: Saturday, February 17 at Xavier (12-2 Big East, W 89-65 January 10)
Wednesday, February 21 vs. DePaul (3-10 Big East, W 103-85 December 27)
Saturday, February 24 at Creighton (8-5 Big East, W 98-78 February 1)
Wednesday, February 28 at Seton Hall (6-7 Big East, W 92-76 February 4)
Saturday, March 3 vs. Georgetown (5-9 Big East, W 88-56 January 17)
Total Big East record of remaining opponents: 34-33 (.507)

Providence (8-5 Big East, currently #3 seed if regular season ended today)
Remaining schedule: Saturday, February 17 at Butler (7-7 Big East, W 70-60 January 15)
Wednesday, February 21 vs. Seton Hall (6-7 Big East, L 73-57 January 31)
Saturday, February 24 at Georgetown (5-9 Big East, W 73-69 February 6)
Wednesday, February 28 at Xavier (12-2 Big East, W 81-72 January 6)
Saturday, March 3 vs. St. John's (3-11 Big East, W 94-72 December 28)
Total Big East record of remaining opponents: 33-36 (.478)

Creighton (8-5 Big East, currently #4 seed if regular season ended today)
Remaining schedule: Saturday, February 17 vs. Marquette (5-8 Big East, first meeting)
Tuesday, February 20 at Butler (7-7 Big East, W 85-74 January 9)
Saturday, February 24 vs. Villanova (10-3 Big East, L 98-78 February 1)
Tuesday, February 27 vs. DePaul (3-10 Big East, W 76-75 February 7)
Saturday, March 3 at Marquette (5-8 Big East, first meeting on February 17)
Total Big East record of remaining opponents: 30-36 (.455)

Butler (7-7 Big East, currently #5 seed if regular season ended today)
Remaining schedule: Saturday, February 17 vs. Providence (8-5 Big East, L 70-60 January 15)
Tuesday, February 20 vs. Creighton (8-5 Big East, L 85-74 January 9)
Wednesday, February 28 at St. John's (3-11 Big East, W 70-45 January 27)
Saturday, March 3 at Seton Hall (6-7 Big East, L 90-87 January 6)
Total Big East record of remaining opponents: 25-28 (.472)

Seton Hall (6-7 Big East, currently #6 seed if regular season ended today)
Remaining schedule: Sunday, February 18 vs. DePaul (3-10 Big East, W 86-70 January 28)
Wednesday, February 21 at Providence (8-5 Big East, W 73-57 January 31)
Saturday, February 24 at St. John's (3-11 Big East, W 75-70 December 31)
Wednesday, February 28 vs. Villanova (10-3 Big East, L 92-76 February 4)
Saturday, March 3 vs. Butler (7-7 Big East, W 90-87 January 6)
Total Big East record of remaining opponents: 31-36 (.463)

Marquette (5-8 Big East, currently #7 seed if regular season ended today)
Remaining schedule: Saturday, February 17 at Creighton (8-5 Big East, first meeting)
Wednesday, February 21 vs. St. John's (3-11 Big East, L 86-78 February 10)
Saturday, February 24 at DePaul (3-10 Big East, W 70-52 January 15)
Monday, February 26 at Georgetown (5-9 Big East, W 74-65 December 30)
Saturday, March 3 vs. Creighton (8-5 Big East, first meeting on February 17)
Total Big East record of remaining opponents: 27-40 (.403)

Georgetown (5-9 Big East, currently #8 seed if regular season ended today)
Remaining schedule: Wednesday, February 21 vs. Xavier (12-2 Big East, L 96-91 February 3)
Saturday, February 24 vs. Providence (8-5 Big East, L 73-69 February 6)
Monday, February 26 vs. Marquette (5-8 Big East, L 74-65 December 30)
Saturday, March 3 at Villanova (10-3 Big East, L 88-56 January 17)
Total Big East record of remaining opponents: 35-18 (.660)

DePaul (3-10 Big East, currently #9 seed if regular season ended today)
Remaining schedule: Sunday, February 18 at Seton Hall (6-7 Big East, L 86-70 January 28)
Wednesday, February 21 at Villanova (10-3 Big East, L 103-85 December 27)
Tuesday, February 27 at Creighton (3-10 Big East, L 76-75 February 7)
Saturday, March 3 vs. Xavier (12-2 Big East, L 77-72 December 30)
Total Big East record of remaining opponents: 31-22 (.585)

St. John's (3-11 Big East, currently #10 seed if regular season ended today)
Remaining schedule: Wednesday, February 21 at Marquette (5-8 Big East, W 86-78 February 10)
Saturday, February 24 vs. Seton Hall (6-7 Big East, L 75-70 December 31)
Wednesday, February 28 vs. Butler (7-7 Big East, L 70-45 January 27)
Saturday, March 3 at Providence (8-5 Big East, L 94-72 December 28)
Total Big East record of remaining opponents: 26-27 (.491)

Strengths of remaining schedules, from lowest to highest:
1) Marquette (.403)
2) Creighton (.455)
3) Seton Hall (.463)
4) Butler (.472)
5) Providence (.478)
T-6) St. John's (.491)
T-6) Xavier (.491)
8) Villanova (.507)
9) DePaul (.585)
10) Georgetown (.660)

Scoring Leaders
1) Markus Howard, Marquette (21.9 PPG)
2) Shamorie Ponds, St. John's (21.6)

3) Kelan Martin, Butler (20.7)
4) Marcus Foster, Creighton (20.3)
5) Jalen Brunson, Villanova (19.8)
6) Trevon Bluiett, Xavier (19.6)
7) Andrew Rowsey, Marquette (19.4)
8) Desi Rodriguez, Seton Hall (17.9)
9) Max Strus, DePaul (16.9)
10) Jessie Govan, Georgetown (16.7)

Rebounding Leaders
1) Angel Delgado, Seton Hall (11.5 RPG)
2) Jessie Govan, Georgetown (10.0)
3) Marcus Derrickson, Georgetown (8.1)
4) Omari Spellman, Villanova (7.7)
5) Justin Simon, St. John's (7.3)
6) Ronnie Harrell, Jr., Creighton (6.5)
7) Marin Maric, DePaul (6.5)
8) Alpha Diallo, Providence (6.4)
9) Kelan Martin, Butler (6.4)
10) Tre'Darius McCallum, DePaul (6.3)

Assist Leaders
1) Kyron Cartwright, Providence (6.0 APG)
2) Justin Simon, St. John's (5.0)

3) Quentin Goodin, Xavier (5.0)
4) Shamorie Ponds, St. John's (4.8)
5) Jalen Brunson, Villanova (4.7)
6) Khadeen Carrington, Seton Hall (4.5)
7) Eli Cain, DePaul (4.5)
8) Andrew Rowsey, Marquette (4.2)
9) Aaron Thompson, Butler (3.5)
10) Jonathan Mulmore, Georgetown (3.5)

Field Goal Percentage Leaders
1) Tyler Wideman, Butler (.695)
2) Tyrique Jones, Xavier (.664)
3) Kerem Kanter, Xavier (.561)
4) Kaleb Johnson, Georgetown (.556)
5) Jalen Brunson, Villanova (.542)
6) Marin Maric, DePaul (.539)
7) Tariq Owens, St. John's (.525)
8) Toby Hegner, Creighton (.523)
9) Marcus Derrickson, Georgetown (.520)
10) Khyri Thomas, Creighton (.519)

Free Throw Percentage Leaders
1) Markus Howard, Marquette (.935)
2) Andrew Rowsey, Marquette (.903)
3) Kelan Martin, Butler (.879)
4) Marin Maric, DePaul (.876)
5) Marcus Derrickson, Georgetown (.857)
6) Eric Paschall, Villanova (.852)
7) Shamorie Ponds, St. John's (.842)
8) Mikal Bridges, Villanova (.837)
9) Trevon Bluiett, Xavier (.836)
10) J.P. Macura, Xavier (.830)

Three-Point Field Goal Percentage Leaders
1) Sam Hauser, Marquette (.493)
2) Jalen Lindsey, Providence (.460)
3) Marcus Derrickson, Georgetown (.457)
4) Sean McDermott, Butler (.455)
5) Marcus Foster, Creighton (.449)
6) Trevon Bluiett, Xavier (.443)
7) Omari Spellman, Villanova (.440)
8) Jalen Brunson, Villanova (.438)
9) Phil Booth, Villanova (.430)
10) Marvin Clark II, St. John's (.423)
11) Myles Powell, Seton Hall (.419)

Steal Leaders
1) Shamorie Ponds, St. John's (2.5 SPG)
2) Justin Simon, St. John's (2.4)
3) Kamar Baldwin, Butler (1.7)
4) Mikal Bridges, Villanova (1.6)
5) Khyri Thomas, Creighton (1.5)

Blocked Shot Leaders
1) Tariq Owens, St. John's (3.1 BPG)
2) Omari Spellman, Villanova (1.5)
3) Jessie Govan, Georgetown (1.2)
4) Mikal Bridges, Villanova (1.2)
5) Ismael Sanogo, Seton Hall (1.0)

Power Rankings
1) Xavier (24-3, 12-2 Big East)
Last Week: 2
Last Game: Wednesday 2/14 vs. Seton Hall (W 102-90)
Next Game: Saturday 2/17 vs. Villanova, 4:30 p.m.

2) Villanova (23-3, 10-3 Big East)
Last Week: 1
Last Game: Wednesday 2/14 at Providence (L 76-71)
Next Game: Saturday 2/17 at Xavier, 4:30 p.m.

3) Providence (17-9, 8-5 Big East)
Last Week:
 5

Last Game: Wednesday 2/14 vs. Villanova (W 76-71)
Next Game: Saturday 2/17 at Butler, 12 p.m.

4) Creighton (19-7, 8-5 Big East)
Last Week: 3
Last Game: Tuesday 2/13 vs. Bemidji State (W 94-46)
Next Game: Saturday 2/17 vs. Marquette, 9 p.m. (10 p.m. ET)

5) Butler (17-10, 7-7 Big East)
Last Week: 6
Last Game: Tuesday 2/13 vs. Georgetown (L 87-83)
Next Game: Saturday 2/17 vs. Providence, 12 p.m.

6) Georgetown (15-10, 5-9 Big East)
Last Week: 8
Last Game: Tuesday 2/13 at Butler (W 87-83)
Next Game: Wednesday 2/21 vs. Xavier, 6:30 p.m.

7) St. John's (14-13, 3-11 Big East)
Last Week:
 10

Last Game: Wednesday 2/14 at DePaul (W 77-76)
Next Game: Wednesday 2/21 at Marquette, 8:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. CT)

8) Seton Hall (17-9, 6-7 Big East)
Last Week: 4
Last Game: Wednesday 2/14 at Xavier (L 102-90)
Next Game: Sunday 2/18 vs. DePaul, 1 p.m. (12 p.m. CT)

9) Marquette (14-11, 5-8 Big East)
Last Week: 7
Last Game: Saturday 2/10 at St. John's (L 86-78)
Next Game: Saturday 2/17 at Creighton, 9 p.m. (10 p.m. ET)

10) DePaul (10-15, 3-10 Big East)
Last Week:
 9

Last Game: Wednesday 2/14 vs. St. John's (L 77-76)
Next Game: Sunday 2/18 at Seton Hall, 12 p.m. (1 p.m. ET)