Daily Sports Digest: Iona Basketball’s NCAA Tournament Odds

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Will the Gaels Be Dancing?

Tim Cluess and his Gaels put together one of the best regular seasons in the college’s history going 25-7 and 15-3 in conference, however it may not be enough to land the Gaels in the field of 68.

After winning the regular season in the MAAC and finishing first in the country in points and assists per game, the Gaels fell to Fairfield in the conference tournament’s semifinals. 

Fairfield went on to lose in the conference championship to Loyola giving the Greyhounds the automatic bid into the tournament and putting Iona’s fate in the selection committee’s hands.

Joe Lunardi’s most recent break down over at ESPN has the Gaels as one of his “next four out” with fellow mid-majors VCU and St. Joseph’s in favor of schools in bigger conferences like Northwestern, Texas and Seton Hall.

The selection committee will be announcing this year’s field on Sunday afternoon. 

Today’s Schedule:

In boys basketball, The Class A Regional Semifinals tip off tonight when Tappan Zee will take on Section 4’s Seton Catholic at Johnson City High School at 7:45 p.m.

In boys basketball, The Class C Regional Semifinals begin as Tuckahoe will host Section 9’s Pine Plains at the Westchester County Center at 4:45 p.m.

In boys basketball, The Class D Regional Semifinals will start off when Greenburgh Academy hosts Section 9’s Livingston Manor at the Westchester County Center at 4:45 p.m.

In girls basketball, to take on Section 4’s Owego in the Class A Regional Semifinals at 6 p.m.

In girls basketball, Section 9’s Highland will play Irvington at the Westchester County Center in the Class B Regional Semifinals at 8:15 p.m.

In girls basketball, Hamilton will host Section 9’s Coleman Catholic at the Westchester County Center at 6:30 p.m. in the Class C Regional Semifinals.

College Sports Notebook:

Daniels twins, Huskies upset Boston

The Northeastern University men’s hockey team closed out a disappointing season in uplifting fashion as junior Vinny Saponari of Powder Springs, GA, provided overtime heroics in a 5-4 victory over No. 4 Boston University at Matthews Arena.

Saponari scored 2:35 into overtime to force the Terriers to take the No. 3 seed in the Hockey East Tournament.

Northeastern’s season finale yielded a total of 54 combined penalty minutes as each club went 1-for-7 on the power play.

Drew Daniels of Suffern, a junior forward, set up the Huskies’ power-play goal for his seventh assist of the season.

Identical twin brother Justin Daniels, also a forward, compiled seven goals and 10 assists for 17 points in 33 games.
Northeastern finishes its season with an overall mark of 13-16-5 and a Hockey East record of 9-14-4. The Huskies tied for eighth place in the league with Massachusetts.

Mortarboard musings

  • The Westchester Community College women’s basketball season came to an end when third-seeded Suffolk sank a last-second shot to upset the Vikings, 50-48, in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region XV Championship at New Roc City. The men’s team also ended it season with a loss to top-seeded , 71-47, in the Region XV semisemifinals at Monroe’s arena in New Roc City.
  • After a tightly contested three periods of regulation, St. Lawrence upended the No. 8 Harvard University women’s hockey team, 2-1, at Lynah Rink in Ithaca in the ECAC semifinals. Harvard finishes with a record of 22-9-1 on the year to go along with a 17-4-1 ECAC mark. St. Lawrence (23-9-4, 14-6-2 ECAC) advances to the ECAC final, where it will meet host Cornell for the league title. Junior defenseman Josephine Pucci of Pearl River had 21 points on the season for Harvard, on five goals and 16 assists in 27 games.
  • The Manhattan College baseball fell at No. 20 Maryland at College Park, MD. Manhattan (1-7) looks to regroup on Wednesday when the Jaspers visit Seton Hall at 3:30 p.m. The Jaspers travel to North Carolina this weekend for a three-game series with High Point that begins on Friday at 4 p.m. Senior right-hander Mike Giordano of Bedford and Fox Lane HS has a 3.27 ERA in two games for the Jaspers, while Mike Scarinci of Nanuet and Pearl River HS has an ERA of 9.00 in two appearances as a rookie right-hander. Also are on the staff are sophomore righty Connor Bacalles of New City and Clarkstown South, and sophomore righty Jared Hirschberg of Katonah and John Jay.
  • Greg Black led the Westchester CC men’s bowling team at the NJCAA National championship at AMF Thruway Lanes in Buffalo. Black, an alum of Tuckahoe High, had a total pinfall of 1,713. On the women’s side, Britanya Crow, a graduate of Blessed Sacrament and Francesca Thompson of Pleasantville rolled 847 to finish 17th in the doubles event. Crow placed 40th in the all-events competition.

Weekly Sports Poll:

This week’s poll deals with the New York Jets and quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Peyton Manning. If you were sitting in General Manager Mike Tannenbaum’s chair would you make a hard push for the NFL’s only four-time MVP, would you ride out the turbulence with the Sanchize, or would you bring in Manning to mentor Sanchez in his fourth year in the league?

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