March Madness: Iona and Niagra Lead Balanced Metro-Atlantic. Siena Wins

March Madness: Iona and Niagra Lead Balanced Metro-Atlantic. Siena Wins

Niagra is the 1-seed, but www.kenpom.com ranks them as the fourth best team in the very balanced Metro Atlantic Athletic tournament that started Friday and concludes Monday in Springfield, Mass. The five top teams are ranked between 100th and 138th. The top team on teh computer is Iona, who is only a 4-seed but  features Low-Major All-American Lamont Jones and Sean Armand, the 21st best low-major player. Siena had a minor upset over Marist 70-64 to get a shot at the 1-seed Niagra Saturday at 2:30, and Fairfield outlasted St. Peter’s for the chance to face 2-seed Rider.

Iona faces Canisius at 4:30 Saturday, and 3-seed Loyola-Maryland will wrap up the action Saturday against 6-seed Manhattan at 9:30 ET.

Conf Rnk Low-Maj Rnk Elite 8 Players/Teams Metro Atlantic Athletic Ht LM Val Add
1 10 Jones, Lamont Iona 6-00 9.99
2 13 Thompson, Jonathon Rider 6-04 9.72
3 17 Cormier, Dylon Loyola MD 6-02 9.34
4 21 Armand, Sean Iona 6-04 9.11
5 22 Green, Juan’ya Niagara 6-03 9.06
6 51 Needham, Derek Fairfield 5-11 7.73
7 74 Brown, Rhamel Manhattan 6-07 6.96
8 84 Olson, Robert Loyola MD 6-04 6.76
1 101 Team Rank Iona    
2 117 Team Rank Loyola MD    
3 119 Team Rank Canisius    
4 127 Team Rank Niagara    
5 138 Team Rank Fairfield    
6 155 Team Rank Rider    
7 167 Team Rank Manhattan    
8 230 Team Rank Marist  

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