CALGARY, Alta. — We would like to apologize to the rest of the MAAC once again for igniting a fire under Justin Robinson before the season began.
In the off-season, we ranked the senior as the 62nd-best player in the country. On social media, Robinson, his teammates, and fans expressed their dislike around the ranking, and it’s tough to blame them.
This season, the 5’8” guard has once again led the Monmouth Hawks to a regular season MAAC title, and has them in a prime spot to make it to the NCAA Tournament. After being snubbed last season, the Hawks have been on a tear in 2016-17.
Monmouth continued rolling this past week, posting two wins and extending their winning streak to 13 games and clinching the regular season conference title in the process.
Robinson was at the forefront of the Hawks’ two wins this week, posting his first 40-point game of the season on Monday to boot.
The first Monday of 2017 was an exciting one to say the least. It also left us scratching our heads, asking more questions about preseason conference favourites.
Monday’s slate was made up entirely of mid-major programs, with the majority of games being conference match-ups as the battle for conference supremacy is officially under way.
While no power conference teams were in action, there will still several marquee programs in action. The Monmouth Hawks, Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks, and the Little Rock Trojans, who all had stellar seasons a year ago, were all in action on Monday.
All three teams suffered defeats.
Following the slate of games on Monday, we were left with more questions than answers when looking at certain programs, and conferences, as the 2016-17 moves along.
The Notre Dame Fighting Irish returned to action Wednesday night after a nine day Christmas break, taking down the Saint Peter’s Peacocks 63-55.
Notre Dame remained in the AP Top 25 in their first game back , checking in at #24.
The (5-7) Peacocks were coming off a win against the St Francis (BKN) Terriers after a three game losing streak that included a loss to the Maryland Terrapins by only 10 points.
Notre Dame was coming off a win as well, taking down the Colgate Raiders before a surprise visit from Matt Farrell’s brother Bo stole the spotlight, as the military solider surprised his younger brother heading into the holiday season.
While some time away from the program was needed as noted by head coach Mike Brey, the Irish squad could not afford to take the Peacocks lightly.
After two straight losses to top 15 opponents, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish returned home Monday night to take on the Colgate Raiders, beating them 77-62 and improving to 8-2 on the season.
Regardless of their close losses, the Irish managed to stay in the AP Top 25, checking in at #25 and looked to secure a win heading into Christmas.
Being as it is the holiday season, who doesn’t love opening gifts early? As kids, we could not help but open an early gift because the idea of waiting until Christmas morning was just too much for us to handle.
The Notre Dame squad all received their early gifts with their victory over the Raiders but for point guard Matt Farrell, one present wasn’t enough. The up and coming star received the best gift anyone could ask for heading into the holiday season.
With the exception of November and early-season tournaments, Mondays tend to be one of the quieter days of the week in the college basketball world. The first Monday of December was no different, as only a handful of games took place across the country.
That doesn’t mean there weren’t any exciting games.
Conference play in the MAAC was underway, and the Siena Saints paid a visit to the Rider Broncs to cap off what was an exciting weekend for the conference as a whole. There was a big time showdown inside the infamous Madison Square Garden, where two teams were looking for a resume-boosting win early in the year.
There was a 42-point game in Bozeman, MT, and the night cap in Portland went to double overtime.