This is it - the New York mid-major explosion we've (and, hopefully, you've) been waiting for. The two class teams of the MAAC go at it tonight on ESPNU (never graduate, m-f's!), and won't meet again until the regular-season finale on Feb. 26, so this one will set the tone for the next two months.
The two backcourts will likely cancel each other out, and it might all come down to what kind of night Manhattan's all-everything sophomore C.J. Anderson
(19.7 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 3.4 apg, all team-leading) has. The momentum factor also favors Manhattan - they've won six in a row after dropping their first four, while Iona (RPI No. 18) has struggled, losing two of three - the Gaels dropped decisions against Kentucky
and Seton Hall
, and just got off the plane from Fresno State
. But as Iowa State found out
, when their guards are both clicking, they can outscore anyone and everyone. There's nowhere to run and nowhere to hide... when Jaspers and Gaels collide!
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