Iona Gaels Look Better Than the Ninth Best Team in the MAAC

Posted by Jameson Fleming on November-29-2009 Add Comments

ORLANDO—You would have no idea that Iona was picked to finish ninth in the 17th best conference in terms of conference RPI after the Gaels' performance during the Old Spice Classic.

Iona won just one of three games against Florida State, Baylor, and Creighton, but the Gaels hung tough with both the Seminoles and Bears who feature front lines that coach Kevin Willard will never see in the MAAC.

"Baylor and Florida State are so long," Willard said. "It was nice to play against a team that when you go inside you see 7'0", 6'11", and 6'9" and it's difficult. We don't see that on a regular basis."

That length halted Iona's offense almost to a standstill for the first two days of the tournament, but the seventh place ga...

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