For the second straight year, the Monmouth University men’s basketball team secured a regular season MAAC title after defeating Niagara 93-75 on Thursday, Feb. 16.
While the team brought a lot of attention to the University a season ago, particularly the “Bench Mob,” this flock of Hawks have their sights set on bigger goals this year after falling to Iona in the MAAC Championship Game last season by three points.
The regular season title guarantees the Hawks a spot in postseason play, and they became the first team in the country to secure a spot. At worst, MU will be hosting games in the NIT like they were last season, where they lost to eventual NIT champion George Washington in the second round (they would have hosted the Florida Gators – the first time an SEC school would have visited West Long Branch – should they have won that game).
The goal this time around, however, is to become just the fifth team in school history and the first in 11 years to “go dancing” in the NCAA Tournament.
The Hawks, led by former North Carolina Tar Heel King Rice, are currently on a program-record 14 game winning streak and consist of a strong group of seniors that have put together arguably the two best seasons the basketball program on campus has ever seen. It would be fitting for this group if they go out on top with a MAAC Tournament championship – and maybe turn some heads on the national spotlight come March.
The blue and white have secured the top seed in the MAAC Tournament for the second year in a row. This will take place from March 2-6 at Times Union Center in Albany, NY and the Hawks’ quest to avenge last season will begin on Friday, March 3 at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.