The Metropolitan Poll Season 2, Volume 14: And Then There Was Wagner
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Happy Monday! As February continues to heat up, we've got another round of Metro Poll voting from our College Hoops Digest contributors. Let's see how they ranked the nine NYC area schools this week.
The Metro Poll-Week 14
There's no doubt that the most shocking moment this weekend was Iona's nine-point loss to Niagara. Despite no longer being undefeated, Iona still remains the clear favorite for the MAAC, and if the old superstitions around being undefeated remain true (see last year's Gonzaga team for reference), this result can only humble and help the Gaels on their journey to the tournament. If you're a Gaels fan and want something to console yourself with over the loss, just think about the looming possibility of Pitino signing a lifetime contract to coach at Iona, something that's been floating around the rumor mill this week.
With Iona's record knocked back down to mortal proportions, the Wagner Seahawks remain as the lone undefeated team in conference play. Following a win over LIU this weekend that saw Alex Morales hit 20 points for the fifth time this season, Wagner improved to 12-0 in NEC play. A watershed moment for this program, and perhaps the NEC as a whole, Wagner's resume in both conference and non-conference play is truly something that every college basketball fan should see. If Wagner was in just a bit better of a conference, I truly believe that they'd be an almost guaranteed at large team. Honestly, with wins over VCU, Fairfield, and a blowout over Stony Brook, I wouldn't take that idea completely off the table. Realistically, the chances of an at large Wagner are slim to none, as any loss against another NEC team would be pretty devastating, but we can still dream, can't we?