MAAC Basketball Power Rankings: Jan. 26

Jesse KramerCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2010

Rank. Team (Previous Ranking)


1. Siena Saints (1)

Record: 17-4, 10-0

RPI: 34

Siena remains undefeated in the MAAC. The Saints continued their home win-streak with a win over Loyola (MD), then beat the Manhattan Jaspers in a close game on the road where they have struggled in the past.

Next: Thursday, at St. Peter's


2. Iona Gaels (3)

Record: 15-6, 7-3 

RPI: 72

Iona has now won six-straight games. The Gaels won at Manhattan on Friday, then beat Fairfield on Sunday.

Next: Thursday, Marist


3. Fairfield Stags (2)

Record: 14-6, 7-3

RPI: 116

Fairfield lost for the second time in four games with its loss to Iona on Sunday. Fairfield is now in a three-way tie for second place in the MAAC.

Next: Thursday, at Loyola (MD)


4. St. Peter's Peacocks (4)

Record: 12-8, 7-3

RPI: 144

St. Peter's has won five-straight games since losing at Manhattan. This week, the Peacocks beat Niagara and Canisius during their western New York trip.

Next: Thursday, Siena


5. Canisius Golden Griffins (5)

Record: 10-11, 5-5

RPI: 191

Canisius beat Rider, but then cost itself a spot as the No. 4 team with a loss to St. Peter's.

Next: Friday, Niagara


6. Rider Broncs (7)

Record: 11-11, 4-6

RPI: 154

Rider snapped a three-game losing streak with a win at Niagara on a tip-in with five seconds left. Two of Rider's last three wins have come on tip-ins to cap comebacks in the final 10 seconds.

Next: Thursday, Manhattan


7. Niagara Purple Eagles (6)

Record: 11-11, 4-6

RPI: 174

Niagara lost both of its games to St. Peter's and Rider this week. Bilal Benn rushed back from an injury and this could be limiting his ability to play well.

Next: Friday, at Canisius


8. Loyola (MD) Greyhounds (9)

Record: 10-10, 3-7

RPI: 192

Loyola (MD) played Siena close in its first game of the week, and stayed strong with a 16-point win at Marist.

Next: Thursday, Fairfield


9. Manhattan Jaspers (8)

Record: 7-13, 2-8

RPI: 223

Manhattan has now lost five-straight games. It has played close in all of its games, but poor coaching has resulted in losses.

Next: Thursday, at Rider


10. Marist Red Foxes (10)

Record: 1-19, 1-9

RPI: 338

Marist continues to lose, with its only win of the season coming against the Manhattan Jaspers.

Next: Thursday, at Iona