Iona Gaels men's basketball

The Iona Gaels men's basketball team represents Iona College in New Rochelle, New York in NCAA Division I competition. The school's team competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and plays home games in Hynes Athletic Center. On March 14, 2020, the Gaels hired Rick Pitino as their head coach.

Iona Gaels
2022–23 Iona Gaels men's basketball team
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UniversityIona College
Head coachRick Pitino (2nd season)
ConferenceMAAC
LocationNew Rochelle, New York
ArenaHynes Athletic Center
(Capacity: 2,611)
NicknameGaels
ColorsMaroon and gold[1]
   
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
Away


NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1980
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
Conference tournament champions
1982, 1984, 1985, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021
Conference regular season champions
1983, 1984, 1985, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2019, 2022

HistoryEdit

Iona College has been competing in Division I basketball since the school's inception in 1940. Iona is also one of the founding members of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, which began play in men's basketball with the 1981–82 season. The Gaels have compiled the most victories of any MAAC team since the founding of the conference and have won a league record thirteen MAAC tourney titles (1982, 1984, 1985, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2021). They have appeared in the NCAA tournament in 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2021, with the first two of those appearances coming as a member of the Metropolitan Conference and in 2012 as an at-large selection out of the MAAC. The Gaels have also been to 7 NITs, in 1982, 1983, 1996, 1997, 2014, 2015 and 2022. In 2011, the Gaels made it to the final game of the CIT post-season tournament, losing at home to Santa Clara. Since the 1978-79 season, the Gaels have won 20 games or more in 22 seasons.

PostseasonEdit

NCAA tournament resultsEdit

The Gaels have appeared in 15 NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–15. Iona's only NCAA Tournament victory to date, which took place in 1980, was vacated by the NCAA due to their star Center, Jeff Ruland, having signed a contract with an agent for professional representation a few months prior. Thus, NCAA record books attribute to them an 0-15 record in NCAA tournament games. The Gaels first five losses in NCAA tournament play were by a combined 11 points, including a heartbreaking buzzer-beater by Syracuse University in 1998.

Year Seed Round Opponent Result
1979 8 First Round Penn L 69–73
1980* 6 First Round
Second Round
Holy Cross
Georgetown
W 84–78
L 71–74
1984 10 First Round Virginia L 57–58
1985 13 First Round Loyola Chicago L 58–59
1998 12 First Round Syracuse L 61–63
2000 14 First Round Maryland L 59–74
2001 14 First Round Mississippi L 70–72
2006 13 First Round LSU L 64–80
2012 14 First Four BYU L 72–78
2013 15 First Round Ohio State L 70–95
2016 13 First Round Iowa State L 81–94
2017 14 First Round Oregon L 77–93
2018 15 First Round Duke L 67–89
2019 16 First Round North Carolina L 73–88
2021 15 First Round Alabama L 55–68

NIT resultsEdit

The Gaels have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) seven times. Their combined record is 1–7.

Year Round Opponent Result
1982 First Round Rutgers L 51–55
1983 First Round
Second Round
St. Bonaventure
Nebraska
W 90–76
L 73–85
1996 First Round St. Joseph's L 78–82
1997 First Round Connecticut L 66–71
2014 First Round Louisiana Tech L 88–89
2015 First Round Rhode Island L 75–88
2022 First Round Florida L 74-79

CIT resultsEdit

The Gaels have appeared in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) one time. Their record is 3–1

Year Round Opponent Result
2011 First Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Championship Game
Valparaiso
Buffalo
East Tennessee State
Santa Clara
W 85–77
W 78–63
W 83–80
L 69–76

Victories over ranked opponentsEdit

Gaels in the NBAEdit

ReferencesEdit

1. About the MAAC https://maacsports.com/sports/2017/6/20/GEN_0620175706.aspx

2. https://icgaels.com/facilities/hynes-athletics-center/14

3. https://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/28902504/rick-pitino-returns-college-basketball-iona-coach

4. Logo Library https://icgaels.com/sports/2017/6/26/logo-library.aspx

5. What is a Gael? https://icgaels.com/sports/2007/2/23/what-is-a-gael.aspx

External linksEdit

  1. ^ "Logo Library - ICGaels.com". June 26, 2017. Retrieved November 30, 2017.