Richard Guerin

Iona alum Richard Guerin elected to Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame

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Iona’s career leading scorer and six-time NBA All-Star, Richard Guerin, has been selected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. Guerin was selected as part of the direct-election process, which is in its third year. This process works to bridge the gap between two distinct eras of basketball, a release from the MAAC explains.

Guerin averaged 19.6 points per game in his career at Iona for a total of 1,375 career points. He was then drafted by the New York Knicks in the second round of the 1956 NBA Draft and went on to play 13 years in the NBA. He was a six-time all-star and became the first New York Knick to score 2,000 points in a season.

Over the course of his career, he averaged 20.1 points per game and amassed 4,278 rebounds and 4,211 assists. He also coached at the NBA level, compiling an overall record of 327-291 and winning the NBA’s Coach of the Year award in 1968.

The other members of the 2013 Hall of Fame class will be announced at the Final Four in April. Finalists for that honor include current Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and former UNLV coaching legend Jerry Tarkanian.

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NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes right here. It’s the quickest way to get access on your cell phone or tablet.


AP Poll: Syracuse, Xavier big winners in college basketball rankings

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The new college basketball AP Poll is out, and it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to you that Syracuse and Xavier are the big winners.

The Orange steamrolled through a good Battle 4 Atlantis field, while Xavier capped a dominating performance in the Advocare Invitational with a 29-point win over Dayton. It should be no surprise that they are where they are.

[MORE RANKINGS: top 25 | Coaches Poll]

It is a bit surprising, however, that both Texas A&M and Providence made it into the polls with a loss this week. They both deserve to be there, I just wasn’t sure they were both going to be.

Anyway, here is the full poll:

1. Kentucky (59 first place votes)
2. Maryland (4)
3. Michigan State (2)
4. Kansas
5. Iowa State
6. Oklahoma
7. Duke
8. Villanova
9. North Carolina
10. Virginia
11. Purdue
12. Xavier
13. Gonzaga
14. Syracuse
15. Oregon
16. Vanderbilt
17. Cincinnati
18. Texas A&M
19. Arizona
20. West Virginia
21. Miami
22. SMU
23. Providence
24. Louisville
25. Baylor

NEW THIS WEEK: Syracuse, West Virginia, SMU, Providence, Louisville

DROPPED OUT: Indiana, Cal, UConn, LSU, Wichita State