Iona Gaels 2006 NCAA Tournament
Iona Gaels - Metro Atlantic
Seed: #13 - Atlanta Regional
RPI: 61 AP: na
Big Wins: at Iowa St (89-72), at Fordham (71-70), at Fresno St (70-69)
Bad Losses: Manhattan (68-87), St. Peter’s (72-76), Siena (76-82)
Last NCAA Appearance: 2001, First Round
Top Players for Iona:
- Steve Burtt, Sr, G, 25.1 ppg, 2.6 apg
- Ricky Soliver, Sr, G, 16.3 ppg, 4.6 apg
- Kiril Wachsmann, Sr, F, 11.8 ppg, 8.6 rpg
- Marvin McCullough, Sr, G, 6.7 ppg, 4.4 1pg
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Iona Gaels basketball notes:
Besides a few home losses to top tier teams in the MAAC, the Gaels have had a strong season. Iona thrives in a combination of a couple of my favorite statistical categories. They only take 6.3 three-pointers per game, yet they make nearly 41% of those shots. For a team that has success making the long ball, they won’t force them up if they don’t have to. Steve Burtt is a prolific scorer and fellow backcourt mate Ricky Soliver isn’t far behind. The frontcourt is led by Kiril Wachsmann, yet there is some depth with Anthony Bruin and Gary Springer. Wachsmann is the scoring threat of the big guys and will have to handle most of the work on the glass. Turnovers and free-throw shooting are a couple more areas that Coach Jeff Ruland needs to keep under control if he hopes for an upset in the first round.
Likely 2006 NCAA Tournament finish: First Round
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