Metro Atlantic Men's Tournament

March 05, 1994

Who's hot: With a 15-game win streak, regular-season champion Canisius (21-5, 12-2) is one of the hottest teams in the nation. The Griffins, who were 10-18 a year ago, have come back to win from double-digit deficits five times this season. No one will be surprised if Canisius faces defending champion Manhattan in the title game.

Who's not: St. Peter's, Loyola's quarterfinal opponent, has dropped its past four games. The Peacocks led the MAAC on Feb. 9.

Players to watch: Siena G Doremus Bennerman, the only player back from last season's all-MAAC first team, leads the conference with a 24.4 scoring average. During its win streak, Canisius has been led by sophomore F Darrell Barley (16.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg), junior G Craig Wise (16.1 ppg) and sophomore C Michael Meeks (15.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg). Manhattan relies on senior G Brenton Birmingham (15.0 ppg). Loyola has three of the MAAC's top nine scorers in senior F Michael Reese (19.8 ppg), senior G Tracy Bergan (17.4) and junior F B. J. Pendleton (14.8).

Loyola outlook: The Greyhounds (14-12, 6-8) last won a postseason game in 1987, but they secured their first winning season since then, and first-year coach Skip Prosser has been to seven NCAA tournaments as an Xavier assistant. Loyola split with St. Peter's this season, and the Greyhounds have taken four of the past six meetings. The Greyhounds' 12-win improvement over last season's 2-25 record is the second-best in the nation, behind Texas-Pan American (2-20 to 15-10). The Greyhounds need to control the tempo against St. Peter's (14-12, 6-8), which prefers a slow pace.

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