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Wednesday / April 26.
  • Bounced in the MAAC Semis After 17-Game Winning Streak, Monmouth is Headed to the NIT. Again.

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    Entering the MAAC Tournament semifinals Sunday night in Albany, Monmouth had won 17 straight games dating to a Jan. 2 loss to St. Peter’s.

    The Hawks had gone more than two months without a loss.

    But top-seeded Monmouth was stunned by No. 4 Siena, 89-85, in the semifinals on Sunday night at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.

    And now they appear destined for the NIT. Again.

    Asked if Monmouth (27-6) had any shot of an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament despite their 27 wins, both ESPN’s Joe Lunardi and CBS’ Jerry Palm told me, “No.”

    As you may recall, Monmouth was spurned for an at-large a year ago after winning the MAAC regular-season championship and notching several wins over major-conference schools, only to lose to Iona in the championship game.

    Now Siena will play for the league’s automatic bid against the Iona-St. Peter’s winner.

    For what it’s worth, Siena coach Jimmy Patsos says the Hawks deserve an at-large.

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    Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.