Team preview: Iona

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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

During each of the last two years Iona has overcome a slow start and played its best basketball at the end of the season. The mission for the Gaels this season will be to start strong and finish stronger.

"We've got some pieces coming back and if these guys are on the same page, we're going to be good," said Iona coach Jeff Ruland, whose team overcame injuries and an 0-5 start in conference play to nearly knock off eventual MAAC champion Niagara in the conference tournament. "It's been a maturing process."

There is no reason the Gaels shouldn't be good. They have a talented core of seniors that has finally seemed to figure out that they are better working together than showcasing their talents individually.