Few could have predicted at the start of last season that Monmouth, the nondescript mid-major out of New Jersey, would garner so much attention on the national stage. But its Bench Mob pulled people in and the basketball followed suit.
All the Hawks needed to complete their magical season was a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
While Monmouth missed its chance, the MAAC provided entertainment throughout the year, from West Long Branch up to New Rochelle and beyond, with guys like A.J. English stealing the show.
This year is shaping up to be no different, with Monmouth again leading the way.