Iona no longer a two-win team 

December, 24, 2007
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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- No program fell as fast or as hard as Iona last season. After 23 wins, a Metro Atlantic championship and an NCAA appearance in the 2005-06 season, injuries and ineligibility quickly crushed any repeat title hopes. The Gaels' 2006-07 season began with 22 straight losses and devolved into a 2-28 embarrassment, with no wins until Feb. 5.

The school administration bought out former Iona star Jeff Ruland's coaching contract after the season's merciful close and bought in Kevin Willard, Rick Pitino's former associate head coach at Louisville.

But early on, it looked like Willard's rebuilding season would be as bad as Ruland's final season as the Gaels dropped their first six decisions, only one of which came against high-major competition (a 102-74 pounding at North Carolina). Four straight losses on the road were followed by a quick and humiliating trip to the Las Vegas Invitational on Nov. 23-24.

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