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2020 MAAC Tournament: Schedule, Bracket, Recent History, TV/Streaming Info

Iona has represented the conference in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments, but the Gaels won’t be the favorites in 2020.

NCAA Basketball: Siena at Xavier
Siena lost by 18 at Xavier in the season’s early stages. Now, the Saints are the No. 1 seed in the MAAC Tournament.
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2020 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament Basics

Dates

Tuesday, March 10th (first round); Wednesday, March 11th and Thursday, March 12th (quarterfinals); Friday, March 13th (semifinals); Saturday, March 14th (championship)

Format

Traditional bracket with split quarterfinal doubleheaders to protect the top two seeds.

Site(s)

After five seasons at the Times Union Center in Albany, the MAAC Tournament shifts south to Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J, for a three-season residency.

TV/Streaming Info

ESPNU airs the final, with ESPN News broadcasting both semifinals the night before. ESPN3 will stream both the first round and quarterfinals.

Participants

All 11 teams will participate.

Downloadable Bracket

Schedule

First Round (Tue., March 10)

ESPN3 will stream all three games.

Game 1: No. 9 Manhattan 61, No. 8 Fairfield Stags (12-20, 8-12) 43
The Stags swept the season series.

Game 2: No. 10 Canisius Golden Griffins (12-20, 7-13) 62, No. 7 Iona 72
The Gaels swept the season series.

Game 3: No. 11 Marist Red Foxes (7-23, 6-14) 54, No. 6 Niagara 56
The Red Foxes swept the season series.

Quarterfinals (Wed., March 11)

ESPN3 will stream both games.

Game 4: No. 9 Manhattan Jaspers (13-18, 8-12) 49, No. 1 Siena 63
The season series was a home split.

Game 5:No. 7 Iona Gaels (12-17, 9-11) 54, No. 2 Saint Peter’s 56
The Peacocks swept the season series.

Quarterfinals (Thu., March 12)

ESPN3 will stream both games.

Game 6: No. 6 Niagara Purple Eagles (12-20, 9-11) vs. No. 3 Rider Broncs (18-12, 12-8), 7 p.m.
The season series was a home split.

Game 7: No. 5 Quinnipiac Bobcats (15-15, 10-10) vs. No. 4 Monmouth Hawks (18-13, 12-8), approx. 9:30 p.m.
The season series was a home split.

Semifinals (Fri., March 13)

ESPN News will air both games.

Game 8: Game 7 Winner vs. No. 1 Siena Saints (20-10, 15-5), 6 p.m.
Game 9: Game 6 Winner vs. No. 2 Saint Peter’s Peacocks (18-12, 14-6), approx. 8:30 p.m.

Championship (Sat., March 14)

Game 10: Semifinal winners, 4 p.m. (ESPNU)

10-Year Mayhem Potential

Data from Bob Vetrone Jr. on Twitter.

Over the past 10 seasons, one of the MAAC’s top two seeds have won the title five times, with the No. 2 having a better success rate than the No. 1.

  • 2 seed (3): 2012, 2014, 2016
  • 4 seed (3): 2011, 2013, 2018
  • 1 seed (2): 2010, 2019
  • 3 seed (2): 2015, 2017

10-Year NCAA Seeding Record

Years with an NCAA win are in bold.

  • 13 seed (3); 2010, 2014, 2016
  • 14 seed (3): 2011, 2012 (at-large), 2017
  • 15 seed (3): 2012 (automatic), 2013, 2018
  • 16 seed (2): 2015, 2019

Over the past 10 years, the MAAC has failed to win an NCAA game despite earning an unexpected at-large in 2012.

This season’s winner is likely destined for Dayton.

Last NCAA Tournament Appearances

Iona: 2019 (16 seed, 1st Round)
Manhattan: 2015 (16 seed, First Four)
Saint Peter’s: 2011 (14 seed, Round of 64)
Siena: 2010 (13 seed, 1st Round)
Niagara: 2007 (16 seed, 1st Round)
Monmouth: 2006 (16 seed, 1st Round, NEC member)
Fairfield: 1997 (16 seed, 1st Round)
Canisius: 1996 (13 seed, 1st Round)
Rider: 1994 (15 seed, 1st Round, NEC member)
Marist: 1987 (14 seed, 1st Round, ECAC Metro (NEC) member)

Quinnipiac is the lone MAAC member awaiting its first NCAA Tournament bid.

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