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2022 MAAC Tournament: Schedule, Bracket, Recent History, TV/Streaming Info

Until February arrived, it looked like Iona was going to cruise to a perfect conference record and an at-large bid. But losses at Niagara and Siena, and a later defeat at Manhattan, have left the Gaels needing to win three games in Atlantic City to get back to the field of 68.

The 2022 MAAC Tournament field in logos.
Graphic by Chris Dobbertean using logos from SportsLogos.net (teams) and Wikipedia.(conference).

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2022 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Tournament Basics

Dates

Tuesday, March 8 (first round); Wednesday, March 9 and Thursday, March 10 (quarterfinals); Friday, March 11 (semifinals); Saturday, March 12 (championship)

Format

Bracket with split quarterfinal doubleheaders, giving the top two seeds a day off before the semifinals (should they win)

Site

This March, the MAAC Tournament completes its scheduled three-year residency at Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.

TV/Streaming Info

ESPNU will air the championship game on Selection Eve afternoon, while ESPN News will air both semifinals on Friday night. The three first-round games and two sets of quarterfinal doubleheaders will appear on ESPN+.

Participants

All 11 MAAC members will participate, including Monmouth, which is headed to the CAA after this academic year.

Downloadable Bracket

Schedule

First Round (Tues., March 8)

Game 1: (9) Rider 79, (8) Manhattan (15-14, 8-12) 67
Game 2: (10) Canisius (11-21, 7-13) 50, (7) Fairfield 72
Game 3: (11) Quinnipiac (12-16, 7-13) vs. (6) Marist (14-15, 9-11), approx. 10 p.m.

Quarterfinals (Wed., March 9)

Game 4: (9) Rider 71, (1) Iona (25-7, 17-3) 70
Game 5: (7) Fairfield (15-18, 8-12) 63, (2) Saint Peter’s 77

Quarterfinals (Thurs., March 10)

ESPN+ will stream both games.

Game 6: (11) Quinnipiac 77, (3) Siena (15-14. 12-8) 71
Game 7: (5) Niagara (14-16, 9-11) 58, (4) Monmouth 61

Semifinals (Fri., March 11)

Game 8: (9) Rider (14-19, 8-12) 68, (4) Monmouth 72
Game 9: (11) Quinnipiac (13-18, 7-13) 52, (2) Saint Peter’s 64

Championship (Sat., March 12)

Game 10: (4) Monmouth (21-13, 11-9) 54, (2) SAINT PETER’S (19-11, 14-6) 60

Mayhem Potential

Data originally posted by Bob Vetrone Jr. on Twitter in 2020 with my own additions for 2021 and 2022.

Since 2011, one of the MAAC’s top two seeds have won the title four times, with the No. 2 having a far higher success rate than the No. 1. Note that Iona won as a 9 seed last year, despite the Gaels’ 6-3 mark in conference play. However, the league decided to rank teams based on raw wins and not winning percentage during the COVID-impacted 2020-21 season.

  • 2 seed (3): 2012, 2014, 2016
  • 4 seed (3): 2011, 2013, 2018
  • 1 seed (1): 2019
  • 3 seed (2): 2015, 2017
  • 9 seed (1): 2021

NCAA Seeding Record Since 2011

Years with an NCAA win are in bold.

  • 13 seed (2); 2014, 2016
  • 14 seed (3): 2011, 2012 (at-large), 2017
  • 15 seed (4): 2012 (automatic), 2013, 2018, 2021
  • 16 seed (2): 2015, 2019

Since the field expanded to 68, the MAAC has failed to win an NCAA game despite Iona earning an unexpected at-large in 2012.

If the Gaels win the auto bid this time, they’re likely to be a 12 seed, with an outside shot at an 11. Any other champ is likely to be seeded 14th or lower.

Last NCAA Tournament Appearances

Iona: 2021 (15 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.