What is the MAAC?
The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) is an NCAA Division 1 conference based mainly in the Northeastern United States. It was founded in 1980 and includes Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Loyola University Maryland, Manhattan College, Marist College, Niagara University, Rider University, Saint Peter’s College and Siena College.
That’s a lot of colleges. Which one is the best?
This tourney season, Siena seems to be the team to beat. 17-1 in conference play and 24-6 on the season, no one seems to have their number sans a flukey home game at Niagara in early February. Siena is clearly the juggernaut here – possibly the best of this year’s mid-majors, led by guard Kenny Hasbrouck – but they may appear be too much of a lock. They’ve certainly got a target on their back.
What are the mascots of the MAAC teams?
The mascots of the conference’s members include the Golden Griffins, Stags, Gaels, Greyhounds, Jaspers, Red Foxes, Purple Eagles, Broncs, Saints and Peacocks.
That's the most ridiculous bunch of mascots I've ever heard. Eagles aren't purple. And what's a "Gael?"
I think it’s someone of gaelic descent. Or a leprechaun with a two-by-four.
Yeah, tell me about it.
Who else should we watch out for?
Obviously, Niagara’s capable of beating the Saints – they did it last month. Fairfield’s a runner-up at 20-9 and the Stags have returned all five starters this year, including playmaking point guard Jonathan Han. Unfortunately for both teams, they sit on the same sides of the bracket, which not only means one will clearly devour the other, but that a Siena cakewalk to the finals seems even more likely.
How do I pronounce MAAC? It’s got two “As” next to each other. That’s crazy.
Whatever. Where is the MAAC Tournament held?
The MAAC Tournament rotates year to year around New England, with sites including Bridgeport, Connecticut; Trenton, New Jersey, Springfield, Massachusetts and Albany and Buffalo, New York.
Wow. I'll bet everyone gets really excited to go to Trenton.
Actually, this year’s site is Albany.
Same difference. I’ve got a cousin who goes to Iona. He can get us into some wicked parties. Want to go?
No thanks. I’m good.
It might be more fun than this MAAC thing you seem to love so much. You already said Siena’s going to win.
I said Siena’s a big favorite. But it’s tournament time, and with a trip to the Big Dance on the line, any of these bubble teams could take a trip to upset city and-
Yeah, yeah. Blah, blah, blah. Thanks, Mr. Tournament-Cliche. I'm out of here.
Today's MAAC Tournament Games
Loyola Maryland (8) VS. Manhattan (9), 7:30 PM
Canisius (7) VS. Marist (10), 9:30 PM