Fans can view the 2012 MAAC Men's and Women's Basketball Preseason Awards Shows, which originally aired on Nov. 9 on ESPN3, between now and Dec. 24 on ESPN3.
The MAAC Women's Basketball Preseason Awards Show was hosted at Marist College's McCann Arena. The Red Foxes, the defending MAAC champion, was picked as the preseason favorite by the league's head coaches. Katie Sheahin from Loyola University Maryland was chosen as the 2012-13 MAAC Women's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year.
After the completion of the MAAC Women's Basketball Preseason Awards Show, Marist defeated the University of Vermont, 66-45, in the Red Foxes' season opener for the 2012-13 season. Tori Jarosz, playing in her first game in a Marist uniform, finished with a game-high 14 points, while Leanne Ockenden and Elizabeth Beynnon both added 12 points. As a team, defensively, Marist forced 24 turnovers by Vermont with 10 steals and six blocks.
The MAAC Men's Basketball Preseason Awards Show took place at the Hynes Athletics Center on the campus of Iona College. The Gaels won the 2011-12 regular season title and earned the conference's first at-large bid to the NCAA Championship since 1995. Loyola, the defending MAAC champion, was tabbed once again to win the men's title, while the Greyhounds' Erik Etherly was named the 2012-13 MAAC Men's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year.
Following the MAAC Men's Basketball Preseason Awards Show, Iona won their 2012-13 season opener with a 65-58 victory over the University of Denver. Lamont Jones scored 20 points and Sean Armand added 19. Jones, who also dished seven assists, made 7 of 15 attempts, including three 3-pointers. Jones was on the court all 40 minutes for the Gaels, who had six players see over 25 minutes of game action.