EDISON, N.J. – The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has announced the men’s basketball league schedule for the 2013-14, a slate that features the most league games ever in a single season.
With the addition of Monmouth University and Quinnipiac University to the 11-team MAAC, each team will now play 20 league games over a 10-week period. MAAC teams will continue to face each twice in the double round-robin format (“home-and-home”).
The league season culminates with the 2014 MAAC Championship, March 6-10, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA. However, “March Madness” gets off to an earlier start in the MAAC with five league games on Sunday, March 2, the final day of regular season competition.
The first game of the season will feature Marist College, under the direction of first-year head coach Jeff Bower, at defending MAAC Champions Iona College on Dec. 4 at Hynes Athletic Center.
The following night on Dec. 5, Rider University will play at Monmouth as a long-time rivalry is rekindled. The two New Jersey schools are separated by approximately 45 miles. Another in-state battle that promises to become an outstanding rivalry in the MAAC is on the schedule for the first time on Dec. 6 when Fairfield University plays at Quinnipiac University. These two Connecticut schools are separated by 32 miles.
Iona and Manhattan College renew their rivalry on January 31 when the Gaels host the Jaspers in a rematch of last year’s MAAC Championship game. The two teams will play again on February 28 at Manhattan. More showdowns continue in the MAAC when Canisius College and Niagara University get together twice (January 22 at Canisius and Feb. 14 at Niagara) for the “Battle of the Bridge.”
Rounding out the rivalries are Siena College facing Marist College, on January 10 and February 14, and Saint Peter’s University taking on Monmouth on February 9 and February 22.
The MAAC welcomes two new head coaches to the league, Bower at Marist and Chris Casey at Niagara. In addition, Monmouth’s King Rice and Quinnipiac’s Tom Moore, although not rookie head coaches, are new to the MAAC. Another coach who is not new to the MAAC, Jimmy Patsos, takes over at Siena after nine years at former league member Loyola.
The full 2013-14 MAAC television broadcast schedule will be announced on Sept. 11 as part of the MAAC’s “2013-14 Preseason Hoops Show.”