Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Must-See MAAC TV Package of Games Set

There will be plenty of conference basketball to watch this season, with televised games starting with ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon in mid-November through televised MAAC tournament games in March.

This blogger always enjoys sitting back with some muchies and a cold beverage (soft drink variety, of course) and watching good MAAC basketball.

Here are some highlights (full schedule below) ...

Three MAAC schools will be part of ESPN's second annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, consecutive live basketball games to celebrate the start of the season, as part of 12 live games over 24 hours of coverage on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Saint Peter's, Niagara and Siena are all hosting games that day. Saint Peter's and Niagara will host games at 6 a.m. and 8 a.m., respectively, the first time ESPN has televised live college basketball games in those time slots.

Eight men's basketball games will air on ESPNU over the regular season. Additionally, a "wildcard" game will air on ESPN2, along with a second game on ESPNU, on Friday, Feb. 12. Those games will be selected in late January. Host teams that will be considered for those games are Canisius, Iona, Loyola, Niagara and Rider.

The MSG Network will once again be the primary carrier for the Pepsi Max MAAC Basketball Game of the Week. The network will carry eight regular-season men's games as well as the men's quarterfinal and semifinal games of the conference's post-season tournament played at the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y.

Three regular-season women's games will also air on ESPNU and two regular-season women's games will air on the MSG network. MSG will also televise the women's semifinals and the championship game of the league's post-season tournament.

As part of television coverage ESPNU will broadcast three men's and women's doubleheaders this season. They will be on Friday, Jan. 15 when Loyola hosts Manhattan for a 4:30 p.m. women's game and 7 p.m. for the men's game.

On Friday, Jan. 29 Canisius will host televised games featuring a women's 4:30 p.m. meeting with Marist, followed by a men's contest with Niagara at 7 p.m.

And, Rider will host a doubleheader on Friday, Feb. 26 with a 4:30 p.m. women's game with Siena and a 7 p.m. men's contest also against Siena.

The Pepsi Max MAAC Television network will also air a men's/women's doubleheader on Monday, Feb. 1 at Iona with the women's game at 5 p.m. featuring Fairfield, followed by the 7 p.m. Iona-Canisius men's game.

Saint Peter's will also host a Pepsi Max TV doubleheader on Monday, March 15 when it hosts the Niagara women at 5 p.m. and the Rider men at 7 p.m.

Additionally, MAAC teams will be in television action throughout the season for non-conference play. Highlighting the list of those appearances will be the opening round of the Old Spice Classic when Iona meets Florida State University at 9 p.m. contest on ESPNU on Nov. 26.

Other local, regional and/or national games are currently being finalized for more conference and non-conference games. Check in here for details when those games are set.

Here's the complete list of MAAC games to be televised, as of now:

Nov. 17: Monmouth at Saint Peter's, 6 a.m.; Drexel at Niagara, 8 a.m.; Northeastern at Siena, noon, all on ESPN.

Nov. 26: Iona vs. Florida State in the Old Spice Classic, 9 p.m., ESPNU.

Nov. 27: Iona vs. either Alabama or Baylor in the Old Spice Classic, 5 or 7:30 p.m., ESPN2 or ESPNU.

Nov. 29: Iona vs. TBA in the Old Spice Classic, time to be determined, either on ESPN2 or ESPNU.

Jan. 8: Loyola at Fairfield, 9 p.m., ESPNU.

Jan. 15: Manhattan at Loyola women, 4:30 p.m.; Marist at Loyola men, 7 p.m., ESPNU.

Jan. 22: Iona at Manhattan, 9 p.m., ESPNU.

Jan. 29: Marist at Canisius women, 4:30 p.m.; Niagara at Canisius men, 7 p.m., ESPN U.

Jan. 30: Siena at Marist, 4 p.m., MAAC TV.

Jan. 31: Manhattan at Saint Peter's, 2 p.m., ESPNU.

Feb. 1: Fairfield at Iona women, 5 p.m.; Canisius at Iona men, 7 p.m., MAAC TV.

Feb. 5: Marist at Manhattan, 9 p.m., ESPNU.

Feb. 7: Canisius at Saint Peter's, noon, MAAC TV.

Feb. 8: Fairfield at Siena, 7 p.m., ESPNU

Feb. 12: Wild card game to be determined, 7 p.m., ESPNU; Wild card game to be determined, 8 p.m., ESPN2.

Feb. 14: Loyola at Iona, 2 p.m., MAAC TV.

Feb. 15: Niagara at Saint Peter's women, 5 p.m.; Rider at Saint Peter's men, 7 p.m., MAAC TV.

Feb. 26: Siena at Rider women, 4:30 p.m.; Siena at Rider men, 7 p.m., ESPNU.

Feb. 28: Niagara at Fairfield, noon, MAAC TV.

March 6: MAAC tournament women's semifinals 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., MAAC TV.

March 6: MAAC tournament men's quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., MAAC TV.

March 7: Women's Championship game, noon, MAAC TV.

March 7: Men's semifinals at 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., MAAC TV.

March 8: Men's Championship game, 7 p.m., ESPN2.

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