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2021 MAAC Conference Tournament Info, Facts, & Preview Links

First Round (Atlantic City, NJ; Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall)

Monday, March 8, 2021

Game 1: (11) Rider 78 (5-16 overall; 5-13 conf) vs. (6) Canisius 76 (7-5 overall; 7-5 conf) at 7 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Tuesday, March 9, 2021


Game 2: (9) Iona (8-5 overall; 6-3 conf) vs. (8) Quinnipiac (9-12 overall; 7-10 conf) at 5 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 3: (10) Manhattan (7-12 overall; 6-12 conf) vs. (7) Fairfield (7-16 overall; 7-11 conf) at 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Quarterfinals (Atlantic City, NJ; Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall)


Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Game 4: (9) Iona/(8) Quinnipiac winner vs. (1) Siena (12-4 overall; 12-4 conf) at 5 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 5: (10) Manhattan/(7) Fairfield winner vs. (2) Monmouth (12-7 overall; 12-6 conf) at 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Thursday, March 11, 2021


Game 6: (11) Rider (6-16 overall; 5-13 conf) vs. (3) St. Peter’s (13-10 overall; 10-8 conf) at 5 p.m. ET (ESPN+)


Game 7: (5) Niagara (8-10 overall; 7-9 conf) vs. (4) Marist (12-8 overall; 10-8 conf) at 7:30 p.m. ET (ESPN+)

Semifinals (Atlantic City, NJ; Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall)

Friday, March 12, 2021

Game 8: Game 7 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner at 6 p.m. ET (ESPNEWS)


Game 9: Game 6 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner at 8:30 p.m. (ESPNEWS)

Championship Game (Atlantic City, NJ; Jim Whelan Boardwalk Hall)

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Game 10: Championship Game (Auto Bid) at 4 p.m. ET (ESPNU)



Tournament Winners (last 10 years):

2020: Cancelled due to the scourge known as COVID

2019: (1) Iona (17-16 overall; 12-6 conf)

2018: (4) Iona (20-14 overall; 11-7 conf)

2017: (3) Iona (22-13 overall; 12-8 conf)

2016: (2) Iona (22-11 overall; 16-4 conf)

2015: (3) Manhattan (19-14 overall; 13-7 conf)

2014: (2) Manhattan (25-8 overall; 15-5 conf)

2013: (4) Iona (20-14 overall; 11-7 conf)

2012: (2) Loyola (Md.) (24-9 overall; 13-5 conf)

2011: (4) St. Peter’s (20-14 overall; 11-7 conf)



NET ratings through games of 3/7/21 (347 teams)

Siena-136

Iona-154

Monmouth-158

St. Peter’s-178

Canisius-185

Niagara-218

Marist-220

Quinnipiac-245

Manhattan-275

Rider-280

Fairfield-292


Kenpom ratings as of 3/8/21

Siena-181

Iona-201

Monmouth-204

St. Peter’s-213

Canisius-241

Niagara-247

Marist-260

Quinnipiac-273

Rider-310

Manhattan-315

Fairfield-324


Here are some links for previews of the 2021 MAAC Conference tournament and the official tournament championship page (in no particular order):


Official MAAC Conference tournament page: https://maacsports.com/tournaments/?id=1608&path=mbkb





My brief take on the 2021 MAAC conference tournament: So I know I am a little late with this one too, but it's not like a lousy 11th-seeded Rider team was going to beat 6th-seeded Canisius anyways, right? Oh. Never mind. Anyways, I wasn't going to pick either of those teams to win the tournament. The MAAC always seems to provide some early round big upsets only to have Iona win it in the end. After all, Iona has won the thing the last 4 times it was played to completion, and 5 of the last 7 years a MAAC tournament champion has been crowned. Due to the ridiculous seeding system the MAAC used (conference wins?), 9-seed Iona will have to first beat the 8 seed Quinnipiac and then beat 1 seed Siena in the quarterfinals! Rick Pitino and the Gaels are perfectly capable of doing that, but I think this crazy year will end Iona's stranglehold on this tournament. I am going with 2-seed Monmouth to win it because the 1 seed has only won this tourney once in the last 10 years. That's in-depth analysis. You are welcome. Enjoy!

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