06 March 2014

2014 MAAC Tournament Predictions

The 2014 Metro Atlantic Association Conference Tournament kicks off today in the great town of Springfield (I apologize in advance for not putting this out earlier). The MAAC (insert jokes about the MAC) always has a fun tournament with a lot of action, after all last year's tournament featured a 4-6 matchup in the championship and the top seed has not appeared in the championship since Siena had a threepeat from 2008-2010.

Here are my MAAC Tournament predictions for the 2014 edition.

First Round - March 6th
#9 Monmouth vs. #8 Rider - 5:00
Pick: Rider

#10 Fairfield vs. #7 St. Peter's - 7:00
Pick: Fairfield

#11 Niagara vs. #6 Marist - 9:00
Pick: Marist

Quarterfinals - March 8th
#8 Rider vs. #1 Iona - ESPN3, 12:00
Pick: Iona

#5 Siena vs. #4 Canisius - ESPN3, 2:30
Pick: Canisius

#7 St. Peter's vs. #2 Manhattan - ESPN3, 6:30
Pick: Manhattan

#6 Marist vs. #3 Quinnipiac - ESPN3, 9:00
Pick: Marist

Semifinals - March 9th
#4 Canisius vs. #1 Iona - ESPN3, 4:30
Pick: Canisius

#6 Marist vs. #2 Manhattan - ESPN3, 7:00
Pick: Manhattan

Championship - March 10th
#4 Canisius vs. #2 Manhattan - ESPNU, 2:00
So I've got the fourth seed in the final for the third straight year, but I don't think they will be winning their second in a row. The Jaspers are stronger on both sides of the court, and they'll get to the NCAA's for the first time since 2004.
Pick: Manhattan

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