Wednesday, July 1, 2015

New MAAC Tournament Format Expected for Upcoming 2015-2016 Season


 




According to reports, the MAAC tournament may be undergoing a format change that could take affect as soon as this upcoming 2015-2016 MAAC Championship in Albany. MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor told Josh Newman of the Asbury Park Press that the changes have been presented to the Times Union Center for review, however he does foresee any push back from the Venue.

The current format is structured with three (3) play in games on Thursday played between the 8-11 seeds followed by an off day on Friday. The tournament then goes three straight days with a quadruple-header quarter final on Saturday, Semi-Final games on Sunday and the Championship played on Monday evening.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

A look at the 2015-2016 MAAC Rosters


With the 2014-2015 season in the books and the upcoming season just around the corner MAACHoops.com has compiled a complete list of the 2015-2016 MAAC rosters to date. 

It's been an extremely busy off-season with a seemingly large number of Transfers to and from MAAC Schools including transfers from the likes of Wake Forest, Houston, Richmond, UIC, Ball State and George Washington (See a complete list of Transfers in and out of the MAAC here). 

There have been commitments followed by un-commitments, half of a team's roster departing abruptly, and even players opting to go Professional in lieu of pursuing an NCAA Waiver to play their senior season, but after all of the dust has settled we are left with 11 rosters that should look to make the MAAC more competitive than it has been in the past year. 

Here is a look at those 11 Rosters to date:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Saints Draw Duke & Wisconsin in 2k Classic to Open '15-'16 Season. Sparks Debate Over Best MAAC Upsets of All Time


Photo Courtesy of @SienaMBB Twitter Account
With the recent announcement of the 2k Sports Classic basketball tournament schedule, it seems as though Siena may have gotten the worst possible draw in the history of the sport. Per the schedule that was released earlier this week, the Saints will open up their 2015-16 campaign with trips to Duke and Wisconsin. This marks the first time in the 64-team era of the NCAA tournament that a team will open up against each of the previous National Championship finalists.

While Siena has great basketball tradition and a history of beating big time  programs, they have been in a bit of a funk the last few years. Plagued with injuries and transfers the Saints faithful fans haven't had much to cheer about recently- and by the looks of it, they may have to continue to wait until at least game #3 of the upcoming season. While it is extremely unlikely that Siena can take down either Duke or Wisconsin - one can't help but think, "What If?" This is exactly the thinking that has lead to countless upsets by MAAC Schools over the years, which got us thinking - What was the greatest MAAC Upset of all time?

Here is the MAACHoops.com list of best MAAC Upsets of all time:

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Albany Cup Rivalry Renewed


Photo Courtesey of UAlbanysports.com

In a joint press conference held on Tuesday in Albany NY, Siena College and The University at Albany (UAlbany) announced that the ‘Albany Cup’ rivalry basketball game has been renewed. Per the new 3-year contract, the game will be played in the capital region for at least each of the next three upcoming seasons.

The renewal of the rivalry has sparked quite a debate amongst capital region fans, as it is the first time since renewing the Division 1 rivalry in 2001 that a game will be played outside of the Times Union Center (home of the Siena Saints). At the heart of the debate is the fact that the Times Union Center (TUC) holds significantly more fans (17,500) than UAlbany’s SEFCU Arena (4,500) and has allowed for a much larger crowd over the years.

On the UAlbany side of the fence, the issue has always been that it provides a home court advantage for Siena. Since 2001, Siena has won nine (9) of the fourteen (14) meetings, all the Times Union Center. (UAlbany has; however, won the last three meetings as well as 4 of the last 5 contests.)

Working in Siena’s favor is the fact that over the last 14 meetings the game has drawn nearly 155,000 fans or approximately 11,000 per contest (which is more than double the capacity of SEFCU Arena.)