MAAC announces basketball schedules

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference confirmed their revised basketball schedule on Sept. 17. // Photo courtesy of

Jason Piccolomini, Contributing Writer

The coronavirus pandemic’s hindrance has taken its toll on sports in America.Howeversports are slowly starting to come back, and it seems as though the college basketball season will not be pushed back any further.  

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference just released their schedule model for the 2020-21 college basketball season. With this announcement, the MAAC became the first NCAA league to make its plans public and official. The conference has established a start date of Nov. 25, fresh for Thanksgiving. From Nov. 25 to Dec. 6, the teams will play their nonconference games. Men’s conference games will begin on Dec. 8 and will be played on Tuesdays and Fridays. Women’s conference games begin on Dec. 9 and will be played on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The conference games will be played for two weeks and will be followed by a two-day nonconference break on Dec. 22 and Dec 23. After Christmas, the conference games will resume.  

After Christmas, the decision on whether or not fans can attend the games will be made. No fans are allowed through Dec. 23. 

The MAAC season will go on for 11 weeks, which is enough for a 22-game season. The plan is then for the MAAC tournament to take place from March 9-13 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  

The Iona Gaels men’s basketball team is looking to rebound after a bit of an off year, where they were not able to capture the MAAC tournament title for the first time in five years. Hall of Fame head coach Rick Pitino looks to bring back the winning tradition in his first season with the Gaels