Men's Basketball

ESPN Announces MAAC Wildcard Game for January 5

ESPN Announces MAAC Wildcard Game for January 5

Courtesy of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

EDISON, NJ – ESPN has announced that the January 5 matchup between Saint Peter's University and Iona College is set to air on ESPNU at 7 p.m. The Gaels welcome the Peacocks to the Hynes Center for the first of two head-to-head contests this season.

Iona claimed the last two MAAC Men's Basketball Championships and were selected as the preseason favorite for the 2017-18 season. The Gaels look to become the first program to win three consecutive MAAC Men's Basketball Championships since Siena College (2008-10). Graduate forward TK Edogi ranks first in the conference with a 63.6 field-goal percentage and 8.1 rebounds per game.

Saint Peter's won the 2017 CollegeInsider.com Postseason (CIT) Championship after defeating Texas A&M Corpus Christi this past March. The Peacocks are holding opponents to a league-best 66.4 points per game this season. Graduate guard Nick Griffin ranks fourth in the conference with 18.1 points per game.

The MAAC has five Fridays (January 5, 19, 26; February 2 & 23) during the regular season in which any game schedule on that date can be flexed onto ESPNU as the MAAC Wildcard Game.

ESPN will televise the 2018 MAAC Men's Basketball Championship Semifinal Games on Sunday, March 4. Semifinal #1 will air live on ESPN3 at 7:00 p.m. and will re-air at 11:30 p.m. on ESPNU, tape delayed. Semifinal #2 will air at 9:30 p.m., live, on ESPNU.

The 2018 MAAC Basketball Championships are held at the Times Union Center in Albany, NY on March 1-5, 2018. All four men's basketball quarterfinal games are on ESPN3. The 2018 MAAC Women's Basketball Championship Game on Monday, March 5 airs on ESPNU at 2:30 p.m. The 2018 MAAC Men's Basketball Championship Game airs on ESPN or ESPN2 on Monday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m. This is determined 7-10 days prior to the championship.

The wildcard format allows ESPN to pick any game scheduled for the selected date to air on the designated platform. ESPN will announce which game has been selected for the wildcard telecast 21 days out. This format enables the MAAC and ESPN flexibility to showcase the best possible matchups throughout the season.

The MAAC & ESPN enter the first-year of an eight-year agreement. MAAC institutions will produce additional games on ESPN3.

About the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference:

With 11 institutions strongly bound by the sound principles of quality and integrity in academics and excellence in athletics, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) is in its 37th year of competition during the 2017-18 academic year. Current Conference members include: Canisius College, Fairfield University, Iona College, Manhattan College, Marist College, Monmouth University, Niagara University, Quinnipiac University, Rider University, Saint Peter's University, and Siena College.