MAAC Tournament Underway in Springfield
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The 2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference – or MAAC – Basketball Championships kicked off Thursday at the MassMutual Center.
But after three consecutive years here, this will be the last year it’s held in Springfield.
Today marked the first round of the MAAC Basketball Championships.
The men’s portion tips off at 5:00 p.m. as #8 Rider takes on #9 Monmouth.
Earlier today, the women’s teams took to the court with three games – at 9:30, 11:30, and 1:30. However, attendance for the tourney has been soft, and that fact has not been lost on the MAAC Council of Presidents.
They chose Springfield as the location for the last three years, describing the city as a neutral site for all the teams, and the fact that Springfield is the birthplace of basketball certainly didn’t hurt.
But it may be too neutral a setting as none of the MAAC’s 11 schools are even located in Massachusetts.
The closest school is Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. As it happens, the Bobcats are ranked third in the conference.
The MAAC Basketball Championships run today through Monday. You can CLICK HERE for more information on the tournament.
Next year, the MAAC tournament moves to Albany, N.Y. – home to one of the conference schools, Sienna.