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Here's when Canisius and Niagara tip off

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference basketball tournament tips off on Thursday, but thanks to their standout seasons, the Canisius and Niagara men's teams get to watch the first few games at Albany's Times Union Center.

Both teams have byes to the quarterfinals, but play on different days.

No. 2 seed Canisius plays its quarterfinal at 9:30 p.m. Friday against either Quinnipiac or Siena.

No. 3 seed Niagara plays its quarterfinal at 7 p.m. Saturday against either Fairfield or Marist.

If the teams win, they'll meet each other in Sunday night's second semifinal at 9:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

Here's the full men's schedule:

Thursday, March 1 – men's first round
Game 1 – No. 8 Monmouth vs. No. 9 Saint Peter's, 5 p.m.
Game 2 – No. 7 Quinnipiac vs. No. 10 Siena, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – No. 6 Fairfield vs. No. 11 Marist, 9 p.m.

Friday, March 2 – men's quarterfinals
Game 4 –  No. 1 Rider vs. Game 1 winner , 7 p.m.
Game 5 – No. 2 Canisius vs. Game 2 winner , 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 3 – men's quarterfinals
Game 6 – No. 3 Niagara vs. Game 3 winner , 7 p.m.
Game 7 – No. 4 Iona vs. No. 5 Manhattan, 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 4 – men's semifinals
Game 4 winner vs. Game 7 winner , 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner , 9:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Monday, March 5 – men's championship
7 p.m. (ESPN)

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The schools' women's teams do get going with first-round games Thursday, with Canisius in the event's very first game.

No. 8 seed Canisius plays No. 9 Monmouth in the tournament opener at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

If Canisius wins, they'll take on women's top seed Quinnipiac at 1 p.m. Friday.

No. 6 seed Niagara will face last-place Saint Peter's in at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

If Niagara beats Saint Peter's (which they swept in the regular season), they will face No. 3 Siena at noon on Saturday.

Here's the full women's schedule:

Thursday, March 1 – women's first round
Game 1 – No. 8 Canisius vs. No. 9 Monmouth, 9:30 a.m.
Game 2  – No. 7 Manhattan vs. No. 10 Iona, 11:30 a.m.
Game 3 – No. 6 Niagara vs. No. 11 Saint Peter's, 1:30 p.m.

Friday, March 2 – women's quarterfinals
Game 4 – No. 1 Quinnipiac vs. Game 1 winner , 1:00 p.m.
Game 5 – No. 2 Marist vs. Game 2 winner , 3:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 3 – women's quarterfinals
Game 6 – No. 3 Siena vs. Game 3 winner, noon
Game 7 – No. 4 Fairfield vs. No. 5 Rider, 2:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 4 – women's semifinals
Game 4 Winner vs. Game 7 winner , 11:00 a.m.
Game 5 Winner vs. Game 6 winner , 1:30 p.m.

Monday, March 5 – women's championship
2:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

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