RIVERDALE, N.Y. - The Manhattan College Athletic Department has released the complete 2009-10 men's basketball schedule after receiving the league slate from the MAAC office on Friday. The Jaspers will host 14 home contests at Draddy Gymnasium in addition to a challenging non-conference schedule. Manhattan will appear on national television at least three times, and all non-televised home contests will be broadcast live and on-demand exclusively at GoJaspers.com.
"I am pleased with our overall schedule," stated Director of Athletics Robert Byrnes. "Fans will have the opportunity to watch all our home games either on JasperVision or national television, thanks in part to the comprehensive MAAC television schedule."
Manhattan's non-conference slate features 2009 NCAA Tournament participants American (Nov. 25) and Morgan State (Dec. 12), along with SEC power Vanderbilt (Dec. 30). The Jaspers open the season at home on Nov. 14 against NJIT. Manhattan will also host Colonial Athletic Association member William & Mary (Nov. 21), Florida Atlantic (Nov. 23) and Fordham (Nov. 28) for the 102nd "Battle of the Bronx". The Jaspers will travel to local rivals Princeton (Nov. 18), Hofstra (Dec. 9) and Long Island (Dec. 19).
The Jaspers begin their conference schedule the first weekend of December in Western New York at Niagara (Dec. 4) and Canisius (Dec. 6), marking the start of a seven game road stint which spans over 35 days. The Jaspers conclude the road series on Jan. 2 at Marist.
Manhattan has five MAAC home games in January beginning with Rider on Jan. 4. The Jaspers match up with local conference rival Iona on Jan. 22 at Draddy Gymnasium, and will return the game on Feb. 12 in New Rochelle, N.Y. Manhattan will play two-time defending MAAC champion Siena twice in a six day span in January.
The Jaspers wrap up the regular-season close to home as six of their final seven games are in the New York Metropolitan area, including five games in RIverdale. For the sixth straight year, Manhattan will participate in the annual Bracketbusters series, this time as the home team with the date set for either Feb. 19 or 20. This year 98 mid-major programs from 14 conferences will participate in the event. Teams will be matched up a few weeks prior to the contest and 11 games will be televised on ESPN2 or ESPNU.
"The MAAC was a young and tough league last year, this season it will be an experienced tough league," said Byrnes. "Manhattan is a well-rounded team that will be prepared to challenge for the conference."
The 2010 MAAC Basketball Championships return to the Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y for the third straight year. The tournament will run from March 4 - 8.
Note: All dates and times subject to change.