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MAAC announces change to conference tournament format

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For conferences in which at-large bids to the NCAA tournament are tough to come by, the conference tournament is an incredibly important event. With that being the case, some leagues have looked give their top teams in the regular season an advantage when it comes to the conference tournament setup.

For some that advantage comes in the form of home court advantage, while others may do things such as advance their top seeds to the semifinals of the event. Thursday afternoon the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, which in the past rewarded its top two seeds with a bye into the semifinals, announced that it has changed the format for its men’s and women’s conference tournaments.

Both tournaments, which are held at the same site (the Times Union Center, Siena’s home court in Albany, New York), will begin on Thursday, March 2 with three first round games in the women’s tournament followed by three games in the men’s bracket. The biggest change comes on Friday, with the top two seeds in both brackets taking the court against the winners of the 8/9 and 7/10 games respectively.

“The vote for the revised format was 9-1-1, with Manhattan opposed and Quinnipiac abstaining,” MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor said in the release.  “The format change has been accepted by the Times Union Center (Albany, NY) which is hosting the 2016 & 2017 championships under a current three-year contract.”

And the winners of those games get a day off ahead of Sunday’s semifinals, which could especially pay dividends for teams that aren’t especially deep. News of a format change was first reported by the Asbury Park Press on Tuesday, and the paper got some comments from Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello.

And it’s safe to say that he isn’t all too thrilled with the timing of this change.

“I can’t recall a time when some changes happen within eight, nine months. Why not wait until the next contract?,” Manhattan head coach Steve Masiello told the Asbury Park Press via phone on Thursday afternoon.

“Basically, to have this changed, I have yet to get an answer why, which is what I find very puzzling. I think maybe people are tired of Manhattan and they don’t want to talk about that elephant in the room, our style and our depth. We’ve been to three title games in three years, back-to-back winners in two. I have a feeling that people didn’t like that because maybe we weren’t supposed to be there.”

The MAAC’s contract with the Times Union Center runs through the 2017 MAAC tournaments. Next year’s MAAC tournament schedule breaks down as follows:

Thursday, March 
Women’s First Round
9:30 a.m. 8 seed vs. 9 seed
11:30 a.m. 7 seed vs. 10 seed
1:30 p.m. 6 seed vs. 11 seed

Men’s First Round
5:00 p.m. 8 seed vs. 9 seed
7:00 p.m. 7 seed vs. 10 seed
9:00 p.m. 6 seed vs. 11 seed

Friday, March 4
Women’s Quarterfinals
12:00 p.m. 1 seed vs. 8/9 winner
2:30 p.m. 2 seed vs. 7/10 winner

Men’s Quarterfinals
7:00 p.m. 1 seed vs. 8/9 winner
9:30 p.m. 2 seed vs. 7/10 winner

Saturday, March 5
Women’s Quarterfinals
12:00 p.m. 3 seed vs. 6/11 winner
2:30 p.m. 4 seed vs. 5 seed

Men’s Quarterfinals
7:00 p.m. 3 seed vs. 6/11 winner
9:30 p.m. 4 seed vs. 5 seed

Sunday, March 6
Women’s Semifinals
11:00 a.m. 1/8/9 winner vs. 4/5 winner
1:30 p.m. 2/7/10 winner vs. 3/6/11 winner

Men’s Semifinals
4:30 p.m. 1/8/9 winner vs. 4/5 winner
7:00 p.m. 2/7/10 winner vs. 3/6/11 winner

Monday, March 7
Women’s Championship 
Semifinal winners, Time TBD

Men’s Championship
Semifinal winners, Time TBD

UMass gets commitment from transfer guard

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UMass received a commitment from a volume-shooting transfer guard on Tuesday as Canisius sophomore Zach Lewis pledged to the Minutemen. The transfer was first reported by Adam Finklestein of ESPN.com.

While the 6-foot-3 guard will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer restrictions, he will replace some guards who are leaving the year he’s allowed to set foot on the floor for two more years of eligibility.

Lewis led the Golden Griffins in scoring last season at 12.5 points per game and saw his field-goal percentage drop to 33 percent from the field and 31 percent from 3-point range. He was also a third-team All-MAAC selection. With a season of being able to redshirt, Lewis could become a nice rotation member to the UMass backcourt after he further develops and has some more scoring help.

Trey Davis and Jabarie Hinds will both be gone from the Minutemen backcourt by the time Lewis is eligible, so he’ll take one of those spots in the rotation.

Former Canisius forward working out with Buffalo Bills in mini-camp

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 17:  Chris Manhertz #13 of the Canisius College Golden Griffins and Brice Massamba #12 of the UNLV Rebels fight for the ball during their game at the Thomas & Mack Center November 17, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Former Canisius forward Chris Manhertz is working through mini-camps with the Buffalo Bills at tight end, according to a report from Jay Skurski of Buffalonews.com. The 6-foot-6 Manhertz played four seasons for the Golden Griffins and led the team in rebounding his last three seasons.

Now, like many college basketball players before him, Manhertz is trying to work his way onto an NFL roster and not playing the sport until after college. Manhertz actually signed with the Bills two days after the 2014 season ended and went through a mini-camp for rookies and first-year players this weekend.

The Bills gave Manhertz an unexpected shot and he’s hoping to ride it out for as long as possible.

“Once the opportunity presented itself, I had to sit down and think about it,” Manhertz said to Skurski. “My logic was, if all else fails, I could go back to basketball. Thankfully, I did well enough for them to give me an opportunity, so I’m here now. … Not many people get this, so I’m just trying to make the most of it.”

It’s not likely that Manhertz makes the Bills this season, but with some solid performances and flashes of potential during mini-camp, he could stick around and make the training camp roster or maybe even the practice squad.