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MAAC Tournament 2012 Bracket: Iona Basketball No. 1 Seed, Manhattan No. 3

The MAAC Tournament bracket is set, and the Iona Gaels enter at the No. 1-overall seed and the favorite to earn the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Manhattan Jaspers are seeded No. 3, while Siena is No. 6.

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The Iona Gaels men's basketball program polished of their regular season Sunday with a dominating 98-61 victory over St. Peter's Peacocks. The Gaels (24-6, 15-3) ended their regular season on a five-game winning streak and as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's No. 1-overall seed for its league tournament, which begins Friday, March 2, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA.

Iona enters the four-day, single-elimination tournament as the clear favorite to win and claim the league's automatic qualifying spot in the NCAA Tournament.

Also in the running are the Manhattan Jaspers (20-11, 12-6), who did beat Iona, 75-72, on Jan. 12.

Here is the bracket and TV schedule:

First Round, Friday, March 2 (on ESPN3):

7:30 p.m.: (No. 8-seed) Marist Red Foxes vs. (9) St. Peter's Peacocks

9:30 p.m.: (7) Niagara Purple Eagles vs. (10) Canisius Golden Griffins

Quarterfinals, Saturday, March 3 (on ESPN3):

2:30 p.m.: (4) Fairfield Stags vs. (5) Rider Broncs

4:30 p.m.: (Winner of Marist/Saint Peter's) vs. (1) Iona Gaels

7:30 p.m.: (Winner of Niagara/Canisius) vs. (2) Loyola, Md. Greyhounds

9:30 p.m.: (3) Manhattan Jaspers vs. (6) Siena Saints

Semifinals, Sunday, March 4 (on ESPN3):

2:00 p.m.: (Winner of Saturday's early games)

4:30 p.m.: (Winner of Saturday's late games)

Championship, Monday, March 5 (on ESPN2):

7:00 p.m.: (Winner of Sunday's games)

For more updates on the MAAC Tournament 2012, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream.