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MAAC Tournament 2012: Favorite Iona Opens Against Marist During Saturday Action

One thing is now certain in this MAAC Tournament: a new king will be crowned. Last year's champion, Saint Peter's, fell 64-57 to Marist in Friday's opening round.

Conference favorite Iona opens its 2012 postseason on Saturday when round two of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament begins at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, MA.

The Gaels, who received a bye through Friday's opening round as the four lowest-seeded MAAC teams battled for a spot in the league's final eight, begin their quest to claim the conference's throne at 4:30 p.m. Saturday against Marist.

The winner of Friday's other first-round affair, Niagara, will meet No. 2 seed Loyola, Md. at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The full round two schedule follows:

Quarterfinals, Saturday, March 3 (on ESPN3):

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

4:30 p.m.: (8) Marist Red Foxes vs. (1) Iona Gaels

7:30 p.m.: (7) Niagara Purple Eagles vs. (2) Loyola, Md. Greyhounds

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

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