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How long does Niagara have to get ready for this season's Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference basketball opener? How does 40 minutes sound?

The Purple Eagles open their season at Nov. 14 at Pitt of the ACC and then bounce straight into conference play with their Nov. 20 opener at Saint Peter's. Last year Niagara already had 10 games under its belt when it opened conference play on Dec. 6.

Instead, that Dec. 6 date now marks the first meeting of the season between Niagara and Canisius, the earliest the bridge rivals have played since 2004. That game will be at the Taps Gallagher Center, with the second go-round Feb. 22 at the KAC.

Schedule highlights:

Home openers: Cansius Nov. 15 vs. Vermont, Niagara Nov. 22 vs. Hartford.

Top non-conference challenges: Canisius - Nov. 22 at Bona, Nov. 29 vs. UB (FNC DH), Dec. 13 at UMass (first meeting since 1963). Dec. 18 vs. Stony Brook, Dec. 21 vs. Holy Cross. Niagara - Nov. 14 at Pitt, Nov. 29 vs. Bona (FNC DH), Dec. 2 at St. John's (first meeting since '07-08), Dec. 13 at Davidson,  Dec. 23 vs. Arkansas State.

MAAC Openers (Home and away) : Canisius - Dec. 3 at Saint Peter's, Jan. 2 vs. Monmouth . Niagara - Nov. 20 at Saint Peter's, Dec. 6 vs. Canisius.

MAAC Tournament: March 5-9 in Albany.

Canisius schedule 

Date  Opponent  Location  Time (ET)

Nov. 1 Ryerson (Exhibition) Koessler Athletic Center 1 p.m.
Nov. 11 Daemen College (Exhibition) Koessler Athletic Center TBA
Nov. 15 Vermont Koessler Athletic Center TBA
Nov. 18 Lehigh Bethlehem, Pa. 7 p.m.
Nov. 22 St. Bonaventure Olean 4 p.m.
Nov. 26 Cornell Ithaca 7 p.m.
Nov. 29 Buffalo Buffalo 4:15 p.m. (Big 4 Basketball Classic at First Niagara Center)
Dec. 3 Saint Peter's * Jersey City, N.J. TBA
Dec. 6 Niagara * Lewiston TBA
Dec. 13 UMass Amherst, Mass. TBA
Dec. 18 Stony Brook Koessler Athletic Center 7 p.m.
Dec. 21 Holy Cross Koessler Athletic Center 2 p.m.
Dec. 30 UMKC Koessler Athletic Center TBA
Jan. 2 Monmouth * Koessler Athletic Center TBA
Jan. 4 Manhattan * Koessler Athletic Center TBA
Jan. 8 Marist * Poughkeepsie TBA
Jan. 10 Iona * New Rochelle TBA
Jan. 16 Siena * Koessler Athletic Center TBA
Jan. 18 Iona * Koessler Athletic Center TBA
Jan. 22 Fairfield * Bridgeport, Conn. TBA
Jan. 24 Rider * Law renceville, N.J. TBA
Jan. 30 Quinnipiac * Koessler Athletic Center TBA
Feb. 1 Marist * Koessler Athletic Center TBA
Feb. 6 Manhattan * Riverdale TBA
Feb. 8 Monmouth * West Long Branch, N.J. TBA
Feb. 13 Rider * Koessler Athletic Center TBA
Feb. 15 Saint Peter's * Koessler Athletic Center TBA
Feb. 19 Siena * Albany TBA
Feb. 21 Quinnipiac * Hamden, Conn. TBA
Feb. 24 Niagara * Koessler Athletic Center TBA
Feb. 27 Fairfield * Koessler Athletic Center TBA

* MAAC games

Niagara schedule

Date  Opponent  Location  Time

Nov. 14 Pitt, Pittsburgh, Pa. TBD
Nov. 20 * Saint Peter's, Jersey City, N.J. TBD
Nov. 22 Hartford, Niagara Univ., NY TBD
Nov. 29 St. Bonaventure, Buffalo TBD (Big 4 Basketball Classic at First Niagara Center)
Dec. 2 St. John's, Queens TBD
Dec. 6 * Canisius, Niagara Univ. TBD
Dec. 13 Davidson, Davidson, N.C. TBD
Dec. 19 Buffalo, Amherst TBD
Dec. 23 Arkansas State, Niagara Univ. TBD
Dec. 30 Albany, Niagara Univ. TBD
Jan. 2 * Manhattan, Niagara Univ. TBD
Jan. 4 * Monmouth, Niagara Univ. TBD
Jan. 8 * Siena, Albany TBD
Jan. 10 * Manhattan, Riverdale TBD
Jan. 13 Penn, Niagara Univ. TBD
Jan. 16 * Iona, Niagara Univ. TBD
Jan. 18 * Siena, Niagara Univ. TBD
Jan. 23 * Monmouth, West Long Branch, N.J. TBD
Jan. 25 * Iona, New Rochelle TBD
Jan. 30 * Marist, Niagara Univ. TBD
Feb. 1 * Quinnipiac, Niagara Univ. TBD
Feb.6 * Marist, Poughkeepsie TBD
Feb.8 * Quinnipiac, Hamden, Conn. TBD
Feb.13 * Saint Peter's, Niagara Univ. TBD
Feb. 15 * Rider, Niagara Univ. TBD
Feb. 19 * Fairfield, Fairfield, Conn. TBD
Feb. 21 * Rider, Lawrenceville, N.J. TBD
Feb. 24 * Canisius, Buffalo TBD
March 1 * Fairfield, Niagara Univ. TBD

* MAAC games