The America East has a reputation for being soft at the bottom, and those are not alternative facts or fake news, the bottom three teams that will compete in next week’s conference tournament are 331, 313, and 334 in KenPom, respectively.
The facts also say, however, it was worse last season when the final four seeds in the America East Tournament were 325, 323, 336, and 334. No. 334 and dead last at 3-13 was UMBC, which wasn’t a shock to anyone following the league, the last time they had been above 310 was 2007-08 (a glorious season which saw them 13-3 and in the NCAA Tournament).
This year didn’t portend to be a whole lot better under first-year coach Ryan Odom (who came from Division II Lenoir-Rhyne), but here we were on Saturday afternoon with the Retrievers playing in an actual big game, at 9-6 in America East (and 18-10 overall), proving – at least temporarily – that it was possible to climb out of the depths of the league and make things much more interesting at the top.
Young Binghamton (which may become the name they’re officially referred to here for the rest of the season) came out of the second half firing against Navy, at one point making 8-of-10 shots and 6-of-8 from behind the arc, adding up to an 11-point lead with 13:20 left as the Bearcats chased their first Division I win of the season.
Manhattan and Steve Masiello almost went at Saturday night’s semifinal of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off as an exhibition game, rotating players in and out almost from the opening tip, and to be fair to him, the Jaspers were never really in any trouble, although they showed some sluggish periods in the 78-63 win, their first of the season. Continue reading →
The America East men’s basketball preseason rankings are out and there is plenty to dissect as we look forward to an exciting 2014-15 season. Stony Brook was picked as the favorite for the first time in school history, while also landing two players on the first team for the second straight season. Continue reading →